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Monday, May 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The St. Regis can be over most brides budgets, however consider a daytime wedding there, or consider cutting your guests down and doing a more intimate wedding to have it a 5 star venue. I love doing "getting ready" portraits at this venue. As a matter of fact, many brides stay there the night before with their bridesmaids, so that their getting ready, bridesmaids, and bridal portraits are shot at the St. Regis and then off to the ceremony. This is a great idea for any high end venue. If you love it, but cannot afford to have your wedding there, like the Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons, consider getting a room to at least utilize the venue for more amazing high end wedding images.
Congrats to Michelle and Joe and their wedding on April 24th, 2010. I will blog this wedding a few times because their where 5 locations and there are too many great images to share. So I will blog this wedding in sections so you get a good feel of the diversity this wedding has due to all of the locations. The images have many different looks and feels, from classy to fun, from pretty to edgy. Giving the couple and myself many options to create a story for the wedding album design. Here are some getting ready images and some bridal portraits taken at the St. Regis, this bride once again did not have her ceremony there, but smart enough to plan to stay the night before her wedding to get images at this amazing high-end venue!
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
When we arrived to the Ahwahnee I was very pleasantly surprised that the Ahwahnee Hotel faces Yosemite Falls, as a matter of fact, from my bed I had a perfect view of the waterfall. I am a huge sucker for waterfalls. The Ahwahnee Hotel was very rich in history and very famous. They treated us to a tour of the hotel, where I saw the wedding lawn, in which the wedding ceremony backdrop is Yosemite Falls and your guests are surrounded by a rich lush paradise. The Merced River rushes behind your ceremony as you and your spouse wed under an apple tree perfectly framing the falls. I imagined shooting a wedding there at least a thousand times. What a perfect place for an intimate destination wedding!!!! I included all kinds of images of this hotel. It is one of the only hotels in the park and had absolutely hands down the best location. The Ahwahnee dining room is very impressive and the kitchen was even more impressive. All of the meals are amazing as they treated us to a three course wedding meal and dinner in the Ahwahnee dining room.
The last morning we were in Yosemite we took a tour of Yosemite Valley and it began to snow.......it was breathtaking! The snow fell so hard you could hardly see through it. It was so gorgeous! Of course being from Orange County, I have not seen a lot of snow fall. Yosemite Valley was covered within an hour and I went on a shooting frenzy. I don't pretend to be a nature photographer, and I am not Ansel Adams, but I did my best! My husband and I drove around the valley floor three times, I made him stop at least a dozen times with chains and all, I was so excited.
If I were a bride and considering a destination to have an intimate wedding at, I would really go to Yosemite. With only 300 weddings hosted in Yosemite a year, it truly is a unique and special destination. As a photographer, it is a dream come true for wedding pictures. My recommendation, splurge on an amazing photographer and take them with you, you will not regret the spectacular images you can get there and really nowhere else on earth!
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On the road trip to Yosemite from Orange County!
Hanging my camera out the window going through the tunnel to Yosemite Valley.
The Historic Ahwhnee invited OC Bride Magazine and other wedding media to visit their venue.
The infamous and impressive Ahwahnee dining room!
The Ahwahnee's warm and inviting common area, a very relaxing area to sit and mingle.
The Ahwahnee Hotel, exterior view of the wedding reception room with Yosemite Falls in the backdrop. Standing very close to the wedding lawn where wedding ceremonies are held, however the ceremony view is much better of Yosemite Falls.
Entrance of wedding reception room, has a very historic and natural rustic feel, befitting to it's surroundings.
The Merced River is located directly behind the Ahwhanee property and is a very peaceful place to hang out while you visit. Many guests take bike rides and go hiking while they stay.
Had to do it....my first time there and all!!!
The bus driver let is out on our tour of the Valley, the snow had just begun to fall hard....I was soooo excited!
My husband Josh took this.....good job Babe! I have taught him well! :)
The following images are of the snowfall and Yosemite Valley, my husband was a champ driving in the snow, putting on the chains, and stopping for me whenever I yelled out......."STOP!" It was sooo fun!
My husband of 10 years and I stopping for the only picture of the trip, we never get photos together!
The Ahwhanee Hotel walkway leading to their cabins and the Merced River, BEAUTIFUL!!!
Capturing Moments Wedding Photography
Capturing Moments is what I do, it is my passion! I am a lifetime photographer. You create the moments on your wedding day and I capture it as it happens. Your first baby is born and I am there. You create the moments on your child's first birthday, and there I am capturing them. It is a wonderful priceless thing to have and own portraiture. It is my goal and passion to freeze time and help capture your moment in time, whatever it might be.
Credentials- who cares! I graduated college, and yes I have done photo shoots for celebrities. I have been a photographer for over 10 years. There are my credentials! More importantly I have the ability to create a piece of artwork for you to own forever and ever, most of the time involving you or the people you love the most. It is amazingly wonderful to know that a lot of my work will be handed down for generations to come.
I look forward to creating memories with you.
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