With summer rapidly approaching, I’m really looking forward to longer days, warmer weather and outdoor wedding celebrations. I love when couples get the opportunity to take advantage of those long summer evenings, toasting to love as the sun begins to set and ending the night dancing under the stars. I think outdoor receptions that are filled with wine, delicious food and great company make for such romantic evenings.

A couple of weeks ago I teamed up with Leigh + Mitchell, who designed this gorgeous inspiration shoot for an apple orchard wedding reception, and let me just say I am head over heels for it. Like other natural light wedding photographers, golden hour is my favorite hour. The light is soft and dreamy and just makes everything beautiful and it had no problem showing off during this shoot. Some of my favorite details included the colorful al fresco dining. I love the contrast of the soft color palette of the tablescape against the rich color of the food. The cascading flower centerpiece tied in so perfectly to the orchard and finally, the string lights added that perfect romantic outdoor touch. It was easy to picture loving newlyweds sitting around this table with their favorite people and toasting to this new chapter in their lives.

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I know we are only several months into 2017 but I’m already looking forward to 2018 because I’ll be kicking the year off with Lisa and Isaiah. They’ll be getting married in the early part of the year at the Monte Cristo Ballroom and I can’t wait to document their big day. I had an absolute blast taking their Discovery Park engagement photos. I love shooting at Discovery Park because there are so many different areas to explore. For Lisa and Isaiah’s shoot I came across a new trail I had never been on before and I was in heaven. After such a rainy winter and spring the forest was lush and the light was amazing.

Lisa and Isaiah started off our session by telling me how awkward they are in front of the camera and three seconds into it our session I was like um, no, you’re amazing. Seriously, these two could not have been more loving or sweet and they were so playful with one another. After spending some time in the woods we headed down to the beach for some amazing golden hour photos. It was quiet and a little chilly so their blanket definitely came in handy and it made for some great snuggly photos.

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After a very rainy winter it was such a beautiful thing having the sun came out and play during Teresa and Chris’ Golden Gardens engagement session. The warm weather seemed to bring everyone to the beach that day. We managed to find a little bit of shrubbery to hide behind for some privacy and I love the way it filtered the light and made it feel like we were the only ones on the beach. Teresa and Chris soaked up the rays and all the love. Their tenderness towards each other was palpable. My favorite part of their engagement session was hearing them share all the things they love about each other and all the reasons why they are excited to get married. I always enjoy hearing how couples met and fell and love. Chris described the first day Teresa walked into the store where he was working at the time. From everything he described it was clear that it was love at first sight. Eight years later their love is strong and a beautiful thing to witness. These loves will be tying the knot this August at Laurel Creek Manor and I can’t wait to document their wedding day and share in all the joy.

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