Mix Tape Monday

"Beautiful Boy" - John Lennon

There's just something about a 6-year-old boy.  Sean is sweet, funny, sensitive, adventurous, smart, or cuddly at an given moment.   This weekend he read through his "Dangerous Book for Boys" book, and marked all the things he wanted to build or try with Dad, and came out to us with questions like, "What's electromagnetism?".  He has a running list of all the things he wants to be when he grows up:  An astronaut, a "dinosaur digger", an artist, and (the most recently added) a hairstylist.  He wants to learn how to French braid.  On our trip to Seattle last month, Sean bought a ceramic whistle at the market... and proceeded to blow it literally all day long.  On the ferry to Bainbridge, on the monorail, in the hotel lobby, and up the Space Needle.  He wore it around his neck for two days straight.  He thought he was so cool.  It fell on the sidewalk and shattered before we got home.  I can't say I miss the whistle, but the memory of him happily tooting along brings a huge smile to my face.  He always has a big hug ready for his mommy, and it makes my heart ache a little to know he won't always be my little sweetheart.  So I'm trying to soak in as much as I can now...

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Yesenia + Matt - Sacramento Wedding Photographer

Their day had finally arrived.  Yesenia started the day early, with her friends and family buzzing around her, everyone getting beautified by the hairstylist and makeup artist.  When she caught a glimpse of her reflection, Yesenia would let out a happy little whoop of excitement.  Today was the day she would finally marry her true love, her best friend.

At St. Mary's Catholic Church, Matt waited patiently at the end of the aisle as his radiant bride made her way towards him, with that smile that can light up the town.  They stood in front of God, family, and friends and vowed to honor and cherish each other for the rest of their days,  the love they share plainly written on their faces when they looked into each other's eyes.  (And me, their sentimental photographer who couldn't keep a dry eye during the lighting of the unity candle and the soloist's performance of "Ave Maria".)  They walked back down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs., and then it was off to the Capitol Plaza Ballrooms for their reception.  It was an evening full of smiles and hugs, dancing and toasting.... and Yesenia's happy little whoop.  Ole!

Congratulations, Yesenia and Matt!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me document your beautiful day.  I am charmed by you both and wish you much love... and tall children ;)

To see more of Yesenia and Matt's Sacramento wedding, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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Mix Tape Monday

I photographed Yesenia and Matt's wedding this past weekend, and it was incredible to be a part of their day.  I simply adore these two, and I'm so glad that their day went off so beautifully!  I can't wait to get to work on their images.

Today's mix is inspired by Yesenia and Matt's first dance... I couldn't help but tear up.  Here's to sappy, sugary love songs...

Train - "Marry Me" -

Des'ree - "Kissing You"

Paula Abdul - "Will You Marry Me"

Paula Abdul - "Rush Rush"

Don't know how I got on a Paula Abdul kick, but oh how I used to love that "Rush Rush" video with Keanu Reeves!

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Joanna + Matt - Northern California Wedding Photographer

Joanna and Matt were married on a perfectly beautiful afternoon at David Girard Vineyards in Placerville.  I absolutely loved this wedding... the hand-embroidered handkerchiefs Joanna gave her bridesmaids, the blue and yellow color scheme, the vintage details, all of it.  I was there as a second photographer for the wonderfully talented Carrie Richards, and honored to be a witness to this couple vowing to love each other forever, surrounded by family and friends celebrating their love with them.  The ceremony and toasts were punctuated with laughter and happy tears, and the evening ended with Jimboy's tacos and a rockin' dance floor.  A beautiful day for a beautiful couple...

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