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October 4, 2018

Sharing is sometimes hard to do. Just ask the mother-of-the-bride who told me that she had just finally gotten some of the pictures from her daughters’ weddings that had taken place over the last couple of years (I was not the photographer!). Whether the photographer takes a long time to edit the pictures and deliver them or it’s months of waiting for the cd to be passed around and then hoping it works, it’s a story I hear quite often. Which is why I jumped on board the digital delivery via online galleries wagon when the technology first came out! But I still believe that tangibles like albums preserve and tell the story of a wedding day in a way that goes beyond just a facebook album online. I’m all about things you can touch and feel and creating a memorable experience for my clients from beginning until end!

So I was a little excited when USB Memory Direct reached out to see if I wanted to test their hard drives. I’m all about presentation, branded paper, silk ribbon, and personalized gifts so I loved the idea! Now along with a gallery link my couples can receive a beautiful wooden hard drive with all their photographs that just so happens to match their Heirloom Box! ;-)

Grass Valley wedding photography heirloom album and momentos.

Grass Valley wedding photography heirloom album and momentos.

While USB Memory Direct sent me these hard drives to try, this review is 100% my personal thoughts!

October 13, 2015

The one things I miss about living up in the mountains is seeing the sun set behind the Pacific Ocean and being able to do more of these amazing nautical weddings and engagement sessions! You see, I’m the girl walking through the forest in Sperry Top-siders. ;-) So I was so excited to be able to capture this fabulously styled shoot and the real love between these couples!

Senior sitting on a boat for a nautical senior styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Senior sitting on a red boat for a nautical senior's styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bride and groom on the boat for a nautical engagement styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bride and groom on the front of a boat for a nautical engagement styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bride and groom looking at each other for a nautical engagement styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bride and groom looking at each other for a nautical engagement styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bride and groom hugging each other for a nautical engagement styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bride and groom on the front of a boat for a nautical wedding styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bride and groom on the front of the boat posing like the Titanic for a nautical wedding styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bride on front of the boat for a nautical wedding styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bride on the boat out on the ocean for a nautical wedding styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bridesmaid on the front of the boat for a nautical wedding styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bride and groom on the front of the boat for a nautical engagement styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bride and groom on the front of the boat for a nautical engagement styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Sunset came quickly with a storm rolling in, which is probably a good thing because I could have stayed out there for hours!
Bride and groom on the boat at night with a spotlight for a nautical wedding styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Bride and groom on a boat at night with a spotlight for a nautical wedding styled inspiration portraits in Santa Barbara, California.

Photography | Lydia Photography
Venue | Santa Barbara Sailing Center
Stylist | House of Style SD
Coordinator | Cassie Jones, Kristin Renee
Florals | Rincon Floral
Hair Stylists | Ronda Albanez, Lindsey Donofrio, Jenny Hopwood, Kristi Reynolds
Makeup Artists | Cathy Calabro, Carolyn Morton, Hattie Liversidge, Patricia Guerrera, Jenny Hopwood
Models | Kristi Reynolds, Emily Wall, Jessica Campbell, Suzy and Lucas Van Dyke, Emelia and Wilfried Schobeiri

September 18, 2015

The same year she was moving from Indiana to California, he was moving to the area from the Bay. But it wasn’t until a mutual friend introduced them in college that Victoria and Michael actually met. From friendship, to dating, to a special trip to San Francisco, they both knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. So it was no surprise when she said yes to his proposal at Crissy Field!

We started the afternoon at Empire Mine where it’s still so green and beautiful!
Bride and groom walking through a grove for Empire Mine engagement portraits in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom walking at Empire Mine engagement portraits in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and Groom at Bourn Cottage at Empire Mine engagement portraits in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom next to the Reflecting Pool at Empire Mine engagement session in Grass Valley, California.

So cute together!
Groom kissing bride on forehead at Empire Mine engagement portraits in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom laughing at Empire Mine engagement portraits in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom dancing at Empire Mine engagement portraits in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom dancing at Empire Mine engagement portraits in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom in rose garden and engagement ring at Empire Mine engagement portraits in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom in rose garden at Empire Mine engagement portraits in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom next to bird bath at Empire Mine engagement portraits in Grass Valley, California.

Michael chose the ring himself and found the perfect one for Victoria!
Bride and groom in mineyard at Empire Mine engagement portraits in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom in mineyard at Empire Mine engagement portraits in Grass Valley, California.

Next we headed to downtown Grass Valley to indulge in one of their favorite enjoyments–coffee!
Bride and groom ordering coffee at Caroline's Coffee Roasters at engagement portrait session in downtown Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom drinking coffee at Caroline's Coffee Roasters at engagement portrait session in downtown Grass Valley, California.

Carolines Coffee Roasters is a local favorite!
Bride and groom outside at Caroline's Coffee Roasters at engagement portrait session in downtown Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom at Caroline's Coffee Roasters at engagement portrait session in downtown Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom flirting at Caroline's Coffee Roasters at engagement portrait session in downtown Grass Valley, California.

Downtown Grass Valley has so many cute shops so we strolled throughout the area just stopping here and there and enjoying the evening!Bride and groom outside of flower shop at engagement portrait session in downtown Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom at engagement portrait session in downtown Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom outside of Del Oro theater at engagement portrait session in downtown Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom at engagement portrait session in downtown Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom next to ivy wall at engagement portrait session in downtown Grass Valley, California.

Victoria, your senior portraits are still some of my favorites, and it was so fun to be able to capture you and Michael together! Michael, I hope you had a little more fun that your horrendous senior session with your photographer, and I hope I redeemed the idea at least a little for you! But then Victoria makes every picture amazing, right? ;-)

September 4, 2015

There’s just something about being able to open your wedding keepsake box, the edges smoothed by many hands over time, and pull out prints from your wedding day. Maybe to show your children who want to hear, just one more time, of mommy and daddy’s special day, or maybe just to relive the moments for yourself. The glass vials filled with a piece of lace from your wedding dress, petals from the bouquet, and a special note with a line from your vows.

Digital files are great for facebook, but nothing can replace the beauty of the tangible! If you’re a bride or groom looking for something special to tell your story for generations, this heirloom box might be perfect for you!
Letterpress and Amish handcrafted keepsake for wedding heirloom box for brides and grooms' pictures in California.

Each heirloom box comes with a letterpressed booklet that tells the story of the box from its to creation to the creation of the photographs by the photographer and leaves blank pages for you to add your own part of the two of you!
Letterpress story guide for wedding heirloom box for brides and grooms' pictures in California.

Letterpress keepsake story guide for wedding heirloom box for brides and grooms' pictures in California.

Handcrafted by the Amish in Ohio, this walnut heirloom box is beautifully made to last for generations and can be personalized with engraving on the lid!
Amish handcrafted engraved lid and keepsake prints for wedding heirloom box for brides and grooms' pictures in California.

Three vials allow you to store keepsake treasure to help you relive your day! Petals, notes, lace, dirt from the ground where you stood for your vows, perfume on a piece of cloth–the ideas are endless!
Vials to hold treasure keepsakes for wedding heirloom box for brides and grooms' pictures in California.

March 20, 2015

They knew who each other were from church and school. Stacy’s brother was even friends with him. To her brother’s utter dismay, she used to tease him by saying that Christian was cute! But it wasn’t until Stacy’s last day of high school that Christian asked her out! I’m sure her brother has gotten over his sister liking a friend, because it’s obvious that Stacy and Christian were meant to be!

With Christian stationed with the Air Force in California, Stacy didn’t think they would be able to have a pictures taken before their Oklahoma wedding. But with emails back and forth, we were able to set up a Tahoe Forest engagement session when she came out to visit!

Bride and groom on a log and ring on a log at a Tahoe Forest engagement session at Scotts Flat Lake in Nevada City, California.

 

The light was just beautiful coming through the trees!Bride and groom walking in a forest of trees at a woodsy, nature engagement session at the Tahoe National Forest and at Scotts Flat Lake in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom kissing at a woodsy, nature engagement session at the Tahoe National Forest and at Scotts Flat Lake in Nevada City, California.

 

After exploring the forest, we headed down to Scotts Flat Lake!Bride and groom by a lake on a stump at a Tahoe Forest engagement session at the Tahoe National Forest and at Scotts Flat Lake in Nevada City, California.

 

So cute and fun together!Bride having a piggyback ride and initials carved in a heart at a woodsy, nature engagement session at the Tahoe National Forest and at Scotts Flat Lake in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom at a lake at a woodsy, nature engagement session at the Tahoe National Forest and at Scotts Flat Lake in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom at a Tahoe Forest engagement session at the Tahoe National Forest and at Scotts Flat Lake in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom hugging at a lake at a woodsy, nature engagement session at the Tahoe National Forest and at Scotts Flat Lake in Nevada City, California.

Pulled over to grab some pictures in this phone booth. Love that Stacy and Christian were up for anything and how this turned out!

Bride and groom by a old telephone booth at a Tahoe Forest engagement session at the Tahoe National Forest and at Scotts Flat Lake in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom at downtown coffee shop at a woodsy, nature engagement session at the Tahoe National Forest and at Scotts Flat Lake in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom by a coffee shop at a woodsy, nature engagement session at the Tahoe National Forest and at Scotts Flat Lake in Nevada City, California.

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