The holidays are upon us, which means gatherings galore! We are having Thanksgiving at our place for the first time ever, and I am so very excited, because I simply love hosting. Zach and I have lots of wonderful things in store, and the emphasis is going to be something low-key, yet meaningful, and lovingly put together. Since he also has a lot of food allergies, we’re focusing on making a menu that is “Zach-friendly” (as we call it), while at the same time, putting together an atmosphere that is warm, cozy and inviting.
While planning for our Thanksgiving, I can’t help but recall the gatherings that I have been a part of this year. This year has definitely been the year of Friendsgivings, and I don’t blame anyone – who wouldn’t want to put on a beautiful gathering and bring people together for a shared meal? One of my favorites this year was definitely the one put on by Lonny Magazine x Shelter Co, which I was invited to by my friend Alicia. I’ve been following Lonny since they began and obsessing over Shelter Co’s tents, so it a huge treat for me to see this all in person. It was such a magical day that I’ve been keeping the feel of this event on the back of my mind, while we plan our own little Thanksgiving get-together. We have some fun projects in the works that will result from our little gathering too, which we’re very excited to share. In the meantime, we can just soak in the loveliness from this day. <3
The twinkling lights, tents and long table set up outside in the wild made for such a magical affair.
Some of my favorite elements for the table were their pomegranate decor, enamelware plates and bowls, and menu designs!
A craft tent was also put up, where we all made fun feather hangings to take home.
Salt Point provided the delicious meats (I still think about that yummy turkey chili)
And of course, one had to end the night with some cast iron apple pie, and a bonfire.
- Lonny’s post about this event
- Alicia’s write up from this day
- Some Friendsgiving tips from Hither & Thither (I became a fan of honeycomb that day!)
Here’s to hoping your holiday gatherings this year are inspired and wonderful!
The dreaminess. The pure dreaminess though.
These two celebrated their one year anniversary this week, so I thought it would apropo to share images from a post-wedding session we did together. I whipped up a flower crown & a bouquet, and we froliced in nature while taking photos all the while. :)
I still love doing post wedding sessions (several years ago, it was a “thing” to do what was called “trash the dress” sessions. Dresses weren’t really trashed, if anything, they actually came out cleaner, especially if they went into the water!), because it’s a really fun way to get unique & fun photos without the constraints of the wedding timeline (which can often be super tight and/or stressful). We can have more of a leisurely time getting some creative images in your wedding attire, and I mean, who doesn’t want to get dressed up again for fun? I know I totally would!
folsom lake, sacramento, california
One of the struggles I see people in trying to find a photographer, is trying to find someone who fits just right. I deeply believe in aligned values when working with someone as closely as you do with a photographer, so when Lyndie reached out about doing a shoot for her (at the time) upcoming blog, Be The Platform, and we had a virtual meeting, I knew that we would be a great fit together, and be able to create the images that she wanted! I actually love what she wrote on her blog:
“I had been searching for a photographer and hadn’t had any luck finding one with the specific style I wanted that would also be interested in working with us for the blog. I happened to find Susan Yee & En Pointe Photography while exploring on Instagram one weekend. As I stalked through all of her other photographs, blog and website.. yes I know this sounds creepy but I was on a hunt..I just fell in love with her style and the way her photos expressed personality, adventure and depth. When Susan agreed to take our photos I was so excited! The whole process was wonderful from her suggestions for a unique location to her instruction during the session. I could not be happier with our photos and I will treasure them forever!”
We chose Folsom Lake for its somewhat desert-y vibe, and with her husband and pup in tow, had ourselves a mini adventure!
San Francisco, California
One of the biggest benefits of moving back up to Sacramento has definitely been the proximity to San Francisco. With the ability to make a quick day trip into one of my favorite cities in the world is definitely a perk! On this particular trip, my dear friend Vanessa and I explored some new areas, and hit some of our favorite local spots.
Up at the crack of dawn, Vanessa and I drove into SF playing music that we inevitably ended up creating into a playlist for you to enjoy, while perusing the images. :)
Above is The Mill, who has probably the most amazing toast ever. Seriously! Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed!
We then wandered into The Perish Trust, which was only a few doors down, and browsed at all the lovely wares they had there. I wanted to take everything home!
We then hit up the Haight for some vintage shopping at Wasteland, where I snagged a cute slouchy sweater, and then some eats at Sparrow Kitchen & Bar. The most delicious huevos rancheros I ever had!
We then hit up The Mission District, and lounged at Delores Park, after indulging in some Bi-Rite ice cream! That was a definite must to round the whole day out. :)
Presidio Golf Course
San Francisco, California
She looks at him like he’s the light of her whole world, he looks at her like she is the sparkle in his eye. Erin & Scott were married on possibly the windiest day EVER (they couldn’t even keep the ceremony arch or any flowers up!), but that didn’t dampen the joy, love, and magic from that day. Set under the magic canopy of Presidio Park in San Francisco, these two said their vows & proclaimed their love.
Wedding Coordination: Lisa McNichol …and something blue! | Florals: The Floral Loft | Cake: The Cake Maker | DJ: Shawn Storm Productions | Bridal Hair: Blo Union Street | Makeup: Jane Tran | Bridal Gown: Bridal Image | Tuxes: The Black Tux