Heavenly at Tahoe wedding

Tahoe…there’s nothing better than that blue blue of the water and well, pretty much everything about Lake Tahoe is amazing. Not to make other weddings jealous, but Tahoe weddings are kinda my favorite.

My friend and fellow photographer, Anita Martin asked me to photograph a wedding with her up at Heavenly Resort so of course I had to! Anita is so fun to work with and just wicked talented (I went to Boston once so I can say wicked now). We drove up together, because, well, we both love to talk. When we arrived at “the guys” Lake Tahoe house, Anita and I parted ways, then I got to hang out and tag along with the fellas riding up the gondola to Heavenly Lakeview Lodge. This is seriously the way to go for a wedding, it is SO much fun. The ceremony site is on a cliff overlooking Lake Tahoe. I mean, come on, it is just the best place to say your wedding vows and then dance the night away.

Amanda & DJ Sacramento Engagement

This engagement session was so enjoyable, we laughed and just had a relaxed and fun time! I love it when the groom to be says at the end, “that is it? that was easy!”

Congratulations to this sweet couple, may you have a beautiful wedding and a long happy marriage!

Nestled in a grove of oak trees, this park in Natomas is minutes away from downtown Sacramento and one of my favorite little spots to take photos. The path leads you through large historic oak trees, which you wouldn’t know are there, just minutes away from the freeway.

Moroccan Styled Bridal Shower

Planning the ultimate ladies party is pretty fun when you can go over the top with a theme like Moroccan! Sometimes we go a bit more subdued for the wedding color palate, so it’s fun to live it up at the bridal shower. This private restaurant patio was a beautiful setting for a party. Many restaurants let you rent out their patio, so this is a great option!

Peruse these fun photos for ideas!

Dominic’s first birthday cake smash!

Baby bear’s first birthday cake

I’m a little late posting this, but any time is a good time for my baby’s first birthday photos! Dominic had fun devouring his homemade vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and blackberry filling…made by moi. I love making all the kiddos birthday cakes from scratch. They are so much better! Anyway…not much to say that isn’t already said with these photos, other than how lucky I am to have this little guy. He is such a blessing.

Mission Ranch, Carmel | Kristin & Shawn

Kristin and Shawn’s love for one another and their families was so amazing to see. They are such caring and nice people. Everyone had so much fun at this wedding and it was definitely a night to remember!

I was very excited for this wedding, as I had done family and engagement photos for Kristin and Shawn, so we had known each other for some time. The backdrop was a grass covered hillside with fluffy little sheep grazing in front of the ocean. Rough life! It was of course a gorgeous day in Carmel…I just love the ocean weather, a nice break from Sacramento heat. The wedding was held at Mission Ranch  which is pretty much gorgeous all around. 

Here are the pre-ceremony photos….I just love the anticipation before the ceremony. So much thought went into planning and getting ready for this wedding so I wanted to make sure to capture the details and the excitement.  

 

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Amy & Michael | Vizcaya, Sacramento

I have been excited to share Amy and Michael’s beautiful brunch wedding at the Vizcaya.   The Vizcaya is a beautiful venue in Midtown Sacramento.  I love the gardens (great for the ceremony), the huge windows, and nice architecture.  If you haven’t been there or are thinking of having your wedding there, definitely check it out!

Amy and Michael, along with their family and friends, were so nice, fun, and easy to be around.  Here is a glimpse of the wedding…I picked a lot more photos to share than usual for a blog post, but I feel like these really tell the story of their special day…

enjoy!

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Bon Voyage! What an amazing day!!

To see more of my photos, check out more blog posts or my website!

 

xoxoxoxox ~Julie

 

 

 

Tahoe City Snow

I’m a sucker for Lake Tahoe. Give me a view of the lake and I’m a happy camper. Not so much a “camper” in January after several feet of snow, but very happy to stay at the awesome Basecamp Hotel. The hubbs wants to go snow camping someday, but for now I will enjoy hot cocoa by the fire in the cozy (and well decorated) lodge.

After dumping snow for days, there was a perfectly clear day begging us to go exploring. We happened upon this amazing meadow of freshly fallen snow that had a perfect foot path carved out for us. This area is for cross-country skiing and also has a little trail around the perimeter for us walkers (not to be confused with TWD...sorry just watched the new episode)!

Anywho, I thought I would share a few pics from our little snow trip, just like I did last year…maybe this will become a tradition!

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I’d love to hear from you! Comment here or head over to my website for much, much more!

xoxoxox ~Julie

Finding treasures | Downtown Sacramento

Headshots often require the perfect backdrop and the perfect lighting. On this beautiful morning, Heather and I were walking around and I was hunting for a spot that would both convey her personality and highlight her sky blue eyes. We started on K street in Downtown Sacramento, since I hadn’t been able to appreciate the murals up close and I really thought they would make a cool backdrop.

We happened across the most wonderful mural that seemed to tell her story and suited her to a tee. Heather Wood Rudolph is a strong, talented writer is most often seen writing for Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, and DAME. Therefore, when we saw this mural by #bamrtheartist  we were just in awe of it’s vivid portrayal of strength and beauty.

There have been many more murals popping up in Downtown Sacramento, so if you get a chance, make it a point to go check them out. There is also a Sacramento Mural Festival that I would love to go to. Seeing the artists in action would be amazing.

We took some headshots with neutral backgrounds, but these were by far my favorite!

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Pop over to my website to see more portraits! I love exploring new places so contact me and we can come up with a plan to make your ideas happen!

xoxoxox ~Julie