Published!

Im sooooooo excited to share this fabulous wedding just published on Snippet and Ink. Anne and Spencer were married on a grassy hilltop at Bloomfield Farms near Petaluma, to see more of this gorgeous bohemian wedding go to http://snippetandink.com/bohemian-barn-wedding-inspired-by-60s-glamour-anne-spencer/

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Nikki and Ashley

I’m celebrating the end of a sweet wedding season by sharing a few highlights from Ashley and Nikki’s wedding. The couple met in Texas and have been together for ten years. On a perfectly hot July afternoon they tied the knot on the lawn at the Madrona Manor in Healdsburg. There was not a dry eye around during their incredibly touching and emotional ceremony. During dinner Nikki surprised Ashley with the gift of a mesmerizing flamenco dancer who wowed everyone with a tantalizing swirl of scarves, castanets and live guitar. Their cake was decorated with succulents from Ashley’s garden which added a nice personal touch.

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Boonville Hotel

My last wedding of the season at the Boonville Hotel left me feeling joyful and grateful for my job. I document the celebration of love! Not a bad job. Chelsea and Harris were full of humor, their friends were friendly and nice, and their families were clearly overjoyed to be together. And I can’t leave out the fact that the Boonville Hotel is one of my favorite wedding venues. A modern Roadhouse with a beautiful garden, cute cabanas, adorable staff and best of all, amazing food.

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Pt. Reyes Wedding

My my it has been a long while since I have been here. After a crazy busy summer and a winter hiatus it’s time to  begin sharing images again. Kristin and Jeff’s wedding in Pt. Reyes was a refreshing blend of casual, DIY and crazy cool pink and blue color schemes. A close friend of Kristin’s made all the deserts and not only were they irresistible looking, but delicious too. The day was filled with a steady stream of laughter, music, and easy smiling faces . I love it when couples who have been together for a very long time, who seem to have been made for each other, finally tie the knot! When I left this wedding I was in a very good mood for days after, and not just because they sent me home with a box full of desserts, but because it was so beautiful and they were having so much fun.

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Madrona Manor

Mikyong and David’s Fall wedding was intimate and elegant, mostly family and dear friends gathered together at the lovely Madrona Manor in Healdsburg. The nicest thing about small weddings is that everyone can relax and enjoy each other’s company without feeling rushed. I was so happy to have more time to focus on some of the lovely landscape and flowers. Thank you Mikyong and David for having me there with you!

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American Gothic

I have been wondering lately where this particular trend started. The trend in wedding photography to portray the bride and groom in this very straightforward, un-romantic (or is it?) serious, standing side by side no kissing or hugging but maybe holding hands. Like this.

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It dawned on me that the inspiration comes from Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting that is so iconic now, even humorous in it’s seriousness. Could marriage really be that hard? Yes, American pioneers  did have their work cut out for them.

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Or maybe this now classic Arbus image, which is so disturbing to some that it inspired the twin girls in The Shining who haunt Jack Nicholson in the hallway. I love the idea of Diane Arbus is having an influence over wedding portraits.

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Hannah & Dave got married!

You don’t need much more than your friends, your love, a meadow and some beer to have a great wedding. Its even better when the moon is full and all the kids and dogs are running all around top speed. Hannah and Dave were married this May on a small family Chico ranch, under the Oak trees. I was thrilled to be at the right place for the showering of rice after the ceremony. I haven’t seen that tradition in a while! This wedding was so much fun to document. Relaxed and serene is how I would describe the happy couple who had an endless supply of smiles and kisses all day.