There couldn't have been a more perfect engagement session than this one. Kelsey and Joel found me through a friend sharing some of my photos on Facebook (shout out to Kristi!). As recent Biola graduates, they just moved back to Northern California to get married and start a life together. I am so serious when I say that I feel so honored to photograph their love. Their laughter is contagious! I barely even had to pose them because they just had fun with each other the whole time. The lighting was perfect both in the trees and on the side of the road where we stopped for sunset photos. Couldn't have asked for a better day and so stoked to photograph them again in March for their wedding!
Hire a photographer to take some photos of you and your maids all dressed up at a fancy winery? Why not! Christina and her girls headed up to Francis Ford Coppola Winery for some dinner and celebration before her big day.
I didn't have the chance to meet Alicia and Kalen in person until 4 days before their wedding. Last year, we connected through Skype to discuss details of their wedding photography, as this travel-bug-bitten couple was living in Costa Rica at the time. Huge nod to them for planning this ridiculously beautiful wedding while living in another country until the week of their wedding!
This may look like a seasoned wedding venue, but it is actually the private home of a family friend. The chicken-coop-turned-reception-barn, manicured ceremony field, wooden bar area, and polished bocce ball courts make this place insanely perfect for a stunning celebration. It was a warm, happy day of people from all over California coming together to celebrate this perfect match.
My favorite part of these photos are the ones in the reception barn. Being lit from only one side, it usually would pose an annoying problem for photography but I love the mood that it gave the whole area. The warmth of the wood really complimented Alicia's white dress and created dreamy photos. Congrat to you two, Alicia + Kalen! Wishing you decades of happiness and exploring more and more countries together!
Whenever I go to the beach, I always drive through the small town of Guerneville and see the cute old-bank-made-into-an-ice-cream-shop. I've always wanted to go check it out and last week I got the time to do just that. Before taking some visitors out in to the redwood forest at Armstrong Woods, we stopped into the beautiful Nimble & Finn's Ice Cream. My sister and I both got the lavender-honeycomb flavor and it was seriously something delicious! (And I don't even like lavender normally). There are even chucks of dried honeycomb inside and it's so good.
In the same building is a little shop called Commerce Fine Goods. My eyes were immediately drawn to every single item! It's filled with home goods, clothing, decorations, magazines, etc. So many little goodies that I want to buy! They even have an online store, so check them out! And if you're ever in Guerneville, stop by this little building to shop and grab some yummy treats.