After collecting Mike’s luggage, we headed out to another loved one’s welcoming arms….er…should I say, paws?!!!! Jessica and Mike adopted a puppy before Mike had gone off to Afganistan. At that time their little guy, Colt, was only six months old. Now, a year later, they were worried that Colt would just act like a typical one year old pup and bark at Mike. When the time came for Jessica and Colt to come around the corner to meet Mike after six months, what happened next was absolutely amazing. Truly something you only see on special occasions. Mind you, Colt barked at me and wanted nothing to do with me, but went straight to Mike. My words do no justice to the story…take a look for yourself.
This lovely session took place at Knight’s Ferry on a tremendously gorgeous winter day; nothing about that day said ‘winter’. The sun shinned and Brittany and Kevin’s face gleamed with happiness as we ventured around Knight’s Ferry for portraits. Their session is the perfect mixture of sweet with a special kind of love. Their love for one another is very tender and endearing, but strong; something that everyone should long for. Brittany wore a beautiful floral blouse adorned with a great brown belt, and boots to match! Kevin’s outfit was the perfect to match both of their outfits as a whole. At the end of Brittany and Kevin’s engagement session, I think it was safe to say that they were completely relaxed, and understood and appreciated my ways of doing sessions. By the end of a session I hope that a couple can block me out and simply just love each other without reservation, and Brittany and Kevin did just that.
A bride who thinks only of others, and then herself is Lisa. Lisa is the most selfless person I think I have ever met. Her husband, Travis, being a sweet and kind soul himself, is the perfect complement to her! Their wedding took place at Empire Mine State Historical Park in Grassvalley. This venue is the perfect match for sweet, kind, and beautiful souls like Lisa and Travis’. Empire Mine is surrounded by forest trees where you can’t hear or see anything that can complicate life which is also the perfect backdrop for a romantic but rustic wedding. Lisa and Travis day started over at their hotel were they were accompanied by their loved ones while they got ready. Once they were all set, we all headed over to Empire Mine were Lisa put on her dress and final details. After putting on her dress, her and I walked to her first look location. Most brides are caught up in the moment about to happen, and although Lisa was clearly excited and ready to see her groom, she was selfless enough to realize I was a person walking beside her in this moment in time and she understood that and we shared some great stories during this time. Once to her first look, I gave her the talk about how to just be natural and before I was finished talking she easily turned on the beauty and charm for some quick bride portraits. While we snapped away at Lisa swirling, smizing, and looking amazing, Travis walked up behind her and then gave her a kiss, a hug, and then swept her off of her feet. Empire Mine is one of the most beautiful venues to have access to to walk around for bridal portraits, and boy did we make the most of it! Lisa and Travis gave us such a remarkable time slot for photographs that we actually had time leftover! This was tremendously considerate! After we were finished up, Travis was able to help finish setting things up and Lisa was able to have some girl time with her friends and family, and all before the ceremony! They showed us how a bride and groom can mix both excitement and relaxed in one beautiful wedding day! Their ceremony took place in front of a historical stone house which was utterly gorgeous! After walking down the aisle, Lisa met her husband-to-be, at the altar. The officiant began with his words and while doing so, I noticed that Lisa and Travis were very much in tune with another, but what was even greater was that they noticed their family and friends; they casually looked out amongst them, smile, whisper a ‘hi’, and proceed to be nothing but happy! I have never witnessed a wedding where a bride and a groom were able to be in love with one another but equally and having consensual love for other people. It was beautiful to see. Lisa and Travis sealed their vows with a kiss, walked down the aisle with big smiles, and snuck behind some shrubs. Travis lifted his beautiful bride up and kissed her! If the kiss at the altar didn’t do it, that one sure did! Following the ceremony, Lisa and Travis had one of the sweetest receptions ever. Their reception took place under the stars with beautiful market lights, lots of family, friends and dancing!
Scott and Emily’s wedding was a perfect mixture of simple meets lovely! Their prep began at the beautiful Sterling Hotel in Downtown Sacramento. Scott and Emily decided to get ready as a family, with them and their two kids; they all enjoyed being together while prepping for the big day. After getting all dressed up, we went out front of the Sterling Hotel for portraits. I met Scott and Emily twice before but we never got the chance to do an engagement session so when it came to actually pose for pretty pictures Emily got a little nervous. Wearing a simple but lovely fitting dress, very elegant and simple diamond accessories, and topped it all off with the most amazing colorful bouquet ever, she looked stunning even with a little nerves. Those nerves quickly dissipated when Scott came back into the picture, in fact, she went from nervous to absolutely glowing in love! I adore seeing a bride go from being a beautiful woman to, being a beautiful woman in love! There is a difference! After some portraits around the Sterling Hotel, we headed over to the State Capital and walked around the entire building capturing stunning images for them to always cherish. Scott and Emily gave us such a generous time slot for their posed portraits, it truly makes a wedding day that much more amazing when we are able to do our jobs in a stress free time frame. We all then headed over to their ceremony and reception venue, The Railbridge Cellars, also in Downtown Sacramento. The nifty thing about their venue was that it was in the penthouse, you know, the very tippy top of one of this ridiculously tall buildings you see! Although my head wasn’t diggin’ the height level, I personally thought it was spectacular to look out and see the whole city! The best part was how beautiful it looked that particular day. It was on the last day of October, of Halloween as many of you may know it as. Usually it’s a cold dreary day on this date, but rather, there were no clouds. Once the sun began to set, a thought provoking haze set upon the city and the valley beyond, this made for an amazing view and memory to add to their day. Their ceremony was right before sunset, right when the sun was beaming golden orange, and right through the windows where they said their ‘I Dos’. Their ceremony was so intimate and sweet. About twenty of their closest family and friends attended. Emily walked down the aisle and the room was taking away by her elegance. One of their great friends helped them to tie the knot, along with Scott’s little ones being right there by their sides. A tear or two was shred, but ultimately this wedding was what seemed to be “making it official”, as Scott and Emily already presented the love and respect for one another that a couple married for ten years would exude. After the official kiss, Scott and Emily walked back down the aisle with a brand new kind of smile. Following their ceremony was a reception full of great conversations, lots of laughter, and some of the best dancing that can only be down with your closest family and friends watching!
Dream Big. Be Strong. Love. – Alicia Gines