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Sacramento Wedding Photographer: Dawn Ranch Lodge Wedding

It’s about two months away from my first wedding of 2012, so I thought I’d blog about some of the amazing opportunities I have to work with other talented photographers.  On this occasion I got to work with one of my dearest friends:  Fiona Sarn.  This particular wedding was one of my favorites of the year.  It took place at  Dawn Ranch just outside the town of Guerneville, CA.  The property  has rows and rows of adorable little white cabins along with a variety of apple trees.  The couple infused so much of their personal style into their wedding:  live blue grass music, signature drinks, amazing cajun inspired food, and crazy, good love.  It was one of the most unique and fun events I’ve ever had the honor to photograph.  Here are some of my favorites of the day.

Seriously cute shoes.  They fit the brides unique, fun style perfectly.

I loved the loose, wild flower style of the flowers.  They looked relaxed and effortless.  Perfectly suited for this wedding.

Getting ready.

The first time the father of the bride saw his little girl.  I love this image!

Aren’t these the cutest bridesmaids gowns ever?  I love the color and style.  Relaxed yet elegant.

Gorgeous bride.

Guys being guys:  totally irreverent and rambunctious just minutes before the ceremony.

I love the grooms reaction to seeing his bride walking towards him.

This is what pure happiness looks like.

Amazing readings during the ceremony.

The vows.

The rings.

The kiss.


A few details.

When assisting another photographer, it’s my job to get great candid expressions from another point of view during the portrait session.  Love these.

Always my favorite part of the day, the toasts.  Capturing emotional, candid moments like this is what I live for!!

The bride’s dad’s toast was so heartfelt.  I had a hard time holding back the tears.

The groom surprised the bride by serenading her with the blue grass band, Hot Buttered Rum.  Everyone was blown away!  Especially the bride.

First dance.

Thanks again to Fiona for inviting me to help document one of the most beautiful, unique, and FUN weddings ever.  It was an experience I won’t soon forget.

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  • Fiona - As always, your work is amazing. What a fun day that was and I can not wait for the next time we work together too!

  • lisa - stunning images..beautifully captured. love the bokeh in most of those shots. sooo stunning. how fun to have an all natural light wedding. photogs dream! great job!

  • Donna Beck - Love, love, love this! Beautiful pictures, you can totally feel all the love and emotion! Awesome as always Wendy!

  • Shannon/Flourish - What a beautiful wedding that you captured perfectly!

  • Jon M Photography - This is the first time I have run accross your website and I just wanted to tell you, you have some great work. I really enjoy the rich colors in your pictures and the composition. Congrats and keep it up, Im sure you are enjoying the success of your great work.


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