Entries in Santa Cruz (4)


Margot + Charles {Memories are Sweet}

I always consider what I do a blessing. I'm blessed to be a part of other people's best moments in life. It's a privilege to capture moments for people that become memories forever. Every year that passes, this feeling for me gets stronger and stronger. When one of my friends, family members or clients passes on from this world, I realize even more that my role in life is to use my talent to give people memories through photographs. Life constantly reaffirms for me that I'm doing exactly what I'm meant to do. In the case of Margot and Charles' wedding, I knew going into it that the bride's mother was dying of cancer. I feel honored that Margot and Charles chose me to document their wedding day, the smiling, the laughing, the joy and tears. Images serve as proof that life happens, time passes and memories are sweet.

We asked Margot what memories from the wedding were the most important to her. Here's what she shared:

"Charles and I both feel the ceremony, particularly reading our vows to each other was a standout. The song I wrote and played for Charles was a very special moment for him as well, he said. My mother died about a month after our wedding and the memories and photos we have of her dancing, smiling and laughing are so precious to us. She arranged to gather all of the women close to me before the wedding to do a blessing which was very powerful for me, and the photos of this are some of my favorites. Charles' groomsmen did a similar gathering, and coincidentally circled around him in the same way my mom arranged for me. I love that we have similar photos of both of these moments. We have so many favorite moments but these are the standouts."

Venue: Sesnon House, Santa Cruz | Photography: Arrowood Photography


Bay Area Wedding Venue Spotlight :: Radonich Ranch

I had the opportunity to photograph Ross and Christine's wedding at Radonich Ranch in July and I have to say, it's a pretty cool venue. The old barn structures and tin roofs give the place character. I loved all the textural details inside and out. Outdoor locations like this can serve as a great base for your wedding theme and decor if you're going for a rustic, vintage or country wedding style.


A Lovely {Rainy} Wedding :: Lisa & Erick

They say that rain is good luck on your wedding day. Well if that's true, Erick and Lisa are in for a lifetime of luck and good fortune because it poured; not only on their wedding day, but throughout the entire wedding weekend at Kennolyn in Santa Cruz, California. Second shooter Kevin Meynell and I were wrangling with umbrellas and wearing plastic bags over our feet in attempts to stay dry. It was a wet, wet weekend.

But the good news is, Lisa was smiling and Erick was laughing and good times were had by all. The rain didn't stop this fun-loving, creative couple from celebrating. With a hands-on groom and DIY details, this wedding was a cultural celebration to remember.

Officiant: Nicole Bloss
Hair: Britney Rossi
Makeup: Kinder Asthetics
Cake: The Buttery
Floral Designer: Laughing Gal Floral
Band: La Gente
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Transportation: Santa Cruz Experience
Photobooth: The Laugh Box
Stationary: 7 Squared Design



Christina + David and Schubert too!

Christina and David have a wedding in Carmel in just a couple of weeks!  We thought it would be fun to do an engagement session where they had their first, and second (and many) dates.  They brought along the amazing Schubert.  

Congratulations Christina and David - I am looking forward to seeing you in a couple of week!