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Lucas&Vanessa'sRomanticRainyDayBenbowInnWedding

I have been dreaming of shooting a Benbow Inn Wedding ever since I started shooting weddings four years ago. There are two reasons for this. It is a gorgeous venue, and it is 5 minutes from my house. I was so happy when Lucas and Vanessa chose me as their wedding photographer. I was envisioning a beautiful, warm day full of sunshine which is typical here in Southern Humboldt. I kept checking the forecast for their wedding day, but the chance of rain just kept climbing until it reached 100%. I had been picturing their family gathered on the beautiful green lawn of the Benbow Inn with the bridge in the background, in the golden sunshine, followed by a romantic reception on the balcony under the starry sky. We like to make our plans, and then God likes to make his. Lucas and Vanessa took the rain in stride. They were down for anything! They had a vision of doing their first look beneath the majestic redwoods on the Avenue of the Giants. They didn’t let the rain stop their vision. I am so glad they chose to stick to the plan!

After the first look, we traveled back to Benbow for some bridal party portraits. This bridal party was down for anything and still had smiles on their faces despite the constant rain. Catrina Chavez of Above and Beyond Creations helped save the day with the vintage umbrellas which made for some romantic photographs.

After the bridal party formals Lucas and Vanessa said “I Do” in the quaint library of the Benbow Inn with a reception following upstairs. Their close family and friends traveled all the way from Central California to the middle of the United States to witness their vows and celebrate their love.

As their friends and family continued to celebrate, we snuck outside for some romantic sneak away shots which are my favorite. The rain still continued to bless their day, and we have some romantic and magical images to show for it!

We like to make our plans, and then God likes to make his. We can dream and plan all we want. But we can't control what happens in this life, all we can do is control how we react. It rained the entire wedding day of Lucas and Vanessa's wedding. But they took it in stride with each other by their side. I have 100% faith that this couple will be able to weather any storm that they face together.

Venue: Benbow Inn

Hair and Make up: Paige Paup and Calilyn Quinn Lyon

Sonya's Magical Benbow River Session

I have always loved going to the river ever since I was a kid. There is just something so relaxing about laying in the sand until you get hot and then jumping in to cool off. Listening to the sounds of kids happily shouting and laughing, and the sound of the birds chirping,and water splashing. I have been wanting to shoot a river session for a while, so I was stoked when Sonya wanted to do one! The session took place later in the evening in Southern Humboldt near the Benbow Inn. It gets up in the 100's in Garberville, so it was a great way to cool off after a long, hot day. The water temperature was actually pretty warm and enjoyable after the sun had been beating down on it all day. It was pretty windy for our session, but it made for some more dramatic photos. Thank you wind. : ) 

Meras Romantic Rosina Vineyards Wedding

It's Wedding Wednesday, and on today's blog I am featuring the gorgeous Meras wedding at Rosina Vineyards. Manny and Kelsey are two of the kindest, most down to earth and laid back people you will ever meet. I sometimes get a little nervous before shooting weddings, but with them I knew there would not be the usual stress of a wedding day. Everything unfolded perfectly. I have been learning in my life to just let go and let it unfold how it is supposed to and their wedding was a perfect reminder. You can stress all you want, but things are going to turn out the way they are going to, no matter how much time you spend ruminating on every little detail. So you might as well relax and enjoy the ride, and I enjoyed every minute of this beautiful wedding. Thank you Manny and Kelsey for asking me to capture your wedding! : ) 

Vendor Team: 

Venue: Rosina Vineyards

Flowers: Tranquility Lane Flower & Garden 

D.J.-D.J. Rundat 

Make up- Abby Josang Beauty 

Hair- Jessika Mulder 

Catering- Dorris and Daughter Catering Cafe 

Dress- Kleinfeld New York