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Britni + Shane – Spring time fun!

Britni and Shane are married! These two have both been making some amazing steps together as a couple. The first step was their meeting at their High School Reunion. Who would of guessed that would be the place you would find the love of your life. They ended up not only hanging out but going back to Britni’s parents property with all of their friends for a big party after the reunion. It just so happens her parents have a “small” 80 acre parcel where it is easy for tons of their friends to just enjoy being together. It took that one night to kick-off these two supporting each other as soul mates. They recently bought a house they are fixing up together, the same week they were married Shane became a fire captain, and their close friends and family gathered for an amazing celebration. You can see that they have a lot of fun loving supportive friends and family once you get to their party. I am not going to lie those firefighters really know how to party! Their wedding was at Arden Hills in Sacramento which was a perfect setting for their party!

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Monica + Joe – Love on the American River!

What would you do if your 80 year old landlord in small-town Woodland wants to set you up on a blind date? Do you say yes? How could you say no to such a nice guy? (The landlord that is) I know I would have been a bit weary of being setup by my sweet old landlord. The biggest surprise was that Monica met Joe on this blind date. The perfect thing is that they quickly found how interconnected they would become.

If you know Monica, you know she loves her dogs, and because she is a veterinarian, Monica is in love with animals period. She is a small animal vet and is proud mom to three adorable little pups she has rescued over the years. Then I saw Joe with the three little guys and I could immediately see they were a happy bunch. It didn’t matter that Monica was puked on by their new puppy Henry, both Monica and Joe laughed together at the fun craziness the dogs fill their lives with. (and Joe cleaned her up using the sock right off his own foot.)

We had met at Ancil Hoffman Park on that beautiful afternoon. Monica and Joe often enjoy a late afternoon or an evening in the park. They walk along the river, let the dogs play in the water and enjoy a perfect end to a busy day, together. It was actually just down the river a 100 yards from where we were taking pictures that Joe proposed to Monica. They paddle down the American River together in a canoe, with the dogs in tow. They ended pulling ashore on an island where they setup a small lunch together. It just so happens that Joe loves to fish, he even brings his fly fishing rod with him whenever he can.  He asked Monica if he could practice his cast for a little and decided to be fake fishing and tied the ring to the end of his line (He is clearly a brave man, and has some serious knot tying skills). He cast the ring into the river and called Monica to see what he had “caught”. She waded out to where Joe was in the river as he was reeling in the ring.  He was immediately down on one knee in the water and proposed to Monica. She almost fell into the river, completely caught of guard, by what is now such a memorable moment for them both.

You can see why we would end up on the river with these two! It was so fun to have them guide us to their favorite spot to play with the dogs at Ancil Hoffman Park. The water was warm, I did end up knee deep in the river to get a couple shots, but I was thrilled to as these two were the ones with the idea. Thank you for letting us see how you make each other laugh and smile. Lisa and I can not wait to see you this fall!

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Mervin + Angie – Sutro Baths Engagement Session

The journey to find the love of your life might take you across mountains, across states, flying between continents, over a river or through the woods, or maybe she is just 4 minutes away from your house and you were so close but never knew it. It is kind of fun when the love you were always looking for is literally around the corner and all you had to do was go outside and be present. Angie and Mervin had mutual friends for longer than either of them would have guessed before hanging out one evening with all of their friends at a haunted house. One side note is before their first meeting Mervin had already heard of this cute girl who moved back home to California from NY who was single and really cute. Lucky for Mervin, his friend was not lying on either of those statements. Haunted houses were not Angie’s favorite thing but Mervin turned out to be the big scaredy cat, hiding from all the scary things. Seeing this, Angie decided to chat with Mervin and come up with a solution for their fears. They decided to run hand in hand and surprise the unsuspecting haunted house employees instead of being the ones scared. When I first heard this I could imagine these two running around laughing and having a blast.

Fun and laughter is a defining thing in their relationship. It is always infectious when Mervin starts to be a bit goofy and gets not only Angie laughing, but everyone who is surrounding them becomes filled to the brim with joy because of the infectious fun they create together. Lisa and I finally met these two in person last friday when we photographed their engagement session at Sutro Baths in San Francisco. The thing is, we already knew so much about each other it was as if we were hugging friends we had not seen in months. I knew how infectious Mervin was and how sweet and kind Angie was going to be, and trust me they were exactly how I knew they were going to be. Playful is really saying lightly in describing how these two are for each other. They support each other when they need it, like Mervin having Angie hop on his back so she didn’t have to walk down a steep hill in high heels or Angie supporting Mervin while he is tying his shoes on the edge of a cliff. They are just perfectly intertwined in their love for each other and honestly it shows. There are so many details I could go on about their relationship and how these two people make everyone around them become better people but I will save that for the wedding. For now please enjoy their beautiful engagement session, and know that our hearts are overflowing with joy and thankfulness that we were able to capture your love Angie and Mervin! See you soon!

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Laser cut wood, gold foil and glitter wedding invitations (FRESHbash!)

Hello, Lisa here! I could not BE more excited to finally get to share all the goodness below. a couple of months ago, I was asked to participate in a wedding showcase of sorts, called FRESHbash. It was to be a competion where I would be working with three other wedding vendors: Roots Reclaimed (event design), Seascape Flowers (floral design), and Enchanté Macarons (desserts) to push the creative envelope and come up with some insanely awesome wedding loveliness. We ALL have been working so hard over the past several weeks to get ready for this event and I am so proud of how well everything came together. Before we get to that, I first wanted to share my main contribution to the event, these super rad, glitter and gold foil, laser cut wood wedding invitations. FRESHbash was a wonderful opportunity to try some techniques I have never done before and really push the limits of what wedding stationery can be. Below you can see the full invitation suite.

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The focal point of this suite is the laser cut wood centepieces. The geometric stripes were designed to match the arbor backdrop, which you will get to see in a minute. They are cut from a beautiful walnut wood and stained the most perfect warm color.

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When turned to the opposite side, you can see how everything was contained using a rippled sparkly purple belly band.

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When the guest removes the belly bend, they get an awesome surprise! Weddings are all about love right? I created the wood piece so that it could be something the guest could keep in their home after the wedding as a beautiful piece of art. Can’t you just imagine how beautiful it would look leaned against a mantle? Swoon.

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I could not be more in love with this walnut.

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The invitation itself involves some modern techniques and a little bit of humor. :) You would laugh so hard if you saw how I created that black floral background using some silk flowers, my scanner and a piece of black construction paper. The couple’s names were typeset and all other cursive writing was hand lettered in brush calligraphy by me.

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The best part of it all is that all of the text is in GOLD FOIL. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love gold foil. It looks so beautiful and these photos do not even begin to do it justice. This whole suite just begs to be touched.

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I am ALWAYS down for a couple that does not take themselves too seriously. Sometimes a touch of crass humor is just the right thing.

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A simple map that orients your wedding guests with the area can be such a great idea. This hand-drawn map was printed entirely in gold foil.

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I love to incorporate fun little interactive details into invitations, especially the RSVPs. Whether that is a fun mad lib, or a space for guests to draw you a doodle, like below.

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I hand addressed the outer envelopes and added a touch of gold paint for good measure. Bright ochre envelope liners feature the simple chevron motif that can be found throughout the suite.

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Here is our booth. Isn’t it lovely? I was SO impressed with Roots Reclaimed and their gorgeous rentals and styling. Nicole and Beth are bosses of the industry.  They built this amazing arbor! You can see where the geometric lines on the invitation came from.

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Roots Reclaimed also built this rad podium to showcase my design suite.

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This is how it was displayed at FRESHbash. Under a layer of glass was a ton of beautiful different types of moss. Crystals, geodes, and florals decorated the top.

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Here you can really see how awesome the gold foil looked.

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I also designed and built our team sign! Geoff laser cut out all of those gold words and names and I built all of those tiny boxes to hold our team members’ business cards.

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I designed a set of really cool crystal/geode inspired escort cards made of acrylic.

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They looked perfect hanging from this dream catcher made by Roots Reclaimed.

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I also made little signs for all the desserts made by Enchanté Macarons. Would you believe that the signs and escort cards started their lives out as these? I might have to do a tutorial on how I made them. It is surprisingly easy!

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The booth was beautiful. All I wanted to do was magically transport this entire setup to my backyard.

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Check out these amazing florals by Darcy of Seascape Flowers. I still can’t get over them. Airplants and poppies are my fav.

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I need this lamp in my life.

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Here is the whole team! I loved getting to work with these amazing women. There is some SERIOUS talent here.

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That’s me!

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Here is a little peek at some of my favorite vignettes that the other teams created. Team Rad’s booth was drop dead gorgeous.

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Team Bae’s geodessic arbor dome was fabulous and their cookies were adorable.

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Team Elevate had an upside-down chandelier cake. What!?

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There were tons of sweet nibbles.

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This swoon-worthy cake was made by Palette Cakes. Their sugar flower work is incredible.

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Photo Booth time!!

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I have to give a should out to Baker’s Donuts. I have been going there since I was a kid and I was so happy that they were there at FRESHbash. GO TODAY and get a cronut or an ice-cream stuffed donut.

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You can’t go wrong with a Fruity Pebble covered donut.

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Geoff and I could not resist jowling in Giggle and Riot’s slo-mo booth.

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If you missed FRESHbash this year, I do feel a little sorry for you, I’ll admit. You missed a killer party with so many rad vendors, pretty things to see, yummy food to eat, tasty cocktails to drink, and space to dance, dance, dance. Don’t miss it next year! I absolutely loved getting to be a part of it and challenge myself creatively and form close bonds with some amazing, talented people.

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