I just have one word for Addy……..GORGEOUS!!! She is a beauty, whose smile just radiates the pure joy and love that is bubbling over for Dominick. In their wedding gallery she is quite literally glowing in every. single. image. It is her pure emotion that makes this career the VERY best one out there!!!! Addy is originally from Africa, so seeing the incorporation of her African wedding traditions blended with her now Westernized culture was perfection–the women in Addy’s life sang and chanted her to the ceremony site, while laying down fabric at her feet so she wouldn’t soil her soles–it was amazing! Thank you Addy & Dominick and all of your wonderful family and friends for having us take a small part in your forever….you two are such a wonderful couple who are so obviously divinely created for one another! xo
For anyone who says a wedding has to have a crazy dance party to be amazing has never met Tenaya and Kevin! Their wedding day could not have been more perfectly simple as they said their “i dos” in a sweet ceremony witnessed by their very closest family and friends. Intimate weddings always make me feel nostalgic, and all warm and fuzzy because everyone exudes so much love for the bride and groom! Congratulations Tenaya and Kevin…and cheers to many more years of cupcake smashing with love lol. xo
Q. Tell me about the proposal. I want all the details!
A. During the Christmas holidays, his family came up to spend a week with mine so we could all celebrate together. Kevin and I are both kind of private people, so we wanted to do our gift exchange in private. Kevin took over the planning for a nice date sceduled two days prior to Christmas. Kevin suggested we go ice skating in Roseville, which was something we’d been talking about doing for ages. It also provided a nice meeting point to meet his parents as they were on their way up to Auburn to meet up with my folks. Kevin said he’d accidentally left my gift at home, so his parents could just hand it off to him. I kind of rolled my eyes at the time at his forgetfulness, but he was really getting the ring from them because the jeweler finished it later than expected. After ice skating, we went to dinner at the sushi place he took my to as my first exposure to sushi a few summers ago. It was nice to revisit that time. After dinner we went to see a movie (Interstellar). When we were walking back to the car after the movie, we panicked a little bit because there were cops standing next to it. Turns out the car next to ours had been broken into. Kevin had left the ring under a towel in the backseat of his car (wrapped in a big box to throw me off the scent), so he hadn’t taken it into the theater with him. At first he’d thought it had been stolen, and looking back on it it, his anxiety certainly makes sense. After the movie, we went back to downtown Auburn to the fire pit and giant Christmas tree that was set up. We’d picked it out earlier as the place we wanted to open our presents. At the late hour, we had it entirely to ourselves. I gave him my gift first. Then he handed me mine and when I opened the lid of the box, I could see the engagement ring sitting in its velvet box. I looked up to see Kevin on his knee. It was lovely, though neither of us can remember much of what either of us said aside from YES! After we went home, and woke up all the parents and other relatives to tell them what had happened.
Words cannot describe my love and affection for these two beautiful souls. I feel like me shooting their wedding was just “meant to be”—especially since their original photographer (and my dear friend Tanya) found out she was expecting and would be due to deliver her baby too close to Jessica & Kayla’s wedding date for comfort. So, through the grace of the universe, these two became “my brides”! Jessica & Kayla, I am so happy to call you two more than just clients, but also friends. Being a part of your special day was such an honor (and you made my dream come true remember lol). xo
Q. How did she ask you out for your first date?
A. We never really had a first date. After becoming friends in school, Jessica asked Kayla to hang out with her and her friends one night. Kayla had been playing softball and her friends talked her into going even though she didn’t want to. That night Jessica kept flirting and Kayla never got the “memo” until Jessica kissed her. We ended up staying up all night chatting and getting to know each other and instantly fell for one another.