Tanvi + Stuart – a colorful day in Danville!

Love truly is an adventure, and our couples invite us into their lives to capture one small piece of that story. A wedding is a small, amazing moment of time, that I see, not as a starting point but as step forward into deeper adventures in life, love, and crazy. How deep each couple  wades, and if they want to swim out to where they can not see the bottom is a choice we each make. What I love about marriage is that there is no right answer to so many of the questions we have about the life and future a couple creates that day. What truly matters for me is that I can smile and wake up each day to a new adventure with my best friend and wife hand in hand together as equals. We help lift, push, pull and prod to get to the next day together. I look at each day as a new day, one with no past, and one with an uncertain future, and a day I am willing to live as full as I can make it. Together we can do it.

To say Tanvi and Stuart’s wedding was an adventure would be to understate it entirely. They chose to have not one, or two days to celebrate, but three beautiful days of ceremonies, parties, family, friends, dancing, eating, and love. I will tell you there was a lot of everything on that list for three days straight last month and it was filled with more color and delight than we even anticipated. We were honored with having the whole photography team to be a part of capturing their wedding story. Francisco, Lisa and I were filled each new day with dreams of colorful attire, bountiful meals, and so many kind people enjoying themselves. Each new day our previous dream because the beauty we are wanting to share today. These photos are just from their wedding day. We have plenty more to share at a later date! I will let you know there was fire, a white horse, knives, dancing, and more ahead of you. Thank you so much  Tanvi and Stuart for allowing us to capture your beautiful day in Danville at the Crow Canyon Country Club.

 

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Michelle + Spencer – a fun love story!

I am going to start with how Lisa met Michelle and Spencer because you just might call it fate. It was a beautiful Friday evening in South Lake Tahoe as the sun was just setting perfectly over the mountains creating one of the most gorgeous sunset skies. We needed some diapers so Lisa ran to the store and before driving back to the condo we rented (we had a wedding the next day) she wanted to get a great picture of the sun setting. She drove around the neighborhood a bit before finding the perfect spot. She grabbed a couple photos and noticed this sweet couple was trying to get someone to take their picture to show the sunset but as you may know, it is very difficult to get both the subject AND sunset to show up in a photo. Lisa quickly went over to the car and looked to see what she had. There were no fancy cameras, no fancy flashes, everything was at the condo because we were getting ready for tomorrow’s wedding. She did however have a light strong enough to help get the photo. She asked them if their photo had come out okay only to find out that they had literally JUST gotten engaged! “Oh my God! I just wanna hug you!” Lisa excitedly exclaimed to the girl. She cried back, “Okay!” and with that hug she met Michelle and Spencer. Armed with her big light she helped this adorable couple get that all important “we just got engaged!!” photo. 

Flash forward two months and Lisa gets a call from the amazing Michelle. She and Spencer were interested in taking engagement photos. How could we say no to that request? As you know us we want nothing more than to look for a great personal space to take their photos. The had just moved up to Tahoe from San Jose the week Lisa had met them and Spencer proposed. Where they met, many years ago was at a hockey game. Hockey is kind of a big deal for these two, but we will go into that another time. I will say though Spencer is working hard as the President of the Junior Hockey team in South Lake Tahoe. It took a few years for these two to start dating but when they did they fell head over heels for each other. I can not believe we were able to end our engagement session in the same place Spencer proposed and the fact that Lisa was there to capture their first photo together after they were engaged. It only takes a bit of luck but for some reason we get to be surrounded but the most amazing couples in love! Thank you so much for letting us capture these photos of your Lake Tahoe engagement session, Michelle and Spencer. We had such a fun time getting to know you and it was such a pleasure seeing you in the new place you call home. How can you not love Lake Tahoe!

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Nial + Christina – Placerville Engagement Session

Since the rain is falling today and it is Halloween I wanted to get one last blog post up this month! We went to Placerville to finally get to meet Nial and Christina in person. It is fun when you have tons of great emails, phone calls, and even Skype meeting with couples but it is always more amazing when you finally get to meet someone in person. It is almost cheating because we were lucky enough to get to meet Christina at Justin and Shannon’s wedding but we didn’t have a chance to get to know her until her perfect engagement this fall! We met in downtown Placerville where Nial is from. You would never guess that a small town in the hills would be full of so much fun and color. After walking around there we headed to Boeger Winery for a picnic and walk around the vineyards. It was a perfect fall evening for a Placerville Engagement session!

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We actually teased about this being the perfect linkedin photo for Nial!

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Tyler + Carolyn – Carmel, sun, sheep, and fun!

I honestly do not know where to start with Tyler and Carolyn and their Mission Ranch Wedding in Carmel, CA. From the first moment these two stepped through our doors we knew these two were people that understood us and our love of design, color, and life! I found out a year later after meeting them that our design esthetic is extremely close. Seeing their house was beyond fun because of the combination of mid century modern and modern was scarily similar to our own! Be prepared for another post just on the design we created for these two. It will contain their gorgeous pug, and endless unique touches you do not see every day when it comes to paper goods! 

 

Ok so back to Tyler and Carolyn and our delight for these two. We were sold when they described their dream wedding, sheep grazing in an open field, the perfect October sunset, the possibility of a Clint Eastwood cameo appearance, and more love to go around then you could ever imagine. I can promise you they delivered. They may have even delivered on the cameo but there are no photos to prove or disprove this statement.They chose to not have a bridal party but instead keep their closest friends and family with them and just hangout and relax. I will let you in on a secret, Carolyn was pretty relaxed. Tyler got a little nervous, and had to hit the gym up for a quick bike ride to get his mind off of being alone in the room before his friends got there. I snuck over when I found that out and was able to get one quick photo of him, and could not have been more honored to be there and chat with a now friend before his wedding day. They not only opened up their hearts to us but allowed us to capture who they really were as a couple. It was ok that Tyler was nervous, to me when a man is a little nervous on his wedding day it shows he cares. He may not cry, he may not show emotion in a million other ways other then that little bit of nervousness and that is ok. It shows that we as men are real, caring human beings, excited, and maybe a bit nervous because we are choosing the perfectly imperfect match to marry. Yes I said perfectly imperfect, but that is a whole different discussion about love and marriage. 

 

Please stick around a see the love, family, friends, and fun that Tyler and Carolyn had together in Carmel on their wedding day. I will never forget how beautiful it was for them at Mission Ranch for their wedding!

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