International Hillside Wedding in the Berkshires

My heart is so full. I just got home from photographing the wedding of a dear friend Toby and his fiancee from Germany.  This wedding ignited my passion for weddings even more.  It was a simple and intimate ceremony but set in a gorgeous location surrounded by friends and family. 

Toby had been living in Germany and I hadn't seen him in years.  I had never met his fiancee or his son, Liam, until the day of the wedding but that didn't stop me from tearing up during the ceremony! 

It was amazing to see how they had prepared so well for the moments ahead and chosen to keep it between family. They even set up FaceTime for her family in Germany to livestream the ceremony. They had their wedding bands made by local McTeigue & McClelland Jewelers.

You could tell by their smiles and the way they looked at each other that they are ready for a life together.  Those relationships are so beautiful.  It's exactly that kind of devotion to each other that makes me appreciate life and photograph weddings.  

I'm so happy I got to be a part of the day and not only did the rain hold off but Germany won their game to advance in the FIFA World Cup!


Cate Takes A Gamble

Cate and Jon met on the beach.  He was a lifeguard and she was returning a book to someone else when they started talking.  It was then that she took the gamble, but it was August 5th that they made it official.  Destiny brought her from her home state of Minnesota to sunny Santa Cruz while Jon grew up in California.  I was lucky enough to get to know them both at the beginning of their relationship and never questioned that they were meant for each other! 

One of the many amazing things about this union is not only the couple but the people by which they are surrounded.  They were lucky to have the wedding on the grounds of Horse & Heart where they live.  Horse & Heart is a fabulous organization lead by Cate's dear friend Lori Halliday.  They practice and teach Natural Horsemanship and have rescued many horses. I was so excited to photograph everyone in their natural habitat on the hill.  Having your wedding at your house is an incredible amount of work but also very convenient!  I was amazed to see how the ranch was transformed for the wedding.  

During the rehearsal we could see the breathtaking view of the Monterey Bay. The view of the bay was obscured by fog for the wedding but the sun was shining on the ceremony and the hilltop felt like a whole world of it's own.  

It was a gift to be able to be there for Cate and Jon as their photographer because I love them both and getting to meet their wonderful families and friends made it an epic day to remember.