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Hello! My name is Heather and I am so happy you stopped by! This blog is a place where I will share love stories of amazing couples who I had the honor of photographing. It is a place where I can express my passion with images where my words fall short. Photography has changed my life drastically and I am so thankful that God has blessed me with this gift. I wish I could say the same thing about my singing voice, but what can you do?!

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Jaclyn & PJ {Married!!} Saratoga Springs, Ca Wedding

It was love at first Skype…when I first met Jaclyn and PJ.  They were in their Chicago apartment and I in my SF apartment.  We laughed, shared stories, and a few short months later, I got to photograph their wedding!  These two can best be described as a bright light filled with so much joy.  Amazingness […]

Oct 27

It was love at first Skype…when I first met Jaclyn and PJ.  They were in their Chicago apartment and I in my SF apartment.  We laughed, shared stories, and a few short months later, I got to photograph their wedding!  These two can best be described as a bright light filled with so much joy.  Amazingness just oozes out of them. Being a part of their wedding was a true gift; a chance to witness everything that marriage is about…becoming a union in front of friends, family and the Lord.

Enough about how I feel…the real love story began between Jaclyn & PJ at a Thanksgiving potluck at their church.  Things normally don’t get stolen at church, but that night while Jaclyn stepped away, PJ stole her chair.  When she returned, this handsome man was there to her surprise! They started chatting and the seed was planted for something magical to grow in the coming months when he would yet again steal something else…her heart.  He would never forget that first night he laid eyes on her.  She was wearing a blue skirt, white shirt, and the reddest lipstick money can buy! After over a year of dating, PJ suggested they go ride bikes and fly kites.  If that isn’t the world’s cutest date idea, then I don’t know what is!  There was a bike ride, but actually there weren’t any kites to Jaclyn’s confusion…something much better was planned…a proposal!  She said YES and the rest is history!

It was her red lips and that monumental bike ride that inspired them for their wedding theme.  They had the cutest bicycle decor throughout the venue including bronze tires hanging from a handmade wooden arch with the guests seating cards attached, bicycle bottle openers for the favors, a wire bike cake topper, and of course a tandem bike for them to ride off into the night after the reception!  I loved the flower ribbon boutonnieres, navy suspenders, and the multi colored ties the guys wore!  The girls had navy lace dresses with colorful bouquets that matched the ties and bright feeling of the day.  All the girls wore heels in a color that reminded them of Jaclyn.  For example, the yellow heels were chosen because her friend’s nickname for Jaclyn is “Sundrop”.  Such a creative idea!  The guys made the alter out of wood they found while camping in Yosemite.  They draped tons of colorful ribbons from the alter creating a beautiful backdrop for their vows.  In addition, all the flowers were made by their friends!  Such a gorgeous day with lots of creative flavor!

Congrats Jaclyn & PJ!

Wedding Venue: Saratoga Springs - http://saratoga-springs.com

Wedding Coordinator: Diana and Mimi (408.867.3016)- Saratoga Springs Wedding Coordinators, weddingplanner@saratoga-springs.com

Flower designer: Friends, we will be putting them together the day before and then J Olivia

Boulder creek flowers – main bouquet. Salmonese and Lisa Jennings will take charge of them day-of

Caterer: Saratoga Springs

DJ: DJ Alex Wrigley (408.608.7205), thepartyprofessional@yahoo.com,

Cake Designer: Nothing Bundt Cakes, Jeff & Cristina Joseph (408-395-2959), losgatos@nothingbundtcakes.com

Hair and Makeup: Michelle Luna (408) 374-7533

2nd Photographer: Johanna Claesson - http://pieceofheartphotography.blogspot.com

Dress Designer: Pronovias

Shoes: Chinese Laundry, DSW

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jasmine Belsoie
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Virginia & Michael ~ Married ~ Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Wedding

Michael and Virginia met in Providence, Rhode Island where he was attending graduate school at Brown.  Virginia was living there as well after graduating from The Rhode Island School of Design a few years earlier.  After their first date together they knew if was meant to be and have been together ever since.  When Michael […]

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Michael and Virginia met in Providence, Rhode Island where he was attending graduate school at Brown.  Virginia was living there as well after graduating from The Rhode Island School of Design a few years earlier.  After their first date together they knew if was meant to be and have been together ever since.  When Michael graduated, he asked her to move back to San Francisco with him, and while apartment hunting in SF asked her to marry him!
Their wedding was inspired by their desire to bring friends and family together for a summer picnic.  Virginia pulled the entire wedding together under $6,000 thanks to her crafty skills!  She made the burlap table clothes, the flower arrangements, her bridal sash and veil.  They transformed a simple picnic area into a wonderland of romance and chic with all the beautiful vintage details. The ceremony couldn’t have been on a more beautiful slice of San Francisco.  The Chinese Pavilion in Golden Gate Park sits right on Stow Lake with ducks, waterfalls, and the San Francisco fog nestling all around.  It was just perfect!
It was such an honor to photograph their wedding as Michael has been best friends with my brother Joel since they were 6 years old!  As I was editing these photos I was smiling at how grown up my lil’ bro and Michael look.  The way they act is another story 😉  just kidding! kinda.  I am so happy for the newlyweds!!
Here are a few sneaks from this beautiful day that even a little rain couldn’t damper!

If you are dying to know where Virginia got here dress like I was, here are the details: Vera Wang White Collection ($900) David’s Bridal
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