I am SO excited to share Kelly and Nick’s wedding today!  This summer I had the chance to photograph this incredible couple at one of my favorite venues on earth.  Kelly and Nick are such lights and it is so wonderful to be in their presence.  After getting to know them better at their engagement session in Redding last year I could hardly wait for their big day!  It did NOT disappoint.  There was all my favorites – laughter, tears, kisses, high fives and oh so much love!  (The fact that Nick’s fire fighter buddies took their shirts of during dancing that night didn’t hurt either.) We got a beautiful day in the Capay valley and a whole bunch of folks who came to love and support this happy couple. Kelly took the time to answer some of my questions about her wedding day and I love the answers she shared.  One of the things I hear again and again is that couple’s wish they had stressed less during the planning of their wedding.  While I don’t think stress is totally unavoidable, it’s definitely something we could all do with a little of.  If there is one thing I’ve learned over all my years photographing weddings it’s that things will fall into place and everything will work out.  There is sure to be a snag or two here and there, but I promise you won’t remember them too clearly as time marches on, and more often than not they become a funny memory instead of a tragic one.  So, take a deep breath – it’s all going to work out!  And here’s some photographic evidence of just how awesome a wedding can be!  Congratulations Kelly and Nick!! And thanks for letting me be part of all the magic of your wedding!

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      Do you have any advice for other couples planning their wedding?

      Don’t sweat the small stuff! Also, a great photographer makes all the difference- paired with a great DJ, they run the show!

      EDITOR’S NOTE: Kelly and Nick obviously hired a pretty great photographer, but they hired a whole team of awesome vendors who love working together! I feel like that’s the secret sauce to a pulling off a great wedding! The staff at Taber is amazing and always know how to take care of not only you and your guests but the vendor team too!  And if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a billion times, your DJ is SUCH an important part of your wedding and can really make or break things!  Whenever I get to work with the awesome humans of SJ’s Disc Jockey I know it’s going to be a GREAT event!

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      What was the most memorable moment of your day?

      Honestly, our couple session with Sarah! We did not do a first look, so this was the first time we had some one-on-one time together. It was so special and fun yet intimate. Sarah captured all of the love and happiness of our day- and we just got to be ourselves and love on each other. Our ceremony was so special– but our couples session gave us a chance to just take it all in and just have some time alone (with Sarah catching it all from a distance of course).

      EDITOR’S NOTE: My favorite moment of this time with this beautiful pair was the beginning – because Nick was STARVING!  I remember all too well my hungry husband after our own wedding ceremony while we were trying to take pictures. It was a… challenge to get him to focus.  That is why I carry extra protein bars in my bag at every wedding.  Yes, I gave Nick a protein bar and yes, it made him much more fun to photograph. 🙂 Moral of the story – no one should be photographed hungry.  This concludes my TED Talk. You’re welcome.

      The couple’s favorite photo
      The couple’s OTHER favorite photo.

      What was your favorite image from your wedding and why do you love it best?

       It is impossible to pick only one favorite photo– but I love these two because I feel like it shows the love and happiness we felt on that day! These two are different but I love both the black and white and the lighting in the color photo- and the details with the water spraying- stunning!

      Also, my husband is just so handsome with those dimples. 🙂

      EDITOR’S NOTE: I 100% agree about Nick’s dimples.  Can you two please have one million babies and then call me to take their photos?

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      If you could do it all over, would you change anything about your wedding?

      I would want to stress less about the timeline and be more present!

      Where did you honeymoon?

      Maui!

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