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Ashley and Ryan’s wedding was full of family and laughter. Their ceremony was held at the Lakewood United Methodist Church on San Jose and after the couple celebrated at the St. John’s Golf and Country Club. This was the first time I’ve been to this venue and was happy to find  wonderful bridge for portraits. Yes, we had to wait between golfers but totally worth it. I also had fun because it’s not every venue that hands you a golf cart to ride around in.

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PINIMAGEBuff and Larry were married this October at the First Presbyterian Church downtown. When I arrived at the church I found a happy bride, a beautiful room and a pink chair. The day was a sweet celebration filled with their closest friends and family. After the I dos, a fantastic lunch at the Chart House, the couple drove away in style.

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This summer when I went up to Buffalo, NY to visit family my aunt booked me a senior portrait session with Paige and Jay. Being in a new place is exciting and challenging – you don’t know where your going or what to expect. I arrived at their home and was pleasantly surprised to see their backyard. It was perfect! They had a barn, wildflowers, a wood pile and a basketball court.  Paige and Jay were such a delight and total naturals.

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Leah and Todd’s wedding was all about the personal touches. From writing their own vows to her grandmother’s rings included on the bouquet. They wanted to have a moment alone together before the ceremony, but instead of doing a traditional first look, where the bride and groom meet face-to-face, Leah waiting in the bridal room and Todd stood at the door. They were able to hold hands and exchanged an I love you to calm the nerves. At the ceremony the boys surprised everyone – including me –  with a smoke machine and air guitars entrance. But the laughs didn’t stop there. The groom’s vows rhymed and the best man pretended to “forget” the rings. Everything was relaxed and easy with this couple. I have shot in St. Augustine a lot and was so excited when we found a new area with a teal gate, beautiful pink flowers and soft lighting. The day was simply perfect.

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I love every wedding I shoot, but this one was special to me. I’ve know Kristen for a few years now and was so excited when she sent me a picture of the ring saying Dave had proposed. Kristen and Dave met while working at hotels across the street from one another and it was love at first sight. In the time they have dated, they have traveled the world together and captured the hearts of everyone who knows them. You couldn’t meet a more sincere couple. Their wedding was full of emotion and pure happiness. I’ve never seen two families come together so effortlessly. Kristen is an only child and now she not only gained a husband, but four brothers and sisters.

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