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April 4, 2013

Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures in life that mean the most. Camping and fishing trips, working around the yard, building a life together… Jessica and Jeff are all about making these kinds of memories together in the Foothills of California. Surrounded by the trees, hills, and overall greenness, they love their life here, and especially each other!

I’m so blessed to be able to have photograph these two! Jessica was the winner of the engagement session giveaway at the Wedding Fair, and did an amazing job at setting up a shoot + location to reflect her and Jeff and their love!
Bride and groom fishing at lifestyle engagement portraits at a lake in Grass Valley, California

Aren’t her eyes amazing?
Bride and groom fishing at lifestyle engagement portraits at a lake in Grass Valley, California

Bride and groom fishing at lifestyle engagement portraits at a lake in Grass Valley, California

Bride and groom fishing at lifestyle engagement portraits at a lake in Grass Valley, California

Fishing at lifestyle engagement portraits at a lake in Grass Valley, California

So cute together!
Bride and groom standing on dock at lifestyle engagement portraits at a lake in Grass Valley, California

Bride sitting on dock at lifestyle engagement portraits at a lake in Grass Valley, California

Best friends for life–pinky swear.
Bride and groom holding pinkies showing engagement ring at lifestyle engagement portraits at a lake in Grass Valley, California

Bride and groom sitting on quilt at lifestyle engagement portraits at a lake in Grass Valley, California

Such a beautiful location!
Bride and groom by boat at lifestyle engagement portraits at a lake in Grass Valley, California

Bride and groom holding hands at lifestyle engagement portraits at a lake in Grass Valley, California

Favorite! Just shouts large canvas!
Bride and groom standing under a tree at lifestyle engagement portraits at a lake in Grass Valley, California

March 9, 2013

It started over dancing on Friday nights. United as chaperones for her sister and his brother, little did they realize this was also the beginning to their own story. When their siblings were married on a beautiful fall day later that year, Jessica, of course, was maid of honor, and Timothy was the best man.

Life went on, but they continued to see each other around and started meeting up for coffee between college classes. Jessica had liked him from the start, and Timothy wasn’t too far behind in liking her back, so no one was surprised when they announced their relationship! Then just nine months later while on their way up to Tahoe for a family trip, a stop for Peet’s coffee led Timothy to propose, and she said yes!

Jessica and Timothy, your wedding is going to be amazing! Filled with family, friends, good coffee, and dancing…but most importantly, the start of a new chapter in your story!

Typical dates for Jessica and Timothy included exploring new towns and sampling out their coffee and chai. Calistoga is the home of one of their little, favorite coffee shops, Calistoga Roastery.

Coffee shop engagement portraits in Calistoga, California in Napa Valley

Bride and groom walking with coffee cups engagement portraits in Calistoga, California in Napa Valley

Bride and groom sitting in a vintage wagon engagement portraits in Calistoga, California in Napa Valley

Groom looking and bride engagement portraits in Calistoga, California in Napa Valley

Their own special way of holding hands
Brides hands behind groom engagement portraits in Calistoga, California in Napa Valley

Bride and groom walking engagement portraits in Calistoga, California in Napa Valley

Hoping to catch the last bit of daylight, we made the drive out to Sebastapol to the pretty naturesque setting at

Bride and groom with chalkboard sing engagement portraits at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, California in Napa Valley

Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes to the wedding!

Chalkboard sign and bride and groom dancing engagement portraits at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, California in Napa Valley

Can you tell she’s a trained dancer?
Bride and groom dancing infront of a tree engagement portraits at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, California in Napa Valley

Bride and groom infront of a tree engagement portraits at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, California in Napa Valley

One thing you notice right away about Jessica is that she’s always smiling! Her heart is overflowing with infectious joy that just radiates from her face!
Bride and groom looking to the side with hands around each other engagement portraits at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, California in Napa Valley

Bride's ring on a stick engagement portraits at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, California in Napa Valley

Bride and groom looking each other at engagement portraits at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, California in Napa Valley

Bride and groom face up close engagement portraits at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, California in Napa Valley

Bride with groom engagement portraits at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, California in Napa Valley

There’s a sweetness and lightness to their relationship. Like they have a secret of their very own. But I think anyone looking at them can tell what it is. They’re in love. ;-)
Bride and groom walking and laughing engagement portraits at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, California in Napa Valley

Bride and groom walking engagement portraits at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, California in Napa Valley

January 25, 2013

It’s already starting out to be an exciting year! If you’re one of those lucky girls to have received an engagement ring over the holidays, I have the perfect place for you to be this weekend!

Come visit me and the rest of Nevada County’s best wedding vendors at the Miners Foundry on Sunday, January 27 from 11am to 4pm! Admission is free, so feel free to bring along the fiance and friends!

Check out a little behind the scenes prep for my booth!

Excited about this find and incorporating it into my design!

A little homemade confetti to liven it up!

I’ll be giving out one of my favs at my booth! can you guess which one?

Don’t forget to stop by my booth and say hi!

July 17, 2012

You’ve probably heard that “distance makes the heart grow fonder” and “you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s taken away” and thought, “yeah, yeah, just the tagline of some new romance movie.” And you wouldn’t be too far off, but these phrases belong to a real life love story!

You see, Anna and Sam had just been family friends for years. They met when Anna’s family moved to Indiana and stayed in contact when they moved back to California. When Sam came out this way to intern for Google, they hung out in the same group of friends. Just friends, right? It wasn’t until Anna moved to Virginia to teach that Sam noticed things weren’t quite the same. Something was different, and he wasn’t sure if he liked that.

So he made the first call. Very calculated on Sam’s part, but evenly spaced so as not to appear desperate. Unexpected and random enough to Anna, though, that she knew something was up. As the months went by, the phone calls came more and more often until in January they actually talked two days in a row!

A couple of trips back and forth and spring break found them back in Indiana, the place where it all began. Sam booked the restaurant, gathered the courage to ask the question, and she said yes! And now they’re both back in California planning a vintage styled wedding–love!

Anna and Sam, I had such a great time getting to know you both as we walked and hiked around and cannot wait to spend your special day with you!

The view at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California

We started off the evening walking around the old town area of Vallejo, finding little hidden spots for pictures.

Bride and groom looking at each other from a distance at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California
Bride and groom in front of a cottage at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California

So cute!

Bride and groom holding hands in front of a cottage at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California

Sam, I think you might be my first groom ever to like getting their picture taken. Instant favorite in my book! :-)

Groom with a hat on at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California
Bride and groom in a fenced area with bushes at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California

Oh, just doing a little dance step–something they love to do together!

Bride and groom walking at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California
Groom holding his bride at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California

Then we drove over to Richmond to hike–yes hike–up the hill to catch the last rays from the sunset!

Bride and groom with luggage and picnic basket at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California
Bride sitting on the luggage and groom on the ground at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California

Anna and Sam will be moving at least four times in their first year of marriage, so a travel theme fit them perfectly!

Bride's ring on a book at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California

Practice for that first dance!

Bride and groom dancing in the hay at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California

Wondering if I can import this light for their reception…

Bride and groom dancing at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California
Bride holding a picnic basket while groom is pulling her at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California
Bride's and groom's feet and luggage and basket at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California
Books on top of picnic basket and bride and groom walking at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California

Love!

Bride and groom walking with picnic basket and luggage at lifestyle engagement portraits in the Bay Area of California

To view more of Anna and Sam’s Bay Area engagement session, check out their personalized website!

May 10, 2012

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