Hammond Wedding {Big Sur, Cali}

I don't photograph weddings too often anymore unless they are for/of loved ones or destination weddings.  This wedding happen to fit both of these requirements :)


Meet Mr. & Mrs. Hammond

first look

first look

It is hard for me to find the words to describe how remarkable it was to photograph this wedding.  These two individuals are so special to me! The fact that, out of all the wonderful people they know, they choose me to document their special day leaves me filled with Joy. It truly was an honor. Plus, it was in Big Sur!  

Tristan and Lauren wanted the exchange of vows to be personal and private. Special and something sacred.  And I think they achieved that and so much more.  On Pfeiffer Beach they stood hand in hand making a promise to one another that they will hold for the rest of their lives.

 To be a part of someone's wedding should not be taken for granted.        Especially in this case when you and your husband are the only two  witnesses.  It left us both feeling remarkably thankful and blessed.

And the big day all started here: Lover's Point

          Lover's Point

          Lover's Point

These two have been in my life for several years.  They have seen some of my best days and worst days.   And in return I have witnessed some of their highs and lows.  And through it all, here I am.  But more importantly, here they are!  On their wedding day.  Looking at one another, with the knowledge of their struggles, and the ones they may endure in the future.  Still, choosing each other to tackle this complicated world together, side by side.  And that is truly beautiful to me.  

I am excited to share a recap of this beautiful couple's wedding day! They make a wonderful couple and share such a sweet love- filled with laughter and dedication.  

CONGRATS you two!  I Love you dearly.

And with that, I give you their Wedding Day

This was one of the most adorable First Look's I have done. The reaction on Tristan's face said it all...followed by the sweetest smile by Lauren.

Then there was straight laughter and joy for the next hour.

From lover's Point we headed to Big Sur for the ceremony.  As the day continued the weather was warming up and the sun started showing itself.              It was perfect timing for our late afternoon wedding :-)

                                                                                                                              exchange of vows

                                                                                                                              exchange of vows

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After all the joy, love, giggles, kicking of sand, and marriage... we hopped in the car and headed back to Monterey.  All in all, I would say it was a wonderful joyous day, full of sunshine and love! 

Peter & Picara {Spain Wedding}


Is the best word to use when describing my cousin's wedding in Spain.


It was a long journey from Seattle to San Sebastian, Spain!  But I felt so lucky to have been invited to photograph my cousin's special day.  

Day 1

My trip began in Madrid, where I met up with my family and quickly settled into our hotel.  Then we immediate dove into the Spanish culture by cafe hopping, walking around town, and eating wonderful food!


Day 2

We arrive to our Villa in San Sebastian.

After bringing our luggage in and figuring out our sleeping arrangements (it was like an episode of the Real World) we ventured into town and grabbed our first meal in San Sebastian. We accidentilly ended up in this amazing little restaurant that had award winning Cheesecake. 

We made sure to bring a whole cheesecake back with us to the Villa! It was damn good.

san sebastan

Day 3

I highly enjoyed my first full day in San Sebastian.  Before the wedding festivities got started I spent the day with my cousin, Frankie, and his lovely wife.  It was so laid back and enjoyable to just meander around town.  It was my first time visiting Spain, and I was trying to make the most of my short time here.

We wandered around and stopped for gelato, tapas, espresso, and decadent desserts.  Thank goodness we walked, because by the time we got back to the house, we had to get ready to eat again.  

A quick dip in the pool before getting all dressed up...why not?! 

Then we are all off for a mind blowing dinning experience at Mugaritz.

 24 individually tailored courses from the no.6 restaurant in the World.

A sneak peek behind the scenes 

A sneak peek behind the scenes 

The lovely parents of the Bride & Groom

The whole wedding group in front of Mugaritz

The whole wedding group in front of Mugaritz

Day 4 : Wedding Day

With the big day ahead of us, we enjoyed breakfast at the Villa and began the process of getting ready!  It was a day full of family, love, celebration, the joining of families, food, joy, happiness, and pure beauty.  It simply was wonderful, from start to finish.  It was very Peter & Picara!

the first look...

The Ceremony 

My favorite part of the 'Wedding Day' was having the chance to take the newly weds into town and photograph them on the streets of San Sebastian. The looks on people's face as these two walked by them was so fun to watch. Also, the custom dress my cousin wore had people jaw dropping.  



Reception dinner at Rekondo

{ where incredible food was consumed and a variety of unique bottles of wine, including a bottle from 1920! }


Day 5

We spent the last day in San Sebastian wandering around leisurely, shopping for souvenirs, and keeping it low key.  The previous nights festivities had everyone in a 'slow' moving pace.