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DAVIS ARBORETUM ENGAGEMENT SESSION | ANN & JOHN

Now, I've been to the UC Davis Arboretum a handful of times. But 99% of my visits there have been on cloudy, overcast, or even drizzling days. Which can be a total bummer, right? Well, right in the middle of our transition from summer to fall here in the Sacramento region, this warm Friday evening gave us the most perfect golden light at the Arboretum that I could've asked for! And I am so so glad because it was a perfect celebration for Ann and John's Davis Arboretum Engagement Session shot on film. 

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THE RIVER MILL WEDDING IN STOCKTON | BROOKE & DARIN

Soulmates. “Soulmate has become my favorite word”. As Brooke fought back tears, she looked up at Darin. I fought back tears too. Her fancy pants, her forever. It took less than an hour, less than an evening, to realize. Realize that they were meant for each other on their very first date. And here they stood, vowing to love each other forever. As husband and wife. In front of family and friends, at The River Mill at French Camp, they became husband and wife

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BISHOPS PUMPKIN FARM WEDDING | ANNIE & LOGAN

Through one of the hardest times of her life, he was there. As friends and family recounted on Annie and Logan’s Bishops Pumpkin Farm Wedding day, Logan had been there for Annie. Every step of the way. From diagnosis, to surgery and treatment. He was the one in the waiting room. Sending family updates. Checking in on them. Taking care of her. A situation that would’ve caused a lot to run. But instead of run, Logan embraced it. Because it was the woman he loved. And still loves, very much to this day.

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AUBURN VALLEY GOLF CLUB WEDDING | GRACIE & MATT

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WINE AND ROSES WEDDING IN LODI, CALIFORNIA | LIZ & TJ

A Raiders game. That's what TJ's mom was watching the first time TJ brought Lizzy home to introduce her to his family. Now, a football game might seem like a little thing, something you could easily turn your attention to meeting the girlfriend. But football, the Raiders specifically, was a tradition in this family. And therefore, would remain the focal point for the next half hour. When TJ had to run out to the hardware store with Dad, Lizzy and TJ's mom were left together, in front of the game. And somehow in that time, Lizzy managed to charm TJ's mom while fitting in a few key nuggets like stable employment, commitment to TJ and a history of loving marriages. After that day, it was settled - this girl was right for TJ. And now, a little while later, Lizzy and TJ wed in a beautify Wine and Roses Wedding in Lodi, California. A few weeks later, they celebrated with family and friends in a big backyard bash as well. 

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SAN FRANCISCO ENGAGEMENT SESSION – APARTMENT CUDDLES & THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS | CORTNEY AND JON

Little love notes on the fridge. When these two are jet-setting for work, back home in their lovely San Francisco apartment just blocks from the Bay, they leave notes. As we hung out in their kitchen eating pizza and champagne (um, big ol’ yes there!), the notes caught my eye. A few from each of them. Acknowledging that they may not see each other in passing between trips to Japan, Germany, and more. But that they love each other. And miss each other. And that they could not wait to see each other again. I’m so glad those notes caught my eye during their San Francisco Engagement Session. Cortney and Jon cuddled at home, ate snacks, got glam at the Palace of Fine Arts, and ran around the streets of San Francisco with me as the fog overtook the bay. 

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OLD SACRAMENTO ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN BLACK TIE | ASHLEY & CHASE

Now, I do not know too many lawyers, but I’ve been blessed to meet some wonderful ones this year. And that includes these two, Ashley and Chase. Both are currently in their last year of law school, with their heads down and focusing on the end goal of passing the bar exam. But in between the studying, the hard work, and the perseverance, these two found each other. And what a ride it has been. With a lot going on their last year of law school, these two knew it was time to tie the knot, and will do so before the end of the year in a beautiful ceremony at Vizcaya Sacramento. But first, we had to celebrate their love and hard work with an Old Sacramento Engagement Session - which of course would not be complete without a killer black dress.

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V SATTUI WINERY FAMILY SESSION – THE HAUCKS

A season of contentment. As I signed the lease today on our tiny, one bedroom apartment, I felt my heart want a little more. A home, a place to call our own. A lot lately, I’ve found myself falling into the trap of this world of wanting more in the materialistic sense, the drive for more and more and bigger and better. So, I find myself needing to lean into contentment. Contentment with where we’re at (especially the price I locked this apartment in at four years ago), but for myself and our hopes and dreams too. It’s a process. And sometimes it takes a LONG time. But that’s how it’s supposed to be. Things don’t happen magically overnight, nor is #overnightsuccess a real thing. So, I’m leaning into contentment as we head into fall. Something I am totally content with is ADORABLE families and the honor of photographing fellow photographers like these cuties below at their V Sattui Winery Family Session!

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ST. HELENA ENGAGEMENT SESSION AT V SATTUI & GOTT’S ROADSIDE GRILL | KARA & DREW

A video scavenger hunt. This scavenger hunt took Kara all around both parks. Which parks you ask? Why none other than the magical Disneyland and California Adventure. Because these two met when Kara was working for Disney in Florida. And now, in sunny California, Drew had designed a video scavenger hunt that took Kara from spot to spot around the parks. At each location, she was greeted by a friendly face and a video clip Drew had put together with her next clue. Ultimately, Kara found herself on Paradise Pier (now Pixar Pier I think?!) overlooking the water, sunset, Ferris wheel and Drew, down on one knee. And man do I love that story! And these two at their St. Helena Engagement Session!

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NEWBERRY ESTATE VINEYARDS WEDDING | JASMINE & JOHNNY

Four dresses. And no, this isn’t a 27 Dresses sort of thing. This beautiful bride, Jasmine, had four wedding dresses. And not just four wedding dresses. Four custom made, gorgeous wedding gowns. All in different colors. All fit for a princess. For throughout her perfect wedding day, Jasmine had a gown to suit the moment, and I think it’s too difficult for me to pick just one. All four gowns complimented not only Jasmine, but their beautiful Newberry Estate Vineyards Wedding as well.

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