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

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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 :-)

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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}

Magical.

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.  

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Paparazzi 

Reception dinner at Rekondo

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

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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. 




1500 Miles + 5 days = Road Trip to various places in Canada

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My friends, Matt & Marcella do a big road trip every year and try to gather their friends to join them in on the adventure... The past few years they haven't been as successful getting people to join, until now!  

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Thursday, August 20th, Matt, Marcella, Alyssa, and I piled into Matt's Tahoe with their pup, Dixie, and headed to Canada. 

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North Thompson River Provincial Park, Pocahontas campground in Jasper

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Due to the many miles that needed to be covered there was a lot of sight-seeing done through the car windows.  Along with great music, yummy snacks, stories shared, fingers pointing, and the counting of waterfalls....it was picture perfect! 

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A day of Waterfalls!

Athabasca Falls  (above)  Sunwapta Falls  (bellow)

Athabasca Falls (above) Sunwapta Falls (bellow)

After a wonderful day driving and all the sight seeing we arrived to Lake Louise campground to set up camp for the night.  

After a wonderful day driving and all the sight seeing we arrived to Lake Louise campground to set up camp for the night.  

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Our last two days were hijacked by smoke from local forest fires.  The visibility was low, and the air quality was slim to none.  So, we arrived at our campground in the Okanogan Region early and set up camp. Smoke aside, the last night of camp was a blast!

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Ended our last night with games and doodling in the air.

Till next time' thanks for the memories and wonderful memories! 




Jenni & James Wedding {Nashville}

It is hard for me to put into words how special it was to be the photographer for this wedding.  Jenni and I have been friends for over a decade, and she was one of my bridesmaids in my wedding.  To return the favor by being a part of her wedding day was such a blessing.  

Seeing the love these two share through my lens, was so inspiring. I hope these images do their wedding festivities justice- because it was picture perfect from start to finish!

To Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell !  I think you have an incredible love.   Wishing you the best!

Love you guys. 

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The day before the wedding we gathered family at Historical Cedarwood to take some pre-wedding family shots.  This was the prefect opportunity for us to explore the grounds at this amazing venue and just have fun together!

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The joining of families

The joining of families

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The Big Day is here!  

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Due to rain..."good luck showers" we had to move the ceremony to the tent.  A quick regrouping- but just as beautiful!

Due to rain..."good luck showers" we had to move the ceremony to the tent.  A quick regrouping- but just as beautiful!

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One of my favorite parts at the reception is the time when those who love you stand up and share stores & blessings for you and your partner. 

One of my favorite parts at the reception is the time when those who love you stand up and share stores & blessings for you and your partner. 

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Patio Feature : Seattle Magazine

Again, this summer I was asked by Seattle Magazine, to capture some images for their Patio Feature.  In the process of shooting the list for 'outdoor dining', I got to meet some wonderful people, see stunning views of my city, and revisit some restaurants I have had the pleasure of shooting in the past.  It is always an honor to be a part of Seattle Magazine and stay in the loop in the restaurant world!

For those of you that love outside dining, this list is for you!  Enjoy

 The Best Outdoor Dining

Westward & Little Gull

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