Intimate Coastal Wedding in the California Redwoods

Bodega Bay, CA

Chris and Siouxzen are just about the most openly-loving, excited about anything, and happiest people I have ever met.  Two LA creatives who met dancing under a full moon and decided to get married on the Northern California coast. April 20th, 2019 was a celebration of love. It was a love fest. The most beautiful day under a beaming full moon and towering California redwoods. It embodied their love in every way.
Every little detail poured into this day was done by them, their friends, and their family. From the driftwood centerpieces hand picked and crafted by Chris, to the whimsical and wild arrangement of flowers for Siouxzen’s bouquet, to the groomsmen delicately designing their own boutonnières, everything was brought together by their own little community of people who love them endlessly. 
We started the day at a little beach house down in Salmon Creek where Chris got ready, clinking glasses filled with hard kombucha, and soaking in every moment with his buddies with the constant uproar of “Cheers mate!” in the thickest some sort of accent, from all around. We then arrived at the Bodega Bay hotel where Sioux was getting primped up with the biggest beaming smile on her face. Her eyes scanning the room trying to soak in every moment of the morning with her girls. Her 5 little baby flower girls running around and doing cartwheels just outside her door on the fresh grass in their tutus. After the most tear-jerking first look under a canopy of ivy, it was time to get married. 
Tucked away in the Secret Garden, on a platform covered in ferns , surrounded by a babbling stream, and witnessed by all their loved ones, they said their I do’s. We spent the rest of the evening laughing, dancing, and celebrating. Chris played an original song for his bride, everyone cried. They shared a first dance where by the end every single person there was singing along. We witnessed the craziest hazy sunset up on a local mountain top where they shared some of their first moments as husband and wife. It was crazy. And it was beautiful. And everyone was completely invested in the night, and being there to do one thing, and that was to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime love. And that’s exactly what we did. 
What an insane honor it was for Cole and I to capture this day all on digital, film, & super 8. These memories will live with us forever and we could not be more grateful for these people. 
Cheers to many many more moons together, Chris & Sioux.

Venue:  Bodega Bay Secret Gardens

Wedding Planner/Designer:  The Dream Choice

Wedding Dress: BHLDN

Hair +Makeup: Amber Rose Hair + Makeup

Florals: The Dream Choice; bridal bouquet by Kelsey Balch

Art Installations:  Hazel Eyed Swan

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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