Megan and Chris’ Alchemy Wedding in Placerville, California

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Megan and Chris are AWESOME! I met Megan several years ago when I did my first shoot for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. She is their marketing director and she is also a pretty amazing person. I had a blast getting to know her, and was thrilled when she called telling me she and her boyfriend Chris were getting married! I was even more thrilled that I got to be their wedding photographer! The thing about Megan and Chris is they love to just keep making things BETTER AND BETTER, so they went ahead and hired the whole Alchemy team! Their incredible wedding was planned by Kate Miller Events and the stunning florals were created by Flourish. Of course we had our girls at Hello Glam there to get all the pretty on too. It was a perfectly beautiful day in Placerville, California at David Girard Vineyards where these two became Mr. and Mrs. and then partied the night away. Check out all of the pretty!

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I LOVE the gifts that Megan and Chris got for each other! These two have SUCH a great sense of humor and it showed through the whole day. There were definitely lots of sweet and tender moments throughout their day, but there was SO much good humor it was just awesome.

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After a great first look and getting their bridal party pictures taken care of it was time to get these two married! I love the ceremony site at David Girard! The light is always so pretty! And I was THRILLED that some of vines were blooming as well! It made for some very beautiful pictures when we did their couple shots.

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Seriously! It just doesn’t get better than that! Beautiful light and an amazing couple. Dream come true! Megan and Chris have an INSANELY awesome group of family and friends who rocked that reception like no other! From hilarious and heartfelt toasts to shutting down the place with some serious dance moves it was an awesome night celebrating and equally awesome couple.

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Megan and Chris wrote me the sweetest email when they saw their pictures earlier this week. Check it out –

We LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures. Chris said “I can’t believe this is us.” You guys captured some very, very special moments and got some great angles that no one else could and they’re just stunning. I don’t know how I’m going to decide which to frame. Thank you for letting us relive our day all over again.

We loved working with you and Dustin, as always, and our friends loved you. My maid of honor Heather was like, “Sarah was AWESOME. Can we be her friend!? I want to be her friend. ” :)
Can’t thank you & your darling husband enough. <3

We are so grateful we got to be a part of Megan and Chris’ beautiful wedding! And MOH Heather – OF COURSE we can be friends! Check out more pictures of this beautiful Alchemy wedding in the SLIDESHOW HERE or below.

Wedding Magic: Alchemy Weddings
Wedding Designer, Planner and Coordinator: Kate Miller Events
Floral Designer: Flourish
Ceremony and Reception Venue: David Girard Vineyards – Placerville, California
DJ: Extreme Entertainment
Catering: Bocca Catering
Cake: The Sweetest Things
Hair and Makeup: Hello Glam
Rentals: Celebrations
Videography: wickFILMS

Christine and Tim’s Beautiful Vow Renewal on a Walnut Farm in Winters

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Christine and Tim are pretty awesome. They got married right before Tim shipped out to serve overseas in a quick wedding in the hills. The pictures weren’t what Christine had always dreamed of and really, the wedding wasn’t either. So, while her adorable husband was gone she planned their wedding and made it EXACTLY what she wanted. It was a beautiful fall day in Winters, California when these two recommitted themselves to their marriage, their daughter and their forever. It was SUCH a joy to be a part of such a wonderful day filled with SO much love. Every single person in attendance is rooting for these two and their beautiful daughter. And who could blame them? Christine and Tim are AWESOME!

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I ADORED their ceremony location! The light was AMAZING, the words beautiful and the love strong! Once vows were renewed we grabbed some pictures of our beautiful couple before heading into their fantastic reception. It was a GREAT night!

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Thanks to Christine, Tim and their awesome family and friends for having us be a part of such a BEAUTIFUL event. Check out their SLIDESHOW HERE or below for more pretty goodness.

Cerise and Eli’s Utterly Delightful Backyard Wedding in Winters

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I’m still a little behind on 2012 weddings, I thought today was the PERFECT day for Cerise and Eli’s beautiful backyard wedding we shot last fall. I LOVE Cerise and Eli! They are truly a fantastic couple with so much love for each other! Dustin and I had just gotten back from Italy the day before their wedding, but OH MY GOSH were we so grateful to be a part of their stunning day. I loved how calm and beautiful everything was. From perfect weather to amazing dancing this wedding had it all!

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I just LOVE backyard weddings! And I really love Cerise and Eli and all of their awesome. I’m so happy to finally share these pretty pictures with you! Check out their SLIDESHOW HERE or below for more from their beautiful day!

Wedding and Reception location: Private Residence – Winters, California
Bridal Hair and Makeup: Hello Glam
Catering: Buckhorn Grill

Summer and Greg’s Over the Top Amazing Wedding at The Miners Foundry

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So Summer and Greg are the lightening in a bottle kind of amazing that I PRAY FOR. They are that couple that is so in love with each other it is completely effortless, and then they have THE MOST incredible group of friends and family who also happen to be crazy talented and help them put together the most kick ass wedding ever. Seriously, I am in love with these two in a way that might be a tiny bit unhealthy. I love them, love them. This is real. I met Summer at my VERY FIRST boudoir marathon a couple of years ago. She was fearless and awesome and I told her if she hired anyone else to shoot her wedding I would hunt her down like an animal. Knowing I would keep good on that promise she DID hire us for her wedding and HOLY MOLY I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. It was SO FREAKING AWESOME and so FULL of love. It was an incredible day I feel proud to have been a witness of. When I sent these pictures over to Summer last night her email back to me was went like this: “I can not even handle you. I think I cried more watching the slideshow than I did during the actual wedding!! And I haven’t even looked at the pics yet!! From the second I dropped my pants in front of you, I knew you were the one. You are incredible, as an artist and as a person (samsies for Dustin, minus the pants dropping part). I don’t have the words to thank you enough. But THANK YOU!!” See! You are pretty much in love with her too right now. Admit it. It’s cool. But wait! Let me show you their wedding. Your crush on Summer and Greg JUST got started.

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Just FYI – throwing your bra at me pretty much etches you onto my heart forever. I’m just saying. Add to that my girls at Hello Glam were on site to make these beauties even MORE beautiful and perfection isn’t even enough of a word for a day like that! And when you have a group of bridesmaids that I like SO FREAKING MUCH I kind of want them to be MY bridesmaids, well, then we know you are a GREAT person to have friends like that. These girls DID NOT disappoint me – they just kept the awesome going at all times. I adore every single one of them.

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The boys were pretty dang awesome too. I LOVED the picture Dustin captured of them getting ready. Apparently, tying a tie is WAY more difficult than I think it is.

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Then it was time to get this bride and groom seeing each other! This is HANDS DOWN my favorite first look ever. Summer had the spot scouted before we got there and she said she wanted to tell Greg to turn around from a distance so he could see ALL of her pretty. You guys, when Greg turned around he RAN to her. These pictures do that moment no justice – NONE! It was freaking magical!

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Then we got some pictures of The World’s Best Wedding Party. Seriously, the one of the girls grabbing the boys butts… I want that as a canvas in my studio like YESTERDAY!

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Then is was wedding time. Oh my word The Miners Foundry is an amazing spot! And the wedding designer, Donna, did an AMAZING job making everything perfect. Dustin texted me before I got to the site and he told me how much I would love it but STILL I wasn’t prepared for all the awesome personal touches. Summer and Greg call each other “Babe” and “Dear” so there were pigs and deers all over, there was SO MUCH CONFETTI that I’m STILL finding it in my camera bag, and a thousand other tiny things that were just THEM! I loved every detail. Add to that a really personal ceremony officated by one of their best friends father and well, it’s just a recipe for me weeping.

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Then we grabbed some portraits of our new Mr. and Mrs. before we got the party started!

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Again with the incredible attention to detail and the beautiful design that was just SO THEM! Heap on top of that the most awesome heartfelt toasts, crazy dancing, cigars, PBR and a WHOLE bunch of fun and this wedding is going down in SMP history FOR SURE. It was a night I just didn’t want to see end! We loved every second.

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Summer and Greg also did one of the kindest things we have ever had done for us at a wedding. They played our song, took our cameras off and made us dance. I am NOT going to lie – I cried. Like, really cried. We tell couples who come to meet with us that we don’t want to show up as the hired help, we want to show up as their friends because THAT is how we make amazing images with them. Summer and Greg took that above and beyond. They blew me away with their kindness, joy, love and friendship. I can’t thank them enough for giving me four and half minutes alone with my husband. It was perfect.
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To see even MORE of Summer and Greg’s incredible day check out their SLIDESHOW HERE or below. We TRULY can’t thank Summer and Greg enough for having us be their witnesses and friends at their wedding. I am SO grateful to have been there. We love you two! Happy forever!!

Wedding and Reception Location: The Miners Foundry – Nevada City, California
Wedding and Floral Design: Donna Organ
Hair and Makeup: Hello Glam!
Baker: Nothing Bundt Cakes
DJ: Jazcat Mobile Entertainment

Listen To Your Mother – Table Read Two

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About a week and a half ago I walked into the Think House Collective for the final table read of Listen To Your Mother. The air was electric. This wasn’t a group of people who were separated by knowing someone who knew someone. It wasn’t a room full of women feeling vulnerable and extreamly exposed. It was a room full of our flock, our sisters. This was home. Hugs, kisses, laughter and this tangible love – the kind you can reach out and grab handfuls of to stuff in your purse or pocket for when you’ll need it later – filled every inch of that space. The fear was gone – replaced with the only thing that possibly could – love and trust. Once more these brave, beautiful women read their stories – this time standing behind a mic at the front of the room to get a feel for what standing it and reading it would feel like. Souls bare, hearts open we soaked it in, touched again by their truths about motherhood and all its many faces and facets.

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I once again stood (and crouched and creeped and bent to weird angles) as their witness of this incredible process. I took all the pictures – only this time they were so much easier to take because there wasn’t even a shred of worry. They were safe and they knew it. It shows on every face, it was heard in every word. Once more my heart was filled, my soul fed and I was bursting with gratitude to be a part of this extraordinary experience. I am CHANGED by these women. I am new because of them. I truly hope you too will be changed as they take the stage this Sunday for Sacramento’s first run of “Listen To Your Mother.” PLEASE join us at 7pm at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 or at the door on the day of the show for $25. Come witness greatness! You won’t regret it!

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You can view a more images from the table read in the SLIDESHOW HERE or below. I hope to see you on Sunday!