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Teri + Rand : Twin Peaks Ranch Wedding

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Another weekend, another wedding on the road... I had the distinct pleasure of spending last weekend in Ojai, photographing Teri and Rand's Twin Peaks Ranch wedding.  I remember discussing Teri and Rand's wedding back in April, right after we shot their engagement session in Santa Barbara, and couldn't wait to see what the day would bring.  It did not disappoint.

We began the day at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, the luxurious compound where Teri and Rand got ready.  From there we headed directly to the Ranch, guided through the oak-covered streets by hand-made "Teri and Rand" signs.  Upon stepping out of my car I was greeted by 106 ℉ weather, but thankfully their gorgeous ceremony was held under a canopy of giant oak and eucalyptus trees.

Their reception was beautifully styled by Tonya Szele, who, along with Mindy Rice's over-the-top floral design, pulled out all the stops in helping Teri and Rand design the event.  Guests were treated to delicious apps and dinner by Command Performance Catering, incredible tunes by the Tijuana Dogs, and a killer video by superstar filmmaker/producer Pete Santa Maria.

Special thanks to Ásgeir Bollason for his help in shooting this wedding!

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Courtney + Chris : Lake Almanor Destination Wedding

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There are not enough superlatives to describe Courtney and Chris's Lake Almanor destination wedding.  From the family-owned 150-year-old barn at which the ceremony and reception took place to the most intricate of details (antlers!), it was an honor for me to document the wedding of such a truly special couple. We were pleased to work with power team of vendors:  Katy Higgins and her crew from Cosmopolitan Events flew up from Newport Beach to help transform a long-forgotten barn into a rustic oasis; Andrew and Paul from Paul Fenner Floral Designs did an amazing job with the floral and interior design, creating a look that was truly magical; DJ Mark Moreno provided nonstop tunes that kept the party rocking well into the wee hours of the morning; Brandon from Sound Image Entertainment did the lighting, creating an incredible ambiance so I could leave my remote strobes in the bag; Studio Light Room for the creative work on all the stationery; and the world-renowned filmmaker, Pete Santa Maria, got some great footage and will create an amazing story of the wedding (and thanks for the ride to the airport, bro).

Finally, thanks to my partner-in-crime, Lindsey Byrnes, for her incredible work.  Truly amazing as always.

Check out the lovely note Courtney and Chris left for me!