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What a year! I had such an amazing year with the most wonderful and incredible clients. I feel honored to have been a part of so many special celebrations, so many gorgeous settings so many family milestones. I’ve compiled a slideshow of my favorite images from the past year, are any of your favorites in here? It’s always so fun to go back through the last year and see all the beautiful couples and details that spoke to me. I also included a few personal favorites that made me smile.

 

Enjoy and here’s to an equally amazing 2013!!

 

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For the last wedding of 2012 I decided to pull out all the stops. 😉 So, This last weekend I traveled “where the stars at night are big and bright ( *clap clap clap clap* ) deep in the heart of Texas”  to photograph the wedding of my second cousin and his beautiful bride. My cousin (his mama) is starting a vintage party rentals business called Backroad Bells so she styled and planned the entire wedding with direction from the bride and groom.  I know we talk big game here in the wine country about our “barn weddings” and “country style”… but we have a lot to learn from a real Texas wedding.

Cowboy boots are not optional, jeans are de rigueur, and if your preacher doesn’t wear a cowboy hat? Well, that’s not a *real* country wedding. Sweet tea, really good BBQ and the couple making their reception entrance on a vintage restored John Deere? yep, that’s the real deal.

But this wedding was so much more than that. The candy bar set up with vintage jars and ice cream scoops; the photo booth with antique hats, furs, ties and glasses; the delicious cupcakes on vintage plates and stands; the hand made flower decorations from pinecones; And not to mention an adorable bridal party! Don’t you love how all the girls and guys are in shades of brown? I love the mix-and-match dresses!   I had so much fun sitting out under the stars in the unseasonably warm weather, laughing with family celebrating young love and toasting to old love.

Best wishes to you, Meagan and Ricky and well done Miss Kathi!

 

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  • Kathi Blom Jacobs - Oh Michelle you are a genius! I am setting here with tears of joy in my eyes, as I look through these incredible moments you captured! I could never thank you enough! Much love and thankfulness!ReplyCancel

  • Meagan Jacobs - <3ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Richie Lindley - Precious!!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Martin Perkins - Those pictures are absolutely beautiful. It makes you feel as I’d you were there. Wow so beautiful everyone is so joyful – you can feel the love through these pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Meagan Jacobs - wow, these pictures are amazing.ReplyCancel

Amy and Stephen celebrated their nuptials with an intimate wedding in the lovely hills overlooking Cloverdale. It was a chilly November afternoon, but the golden light shone on the happy couple as the said their vows surrounded by their loved ones. The evening warmed up as the wind died down and the close group of friends and family enjoyed a leisurely, beautiful (and yummy) meal provided by Alex’s Catering.

Stephen’s mom made all the centerpieces, boutonnieres and Amy’s Bouquet. Their family owns the Lone Pine Gardens and Nursery in Sebastopol, where they specialize in some amazing succulents and bonsai. The family rented a beautiful private home for their celebration, where they were able to have a leisurely meal, snuggle around a fire pit and let the kids head off to bed when needed! As much as I love a big wedding, there is something so sweet and wonderful about a small celebration, something that changes the pace of the day and really captures the heart of the couple.

Thank you Amy & Stephen for having me!

 

 

 

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I had the honor of photographing the wedding of Krista and Shea at the lovely Boonville Hotel. This was such a wonderful celebration for two beautiful, funny, smart and very much in love ladies.   Delicious food, happy people, big open-mouthed laughs, tears of joy and lots of dancing… Isn’t that what every wedding should be?  The ceremony was presided over by Alison, who I can’t say enough nice things about! She was funny and sweet and had everyone in tears, including me! The ceremony was held down in the garden under the vine-covered gazebo. Krista and Shea spoke their touching, heart-felt vows to each other surrounded by friends and family. (and one very loud neighbor rooster, haha!) Melinda at the Boonville Hotel really helped throw a fantastic party for a far-flung group of friends. The food was divine, and served on tables set so beautifully by Krista. Instead of table numbers, the tables were assigned by the fall harvest foods! Pomegranates, pumpkins, persimmons, figs and more adorned each table. Alex from AMS kept the music flowing as always, and Krista and Shea’s playlist was just perfect -I mean, who doesn’t love a bride breaking down every lyric to “Ice, Ice Baby”?

 

Thank you again for having me be a part of your special day. I hope you enjoy the photos!

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  • Vitaly Popov - Gorgeous Wedding! Congratulations Krista & Shea! <3ReplyCancel

Amy & Ryan and I met up at a beautiful park to take some engagement photos over the weekend!  The best photo session is when it all comes together with beautiful light, a great location and  a couple that’s into having fun and taking beautiful photos! 

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  • Deborah Post - Very nice, so happy for both of them!ReplyCancel

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