victor + josh / sacramento wedding at the firehouse

Victor + Josh’s wedding was special for quite a few reasons. 1) I married my husband at the same venue 4 years ago. To be back in the same spot, watching another two people say their vows under the same alter, was magical. 2) Christina was my second shooter this night, and together we photographed Victor + Josh around the same spots where she and her wife married just a few months ago. (Remember their wedding?)

But most importantly, the night was special because of the sheer amount of love and support that surrounded them. Yes, weddings are inherently love-filled. But LGBT weddings often come with an extra set of obstacles and support isn’t always a given. But on this night, under the moon with their closest people, support and love was an unwavering given. From the ladies tying Josh’s tie and the men fastening Victor’s cuff links, to the many, many glasses cheered, to Josh’s tear-jerker speech addressed to those who encouraged him to be his truest self - happiness spilled from this wedding and it was truly an honor to document it all.

Victor + Josh, thank you for inviting me to be a part of it <3

Assistant photographer: Christina Best
Venue + Catering: The Firehouse Restaurant
DJ: Jeremy Fristoe, Extreme Productions
Tuxes: R. Douglas Custom Clothier
Decor: Conrad Hughes Special Events

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erika + marcus / south lake tahoe session

Let me just kick off this post by telling you that these two live off the coast of Spain - Marcus, a technical advisor for the Air Force, and Erika, a photographer herself - and I felt cooler just being around them. They contacted me months ago knowing they'd want to be photographed during their home visit to California. We threw around a couple of location ideas but kept coming back to Tahoe knowing that the scenery never disappoints.

The three of us drove around the Fallen Leaf area together, pulling over whenever we passed an open meadow or a flower-sprinkled forest. And then, of course, we ended it with a dip in the freezing-cold-but-completely-worth-it lake. The light was gorgeous, the subjects even more so, and I loved everything about photographing them.