Weddings and Engagements | A few favorites from 2020

December 1, 2020

I'm incredibly grateful that I could still do what I love and meet some fantastic people throughout this year! I was lucky enough to start the year with Olivia and John's wedding before COVID hit the US. When I look back at this wedding, it makes me realize just what joyous and vital event weddings can be. Having family and friends at our weddings seems like a luxury that we can no longer afford. I'm genuinely looking forward to when we can all celebrate love together in big groups again!

Bride and mother sharing a laugh together in front of a beautiful turquoise door.
Bride standing in front of blue or turquoise door.
bridal bouquet held in front of a blue background
bride laughing with a blue background

Can we talk about this fantastic venue for a second! Not only is the Barns at Cooper Molera a gorgeous venue, but their team is also phenomenal! I could share many pics of just the venue, but I will save that for another post.

Bride exiting the barn at Cooper and Molera as she walks to her wedding ceremony.
bride and groom kissing in front of a red background
close up of bride and groom with red background
bride and groom in front of a bright red barn wall.

Throughout this year, I've done my best to focus on the silver linings. My favorite being all the many Engagement shoots! Kyler and Carolita, came out to Wilder Ranch for their sunset engagement session.

Kyler and Carolita walking through a field into the sunset
Kyler and Carolita at sunset
Kyler and Carolita on the cliffs at wilder ranch
Kyler and Carolita in the moment at Wilder Ranch

I've had a blast planning and shooting some of my favorite engagement sessions this year. I'm also lucky to have amazing clients like Ryan & Nataly that are willing to meet me at Sutro Baths in San Francisco before sunrise for their shoot; thanks for trusting me!

Nataly in a bright yellow dress with fiancee Ryan on the edge of the baths at Lands end in San Francisco.
Ryan and Nataly laughing on the beach
A close up of Nataly in a bright yellow dress with fiancee Ryan on the edge of the baths at Lands end in San Francisco.
Ryan making Nataly laugh.

2020 has shown us that there are many ways to celebrate love! Kyler and Carolita proved that love does conquer all when they drove 2,500 Miles from Tenessee to California to get married in a beautiful intimate ceremony among the Redwoods. As much as I love big weddings, these mini gatherings have a lot to offer. We all celebrate love in our way, and I'm here for all of it!

Kyler and Carolita crossing a stream in the Redwood forest in their wedding attire
bride and groom caressing on a fallen redwood tree
bride and groom in the redwood forest
bride and groom sitting on fallen redwood tree in the forest of Nisene Marks

Another highlight was Audrey and Mathew's epic engagement session. First, the sunset was simply breathtaking! But also they brought their sweet little doggy, Laker, along! More dogs at weddings and engagements, please! 

couple sitting on the beach with a vibrant sky at sunset
Audrey laughing on the beach with Mathew
couple walking down the beach at sunset
couple petting their dog on the beach at sunset
couple kissing in background with their dog sitting in front of them

Lastly, I wanted to share Sommer and Adam's spur-of-the-moment Elopement at Valencia Hall in Santa Cruz. A little hidden gem in the middle of the redwood forest.

close up of a bride and groom in the forest.
bride and groom holding hands in the redwood forest
bride and groom sharing a kiss in the redwood forest

It has been great to look back over the shoots I've done this year. I'm so grateful to each client and vendor; thank you all! It was tough to pick only a few favorites when I have so many!

2021 is going to be a busy year. I say, bring it on!