What do: Chase, Bernie, Berries, 55 Chevrolet, Sierra Nevada Foothills, 300 people, and a spring afternoon have in common? Read on…
I first met Chase and Bernadette when Bernie was the MOH at Casey and Samantha’s wedding in 2008. We all became friends and I have been looking forward to their wedding for a long time and it was worth that wait! With the help of their coordinators at Happily Ever After Events, Chase and Bernie planned an warm home town style in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada event with amazing whimsical and refined details, fun surprises (a yellow school bus showed up to transport the wedding party!), and lots of love (and berries). The event was held at the Walker Residence back in the canyons of Springville. The wildflower themed floral arrangements were put together by Christine’s Flowers. Hair and makeup by Salon Sassafyed. Everyone was excited to be a part of Chase and Bernie’s big day and the guest count totaled around 300, but the quantity did not affect the quality of food one bit thanks to Sue Sa’s fantastic catering team who set up an amazing chicken/steak dinner buffet. Finally, Haro Entertainment kept everyone on the dance floor late into the night. All in all a huge success that I was happy to be a part of!
I like Chase because he has style and he is fun to hang around.
Bernie is pretty sweet as well, Chase got a good girl, her parents room with a dark nook in the background. We had to light this up with a sunbounce small reflector, a key factor to lighting indoor shots.
Scouting out sweet locations they had a swing, by a 100 year old oak tree.
The clouds and lighting was uh-mazing, we got spots of sun amongst intermittent clouds. As a photographer this light is rare and SO fun to shoot with.
This shot below was one of my favorite shots of Chase.
Chase, your the man.
Her dad had a beautifully restored 55 Chevy Wagon.
Like a queen, Bernadette was having the time of her life. Exiting her car to head to the ceremony
The clouds cleared and the Ceremony was warm and
Maybe I love shooting weddings so much because of the smiles from my couples, and I get to see how genuine they are at the altar; the tears, laughter, joy and
Can a photographer get so lucky, sunsets every night, I wish they lasted as long as they do in Northern Europe in the summers, but we are still blessed to get them this long. The average person lives for 25,000 sunsets, but may see 2,000. I’m thankful my career is to capture as many as possible, when the light is the sweetest.
Chase worked for a berry company. Berries are my favorite food group, and were adorning the whole reception. By the end of the night, I think I had taken 3-4 baskets to “photograph” ;)
Rock on guys, I hope your honeymoon is splendid!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Drew and Cassie like to take one Friday a month off to spend the day together enjoying the Central Coast and wine tasting at all the local wineries. Drew set up a special surprise one Friday though and had prepared an secret engagement hangout(or just a date as he would have said) at Hammersky Vineyards. He then proposed the question to her and she accepted, and they spent the weekend relaxing, enjoying life and getting ready to plan the beginning of forever together.
A few weeks later, when deciding on a location for their engagement session HammerSky was an obvious yes! After working with them on the style and vibe of their shoot, we came up with a storyboard and his electric guitar was a for sure deal, working for Ernie Ball, you bet Drew has a passion for music & instruments, designing guitars for Ernie Ball. It was fascinating listening to them and getting to know this couple. I really am looking forward to their wedding!
I first shot Hammersky in October for the golden fall colors and fell in love this this little cabin in the rollings hills out in west Paso Robles area. I highly recommend taking a trip out there.
Can you just feel how cool this place is, I love the style of the land here.
Despite the rain that day, it was green and warm.
Um the ladder to shoot this shot was super rickety and I was close to falling, BUT, it was SO worth it!
Being a musician myself(see my new facebook profile pic), I was pretty amped on this guitar (no pun intended).
the end. Of this shoot, that is, but not of how cool this story is gonna be to tell & unfold. Rock on guys, see you around town and in a few months at your wedding!