Canyon Oaks Country Club Wedding With Shades of Mint & Slate

It all started with a splash! Marc and Christina met at the Durham Pool in 2010 and spent 3 summers working together - Christina as a lifeguard and swim instructor, and Marc in the after school program. Their love heated up during those warm summers and eventually, they were inseparable. These two continued to bond over their shared passion for CrossFit. Marc is a trainer and yes, Christina takes his classes. They love to call themselves “swolemates” and that couldn’t be closer to the truth. 

Marc proposed to Christina during a beautiful day in Upper Bidwell Park where he secretly tucked a new dog tag onto their pup, Obi’s collar. It read “Will you marry me?” and when Christina turned around, Marc was already on his knee. He didn't need to say anything else, and didn't really have a chance since Christina yelled "YES!" right away. When you know you know!

Shooting the photos for Christina and Marc’s wedding was a dream. The ceremony and reception appropriately took place at Canyon Oaks Country Club, with those same breathtaking views of picturesque Upper Bidwell Park. Vibrant foliage and pops of color used for the bouquets, boutineers and venue decor was the icing on the cake.  

Christina’s bridesmaids stood by her side in beautiful shades of mint and Marc’s groomsmen in handsome slate suits with mint bow ties. Walking down the aisle, Christina looked indescribably stunning and there was not a dry eye as Marc saw his bride to be for the first time. 

The celebration continued long into the night, with delicious food, donuts, Shubert’s ice cream and a group of joyous people excited to watch these two’s love story unfold. From first dance, to cutting the cake, it was clear that Chrstina and Marc were taking in and enjoying every new minute together as husband and wife. I feel so lucky to have met and been chosen to photograph the wedding of these two amazing people, who are truly made for one another. Cheers to the Mr. & Mrs. Macaluso! 

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Vendors:

Photographer: AVH Photography

Venue: Canyon Oaks Country Club

Cater: Canyon Oaks Country Club

Day of coordinator: Stephanie Le'Claire

Welcome Signage: Chalk Gypsy

Hair: Jessica Maybee - The Cutting Room

Makeup: Jen Nerren - Nurture Skin and Body

Dress: Rebecca Ingram

Bridal Boutique: Always Elegant Bridal

Jewelry: Olive and Piper

Bridesmaid dresses: Sorella Vita - Essence of Australia (Sea Mint, Sage, and Evergreen)

Groomsmen: Men's' Wearhouse rentals

Father of the bride: Formal Education

Rings: Julianne's Jewelry - Alli Babb

Florist: Cambray Rose Florist

DJ / Band: The Wedding DJ - Jackson

Cake: Lovely Layers Cakery

Icecream: Shuberts Ice Cream

Donuts The Donut Nook

Photobooth: Snapshots Photo Booth







Kelly and Cammeron's Romantic Wedding at Butte Creek Country Club

I had the extreme pleasure of being vendor-freinds with these two for some a long time. So I was very excited to get the call that they were engaged and wanted me to be their wedding photographer!



(This is a blog repost from Sac Brides Magazine)

Kelly was immediately attracted to Cammeron’s big beautiful smile, but it was his outgoing, loving and caring personality that really won her over. Her beautiful smile, she drew him in right away, and the warm sense of comfort and ease he felt when talking to her told him that she was the one! Still, it took a good eight years before Kelly and Cammeron finally tied the knot. Now they share a new home with their baby, a beautiful pit bull named Blue.

It was on the 4th of July last summer that Cammeron set up a little a game that resulted in a wedding proposal. Kelly found the first clue as she finished her morning coffee. “I was running around like crazy trying to figure out where he was. But little did I know, he wasn’t even at home! The last clue said “Get dressed and meet me at our spot,” which was the lake by our house where we had our first date. I hurried to get myself together and rushed over there, to find Cammeron and Blue were waiting. That was when asked me to spend forever with him and without hesitation, I said yes!” White marble, white and blush flowers, shades of biscotti, blush and gold and geometric shapes were combined to create a very tasteful and lovely look for this country club wedding. Guests were greeted with classy marble welcome signage and a grand marble seating chart, and the soft colors of linens and flowers combined for a look that was pure elegance. At the front entrance, guests were wowed by the venue’s staircase draped with flowing greens and added fresh flowers all the way from top to bottom. Then at the doors, a custom marble welcome sign and a canvas print of the couple. Custom marble signage seems like an item that would cost a fortune, but that's not actually the case. Kelly and Cammeron made various pieces themselves, including table numbers, bar menu & guestbook sign with custom created vinyl decals. What a great idea!

Cammeron’s mother, a professional florist, outdid herself in decorating the venue. White and blush garden roses, dahlias, white yaro, pink bridal protea, white anemone and jasmine were used for bouquets and decor florals, with an assortment of tall and short vases on the tables. And on the head table, a large floral arrangement in the center with greenery spread down the length of the table and draped down the front, and vases for the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Kelly was delighted, saying, “She truly made my vision come to life. It was breathtaking!”

The elegance continued with Kelly’s choice of the Vana gown by Maggie Sottero, from Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo. A beautiful design in ivory, with thin lace straps, deep open low back, long tulle and lace train with bead and lace detail all over, Vana has four separate layers of lace silk and tulle, each with a different pattern. “My dress was amazing and the color was perfect!” gushes Kelly, and the photos prove that she was right. Before the ceremony, Kelly blocked out some time to spend some alone with her dad. “It was really special to us both. He’s always been my biggest supporter and my best friend, and I’ll always be his baby girl!” Then it was time to get on with the big wonderful wedding.

A string quartet played “All Of Me” by John Legend as Kelly approached her groom, who felt his jitters melt away. “Once you see your bride walk down the isle, all your nerves disappear! It’s just you and her, and that’s all that matters!” Once she reached, the altar, “I finally got to look into my husbands eyes and hold his hands — it felt like a dream!” The couple exchanged vows under a hexagonal arch constructed by Cammeron, who assembled it to surprise Kelly while she was out of town. “When I returned, he had it set up for me in the yard! He knew how much I wanted it for the wedding!” The wedding truly had the feeling of a family affair, with Kelly’s uncle Larry officiating, and nieces and nephews performing flower girl snd ring bearer duties. Kelly’s favorite part of the day was seeing all the people who came to show their love and support. “We felt truly blessed!” she says. “We took a moment of silence to recognize the loved ones who couldn't be there with us. It was so special to my husband and I because we both recently lost people close to us. We had each of their pictures printed, and set on a chair in the front row of the ceremony so they could be there with us.”

The newlyweds made their grand entrance under a willow branch and silk flower arch from We Do Designs, who also provided linens and decor items. “I love Beauty and the Beast, so there was no doubt I wanted something grand and beautiful above the dance floor! We did green boxwood garlands along the bottoms of each chandelier with silk flowers attached, then We Do Designs worked their magic and draped each chandelier to add that extra touch. It was stunning!” Favors showed the personal touch, too. “My cousins have their own beehives, so I bought honey jars and lids, then after helping my cousin fill them with honey, we attached a honey dipper with blush ribbon then topped them off with custom tags made by my aunt. They were velvet 3D bee cutouts attached to a tag that said “Meant to Bee” with our names. They were so cute!” explains Kelly. Hand carved prime rib was on the menu, and for dessert, a beautiful marble cake, and black raspberry and root beer & sweet cream ice cream.

The time for the first dance followed by the father daughter dance which featured a special performance by the bride’s family and a surprise to her father - the bride’s three uncles played guitar and piano while brides cousin sang the song “Daddy” by Abby Anderson. “It was so hard to keep it a secret from my dad, but so worth it in the end! I’m his youngest and I’ve always been a daddy’s girl, so the songs lyrics were a perfect way to show him how I felt. It was a special moment for us both and we’ll cherish it forever!” Kelly says proudly. It’s safe to say that the wedding of Kelly and Cammeron was a day of wonderful memories for their entire families. And that’s what it’s all about.

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Setting aside some extra florals for your photos is always a good idea!

Setting aside some extra florals for your photos is always a good idea!

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Wedding Favor - Thank you gift

Wedding Favor - Thank you gift

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Hotel Diamond, Chico CA

Hotel Diamond, Chico CA

Hotel Diamond, Chico CA

Hotel Diamond, Chico CA

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Father & daughter, first look

Father & daughter, first look

Father & daughter, first look

Father & daughter, first look

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Photographer - AVH Photography - http://www.avh.photography/

Venue - Butte Creek Country Club http://www.buttecreekcountryclub.com/

Cake/Dessert - Cake by  Cinful Desserts https://cinfuldesserts.net/

Cake/Dessert  - Ice Cream by Shuberts Ice Cream and Candy https://shuberts.com/

Florist - Cambray Rose http://cambrayroseflorist.com/

Planner - Day of Coordination by CES events http://cesweddingsandevents.com/

Caterer - Butte Creek Country Club http://www.buttecreekcountryclub.com/

DJ/Music- Wedding DJ Company- Chris J. https://www.chicoweddingdj.com/

Rentals: WeDo Design https://www.wedodesigns.net/

Rentals: Lounge A GoGo https://www.facebook.com/vintagetrailerrental/

Wedding dress: WHITE by Vera Wang -David’s Bridal  https://www.verawang.com/

Bride Shoes: BellaBelles  https://www.bellabelleshoes.com/

Earnings: David Tutera https://www.davidtuteraembellish.com/ 

Hair: 77 West http://www.salon77west.com/

Makeup: Powder Room https://www.powderroombeauty.com/

Invitations - Bride

Men's attire - Calvin Klein-Men’s Warehouse

Bridesmaids -Dress color- Biscotti

Video: CYProductions

Centerville Estates Wedding Photos - Dakota & Catherine

These two choose Centerville Estates. It’s a wedding venue tucked up past the covered bridge that runs parallel to Butte Creek. Looking around it’s hard to believe you are just 20 minutes outside of Chico. The grounds are stunning, lush green vines & succulents meet cobble stone, all while nestled right next to the creek.

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Just wanted to take a moment to appreciate the ivory, browns and greens in this pallet.

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Catherine’s sister and maid or honor made all the floral pieces for Catherine & Dakota’s day! Personally I love DIY touches, and 100% appreciate someone who can do this.

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The first look

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Vendors

Photographer: AVH Photography

Venu: Centerville Estates

Hair: Brittney Ritchie

Makeup: Dani Peterson

DJ: The Wedding DJ

Rentals: A&J Party Center


Kendall & Griffin’s Boho Wedding

This wedding was located Griffin’s Family Vineyard in Sunol Ca. I’m so excited to share some highlights from this special day. These two are so incredibly genuine, anyone who was at this ceremony knows these two souls are a perfect match. Kendall’s Father & Brother built the stunning arches pictured in the first photo, Kendall said it best, “The hex arches my brother and dad built felt like a portal into my perfect world where love bursts at the seams”

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Kendall & Griffin’s Boho Wedding Details:
Venue: Nella Terra Cellars
Coordnator & Planning: Simply Lovely Events
Florist: The Bloom Barco
Beauty: Bay Area Beautiful
Entertainment: Fantasy Sound
Catering: On The Vine Catering
Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals