Nathan and Katie’s winter Firehouse wedding

Today we are pleased to share what was our very first wedding of 2012! We actually photographed this wedding a few days before we left on our Southeast Asia adventure, but I’m so glad it all worked out and we were able to be a part of it because Nathan and Katie are such a sweet couple with a ton of love for each other. The wedding was simple and sweet, very fitting for this down to earth couple. The ceremony was at the Eastern Orthodox Church and was such a cool experience for us. All of the speaking was through song , in addition to the actual amazing singers. We loved all the tradition and ritual.

After the ceremony, we went to the beautiful State Capitol for some portraits of the happy newlyweds.

After a quick photo session at the Capitol, we met back up with the bridal party in Old Sacramento.

The winter sunset was so lovely.

They held a reception for friends and family at The Firehouse. Nathan’s dad came in from out of town to bake their wedding cake in Nathan’s tiny apartment. Such a sweet contribution to the celebration!

Nathan lookin’ good getting a drink!

Congratulations Nathan and Katie! We loved getting to celebrate with you and capture your intimate wedding day. We wish you many years of happiness together!

Allison and Anthony’s solar eclipse engagement session in the park

A little over a week ago we had the pleasure of photographing Allison and Anthony. None of us really realized it until that day, but their engagement was scheduled during the solar eclipse! So we got to play with some cool light, and crazy awesome shadows!

One of Allison and Anthony’s favorite things to do is hang out in McKinley park with their dog Filibuster (aka Phil), and roam the streets of East Sacramento, picking out their dream house. Here’s Phil! Such a cutie, though not too keen on holding still for a photo!

Ok, I’ll admit I love this photo because of Phil’s expression. “I love my family and life is GOOD.”

We stopped by Allison and Anthony’s house for a quick wardrobe change and made sure to take some photos in front.

We went back to McKinley park to get some last photos in the awesome sunset light.

Fun fact: Anthony had read something in a book, how when it was first built, McKinely Park had these two rows of palm trees running through the park diagonally, from one end to the other. It stuck in his mind so much, he even had a dream about taking their engagement photos with the palm trees. So we made sure to do just that! Not all the palm trees are still there anymore, but you can still see them, all in a row.

Allison and Anthony we had so much fun with you two and we’re glad we got to experience the solar eclipse with you! We cannot wait for your wedding next year!

Eric and Maria’s elegant foodie wedding

If you didn’t already see it, head on over to this post to see all the custom design we created for Eric and Maria’s incredible wedding. We are so excited to finally share it! We’ve been holding off because (drumroll….) it’s being featured in the latest issue of Real Weddings Magazine! We are so happy for them and we know a ton of couples are going to be inspired by their clever ideas. Congratulations!

Eric and Maria are just about the sweetest couple you’ll ever meet. They’ve got it all: they are smart, sweet and kind, good looking, and and so in love. We loved getting to be a part of their engagement and wedding. And what a wedding it was! So unique with tons of personal touches, and lots of fun people. The theme for the wedding, as Maria described it, was an elegant farmer’s market. They both love fresh and local food so why not share that with the people they love best?

We began our day with these two as they both got ready in separate rooms at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento.

The girls and the guys walked over to Capitol park. It was a beautiful day.

Time for Eric and Maria’s super sweet first look!

So, Maria works for the state Assembly members and got us permission to use the upper balconies of the State capitol! It was gorgeous!

This angle has the Cathedral in the background, where they would marry very soon after!

Then it was time to head over to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament to get these two married! The Cathedral is always such a beautiful place to photograph.

We all hopped in the limo and headed to the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg for the reception!

I loooove the Old Sugar Mill. With all of it’s rustic charm, it’s such a great place for photos!

After some quick portraits, it was party time! The reception that Eric and Maria threw for their guests was phenomenal. They war they carried out their “elegant farmers’ market” theme was great! From the rustic decor, with textured burlap runners, galvanized watering cans and lots of beautiful flowers, to the dinner setup with “food stations” just like booths at a real farmers market.

You can read all about the design we created for this wedding, including the favor tags (above) and seating chart and table names (below) on Eric and Maria’s design post.

I LOVE how they did the food! There were stations for each type of food — the bakery, meat, and produce. The guests were encouraged to mingle as they went from station to station.

In lieu of a cake, there was an impressive array of mini pies, baked by Sugar and Spice.

It’s always fun to sneak back outside for a few night shots.

And our last shot of the day, just might be our favorite…as Eric and Maria were walking back to their reception to continue the celebration, Geoff captured this beautiful image of the happy couple headed off to start their new life as man and wife. :)

Ceremony Venue | The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
Reception Venue | Old Sugar Mill
Coordinator | Catrina Maria Designs
Florist | Kim La Mar-Damiani
Catering | Jackson Catering and Events
Pies | Sugar and Spice
DJ/Entertainment | Premier Entertainment
Bridal Hair | Details Salon
Bridal Makeup | Luxe Image
Wedding Stationery| The Goodness!

Matt and Asia’s Minecraft wedding

Get ready for an amazing celebration of some geeky gamer love! Matt and Asia are simply the most perfect couple ever. They met through their church (Matt said he fell for her watching her dance, awww) but they truly bonded over the game of Minecraft. They built a house together in the digital world and have been inseparable ever since, both in the game and in real life. Matt even proposed to Asia up on stage at MineCon with the help of the game’s creators. So it was no surprise that Matt and Asia would plan a Minecraft themed wedding, and wow, did they ever. They worked hard and put together an incredible event, which truly reflected their love for Minecraft, ahem, each other! We felt so lucky to capture such an awesome day, both in photos and with a wedding film (at the end of this post). It was a labor of love with lots of DIY and help from some fellow Minecraft lovers. Matt, Asia and friends created the pixel-trees from cardboard boxes and used them to decorate the structural pillars, genius!

The wedding was held at Beatnik Studios in Downtown Sacramento. With its exposed brick walls echoing scenes from the game, what could have been more perfect?

The amazing giant sculptures, which were used at MineCon, were lent to Matt and Asia from artist Greg Aronowitz.

That’sssss a very niccccccce wedding you’ve got there… It’d be a ssssshame if anything were to happen to it…

There was some artwork from the game to help non-Minecrafters to get a feel for what it’s all about.

This is so cool. If you remember from the proposal, JunkBoy, Mojang’s (the creators of Minecraft) Art Developer designed this lovely graphic for Matt to use to pop the question. Jones Soda seriously hooked it UP for the wedding! They provided plenty of bottles featuring different things from the game.

Matt’s vision for the centerpieces was inspired by the grass blocks from the game.

We designed the couple a photo guestbook with little Minecraft touches.

Asia’s “diamond” necklace.

She’s so beautiful!

I love how Asia and her bridesmaids were all wearing red TOMS! So cute and comfy, too.

These 8-bit neckties could not be any more perfect.

“Steve” was an honorary groomsman.

Despite the fact that Matt and Asia had been hanging around together all morning, getting things ready, they still did a first look and I am SO GLAD. It was such an adorable, sentimental moment.

Matt said, “Aww, you’re the best creeper ever.” Ahhh, geek love… :)

Ssssssssss…

Time for get married! The ceremony was full of so much fun and hilarity! You must check out their wedding video to get a taste of it! “Will you take this nerd to be your husband?” was among the words spoken.

Matt and Asia got to toast with the Jones bottles they’d saved from the proposal.

Minecraft cake!

Also try PIE!l What’s not to love?

Seriously, such a FUN day! All who attended had a blast and we all loved learning more about Matt and Asia’s love for each other. Thank you so much to Matt and Asia for choosing us to capture your beautiful day! Please do take a look at the Short Film we created of this wonderful day. Matt and Asia, we love you!

Vendors and Special Thanks

Ceremony and Reception Venue | Beatnik Studios
Florist | Jackie’s Flowers
Cake | Jennifer Bakes
Custom Sodas | Jones Soda
Music for film provided by | c418
Bride’s Necklace | J!NX
Minecraft Sculptures | Greg Aronowitz