My husband and I visited Mendocino for our wedding anniversary this year, and I’m not going to lie, I wanted to go mainly because it’s the fictional town of Cabot Cove in Murder She Wrote. I am an unashamed fan of this show and Angela Lansbury. It’s a tiny village and I felt so giddy walking around, recognizing views and buildings from the the show. I walked past J.B. Fletcher’s house so many times. Every time I did, I recalled living in a historic house in Salem, MA. Not just any old historic house, but the one that Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlett Letter in. Hy husband and I used to giggle a little at the tourists who would peer in our windows…like they might see Hawthorne writing away. Well, at least he was real. Here I was wanting to see a fictional character walk out of this house and tend her roses. It’s an impressive house though, and I was not too embarrassed to stand in front of the gate for a quick photo. I can understand the fascination people have with this village. The power lines are all buried underground, and it feels a little bit like you’ve stepped back in time and over to the east coast when you walk past the houses. There is definitely an air of New England about it, and walking home from dinner the last night it felt like we were back in Salem. Perhaps it was the wine. Between the fog, the textures, and the era I felt I was in, it only seemed appropriate to shoot black and white.
This summer I had the pleasure of photographing Edan Lepucki around her writing studio in Albany. Her novel, California, reached #3 on the New York Times Best Sellers list in July, just a couple months before we met up for her shoot. These are some of my favorites from our session in the garden outside her studio. Check out Edan’s full feature over at Career Contessa to read her interview!
Heidi and Mark hosted a super laid back wedding at Crooked Vine Winery in Livermore this summer. Mark loves working on cars and the venue has an awesome old Chevy pick-up and Ford tractor on the property, so it seemed fitting keep with the theme. Mark made the table markers, which were all manufacturer logos removed from classic cars. Heidi kept the table florals bright, but opted for a more muted and cool color palette for the bouquets and boutonnieres to coordinate with the blue bridesmaids dresses. The guys wore Converse to keep with the relaxed vibe Heidi and Mark wanted throughout the day. Heidi even wore flip flops the whole day (smartest bride EVER)! I also loved their guest book. They work together at a stone and tile design business, and thought it would be nice to have guests sign smooth stones collected in a tall cylinder vase. They chose to have a first look and I have to say, Mark was still filled with emotion when his bride walked down the aisle. A lot of couples worry that if they see each other before the ceremony, then the moment when the bride walks down the aisle will not be as emotional. It’s never less emotional. Having seen each other before the ceremony will never prepare you for how you will feel when the processional begins. It just takes away some of the jitters making you more comfortable for the ceremony. Special thanks to Jessica Layton for second shooting this wedding with me…congratulations again Heidi and Mark!