Nicole and Rob’s DIY Travel Inspired Backyard Wedding

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Here is the thing with Nicole and Rob – I could probably write an epic novel to describe how much I love them.  No, seriously – EPIC NOVEL!  Nicole and Rob are fun and inspiring and just flat out wonderful.  I can’t thank Summer and Greg enough for bringing them into the SMP family.  I was actually GIDDY as we drove down to Los Gatos for their wedding.  I knew it would be a day full of love and lots of laughs and surprises.  From the second we arrived it was non-stop happiness as we went through getting ready, first look, friend portraits, a quick snack break at a falafal drive-in (because, OF COURSE WE DID!), to a perfect ceremony at the San Jose Rose Garden followed by a night of fun (including La Hora Loca that I kind of want to make mandatory for all of my couples now) in Summer’s parents luscious backyard in Los Gatos. Every detail was infused with what make Nicole and Rob’s relationship so special.  They LOVE to travel, so their were maps everywhere from pinwheels to paper chains, the bar was even set up to look like an airplane cabin.  Instead of giving favors, they donated to various charities in their guests honor and even let their guests choose one of three charities.  Best of all, they had a taco truck catering the whole thing.  We all know how I feel about tacos. Nicole and Rob didn’t miss a detail, and I am so very happy I got the be the one to record it all for them.  Take a peek at their delightful wedding day – and then wish you’d been there too… because you will.

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Nicole sent me this awesome email from freaking SouthEast Asia (where she and Rob are on an EPIC 72 day honeymoon) when she finally found a fast enough internet connection to see the pictures.  I won’t lie, it made me a crack a BIG ol’ grin.

 OHMAHGEHRD.  You absolutely slay me.  thank you thank you THANK YOU for making me look somewhat ladylike, getting such great shots of my handsome husband (!), and for capturing so many little moments that bring memories flooding back.  all of it still feels so unreal…but seeing the pics also somehow makes it all feel more concrete…?
 
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I love YOUR faces off Nicole and Rob!  And truly can’t tell you how honored I feel to have been a part of your wedding!  Check out Nicole and Rob’s epic SLIDESHOW HERE for more of their perfect day!

Kaitlynne’s Senior Portraits

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My cousin, Elaine, has a BEAUTIFUL daughter, Kaitlynne who just happens to be graduating from high school in the spring.  I was so excited with Elaine called me up and asked if I’d take Kaitlynne’s Senior portraits.  Senior portraits aren’t something I normally do, so I was nervous and excited for the shoot.  Kaitlynne is a STUNNER so she made my job easy!  Plus, we had the beauties of Hello Glam there to wave their hair and makeup magic wands.  It was awesome!  I love how they turned out and had to share a few.  Congratulations Kaitlynne!  We are all so proud of you!

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Brooke and Robert’s Fantastically Fun Crocker Art Museum Wedding

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Brooke and Robert might very well be one of the most fun couples we’ve ever photographed ever.  They are hilarious, fun and downright perfect for each other.  They had a beautiful, laid-back wedding at The Crocker Art Museum in downtown Sacramento and we LOVED being a part of it.  Check out their big day!

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We had a fabulous first look in my FAVE room at the Crocker.  The light in there is ALWAYS bananas!  Then we had their fabulous wedding party join us for pictures.  Brooke and Robert had their day so well planned that we did all the family pictures prior to their ceremony too!  So once they said I Do it was off to their party!  It was awesome!

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Then is was time to get these two married.  Brooke’s dad did double duty – he walked his beautiful girl down the aisle AND preformed the wedding ceremony.  I guess that is just a perk of having a judge for a dad!  It was an amazing ceremony with deeply personal (and hilarious) vows that didn’t leave a dry eye.

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Then it was off to the reception where there was LOADS of dancing and laughing and a mac n’ cheese bar… so it was heaven basically.

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We can’t thank Robert and Brooke enough for having us be a part of their AWESOME wedding!  Check out their SLIDESHOW HERE for more of their awesomeness!

Wedding and Reception Venue: The Crocker Art Museum – Sacramento, California

Photography: Sarah Maren Photographers

Flowers: Visual Impact

Catering: The Supper Club

DJ: SJ’s Disc Jocky

Frightful Fun! (Halloween at SMP!)

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We hope you ALL had a frightfully fun Halloween! We sure did! Halloween is one of our family’s favorite nights of the year. We turned the costumes up a notch this year, adding in makeup and lots of accessories. It was SUPER fun! Check it out!

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Lauren apparently takes my job pretty seriously, because when Dustin took the kids shopping for costumes she came back as a bride.We decided to go with vampire bride to shake things up a bit. I studied tutorials on how to do vampire makeup (Pinterest rears is head again!) and she was SUCH a good sport. What’s hilarious is when we came home at the end of the night she nearly scared herself to death when she went into the bathroom and saw herself in the mirror out of the corner of her eye. Am I a terrible mother for laughing hysterically while she sobbed? Probably. But it will make a good story to tell on dates someday.

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Ben decided to be a super hero, and really, that couldn’t have been more perfect. He is pretty super after all. His shirt under the costume says, “Hello Ladies!” Which is also just about right. Amos even got into the action as a pirate. I have to give a huge shout out to Dustin who took the kids costume shopping. He took them to the Goodwill (brilliant! I would have never thought of it!) and got these great costumes and accessories for less than $15. Way to go husband! We hope you all had a FABULOUS Halloween. Now to go sort our candy and start the trading!