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Lauren + Jason // Boho Backyard Wedding

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Lauren + Jason // Boho Backyard Wedding

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Venue: Bride’s Childhood Family Home

Planning and Coordination: Shannon of Tin and Twine

Catering: Hannibal’s Catering & Events

Rentals and Decor: Shannon of Ritual Rentals

Dress: Grace Loves Lace

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus

Photography: Vanessa Lynne Photography

Florals: Katey Prock

Makeup: Alexa Dias Makeup

Hair: Katie Blake

Nail Artistry: Nails by Taylor

When Lauren and Jason first contacted me about photographing their wedding, they had originally planned to do a destination wedding in Kauai. They had a tentative plan but after talking through it, they decided to keep it close to home (quite literally!) to make sure all of their loved ones could attend. Lauren envisioned a full on boho wedding and, boy, did she nail it with every single detail. Shannon, the creative genius behind the styling and decor, brought Lauren’s vision to life perfectly.

It was so incredible to photograph their big day and meet all of their favorite people. I’ve always said that my kinda brides are the ones that can go with the flow and take whatever is thrown their way with grace, and Lauren did just that. I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter couple. Lauren and Jason, you two deserve THE WORLD and I am so dang happy for you. Sending you my love!

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Engagement Session: From the Sierras down to the River

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Engagement Session: From the Sierras down to the River

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We've had Lauren and Jason's Engagement Session on the books since January. They picked a day in late April, hoping for some blue skies and the chance of wild flowers. We went over location ideas and Lauren settled on both the Sierras and the American River. 

When the day finally came, we set off for the mountains in Jason't truck, not realizing he was on E. When we got to the next gas station, the pumps were down (What??!!). We were baffled but at the same time it was a completely laughable scenario. We made the safe choice to go back down (losing about 35 minutes of time) and fuel up at the last gas station. Once we were finally back on the road, Jason started talking about a super cool look out spot. Normally, I have the general locations more or less picked out, but the way his eyes lit up when talking about this amazing spot, I knew we had to go.

As we pull off the highway, I was beyond excited to realize that this was a place I've always wanted to go, but never really had the chance to explore. It was fate! We hopped out and got started shooting right away, having the spot to ourselves.

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From the epic view of Lake Tahoe, we drove all the way down to the river in Coloma - one of their favorite places to spend time together.  Even with the gas mishap, we still had plenty of light left and hiked up to get a good view of the sunset over the river. 

We literally ran around in the wildflowers and chased the sun going down. If this doesn't epitomize adventure, I'm not sure what does. 

Cheers to Lauren and Jason. I canNOT wait until your wedding next year; I'm already counting down the days.....only 525 to go....

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The Channel Islands on a Sunny Spring Weekend

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The Channel Islands on a Sunny Spring Weekend

Raise your hand if you know next to nothing about the Channel Islands? Me, too. And up until my most recent National Park visit (if you're keeping tracking, this is stop #3) of the Channel Islands last weekend, I had little to no knowledge of this majestic wonderland. There are eight separate islands, but we only had time to visit two of them: Anacapa and Santa Cruz. 

The first island we visited was Anacapa. We boarded a boat out of Oxnard, California with Island Packers at 9:00 am. It took us about a half hour longer than it was supposed to because we kept seeing whales and dolphins and, of course, had to stop. 

It had been foggy the whole ride over on the boat and for the first two hours that we roamed the island. When we finally pulled up, the first thing I noticed was the seagulls. Seagulls EVERYWHERE. There's no freshwater on the island and for whatever reason these seagulls just absolutely love Anacapa and are basically the only life on the whole island. They were so fun to photograph and had no aversion to humans. They ignored us most of the time, but, man, were they up close and personal when we were snacking on our lunch. I could've watched them for hours. But just after 1:00 p.m., the fog finally lifted to give us more of a view of the rest of the "banana" shaped island.

I could've stayed there all day with the sun out and the birds flying all around me, but, alas, the boat arrived at 3:00 p.m. to take us back.

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The following day, we left out of the Ventura harbor. Thank GOODNESS I had taken plenty of Dramamine because it was the roughest boat ride I've ever endured. And if you've ever been on a boat or kayak with me, you know how terribly sick I get if I forget to take it, Unlike the start of the previous day, it was warm and sunny for the get-go. Thankfully, we packed the sunblock (SPF 100 for my ginger self). It was going to be a hot one. We had a solid seven hours to explore, so we had a packed lunch and lots of water. The first thing I noticed was the similarity to landscape found in Northern California, so I felt right at home. 

We chose the longer of the hikes since we had pretty much all day. Not far into hike, we started seeing a sprinkling of caterpillars right on the trail. A few hundred yards of that, though, drastically morphed into a solid mile of THOUSANDS of caterpillars. So much so that we had to focus so hard on the ground to watch every single step we took to avoid stepping on them. I've never seen anything like it. 

For lunch, we made a pit stop down at a gorgeous sandy beach to take a little break from the sun and sit under the Eucalyptus. After about a 2 hour lunch break, we headed for the boat since we had quite a bit of a hike left. All in all, I think we did a 9 mile hike - lots of hills and sunshine.

Fun Fact: The Island Fox is found on the Santa Cruz Island (and a few of the other Channel Islands) and they exist nowhere else in the entire world. Another tourist asked one of the National Park Naturalists if we'd be likely see one of them. She chuckled and told us the only way we wouldn't see them was if he kept our eyes closed. Sure enough, we rounded the corner and one (of many seen throughout the day) was right there. They were so precious. Very petite and quite clever little creatures.

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Spring Maternity Sessions in Northern California

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Spring Maternity Sessions in Northern California

After many, MANY weeks of rain, the sun came out just as I had back to back maternity sessions.

Spring is an especially popular time for expectant mamas, and it's no wonder. The birds are singing, the grass is green and the weather is a 10/10. From the ocean to the American River, these two mamas rocked their sessions, Check out a few of my favorites and let me know yours!

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American River Newlywed Session in Foresthill

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American River Newlywed Session in Foresthill

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Julie and Will both have hectic and sometimes opposite work schedules, so we had planned their engagement session months in advance to be sure they both had it off. Julie is a nurse and Will is a firefighter, and with all of the crazy fires we had last fall, Will was putting in some major over time. So, with many rescheduled dates and the wedding day approaching, Julie proposed to me that we do a newlyweds session during the off-season. "Heck yes!" was my immediate response. Count me in.

They wanted to stay close, since they just got a new puppy (adorable!), so I dreamed up this shoot at a new location I've been dying to bring a couple to. It's a bit of a hidden gem and I knew I'd need a super adventurous couple who would be up to sort of explore the area with me. It ended up being so fun, we just followed the light and enjoyed the sunset over the American River.

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