ASHLEY BAUMGARTNER

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FOLSOM LAKE ENGAGEMENT SESSION | AMY & JOSH

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ZEPHYR COVE ENGAGEMENT SESSION | CAITLYN AND SHANE

Right there in this very town. These two were in Tahoe for a cold and snowy weekend getaway with friends. It was a blizzardy day. And they had taken their dogs out for a walk. When all of a sudden, Shane got down on one knee and asked Caitlyn the most important question of her life. Would you marry me? A look of shock and awe, but the sweetest surprise. Because she would get to marry the love of her life and she would get to tell me all about it at their Zephyr Cove Engagement Session!

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FIELD AND POND WEDDING WITH JENN ROBIRDS EVENTS | ALEX & KEVIN

A battle of sarcasm. In the best way. These two, they know how to one up each other. To pull out the best from each other. And the best jokes. Because they are so full of fun, sarcasm, and joy in their relationship and their life. And I am so, so happy that I got to be a part of their legacy of love! They even both mentioned they were the funnier one in their vows - which is so, so fitting for these two. Their beautiful legacy started with a stunning Field and Pond Wedding designed and executed by the amazing team behind Jenn Robirds Events.

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FRENCH BLUE WEDDING INSPIRATION AT HELWIG WINERY | FEATURED ON WEDDING CHICKS

A dreamy day of French Blue Wedding Inspiration featured on Wedding Chicks. Thank you to Events by Kristina Elyse and Helwig Winery for creating such a beautiful day. Check it out here.

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PRESIDIO ENGAGEMENT SESSION | CHRISTINA & TONY

An unexpected trip to San Diego and Murph's girlfriend. After a busy year of teaching elementary school, Christina and Tony planned to take a road trip. Visit some neat spots, see the sights. But with the craziness of the end of the school year, neither got around to planning it. So on a whim, with their planned time off, they jetted off to San Diego, where they attended college. Christina wanted Tony to research restaurants for a nice dinner but he insisted on visiting their classic date spots, the cliffs looking over the ocean in La Jolla. Well after a photo by a stranger, Tony hopped down on one knee unexpectedly and asked Christina to be his forever. And I couldn't have loved it anymore when they told me all about it at their Presidio Engagement Session. 

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CLOS LACHANCE WINERY WEDDING | KAT & KURT

He began by telling a story. And just a few moments into his story “The Journey”, even I was crying behind my camera. A story of how he got his baby girl. A story of how he and his wife grew their family, with the help of Kristin. And how when she was three days old, they got to pick her up at the hospital and call her their daughter. But that was only the beginning of the journey. See, two decades later, the bride, Kat decided to take a chance by searching for her birth mother Kristin. And with the support of her parents, she got to meet Kristin and her siblings Mackenzie and Daniel. But the best part? Every single one of them were there at her perfect Clos LaChance Winery Wedding to her best friend (sorry Sara!), Kurt. Three families, joining as one, and I know for sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.

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HELWIG WINERY ENGAGEMENT SESSION | STEFFANIE & RICH

A rainbow. As Steffanie was driving home the other day, she saw a rainbow. Now, rainbows usually mean rain, and it did. Which any bride would probably freak out about on the week of their outdoor, backyard, private estate wedding. But Steffanie? No, Steffanie saw it as a sign. A sign that her dad, her #1 man, was watching over her and her wedding week from heaven. That he was with her through all the ups and downs of planning, the week of, and the nerves. And that he would be with her for her Private Estate Wedding with Jenn Robirds Events. And I absolutely love that. Just like I love Steffanie and Rich’s Helwig Winery Engagement Session too!

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BAY AREA SPRING WEDDING INSPIRATION | FEATURED ON INSPIRED BY THIS

Although we've had a lot of rain this year, we are still OBSESSED with SPRING! And want it to last forever! That is why we are so thrilled to bring you this Bay Area Spring Wedding Inspiration, featured on Inspired by This! We were honored to contribute both film photography and calligraphy to this amazing vendor team.

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SF CITY HALL BLACK TIE ENGAGEMENT | ESMERALDA & JESUS

The first time my jaw dropped. That’s what happened when these two walked into San Francisco City Hall. Flowing black sheen. And a black tux. I wasn’t sure if it was even them. I mean, I was pretty convinced I was in the presence of celebrities or rock stars. Because my jaw was on the floor. I get to call these two a #baumbride and groom?! Well, they looked like a million bucks and that was only the first few minutes of their SF City Hall Black Tie Engagement Session before we headed to the second part, their Palace of Fine Arts Engagement Session.

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MT TAM ENGAGEMENT SESSION | JULIA AND CAMERON

Things in common. I love when I find out I have things in common with my sweet couples. Something to talk (or gush) about. Things we have in our past that are related. And when it came to exploring the afternoon with this sweet couple, we got such a kick out of talking about our favorite spots in San Luis Obispo. All over the Central Coast, the places we love and cherish dearly. Places special to me, and special to them. And that’s what we did during their Mt. Tam Engagement Session!

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