Leslie & Jeremy's Wedding | Bear Valley, CA

 

 

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One of my favorite things to do on my free time is going off to beautiful landscapes and photographing wide angle shots, macro shots, and everything in between. It's a form of meditation for me where I can be at complete peace. Now, with that in mind, I receive a call from Leslie asking me to photograph her wedding in Bear Valley, California, AKA FOREST HEAVEN. I swear, I needed a good pinching. Welcome to a story of love, laughter, and enough forest magic to make you as happy as a fat kid in a candy shop. 

Leslie and Jeremy first met at Sacramento State University through the Air Force ROTC program. After graduating with mechanical engineering and physical therapy degrees, the two were engaged and the wedding planning begun. 

Deep navy blues and creamy whites were the colors of Leslie and Jeremy's wedding, and I must say, they were beautiful. Sparkling detail note: Leslie's ring was custom made by Windsor Diamonds and Jeremy made his ring HIMSELF. Major talent. 

I, having a little too much caffeine in my system, tend to get a little (a lot) more "nerdy photographer" than normal, and got excited when I saw the beauty that stood before me behind the ring light. I may have called out, "work it, woooork it", a few times. :)  

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A gorgeous bouquet of creamy white roses and succulents. Um, yes please. 

The flower girl was an absolute sweetheart. Mom and Dad teared up when they placed her in Leslie's shoes. Someday...

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"Because this is your day, and you can giggle and jump on as many beds as you want!"

Getting all of the sparkling details on...

And, the man of the hour...

The weather was perfection: Sunny and 75. Jeremy patiently awaited his beautiful bride, throwing in some happy dances, before their first look. Jeremy had picked out the quiet location, and my, was it pretty. 

Mountain top portraits...yes, I have died and gone to Heaven. 

After bridal party portraits and family formals, mother nature decided to show up in the form of a dark grey cloud and began to rain and hail. Thankfully, we had a cozy lodge awaiting us to have the ceremony surrounded by large wooden beams, complete with a wonderfully large stone fireplace. Rain or shine, Leslie and Jeremy were focused on each other and magic was made. 

After the beautiful lodge ceremony, Jeremy carried his bride outside for more romantics in the cool, misty air. The weather had cleared up just in time to softly light the new Mr. and Mrs. Mathis. Mother nature isn't all bad after all. These two are seriously too cute! 

Reception, AKA Party Time! Most of the wood decor, from signs to candle holders were all handmade by Jeremy and his father. 

The sky was still overcast, but was giving off an intensely warm glow. Magic hour had arrived! More romantic portraits were to be had. Can you tell the three of us are a little passionate/obsessed with the forest? 

The incredibly romantic first dance to Chris Stapleton's "Tennessee Whiskey" . 

Its hard not to giggle along with Father/Daughter dances when you have adorable people like this. 

Sweet Mother/Son dance

Dancing and laughter continued late into the night. Through all of the rain and sunshine, the day couldn't have been any more perfect. Jeremy and Leslie's wedding was a mountain wedding dream come true and it was my honor to capture so many beautiful moments.  

Through all of the rain and sunshine, the day couldn't have been any more perfect. Jeremy and Leslie's day was a mountain wedding dream come true and it was my honor to capture so many beautiful moments.  

Shoutout to all of the talented individuals who helped make this day perfect:

Venue | Bear Valley Lodge, Bear Valley, CA

Second Photographer | Gabby Terrasi

Florist | Blooms and Things, Angels Camp, CA

Makeup | Natalie Clark from Trim Salon, Modesto, CA

Hair | Sofia Posten from Allure Salon and Spa, Tracy, CA

DJ | DJ TJ Entertainment, Folsom, CA 

Cake | Butter and Cream, Arnold, CA

Dress | La Soie Bridal, Sacramento

Bridesmaids Dresses | Lulu's 

Tuxes | Men's Wearhouse 

Bride's Ring | Windsor Diamonds, custom-made in Folsom, CA

Groom's Ring, centerpiece boxes, Mathis sign, corn hole sets, welcome sign, and Photo Booth | Jeremy! 

Ashley & Luke's Wedding | Scribner Bend Vineyards Sacramento, CA

It was a warm, sunny day; a splendid day to be married at a stunning Northern California vineyard. On August 16th, 2015, Ashley Ferko and Luke Montgomery said, “I do.” at Scribner Bend Vineyards in Sacramento, California and it couldn't have been a more beautiful sight. The late afternoon sunlight parted through surrounding trees, gently moving with the breeze as music from the film score, The Holiday began playing. All stood while Ashley walked with her proud father and best friend beside her. After cheers of celebration for the new Mr. and Mrs., plenty of smooching/cuddling within the vineyard, and without a doubt, a good share of impressively wild and fun moves on the dance floor, Ashley and Luke’s wedding was absolutely beautiful.

Kaley & Jami's Wedding | Oxnard, CA

Kaley and I go way back to the days of high school, so it comes to no surprise that I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph her wedding. It was a bright, beautiful day in sunny Southern California and the May weather was perfect. The ceremony and reception were held at  Heritage Square in Oxnard, where I must say, was absolutely charming. Later on, I had the pleasure of taking my adorable couple down to Port Hueneme Beach Park for their bride and groom portraits. The entire walk was filled with heart-felt congrats from random strangers. Many commented on how pretty she was and one individual even took a photo of Kaley and Jami. It truly was a beautiful sight to see. 

A Stunning Heirloom To Be Cherished For Generations | Genuine Leather Wedding Album

My heart melted when I first held this handsome album. It is the Legend Album and I am happy to announce it's arrival to my studio. We live in an age where the physicality of images aren't appreciated like they were only a couple of decades back. Something awoke in me once again when I carefully unwrapped the binding and began to open the sleek cover. Just the fresh smell of leather alone was absolutely delicious. Am I going overboard? Perhaps. Apologies aside, this wedding album will knock your socks off, and trust me, it's anything but ordinary. The Legend Album is fashioned after an artist's journal, wrapped in genuine leather with a genuine leather strap closure. This album is printed on Fine Art Velvet paper, while Fine Art Watercolor paper is also available. Two sizes are now available in 12x12 (below) and 8x8. 

For a timeless look and something special to pass down for generations, the Legend Album is the cherry on top of your beautiful wedding experience.

Esca | Model

When I first met Esca the first things that hit me were her eyes; bright and stunning. She is wonderful to work with. Each time the shutter would release, she would have a completely different pose already set up. This made it extremely difficult to choose images to post, since there were so many amazing ones to pick from. I highly recommend her and can't wait to work with her again.

Model - Esca Niculescu

Makeup Artist - Marci Carver Cawley

Hair - Ashley Ball