Morgan Creek Wedding | Roseville, CA | Nicole & Eric

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The word the comes to mind when I think of Nicole and Eric is “laughter”.  These two have one another cracking up and laughing ALL. THE. TIME!  It is so clear that they are truly one another’s best friend and soul mate.  From the moment I met them…there was laughter…and a lot of it.  I am often asked…what makes a wedding amazing in terms of photography?  And contrary to what people might think…it isn’t all about the venue , the details, the dress, or even the flowers (although Nicole and Eric’s wedding included the most gorgeous selection of all of those things).  But what makes a wedding truly spectacular in my eyes is the chemistry between my bride groom.  I can pose people all day long, but when a couple’s chemistry shines through and they are just naturally sweet, affectionate and IN LOVE with one another—those photos blow any posed photographs away!!!!!  Nicole and Eric are this kind of couple….just perfectly suiting one another and constantly touching, moving, laughing and kissing each other.  This is a photographer dream come true!  Their Morgan Creek Golf Course wedding in Roseville, CA was the perfect backdrop for their opulent and glam wedding.  There were full blooms of hydrangeas that paired beautifully with their black, ivory and gold decor—it was stunning and everything sparkled and glittered just perfectly.

This blog post is dedicated to Eric’s cousin, Kevin Rudi, who celebrated with us in spirit with as “paper Kevin” and via  Skype but who sadly lost his battle with cancer in November. May God Bless you and your family and friends.

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VENDOR INFORMATION

Photographer: Jessica Roman Photography
Videographer: Christian DaCosta
Venue: Morgan Creek Golf Club
DJ/Master of Ceremonies: Jeremy Burgess of SJ’s Disk Jockey
Hotel Accommodations/Getting Ready Space: Thunder Valley Resort Casino & Hotel

 

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Chinese Tea Ceremony & Happy Garden Restaurant Wedding | Sacramento, CA | Priscilla & Phi

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So…what exactly happens when you combine a bride and groom that are ridiculously great looking, their obviously adorable children, and 750 (no, that is not a typo) of their closest friends and family? Duh…a P-A-R-T-Y!  Priscilla and Phi were married on their 10 year anniversary and celebrated in the most perfect fusion of ancient Chinese culture and Americanized style.  Steeped in tradition, the tea ceremony is one of the most sacred rituals of Chinese nuptials.  Priscilla and Phi honored their families, and their cultural background, by serving tea and feasting on roast pig and other amazing delicacies before heading over to their guest filled reception.  There was more food, several bottles of Louis XIII cognac, and more champagne sprayed in the name of celebration than was probably drank. Ok maybe not—but you get the point—It. Was. Seriously. FUN!!!!  Priscilla and Phi…your family is beautiful and your children the sweetest and most polities littles ever!  Thank you both for allowing this little ol’ photog to capture your dream come true day!  – A special shout out thank you to the talented Wendy Hithe of Wendy Hithe Photography for being my second this day! xo

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VENDOR INFORMATION

Bridal Makeup: Sydney Le
Bridal Jewelry: Cartier
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Cake Artist: The Wedding Center, Elk Grove. Vicky Huynh
Reception Venue: Happy Garden Seafood Restaurant

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Private Estate Wedding | Roseville, CA | Janae & Jason

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I had the privilege of photographing Janae and Jason’s wedding this past summer!  The venue was the home of Janae’s aunt and it was truly a stunning garden oasis that created the perfect backdrop for the fun and romantic setting that these two had created.  Janae and Jason are avid cross fitters…so obviously they are a drop-dead gorgeous couple together…and their son Kellan? OMG he might just be the cutest little boy EVER!!!!  It is easy to tell that they both just LOVE being parents…and that their little family of three means everything to them.  Janae & Jason, I am so incredibly happy for you both, love shines out of you and inspires everyone else around you. Thank you again so much for having me be a part of your day!! I know that you will have a lifetime of happiness together, and I am so honored that I was there to document the beginning of it. xo

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VENDOR INFORMATION

Bridal Makeup: Jessica Bondi
Bridal Hair: Krystal Tanton
Cake Artist & Dessert Table: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca

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Forest House Lodge Wedding | Foresthill, CA | Emily & Andy

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I don’t even have words to describe how much I adore this couple!  They are quite literally ALWAYS laughing and that laughter is contagious and makes photographing them a dream!  Emily and Andy were married this past September at the stunning Forest House Lodge in Foresthill, CA and it was a legit PAR-TAY—I mean not every girl can say she walked down the aisle while serenaded by their friend who plays Simba in the Broadway musical version of The Lion King.  Or that one of her bridesmaids RAPPED her toast to the tune of Fresh Prince of Bel Air—ya…it was EPIC!!!!!!!  But, first…can we please talk about how gorgeous Emily is?  I bet you would never believe that she LOVES duck hunting with her honey every year.  She can wrangle a pair of 6 inch stilettos and can wield a shotgun with the best of them—a man’s dream come true(am I right Andy?!?!?)  Every detail was meticulously implemented and reflected Emily’s love of antique flare and Andy’s passion for the great outdoors (check out the back of that cake!).   But honestly, I do have to say…one of my most favorite parts of their day was when the grandmother’s walked down the aisle as the flower girls! They were scattering flower petals everywhere and it took my breath away how adorable it was!!!!!!  I could go on and on but I think I will let the pictures speak for themselves….ENJOY! xo

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VENDOR INFORMATION

Ceremony/Reception/Cake Artist: Forest House Lodge, Foresthill CA
Bridal & Bridal Party Hair/Makeup: Polish & Pout
Florals & Reception Design: Heather Hall
Videographer: Jameson Stephenson

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The Ridge Club | South Lake Tahoe Wedding | Cherie & Chad

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There is something so idyllic and magnificent about Tahoe.  Every time I am afforded the opportunity to be there, I am rendered speechless at the insurmountable beauty that abounds from every edge of the area.  From the lake with its crystal blue and crisp waters…to the forests with its glorious redwoods that stretch into the mountains.  I always feel when I am there that I could totally go for a change of pace…and just live in a quiet little cabin, disconnected from the hustle and bustle of every day city-ish life.  And in that very same thought I remember…I am not a snow person, I am more than a little terrified of insects, and the thought of being further than a hop skip and jump from a wi-fi hotspot might be my worst nightmare.  But still…I find Tahoe to be one of the most romantic locations for a “not-so-far-destination” wedding.

Miss Cherie (who by the way is drop dead gorgeous) is yet another CHS cheerleader who’s wedding I have been fortunate enough to document—she makes number three.  It truly warms my heart to reconnect with my fellow Falcons and be a part of their forever.  Chad is Cherie’s ABSOLUTE perfect fit.  He is reserved in ways that she is giddy…and in his heart he feels that his bride has hung the moon and stars.  Almost exactly a year after meeting, these two tied the knot atop a most beautiful vista overlooking the Carson City valley.  Their love is like a ray of sunshine and their laughter is the warmth.  C+C…thank you both for allowing me to share in your special day–thank you for trusting in me and my vision (even with a shot that included dumpsters lol).  I had to most wonderful time with you and all of your friends and family. xo

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