When a couple asks you last minute if they can do their engagement shoot at a nearby carnival the answer should always be a yes! Engagement shoots are so fun because more than the wedding day you can really personalize them. I’ve photographed couples at their local dog park with their pup because that’s one of their favorite outings together. And for this couple they love carnivals! So I followed them around on their date night essentially. Clarice and Raul are, as I’m sure you can tell in the images, the MOST FUN, playful, silly and loving. It was an absolute joy to spend time with them and be the third wheel on their romantic Ferris wheel sunset ride. There wedding is TOMORROW and I couldn’t be more excited. To a lifetime of playful, colorful and silly love to these two.
This event was about community and a song to our bountiful land on which we depend. We worked hard to incorporate our own plentiful garden along with local commercial farms, ranches, vineyards and dairies. More than anything, we wanted to foster community around food and creativity, love and appreciation for our local makers.
I had been to Sardine Lake located at the base of the Sierra Buttes years ago for a friends birthday campout. This place is an absolute gem. The way the buttes jut straight up from the surface of the lake is truly spectacular. It was an honor to be able to help document this gorgeous wedding. I was lucky enough to tag along with the bride and her two best friends as we did a celebratory loop in a rowboat after the ceremony. That is until the bride jumped ship, mid-lake, into the groom’s boat.
The menu for our outdoor dinner gathering was a celebration of Spring; bright colors and fresh flavors with the goal of having a sort of New American Bacchanal: soaked in wine, decadence and dance. The resulting party did not disappoint. With a welcome cocktail of Rosemary Infused Mezcal Sour by Drew, dinner, and music, our cups did runneth over.
With a crack team of passionate amateurs, the dinner was served seamlessly, much wine was drunk and merriment was had. I think Dionysus was satisfied.
As much as we love our little house, we love being outside. So why would we not want to take baths outside under our walnut trees?
Between my day job and all of the maintenance that goes into maintaining an 1940’s orchard cottage I really wanted a place to relax and really appreciate our property and life outside of the city: cue our little country spa. Spiced up with small luxuries like a Jacuzzi tub, this is a retreat just steps away from our kitchen.
Sometimes it’s used to clean off after a long day of yard work, sometimes a romantic evening with wine under the stars (the tub fits two)! Sometimes it’s where Rooster gets a bath, but it’s always a lovely backdrop in the yard that I gives me a great sense of pride and accomplishment.