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Dog Photography by Rahel Menig Photography

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A good friend of mine has recently lost their sweet darling cat and blogged about how important it is to take photos. Of people we love, places we visit, ourselves and our furry kids. I couldn’t be more guilty of this. In the everyday I completely forget to pick up the camera and document life. At least not enough. And Leya, our mischievous little one (ahem… BIG one!) is not exactly what you call a camera hog. She is just about the most un-photogenic character there is. A close second right after me. Must run in the family. So the other day I decided to take her to the beach. And make an effort in capturing her, at almost two years old. Enjoy ♥

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Please please please, oh pretty please, take photos! Document your life. Have pictures taken of your family, including you. There might not be a later, you just never know. A couple days before we lost our Dexter (the cat) I had taken a few snapshots of him. I must have sensed something was up. These images are so precious to me now that he’s gone. Let’s make an effort and capture our lives!

xoxo, Rahel ♥

Golden Gate Club San Francisco Wedding Photographer Presidio

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What an amazing day we had at Caitlin & Alex’ beautiful Golden Gate Club wedding! So I already love the Presidio, but this venue, ahhh-mazing! But let’s start at the beginning. It was so wonderful working with these two, well, because they’re madly in love and a perfect match, for one, but also because working with the same family multiple times is so precious to me. Two years ago I photographed the bride’s sister Lauren as she tied the knot with Nick. And there’s something so special when you enter a room and you feel like coming home. My favorite highlights of their wonderful day were the vows they exchanged. I wish I could share a recording, but the way they looked at each other while reading these emotional lines – just lovely. And of course the romantics. The heavens opened up just in time to give us some beautiful rays of sunshine. We sure appreciated that. Enjoy ♥

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VENUES Inn at the Presidio, Presidio Chapel & Golden Gate Club | WEDDING DRESS Paper & Petals Bridal | BRIDAL SHOES Jimmy Choo | MAKE UP Jessica Hontalas | HAIR Courtney with Secret Agent Salon | COORDINATOR Ashley of Toast Catering | FLORIST Poppy’s Petalworks | DJ Verducci Entertainment | CAKE The Cake Maker | CATERING Toast Catering

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Caitlin & Alex, thank you so much for having us celebrate with you! It was an honor capturing your moments and we wish you a wonderful time in Greece!!

xoxo, Rahel ♥

…Adrian & I got married. It doesn’t feel like five years, but looking at our wedding pictures, I can see how we’ve changed. Grown old together. Matured. Marriage is an amazing thing. It gives us the opportunity to purify, to become a diamond, rather than just an ugly little rock. I can wholeheartedly say that I’m falling in love with this guy more and more each day. He’s become my rock, my biggest fan and my very best friend.

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See the ‘cake’ we’re feeding each other? That was my take on a DIY ricecrispy three tier cake! Such fun!

May the adventures never stop and the journey always be exciting! (and I mean that rather literally, as we’re road trippin’ in Oregon to celebrate this milestone ♥ )

xoxo, Rahel ♥

The month of April was filled with getting back to my creativity. I sewed a whole entire (lap) quilt in under half a day! New pillow cases were made in a pretty, grown up color palette consisting of soft pinks, gorgeous royal blues and different tones of dark grey. Love! I got to work on an amazing project at Holman Ranch – my new favorite wedding venue in Carmel Valley. OMG, you guys, it is a dream up there!!

Oh, and not to forget, I spent a lot of time in my little veggie garden, adding more containers to double up the production space and getting my summer crop ready. Big thanks to the Mr. for schlepping in new dirt, compost and adding an automated watering system! Enjoy ♥

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Carmel Valley Wedding Photographer

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1 The lap quilt was a whim idea and I had nothing other than a simple sketch that came to me while spending some time on Pinterest. // 2 My gorgeous friend Michaela in a Ju.Lee Chic dress, wearing a flower crown by Fionna Floral at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley // 3 Getting ready for an album meeting is something I love! Each time I make a little homemade snack – this time a favorite from my childhood…

4 Amanda & Eric got married and it was an honor to celebrate with them! // 5 This little guy survived the winter and is ready to bloom once again! // 6 After getting Katie & Kris’ wedding prints, I felt inspired to play around a little… This new thing, giving away prints, is really getting me so excited every time I send out a package now!

7 A good day is… when you get a print order from your favorite lab! // 8 Aren’t these lovely? // 9 My veggie garden might look a little ghetto at this point, but having buckets is sooo convenient and fun! Plus, no gophers can eat your crop! BIG plus.

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xoxo, Rahel ♥

Rahel Menig Photography on the Little Black Book of Style Me Pretty.

Today I’ve got some pretty amazing news! I’m so proud and excited to announce that I’m a Little Black Book Member for 2015!! Whoohoo! Such an honor!

Maybe I should explain. The Little Black Book is a vendor guide by the much loved Style Me Pretty wedding blog. Unlike most wedding guides applicants go through a rigorous process and must be approved by other industry pros to become members. First by a vetting team of 20ish photographers, where you need to get a 100% yes, and secondly a phone interview by one of the awesome SMP representatives. It was pretty darn intimidating to say the least and more than once I thought to myself ‘They’ll never take me!’

This is such a big deal for my company and I’m super stoked to have gotten this opportunity ♥

Thanks so much to the SMP team – I couldn’t be more thrilled!!

xoxo, Rahel ♥