Friday, December 16, 2011

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Our last wedding of 2011. Thinking back on all of the weddings that we had the pleasure of shooting this year, one thing sticks out in my mind and that was our uncanny good luck when it came to weather. It seemed like every time the forecast would schedule rain, Mother Nature would step in and either push the storm in a day early or slow it down so it arrived a day late. This wedding nearly brought an end to that run of good luck.

Scheduled to take place up in the mountains at Shaver Lake, North East of Fresno, the forecast was not calling for rain this time but snow. So we packed up the car with the snow chains and headed out. And what do you know, the snow fell the day before. Two inches I believe it was. Just enough to blanket the ground in white, yet not so deep that it was a pain to trod through. It was also warm enough to keep ice and snow from building up on the roads.

It was as if this nature-loving couple had Mother Nature on speed dial and ordered up the weather specifically to go along with their wedding day. Of all the many details and high points of our last wedding of the year, I'd have to say that the most important was getting to spend it with such wonderful people. 

Here is to many years of happiness to you both.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

All You Need Is Love: Turlock California Wedding Photographer

What do you get when you mix a Beatle's music theme with a new venue, amazing attention to detail, the fairgrounds, and a team of family, friends and vendors all working together to make sure that everything went off without a hitch (save for the marrying part that is, since they most certainly are “hitched”)? You get a virtual funfest of a wedding. But that's not how it started.

A small number of Erin and Will's closest family and friends were invited to a private ceremony in the backyard of a family friend. With a southern colonial-styled home in the background and the humidity and heat to match, we bore witness to a very touching union. It was enough to crack even the toughest of little brothers.

After formals, we headed over to the Turlock Fairgrounds, where a new venue has been opened for use. Erin and Will's wedding was its first run and it looked amazing. The details were perfect, from the seating cards hung around a tree to the fire hydrant they had everyone sign (Will is a fire fighter). But that wasn't the end of it.

After the dancing got underway and the drinks were flowing, they had a fair-style corn dog vendor pull up to the back of the venue and set up a cotton candy machine. Melody and I put our wonderful assistant Jessica in charge of a Shot Spot and before toasts, three of Erin and Will's friends surprised them with a song written just for Erin. It was quite the evening. And if you're wondering how people got home, Erin and Will secured a bus to shuttle guests to and from a local hotel so that no one had to worry about driving. On all levels, it was exactly what a wedding – and marriage – should be, a perfect balance of tenderness, fun, wildness, thoughtfulness, and love.

Erin and Will, thanks again for including us in this amazing wedding. 

Want to see the entire wedding? You can view it at
For those of you that entered the Shot Spot, Erin and Will have made those photos available to you with the password that was on their wedding card at the reception. If you didn't get one, drop Erin or I a note and we'll get you the password. The location for that gallery is here: