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

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!

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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Newborn Margot and all of her Sweetness

Several months ago I was able to step away from wedding photography and do what I absolutely love, which is spending time with a brand new baby.  The second perk was getting to photograph this beautiful newborn and her family. The mommy is a very dear friend of mine, as is the daddy and vivacious toddler. Times like these make photography not exactly feel like “work”. Margot slept like a baby for me, and I was absolutely thrilled to finally meet her!

Emerson was ready for the task of being a big sister.

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A mother’s love is a joy to capture.

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Baby Margot is a sweet and healthy girl, what more could you ask for?

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newborn baby Margot

Leigh Ann decorated her nursery in corals, grey, and white (with a hint of gold). This beautiful quilt tied everything together. The little details were so perfect!

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Newborn babies are so tiny and they grow so fast. Pretty soon those feet will be running all over the place!

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The new member of the family.

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I love lifestyle photography, where I can come in to your home and make real memories. More of my work can be seen here.

Julie 🙂

American River Sunset and Beautiful Baby Bump

I love maternity photos!  This is a special baby belly…my friend and masseuse Danette was expecting and I was very excited to take these photos for her. Danette gave me many a pregnancy massage when I was expecting. Her and her hubby own and operate Keola Bodyworks in West Sacramento. These fitness and nutrition gurus were willing to take a little walk along the river with me to get some great photos!

As you can see it was a beautiful evening along the American River Trail in Fair Oaks, CA. These new parents to be and the gorgeous sunset made it hard to stop taking photos once we were done!

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I love photographing expecting couples, if you would like to take photos of your baby to be and you live in the greater Sacramento area, give me a call!  More photos on my WEBSITE!

Cruising around the California Coast

My husband and I just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary(!) by taking a grandiose tour of the Central California Coast.  We planned on camping in Big Sur, but so did a LOT of other people. At the site we were coveting (which had 5 empty but reserved spaces), we found a handwritten note on the “camp host” site (since they were not anywhere to be found) that said to go to a campground 12 miles inland where there was space. Well…it wasn’t exactly an easy 12 miles. It was a VERY narrow and VERY steep road that lead us to the most dry, boring, and bug laden campgrounds we had ever seen. We would have had the place to ourselves, but when it became obvious we would not be staying, my husband decided we may as well keep going because we were close to a military reservation that he has trained at in the past. So we kept on truckin’ and headed through quite beautiful untouched land. My husband assured me there would be a vacancy in the hotel and we would just stay one night, get our game plan ready and head out early in the morning. When he said I would love the place, I kind of thought, yeah, right…as I looked around at old buildings spread out in desolation. But he was right. I loved it. Nothing fancy, and far from civilization, but so neat to stay in a mission-style hacienda built by W.R. Hearst in 1930.

*warning–iPhone photos! Gasp!

This was the view of Big Sur as we climbed up the steeeeep hill of winding road in search of a campsite.

View of Big Sur

When we drive up to the lodging, to my surprise it was a beautiful Spanish Mission style building!

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I absolutely loved the carved wood windows and doors. Everything had so much character.

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As I start looking around, I realized this would be an amazing place to have a wedding!  Typical wedding photographer. I could always marry my husband again…

Hacienda Lodge

This tile right outside our room was a rare example of Talavera Tile work c1930 Puebla, Mexico

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The more we walk around an explore the Hacienda, the more I love it. I can envision a wedding ceremony on this grassy hill!

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Back at our room, I couldn’t get enough of the details. They have kept it as historically sound as possible.

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The view from the Hacienda was pretty great as well.  I think this sunset lasted for 2 hours. Not kidding.

View from Hacienda at Ft Hunter Liggett

We will be going back to the Hacienda!  It is very close to Moro Bay and San Luis Obispo (Hearst and his farm hands used to ride horses from here to San Simeon!), and the great rates make it worth stopping on the way to your destination.

If you would like to learn more about the history of the Hacienda or have a destination wedding on their beautifully manicured landscaping overlooking the Santa Lucia mountain range, check out the pdf or the military website. It is open to civilians!

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As always, feel free to contact me or view more of my portfolio here. 🙂

The cutest almost 2 year olds explore the forrest

I may be a tad biased, but I am thinking these kiddos are pretty cute. I am creating a really cool album through BLURB. I am a little behind on making personal albums (ahem) so when I saw the flash sale for 35% off I had to go in and finish up some projects to get my books ordered by monday (tomorrow!!!)

These sweet children are a bit older now, but they still love each other! I will be doing an actual photo shoot with these two coming up soon, so stay tuned for that!
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