I just adore Nadia & John and their beautiful Wente wedding! These fall into that classic love story … “he was my brother’s roommate” situation haha! When Nadia moved out to California from D.C., she wanted to connect with people she knew so she & John got together for a casual, friendly hike and you all know that the rest is history. The pair has been hiking and adventuring through life together ever since.

They made their union official at the gorgeous Wente Vineyards in the Tri-Valley area of the East Bay. Stunning floral designs by Jinger Leonard of The Flower House brought the day to a whole new level of beauty. My absolute favorite part of photographing this wedding though was interacting with Nadia & John and their amazing families. Everyone was so thrilled for this couple and the smiles couldn’t be wiped off their faces.

Full vendor credits are at the end of the post. Please browse these gorgeous images and leave a “love note” comment for Nadia & John below!

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Vendor Team

Photos | Cheers Babe Photo

2nd Shooter | Shannon Zurawski

Venue | Wente Vineyards

Florals | The Flower House

HMUA | Lisa Teller

Dress | Willowby Watters

Shoes | Stuart Weitzman

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Nadia + John | Wente Vineyards Wedding

Wedding

Tiffany & Dan’s Saratoga Springs wedding was so lovely! I loved all of their stunning decor choices from the multitude of lush roses, to Dan’s avocado socks, all the way to the blue bridesmaid dresses. The day was a true celebration of Tiffany & Dan’s love story together & I’m so lucky to have been a part of it. Hear more about their meet cute HERE on their engagement session blog!

Be sure to scroll all the way through this one to see their stunning sparkler exit! Such a blast!

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credits

Photos | Jess & Morgan for Cheers Babe Photo

Venue | Saratoga Springs

Floral | H&L Flowers

HMUA | Dreamcatcher Artistry

Video | Wild 35mm

Cake | Natty Cakes

Dress | BHLDN

Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Suit | Original Penguin

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Tiffany + Dan | Saratoga Springs Wedding

Wedding

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Yellow Conference in Downtown Los Angeles. Yellow Co. describes the conference as “a gathering of creative women who are making an impact and using their gifts, skills and talents to serve the greater good. The ones who are willing to roll up their sleeves, step out in courage, and use their creativity for good”. The speakers were so inspiring to me, listening to how they’ve used their creativity, taken ownership of their gifts and calling and impacted lives around them.

The conference was extra fun for me because I went with my gal pals, Lindsay & Praise! We arrived a couple days earlier, hung out in Venice Beach and spent an afternoon on the Swan paddle boats in Echo Park – a highlight for me, I must say 😂. I’ll bring you along on those fun moments below & also share a few of my favorite take-away quotes from the Yellow Conference that I managed to scribble down!

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I even ran into an old friend, Meredith! Love with these things happen 🙂

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The pic below is a welcome from the Yellow Conference founder, Joanna Waterfall, who has put this conference on for the last 5 years! Such a champ.

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“Have respect for things people are doing off of instagram”. – Candice Kumai

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“Spend time on these three things: 1)What you want 2)What you’re good at and 3)How you use your time” – Enid Hwang

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An extra fun fact: The conference was held at the venue I was married at! So fun to go back and explore Hudson Loft & all of it’s new & beautiful additions to the space!

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Also, DTLA has changed so much in the last 2 years! I was floored by how many new skyscrapers were being built.

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“Don’t compare yourself to the person you think you should already be. It’s a trap!” – Alison Faulkner

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Photos | Myself, Lindsay & Praise

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Yellow Conference + LA Recap

Lifestyle, Personal

Babes, this is HUGE.

If you are planning a wedding, you stumbled on a lucky place, because it’s LAUNCH DAY! Today I am announcing an exciting collaboration between myself & wedding planning extraordinaire, Kellyne, of Hand & Heart Events. Kellyne & I have worked side-by-side on many stunning weddings and events and let’s just say we make a pretty bomb team. She goes above & beyond for her clients and is so multi-talented, it’s insane!

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Starting this weekend, we will be offering a collaboration wedding collection if you book the two of us as a team. That means, book any one of my photo coverage collections, get a FREE hour of coverage ($400 value) and then for just an additional $1500, Kellyne will be there to make your day (and month before prep) go off without a hitch!

INCLUDES:

+Initial consultation at venue

+Unlimited phone and email access 30 days prior to wedding

+Create detailed day-of timeline and share with vendors

+Handle all day of logistics—set up and breakdown/safe storage of personal items, distribution of final vendor payments/tips, etc

+Take over all vendor communication week of wedding.

+Facilitate wedding rehearsal

+Arrive when first vendor arrives and oversee set up and break down of event

+Access to our “bridal survival kit”

+Ensure day runs smoothly from start to finish so you can relax and enjoy your day!

+One free hour of photo coverage with Cheers Babe

 

This collaboration is a $2500 value for just $1500. Are we crazy!? No, we LOVE working together & we know that we can nail it for you, boo!

 

Inquire Here!

(be sure to note this launch blog)

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photo credits:

photography + art direction | Cheers Babe Photo

coordination, design, signage + rentals | Hand & Heart Events

venue | Central Kitchen

florals | Ash + Oak Floral

hair+makeup | Beauty by Lia

dress | Rue de Seine via Lovely Bride SF

earrings | Mignonne Gavigan

tux | The Black Tux

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Collaboration Launch | Hand & Heart Events X Cheers Babe Photo

Feature, Wedding

I just KNEW this Pac Heights engagement session was gonna be a good one. I pulled up to the crossroads that Carly provided and these two cuties led me to the most beautiful bougainvillea-covered home I’ve ever seen!! It may not be Carly & Bryant’s current home, but hey … goals! I had so much fun walking around the neighborhood with these two – we even got to celebrate a bit & pop some bubbly on their rooftop!

It makes my heart sing when couples choose to capture their engagement session in their own neck of the woods and really celebrate this moment in their lives. Cheers to you two & I cannot wait to capture your amazing wedding next Spring!

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Pac Heights Engagement Session | Carly + Bryant

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There’s just nothing quite like an intimate wedding with just your closest family and friends. That’s exactly what Kellyne and José wanted for the moment they said “I do”. Not only is the bride, Kellyne, a dear friend of mine, she is a multi-talented event planner, stylist and artist. Needless to say, her wedding wasn’t just pretty. It was as if the free people catalog came to life as a boho, tropical, colorful, fiesta of a wedding day!

Go peek her photos below & then give her a call to plan your wedding day! Do it!

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Vendor Credits

Photography | Cheers Babe Photo & Oh Honestly Photography

Planning, Design & Signage | Hand & Heart Events

Ceremony Coordination | Your Event by Erin

Reception Coordination | Erin Riordan

Officiant | Officially Hitched

DJ | Heart of Gold DJs

Oyster Bar | Shuck Truck SF

Dress | BHLDN

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Intimate Muir Beach Overlook Wedding | Kellyne + José

Wedding

Ali + Lafe’s breathtaking Carmel wedding was one of my favorites this Summer! The weather was absolutely gorgeous & I’m still not over how adorable the pasture of sheep grazing behind the ceremony altar was. Believe it or not, at one point in time, Mission Ranch was actually owned by Clint Eastwood. Fun fact!

I’m so glad that mine and Ali’s paths crossed because she & Lafe are just such good people. [They also have THE cutest baby girl evaaa]. This wedding was one of those special ones that I’ll always remember because even though every detail was stunning, the feeling of love between family and friends is what I remember the most about the day. You can see it on Ali & Lafe’s faces — they are best friends and it doesn’t get better than that.

I was lucky to work alongside one of my favorite planners for this wedding, Your Event by Erin, in addition to the amazing Fionna Floral, and DJ Von Woo — not to mention the gorgeous grounds of Mission Ranch. Please enjoy these happy images from the day and this link to their engagement session in case you missed it!

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Credits

Photos | Cheers Babe Photo

Venue | Mission Ranch, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Planning | Your Event by Erin

Floral | Fionna Floral

HMUA | Beauty by M

Calligraphy/Signage | Hand & Heart Events

Cake | Layers Cake Monterey

Favors | Lady Falcon Coffee Club

DJ | Von Woo

Dress | BHLDN

Shoes | Loeffler Randall

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Carmel Wedding at Mission Ranch | Ali + Lafe

Wedding

He planned a romantic train ride, wining and dining her before dropping to one knee.

Trains make her motion sick and she couldn’t wait to be back on solid ground.

After a mini interior panic, he decided to take care of his girl, give her rest, and wait patiently.

She was feeling back to normal and agreed to go on a walk along the Russian River where they came across a beautiful secluded garden.

… she said YES!

Melissa & Rory are just as sweet as can be! These two lovebirds love their home in the East Bay and really wanted to capture the beauty of it’s hills in their session. It was insanely windy and cold, and they were such champs about it! We were having way too much fun to worry about which way Melissa’s hair was whipping in the wind!

My favorite part of their session was one of those in-between moments – we were walking down the hill to a new spot, and Rory stooped down to pick a tiny wildflower and gave it to Melissa. I just thought that was the most precious gesture of kindness and affection towards Melissa! I adore these two, loved meeting them & popping some bubbly and I cannot wait for their wedding next Summer. In the meantime, enjoy the photos from their Dublin engagement session!

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Dublin Hills Engagement Session | Melissa + Rory

Engagement

Welcome back to your course, Weddings 101: The Road to “I Do”! This monthly series will provide you with a whole lot of clarity, destroy myths about how you’re “supposed to” plan a wedding and all the things you should know before your wedding day. I’m so glad you’re back. If this is the first lesson of the course you’ve read, I’ve linked parts 1 through 3 below so you can access those & get caught up!

part i – all things coordination

part ii – what to expect pre-ceremony

part iii – the ceremony

Today, we’ll be talking about the Reception and what happens (or should happen) when your wedding is over. This post is so FULL of information, so grab a notebook and settle in because this info is RICH!

determining the best time for sunset photos

Guide to Wedding Reception Sunset Photos by Cheers Babe Photo

From my eyes, this is SO crucial! The best time for sunset photos can be determined based on the time of year you’re getting married as well as small considerations based on your venue and its placement. For example, if your wedding takes place in the Fall or Winter, your sunset session will take place much earlier than a wedding in the Summer months.

As a rule of thumb, I google the exact sunset time for the wedding date – let’s say it’s today (July 27th in San Francisco), so sunset isn’t until 8:22pm. Can I get a hallelujah for these long Summer days? California is such a dream! In this instance I’d try to schedule a 20-30 minute photo session with just my couple about 30-60 minutes before the sun sets to get that golden hour light. So for today I’d start sunset photos at about 7:45pm.

Another thing to consider is your particular venue. If you’re getting married at a venue that’s tucked behind a large mountain range or in a more wooded area, you should consider doing your “sunset” photos earlier just in case the sun dips behind that mountain range before the true sunset time.

reception lighting

Guide to Wedding Reception Lighting by Cheers Babe Photo

Lighting at your reception may be something you haven’t yet considered, but it can truly make a big difference in your images. If your reception is going to take place outdoors, a)You’re my favorite, because natural light will always win in my eyes (and the camera’s) and b)all you need to really consider is having minimal light when it gets dark such as candles on the tables and string lights on the dance floor.

If your reception is indoors, in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with candlelight! It’s one of my favorite lighting looks because it’s super warm and gives off a very romantic feeling. The more, the better, just make sure you know your venue’s rules in regards to fire regulations.

Other options to consider are uplights or fixtures. Uplighting adds a warm, subtle glow to the space, making sure there’s no bright spots. Read this article HERE for some great do’s and don’ts when it comes to uplighting. Your reception space may also already be equipped with lighting fixtures such as chandeliers and wall sconces that can usually be brightened or dimmed based on your preference.

Lastly, make sure there is at least SOME light on your dance floor! This is a common misconception because couples often like that dark, clubby feel on the dance floor, but it’s not ideal for photos. With no light in the room, our cameras have no spots to sample from and it makes focusing really difficult, resulting in terrible, blurry photos.

toasts & table visits

Guide to Wedding Receptions and Toasts by Cheers Babe Photo

We’ve all been to that wedding where the best man had one too many tequila shots before his toast and starts rambling on about the groom for 20 minutes. Inapprops! Try to prepare your toasters by asking them to stick to about 2-5 minutes so that the rest of your guests can enjoy the evening & get on the dance floor.

It’s always nice when the couple visits each table after finishing their meal (while everyone else is finishing) so you get to say Hi and welcome each guest personally. It’s great for hugs too. However, this is typically not an important time to have your photographer with you & it actually the best time during the reception for us to take a break and eat dinner ourselves!

to toss or not to toss (and other traditions)

Guide to Wedding Receptions by Cheers Babe Photo

The tradition of the bouquet toss and the garter toss goes way back. But ya know what? If you don’t wanna do it, just don’t! It’s your wedding and you don’t have to! In fact, I’d suggest only doing it if you have A LOT of single friends who will be totally down (and not shy) to come to the dance floor to compete. There’s nothing more awkward than 4 single and ashamed girls on the dance floor pretending to be interested in catching your flowers!

This goes for other traditions as well, like cake cutting or parent dances – I give you a no rules policy! Do what feels right 🙂

the grand exit

Guide to Wedding Reception Sparkler Exit by Cheers Babe Photo

If you plan on orchestrating a grand exit from your reception, there’s a few things to keep in mind. On camera, things like glow sticks don’t tend to read very well, but balloons, bubbles and sparklers are great! Sparklers definitely look stunning on camera, so here are a couple pointers. 1) Purchase the extra long ones so you get plenty of burn time. The short ones run out SO fast! 2) Make sure the venue has a WIDE passage for you to go through. Remember: you are literally handing fire to over 100 intoxicated people. You do not want that aisle to be super tight to cram through – might cause a fiery fiasco!

now, hear about the reception from a wedding planner!

As usual, I have my dear friend Kellyne of Hand & Heart Events here with me to help you babes understand every aspect from a planner’s point of view in addition to mine. She details everything that you probably haven’t even thought about yet!

flow of events

Guide to Wedding Receptions by Cheers Babe Photo

The flow of the events at your reception can make or break the guest experience. Your wedding coordinator will work with you and your vendors to create a detailed timeline that will be used as guide throughout the entire day. Specifically for my clients, I make sure there is time allotted to all those important reception events – wedding party entrance, toasts, first dance, cake cutting, and everything else in between.

The last thing you want is to burden your maid of honor or family friend to feel like they’re working the reception rather than enjoying it. For that reason, your planner is there on site to cue your DJ, communicate with photographers/videographers (so they don’t miss a shot!), make sure your dad has his dancing shoes on, and that you and your boo have a full glass of champagne for toasts!

I also keep an eye on all the little details as the night progresses. I make sure lights are dimmed, candles stay lit, and flowers are moved or repurposed to get the maximum enjoyment of those blooms. My team and I set up dessert, make sure the cake is set with utensils and plates for cake cutting, and replenish any sweet treats so the dessert table never looks bare. This whole time, you & all of your guests stay worry free (and likely on the dance floor)!

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Guide to Wedding Receptions by Cheers Babe Photo

Throughout the evening, a coordinator is responsible for packing up personal items, gifts/cards, guestbook, etc. to make sure they’re stored in a safe place for you to take home or pick up the next day. As the evening winds down, we make sure rentals and decor are broken down and packed up, final payments and tips are distributed to vendors, and we ensure that the venue is left it tip-top condition!

Although the wedding may be over, a coordinator’s job is still going! At Hand & Heart, we love to check in with couples after the wedding to make sure all loose ends are tied up and to touch base about any final details. I am always available to you after the wedding, should you need anything (that includes a post-wedding glass of wine, too)!!

 

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Guide to Wedding Receptions by Cheers Babe Photo

Cheers Babes from Jess & Kellyne! You made it through Weddings 101! Tune in next month for a HUGE SURPRISE (coming Labor Day weekend)!!! Xx

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