Jaymee and Drew’s Incredible DIY Wedding at The Berkeley Botanical Gardens

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Jaymee and Drew’s wedding felt like going to the wedding of an old family friend.  Maybe it’s because I’ve known Jaymee’s family for a while – they were at Lyndsay and Mike’s wedding and I did family portraits for them when Jaymee was still in high school. I knew and loved a lot of people at this wedding and so in a way, it felt like home and I just loved it.  Jaymee and Drew have been together for a LONG time –  we’re talking like 8th grade here, folks.  What I found so wonderful is how supported and adored they are.  Everyone who knows them is rooting for them, and it’s a beautiful thing to be a part of.  Every second of this wedding day was filled with love and excitement – not just from the bride and groom – but from every person there.  It was definitely my kind of wedding.  Add on the multitude of personal touches Jaymee designed and DIY’d and it was just a stunningly perfect day.  Have a peek at all the pretty.

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I love that after all these years there are still new places for us to shoot weddings.  This was our first trip to the Berkeley Botanical Gardens and I felt like a kid in a candy store.  Acres of beautiful gardens, amazing light and this beautiful couple – it was magic!  Since Jaymee had planted and grown loads of succulents for the wedding we decided to do their first look in the succulent and cacti green house.  It worked out fantastically!  Then we grabbed some portraits of our couple and their incredibly delightful bridal party.

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Then it was time to get these two hitched!  Off to the redwood grove we went.  It was nothing short of amazing!  I couldn’t believe how pretty it was in the grove – or how many banana slugs there were, but I digress.  The way the light cut through the trees was breath taking.  Then you add in this glorious couple committing their lives to each other in the company of their nearest and dearest and it was even more spectacular.

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Then it was party time!  Everything you see at this reception that is cool and awesome – yeah, Jaymee made that.  The flowers, the place cards, the guestbook, the glitter signs, the potted succulents and air plants, the LOVE sign (that is now their headboard! AMAZING!) – all made by Jaymee.  She is one of the most incredibly gifted designers!  It made me incredibly happy to point my cameras around all day.

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Please make sure you are seated for a quick Everly Mae cuteness break… I don’t want the adorableness to just knock you down or anything.  I can’t properly express how much I love this kid!  I’m so glad she was there for me make faces at.  I really love making faces at her.

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Now back to our regularly scheduled wedding post!  The reception was A BLAST!  Lots of dancing, hilarious toasts, slightly embarrassing stories about the happy couple, copious amounts of high-fives and mini bundt cakes – that is what I call a recipe for a successful wedding!

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Jaymee and Drew we can’t thank you enough for having us be part of your incredibly beautiful wedding!  We are so happy for you!  Check out their SLIDESHOW HERE for even more delightfulness!

Wedding Ceremony and Reception: Berkeley Botanical Gardens

Photography: Sarah Maren Photographers

Flowers and Decor: The bride!

Catering: Willa Lott Catering

DJ: Extreme Productions

Cake: Nothin’ Bundt Cake

Karen and James’ Beautifully Jouyful Alchemy Wedding at The HideOut

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Oh, Karen and James!  I love them and I love their wedding and I REALLY love that this wedding was another fabulous Alchemy wedding. Designed and executed to perfection by Kate Miller Events with stunning flowers by Flourish and hair and makeup provided by our beloved Hello Glam girls it was a PERFECT day… even when it got a little not perfect.  Take a peek at the prettiness of their big day.

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I loved that Karen and James did a first look!  We had loads of fun time getting images of them and their fantastic bridal party.  How beautiful are those bridesmaids dresses?  The different shades of green with the beautiful bouquets is just perfection!  And I love suspenders, so the groomsmen are rocking it too.  But let’s be clear, Karen and James are the stars of the show! Karen’s stunning dress and perfect flower crown paired with James’  paisley shirt and linen suit were just perfection!  Sadly, the weather decided to be a little grumpy (as it can be up the woods), and just as the ceremony was about to start the sky opened and started pouring rain.  When it was clear that the rain was going to go on for a bit, Kate got the guest to the saloon where it was dry and full of really yummy food.  Kate and I went to check on the bride, she was trying so hard to be okay with everything.  Kate told Karen, “Someday this will be really, really funny!” To which Karen responded, “It kind of already is!”  She took it SO well!  Then the clouds started to parted, the light got crazy pretty and steam came off the lake.  We grabbed some quick pictures of our bride and groom and then we got these two married!! And it was nothing short of AWESOME!

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Then it was time to celebrate!  And celebrate they did!  It was a fantastic night full of laughs, love, and a GREAT time!

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A huge thank you to Karen and James and the amazing vendor team that made this wedding possible!  It was a fantastic day and we are so happy to have been a part of it!  Check out their SLIDESHOW HERE for more of this awesome wedding

Wedding and Reception Venue: The HideOut – Kirkwood, California

Wedding Consultant and Stationary : Kate Miller Events

Floral Design: Flourish

Photography and Photo Booth: Sarah Maren Photographers

Bridal Party Hair and Makeup: Hello Glam

Catering: Beth Sogaard Catering

Cake: Coracao

DJ: SJ’s Disc Jockey

Guitarist: Jesse Hendricks

Rentals: Celebrations and Forever Vintage Rentals

 

 

Sara and Justin Said I Do! A Sneak Peek of Their Beautiful Backyard Wedding!

There are just not words for how lucky we feel to have Sara and Justin’s wedding close out our 2013 season.  This was SUCH a beautiful wedding with a couple who are truly amazing.  We loved every second of their wedding yesterday and I can’t wait to share all of the pretty from their big day.  To tide us all over, here is a sneak peek of all the glorious love that is Sara and Justin!
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Everly’s Cake Smash Portraits

We had a little pre-turning-1 party for Everly Mae over at my house the other night.  Really, it was a cake smash shoot for her upcoming first birthday and it was CRAZY fun!  Everly is walking a little, has a deep affection for cans of pumpkin (we discovered during the shoot) and is basically the cutest almost one year old ever.  Here’s a peek of her shoot.  Seriously, brace yourself for some cute. Sacramento Portrait Photographer - Sarah Maren Photographers Sacramento Portrait Photographer - Sarah Maren Photographers Sacramento Portrait Photographer - Sarah Maren Photographers Sacramento Portrait Photographer - Sarah Maren Photographers Sacramento Portrait Photographer - Sarah Maren Photographers Sacramento Portrait Photographer - Sarah Maren Photographers

Nicole and Rob’s Freaking Fantastic Wedding Sneak Peek!

There are not enough words for how much I love Nicole and Rob and their friends and family and their fan-freaking-tastic wedding.  We felt like one of their entourage, one of their friends and it was nothing short of a blessing to witness the start of this marriage.  These two are awesome wrapped in amazing and sprinkled with incredible.  I love them, I love this wedding and I can’t wait to share the whole thing.  Until then, here is a peek at Nicole and Rob’s wedding. San Jose Wedding Photography - Sarah Maren Photogaphers San Jose Wedding Photography - Sarah Maren Photogaphers San Jose Wedding Photography - Sarah Maren Photogaphers San Jose Wedding Photography - Sarah Maren Photogaphers San Jose Wedding Photography - Sarah Maren Photogaphers San Jose Wedding Photography - Sarah Maren Photogaphers San Jose Wedding Photography - Sarah Maren Photogaphers