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When I planned my wedding I was a stress ball case. I wanted everything to be perfect and wanted to please everyone. I had no idea what I was doing and looking back now would do so many things differently now that I have been in the wedding industry. Here are a couple of my […]

Liana won my giveaway couples session last month. From the moment I first wrote her, it was like we had known each other for years. We talked about food we loved and of course how much we loved Mendocino county. Ryan and Liana own an amazing property in Elk so of course had to do […]

Another year another valentines day. I feel like we all have a love hate relationship with this holiday. Who doesn’t love an excuse to indulge on chocolates, cards, flowers, and jewelry. But again why is everything so expensive around this holiday? A dozen roses at the grocery store cost almost as much as the downpayment […]

I am a foodie and a home chef in training so I partnered with one amazing chef & friend, Mimo, to create how to cook a 3 course restaurant worthy meal at home. Here is her story and her recipes. “Growing up in a small village in Ethiopia, I was always around fresh farm produce. […]

I have always loved Occidental, California. We grew up going to Howards for brunch for birthday celebrations and for dinner Occidental union hotel. My sister even got married in the redwood grove out in occidental, California and had her reception at Occidental Union Hotel (P.S. There food is unreal try the bruschetta you will not […]

Over the years I have helped quite a few brides elope. I understand that planning can be stressful so I offer help to my couples. I offer to help them find an airbnb, florist, spot for ceremony/reception and for some I have even helped with places to find their dresses and what to cook for […]

For a day that was supposed to be rainy for their Point Reyes engagement session, it sure turned out to be beautiful. We pranced in the meadows, chased the sunset and walked over a lot of dunes by the sea. It may have been super windy but man it was so stunning. The waves on […]

This was such a fun session! The rain held off and we were left with some amazing clouds and diffused light. The snow capped mountains were also the perfect background for this session. These two, as well as I, were in awe of the majestic look of the windmills meeting the sand dunes. These two […]

You know when you hear a story and your heart cannot stop thinking about it. That was this couples story. They have gone through a lot and persevered despite it all. They wanted a magical Joshua Tree wedding and did not how it would exactly work so I helped them plan one amazing day with […]

First of all Abi Q Photography works magic. We are in awe of our Contreras family pictures. We used her picture of Mendocino for our wedding invite and framed it. She sees things other people do not and has a way to make every moment look magical. Okay I could go on and on but […]

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