Stacey and Ty are truly genuine people, I loved them from the first email! I had great ideas for their engagement session from the moment she told me she trusted me. When clients give me free rein, I feel like that’s when I do my best work because I’m able to be as creative as I like and I have the opportunity to surprise them. Stacey really wanted something more relaxed, nothing fancy so my plan was to just create a lovely atmosphere for them. I took them to one of the best locations that I know of in our area; Heritage Oak Winery; such a wonderful location! The owner of Heritage Oak Winery is extremely accommodating, nice and knows how to take care of clients, and his wine is marvelous too! The weather was perfect; warm but not too hot, a little breeze but nothing to fuss about or mess hair up. When my couple arrived I had them taste some wine while my hubby and I went and set up their picnic. We left our setup to go get my couple and on the way back, as soon as we pulled up and put it into part; I watched a large tree branch break off the oak tree and crash right on top of my beautiful picnic!!!! I had beautiful lanterns, wine glasses, wine bottles….ahhhh! I was livid! I took a few breaths and just thanked my lucky stars that my couple wasn’t sitting under it when it happened. Apparently someone was looking out for them too, to make it happen prior to them sitting under it, that or someone wanted to push my buttons ahaha. Either way, I’m thankful they didn’t get hurt. Nature is wild after all. It did make for some funny moments through out our session like when we joked that the wild jack rabbit that kept hoping around us must have grew wings, flew up and was bouncing on the branches to purposely sabotage our setup. Overall, it was a really great session at the winery/vineyard! Lots of beautiful portraits and moments shared between my couple!! After the winery, I took the couple over to downtown Lodi and did some city shots which are also, very nice! Downtown Lodi’s citizens were less then lovely, but we all held our ground and still had a great time!
Thank you so much for choosing me to capture this time in your lives. I truly hope I am able to be there for you on your special day. I have no doubt it will be just as beautiful, if not more!!