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July 26, 2016

It was that blue dress and red lipstick and the girl wearing them that caught his attention at a party. Cody may not recall on the spot how many years they’ve been together but he still remembers the day he and Blake went from acquaintances to something more. While she joked that he sometimes thinks she’s crazy, he must not mind because in his words he “put a ring on it.” While the chaos of the wedding day has faded away, their love remains strong and true. And in their 80’s this will be a testament to future generations. That this, this love they have for one another, is the kind that stands the test of time.

They’ve been through the ups and downs of moving, raising a child, and soon to have another little one in the mix! I’m sure there will be many more valleys and mountains in the future as well, but they can look back at this moment to remember that this, this love they have for one another, can stand the test of time!

Love that these anniversary portraits were taken at Cody’s family home in Grass Valley, California that has been owned for generations!
Wife and husband with horse at Smith Vineyard wedding anniversary portrait shoot in Grass Valley, California.

Wife and husband walking at Smith Vineyard wedding anniversary portrait shoot in Grass Valley, California.

This was the perfect chance to pull out my film camera to really capture the light in a way digital just can’t!
Wife and husband around grapes at Smith Vineyard wedding anniversary portrait shoot in Grass Valley, California.

Wife and husband at Smith Vineyard wedding anniversary portrait shoot in Grass Valley, California.

Wife and husband walking in field at Smith Vineyard wedding anniversary portrait shoot in Grass Valley, California.

Holding hands at Smith Vineyard wedding anniversary portrait shoot in Grass Valley, California.

Fishtail braids at Smith Vineyard wedding anniversary portrait shoot in Grass Valley, California.

Picnic in field at Smith Vineyard wedding anniversary portrait shoot in Grass Valley, California.

Kissing in field at Smith Vineyard wedding anniversary portrait shoot in Grass Valley, California.

Picnic in field at Smith Vineyard wedding anniversary portrait shoot in Grass Valley, California.

Photography | Lydia Photography
Hair & Makeup | Angela Nunnink

July 12, 2016

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!

Bridal dress in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in Nevada City, California.

Sandals and wedding dress in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Victoria had the perfect combinations of layered necklaces and earrings from Anthropologie and a beautiful bracelet from BHLDN that was gifted by Pete!

Necklaces and earrings from Anthropologie and bracelet from BHLDN in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Pete did a beautiful job with Victoria’s engagement ring and even used a family diamond for their first family heirloom together!Wedding and engagement rings in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bridal makeup in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bridal lip color in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Toasts being poured in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bridesmaids toasts in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride putting on veil in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Reading Pete’s note before the ceremony may have brought a tear or two. ;-)Bride reading note from groom in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Wedding program in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

I’ve never seen this arch look this great with these floral swags by Sweet Roots Farm!Wedding floral swags over arched pergola in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in Nevada City, California.

Tears of joy and a laughter became a theme for the day!

Bride and groom saying wedding vows during the ceremony in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom now husband and wife in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Lavendar bridesmaid bouquets in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Groom and boutonniere in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Groom wearing boutonniere in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Groomsmen wearing fun socks in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom walking through the garden in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom in the garden with redwoods in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom walking in lavendar in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and bridal bouqet in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

BHLDN beaded wedding bracelet in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Favorite!

Bride and groom standing in the tall pines and redwoods in the Tahoe wedding forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Victoria and her mom created these coasters themselves from a fallen tree in their backyard and then painted the ombre evergreens.Placecards and seating chart made from trees in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in Nevada City, California.

Reception tables and decorations in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Delish dinner and the friendliest staff with Emily’s Catering and Cakes.Garden and reception dinner in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in Nevada City, California.

Lighted mason jars and bridal bouqet in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Weddings toasts in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Groom and toasts in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

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!

Dinner toasting in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Location | Harmony Ridge Lodge
Photography | Lydia Photography
Hair and Makeup | Christa Paul Hair and Makeup
Flowers | Sweet Roots Farm
Catering and Cake | Emily’s Catering and Cakes
DJ | Mountain Event Productions

June 25, 2016

If there was ever a wedding I could shoot over and over again every weekend, Maya and Harrison’s day at Lucchesi Vineyards would be that one. From their amazing families to the incredible vendors to, oh yes, Maya and Harrison themselves, it was an amazing day! Overlooking the valley of vines and surrounded by their dearest and best, these two spoke vows of love and commitment, sprinkled with snippets of life and laughter. Then as the sun set behind the tips of the evergreen trees, they toasted and celebrated the beginning of their new life as husband and wife!

Heirloom earrings that belonged to Harrison’s grandmother fit in perfectly with collected vintage pieces to create Maya’s bridal look.

Vintage bracelet, heirloom earrings, and hairpiece at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Heirloom earrings and bride getting hair and makeup done at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bridal wedding dress at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride getting dressed at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Love this wildflower bouquet grown and designed by Little Boy Flowers!
Locally grown wildflower bridal bouquet at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride holding her bouquet at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride walking in orchard at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Groom and boutonniere at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Groom ready for their First Look at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Maya and Harrison chose to have a First Look and see each other before the ceremony. Harrison’s reaction did not disappoint!

Bride and groom having a First Look at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Can’t get enough of it! I just love how they were able to have this private moment all to themselves and spend almost the whole day together!

Bride and groom seeing each other for a First Look at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Groom and groomsmen at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

I can’t say enough about how wonderful the whole bridal party and families were! Maya and Harrison are directly reflected in the amazingness of their nearest and dearest!

Bride and groom and wedding party at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and bridesmaids holding wedding bouquets at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride bouquets and wrist corsage at Lucchesi Vineyards weddings in Grass Valley, California.

 

Two people who knew them best officiated and shared funny and sweet stories of Maya and Harrison.Officiants preparing for ceremony at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Handmade books to carry the vows

Handmade wedding  vow books at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Vineyards amidst the Pine trees and Oaks at Lucchesi Vineyards weddings in Grass Valley, California.

The view from the ceremony site at Lucchesi Vineyards is gorgeous! It overlooks the hills of vines backed by the evergreen pines.

Wedding schedule and ceremony site overlooking the valley at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bridal processional and jars of wildflowers lining the aisle at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom saying vows at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

 

One of my favorite moments of every wedding, the pure bliss of being newly married!Bride and groom newly married at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom recessional at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Love how they created such a personal, unique guestbook!

Wedding guestbook at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

 

This globe was the sweetest gift from one of their guests!Seating chart and adventure awaits world globe gift from guests at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Personalized jars of honey for guest gifts at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

 

No detail was left untouched and personalized! Personalized caps and bottles at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Appetizers by Summer Thyme's Bakery at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Handmade Mr. and Mrs. sign on sweetheart table at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bridal bouquet and wedding cake at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Stylish wedding guests at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Reception table decorations and dinner at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

More than the combination of two lives, two families were joined as well. And when Harrison’s mom started tearing up during her speech, everyone surrounded her with love so she could continue to speak!

Groomsman and bridesmaid giving toasts at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Grooms listening to toasts at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride listening to toasts at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom sweetheart table at Lucchesi Vineyards weddings in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom toasting at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

While their guests continued to finish up dinner, we snuck away for some sunset portraits of just the two of them. Golden light and grape vines make for the prettiest backdrop!

Bride and groom sunset portraits among grape vines at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom walking together at sunset at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom walking together at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride holding bouquet and walking with groom at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom kissing at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

I can’t tell you enough how much I loved and was honored to spend the day with Maya and Harrison! They are two of the kindest and funniest people, making the whole day just a joy to photograph!

Bride and groom standing together at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Groom and bride sunset portraits  at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom holding hands and bridal bouquet at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom kissing at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom laughing at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom portrait at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom laughing at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom first dance at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom dancing at reception at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Venue | Lucchesi Vineyards
Photography | Lydia Photography
Coordinator | Storybook Wedding Design and Management
Hair and Makeup | Zoe Elliott
Flowers | Little Boy Flowers
Catering and Cake | Summer Thyme’s Bakery
DJ | Mountain Event Productions
Photo Booth | Sierra Photo Booth
Lighting | Lighthouse Installations
Rentals | SRC Party Rentals

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May 30, 2016

Field of red poppys in Fredericksburg, Texas by destination wedding photographer from California.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
-John McCrae

May 18, 2016

Ah, be still my heart! San Antonio is not only one of my favorite cities but the Alamo is one of my favorite historic sites. I can still remember watching a movie about the battle there at the Imax across the street then walking through the gates of the Alamo envisioning the bravery and sacrifice that happened on those very stones. Men who were already legends in their own right came together to defend freedom! Remember the Alamo and the sacrifice given to preserve something greater than themselves.

Alamo Cenotaph, The Spirit of Sacrifice

Menger Bar is where Teddy Roosevelt gathered and called the Rough Riders

We didn’t look through the museum but it was a fun place to stop and just look around!

I fell in love with the King Williams Historic District with all its old houses and history!

Guenther House was built by the founder of Pioneer Flour Mills for his family and is now a cute museum and restaurant.

Something new we did that I highly recommend is take a boat ride down the River Walk. We learned so much history we had never heard and the views from the water were so beautiful!

And of course a trip to Texas wouldn’t be complete without some Blue Bell ice cream to round out the day before driving to the airport and flying home!

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