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Mammoth Mountain Wedding at 11,000ft

andrea + john
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Mammoth Mountain Wedding at 11,000ft

Jon and Andrea’s Mammoth Mountain Wedding took place on the Summit just above 11,000ft. I had never been to Mammoth in Summer, but now I can’t wait to get back.  When you get up to that elevation in the Summer, you can’t really count on blue skies.  Though on this occasion, it was a blessing when a high Sierra thunderstorm started pushing in from above the Minarette range off in the distance. Instead of direct over-head lighting, we were treated to beautiful cloud formation all around us on the Summit and a glowing red sunset off in the distance.  Everything went as well as I could have hoped for!

Many thanks to those who made it happen. . .

Venue: Mammoth Mountain

Florist: EUCCA Floral

Cake: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

DJ: Rodneyo

 

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Murphys Ranch Engagement

Kellie + Chauncey
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Murphys Ranch Engagement Session in the Fall

 

I grew up in and around Murphys, long before I ever had a thought that I might one day be a photographer – let alone a wedding photographer.  When I made the trip North to photograph Kellie and Chauncey’s Murphys Ranch Engagement session I had a number of exciting realizations.  The most inspiring of which being that I would be able to bring all of the experience I had gained during 8 years as wedding photographer, and apply it to a whole new area with a whole new feel.  I can’t wait to return for their wedding in July…

Location: Murphys, California

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Napa Wedding Tres Sabores Winery

danielle + brendan

Bride and Groom at Napa Wedding Tres Sabores Winery.
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Napa Wedding Tres Sabores Winery | California

Being a Santa Barbara based photographer is a truly unique experience.  I come from a tiny Sierra town that is simply known to those who ask as, “a little place on the California side of Tahoe.”  So photographing weddings for couples that are literally from all over the world was, initially, an almost surreal experience.  However, after 8 years of Santa Barbara weddings, it’s actually more uncommon that I have the opportunity to photograph weddings for couple’s that have even heard of my small mountain town (Murphys, CA), let alone couples who have actually lived there!  And though Santa Barbara is now, with no doubt, my home, being a Tres Sabores Wedding photographer would be a wonderful opportunity as well. . .

So when Maya referred Danielle to me I was immediately attracted to the idea of getting to shoot for her and Brendan – whom had both lived in/near Murphys previously, and whom currently live in Santa Barbara.  We’ve had similar trajectories through this life and have a shared set of experience that a very small number of people these days do.  All of this added up to a beautiful, love + laughter filled Napa wedding Tres Sabores winery with more than a few familiar faces, as well as a handful of new ones.  Thank you again to Maya, Danielle + Brendan and every one who came together to create this celebration :)

Bride + Groom:  Danielle and Brendan

Venue:  Tres Sabores Winery

Coordination & Design:  Clementine Creative Events

Hair & Makeup: Melissa Hoffman

Floral: Goom’s Mother, Deborah Shea

Cocktail/Appetizers: Hog Island Oysters

Food Truck: Bruschetta

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Cake: Butter & Cream

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