Reno, Toiyabe Golf Club Wedding

Reno, Toiyabe Golf Club Wedding

Ten minutes away from ceremony time which is outside... it's sideways pouring rain. A quick decision was made to move the ceremony inside as the rain continued to get heavier. While everyone was pushing the reception tables around and setting the ceremony up inside,  I immediately looked at Katie to see how she was handling it

Winter Bridal Styled Shoot - Sand Harbor, South Lake Tahoe

Winter Bridal Styled Shoot - Sand Harbor, South Lake Tahoe

Something that happens in Sand Harbor over winter is a horse carriage ride. Towards the end of the shoot I noticed that the horses were being loaded up to go home. So I walked over and asked if I could borrow a horse for a few shots. They were hesitant, but agreed  (people are a lot nicer when they think you are getting married)! We only had a few minutes with the horse and he did not want to cooperate. But of course I managed to get at least one image with him.

Rio Seco Wedding : Vanessa and Keith

Rio Seco Wedding : Vanessa and Keith

One of the best things about Vanessa and Keith is how relaxed they were the entire day. Before the ceremony, Vanessa actually got a Jack n the Box burger! What other bride would eat a burger on the wedding day? YOU GO GIRL! Who wants to be hungry at their own wedding anyways? Eat something scrumptious!

Santa Barbara Wedding Anniversary

What is the best way to celebrate ten years of marriage? To host a big bbq with your closest friends and family, and take pictures with your original wedding party of course!

Matt & Jessica: Dolphin Bay Resort Wedding – Pismo Beach Wedding

   This was my first wedding second shooting for Stefanie (owner of Stefanie Elizabeth photography). Stefanie found me through our local photographer group on Facebook. We met in the parking lot before the wedding making a game plan then headed up to the bridal sweet at Dolphin Bay Resort. I started with the details: bouquets (which were so gorgeous!), rings, bridal jewelry, the dress and more. We both photographed Jessica getting ready then went down to where the ceremony took place overlooking the ocean. It was a super windy that particular day and miraculously stopped just in time for the ceremony. When the ceremony was over, Matt and Jessica walked down the isle as a newly married couple to a Starwars song. Stefanie and I then had some time to do bride and groom portraits around the resort. There are so many good locations on the property from the lobby of the resort, to a small tucked away path by the pool that made it look like we were in Hawaii!

    Stefanie and I then headed to the reception at the Radisson in Santa Maria. I was going to follow her since I didn’t know where it was. I followed her white car off the freeway then the car that I thought was hers started going into a neighborhood and I quickly realized I somehow started following a different white car and Stefanie was then behind me. I have no idea how that happened! Once we got to the reception we had some time to kill as guests were still arriving so we were able to download some of the pictures from the day and get a head start on editing. It was so awesome a time to relax a little. After the guests had arrived, Matt and Jessica did their first dance then rest of the night was a party!

Alyssa
 

San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer

 

Jodi and Joey’s Wedding – Thousand Hills Ranch: San Luis Obispo Wedding

I had such a great time second shooting for Samantha Ward, owner of Memory Making Events. She is an event planner and a photographer and her husband does videography. Sam has the greatest personality and is such a fun person to be around! 

The wedding day didn’t start out so well for Jodi and Joey. It was any brides worst nightmare…. RAIN! And of course they had a ceremony planned outside on the grass by the Oak tree. Thankfully the wedding party and vendors made a quick change to the set up, making a gorgeous indoor ceremony in the barn. All the ladies walked down the stairs then down the aisle. The barn at thousand hills ranch is unique due to one side of it being completely open. So Sam and I were able to do formals inside but right on the edge of the building so they look like they were done outside. The rain stopped a little bit for us to actually take Jodi and Joey outside for some portraits of just the two of them. BTW brides - Overcast and cloudy are a lot better for lighting than mid day high sun, so its not all bad when it is not ideal weather on your wedding day.  

The wedding party and guests were such a fun group! They were dressing up in the photo booth accessories and dancing on the dance floor in them. They also started a dance off dancing on top of wine barrels and chairs. But that wasn’t all the excitement, Jodi and Joey had an interesting tradition; The man who caught the garter had to put it on the woman who caught the bouquet…using no hands. Talk about the most awkward and funniest thing I have ever seen, also “the higher the garter, the more luck for the newly weds”. I’m sure they were at least a little bit tipsy, so I’m sure that helped but everyone was dying of laughter. After some more dancing I really wanted to get a picture of Jodi and Joey outside in the rain and in the dark, and they were up for it! I placed a flash behind them and as it fired it froze the rain in the picture and looked just fantastic! It is one of my favorite photos!! So I’m excited for more weddings in the rain, it is supposed to be good luck anyways, right? ;)

Alyssa

San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer

Sarah and Jimmy: Edwards Barn Wedding – Nipomo Wedding

I love when I get to photograph the couple’s engagement and wedding. I got to photograph both Sarah and Jimmy’s engagement and wedding. We did their engagement pictures at the same location of their wedding, at Edwards Barn in Nipomo. During the engagement session I got to know Sarah and Jimmy. Throughout the session there was a barn cat following us wanting to be in the pictures (I love cats so this was not an issue for me). From having the engagement pictures at the wedding venue we got to vision what the wedding day would look like. From that day, May seemed SO far away but the months flew by and the wedding day came up quick!

I showed up the barn and started photographing my favorite things, the details! Chelsea from Blissful Blossoms was the florist and did an excellent job on the flowers. The colors of all the flowers were perfect for this spring wedding and on top of it they smelled fantastic. Sarah and Jimmy’s wedding a party was a little different from I am use to. She included her best friend and brother and he included his best friend and sister. So the girls got ready with each other and the boys got ready with each other but then at the ceremony when they got to the alter, Jimmy’s sister stood on his side and Sarah’s brother stood on her side. What a unique and cute idea! After the ceremony we managed to get all of the wedding guests in front of the barn for a big group photo. I was surprised on how quickly this could be accomplished; usually it is like herding cats to get that many people together and stay put for a picture.

The whole day went by stress free and perfect as could be. To end the great day all the guests got handfuls of rose petals and threw them in the air as the newly wed couple walked out. Since it was still light out after the reception Sarah, Jimmy and I went to Avila Beach on the cliffs and take a few sunset pictures and it was the perfect ending to a marvelous wedding. ­

Venue: http://edwardsbarn.com

Florist: http://blissfulblossomsslo.com

Cake: http://agbakery.com

Hair Stylist: http://www.tuttabella.net/index.html

 

Alyssa

San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer