Nathan + Marina [Married] Ravenswood // Livermore Wedding Photographer

“It’s about time!” is what everyone said, shouted and cheered. 8 years in the making, Nathan and Marina found the perfect time and perfect location for their vows.

Ravenswood Historic Site in Livermore offered the perfect backdrop for their chic vintage wedding. With nearly everything DIY, Marina and her mother planned,  worked, and laughed together as they pulled off one of the most beautiful weddings Ravenswood has ever seen. Everything was them – they exchanged handwritten vows under the gazebo; The wooden bench that served as a guest book; Marina’s boots; Their bichon, Marley, serving as their ring bearer; No bridal party, just them; Simple and perfect.

 

From Marina’s Mother:

“I just wanted to drop a quick email to you and let you know that I think the pictures you took of Marina (my daughter) and Nathan are exceptional!

You are truly gifted at your profession and I especially love your technique in capturing so many natural non-candid pictures. Your creative eye and sense of knowing how to capture them and produce such beautiful photographs is just amazing. I feel like I’ve walked through the wedding again, which is so amazing because the day went by so fast that you just forget how everything looked or missed, but you captured it all. Your unique touch of personalizing the web-site with your story and capturing “key” words that were mentioned just shows how engaged you were with this event. I couldn’t be more impressed by you and your work Karey – you are an amazing photographer and have been sharing your website with family, friends, and co-workers and will definitely be recommending your name to others.  I feel really blessed that Marina and Nathan found you to capture one of the most important days of there lives. ”

Thank you so much!
Linda

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Thank you to the amazing vendors that helped make this day magical!

Venue, Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore; Florist, Delford West Flowers; Catering, Checkers; DJ, Amos Productions; Hair and Make up, Lindsay Padilla/Salon 77 West; Bridal Salon, Elegant Lace; Dress Designer, Stella York; Specialty Rentals, Milk Glass Vintage Rentals

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Kaycee - Great work! I love all of the details. Beautiful venue too!

Karly Loar - Seriously!?! These are amazing. I’m blown away! I love that they included their puppy! Amazing.

Kerrie Forrester - Amazing….the location is just amazing! Love the details that you capture too! <3

Tracey Devereaux - Love !!!

Ashley Durham - Love these!!! What a sweet response too!

Monica - These are gorgeous!

Caitlin L - That ring shot is to die for.

Courtney - So beautiful! I love the portraits of the bride and groom- amazing work!

Lee + Shelby [Married] Monte de Oro Winery // Temecula Wedding Photographer

The Tour de Muse has been a number of years in the making. With both of them in earning advance degrees (Lee, his MBA and Shelby her Doctorate in Physical Therapy) the two enjoyed cycling, traveling, wine tasting and the Anaheim Ducks (GO SHARKS!) in between classes and papers. One day, the two went to Pelican Hill Resort in Newport. Unbeknownst to Shelby, Lee was planning a special surprise… He dropped down on one knee and proposed – and it was all caught on camera by a professional photographer who then took them around for some fun proposal day photographs! On cloud nine, the two got right to planning their big day.

Bouncing between a SoCal and a NorCal wedding the two decided that a wedding in the southern part of the state was the best for everyone. Shelby and Lee’s wine country nuptials were beautiful.  Choosing the beautiful Monte de Oro Winery in Temecula, guests from near and far came to witness a ceremony overlooking vines and dance the night away in the winery’s barrel room.

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Following the ceremony, we went for a romp at sunset in the vineyards. Simply wonderful! Could not have asked for a more perfect evening. After we were all done, Lee and Shelby still had time to enjoy some quiet time by themselves before they were announced at the beginning of their reception!

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Thank you to all of the amazing vendors who made this day possible:

Venue, Monte de Oro, Temecula; Florist, LC Floral Design, Danville; Cake, Cakes to Celebrate; DJ, Pro Sound DJ’s; Bridal Store, Joanna’s Bridal in Danville and J’aime Bridal in Pleasanton; Dress Designer, Casablanca (style 2100); Bridesmaid Dress Designer, Bill Levkoff (the best!); Invitations, Chrissy Will; Second shooter/Assistant, Ashley Durham; Bridal Jewelry, Nordstroms; Suit rental, Men’s Warehouse; Groomsmen Gifts, Custom Cuff Links; Bridesmaid Gifts, Floral Robes; `Wedding Theme, Cycling.

 

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Jessica Svoboda - so beautiful. so many awesome images. i just adore the ones of the bride and groom right within the vineyard though. such yummy yummy light! :) awesome job!

Kerrie Forrester - omg…these are amazing! :) love love love!!

Melanie Grady - wow. amazing wedding. amazing captures.

Caitlin L - Beautiful wedding! Love that ring shot!

Monica - Complete perfection!!! LOVE how unique their wedding was..lovelovelove!!

Jamie - Gorgeous wedding!

Mallory - Wow, what a beautiful wedding and perfect location! I love the brides bouquet.

Ashley Durham - Beautiful!! Thank you for asking me to assist, can’t wait for next time!!!! xoxo

Juan + Michelle [Married] Dublin Shannon Center // East Bay Wedding Photographer

Juan and Michelle are simply sweet for one another. Engaged while vacationing in Hawai’i last year, the two began planning their perfect day.  With friends and family by their side, the two said, “I do.” in a lovely sun-filled ceremony in Dublin.

As huge 49′er fans – I thought it only appropriate to post their blog on the season opener!

Enjoy!!

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Summer Wedding Shootout // Mini Workshop

This past August a group of vendors and I got together to create something magical. The last 2 wedding shoots, I have invited other photographers to join in on the fun, and this time was no different. Along side the shoot, 6 other photographers and I met and talked all things wedding. I talked about how to shoot for your brand and publication as well as my wedding day work flow.  It was a very natural, honest and organic conversation. One photographer, Talina, that joined us had this to say, “Just wanted to thank you so much for everything, I had a wonderful time and the vendors rock too! It was awesome learning from you and seeing you work in action you’re a rockstar, and it really got me thinking on changing the way I shoot. I’m gonna practice on that for sure… Can’t wait to share pics and blog! I definitely want to join the next shootout! Have a beautiful rest of your week!”  After our roundtable conversations, we moved on to posing couples. I purposely chose to work with a real couple, that I have never worked with and were not professional models. I wanted to shoot and the lesson to be real and authentic – and I felt that is exactly what happened.

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  I had an absolutely wonderful time and I’m so happy that the other photographers did as well.  I cannot wait to see what they produced!! Please enjoy some lovely images from the shoot –
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Kerrie Forrester - Great job! These are all fabulous….

Monica - Completely amazing!! Just beautiful!

Christina Corneau - Gorgeous Karey! Love the variety of posing and the styiling is superb!!

Kristy Mutchler - Thank you for the fantastic opportunity to shoot such a fantastic event! All the details were truly amazing. I cannot wait for the next one. And your photos from that night are beautiful!

Caitlin L - All those FLOWERS, ahhh! Absolutely gorgeous.

Jamie - The details are so amazing! I wish we had something like that here. Way too much fun!

Dena - Gorgeous! I LOVE the flowers.

Fall Mini-Sessions

It’s that time again! Fall Mini-Sessions are here.  As always, space is limited! This year, there will be 3 different locations and 6 different dates to choose from. Since my fall schedule is already extremely full with weddings and engagements, it will not be possible to schedule different dates.

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Mini-Sessions are great for that annual photos, holiday cards or just because.  Each session lasts 15 minutes and generally yields a gallery of 20-30 different images.

Who? You, your family, your kids, your dog, your  bunny, your cat…

Cost? $10 per person being photographed

What do I get? The session fee covers the session only. You will have the opportunity to purchase prints/products at up to  75% off and images for $20/per image or $250 for the full gallery. Images come in high resolution and full printing rights.

Where? When?

  • Danville 9/27 (sold out) and 10/25
  • San Ramon 9/23 and 10/21
  • Pleasanton 11/4 and 11/8

All session times will occur between 5 and 7pm. Specific times will be selected 10 days before session. Requests will be taken, but cannot be guaranteed.

Why? Because you should.

How long until I see my gallery? 48 hours max. So yeah, you could totally get your holiday cards out during Thanksgiving!

How? Right here…


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