A Styled Vow Renewal

Last November I grabbed a few of my favorite wedding vendors and we created a beautiful styled vow renewal with the most incredible couple in love. It was so easy to get the shots we dreamed of when Keven and Kori are not only truly and deeply in love with each other, but they really like each other. I asked them to model because my times with them in the past always left me impressed with how much respect and love remained between them even after years of marriage and small kiddos. They are lovely in all the ways.

The idea was to style an event with a bit of a boho style while keeping it elegant and timeless at the same time. I’m so thankful for the incredible vendors that came together and made it happen with me. Here’s the team who contributed:

Photography: Kelli Avila

Styling: Erika Amalia

Videography: Cory Media Weddings

Calligraphy: The Scribble Shop

Florals: Picked Floristry

Rentals: Stockroom Picks

Hair: Vanessa Reyes

Makeup: Janelle Mashtal

Venue: Historic Seven Sycamores

Dress: Daughters of Simone

Accessories: Make Pie Not War

Mens Wear: Macy’s

Kayla + Lance | Oyster Ridge Fall Wedding

So much love… so much laughing…. so much fun! These two, whenever I’m with them I giggle like a little kid and feel like I’m their oldest bestest friend! It was a joy to photograph their surprise engagement and especially their INCREDIBLE wedding. Styled perfectly according to Kayla’s impeccable taste and filled with wonderful people in the most beautiful setting… October 27th was a lovely day. Here is 203 (tooooo many!) images of one of my favorite weddings to date. Enjoy!

Venue: Oyster Ridge | Florals: Lori Boe Florals | Makeup: Kailee Akin | Hair: Rachel Goslinga | Dress: Custom by Regina Toste | Suit: Men’s Warehouse Shoes: Freebird  | Styling/Planning: Dana Matteson

Lance + Kayla, Forever and Ever... Amen.

I don't really have to say anything here. Just look at these images and try not to smile and even cry. Leave a comment below and tell them how freaking amazing they are!!

Seth + Alisha | Yosemite National Park Engagement Session

I strapped on my $8 yard sale baby carrier, put Ren inside and joined my new friends Seth and Alicia  in Yosemite last week. They asked me to shoot their engagement session in Yosemite and I gladly said, "Um yes!" It's the best place to spend a Sunday. Here's a few from our time at Tunnel View and our hike to Taft Point. I LOVE lovers in the mountains....

Alexis + Blake | Visalia California Engagement

Meet Alexis and Blake. The day I got to photograph these lovers was about as hot as Alexis is in that yellow romper and those blue shoes. It was literally smoking outside. We spent time shooting in the studio to keep from the heat and I'm so glad we did because those are my favorite images from the day. We laughed the entire time. Like belly laughed. I think there was conversations about inappropriate things... vegetables... farts. Yep. It was a good time. I can't wait for their wedding this fall for more laughs and dirty jokes!

Zack + Saskia | A Vibrant and Modern Kingsburg California Wedding

After an adventurous engagement session in the Cambria Mountains, I knew this wedding would be a great one. But it was more than that. This wedding was absolutely breath taking. Amazing details, fabulous vendors, and the bride and groom of course were stunning. It took place on the Kings River in Kingsburg Ca. in the beautiful backyard of the groom's parents. The most memorable detail was an oversized circular swing covered thick in florals and foliage. It was epic and made for some amazing photographs. Take a look at all the goodness from Zack and Saskia's vibrant and modern river side wedding... 

Emily + Bryce | Bakersfield California River Side Wedding

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Emily + Bryce

A timeless and romantic wedding set in Bakersfield California.

When I met Bryce and Emily it was at a Starbucks in Visalia. I had all 4 of my kids with me, including one infant, one 4 year old who is still in his terrible 2's and the older kids who are usually reliable when it comes to knowing when and where to act like an animal. I set them up with snacks and Frappuccinos, an iPad and books.... The consultation was going, well until the 4 year old who was still in his terrible 2's, decided he needed to use the restroom. This is the moment I new that Bryce and Emily were my kind of people. Bryce volunteered to escort my pee pee dancing son to the little boys room so I could finish my conversation with Emily. At that point I new I would most def be hiring them as my clients but I was not confident that they would be hiring me as their wedding photographer. I mean, their wedding consultation included 4 children, lots of interruptions, and an escorted trip to the restroom by the future groom. But, I was wrong. With in a few weeks we were shooting their engagement session and I couldn't have been more thankful and happy that my life did not intimate them. They embraced me as a persona and as a business. I'm so glad they did because look at the magic we created.... 

Hair & Makeup: Alivia Daniels

Dress: Ladies and Gents Formal Wear

Cake: Gimme Some Sugar Cakes

Cup Cakes: Elizabeth Monroig

Coordinator: Morgan Landry Strong

Florals: Sun Country Flowers


Kathryn + Eric | Yosemite National Park Adventure Wedding

It's all about the details! This wedding showcased the most amazing details from family heirlooms to super fun cabin vibes that guests will treasure forever. The jewelry, the hanky's, the ceremony rug... everything had meaning and history that created such a beautiful atmosphere for celebrating love. My favorite detail was the dress that Kathryn wore for her rehearsal. It was her mom's dress, tailored for Kathryn's size and style. We created a first look so that Gene could have a moment to take in that gift. It was beautiful. 

If you're planning a wedding, take a page from Kathryn and Eric's book. Make the details count, plan them with love and intention. It really does make all the difference in the atmosphere you create for your guests. Pinterest perfect has it's place but don't forget to style your day in a way that reflects who you are.

Here's look at Kathryn and Eric's day, Enjoy!