Jess here! I run a wedding photography studio based in California and we want you to have a wedding photography experience that let’s you live your best life on the best day of your life. If you’re lookin’ for fun, bright, colorful photos that look natural and authentic, you’ve come to the right place!
Now THIS was a super fun wedding!! Carly + Bryant were surrounded by their closest friends and family all day for their beautiful wedding at the Sonoma Golf Club. Not only did Carly and her bridesmaids look like total supermodels, the couple’s joyful spirit could not have been more present throughout the day – their excitement just oozed out of them! Major thanks to Violet at The Makeup Dolls for beautifying the ladies, not to mention the backdrop of the hotel & venue were so stunning especially with the clean, crisp white floral arrangements by Vanda Floral Design. Carly & Bryant ended the evening with one EPIC dance party, so keep scrolling to catch all the fun memories from their Sonoma Golf Club wedding!!
The inspiration for this minimalist wedding shoot was the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi –
“the Japanese art of finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay — celebrating cracks, crevices and all other marks that time, weather and love leave behind”
For years, I’ve been drawn to this Japanese idea that things get more and more beautiful with age and wear.
When I shared this idea with planner, Kellyne of Hand & Heart Events, she immediately thought of a monochromatic shoot incorporating dried florals and pampas grass (hello, pretty!). For the tabletop decor, she chose handcrafted ceramics because she wanted to incorporate the imperfection that comes with handmade goods. Each plate has its own unique marks, color, and texture — embracing the idea that beauty can be found in asymmetry and imbalance. To nod to Japanese heritage and western custom, each setting was set with chopsticks and a fork and knife. For the custom cocktails, she chose two cocktail glasses that featured the traditional Japanese “Yari” pattern. This is a common technique used in Japanese glass making and refers to the weave pattern on the glass. We were even lucky enough to have a professional bartender create a custom cocktail using traditional Japanese whiskey and ingredients!
The stationery suite and paper goods were created by the very talented Stephanie of Bowerbird Atelier, who was inspired by natural textures, and used handmade paper overlaid with vellum for a romantic effect. Classic typography was paired with illustrations of cherry blossoms to symbolize spirituality, beauty and impermanence. The menu cards were embellished with blossoms embedded in pearlescent wax for an extra touch of natural elegance. She used broken pieces of neutral ceramic pottery for the place cards, embellished with a gold edge to mimic Kintsugi (the Japanese art of highlighting broken lines with real gold when fixing ceramics). This nod to the practice of the kintsugi tradition is also reflected on the stunning cake created by Natty Cakes.
The floral creations were the genius of Carrie from Boheme Tipi Events! She created a stunning asymmetrical ceremony altar anchored by a giant dried palm. Her hanging pampas grass installation above the table made the perfect wow-moment impact on the design. One of my favorite little details of this shoot is the way the accordion silk fabric of the bride’s dress mimics the fan palms used throughout the decor! The bride wore a gorgeous champagne diamond ring from Lauren Wolf Jewelry to match the monochrome look of the minimalist wedding styled shoot. Scroll to the bottom to check out all of my talented collaborators – this was a fun one! Also head to 100 Layer Cake to see our feature!
Rosie & Joe’s millennial pink Korakia Pensione wedding was featured on 100 Layer Cake this week! Beyond being excited about the feature – I just have to say what a privilege it was to play the role of photographer in this wedding day in Palm Springs because it was such a unique and special day for a truly amazing couple. Rosie & Joe are the coolest, most stylist & fun, modern couple I’ve photographed in a while – I loved every second of their wedding day! They opted for a day that 100% matched who they are as a couple. Everything just felt so genuine from the design all the way to their beautiful vows to one another.
Being at one of Palm Springs’ most incredible venues, Korakia Pensione, I already knew the day would feel bohemian and travel-inspired, but I love how they chose to bring in a ton of fun with millennial pink details throughout, mismatching bridesmaid dresses, a custom-designed gown made by the bride’s sister and a totally modern version of a chuppah. They even wove Jewish tradition throughout the day to honor Rosie’s family. Of course, all the blooms from Siren Floral Co. were absolutely breathtaking, and everyone’s hair and makeup was flawless all day thanks to Cheek to Cheek Artistry.
The couple opted for a traditional first look – an emotional one as Rosie walked down the aisle, which was precious. I had to hold back a lot of tears during the ceremony myself! From the moment Rosie circled Joe 7 times to their beautifully written vows – I think every guest felt the heart behind each moment. After they were married, these two threw an unmatchable dance party in the desert. I hope you enjoy all these Korakia Pensione wedding photos!
Is there anything better than a Fall Solage wedding in Napa County? Well besides being one of the best looking couples ever, Danielle & Tyler are super sweet and have a fantastic story. They met 5 years ago at a bar (gotta love that old school courage) called Lightning right after they both moved to San Francisco. Tyler proposed in Marin Headlands and the guy even had a bottle of Veuve waiting to celebrate the moment. Peek HERE for their super cute engagement photos! They love to travel, to cook together and do anything active and outdoors – they really are the perfect “dream team” of a bride & groom. They alluded to this with their wedding hashtag #DoremTeam2018 (a word play on Tyler’s last name, Doremus).
Danielle & Tyler’s stunning wedding took place at Solage Resort in Calistoga, CA near where Danielle grew up in Napa. She looked flawless in her Flora Bridal Gown and Tyler looked so suave in his emerald green suit jacket and velvet loafers. The vendor team was incredible and created a natural vibe with tons of wow-factor in the decor. The decor included Danielle’s cascading bridal bouquet with pink garden roses and evergreen accents throughout. Danielle’s sister was her maid of honor and she was surrounded by her dearest gal pals and Tyler’s groomsmen consisted of his 4 brothers & dad [I’m not kidding! There are a lot of Doremus men!] Everyone danced the night away to the tunes of a live band!
Since that day, the incredibly inspiring wedding blog, Style Me Pretty, published this wedding on it’s front page! I was in tears reading the email that my submission had been accepted & floored that they were so excited to feature my work. SMP has inspired me and driven me to be a better photographer for so many years & I’m so grateful to get to contribute my own work in that space. Cheers to every incredibly talented vendor involved in this day – you blessed us with something absolutely beautiful. Most importantly, cheers to Danielle & Tyler’s marriage! It took everything in me not to post every single photo here, so enjoy this very long post!!
It seems like something new hits us every morning. Terror & tragedy are marking our headlines what seems like daily. However, we see real glimpses of redemption when we collaborate, when we help each other and build one another up. The Give Peace a Chance shoot is inspired by this current climate of our broken world as well as it’s revolution of love and positivity in the midst of everything. The desire of this shoot is to inspire, to breed positivity and simply, to give peace a chance.
From a design perspective, we took cues from iconic images of John Lennon & Yoko Ono holding single blooms, promoting peace and justice. Our amazing florist incorporated copper roses mixed with dried sprigs, telling us they reminded her of 1960’s living rooms with mustard yellow blankets and shaggy rugs with warm sunshine beaming through the windows while a record plays in the background. I also took polaroids throughout the day as a nod to the analog era of the 60s and 70s.
The shoot was photographed at Central Kitchen, a gourmet restaurant in the Mission District of San Francisco – an area known for it’s dedication to music and street art. The industrial space and gigantic windows made for such a warm and inviting atmosphere to be created. A favorite piece of mine is the hanging peace sign in the ceremony space – a collaboration between our designer and our florist that just popped on the aged steel wall of the restaurant.
Ok, it’s official. I’ve found my second calling (first, is weddings obvi) — BACHELORETTE PARTY PHOTOGRAPHER! Oh my goodness, it’s so much fun to be around the excitement of a wedding and there’s a really similar vibe to a bachelorette party … with maybe a few more girly squeals and poolside drinks lol. Before I even share this styled boho bachelorette picnic by the beach, lemme just say that considering hiring a photographer for your bachelorette party weekend with your squad is a real good idea!
I had the pleasure of collaborating with some uber talented vendors for this shoot and am so grateful to showcase their work! Huge shout out and thank you to Ruffled Blog for featuring this work!
Bridal babes! Have you decided what to get your girls for bridesmaid gifts? Today, I was thrilled to collaborate with Ruffled Blog & Things Remembered to help y’all get inspired for your bridesmaid gifts! We featured TR’s Monogrammed Champagne Flutes & bracelet as well as a confetti ring dish & hot pink leather clutch!
Our intention for this shoot was to capture the essence of a 70’s wedding and bring those hippy rock ‘n roll vibes into a modern wedding look. The bride wore 3 gorgeous gowns, the “couple” was married under a vintage arch that was covered in a small meadow of foliage, we created a fun coffee & cocktails lounge and a sweet 70’s dinner table. Everyone involved is so incredibly talented and we are thrilled that it was featured on Wedding Chicks!
Enjoy a few more of my faves from the shoot!! Xoxo