Yosemite National Park is a stunning venue for a wedding no matter the season, but fall is truly magical. The falls may not be flowing, but the grandeur of the granite is still there, the light is amazing, and the fall color is truly spectacular. To top it all off, the crowds are gone, the days are cool, and you can feel that you have this amazing place all to yourselves for a brief period of time. That’s the setting for Sarah and Zak’s wedding this past fall. It was one of the most unique and personally meaningful ceremonies I’ve been witness to. From the “Story of how they met” written by their best friend and officiant, to the coin toss
There’s something a little extra special about Yosemite in the winter time. The crowds are gone, the skies quickly alternate between sunny and overcast. In many places the sun never gets high enough in the sky to touch the ground for weeks at a time. It’s quiet and still, clouds hang on the cliffs and the waterfalls are either still, but if it rained recently they my have a modest flow. But overall, and most importantly, it’s quiet. Those days are rare and fleeting in Yosemite and when you get one, it’s magical. For a few hours you feel like you have the most beautiful spot on the planet all to yourself. I met Maxine and David on one of those
As promised, here’s Michelle and Rhett’s second wedding at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles, CA. After a small, intimate wedding at the Mission San Miguel on Friday, they did it all again, and they did it bigger, on Saturday for a few hundred guests. The venue was spectacularly beautiful, every detail was thought of and executed. Even though there was a whole wedding the day before, that didn’t stop anyone from being fully present on the day and powerful, emotional moments were abundant. This was an amazing cap to a wonderful weekend with this family and it was a joy to photograph. As with the day before, my talented friend James Collier shot this wedding with me
I may be a little late to the party, but after photographing my first two weddings at Panoche Creek this year, it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite venues in the Fresno area. The grounds are just amazing with massive, old trees, established orchards, and as I discovered at this wedding after the river waters receded, a beautiful meadow. To top it off I got to spend this day with the extraordinarily friendly and kind Hailey and Greg and their friends and family. Even though their bridal party was quite large, it was obvious that each and every person chosen had a close, personal, and unique relationship with them. Everyone was loose, happy and ready to have an amazing time and
I probably sound like a broken record, but working with expressive people is SO MUCH FUN! No shade towards Gary – who’s a totally awesome dude – but Emily has an outsized personality that literally blows up any room she walks in to. Actually, everyone was a character at this wedding including Gary and Emily’s little boys. So many great personalities all the way around, but I think the pictures are going to show you that. Enjoy my favs!
After photographing over 350 weddings since 2005, one of the things I’m most proud of is how often I’m hired by family and friends of past clients. This wedding was a perfect example after photographing Erick’s brother’s wedding a couple years ago (eventually I’ll get to posting that one too!). It’s so much fun to hang with familiar people and extend the stories started in past years. I love that Erin and Erick are both unabashed Star Wars fans and let all that come through in their wedding – from Han and Leia figures on the cake, Erick’s Millennium Falcon cuff links, and the Rebel Alliance cuff links for the groomsmen. Enjoy a few of my favorite images from their wedding.
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