Jessica & Craig are getting married tomorrow and it’s officially the start of my wedding season!  This winter has been a wonderful reprieve from work.  I had high hopes of finally finishing and updating my website but that didn’t happen.  I did however spend lots of time with family and friends, traveled to Mexico & Tahoe, went wine tasting with some of my favorite ladies and made a lot of great memories along the way.  I always have a tendency to feel guilt if I am not constantly working and one of my goals this year (as it is every year, unsuccessfully) was to leave guilt at the door and give myself more grace and permission to ENJOY my slower season rather than trying to fill it with a ton of catch up work.  It is a constant struggle, as a business owner, to not feel like you need to be doing something productive.   So this year even as things pick up and the craziness of wedding and senior portrait season begins I am going to try and schedule myself off days regularly with lots and lots of GRACE.

Anyway!  Happy day before your wedding day Jess & Craig!!!  Here are a few favorites from their engagement session!!  They are seriously so sweet and I just know tomorrow is going to be a great day! (Jessica’s makeup by Rikki Tomasetti)

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Oakdale Engagement Photographer


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All this unusual rainy California weather has me longing for warmer Summer days so I thought I would share one of my Summer weddings from last year!  Danielle & Jerod got married at The Heirloom Inn in Ione, Ca.  I had never photographed a wedding there and absolutely fell in love with this venue.  It is so charming!  I hope to shoot there again in the future!

I think that Danielle and Jerod were possibly my most relaxed couple ever!  Low stress couples always make the day so much  better!  It is easy to get carried away with all the wedding feels and be high anxiety on the big day but if you can manage to find that inner calm everything seems to go more smoothly and you can really take it all in and enjoy it!

Here are some of my favorites from this Heirloom Inn Wedding!!  (Vendor List below!)

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Danielle’s dress was absolutely gorgeous and looked like it was made specifically for her.  Simple, yet stunning with sequins all over it!  You can find this stunner at Adrianna Papell

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The hotel where they got ready had really great natural light.  A huge plus!!

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The ceremony site was in shade so the light was perfect.  Couples take note!!  If the sun is bright try and have your ceremony where at least you and the officiant are in open shade so that you can have gorgeous even light on you!

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Venue: The Heirloom Inn

MUA: Chelsea Duck @ Heads Together Salon & Spa

Hair: Courtney @ Little Red Hair House

DJ: Epic Events

Caterer: Motherlode Deli Catering

Dessert: Clarks Corner, Sutter Creek

Dress: Adrianan Papell

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When Leanna approached me with her idea for a best friends shoot I was totally excited.  What a fun and special way to honor their friendship!  Leanna, Crystel and Alex met in college and have been besties ever since.  They had this weekend planned to visit Leanna here in the valley and began their weekend with this fun shoot complete with floral crowns from Farmington Flowers and Veuve Champagne! #squadgoals!

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