Winter Styled Shoot Part 2

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Venue: Dia­blo Coun­try Club

Event Plan­ner: Lind­say Lau­ren Event Plan­ning and Design

Florist: LC Flo­ral Design

Caterer: Absolute Cel­e­bra­tions

Rentals: Hart­mann Studios

Bridal Gowns: J’aime Bridal

Dipped Apples: Danville Choco­lates

Cake: Le Gateau Elegant

Makeup Artist: Makeup by Adele

Hair Styl­ist: Ash­ley Michelle & For­ever Pieces

Invi­ta­tions: Natalia Maria Designs

Julina and Lloyd Maternity at Home Session

Last Saturday I had so much fun photographing this cozy casual in home maternity session.   Meet Julina and Lloyd.  These highschool sweethearts fell in love 14 years ago and woke up one morning last year and decided to tie the knot that same day.  It’s been just the two of them for so long, but not for much longer.  In just a few weeks this awesome twosome is going to become a family with the addition of a cute Vietnapino/Flipnamese baby boy.  Check out the beautiful photos!

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Thank you Julina and Lloyd for welcoming me into your home to capture this short lived but special time in your lives.   You two were beautiful to photograph and will be amazing parents to baby Filip!

Cherish and Laxman Japanese Garden Engagement

She went to his birthday party.

He got the best present of all…

Her phone number.

The rest is history.

The title reads engagement pictures, but they should really read ‘my camera can predict the future’ pictures. Haha. No really, even though they were not yet engaged during the time of this shoot, it was easy to see by the way that Laxman’s fingers lovingly brushed the curls out of Cherish’s eyes that this relationship was headed into forever territory.  They were so easy to photograph because not only were they gorgeous (and kind) human beings, their PDA was the perfect balance between intensity and tenderness. I just loved photographing these two.

And I’m so happy to hear about the recent engagement news! Best wishes for the both of you!  =)

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After the Tea Party

Mina absolutely mesmerized me with her eyes during our Tea Party photoshoot.  As we wrapped up, her guy joined us for a sip of tea and an impromptu couple shoot.  These two were so goofy and fun, quickly our zen little tea drinking session turned into a all out pillow fight battle. Loved it!

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Ives and Twan Stern Grove Engagement

 “Driftin’ on a mem­ory
Ain’t no place I’d rather be
Then with you.”
–Isley Broth­ers

We each have a place where love lives. Where our thoughts drift to when we need to get back to our happy place. In Ives and Twan’s case, it’s the place where love began.  For their engagement shoot, they revisited their green sanctuary in the middle of the city, Stern Grove park.  It was here, way back when their smartphones were Nokias, that they were head over heels in love high school sweethearts who proudly carved names into public property for each other during after school adventures.

The years have passed and the original name carvings have long faded away, but other than that not much else has changed because these two are just as smitten with each other as ever before.   From my short time hanging out with these two, it was clear that their daily life must be filled with melody, laughter, and chemistry.  I just loved the way they were effortlessly affectionate with one another.   Can you say meant to be?

Speak­ing of meant to be. Those base­ball shots at the end were completely unplanned.  It was purely coincidental that while wear­ing head to toe Giants gear (they are huge fans that bleed black and orange) they spotted this random ball half tucked into the brush.  What luck!  I don’t know how that ball got there, but I have no doubt that it was meant to be found by them and them only.

Ives and Twan, I truly enjoyed photographing your adventure at the grove.  Best wishes for your 2014 wedding and beyond.  =)

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