Simply You Photography: Blog en-us (C) Simply You Photography (Simply You Photography) Sun, 01 Apr 2018 02:17:00 GMT Sun, 01 Apr 2018 02:17:00 GMT Simply You Photography: Blog 120 54 Lisa & Joey | Sonoma Engagement Session

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Jenna & Nick | Celebration After Devastation October was a month never to be forgotten by Sonoma and Napa county residents. Jenna & Nick were all set to marry just a few weeks after the raging wildfires of Napa and Somona counties started. They had friends and family suffer great losses. There was so much devastation around them that they were unsure if they should keep their wedding on schedule, or even if they could. When the smoke cleared 2 weeks later they found that their venue had survived thanks to the devoted staff at Vintner's Inn who stayed behind to dampen spot fires and put out embers falling on the property. After much soul searching and discussion with family and friends they decided to go ahead with the wedding and celebrate what couldn't be taken by the flames: Life, Love and Family!


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Kalynn & Kurtis | Lake Almanor Wedding Kalynn & Kurtis returned to their home town of Chester on Lake Almanor to be wed by their middle school teacher (and pastor) surrounded by their family and friends.

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Lilyaunna & Ajai | Mendocino Coast Wedding

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Kelli & Corey | Santa Rosa Hilltop Wedding

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Danielle & Scott | Tierra Oaks Wedding

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Lizzie & Paul | Cornerstone Sonoma Wedding

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Jessica & Jaethan | Seven Sycamores Wedding I love this family! I met them a lifetime ago when the bride's mom, Carrie, and I opened a scrapbook store together. Carrie was the catalyst that propelled me into wedding photography. I was just a hobbyist minding my own business, scrapbooking the wedding photos I shot as a favor to my cousin when she insisted to one of our customers that I HAD to shoot her daughter's wedding. I'm sure I answered with a "oh heck no" and an evil eye her direction, but did it anyway as a favor to a good customer. Now, 16 years later, I'm shooting Carrie's daughter's wedding. It was an honor to document their beautiful, rainy day.

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Michelle & Andrew | Vacaville Opera House Wedding Michelle and Andrew had a destination wedding in Canada over the summer but came home to Vacaville last week for a party with their family and friends. The bride's mom wanted some traditional portraits to supplement their adventurous mountain and lake photos from the summer, so we met up before the party for a quick trip through Andrews Park. We were able to catch the last few minutes of daylight and the sun as it broke through the clouds right at sunset.

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Morgan & Michael | Warren Woods Wedding We were super thankful that Morgan & Michael chose to have a first look and finish up all of their photos before their ceremony in the majestic redwoods at Warren Woods in Occidental, CA. About 15 minutes after their ceremony ended the sky opened up and rained like crazy. Guests huddled under tents and kept great attitudes, with some even dancing in the rain! We eventually moved into town to the Union Hotel bar, where we joined the locals watching the world series. Everyone was in great spirits while the speeches were made one on one with the bride and groom over the din of the jukebox and baseball game. We even stepped outside into the street during a break in the rain to toss the garter and bouquet. Many thanks to Brooke & Ryan at Planet Entertainment DJ for holding on as long as their equipment would possibly allow and giving these two a great wedding. Best rained out wedding ever!

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Danielle & Scott | Marin Beach Engagement Scott and Danielle's engagement session started with wine tasting in Sonoma County and ended with sunset on a Marin County beach.

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Nicole & Dominic | Mark West Lodge Wedding

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Kristine & Ron | Mt Shasta Resort Wedding They met in high school. Then life took them in different directions. 6 years ago they reconnected and last month they were married in their home town of Mount Shasta. Congratulations Kristine & Ron!


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Estefania & Ryan | Healdsburg Hilltop Wedding Estefania and Ryan were married in a private hilltop vineyard in Healdsburg surrounded by their family and friends.  The day started with a bit of a scare when the make up artist was a no show, but thanks to some quick thinking by Estefania's bridesmaids (and a little bribery of a beauty salon client to give up her appointment) a replacement was found just a few doors down from their hotel.  The rest of the day went flawlessly and was a non stop celebration!

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Victoria & Alfredo | San Rafael Engagement Session When we first met Victoria she let me know that her wedding would be at St. Vincent's church. Having already worked there for another wedding and loved it, we were excited and showed her photos from Olga & Tyler's wedding for ideas. We quickly realized that we had the wrong church...She was getting married at St Vincent's in Petaluma, not San Rafael!  When it came time to plan the engagement session, Victoria remembered how much she liked the setting from the wrong St Vincent's church, so we decided why not shoot there!  We had a great time revisiting this beautiful and historic location...And finally meeting Alfredo!

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Stephanie & Jeff | Arrowcreek Reno Wedding Stephanie & Jeff's crazy, windy wedding took place in June at The Club at Arrowcreek  in Reno NV. 

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Amy & Trevin | Folsom Engagement

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Olivia & Joseph | Arbuckle Ranch Wedding Olivia & Joseph's love is a beautiful thing to witness. Their friends and family are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. It was an honor to spend the day dodging downpours with them and capturing the joining of these two families.  We worked along side Wilson at Baby Blue Film to fully capture their wedding day at Joseph's family's ranch in Arbuckle, CA. (We also captured their engagement session on the ranch 6 months prior. View their engagement session here)


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Jessica & Jaethan | Palo Cedro Engagement Session 16 years ago I was a scrapbook crazed housewife (weren't we all?) who decided to take a chance and open a scrapbook store. I took my Creative Memories lady with me down the crazy road to Cropland. We spent 2 years scrapbooking to our hearts content and watching her children run around the store. Now those kids are grown and this one here is getting married! I'm honored and excited to capture their wedding in a couple months.

Jessica chose a very sentimental place for her engagement session with Jaethan...Her grandparents house.  We chose the weekend of the annual Kool April Nites car show, which is traditionally rainy, no matter how deep into a drought we are! We were able to dodge the rains and wander the neighborhood for some great photos, including her uncle's beautiful classic Buick and a few little critters. We can't wait for their wedding coming up in January!

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Leia & Drew | Highlands Estate Wedding Wine country elegance meets geek pop culture...There was just enough of each element in Leia & Drew's Cloverdale wedding.  

We met Leia & Drew at a wedding show just days after the Valley Fire engulfed their home on Cobb Mountain and the material life they had built together.  They were in a bit of a daze but still determined to move forward with their plans to marry and rebuild their life together. They wandered off before I was able to get their names, as other couples were filtering through my booth and pulling my attention away.

The next day, as I made the long drive home, I sat processing every conversation and couple I had met the day before. Leia & Drew's story popped back into my head and I felt compelled to help them start the rebuilding process by donating my time to capture their new beginning...except I had no idea how to contact them!  A few weeks later I received an email inquiry and after a few more emails I realized that this was the couple I had been wanting to work with.  I was a bit apprehensive about offering my services as I wanted them to be sure it was from my heart and not for the attention that comes with such acts sometimes.  After talking with them I knew I had made the right decision.  

I was happy to see that we weren't the only vendors to help make this wedding possible.  Wine Country Bride, Crystal Clear Studios DJ, and many other vendors also discounted or donated services to the bride & groom.

We had a great time working with these wonderful people and meeting their families. Every detail of the wedding was created with great care and meaning. Every bottle of wine served at the wedding was hand selected and collected by the couple on their travels for work and pleasure.  Thank you, Lei & Drew, for letting us be part of your wedding and allowing us to capture the new memories you are creating!

Venue: The Highlands Estate, Cloverdale, CA

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