Monday
Jan262015

Margot + Charles {Memories are Sweet}

I always consider what I do a blessing. I'm blessed to be a part of other people's best moments in life. It's a privilege to capture moments for people that become memories forever. Every year that passes, this feeling for me gets stronger and stronger. When one of my friends, family members or clients passes on from this world, I realize even more that my role in life is to use my talent to give people memories through photographs. Life constantly reaffirms for me that I'm doing exactly what I'm meant to do. In the case of Margot and Charles' wedding, I knew going into it that the bride's mother was dying of cancer. I feel honored that Margot and Charles chose me to document their wedding day, the smiling, the laughing, the joy and tears. Images serve as proof that life happens, time passes and memories are sweet.

We asked Margot what memories from the wedding were the most important to her. Here's what she shared:

"Charles and I both feel the ceremony, particularly reading our vows to each other was a standout. The song I wrote and played for Charles was a very special moment for him as well, he said. My mother died about a month after our wedding and the memories and photos we have of her dancing, smiling and laughing are so precious to us. She arranged to gather all of the women close to me before the wedding to do a blessing which was very powerful for me, and the photos of this are some of my favorites. Charles' groomsmen did a similar gathering, and coincidentally circled around him in the same way my mom arranged for me. I love that we have similar photos of both of these moments. We have so many favorite moments but these are the standouts."

Venue: Sesnon House, Santa Cruz | Photography: Arrowood Photography


Tuesday
Dec162014

Bay Area Wedding Venue Spotlight :: Atwood Ranch

You know I love a well-run ranch! The space at Atwood Ranch is amazing. All events here are designed by Julie Atwood Events. The rolling vineyards, the lofty barn, gorgeous horses and the Sonoma landscapes make this an ideal wedding venue. Atwood Ranch has a rustic appeal and can be styled however you like. In this blog, we're sharing Erin and John's wedding and you'll see that Julie Atwood definitely knows how to glam up a barn! 
Wedding Design: Julie Atwood Events | Floral Design: Cherries Flowers | Photography: Arrowood Photography


Thursday
Dec042014

Bay Area Wedding Venue Spotlight :: Radonich Ranch

I had the opportunity to photograph Ross and Christine's wedding at Radonich Ranch in July and I have to say, it's a pretty cool venue. The old barn structures and tin roofs give the place character. I loved all the textural details inside and out. Outdoor locations like this can serve as a great base for your wedding theme and decor if you're going for a rustic, vintage or country wedding style.

Tuesday
Oct142014

Family Fun at Mt. Diablo

Every year I have the opportunity to photograph a family photo session for my good friend Jennifer. A family photo shoot is a great way to capture those precious moments-in-time forever. My studio manager asked Jennifer about the shoot and here's what she shared with us:

"We love doing our annual family photos. We have done it every year since my oldest son was born. Kids change so fast, it’s amazing to look back over the years at the photos. We recently moved and I went through all the images that we’ve taken and used them to put around the new house. I have received so many compliments and I am so happy to have them to share and enjoy."

Special thanks to the Brown family for letting me capture your family moments so that you'll always be able to look back at past shoots and look forward to the next year's photo shoot. 

Thursday
Jul312014

Marissa & Matthew :: Vivi Bene Ama Molto :: Part II

{See Marissa & Matthew Vivi Bene Ama Molto Part 1 here}

The Italian phrase, 'Vivi Bene Ama Molto' translates as 'Live Well, Love Much.' This family motto served as the guiding inspiration for Marissa and Matthew's Tuscan-inspired wedding celebration.

All charming details that went into making this wedding a true celebration of Italian heritage and family tradition right in the middle of California's wine country. Wedding Planner and Designer Joyce Scardina-Becker of Events of Distinction executed every little detail with the utmost perfection. From the coat of arms on the invitation to the color palette, the flower choices, the seating areas, and the scrumptious dinner and dessert, this wedding was absolutely lovely.

Wedding Venue: Annadel Estate Winery
Flowers: Michael Daigian Design
Invitations: Union Street Papery
Rentals- tables, tableware, chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola
Lighting: The Lux
Tent: Zephyr Tents
Barn Furniture: Wine Country Party Rentals
Bars and Furniture: Blueprint Studios
Catering/Desserts: Elaine Bell Catering
Bar Service: Bartender's Unlimited
Cake: Fleur de Lisa