Bodega California Engagement

Two Los Angeles love birds traveled up the California coast to find the perfect spot to vow to each other forever. Lucky for me they chose a spot very near and dear to my heart, Bodega Bay CA (the coastal town I grew up going to every weekend).

It only made sense we meet up and celebrate their engagement in the same spot they would be getting married at months later. We chatted and snort-laughed in a little sea-shack while devouring some bbq oysters, and then set out to the hills covered in ocean succulents to play a little. 

We interrupted a family of deer, laughed at all of Chris’ jokes, and finished off the night with some good beer and a little “flash dancing”. 

You could say Cole and I are more than stoked for April to capture these two tying the knot.

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Sunrise Yosemite Elopement

So somehow I got to be close friends with some of the most amazing people in the world. Not to mention some of the most talented people in the world as well. In July I was given the opportunity to shoot another unforgettable elopement with my lady, Anni Graham.

This little elopement in Yosemite turned out to be one of the most breathtaking experiences I have ever had, when really we were all very worried it was going to be ruined from the incredible heavy smoke that had filled the valley. So much so, it closed down the entire park. So on a whim, and with Anni’s years of expertise in Yosemite, we made the last minute decisions to head to Tuolumne Pines at 4am to catch the sunrise for Christina and Greg’s first look.

There were definitely tears while we all took in the sunrise over the water like we had never seen the sun rise before. The rest of the weekend was filled with mariachi bands, german lederhosen, unicorn masks, and so much more. To say the least, the smoke didn’t even have a chance on making this wedding anything less than what it was, dang special.

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Portland Park Hangout

All I can say is these are our best friends. Just the most down to earth bad ass people who are just as in love with each other as Cole and I are.

Spent an evening in Portland at a little park to watch the sunset together before Jamie left the next morning to go back to Chicago. Thought it was only appropriate to snag a few pictures for them to make the long distance monster a little easier (cuz we would know). Constantly counting down the days until we get to hang out again, these are our people.

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Urban Texas Wedding

Just my average Tuesday afternoon and I am swiping through Instagram stories and I happened to see that Anni Graham was ISO another wedding photog to help her shoot a wedding in Houston. I typed up the quickest response that I could which probably ended up looking like gibberish, to let her know that I was who she was looking for. I was ready to shoot a bomb ass wedding with her and make this girl's weekend unforgettable. I'm not sure what Rich had put in her food that night or what but ummm she said, Let's do it. And within seconds my flight was booked for Houston.

Just so we are clear, not only did I get to hang with Anni, but we both got too hang out with two of Houston's finest, Dzung(pronounced 'Yoom') and Lisa. Anni and I instantly fell in love with these two. Lisa's kind heart and gentle smile, and Dzung's gentlemanly swagger won us over. Lisa began her wedding day in a little hidden Houston AirBnb jamming out in the kitchen with all her ladies, and basking in some morning light in the sunroom. Their first look was under a secret canopy of native trees and they got married in the center of a private church garden with all their friends and family as witnesses. Smoke bombs, countless Boba Tea, even throwing up tiny Grandma in the air on the dance floor!?!?!?!? It was reckless fun and down right beautiful.

Thank you Anni for this crazy good opportunity and for being my soul sister. Thank you Dzung and Lisa for loving me as much as I do you, and for being just as excited as I am about my favorite photo I have ever taken (it's the one through the window, you'll know.) And thank you Dzung's brother for making me and Anni fall in love with Boba tea. I will never forget this weekend in Houston, one of my favorites for sure.

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Arizona Airstream In-Home

So we have these amazing friends, and they just purchased their very first home!! Plot twist: it’s the cutest 1977 airstream known to man, and her name is June.

We all met up in Phoenix Arizona, and some how Jamie & Lauren agreed to house us in June for a whopping 8 days. We knew then, it was true love. Nobody will truly understand how nice this actually was until they experience living in 162 square feet with two other people. Even though it tested our friendship and patience, we had such a freaking sweet time with these two amazing people. Airstream livin was a lot harder than we thought, basically we have some mad respect for anyone living on the road. We stayed up sharing embarrassing stories we’ve never shared before, we were introduced to Lauren’s “pump up” playlist (and her gangsta dance moves) on long drives, we got to experience Jamie’s insane omelet making skills, Cole learned how to wash my untamable mane in the sink, in the evenings we got to enjoy Jamie playing the guitar and Lauren's accompaniment, and really we all just figured out how to make a long period of time in a small space unforgettable.

Jamie & Lauren deserve all the good they have coming to them, and we are so happy they found June.

p.s. Jamie & Lauren got June from two incredible bad ass women doing the most over at The Modern Caravan. Kate and Ellen put their hearts into all of their work and are just some dang good people, it was so special getting to see their work and to experience it for ourselves. We feel so lucky to have such cool and inspiring friends!!!

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