Bride and groom sitting and cuddling on a rock among yellow wildflowers
A couple laughs during a portrait in front of dogwood trees
Kisses her forehead among the redwoods
Bride and groom cuddle for a portrait under a dogwood in a redwood grove
Bride and groom cuddle and laugh during a portrait
A couple kisses in front of a giant granite boulder
Couple looking at each other in a meadow full of yellow flowers
Couple walks along the trail and laughs in a redwood grove
Bride and groom pose for a portrait in a mountain meadow near Shaver Lake, CA
Man kisses a woman's cheek in front of a fire scar in a giant sequioa
Couple kissing in a portrait among the giant sequoia trees
A couple shares a moment among the giant sequoias
Bride and groom pose for a portrait among tree seedlings
A man and his fiance next to a giant sequioa
Couple backlit by a golden sunset through smokey skies
A couple shares a funny moment in front of a granite wall
A couple walks down the trail in a redwood grove
Silhouette of a couple in the mountains at sunset in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

When Cristina got in touch with me, I was super stoked. I photographed her brother’s wedding a few years ago, and a few other relatives and friends in between and excited to get back to Chowchilla and see everyone again. In the spirit of beating the heat, we headed up towards Shaver Lake to a little grove of Giant Sequoias followed by some time in the meadows along the road. Even though it was late summer down in the valley, it was cool and spring like in the mountains. To top it all off, the light was absolutely magical due to a forest fire many miles away. Of course a fire is a tragic event, but it also creates rare opportunities.