The Wedding of Valerie & Tony

Sacramento wedding photography

It’s always convenient when the getting ready, ceremony, portraits and reception for a wedding are close to one another.  It allows for less travel time and more time for all the fun wedding shenanigans.  The getting ready section of Valerie and Tony’s wedding happened at the Residence Inn on 15th Street in Capitol Park in Sacramento, then their ceremony was at St. Anthony Parish and the reception at the O’Club Ballroom at McClellan AFB.  All relatively close to each other!

The getting ready section went really smoothly and I got some great shots of both Valerie and Tony.

Sacramento downtown wedding
Sacramento downtown wedding.
Sacramento downtown wedding.
Sacramento downtown wedding.
Sacramento downtown wedding.

Then we headed to the ceremony location.  They had a beautiful ceremony that really represented two families coming together for their children. 

Sacramento downtown wedding
Sacramento downtown wedding.
Sacramento downtown wedding
Sacramento downtown wedding.

Afterward we took some family photos in the church.  As a photographer, when you get a group together so large it’s always a challenge to get a good photo with everyone being seen and nobody blinking.  But I think we go it with this photo. 

Sacramento wedding downtown.

The portraits were taken around the California State Capitol Building and the Capitol Rose Garden.  One great thing about Valerie and Tony was that they talked to me before the wedding about how they really wanted to get creative with the photos, and they allocated ample time to make that happen.  Additionally, they sent me examples of what they wanted.  I always tell couples that I am good at replicating images so if you send me what you envision there is a good chance I can make it happen for you.  However, very few couples actually end up sending me sample photos.  But Valerie and Tony did and I think we got some really great creative photos for them.

Sacramento wedding photography
Sacramento wedding photography
Sacramento capitol wedding
Wedding photography sacramento
Sacramento wedding photography
Sacramento wedding photography
Sacramento Wedding Photography

After the portraits we headed to the reception O’Club Ballroom at McClellan AFB and had a great time with the special dances, speeches and celebration!

Sacramento downtown wedding.
Sacramento downtown wedding
Sacramento downtown wedding.
Sacramento downtown wedding.
Sacramento downtown wedding.
Sacramento downtown wedding.
Sacramento wedding downtown
Sacramento downtown wedding.

The Wedding of Erika & Matthew

Erika and Matthew’s wedding was truly one of the most fun weddings I have ever shot.  It began with both Erika and Matthew getting ready at separate houses in Galt.  They were both so excited about their day and having fun with their parents and bridesmaids before the big day.

The ceremony itself took place at Saint Robert’s Church in Sacramento.  It was a beautiful Catholic ceremony.

Before taking off for the reception location in Dixon, Erika and Matthew wanted to take some portraits with family and their wedding party both inside the church and outside the church in down town Sacramento.

Their reception took place at Jess Jones Vineyard.  It was a gorgeous location and I love taking couples portraits in the vineyards.  It can really make for an iconic image.

The reception included a cultural Hawaiian dance by Matthew’s niece, some great speeches and of course the special dances between Erika and Matthew and their parents.  Finally, they were joined by the rest of their guests for dancing well into the night.

Classic wedding ended beautifully!

Cyeeta & Tony Engagement Shoot

Downtown Sacramento Engagement

Cyeeta and Tony’s engagement shoot started at the Sacramento Capitol Park World Peace Rose Garden right outside the state capitol building.  This is one of my most requested locations for both engagement shots and portraits on wedding days for downtown Sacramento weddings.  It provides a good variety of backgrounds, between the garden, capitol building, and nearby metropolitan area.  We took advantage of all of these during Cyeeta and Tony’s shoot.

The shoot started with it’s challenges, as I had forgotten the remote control for the light I was planning on using (Pro Photo B1), and had to resort to a flash instead.  This ended up working well, but it posed it’s challenges in the beginning. Cyeeta and Tony were so patient with me, which I appreciated. 

Cyeeta and Tony wanted a combination family shoot with their daughter as well as couples/engagement shoot.  Once they arrived, I quickly realized that their daughter was having some allergies that day, which the garden only made worse.  So we decided to quickly take their family shots so that their daughter could retreat to the car with her cousins and wait for her parents there.  

Sacramento Capitol Park Shoot
Sacramento Rose garden family shot.

We also took some nice shots of Cyeeta and Tony together in the park surrounding the Capitol as well as right outside the capitol building. I thought these came out great. I always like the shots that come off as natural as possible.

Capitol Rose Garden Engagement Shoot
Capitol Rose Garden Engagement Shoot
Capitol Rose Garden Engagement Shoot

Afterward, we were about the wrap up the shoot but took notice of the nice lighting with the sun setting on Sacramento’s iconic yellow bridge.  We decided to try to get a street shot with the bridge in the background.  This was challenging because we had to avoid cars as they would pose quickly and I would take the photo and then run out of the way to avoid oncoming traffic.  But it was all worth it in the end with some great photos coming out of it!

Capitol Rose Garden Engagement Shoot
Capitol Rose Garden Engagement Shoot.

Michael & Veronica Engagement

Sacramento Lodi wedding engagement shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.

A cloudy and rainy day was upon us as I got ready to shoot Michael and Veronica’s engagement photos. Around 12:00 I considered cancelling the shoot because I was not sure that the weather would hold out for us, but I’m glad that I didn’t. The shoot took place as scheduled at 4:00 PM at Hanford Ranch Winery Inc. in Galt, California. This is a beautiful location on a hilltop overlooking grape fields which circles the winery. This is a great venue choice for anyone in the Sacramento and Stockton area to hold their wedding. Veronica, Michael, my assistant (Ashley) and I did a lot of walking through the property on that day and I was impressed by all of the possibilities for great portraits that are there. I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of what is possible.

The property has a cute wooden bridge that is one of the highlights of the outdoor terrace area. That is where we decided to start with the photos. I first posed Michael and Veronica atop the bridge and we took several shots. One of my go-to poses is the couple touching heads and gazing into each other’s eyes. It normally takes a few poses to break the ice with couples and to get a groove going for portrait taking. But Veronica and Michael were in such an obviously good mood without a care in the world for the less than ideal weather. I could see the love in their eyes and their happiness to have found each other. Needless to say it didn’t take long for these two to feel comfortable and to start getting great shots.

Sacramento Lodi wedding engagement shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.
Sacramento Lodi Wedding engagement shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.
Sacramento Lodi Wedding engagement shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.

Next we moved further down the property following the main path. We used the path and surrounding landscape as the background for several other photos, focusing mainly on announcing the couples’ wedding date in October 2018.

Sacramento Lodi wedding engagement shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.
Sacramento Lodi wedding engagement shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.
Sacramento Lodi Wedding Engagement Shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.

At this point, the Sacramento valley sky began to reveal a golden sunset that photographers always strive to capture in these kind of photos.  I was able to snap some portraits of Michael and Veronica in this golden sunlight.

Sacrament Lodi Engagement Wedding Shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.

I’ve heard people say that the way to look into the soul of a person is through their eyes. Looking through my lens into Veronica and Michael’s eyes, I could see the happiness that fills their soul as they giggled with each other. I tried to capture these candid shots so that they might always remember the excitement they felt in this moment.

Sacramento Lodi wedding engagement shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.
Sacramento Lodi engagement wedding shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.

Eventually, the sun started disappearing and the golden sky gave way to an amber tint. This was the perfect condition to take some silhouette style shots before I added my flash into the mix to fully light their faces. Michael and Veronica were great about humoring me with my different posing and lighting ideas.

Sacramento Lodi Wedding Engagement Shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.
Sacramento Lodi Wedding Engagement Shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.
Sacramento Lodi Wedding Engagement Shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.
Sacramento Lodi Wedding Engagement Shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.

As we were concluding our evening, I asked Michael and Veronica to sit on the top of the hill facing the sun and positioned so that I could capture this unique tree that has probably seen more than a few couples peer out on it as they celebrate their wedding day. I always like these kind of shots because it feels like they are looking into their future, imagining their lives together.

A golden sunset that lasts for over an hour is rare, and is more precious than gold to photographers. What started out as a gloomy rainy day, turned out to be the ideal conditions for capturing Veronica and Michael’s love. I like to think that it all worked out for Veronica and Michael, as a sign of the bright skies ahead for them. Can’t wait to capture their wedding day at this gorgeous venue, Hanford Ranch Winery Inc.

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Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.
Sacramento Lodi wedding engagement shoot
Michael and Veronica engagement shoot for upcoming wedding.