Canada Winter Wonderland Road Trip

It took me just a little over half a year to finally sort through and edit the photos of our Canada winter wonderland road trip. I knew it would be rough to see all the beautiful landscapes, the snow, the memories of the most amazing vacation ever. You have to know, snow is my element. Snow makes me so happy. It’s peace and tranquility, the cozy feeling of falling snowflakes, the crunching sound when walking on it…. Love.

On my other blog Happy Unicorns you can discover more of our winter adventure ♥

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xoxo, Rahel ♥

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Garden Wedding Shoot at Sand Rock Farm in Santa Cruz

I recently had the pleasure to collaborate with some of the Monterey Bay’s finest wedding vendors on this dreamy Garden Wedding Styled Shoot. Gavita Flora, who designed the event, were inspired by the 2014 Pantone Colors and took it to the next level with adding beautifully feminine details that make this wedding shoot oh so romantic & dreamy.

Find the full feature on the Wedding Chicks! Enjoy ♥

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This was a Styled Shoot Collaboration with a dream team of wedding vendors from the Santa Cruz area! Everyone did such an amazing job, right?

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Photography – Rahel Menig Photography

Floral & Event Design – Gavita Flora

Venue – Sand Rock Farm

Invites & Paper Goods – Waldo Press

Hair & Makeup – Kelly Jones

Cake – Pure Bliss Baking Co.

Event Rentals – Classic Party Rentals

Fine Furnishings – Warmth Company

Wedding Dress – Watters

Bridal Salon – Trudy’s Brides

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xoxo, Rahel ♥

 

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Wedding Day Tips & Tricks // the First Look

What is it?

Do you already know what the mysterious First Look is? The First Look is wedding slang for seeing each other before the ceremony. The photographer arranges the Bride & Groom in a perfect way to capture the emotions that unfold when the wedding couple sees each other for the very first time that day.

Generally speaking, the Groom is waiting in a pretty spot, facing away from where the Bride will come from. The Bride then walks up to him and our happy Groom gets to see his beautiful (almost) wife in her stunning white dress. Tadaaaa ♥

How does it change the Timeline?

The First Look is definitely a huge game changer when planning your Big Day. If you opt to do a First Look we can add much more photography time into your day. We get to do a whole lot of Romantic photos of just you two, right after the First Look. Then we can plan to get all of your Bridal Party group shots done as well. This allows you to spend much more time with your guests at Cocktail Hour, because without a First Look, we have to do all of the group shots immediately following the ceremony.

It lengthens the day by about two hours which in return makes the day so much more relaxed for everyone involved. Plus – you will be much less nervous when walking down the aisle!

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To give you a more visual example I drafted two timelines of a possible wedding day. We’ll pretend that all three parts (Getting Ready, Ceremony & Reception) take place at the same location. To begin with, here a timeline without the First Look.

2:00 Getting Ready & Detail Shots

4:00 Ceremony

4:30 Cocktail Hour & ALL Group Shots (these take between 20-50min)

 

And here is a timeline with the First Look. See the difference and how much more relaxed the day will be?

12:00 Getting Ready & Detail Shots

2:00 First Look followed by B&G Romantics

3:00 Bridal Party Photos

3:45 Freshening Up before the Ceremony

4:00 Ceremony

4:30 Cocktail Hour & Family Group Shots (between 15-30min

 

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What do you think? Are you going to do a First Look on your wedding day?

xoxo, Rahel ♥

 

 

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Casa Real in Livermore Wedding Photographer // Kayla & Brad

What a glorious day it was, celebrating with Kayla & Brad! So happy we had just about the most amazing sunset for their romantic photos! Enjoy their beautiful wedding story ♥

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Wedding Dress- J’aime Bridal
Florist- Diana Vigil
DJ/Band – Rob from Amos Productions
Videographer – Steven Martinez – Nor Cal Filmworks
Food – Casa Real
Venue – Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

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