Jordan and Mark’s fairytale Lake Tahoe wedding was a memorable celebration for all friends and family present. The alpine air and sparkling water of the Truckee River set the stage for a glorious afternoon and evening. Both the ceremony and reception took place at Painted Rock Lodge. This custom built estate provided for a scenic ceremony location as well as the perfect outdoor reception arena. Jordan and Mark had their first look in the dramatic valley of Squaw Valley. It really could not have been more romantic. From the couple: “Mark and I met in summer 2008 through a mutual friend while we were attending Chico State. We met floating on the Sacramento River and hit it off. We quickly discovered that we both have a love and passion for backpacking and the outdoors, and took trips together as often as we could. Tahoe is one our favorite places to visit, and especially to backpack and hike in, and we hope to move there someday. We knew the day we became engaged that we wanted to be married in the Tahoe area. Mark proposed in January 2013 immediately after I ran a half-marathon through Disneyland early in the morning. It took me completely by surprise.He knew my love for running and Disneyland and knew it would be the perfect time and place pop the question.” Congratulations again, to Jordan and Mark! Wedding Coordination; Summit Soiree, Floral Design, Martha Bernyk, Cake: D’Lish Catering, Bride’s gown: Jim Hjelm
This family portrait session in San Francisco celebrated little Lyon, who just turned one. What a strong, curious and brave little boy he is! He is very interested in the family dog, Wolf, and can be seen here both crawling after him and resting on the couch. Wolf is still trying to figure out this new family member, but is sure being a wonderful and patient pooch. Lyon also had a great time with his parents at Crissy Field Beach, eating sand and getting his toes wet in the surf. I really love shooting both at a family’s home and then playing outside for a while. In time, the family can look back at their home life and also remember the fun spots in their neighborhood they loved to visit.
This San Francisco Family portrait session stars my former wedding clients, Tu and Tobias, with their new daughter, Liv. How lucky I am that I get to follow the story of my couples, as they start their families! Although they now live in Washington D.C., they came to San Francisco for their portraits where Tu’s family still lives. Liv is absolutely gorgeous, curious and engaged in the world. She looked quite chic in a simple checkered knee-length dress with retro Converse sneakers. Her modern short hair-do was coiffed to the side, punctuated with a classic bow. She later donned a lovely gold crown…well, duh! To see more of this couple’s story, see their San Francisco engagement session here and fairytale Outdoor Art Club wedding, in Mill Valley, here.