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Tessa & Tyson’s Wedding

Tessa walked into Physics class late. The whole room turned to look at her as she tried to find a seat but couldn’t find anywhere to sit. Tyson noticed her in her teal blue shirt immediately. He was struck by how beautiful she was and stood up to offer her his seat. She took his seat and thanked him. She was taken with him right away. From that moment on a friendship built and that friendship grew to be more and the rest is history. In her own words in her vows, “That first day in class you gave up your seat for me and stood next to me the rest of the class period. And now you still stand next to me today to make me your wife.”

When people ask us what our favorite part of this job is, while the answer is tenfold, the main answer is people like Tessa and Tyson! Meeting people like them and building lasting friendships, that is HANDS DOWN our favorite part of this job! You can tell that these two are clearly adorable and out of this world attractive but they are so much more! Tessa’s elegance and kindness shines through every moment. Also, she is obnoxiously good at any game she plays, even if it is her first time. Really, its infuriating. 😉 She has met her perfect match in Tyson, though. He’s so charismatic and funny, you can’t help but laugh with him and have a good time in his presence. The way they compliment each other but are also so real with each other, it is so refreshing! Tessa even saved her shirt she wore on the day they met and sowed a patch of it into the shape of a heart on her wedding skirt! You can see Tyson’s reaction was very sweet and emotional!

We are so glad to call these two friends and their day was nothing short of magical. Granted, we are biased, but their wedding was spectacular! From the getting ready moments at their suites in the Hyatt Regency Downtown, to their first look in the outside patio, to their beautiful intimate ceremony, their pictures in the capital park, to their super fun reception! We had so much fun, in fact, we stayed up until about 4:30 am the next day and partied the night away with them.

You guys, the love between these two is so fun and so genuine, so raw and real, it was more than a pleasure to capture every moment for them, it was a huge honor. These two have become life long friends and we are so glad they hired us to photograph their big day! Okay enough gushing……here are their photos!! Enjoy….oh and first some VENDOR LOVE! They had an AMAZING team of people including a fantastic hair stylist, creative florist, skilled DJ, amazing caterer etc!! CHECK THEM OUT!

Wedding Planner: Denise Ellis, denise.ellis@hyatt.com, 1.916.321.3529
Hair and Make-up Artist: Lea Buehler, lbgorgeous@live.com, 916-705-5827
Florist: Visual Impact design, visualimpactfl@sbcglobal.net, 916-489-3746
DJ: Michael Anderson, mike@creativememoriesdj.com, Office: 916.344.7000

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    Whitney & Sean

    Whitney and Sean met during the summer at a friends house while the two were in college. As soon as they saw each other, there was instant chemistry! Sean thought Whitney was way out of her league and Whitney was struck with how attractive Sean was and even admitted her first thought was, “Who is that HOT guy??” Sean made it a point to get Whitney’s number and shortly called her to ask her out on a date. Their first date was at the Cheesecake Factory and their first kiss was on a raft. Obviously they hit it off because they are going strong for 7 years now. While in Cabo at the beach without anyone in sight, Sean got down on one knee and proposed to Whitney. He almost got taken out by a wave in the process but she said yes and the two were engaged to be married. They looked at winery after winery and ended up looking at around 30 wineries and finally decided on the first winery they visited! It is an added bonus that their venue is a 7 minute drive from our house!! We can’t wait to share these pictures with you and can’t wait for their wedding!! Enjoy! We took their engagement photos at Apple Hill which is one of our FAVORITE spots in fall! We had to hop a fence and stopped at two locations there and it was so worth it!!
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      Leah & Ryan

      Leah & Ryan met through Ryan’s sister Kim who Leah had worked with at a previous job. Leah said Kim “was hosting a Christmas get together which is where we first met, and we hit it off immediately through jokes as we both tend to interact primarily through our sense of humor. She had been telling both of us that we should meet because we are the same person and have a lot in common, and once we met we knew she was right!” Ryan immediately asked Leah out and they had dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory and a movie. Leah said “our first kiss was unexpected, but perfect!” Clearly their first date and first kiss were a hit because they have been together 4 years this December! After 4 years they still manage to keep the romance alive and Ryan still randomly texts Leah the lyrics to Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett throughout the day. They bond over football, movies, traveling, and family game nights. They even manage to get along despite supporting Rival Football teams! As Ryan and Leah were leaving for a trip to Monterey, just about to walk out the door, Ryan got down on one knee and proposed to her. According to Ryan, it did not got as planned. He initially was going to propose in Monterey, but according to him, Leah is “too damn smart for her own good”. Leah said, “In my defense, Ryan wears his heart on his sleeve making him very easy to read. Because of this, he panicked and did it right in front of the front door of the apartment as we were walking out to leave for our trip!” All rushing and things not going according to plan aside, Leah was thrilled to say yes! When I asked if there are any fun or interesting stories about planning their wedding, Leah said “Wedding? Oh Ya! We should probably get started on that! 😉 The wedding is in February of 2018, and will be in Hawaii!” They can’t wait to start planning their wedding in beautiful Hawaii and celebrate their love with one another with all of their closest family members! We had such a blast during their shoot and even dragged them out at the crack of dawn to get that beautiful early morning light. We used two beautiful hidden parks in El Dorado Hills and captured so much of Leah and Ryan’s personality, from their elegant romance, to their playful love for Football! We had such a blast, enjoy their photos!!
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        Tara & Javier

        Tara and Javier met at R15 in downtown Sacramento while out with friends. They were both watching a Cold War Kids music video playing above the bar while they were waiting for their drinks and instantly noticed eachother. After watching Tara for awhile, Javier walked up to her and said “I normally don’t do this, but I know I’m going to kick myself tomorrow if I don’t ask for your number.” He bought her a PBR and they have been madly in love ever since! Their first date was a Temple Coffee in downtown Sacramento and they instantly hit it off. In a rush to leave the house on time, Javier didn’t realize that his sweater he wore on their first date had shrank slightly in the dryer. Of course, Tara was so smitten with him she hardly noticed! Clearly their first date was a hit because 6 years later and they are still as in love as ever! They bond over Olympic style Weightligting, traveling, live music, and of course their fur-baby Roscoe. While traveling in St. Lucia, Javier brought along their brand new go pro. He asked Tara to stand in so he could test a shot to catch the perfect sunset timelapse. Tara was slightly annoying but stood on the balcony and he directed her to the center of the shot. Then, he got up and joined her on the deck and got down on one knee and asked her to marry him, getting the whole thing on video. Little did she know he had hidden the ring in the go pro bag the whole time knowing that she would never bother to look in there.
        Tara and Javier love listening to live music and love taking trips to shows in Berkeley, catching a musical festival such as Coachella Fest because as Tara said “he’s my favorite person to rock out with.” You can tell these two are best friends and even made something that could be stressful, like finding a wedding venue, into an excuse for an epic adventure. They drove out to Joshua Tree in search of a venue, went wine tasting in Temecula, searched Palm Springs high and low, visited Napa Valley and the Santa Cruz mountails until Javier finally found the perfect spot: a private residence in Murphys, Ca. When I asked them what about their wedding excites them, Tara said, “wedding planning can be stressful, but we’ve both found it’s also really fun. the amount of love and support we received after we got engaged has made us so excited to plan a day where we get to celebrate our love with the people in our lives.” These two were so fun to work with and are such beautiful people inside and out! They have such a laid back vibe but you can tell they know how to have a good time and live life to the fullest! We are so glad we got to recreate their meeting and their first date with these beautiful photos taken at R15 and Temple Coffee in Downtown Sacramento and then over to Land Park with their gorgeous Labradoodle! Enough from me, here are their pictures!!
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          Katie & Andy’s Wedding

          When your clients have the same exact names as you and your partner, you know it was written in the stars that the 4 of you MUST work together! Katie and Andy were married at the Flower Farm Inn in Loomis, California. If you want a beautiful all inclusive venue with a beautiful getting ready suite, a beautiful garden for posed photos, a lovely ceremony site with beautiful tall trees and lots of shade, and a lovely reception hall, look no further! We loooove this venue and highly recommend it to our clients! Katie and Andy were so fun to work with and you can tell these two are best friends, constantly laughing with each other and just pure love for one another. They were so easy going and were ready to have a good time!! It was such an honor to capture all of their special moments on their wedding day and we are so in love with their pictures and we hope you enjoy!!!
          Vendor Love:
          Venue: Flower Farm Inn
          DJ: David Van Enger (Music in Motion) +1 (916) 923-3548. musicinmotion@formotion.com
          Caterer: Asante Catering. Terra & Brenda- terralynne@asantecatering.com | 916-387-8430 | Cell: 916-476-1000 Layne- layne@asantecatering.com, weddings@asantecatering.com | 916-387-8014

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