Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sneak Peek at my SEVEN October weddings!!!

It has been over a month since I have been able to post on here! My October has been wild! But what a ride! SEVEN weddings in FOUR weeks! I thought I would take a moment from my editing and Christmas guidelines to share just a few photos from these SEVEN weddings I had the pleasure of photographing! 

But real quick first I want to announce something pretty special!
I just got a call and then an email from letting me know that I have been honored with the 2014 Best of the Best in photography in the Sacramento/Lake Tahoe area. (This is my third consecutive year of receiving the award.) I thought I would share the first part of the email:

"Dear Joy,
It is with enormous pleasure that I congratulate you on your Best of Weddings Award for 2014.  This year the competition was the hardest it has ever been - only the top 1% of vendors across the country earned this honor and you absolutely deserve it.  My hat is off to you!  The Knot’s Best of Weddings award is a top honor in the wedding industry and brides and grooms recognize the elite status of the vendors who win!  This is absolutely a go-to list when couples are shopping for their weddings."

Okay, on to the weddings. I only have time now to show just a couple from each wedding but after the holidays I will do complete blogs on each of these beautiful weddings.

Friday, October 4, 2013
Mike and Jennifer
San Germino Golf Course 

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Evan and Camille
Lyons Gate Hotel 

 This was the Father Daughter Dance. Dad started the dance with Camille and they added sister a few minutes into the dance. Camille has joined her new husband in Australia to start their life it was a bit of an emotional moment between them. It was beautiful...

Friday, October 11, 2013
Richard and Jamie
Arden Hills

I met Jamie years ago and have been photographing her little ones since they were very little! So it was a pleasure to photograph her wedding!

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Shane and Michelle
Delta Diamond Farm.

This awesome couple met on just love those stories! The are totally a perfect MATCH!

Friday, October 18, 2013
Aaron and Kayla
Wisteria Gardens

Just LOVE these two cuties!!!

I just had to add this photo of a peek over the grooms parents shoulders during the ceremony...

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Robert and Samantha
Oak Farm Vineyard

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Isaias and Gladis
Elk Grove Event Center
(This picture was taken downtown Sacramento on K Street)

And I very quickly edited just a couple from this past weekend...

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Frankie and Bianca
Arden Hills

Well there you go...8 weddings. I just finished my last wedding of the year and I am so looking forward to 2014!!! It's going to be a great year!!!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sneak peek of this months Tahoe Wedding!!!

I had the pleasure 2 weeks ago to photograph Taylor and Joe's Tahoe wedding! Going back in time...I met Taylor about 6 years ago (I think) while doing my wedding appointments at one of local Starbucks where she works. A little more then a year ago Taylor approached me after one of my client appointments and told me she was getting married and really wanted to hire me to photograph her special day. So went from being one of my favorite Barista's to one of my clients!

For those of you reading this close to the date I am posting will remember two weeks ago, in Sacramento when it rained??? REALLY rained in Tahoe on their long-awaited and long-planned for beach wedding. I was dreading as the morning was passing by from my hotel as the clouds just kept rolling in and then the rain began...and just kept coming!

About an hour before their ceremony the couple decided to bring the wedding indoors...and I really didn't see too much disappointment as I was with Taylor as she was finishing the final touches of her hair and make-up. She just went with it. Part of her going with the flow could have been because we decided at the time that rain or shine we were going to hit the beach after the ceremony and still get the pictures we so longed for!

But as the ceremony ended and the family formals we ending...the rain DID NOT STOP! So Joe and Taylor made the hard decision to try to do the pictures tomorrow with a friend. Well my second shooter and I immediately knew that we weren't going to let that happen without us. So we quickly let them know that if they were willing to get up and get dressed all up again, that we would be totally willing to join them and do them for them. The beach owners were AWESOME (Lakeside Beach) and totally made it possible and welcoming to work this out also.

I am going to add here...with every Tahoe booking I come up the day before and stay till the following day. ALWAYS. The day before because you never know with unpredictable weather and traffic, it's just a responsible thing to do for your clients...and we stay till the day after because you just NEVER know! This is the first time this has happened in all the years I have been photographing in Tahoe...but this really was confirmation that this is why I do this.

So here are the photo's that we weren't so sure we were going to get...thankfully we were able to help complete their wedding day story for them! It ending up being a beautiful day "on the inside"...because of all the wonderful family we were able to spend the day with...especially getting to see one of my favorite girlie's tie-the-knot! Congrats Miss Taylor...see you at The Bucks soon!!!

(Disclaimer: These photo's were uploaded for web quality only, they aren't large enough for quality printing. They aren't straight out of the camera but they were edited for lighting and contrast only. No fancy editing...just naturally beautiful!)

Let's start off with the beautiful Taylor!
I am starting with my favorite of Taylor alone! LOVE this one!

Here are a few more...

I love this angle on this one!

Okay now for Taylor and Joe together!!!

This one is my favorite...I think!!!

Here is the best area on this beach...

Just a few more fun pictures...

Disclaimer: For quick uploading to this blog...These photo's were uploaded for web quality only, they aren't large enough for quality printing. If you are a guest/family of this wedding they can be saved and uploaded on Facebook, as long as you have checked with the bride and groom AND they need to be tagged with "A Moment of Joy Photography, you can do this by typing it in.  (The bride and groom will get the large files) They aren't straight out of the camera but they were edited for lighting and contrast only. No fancy editing...just naturally beautiful!)