I had been excited about Katie and Zac’s wedding ever since they hired me.  Katie’s mother, Risse, is the most creative person I’ve ever met, and she did a beautiful job at bringing their theme, Woodsy Wonderland, to life.  The reception was adorned with wild branches, moss, greenery, and an amazing cake that looked like it belonged in the middle of a lush woods.

Katie and Zac are a sweet, funny couple.  You can read their love story in their engagement blog.  My favorite moment of the day was during bride and groom portraits, when Zac hooked Katie, the biggest fish he’s ever caught!  I also loved the styling of this wedding–vintage elegance with a modern twist.  My favorite detail was a small photo album with pictures from the bride’s grandparents’ wedding.

Above all, their wedding day was a lot of fun, and they said it couldn’t have been more perfect.  We thank Katie, Zac, and their families for inviting us into such a fabulous wedding, and into their lives.

Getting Ready Venue: Figamarole
Church & Portraits: First Presbyterian Church, Turlock
Reception Venue: Larsa Banquet Hall
Bridal Gown: Trudy’s Brides & Special Occasions
Bridesmaid Dresses: Trudys Brides & David’s Bridal
Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Flowers: The Flowery – A Floral Boutique
Cake: Creative Cakes by Debra
DJ: Sounds In Motion Professional Disc Jockey
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals


Bride's dress

The bride bought her gorgeous wedding gown at Trudy’s Bridal & Special Occasions in Campbell, California. She fell in love with the tulle skirt, lace bodice, and sweetheart neckline, The only thing she didn’t love is that it was strapless. The seamstress there at Trudy’s talented seamstress added sleeves to the dress, and did a beautiful job! I love it because it has a vintage feel and the silhouette reminded me of Duchess Kate Middleton’s dress.

Brides's wedding dress

Bride's shoes

We photographed the bride getting ready at Figamarole, which is an artist community nestled in the orchards. I loved the texture of the wood in the wood pile, so I put her shoes on a wood slice. Why not?!

Bridal boudoir photo

I stole a few moments in the bridal suite to take a boudoir photo of the bride before she started getting dressed.

Vintage wedding dress

The bride’s grandmother’s dress was on a form in the bridal suite. It has to be the favorite detail I’ve ever photographed. I love that I can see the bride getting dressed in the mirror.

Vintage wedding photos

The bride held a small photo album of pictures taken at her grandparents’ wedding. I turned to the people watching us take photos and said, “THIS is why I do what I do. If their wedding photos had been on a flash drive or CD, we wouldn’t have them now.”

Large yellow diamond wedding ring

I love the lace and tulle on the bride’s dress, and how that softness looks with her beautiful wedding ring.

green orchid boutonniere

These sweet boutonniere by The Flowery in Turlock are unique because of the green orchids.

Figamarole bridal portraits

We did the bridal portraits at Figamarole, an artist community center in Ceres, California. Not only is the 100-year-old house beautiful, but the grounds are lush and gorgeous.

Bride with bridesmaids

I love how happy the bride looks here, as her bridesmaids help get her dress ready for family pictures. In the background, the groom meditates quietly on his wedding ring.

Bridal Party Turlock

Is this a good-looking bridal party or what?

Wedding bouquets

I really loved how The Flowery used green roses in the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets. It’s very unique, elegant, and perfect for a spring wedding.

Yep, he hooked the biggest fish!

tilt shift photo

Can you tell I’m in love with my tilt-shift lens?
*Lensbaby Composer Pro 35 optic

Bride and groom in Turlock

We did some beautiful portraits of the bride and groom on the property of First Presbyterian Church in Turlock. The grounds there are wild and lined with big cypress trees.

Wedding cake at Larsa Banquet Hall

This amazing wedding cake by Creative Cakes by Debra was beautiful AND delicious. It’s hard to find both in one baker.

Larsa Banquet Hall Wedding

This moment is incredibly special for the bride and groom because it’s their first prayer together as man and wife.

The bride and groom chose a sterling silver cake cutting set from Waterford in Ireland.

Bride's father giving a toast at Larsa Banquet Hall

The bride’s father told a hilarious story in his toast!

Photo booth props

Wedding guests had a blast in our photo booth. The bride’s mother created this really cool, unique chair as a prop.