Archive for December, 2009

Bonjour de Paris!

December 30, 2009

As you may know we are having a grand time in Paris! So many beautiful things to see, wonderful food to eat and interesting people to meet. I just wanted to post up a couple of photos I took tonight from our apartment window. Just a reminder, we will be out of the office and email response will be slow and voicemail response will be in a couple weeks. We wish you a very Happy New Year or as they say in France, Bonne Année!

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Out of the Country!!!

December 25, 2009

First of all, Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you are enjoying the day with friends and family and having a great time! In just a few hours, Geoff and I are boarding a plane to England! We’ve got a couples portrait session scheduled with Melinda and Greg in Paris and we’ll be back in January. SOOO we’ll be pretty good about responding to emails, but it may take about three weeks to return voicemails. Know that we still love you and we’ll talk to you when we get back!

Until then, I leave you with a ridiculous photo Geoff took of me when we got our Christmas tree. Merry Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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I cannot say it enough…Geoff and I feel so lucky to be a part of Lance and Kimnan’s cultural Cambodian wedding. It was unlike any other wedding we’ve been to. It was colorful, full of family, food, and traditions. It was quite the experience! What a great wedding to end 2009 with. The ceremonies were held at Kimnan’s parent’s home.

I love the cute little look they are giving each other here.

This part was fun. It was the traditional hair-cutting ceremony. Family members were invited to give the happy couple a little trim (they only pretended of course!)

This is why fall is my favorite season! The color of this tree was A-MAZE-ing! It was as though it was there JUST to look awesome with Lance and Kimnan’s outfits.

For the final ceremony, Lance and Kimnan were dressed as a king and queen. Family members tied red threads around their wrists as symbols of good fortune as they were showered with sparkly confetti.

Then they changed into the american-style white gown and tux for some photos and for the reception later that evening.

Kimnan looked drop-dead gorgeous! She is such a beautiful woman and she wore every outfit so well. Absolutely a treat to photograph!

Then we headed down to the American River for what are some of my favorite wedding portraits ever! The light was just scrumptious and Lance and Kimnan are sooo adorably cute together.

Thank you SO much for letting us be a part of this amazing celebration. We will truly never forget it! Lance and Kimnan, we wish you all the happiness in the world!

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Ahhhh, Cale and Lana! How do we properly express the love we have for these two wonderful people? They are both so sweet and so full of love for each other. Not to mention a blast to hang out with! Their wedding day was full of so much fun, family, laughter and love. Lana is Vietnamese so the day started off in the traditional fashion — Lana and her family were at her mom’s home while Cale and his side of the family were down the street at another family member’s house.

When the time came, the boys and the groom’s family walked down the street carrying a roasted pig and other gifts for the bride and her family.

Then Lana came out and the two saw each other for the first time that day. It was such a happy, emotional moment, especially with tons of friends and family surrounding them!

Then it was time for the traditional tea ceremony in which the bride and groom present tea to important family members. They in turn present gifts to the happy couple along with a few words of advice.

We stole a few moments with Cale and Lana at a nearby park. Lana looked so beautiful in her Vietnamese attire. Cale wasn’t so bad himself!

Then it was time to make things official! Cale and Lana were sealed at the Sacramento LDS Temple in Folsom. It’s always such fun capturing the moment the couple exits the temple for the first time as husband and wife!

Cale and Lana’s beautiful reception was held at Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills. It was a gorgeous evening with picture perfect weather.

Cale and Lana are the “jumping shot” pros!!!

Party time! The bridal party got things started on the dance floor!

Seriously! You guys are way too stinkin’ cute!!

The couple made their grand exit through a barrage of bubbles! Who doesn’t love bubbles!?

It was such a wonderful day spent with an awesome couple. Cale and Lana, what an amazing journey you have had (so far, of course)! Geoff and I wish you two so, so much happiness! Thank you for having us be the ones to capture your wedding memories. We love you guys soooo much!

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Kayla the graduate!

December 9, 2009

I am so excited to share these photos of the cutness that is Miss Kayla. I have known Kayla just about FOREVER! Kayla, her sister and my sisters were all best buds growing up because we lived just across the street from each other. Plenty of good times doing sidewalk chalk drawings, having water wars, making up clubs based on Sanrio characters, choreographing dances to the Babysitters Club song, starring in low budget murder-mysteries, you know… Anywhoo, Kayla is graduating from Sac State this semester so we celebrated by rocking out some awesome portraits of this beautiful girl. We started off in some of my favorite alleys in Downtown Sac.

Isn’t her dress adorable!? It’s actually her Mom’s from when she was younger. Isn’t that priceless?

Then it was time to get the gown on and ham it up graduate style!

This one that Geoff took is my FAVORITE! Kayla you are just too cute.

Since Kayla’s mom tagged along to the shoot, we couldn’t resist snapping a few under this sign. They are Italian after all!

We had a blast! Thanks Kayla and Cynthia for letting us capture this exciting time in Kayla’s life (and enduring the bitter cold!) Congratulations on making it through Kayla!

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I am sooooo happy that Ryan and Shannon chose us as their wedding photographers. It was so much fun getting to know them better at their engagement session. Ryan is smart and a great jokester so he fits perfectly with Shannon who is silly as she is beautiful (and she is gorgeous!) Thier session combined three of my favorite things: awesome couple, candy, and a PUPPY! They have the most adorable Shorkie puppy (Schnauzer-Yorkie) that they brought along to the shoot. We went to Old Sac, one of Shannon and Ryan’s favorite places.

I just love how Shannon was hammin’ it up!

Ryan and Shannon have a bit of a sweet tooth, (not unlike myself) so the candy shop was one of our stops on the list! I love all the colors and yummy textures here!

Don’t forget all the prop opportunities!

Then their puppy Tucker joined us. Oh my goodness he is so cute! Now that Geoff and I are moved into the house, hopefully we will get a little fluffy doggie soon!


This shot was a special request from Shannon. I love the way it turned out with the iconic sacramento skyline and sunset!

Thanks Ryan and Shannon! You guys were MADE for each other and were super fun to hang out with! We are soooo excited about your wedding in April!

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