Wilton Country Wedding | Sacramento Wedding Photographer

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This small country wedding was so relaxed and intimate, I felt like a guest and not a wedding photographer. Tara and Zac rented a country house 45 minutes from Downtown Sacramento, in Wilton, CA. Their quaint wedding had a pond backdrop surrounded by trees and countryside. Tara made her bouquet, favors, and much of the decor. The groom made amazing enchiladas for the guests…yum! Everything was so laid back and personal, it was a great way to spend their most important day. The sun was setting behind the big house when they said their vows. It was perfect.

Succulent wedding favors (my favorite) and very cool DIY paper bouquets.

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I got to hang out with the groom and groomsmen for a change. These guys were goofing around and having fun. True friends.

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Tara and Zac were lucky enough to have Zac’s dad officiate the wedding.

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The bride and groom had each other’s wedding bands engraved and waited for a special moment to read what the other wrote…let’s just say Zac has a good sense of humor!

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I wish Tara and Zac a lifetime of happiness!

For more examples of my work as a Sacramento wedding photographer, feel free to peruse the galleries on my website. Thanks for stopping by!

xoxox ~Julie

 

 

Lindsey & Trevor at Lake Natoma Inn

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I met with the brideLindsey and her mom early last year to go over the wedding details and I think we ended up laughing the entire meeting, so I knew the wedding would be fun. As a wedding photographer, it’s so nice to relax and enjoy yourself and it’s also great when your client feels comfortable around you.

The wedding was in Folsom at Lake Natoma Inn. The hotel backs up to a beautiful spot on the American River. We only had a short time for photos before the sun went down, so we went down to the river path and let Lindsey and Trevor have a little alone time before the big party started. The two of them were so cute together. You could see the happiness when they looked at each other. Lindsey had told me they liked to joke around a lot, but there was sure a lot of romance happening on their big day!

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This was such a beautiful wedding, it was really hard to pick my favorite photos! To see more samples of my wedding photography work, go Here! (more…)

Custom Designed Wedding Albums

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I personally believe that the wedding album is one of the most important things you should consider when choosing a wedding photographer. This is why I give all of my clients a wedding album. This gives them a tangible piece of their day…to have forever. Trust me, it is much harder than you think to design a beautiful and professional album!

I show my brides and grooms a sample album, but here are a few photos I took of one album from last year. It is much better to see in person, but at least this gives you an idea of how nice these are. They are so heavy and the thick pages with luster finish make the photos look amazing.

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You will be happy to show off this gorgeous leather wedding photo album. Another favorite of mine is the linen cover with a picture window. I also like the hardcover, so the photos can be printed right on the album cover.

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I let my couples choose the photos for their albums and then I design them with their wishes in mind. Each wedding album is a piece of art and also a piece of history!

Check out more of my wedding photography here. I am in Sacramento, but I also travel all over Northern California for weddings!

Julie 🙂

Loomis Flower Farm Inn Wedding

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Wedding flowers are one of my favorite things about a wedding (my college personality exam said I should be a florist!) so when they are as breathtaking as these were, I can’t stop taking photos of them!  This time the flowers were done by someone special…the groom! Brandon is an amazing floral designer at Morningside Florist and he was able to make a perfect balance of casual (farm style wedding) and elegant. Plus, succulents were a main feature in the reception hall, so of course it was awesome!

These arrangements speak for themselves, and they were the perfect backdrop to the quaint venue–Loomis Flower Farm Inn. This was my first time photographing a wedding here and it is a great place to have a casual yet picturesque wedding. And if you love gardens and flowers like I do, there is an abundance of beautiful spots for taking photos.

The guests were welcomed with lush arrangements in wooden trunks. They were framed with antique windows and wine barrels. The combination of greenery, flowers, succulents, wood, and glass made this area feel very inviting.

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The ceremony aisle was perfectly adorned with mason jars and gorgeous hydrangeas and roses. fun-wedding-photo-booth-photography_0159

Inside the farmhouse, there were wooden boxes with floral arrangements in corals and greens. Lambs ears, hydrangeas, succulents, and roses were a few of the plants used. fun-wedding-photo-booth-photography_0165

The favors were succulents in small jars…the perfect touch to make the table look great. fun-wedding-photo-booth-photography_0164

The bridal bouquet was soft and elegant.fun-wedding-photo-booth-photography_0160

And the coral bridesmaid bouquets were bright and fun with pops of gold leaf clusters and pearls. fun-wedding-photo-booth-photography_0161

For more wedding photos please stop by my website and look through the gallery of photos.

 

xoxo, Julie

Wedding photographer photo booth fun

I have been super busy with weddings every weekend in October, it has been a whirlwind of priceless moments. Last weekend I got to work with Marcos Hernandez (a fellow Sacramento Photographer) at a small wedding in Wilton, CA. This house is the PERFECT place to have a small quaint wedding. The house is amazing and there is a pond out back with a large grassy area (where the ceremony was held at sunset). The wedding photos will be in a future blog (after the bride and groom get them!). For now, I will show you a couple of silly pictures I took with Marcos in his photo booth. What is a wedding these days without a photo booth?!  Marcos had an awesome set up and everyone was having the greatest time!  I highly recommend it. You can see his website here.

We had to try it out for ourselves, right?

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Happy Autumn everyone!

xoxox~

Julie

Romantical Capitol Park Proposal

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Corrin had been planning for months. Rachel had no idea. This park bench was where they shared their first kiss. It was adorned with thin copper twinkle lights, flowers and candles. If that is not romantical, I don’t know what is.

When I saw Corrin’s request for a photographer, for some reason I knew I had to do it. Just like fate brought Corrin and Rachel together, fate allowed me to meet them and capture one of the happiest moments of their lives. Corrin was getting nervous, but friends were there for moral and technical support. Rachel thought they had a birthday surprise for her, so after a day of pampering, her friends brought her to the park where she found a pretty lit up bench and a little video to play on an iPad. Things went off without a hitch as Corrin peeked from behind a tree. And most importantly of all, SHE SAID YES!

Everyone who walked by thought it was just the most awesome thing…because it was!

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Not only did Corrin have the perfect setting with the bench lit and decorated with flowers and candles…she also had a poem she wrote Rachel typed up and framed. What a thoughtful and romantic gesture!

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Rachel’s friend’s escorted her to the “birthday surprise.”  I think she knew it was something more special.

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Rachel watched the special video made for her on the iPad, while Corrin anxiously awaited. If my heart was pounding, I can’t imagine what was happening to theirs!

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In the little time I have known them, they are just awesome people. I am so happy for their love!

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Many many heartfelt congratulations to these two!

xoxoxoxo!

Julie 🙂

Loomis Flower Farm Inn…A country wedding venue

Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at the Loomis Flower Farm Inn. I had never been to this venue before and I was excited to see what it was all about. Not far from Sacramento, the property was perfect for a quaint outdoor wedding with all of the comforts of home. A country home that is! I loved this place and I took a few snapshots of the little vintage details that made the place unique. While I am not quite ready to post the wedding photos, I thought I would sneak in some quick photos I took while walking around. I can’t wait to photograph another wedding at the Flower Farm Inn!

The gardens everywhere made many perfect backdrops for photos. In one garden there was a rusted little vintage tricycle that caught my eye. I am sure some kiddos had fun riding this a long time ago!

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The main house was amazing and the guest cottages were so cute! Perfect for wedding guests or family to stay. These fluffy little chickens were roaming the grounds!

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I can imagine a yummy post wedding day brunch in this spacious dining room in the main house!

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The kitchen was packed with vintage charm!

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What a fun place to have a wedding!

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Wedding photos coming soon…until then, you can see more of my work on my website!  Thanks!

Vintage Flower Girl Dress–from 70’s to today

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I hold on to things for sentimental reasons. One of those things I have kept is a flower girl dress from a neighbor’s wedding I was in as a small child. My neighbor Janet was also my baby sitter and very good friend. She had her sister make a soft sky blue linen dress for me with an antique lace collar and cuffs. I remember parts of the wedding at the historical courthouse building, and I remember the dress.

Being that my daughter is the same age right now, I thought it would be a nice tribute to have her wear my vintage 70’s flower girl dress. My neighbor still holds a very special place in my heart, so what better way to show her than to have my daughter wear the dress that I wore. To top it off, we went to the house I grew up in to take the photos in my brother’s rose garden. We made a colorful rose floral crown in pinks and whites. We also hand picked roses for her basket and a small bouquet. These photos are special to me in so many ways. Enjoy!

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please go to my website galleries to see more wedding and children portraiture! xoxox

The Romance of Roses

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When a bride is choosing her flowers, it can be a bit overwhelming. I mean, there really aren’t any flowers that are not beautiful, right? (maybe we should do an ugly flower contest to see who can find one)

Anyway, I have always had an affinity for roses. After all, they are a symbol of love. I also have a brother that is an avid rose grower and aficionado, who grows the most amazing roses. Just walking around collecting for a bouquet, flower crown, or vase full of roses will make your senses go crazy! All of the different smells and color pallets…pure heaven.

I recently did a photo shoot of my daughter in a vintage flower girl dress that I wore at her age when I was in a neighbor’s wedding. We took the photos in my brother’s rose garden. I made a small bouquet out of miniature roses and small rose buds from the leftover roses of her flower crown. The colors, texture, and fragrance that roses emit is a very simple but wonderful pleasure!

Stay tuned for my “flower girl” photos in an upcoming blog!

click here to see more photos by moi!  xoxox

Friends and Family at the UC Davis Arboretum

I recently met some friends out at the UC Davis Arboretum for some multiple family photos. I love the Arboretum for all it has to offer. Every photo shoot looks completely different because of it’s enormous size and varying vegitation. The kiddos had fun running around and we got some beautiful photos at sunset. Sometimes (when you are a photographer), it is ok to mix business with pleasure!

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