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Jessica & Chris married! Carmel, CA

From the groom Chris: It was my first day at a new job. The boss walked me through the halls and introduced me one by one to each of my new coworkers. I met accounting, front desk, HR, marketing, and on and on until I came across the office "relocation specialist" and about broke my neck. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. We were hastily introduced and I stuttered through a dumbfounded "nice to meet you..." I spent the rest of the day in a stupor.

Over the next month I made up excuses to come talk to her. I asked if she could print out all my documents for me (as if hers was the only printer in the office I could use). I stopped by constantly to ask her for a pen or a ruler or a sticky note or white out or any number of things I didn't really need. It was kind of pathetic. Once, when she indicated she liked a huge 6x6 foot blackboard hanging in my office, I took the whole thing down and dragged it to her desk without thinking -- just to be her knight in shining armor. She politely explained that she had no place to put it and so I dragged back. It took me a month to work up the courage to ask her out. I finally did and never let her go.

Vendors: Simply Stunning Weddings & Events // Priscilla Francine Makeup // Reiko Horiuchi (hair) // The Party Helpers // Fleurish Floral Designs // Jen's Cakes // Denon and Doyle // The Barn on Old Stage //

Film scans by Little Film Lab 

Isabelle & Bryce married! Big Sur, CA

In August of 2005 both of them chose orders to Commander Carrier Strike Group Five on-board the USS Kitty Hawk in Yokosuka, Japan. They worked together for years with a "hello" here, and "how are you?" there, and once in a while "you're late" or "can you fill in for me?" It was strictly a working relationship and nothing more. They may not have been the best of friends, but after three years of working together they finally hung out and got to know each other. He made her laugh, she made him laugh, and they realized they had much more in common than having a great work ethic. In the summer of 2008, Bryce & Isabelle finally had their first date. Yet they had to remain professional and hide their relationship from their co-workers. They both decided to leave the military once their terms were over and moved to California in 2009. Soon after, they adopted their dog Lily. They both loved California, but it was time to explore a new place. Isabelle decided to attend the University of Rhode Island, so in January of 2012 they drove to Rhode Island, and they saw some of the most wonderful parks of the U.S. along the way.

In August of 2012 they were invited to Walt Disney World in Florida for a family vacation. After 4 years of loving each other, on August 7th, 2012 inside Cinderella's Castle, after the fireworks show, Bryce got down on one knee and proposed to Isabelle with an amazing ring. She of course said "Yes!" She was very surprised and there was even cheering and applause from everyone in the restaurant. After 5 years and 19 days of loving each other, they exchanged vows at Wind & Sea in Big Sur!

Vendors:  Wind & Sea Estate // Patisserie Bechler  //  Anthony of DNA Entertainment //  Paradise Catering //  Unlimited Events Inc. //

Check out their unique Alameda engagement session!

Meet Lily:

Isabelle & Bryce decided to see each other before the ceremony and do a "First Look"

Love this picture below that Adam took during their First Look:

(this image below is a film image captured on our Contax 645, taken by Adam)

(this image below is a film image captured on our Contax 645, taken by Adam)

(this image below is a film image captured on our Contax 645, taken by Adam)

(this image below is a film image captured on our Contax 645, taken by Adam)

(this image below is a film image captured on our Contax 645, taken by Adam)

(this image below is a film image captured on our Contax 645, taken by Adam)

Love love this picture below that Adam captured of Isabelle & Bryce entering the reception:

How cute is this?!

Laura & Ryland engaged! Monterey, CA

When Laura first contacted me, she said, "I found a link to some of your pictures on Pinterest, and after visiting your website I didn't want to look any further for a photographer!" I think I let out a little squeal after seeing that! As I kept reading the email, I discovered she has a goldendoodle too!! I knew they would be an awesome couple to work with, and I was totally right :) Yesterday was the first time I got to meet them, and we had a blast at their engagement session in Monterey. I'm looking forward to their victorian house wedding back in Monterey this November.

I love the way that Ryland can make Laura laugh


Kristin & Dave married! Carmel, CA {Holman Ranch}

Kristin & Dave were married at the AMAZINGLY beautiful Holman Ranch in Carmel!! It was an an intimate wedding with their closest friends and family, which made it so special. They also brought their dog Toby to be the ring bearer :) I'm SO happy for these two, and can't wait to photograph the next part of their lives together!!

Check out their engagement session!

Floral Design Studio // Say It With Pillows (table runner) // Erica Umbarger (hair & makeup) // Paradise Catering //

The First Look!

love love this picture below that Adam took!

Adam captured this image below as well!

Obsessed with her chevron print table runner!!

Their first dance as husband and wife

Dave brewed his own beer for their wedding

Courtney & Alec married! Carmel, CA

Adam and I headed to Carmel on Saturday for Courtney & Alec's intimate, private estate wedding. I hadn't met them yet, but when we walked in, it was like I had known them for a while! Courtney and Alec are so sweet and cute together and I had a blast photographing their wedding. It was so great to see their closest friends and family gather at her parents house in Carmel to celebrate their love! You could tell from the toasts their friends and family gave, that this couple is very loved and appreciated. It was an awesome day and a great start to their married life together! Courtney's dad seeing her for the first time in her wedding dress the ceremony was held in the front yard love this angle Adam caught of Alec seeing Courtney walk down the aisle love this sweet best friend moment cocktail hour in the driveway I love all of Courtney's Tiffany & Co. jewelry she wore they are too adorable! Courtney is one of those people who looks so cute when she laughs! The reception was held in the backyard father and son their first dance My favorite picture of the two of them! love this picture below that Adam captured with our tilt-shift lens! Alec's dad made them custom bobble heads. Too funny! bridesmaids making the Alec & Courtney bobble heads kiss haha Flowers: Fleurish Floral Designs Bakery: Layers Sensational Cakes Caterer: Michael’s Catering Lighting/RentalsChic Event Rentals Place cards: Life’s Simple Gestures Hair: Andrea Gamecho Makeup: Meghan Wright

Kaila & Derek married! Carmel, CA {Destination Wedding}

Kaila & Derek were married at Tehama Golf Club overlooking all of Carmel Valley!! It was a beautiful day full of laughter, good friends, and sweet moments. From the moment her dad walked in and saw her for the first time, to Darth Vader paying the reception a visit, to their grand exit!! Everyone was so nice, and I just loved all her bridesmaids too! I'm so thankful that I've gotten to know this great couple and to have been able to capture their big day!
Check out their engagement session!
Love Kaila's Christian Louboutin shoes!
She gave all the girls Anthropologie mugs with their initials on them as well as fun shirts!!
love this best friend moment. so special!
Kaila's dad seeing her before he walked her down the aisle
Oh you know, just the "flower man" getting fitted for his head wreath ;)
ceremony time!!
Mr. & Mrs. Walls!
Adam captured this picture below:
They are SO SO cute!!
Kaila is gorgeous!
Derek's sister & another one of Kaila's bridesmaids, told a little story with a Star Wars twist (since Derek loves Star Wars so much). Darth Vader even showed up and the lightsabers came out!!

Wedding Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca
Bridesmaid Dress Designer: The Dessy Group
Invitations: RSVP Please
Makeup artist: Bertha Barajas
Hair stylist: Andrea Gamecho- Palo Salon
Garter- DemureAllure (etsy)