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ENGAGED: STACEY + NACHO // OAKLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Yoooo! I am still here, still running around the Bay Area and working with amazing couples… I’m just not blogging it like I should be. I wanted to make sure I shared this really fun session with Stacey + Nacho. The weather was particularly moody on the day we shot, which is saying something for “it’s always 65 and sunny” Bay Area life (of which I am a fan). There’s something pretty cool about gray skies and cold wind, and I’m glad the day turned out like it did.

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Engaged: Alene + Dan

Alene and Dan’s engagement session was super fun for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest is that my husband and I have known these two for years! We all met while in college in Alabama, and I connected with Alene and Dan on a recent trip back south. The photos were super fun, and these are just a few faves.

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Tiffini + Travis Get Married // Piper Palm House, St Louis MO

You guys, you guys. Every single second of this wedding—from the rehearsal dinner the night before, to meeting up in the morning while Tiffini and Travis each got ready, to visiting new-to-me spots for photos in St Louis, to hanging in the venue’s kitchen while Tiffini and her wedding party sang along to Mariah, to holding back happy tears during the ceremony, to the sweetest first dance followed by an even sweeter surprise birthday cake for a bridesmaid, to when Travis and his wedding party surprised Tiffini with a choreographed dance to Bruno Mars’s “Marry You”, to the delicious ice cream served out front, to the close out last dance to “XO” was… unbelievable. I am so happy I was part of this day, so pleased to know these two are on the planet, and so in love with these photos:

VENDORS: Wedding Coordinators: Build A Wedding // Ice Cream Truck: Pirtle’s Ice Cream // Cake: Sweet Art // Ceremony Venue: Piper Palm House // Reception Venue: NEO on Locust // Catering: Seoul Taco // DJ: Millennium //Makeup: Blush on the Boulevard

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Lauryn + Charlie Get Married // Smithgall Woods, Helen GA

LAURYN AND CHARLIE! Where do I begin?!? Maybe with their (truly) perfect venue, Smithgall Woods State Park? Because it was incredible. Or all the love and support they received from everyone present? It was powerful. Or, I don’t know, maybe just with how cool, kind, thoughtful, sweet, endearing, and flat-out badass this duo is.

I had an absolute blast shooting with these two, and it was a day I would happily relive again and again. Dig in!

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HELLO, HELLO: HOW HAVE YOU BEEN?

HELLO my precious site! Wow, it’s been… an embarrassingly long time since I’ve updated you. I have a great excuse, that will sound vague at best until we dive in: the last few months have been a lot.

In December we moved from Tennessee to Oakland, California. It might not surprise you to know that even veterans of moving across the country (this is time number.. three? four?) need some time to get acclimated, and our move to California was more rushed than previous moves, and we’re all just now settling in to our surroundings, waking up to everything that we can see and do, and juuuust beginning to take advantage of the fact that we live in a great city that is directly adjacent to another great city, and we’re having a lot of fun here….and elsewhere! We visited Iceland in March (photos coming!), and have two road trips (in wildly different directions) down the pipeline.

Speaking of road trips, we absolutely drove from TN to CA, and managed to stop at a few new-to-us places on the way: Meteor Crater outside Winslow, AZ (did you know that my kid wrote a letter to Carolyn Shoemaker when he was in preschool? He diiiiid, that nerd); Cadillac Ranch in TX, and (of course) the Grand Canyon:

So anyway: that’s kind of what we’ve been up to! I mostly wanted to finally take a second to give the site a new look and vibe (I’ll be mixing my photography and my writing here from now on) and say hello: you’ll be hearing from me soon (and seeing plenty of wedding work that hasn’t been shared yet)!

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