- posted by Jennifer
- One of my fave little tidbits from Donna and Michael's love story is the story of their first date. Michael picked Donna up for their first date as any good gentleman would. They grabbed lunch and decided to keep the date going a little longer and after lunch, they continued onto a coffee shop. Even though it was January and pretty cold out, they decided to sit outside and ended up seeing this beautiful rainbow that had come out on that cold day. They both decided that it must be a very good omen. And as they say.... the rest is history. Michael and Donna became an item.
Donna and Michael were married last month at Wine and Rose in Lodi, California. The Memory Journalists were so lucky to be there and be a part of this wonderful couples' big day! Teresa and I started with Donna and the girls getting ready at her family home.
Wine and Roses is located at:
2505 W Turner Road
Lodi, California 95242
- Donna's hair stylist, Amithyst Boutique Salon, created some unique hair pieces for the bride and the girls. They were really gorgeous! Donna's hair looked amazing! She has great hair anyway but her wedding day hair was truly stunning. Donna, you made such a beautiful bride!
- Teresa found the best place in the hallway, of all places, to take some fabulous dress photos.
- And I love looking around to find some personal family touches to use for ring shots.
- Chris, of Big Bang Event Design, was the floral designer for Donna and Michael. I'm a huge fan of the flower balls for flower girls to hold. How seriously cute is this orange and pink flower ball?!?
- Their wedding party included several cutie pies. Teresa was able to get smiles out of each and every one of them. They were all so good and so happy to be a part of the day. They made seriously the most adorable wedding party!
- The colors of the flowers, the girls dresses, and the guys suits were fabulous color choices for a nice early summer wedding. When Donna told us the colors they had chosen in our consultation, we were really excited. You know how I feel about bright colors. Don't they look great?!
- We were able to take a few bridal portraits outside before we headed over to Wine and Roses. I just love this photo of Donna! She was so relaxed which brought out her natural beauty.
- Photographing the guys was super fun. And Michael was full of smiles.
- Big Bang Event Design created a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony.
- The Wine and Roses Ballroom was just as spectacular. I love the use of butterflies inside the vases.
- The ceremony started just as the sun hit that wonderful light.
- I love capturing the moments of laughter during the ceremony and the exchange of vows. You know it's a great match when the bride and groom can laugh and joke during their ceremony! It makes me smile every time.
- Kevin Brown was the officiant. I love hearing Kevin's services. He keeps it so real and I think all the guests really enjoy it.
- After family photos, we spent some time with the newlyweds. This is one of my favorites.
- After spending the day with Donna and Michael, their families and friends, it's apparent that the relationships that they have are based on love and laughs. I think Donna and Michael have the best examples surrounding them.
- Michael is a Yankee's fan, could you guess? This groom's cake was a one of kind masterpiece....down to the little people in the stands.
- Elite Entertainment was the DJ for the evening. And I have to say he had a few tricks up his sleeve to get the entire crowd, including all the kids, onto the dance floor.
- The photo-booth, also by Elite Entertainment, was a hit. Donna and Michael were styling! Be sure to watch more of this super fun wedding by clicking the below image to start our extended sneak peak slide-show.
- posted by Jennifer
- I love our Farmer's Market in Folsom on Fridays. (say that fast 5 times!) They have such a wide variety of vendors. Last year I fell in the love with the "cheese lady" and Gringo Salsa. This year, Susan, owner of the Pasta Queen, comes with fresh pasta and sauces. Over Father's Day, as I had gone to Nevada to visit family, I made sure to place a special order for myself and my sister. The Portobella Mushroom Ravioli is to DIE for, and the Arrabbiata was so delicious!
If you get a chance, you should check out the Pasta Queen. And be sure to check out her new logo!
- posted by Jennifer
- This week's topic is one I am proud to say I practice as much as I preach! You can check out our other Health and Wellness posts on our blog.
Take a walk, folks! Yes, that's right, taking a walk can dramatically improve your health. According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, walking can trim your waistline, help lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of or manage type 2 Diabetes, manage your weight, reduce your bad cholesterol, improve your good cholesterol and your mood as well as help you stay strong and fit!
My favorite advice to share with people who are trying to start an exercise regime is to begin with a routine of brisk walking. The Mayo Clinic agrees. Research shows that regular, brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart attack by the same amount as more vigorous exercise, such as jogging. How great is that!?!
- Another way I like to encourage people to walk is to remind folks with dogs that taking a walk is a great way for people and pets to get their exercise. A tired dog is a good dog and my favorite way to start my day is by taking my dog, Louie on a nice long walk. He loves it and I can feel the joy coming from him on these walks.
Taking long walks with friends is a great way to catch up and stay in touch with folks you may not see often enough. Exercising together is a great way to bond too so grab a friend, your spouse or your kids and take a walk!
- Another study posted by the Department of Cambridge Community Development states that a recent Harvard study shows that walking at a moderate pace (3 mph) for up to 3 hours a week or 30 minutes a day can cut the risk of heart disease in women by as much as 40%. That is an easy pace to start. I can easily walk 4 mph without even trying. That's a 15-minute walking mile. Check out the study here for more information on how many calories you can burn at what pace and for how long. Along with its benefits to the heart, walking also improves circulation, helps breathing, combats depression, bolsters the immune system and helps prevent osteoporosis.
Seriously, are you putting on your walking shoes or what?!?!
- Please note: Carie Fisher is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 30+ years, has much information to share on these topics!
- posted by Jennifer
- Here is our next installment of Photo of the Week. This first month I'm going to go down the path of Before and After photo examples. Mostly because I'm in the middle of working on many weddings.
As a photographer it's important to know how to avoid losing details in photos. There are times when it's not as important to see everything in a photo, such as the shutters in the window as in last week's Photo of the Week example, but it's important to not lose the details that count. Such as details in the white dress, in facial expressions, etc. We don't want to "blow out" whites or the blacks if at all possible. As professional photographers, we often have to understand when it's best to under-expose an image or over-expose on image on purpose. And, to then post process in such a way to bring out the best in each photo.
This wedding photo of Donna was taken at ISO 400 using a fixed prime 50mm lens at f-stop 2.8, shutter at 1/1000.
- And not to leave Michael out, here is another wedding photo ISO again was at 400. We were still using our fixed 50mm prime lens. This time f-stop was at 1.4 and shutter at 1/2000.
Another reason for under-exposing such a photo (at least our very specific reason) is so that we don't lose the details in the ring. This might seem silly but it's an important part of this particular story.
- posted by Carie
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