Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sonoma Engagement Photos : Jessica + John

They met in September 2007, during their freshman year of college at Sonoma State. Both John and Jessica were at a fraternity cocktail party – and both had different dates. (oh how I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at that party!) After realizing they lived in the same dorm area, and were in the same sociology class, they started walking to class together. Walks turned to study sessions, and eventually John got the nerve to ask Jessica out to a date in early November, through a birthday card that he made. A few weeks later, they decided to make it official and the rest is history! Since the Town of Sonoma was so intricate to their relationship we decided to meet in the town square and have a romantic stroll down memory lane for their engagement photo session.


Their connection is genuine and true and just hanging with them during the day made me realize they are truly meant to be together.


After our time in Sonoma, we headed over to Jack London State Park to take in the natural beauty of the day.
Jessica and John will be married this October in Paso Robles at Villa San Juliette against a breathtaking view surrounded by vineyards and those they love.

San Francisco Engagement: Aaron + Stephenie

They met in school many years ago, both were in the Textile & Apparel program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, which in the final year, allows you to do a visiting student program at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in NYC. Aaron knew that Stephenie was the one for him some five years… YES, FIVE YEARS before they ever even went out! Wow! That’s some serious persistence!

“He pestered me and wore me down.” Haha. “In truth, in finding him I found myself,” Stephenie admits.

“She was the most beautiful person I had ever met. Her drive to succeed, paired with her creativity, has always made me strive to be a better person. We just fit so well together,” replied Aaron.

And he is right. They do fit so well together. Making their home in New York City, both are still in the fashion industry. She designs shoes and he is a weaver. Together with three dogs, they are designing and weaving a beautiful life together filled with good friends, sweet family, amazing food and curious finds. They are planning a destination wedding this August at Spring Ranch in Mendocino, California surrounded by all the people they love in this world…where family and friends will come together for a multi-day gathering of celebrations. I for one can’t wait!

We had a beautiful day of walking around San Francisco. Starting our session at Mission Delores we lingered in the chapel for wedding inspiration.

Believe it or not, we actually found our selves shooting in the historical cemetery adjacent to the building. Sounds creepy I know but I assure you it was actually the exact opposite.


Stephenie, You are so beautiful, inside and out! I can see why Aaron was persistent and patiently waiting for you!


After Mission Delores, we found our way just a couple blocks over to Clarion Alley. This colorful alleyway was alive with people wandering, musing, hanging out and taking photographs. It was a perfect place for a pop of color for these artists!


Finally, we ended up at one of Aaron and Stephenie’s favorite shops, Paxton Gate.

Here is where the playful side of Aaron came out! He loves to make her smile!2016-01-22_0006.jpg

Surrounded by taxidermed animals, geological items, various plants and jewelry, we shopped and shot our way through the store.


All in all, it was a great engagement session surrounded by art, beauty and a free spirited couple!


One last kiss, and we ended the day… Can’t wait to celebrate with them in May!

The Importance of Hiring a Wedding Planner

“Destiny is not a matter of chance; but a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. ~William Jennings Bryan

If you found this site and blog, chances are you are probably newly engaged. Congratulations! If so, you may be looking forward to future plans with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. For most couples, thinking about their big day brings a tumult of mixed emotions. Love, joy, worry, the stress of a wedding can seem overwhelming. You would do just about anything to relieve the stress, hand the job off…except you cant. Releasing that burden also means doing something so terrifying it stops you in your
tracks. It means giving up your control, giving away the power to make your most special day, your wedding, exactly the way you imagine it. Who else could possibly bring your perfect and beautiful vision to reality? Who else can make your dreams come true?

It’s All About the Skills

If this is you, then you’re not alone. Skilled California wedding planners, such as those at So Eventful understand what you’re going through and can alleviate your fears. How do I know? Well, I have worked with them and know first hand the amazing value that they bring to a wedding. Whether they are doing full service planning of just stepping in on the day of, the truth is that hiring a professional is exactly what you need to bring your vision to life. Wedding planners have a rare combination of skills: they can organize and stay on top of the endless small details, and they are visually creative. They have what it takes to both imagine something amazing and make it a reality. The good news for you is that it’s easier than ever to help a planner create the wedding you want. Technology has turned wedding planning into a rich visual experience that allows you to literally show your planner your vision. Think Pinterest! Finally, you can step back with assurance, breath easy and actually enjoy the process of planning your wedding.

The Connections Make It Happen

A professional brings more to your wedding than just skills. They also have connections. Most brides know they probably need a florist, a caterer, baker, photographer and more, but few probably know where to find one. In the age of Google, you can just hop on the internet to find what you need, right? Wrong! How will you know if these vendors and professionals are any good? Your wedding planner already has that covered. They know who does good work because that’s who they partner with. They also know who specializes in a certain look or trend, such as florists and photographers. As the wedding planner, they are staking their reputation on these providers. Believe me,they will only work with the best. They will only bring the best to your wedding. Hiring the right wedding planner is often the difference between an average wedding and a swoonworthy one. And lets face it…You know which one you want.

Here are some of my favorite images from Jade and Chad’s Gatsby inspired wedding to swoon over.
Planner: Ashley Mauritson So Eventful
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