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Haleigh & Mike | Wedding @ Sonoma Private Residence

Although I love living in the Northern California foothills, my hometown in the wine country holds a special place in my heart. Sonoma has always been a beautiful town, although it’s popularity has grown over the years. Once a hidden gem, it’s now a worldwide destination. Tourists come for the amazing wine & lifestyle, but for those who grew up there, it’s much more than that. There’s an unique connection between homegrown Sonomans that can’t be denied, and that’s why I was so honored to be a part of Haleigh & Mike’s wedding. Haleigh grew up in Sonoma, and also happens to be my sister-in-law’s cousin… so we instantly connected. I love her wild & free spirit, she’s so down-to-earth and fun… and while Mike shares similar qualities, he’s a calm, cool and collected type-of-guy. Together, they balance each other out so perfectly.

Haleigh & Mike’s wedding day was festive & full of love, in true old-Sonoma fashion. Haleigh’s aunt and uncle provided their amazing property for the wedding venue: an 1800’s farmhouse surrounded by vineyards. Not only that, but her aunt designed all the floral bouquets and boutineers, while other friends & family members contributed their talents (her cousin made a gorgeous wedding cake, and her friend officiated the wedding). Another cool & personal touch to the wedding day, were the potted succulents that decorated the tables & got sent home as gifts for their guests. Haleigh spent months growing them herself, which turned into a whole new hobby and fun Instagram journey. All of these “DIY” features made the day so personal & sweet, and with the help of some amazing vendors, everything was flawlessly beautiful.

Before their ceremony, Haleigh & Mike decided to have a “first look” and spend some time together soaking in the moment. Once guests arrived, they made their union official and spent the rest of the evening having fun, playing games, and celebrating to the fullest. Some of my favorite parts of the day were the food trucks, the bridesmaid’s sparkly dresses, the farm animals and dogs that mingled with everyone, the sunset photos in the vineyards, and the hilarious and heartfelt toasts from their loved ones. It was all such an amazing day, and ended with great music, keeping the dance floor packed the entire night. It was the best kind of party, with the best people, in the best little country town (ok, I may be a bit biased… but I’m cool with that.)

Congratulations Mike & Haleigh!!

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Venue: Private Estate in Sonoma, CA.
Officiant: Friend, Gloria Kashani
Floral Design: Aunt Kimberly
Cake: Haleigh's cousin, Shane Enzensperger
Wedding Planner: Camellia Lane Events
Rentals: Bright Event Rentals
Catering: Marks the Spot Fine Food
Dessert: Harvey’s Donuts
Videography: Reno May
DJ: Bay Area Beats DJs
Gown: Enzoani
Invitations: Minted
Transportation: Grape Escapes Limousine
Restrooms: Johnny on the Spot Portable Toilets

Heather & Joe | Wedding @ Tahoe City Private Estate

When Heather & Joe were planning their wedding, they envisioned a FUN-filled event with their closest family & friends, so… they invited their guests to stay with them for the weekend in a beautiful cabin overlooking Lake Tahoe! They planned games, activities, and adventures… the biggest and best being their wedding celebration. With an amazing team of vendors & their loved one’s helping hands, the cabin was transformed into a beautiful venue… and even though the weather was predicted to be stormy on this late Spring day, I arrived to Tahoe City & was welcomed by blue skies, big puffy clouds & sunshine.

Everything seemed to be going according to plan… until it didn’t. The thing is, when you’re a wedding vendor, you’ve seen timelines go off course, and little mishaps form; but if you’re truly a professional, part of your job is to help alleviate those issues by staying calm & finding ways around the problem.

So, when the discovery was made that the cabin stove wasn’t heating properly… stress began to arise. But fortunately, the caterers happened to own a cabin just a few miles away, so they moved their kitchen & made it work (although it wasn’t easy, and I believe they deserve a gold ribbon from the wedding Olympics, because they ran a marathon… and from the sidelines, you’d never know it!)

Despite the oven fiasco, everyone maintained such a positive outlook… and when it came time to have Heather & Joe’s first look, all was well. With just the two of them on a pier, surrounded by the pristine beauty of the mountains and blue waters… nobody could imagine a more perfect day.

They gathered on the cabin’s deck and had the most intimate and beautiful ceremony. With their close friend officiating their vows, another friend live-painting the scene, relatives reading heartfelt passages, and the rest of their small group bearing witness, they became Mr. & Mrs. and then celebrated to the fullest!

It wasn’t until right before dinner was served, that the clouds turned dark… and without much warning, rain poured down & thunder roared! But the tent was secure, the reception went on, and Heather & Joe grabbed their umbrellas with enthusiasm and joined me outside for some epic portraits!

This day was proof that although things may not go according to plan, it can be even better (especially when you have an amazing crew by your side to support you!) When love is at the center of it all, that’s all that matters anyway.

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Photography: Kathryn White Photography
Venue: Private Residence, Tahoe City // AirBNB
Officiant: Friend, Jackson Taylor
Florist: Fig and Vine
DJ: Nick Gianopoulos
Cake: Icing on the Cake
Hair & Makeup: Bride's Sister, Stephanie Dettling
Catering: Farm to Table Catering
Videographer: Friend, Jon Klemens
Rentals: Tin Roof Farmhouse & Pleasanton Rentals
Invitations & Live Painting: Pigment & Parchment
Bridal Gown: Miosa Bride
Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto
Groom's Attire: Bonobos

Andrew & Catharine | Wedding @ The Stone House

Grab a cup of tea and get cozy… because I’m finally getting around to blogging my 2019 weddings, and I’m starting with this charming European-American wedding that took place way back in April.

Andrew & Catharine were both transplants living & working in London, when they met and became good friends. They admit, it wasn’t love at first sight for either of them… but one Christmas, when Catharine couldn’t make it back home to the United States, Andrew asked if she’d like to celebrate with him & his family in Ireland, where he grew up. Andrew’s family could see that there was “something” between them even before the couple realized… but it wasn’t long before the sparks couldn’t be tamed any longer.

They planned their Spring wedding in Nevada City (Catharine’s hometown) entirely by themselves from across the world, and did a spectacular job. Every detail was meticulously chosen & had a special meaning to the couple: from their rings & jewelry, which were created especially for them by a close friend… to the cultural traditions they incorporated into their ceremony. I also loved how they chose to support & work with local vendors from their hometowns in Northern California & Ireland. Guests from each corner of their lives flew to be a part of their intimate celebration, and showered them with so much love. There was immense joy & laughter… hilarious speeches & heartfelt moments… and every bit of it I was honored to be a part of! Huge thank you to Andrew, Catharine & their families for making me feel so welcomed… let’s be friends forever, ok?!

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Photography: Kathryn White Photography
Venue: The Stone House
Officiant: Jinnae Anderson
Florist: Little Boy Flowers
Cake: Rachel’s Homemade Cakes
Hair & Makeup: Lisa Harter
Bridal Gown: Oleg Cassini
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Groom’s Attire: Magee 1866
Groom’s Styling: The Suit Lounge
Invitations: Blush & Gold
Rings & Jewelry: MacAngus Designs

Published! Real Weddings Magazine

Hey everyone! My apologies for being so quiet on the blog the last couple of months… I’ve been busy getting in the swing of my 2019 wedding season & Spring sessions! Despite the unpredictable weather we’ve been enduring (yes, I said enduring… the struggle is real!) in Northern California, I’ve been fortunate to have some incredibly gorgeous sessions, and I look forward to blogging them soon.

In the meantime, I’m SO excited to share some BIG news that I’ve been holding onto (as patiently as possible!) for a while now, and that is… I’ve been published in REAL WEDDING MAGAZINE again!

I had the chance to work with Real Weddings Magazine & photograph the cover of their Summer 2018 issue, and it was such a fun experience that when they asked me to be a part of this Summer’s issue, I jumped at the chance! I was especially excited when they let me know I’d be photographing a styled shoot at Heavenly Mountain in South Lake Tahoe. Let me tell you... this venue definitely lives up to it’s name! I also had an amazing group of vendors to work beside, and the Mid-Century Modern/Southwestern flare really came together thanks to Danielle from Omni Wedding & Event Planning. I loved all the bright colors, and attention to detail.

Here’s just a sneak peek of some of my favorite published photos from the shoot, but for the full spread, be sure to pick up the latest issue (or see the online version here!)

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Special thanks to the amazing vendors, and our model Amanda, who made this day so beautiful & fun.
Venue: Heavenly Mountain
Photographer: Kathryn White Photography
Design, Styling and Coordination: Omni Wedding & Event Planning
Styling and Floral Design: Wild Flowers Design Group
Cake Design: Frank Vilt's Cakes
Hair Artist: Alexis Reynolds of Halo Salon & Day Spa
Makeup Artist: Happi Ybarra of Happily Beautiful Makeup Artistry & Skin Studio
Gowns: Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo De La Rosa's Bridal Diamond Bridal Gallery
Jewelry: Macy's Style Avenue Studios
Paperie: Sayers & Co
Custom Decor: Swoonable
Rentals: Celebrations! Party Rentals and Tents
Videographer: JB Wedding Photography
Produced by Emily Peter and Wendy Sipple of Real Weddings Magazine

2019 Wedding Trend Predictions

Helloooo Spring! I woke up so happy because Winter is officially OVER, which means more light & warmth and of course… wedding season!

I love being a wedding photographer, you know why?! Not only do I get to meet amazing people and photograph some of their most joyful & unforgettable moments— but I also get the opportunity to indulge my senses with color & design that convey a certain feeling (unique to each couple) and fill me with inspiration. Over the years, I’ve developed a keen sense of what my couple’s wedding styles will be just by getting to know their personalities & taking notice of the times. So, today I’m going to be sharing some of the top trends I predict we’ll be seeing this year!

While there will always be traditional & classic elements incorporated into each wedding… I believe that in 2019, more & more couples will be opting for bold colors & statement pieces that differ drastically from the styles we’ve been seeing in previous years. Browse through, and let me know what you think of my predictions in the comments section below…

(Side note: none of these images belong to me, I’ve found them on Pintrest… and made an entire board dedicated to 2019 Wedding Trends, some of which are not mentioned in this post. You can check out the entire board by clicking here! Or, click on the images to take you directly to the source.)

Color Trends:

Over the last couple of years, soft pink has been the color I’ve most commonly seen incorporated into wedding fashion & decor. But in 2019, I believe we’ll be seeing less pink & more earthy tones. The top three color palettes that I predict seeing this year, are DUSTY BLUE, MUSTARD + GREENERY & SUNSET (rust, copper, dusty rose), and combinations thereof, like emerald & copper!

Florals:

Pampas grass everywhere!! Bouquets, alters, arrangements, even pampas grass hanging fixtures & backdrops. I think we’ll be seeing a lot of pampas grass in 2019… because who doesn’t love an airy, dynamic texture that can be incorporated in so many unique ways & is super affordable?!

Bridal Style:

I believe 2019 brides will be choosing gowns and accessories that command just the right amount of attention. I’m looking forward to seeing incredible headdresses, hats and embellished sleeves…

Jaw-Dropping Ceremony Alters:

In previous years, I’ve seen minimalist ceremony decor, but I predict many couples in 2019 will be getting married in front of awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping alters that are works of art. Whether they’re uniquely shaped, or covered in floral (or a combination of the two), they are sure to make a lasting impression.

So, what do you think? Do you love what you see… or hoping none of these predictions come to fruition? I’d love to hear your input!! xo

Until next time, friends!