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One of the biggest excuses I hear from women for not scheduling their boudoir sessions is that they are not happy with their bodies. I made it a point to emphasize that my boudoir marathon weekend would include ladies of all sizes who wanted to spice things up for their partner. I have to stop here and say that I have received some very nice messages from some VERY happy husbands. Ladies, they love the pictures, I assure you.

My job is to focus less on details and areas of the body that my client likes the least, and maximize those that are best to showcase. Lauren spelled out for me the concerns she had about her body. She revealed to me what areas she and her husband loved the most. Together, Lauren and I came up with a session full of hotness for her and her husband to enjoy.

Boudoir is about dressing up, letting loose, and stepping out of your daily roles in order to focus on YOU. Lauren is a mommy, a wife, a sister, friend… She works hard to take care of her family’s needs and neglects her own if necessary. For a couple of hours, Lauren instead focused on feeling beautiful. Enjoy her results!

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Part two of this couple’s fabulous DIY shindig. Might I add a couple of tips for prospective brides?

One, if the bride and groom are on the dance floor, the wedding guests will be too. Note this in the images below, in which Liz and Keith amp up their guests by shakin’ it like crazy themselves.

Two, if your photographer offers the chance for “Golden Hour” portraits during the ceremony, TAKE IT!!! (Thank you Aimee Fredy!)

Three, if you feel the need to have your guests join you in singing Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of your lungs, go for it! This couple is going to look back on their lively reception with no regrets. The pictures say it all!

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This is part of the reason I love these two!

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The awesome bride and I:
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It is very important that I give credit to Aimee Fredy of White Daisy Photography for all her support on this day. Without Aimee, many of the above images would not exist or even be possible.

I am sure that Liz would like to thank quite a few people, but I will do my best to mention a few. I know that Foster McManus, Sharon Wonder, Dianna DeLashmutt, Paul McManus, Jeff and Joe (in charge of music in the next post) and SO MANY OTHERS contributed to making this day happen. Other than that, here are the basics:

Ceremony and reception location: Crawford’s Barn, Sacramento, California

Catering: Hannibal’s

Cake and dessert bar: DIY – Liz, family and friends

Centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres: DIY – Liz, family and friends

DJ: Playlist designed by Liz and Keith, played by friends Jeff and Joe

Bridal Dress: The Collective Bride, Yuba City

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Chosen individually by each bridesmaid

Hair: Ashleigh at Details Salon in Sacramento

Makeup: Mandie Jackson

Tuxes: Keith’s suit purchased at indochino.com, groomsmen provided suits of their own

Officiant: Liz’s father, Mike

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The story of Liz and Keith’s wedding day is told by me in vivid, detailed images. The story of how they met and their proposal, however, will have to be paraphrased from their wedding website. It goes something like this…

Keith recalled that the first time he laid eyes on Liz, she was onstage at The Acting Company’s show “Into the Woods”. Liz played the role of Cinderella, and Keith remembered wondering, “Wow. Who’s that?” A few months later, Keith was given the opportunity to find out. It turns out that the pair were cast opposite each other in The Acting Company’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors”. In Keith’s own words: “The first day she arrived at the playhouse, I was outside the front entrance with friends. She rolled in on her favorite cruiser bicycle, her brilliant smile flashing. Her beautiful, kind eyes fell on mine and my heart fell completely for hers.”

Wow, Keith. Making a few girls jealous right about now, I’m sure!

Again, I am going to quote this sweet groom’s words about his proposal to Liz:
“By the beginning of March, 2010 (Liz and I had been dating just over six months), I was sure of two things regarding Liz: One, I’m spending the rest of my life with this woman. And two, the day the big question is uncorked will be a day neither of us would forget… On the eve of her twenty sixth birthday, I took her down to the foot of ‘the eighth wonder of the world’, Burney Falls, and, after she had opened her first two presents, I opted to open the last. The ring was wrapped, and safely hidden inside a gift bag so there would be no clues to ruin this moment I had worked so hard for. I knelt to one knee (’cause I’m a true sap at heart), recited my rehearsed line, and let the question fly…

… And, with the sun peaking over the top of the ridge to cast a few moments of sunset for my stage, she smiled. And laughed. And cried. And she said, ‘Yes!’”

As an extended family member of Keith’s, this couple and their special day meant a lot for me. I watched Keith change after meeting Liz, and I loved the person he had chosen. This bride has a beautiful soul to go along with those gorgeous eyes and the brilliant smile Keith referred to in his story. I loved watching Liz’s excitement as she witnessed all of her planning and hard work come together. Even on a tight budget, the details complimented each other so perfectly. Liz splurged where it was important and cut back where necessary. She is the ultimate Do-It-Yourself bride on a budget, and proved to all of us that an amazing wedding can truly be pulled off with enough inspiration and help from friends and family.

On to part one of Elizabeth and Keith’s day…

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The view from Liz’s window. The skies threatened to let loose all day, eventually settling with a few “good luck” sprinkles during formals. Thank goodness!
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SO beautiful.
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Liz and Keith opted for a first look in order to make the best use of their time during the tight wedding day schedule. I want to take this opportunity to point out that typically, the schedule would allow us to spend more time with the groom as he is getting ready. Unfortunately, it did not work out that way during this event.
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It is very important that I first give credit to Aimee Fredy of White Daisy Photography for all her support on this day. Without Aimee, many of the above images would not exist or even be possible.

I am sure that Liz would like to thank quite a few people, but I will do my best to mention a few. I know that Foster McManus, Sharon Wonder, Dianna DeLashmutt, Paul McManus, Jeff and Joe (in charge of music in the next post) and SO MANY OTHERS contributed to making this day happen. Other than that, here are the basics:

Ceremony and reception location: Crawford’s Barn, Sacramento, California

Catering: Hannibal’s

Cake and dessert bar: DIY – Liz, family and friends

Centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres: DIY – Liz, family and friends

DJ: Playlist designed by Liz and Keith, played by friends Jeff and Joe

Bridal Dress: The Collective Bride, Yuba City

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Chosen individually by each bridesmaid

Hair: Ashleigh at Details Salon in Sacramento

Makeup: Mandie Jackson

Tuxes: Keith’s suit purchased at indochino.com, groomsmen provided suits of their own

Officiant: Liz’s father, Mike

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Here is a little look at why I am so head-over-heels with this wedding so far. And this is just the beginning! I seriously can. NOT. WAIT!!!

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This sweet family was referred to me by my best friend. Vinny and Jenny have 2 1/2-year-old twins, and they were so adorable… But Emily and Jillian made me work for my shots! Here are a few to hold them over until I can finish their package.

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Let me emphasize that this is ONLY a small peek at the deliciousness that was Andrea and Fred’s shindig. You could say that these 22 pictures are just a handful of my favorites, and a rather large post will follow soon. Thank you again, Andrea and Fred – you have blessed me by placing your trust in me for capturing your special day.

For me, this day was truly memorable.

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I was convinced that Melissa and Jonathan were expecting a little girl, and so were many of their friends and family. Melissa, however, thought all along that it felt like a boy. Turns out mommy knows best – Logan James was born August 21st, less than two weeks after this session took place.

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This post is a good example of how sessions go when toddlers are involved – they have a very limited attention span and pictures go according to their schedule, not ours. Little Lance was a SUPER cutie:
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But I am sure that many parents can relate to THIS, especially on picture day!
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So we let Lance relax and do his own thing for a while…
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Lance soon decided that pictures might not be SO bad:
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Jonathan and Melissa are so sweet together!
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And then our session completely changed direction with the appearance of an unexpected guest. With the introduction of this little guy, Lance became instantly animated:
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Congrats to Melissa, Jonathan, and Lance! I hope you are enjoying your sweet new little boy!

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