It was on the top of a mountain overlooking Catalina island that Nick surprised Delaney by asking her to marry him. But it was in a private forest next to a waterfall that they said their vows before family, friends, and God, promising to spend now and the rest of their lives together!
Sweet moment when her dad saw her for the first time!
Sweet Roots Farm did it again with the beautiful arch florals!
So thankful to Inn Town Campground for allowing us to trespass a little to capture the last remains of the beautiful sunset light!
They met through a mutual friend in college. Nevermind that Julia had transferred to that college because she was dating said friend and that said friend was asking Kirby for relationship advice on whether they should break up…but without that friend, this day might never have come! But come it did complete with a beautiful Jewish wedding ceremony and personal touches from a Star Wars recessional song to his favorite cuff links that she hates. ;-) After sitting and sharing details, stories, and life for literally hours with these two, it was truly a joy to see it all come together!
Kirby is a jeweler and designed these rings himself! The first are beautiful, simple bands for the ceremony and the second two their custom designs to wear everyday!
Getting’ her glow on! It was so fun to see the amazing Polish and Pout team in action!
Because they wanted to be able to spend the whole day with their best friend, Julia and Kirby chose a First Look moment to see each other before the ceremony!
Just love how they were able to freely, laugh, cry, and have a quiet moment alone!
One of the things that made Julia and Kirby’s wedding especially unique was all the beautiful Jewish traditions they incorporated in to their day, beginning with the Ketubah signing.
With family and the closest of friends gathered, their formal marriage contract was read aloud and signed. This beautiful document will have a prominent place on the wall of their home as a reminder of this moment!
Their formal ceremony in front of all began with Julia circling Kirby three times, he circling her three times, and circling together once to demonstrate that they were both coming into this relationship as equal partners.
Oh the bliss and joy!
To reflect their nerdy side, each table at the reception had a pile of legos and even their cake had lego people as the topper!
Probably the most colorful spread ever, a vegan and gluten-free taco bar!
Desserts galore from berry and peach pies to cookies and the best macarons ever (not pictured)!
The crowd went wild when Kirby’s father pulled out a picture book to chronicle Kirby’s life!
And last but not least, the traditional Horah dance to start off the fun and dancing!
Alex didn’t know that their first date was on Lindsey’s birthday until they were already on their hike. I’m guessing he didn’t have a present handy in his car but what they both didn’t realize then was that one of the best gift of their lives would arrive just a year later in their little baby daughter, Lucia! Now two years later they were all gathered together to unite themselves completely together as a family and celebrate not only what the last two years have been, but also their beautiful future together!
Lindsey didn’t just relax with her feet up, she was busy slipping shoes on her daughter, Zoe, and making sure each bridesmaid successfully applied their false lashes!
The ceremony and reception were at the beautiful Depot Hotel located in old town Sonoma!
The patio was beautiful with the rustic and elegant Italian elements mixed with Mexican banners and illuminated paper bags filled with candles!
Many sweet, happy tears were shed!
Officially official a family a four!
Right across the street from the Depot Hotel is the Depot Park Museum which made a fun backdrop for pictures as it was the same location for their engagement portraits which were done by Alex’s sister and my friend, Katie White!
Gia, from the Depot Hotel, was amazing and probably the best venue coordinator with which I’ve ever worked! As the sun started to set, candles were lit and cafe lights glowed for the perfect ambiance!
Congratulations Lindsey and Alex! It was an honor to be there to capture your day!
It was the 4th of July weekend and Pete’s friend, Sam, was down visiting DC from New York. It just so happened that Sam’s old high school friend, Victoria, was also living in the area, so a brunch was setup and Pete was brought along. Now I don’t think Sam intentionally meant to bring the two together, even though just a couple of weeks earlier Victoria asked him why he didn’t have any single friends with which to set her up, but by the end of the day, Pete had managed to get her number from a willing Sam.
Fast forward to a 10 mile Cherry Blossom run, and the sweat pouring down Pete’s face wasn’t just from the exertion. Carried in a pocket for those 10 miles was a special ring! He finished a little earlier and waited for Victoria telling her “Congratulations, you look so pretty!” when she crossed the line. Food was all that was on her mind but Pete insisted on grabbing water and walking around. As they got to the Washington Monument, he pulled out the ring where Victoria was so surprised that she forgot about being hungry and said yes!
Now a year later, friends and family came from across the country and across the sea to attend a party in the woods in celebration of these two people. They were worth it!
Victoria had the perfect combinations of layered necklaces and earrings from Anthropologie and a beautiful bracelet from BHLDN that was gifted by Pete!
Pete did a beautiful job with Victoria’s engagement ring and even used a family diamond for their first family heirloom together!
Reading Pete’s note before the ceremony may have brought a tear or two. ;-)
I’ve never seen this arch look this great with these floral swags by Sweet Roots Farm!
Tears of joy and a laughter became a theme for the day!
Victoria and her mom created these coasters themselves from a fallen tree in their backyard and then painted the ombre evergreens.
Delish dinner and the friendliest staff with Emily’s Catering and Cakes.
Congratulations Victoria and Pete! It was one of the loveliest of days and an honor to be able to spend it with you capturing your day!
Based in northern California, in the little town of Grass Valley, and available for travel. Locally from Nevada County, Tahoe, Roseville, Sacramento, Napa, San Francisco, Bay Area, Chico, and Redding and down to Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Malibu, and San Diego are some of the places California has to offer. But I’m not only a northern California wedding photographer, I’ve had the joy to travel to amazing places like Seattle, Portland, Vancouver BC, San Antonio, Houston, Pennsylvania, New York, Washington DC, Boston, and Virginia. And now that I’ve traveled to Albania, Rome, Florence, Venice, and the shores of Italy and over to Paris, France, I can’t wait to go back and capture more memories on film! Passport in one hand and a camera in the other!