Masthead header

Tag Archives: destination wedding photographer

Tahoe Adventure Engagement Shoot

Sylvain and Angela contacted me to schedule their engagement session late one evening. I told them last minute I’m heading to the woods to photograph some wilderness photography tomorrow if they wanted to jump on board. While Angela was already in bed, they woke at 4a.m. and agreed to come along for the adventure and take the day off. They went shopping and drove quite a distance to meet up with me for the shoot. They put in the effort and brought some excellent outfits. We drove up together and captured some sweet photographs of the two of them. I also had this idea to drive up for some star photos since it was a new moon. I wanted to experiment with some night photography and I’m so glad they wanted to join me.

After our dinner together, we went out in the dark to get a few photos that I had envisioned (last image). We climbed this steep hill in pure darkness with sliding rocks and dirt, along with my camera gear. While I setup my camera gear and did some test photos, we kept probing the area with our headlamps to make sure we were still alone. Angela was wearing my warm red mountain jacket to keep warm in her dress. It was definitely an adventure at this point. I placed my  camera on some flat rocks to keep my camera from movement, rather than using a Tripod (which was too high anyway).  Sylvain and Angela were gracious allowing me to fudge around until I got what I wanted. I’m so thankful they came along and gave me some great images. I look forward to shooting their wedding in July of this year.

adventure photo shoot in the woods couples engagement pics engagement session outdoors sunset engagement photos red dress in the woods lady in red waterfalls and river engaged couple river and mountains engagement photos walking through the woods for photographs hiking in high heels sunset photos in the country epic adventure engagement photos cute romantic mountain wilderness couple photography adventure wedding photography engagement photos in black clothes cute engagement photos in the country star photos with engaged couple wearing headlamps

RYAN + KAILE at THE CITIZEN HOTEL, SACRAMENTO, CA.

governor

While I seem to post many adventure outdoor weddings these days in the snow and on mountaintops, via Instagram and Facebook, I also do photograph many other weddings all over the map, like this wonderful couple, Ryan and Kaile, who married at The Citizen Hotel Sacramento. We met last year over coffee and discussed the opportunity of shooting their downtown winter, possibly rainy wedding, and how they wanted me to document those special moments with their family.  When I arrived early on the wedding day to set-up, I ran into both fathers and we talked for a little. I told them they raised good kids. Ryan and Kaile are both wonderful family loving people.  Later that evening, Kaile’s mother showed me some old photographs of Ryan and Kaile as kids together.  That’s correct, they have been friends since childhood, went to prom together, and are now best friends in marriage. It’s such a rare and beautiful story. After spending time and watching my couple and their parents for the day, I was impressed by their connection to each other, warmth towards me and their guests, and their relationship with God.

For me and many photographers, wedding season is all year. But to kick off this 2016 year with already a few warm-hearted weddings, makes my job capturing couples and families that much greater. I’m inspired from weddings like this; it makes me want to be a better father and husband.  Congratulations and blessings to you both Ryan and Kaile and to your family.

getting ready city of sacramento out of the window emotional bride flower girl at hotel getting dress on with shoes happy bride at citizen hotel sacramento bride dress on at citizen hotel window another epic wedding dress photo citizen hotel bridal dress photos black and white wedding photos fashionable bride bullet primer cuff links groom getting dressed cheers of the groom groomsmen laughing fashionable groom groom and groomsmen moody groom photos groom under lamp first look of the father at hotel emotional and happy first look of daddy and daughter crying bride at look of father dad Citizen_hotel-wedding-photography-96 bridesmaids sisters groomsmen at citizen hotel lobby citizen lobby wedding photos cute dad and bride photos first look of groom and bride lifting veil of first look wedding kiss warm hug wedding photo journlism northern California rainy day wedding photos silhouette silhouette with backlit light blue filter citizen hotel wedding photos sacramento wedding photos Citizen_hotel-wedding-photography-94 mother bride hug walking down the aisle at CItizen hotel bride expression at ceremony bride looking to father for approval lifting of veil by father daddy daughter hug mother watching daughter bride The Citizen hotel wedding ceremony inside highway patrol officer at wedding missing loving moment parents emotional during ceremony parents laugh during ceremony expressive family at wedding groom with a tear groom reads and bride cries ring fingers from all generations bride and groom are married governor sacramento capital winter wedding photos january uplighting at citizen hotel january live band at Citizen hotel microphone live band at sacramento wedding citizen hotel entrance of b+G grand entrace of wedding party grand entrance of bridal party bridal party prayers first dance of groom and bride bride and groom dancing evening dancing daddy crying during bride dance mom tearing up over father and bride dance bride dancing with dad family group hug late evening dancing with speedlights sacramento wedding photos downtown while raining J street

Wedding Photographer:  Charleton Churchill,
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Citizen Hotel
Catering: The Citizen Hotel
Florist: Beautiful by Nature Florist
Make-up and Hair: Orchid Duong Artistry

Linens: Mimi and Company
Graphic Design Artist (Menus & Welcome Sign): Jenny Kelpe

Cake: Rick’s Dessert Diner
Lighting: The Backdrop Specialists
Band: Peter Petty