I absolutely loved photographing this wedding. Not only because Robert (Robby) and not Elizabeth are very dear friends of my family but small intimate weddings are so much fun! The Firehouse Restaurant gives a very backyard wedding feel. It was almost like you were at a family BBQ and then a wedding just happened to be going on at the same time! Everyone was so engaged at this wedding and you can feel the emotions running high. All the guests were either family or friends that were pretty much family.
I was also loving the fact that I finally got to shoot a wedding around Old Sacramento! I have only done engagement sessions down there and I have always wanted to do wedding photos around the cool buildings.
It was such a joy to watch these 2 families joined and to see Robby and Elizabeth start their journey together. I am honored to have been a part of it!
If the saying is true about rain on a wedding day means good luck, well Kaitlin and Richard have all the luck in the world! Soda Rock was doused in heavy rain almost all day leading up to the ceremony but luckily the skies over Healdsburg cleared up before a lot of the main activities of the day started. Even though the weather could be called less than favorable, it did absolutely nothing to the magic that was this wedding.
I had never been to Soda Rock winery before but all I can say is WOW. Then I get to add my amazing clients to this place and my mind nearly exploded from the potential. Its one of the “perfect storms” of wedding photography that makes me love what I do even more. Kaitin and Richards wedding just makes me happy. Everytime I see these photos it brings me so much joy and helps me remember what a wonderful day their wedding was.
The first look was a bit challenging since we had to find a place that was DRY, but in the end I think the spot we found was perfect. After Richard got to see his beautiful bride for the first time she presented him with one of the most amazing gifts I have ever seen. Kaitlin tracked down Richards fathers police badge. Richard was speechless as he thought he would never see it again after his Dad passed. Even I was crying!
All I can say is the barn at Soda Rock is AMAZING!!! I loved all the textures in there and all the light coming through the old barn wood. It made me a happy photographer!!
Now it was time to have a great party! Ryan and Brooke from Planet Entertainment did a great job with this reception. Everyone had a great time!
Most of the time I have around 6-12 months to get excited about a wedding that I am going to photograph. The client emails me when they are looking for a photographer and then the process starts (at least for me). However, when it comes to this wedding, I was patiently waiting for over 5 years! Thats right, 5 years.
Back in 2009 when I was photographing the wedding of one of my favorite couples, I met Erika. She was one of the bridesmaids at the wedding and by the end of the night she was already telling me that I was going to be her photographer when she got married. Now I hear this a lot, a lot times it actually happens but most of the time it doesnt. None the less its a great ego boost during a wedding. Well fast forward a couple years and I have done a couple of shoots with Erika and she actively follows this blog, facebook etc and I still get the “You are photographing my wedding someday”. I am really starting to believe her, now we just need her boyfriend to propose.
November 23 2013 I get “The Text” and to be honest I think I was one of the very first to find out Erika and Edwin are engaged!!! Its time for the real planning to begin, now I am REALLY excited! During the next almost 10 months Erika and I would text, email, chat etc about her wedding and go through all the planning. I would officially meet Edwin (even though I did a LONG time ago at that wedding in 2009). We would go do amazing engagement photos in the snow and finally we would have a wedding. I had waited over 5 years for this wedding to come and I have to say it did not disappoint one bit. Everything about the day was wonderful.
I could never say enough about Erika and Edwin as people which is why I did my best show off their personality as much as I could in these photos. I loved everything about their wedding and I hope you enjoy the images!