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We recently joined Ruth Ann +  James at the Beautiful Olympia’s Valley Estate in Petaluma for their wedding.  This was absolutely our favorite kind of wedding.  They planned their day around the spectacular venue, (seriously it was like a movie set) in a way that created an ease and a relaxing environment for everyone involved, and led to a great party in the evening!  A big part of why everything felt so seamless and at ease was definitely due to their event planner, Leslie Struble of My Dandelion Events.  She has the unique ability of being both low key and ever present that is a rare find and is such a calming presence.


Thought this was too funny. Pretty sure that’s just sparkling cider though. I think!

The guys getting ready photos are always a little different than the women’s.:-)

A couple of sweet moments from their first sight:

Love this quirky/sweet moment before the ceremony.

Ruth Ann and her Father had some really meaningful quiet moments throughout the day.

Runaway Flowergirl!

OK I said this place was like a set!  Often times we find ourselves trying to make the imperfect look perfect and have to scramble to find enough scenes to use for our style of portraits.  This was not one of those times. If anything, narrowing down the ideas into the allotted time was the challenge.  We could shoot here 20 times and not make the same shot twice.  There is so much love poured into this property, and it’s so well curated.  It’s a special place.

The awesome team that pulled everything else together are:

Sage Catering

Branching Out Cakes

Monkey Flower Group

They spent a quiet moment together (almost) alone in the guesthouse before being announced.

This one made me laugh.

I’m a sucker for a pointing finger on the dance floor.

Ruth Ann and James had a choreographed swing dance prepared and wowed their peeps.

We had a great time being a part of your day, thanks for trusting us to be there!


On Day 3 of our coverage of Karen + Tony’s Hawaiian Wedding, they got back into wedding attire, and we had some fun taking advantage of all that scenery Oahu has to offer.  It’s so enjoyable to do this type of session, since there’s no worries about schedule, no concern for staying perfectly clean, and we can really dig in and make some memorable images!


Day 2 of Karen and Tony’s Hawaiian wedding at the Turtle Bay Resort begins with a first sight and a few portraits in the Banyan tree forest, such a beautiful spot!



Karen and her parents cresting the hill to the ceremony.


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Gotta watch for those low light strings when doing the Hora!:-)Turtle_Bay_North_Shore_Oahu_Wedding-0026Turtle_Bay_North_Shore_Oahu_Wedding-0027Turtle_Bay_North_Shore_Oahu_Wedding-0028Turtle_Bay_North_Shore_Oahu_Wedding-0029Turtle_Bay_North_Shore_Oahu_Wedding-0030Turtle_Bay_North_Shore_Oahu_Wedding-0031


It was a wonderful day full of laughter and happy tears, and we were so pleased to be able to be there to document it!  Thanks for trusting us to capturing it and for bringing us along on your island adventure!

A shout out to Nichole Weddings for helping to keep everything going smoothly, it was fun to work with you!


We recently had the wonderful opportunity to travel to the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii with Karen and Tony for their wedding at theTurtle Bay Resort.  We knew Tony through a mutual friend, and were thrilled to get to know Karen through the process.  They live in San Francisco, and most of Tony’s family lives in Korea, so Hawaii was the perfect place to meet up to celebrate!  We’ve travelled to Hawaii several times on vacation on our own, and Malarie spent all her childhood Summers there in her youth with her grandparents, (Lucky! I was sweating it out in Arizona) so we jumped at the chance to shoot there.  We photographed them for three days, the first day being the Paebaek Ceremony to honor Tony’s Korean heritage.



The Hanbok (Karen) and Gwanbok (Tony) might be my favorite ceremonial attire, so ornate and dramatic.

Tony had an emotional moment during the ceremony with his parents.Turtle_Bay_Oahu_Wedding_Photographer-0011

This part of the ceremony the family throws dates and chestnuts into a part of the Hanbok, and however many are caught is how many children they’ll have.  I think the total was somewhere in the 30’s, so they’d better get busy.:-)


Tony had to perform a feat of strength to show his marriage worthiness. He looks pretty comfy here, so I’d say he passes.Turtle_Bay_Oahu_Wedding_Photographer-0014Turtle_Bay_Oahu_Wedding_Photographer-0015Turtle_Bay_Oahu_Wedding_Photographer-0016Turtle_Bay_Oahu_Wedding_Photographer-0017

Can’t wait to share day 2 very soon!