01 Real Weddings
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As 2011 comes to an end, I’ve realized one of the signature features in a wedding collection by Jennifer Williams Photography is the freedom for a couple to express themselves. Whether it be a motorcyle or a Bentley, a princess ball gown or an elegant J-Crew dress, a tux or a guayabera shirt, a taco truck at a beautiful estate or a three course meal in a barn... no two weddings were the same. Yet, each one was splendidly and uniquely “them.” These are the weddings I love to capture. Weddings that are full of thoughtful details, meaningful moments and real people in love. I’m not quite sure how I have gone about attracting such a versatile array of couples, but I certainly hope it continues. This year almost seems like dream, and I am so very grateful to be part of each and everyone of these weddings. On the cover: It would be impossible for me to select a favorite wedding this year. However, there was one wedding that continually surfaced as inspiration. This wedding also happened to be our first wedding of the year. On January 15, 2011, Denys married Matt at the Springville Ranch. It was featured on the wedding inspiration blog, The Loveliest Day. It has since re-surfaced on Jet Fete for burlap inspiration and again on Sparkle and Hay for rustic chic inspiration. The details Denys and Matt incorporated into their wedding day are certainly worthy of being shared. The wedding was stunning, but most importantly, it was personal. One only needs to sit down with Denys and Matt for ten minutes to realize their wedding was perfect for them. For this reason, when it came time to design the 2011 Wedding Magazine, Denys and Matt seemed like a perfect choice for this year’s cover.
Photo by Jessica Frey
Denys & Matt 1-15-11 Springville Ranch Bride Style: Denys wore a gorgeous and unique hair accessory to complete her look by Jennifer Behr www.jenniferbehr.com Featured on: The Loveliest Day Sparkle & Hay Jet Fete
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Michelle & Brian 3-26-11 Bakersfield, CA
What is a wedding without the people you love? When it comes time to marry that person you love, you also want to be surrounded by the love of family and friends. Michelle and Brian understood this completely, and planned an intimate country chic celebration set in their very own backyard.
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Kyle & Michael 4-16-11 Wayfarers Chapel San Pedro, CA In 2008 Kyle and Michael were brought together by fate. It wasn’t long before they were seeing “fireworks.” It was love and they have been together since. Featured on: So You’re EnGAYged
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Kassee & Aaron 4-30-11 Hollywood, CA Location, Location: A photography studio can be a perfect wedding venue. Kassee and Aaron chose Siren Studios, complete with a view of the Hollywood sign. Featured on: The Knotty Bride
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Mandy & JR 5-7-11 Bakersfield, CA
At a beautiful ranch style estate, two very special people with lots of special friends said “I do.” Mandy and JR have a beautiful love story and their vows didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.
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Mayra & Josh 5-7-11 Bakersfield, CA
Bride Style: Her dress was gorgeous, and along with the beautiful veil and shoes, her number one accessory for the day was that smile!
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Sarah & Dennis 5-19-11 Walnut Grove: Moorpark, CA Wedding Trend: Photo booths are a fun way to get photos of your guests, while also providing a wedding favor and entertainment. Featured on: The Sweetest Occasion
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Monica & Clayton 6-18-11 Bakersfield, CA First Look: Make your first look a personal moment in your wedding. Clayton road to Monica on his motorcycle, and made quite the first impression on his bride.
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Krista & Joshua 6-25-11 Disneyland Hotel, CA
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Imagine the joy of any wedding day, add the Disneyland experience and you get a wedding right out of a fairy tale. Krista looked like a real life princess and Joshua was her prince charming.
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Megan & Jason 7-3-11 New Braunfels, Texas
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Bride Style: The perfect pair of wedding shoes, is sometimes the perfect pair of boots.
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Marie & Richmond 7-30-11 Nestldown, CA
First Look: Richmond was blind folded and escorted to Marie, waiting among the trees. The couple was placed back to back before they turned around.
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Karen & Eric 8-12-11 Paso Robles, CA Let them eat cake? Instead of a traditional wedding cake Karen and Eric opted to serve root beer floats. This unique (and delicious) dessert served double duty as wedding favors in the monogrammed mugs.
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Kalli & Ryan 9-3-11 Bakersfield, CA Vows: Writing your own vows not only adds a personal touch to the ceremony, having a copy on hand also makes a great photo-op.
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Melissa & Darren 9-30-11 Wolf Lakes Clovis, CA Wedding Trend: Traditional doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t add personality. Darren carried his wife, Melissa, down the aisle after the ceremony for a fun candid moment.
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Jennifer & Juan 10-8-11 Delano, CA
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Just dance! Jennifer and Juan added some extra spice to their first dance by switching from a slow dance to an upbeat salsa. Candy Bar designed by: Sugar Rush Candy and Confection Bars
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Kristy & Eddie 10-21-11 Bakersfield, CA Super personal and fun down to the last detail! They chose to showcase their vintage style and Latin roots in a way that was exceptionally beautiful.
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Emily & Richard 10-23-11 Seven Oaks Bakersfield, CA
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Flowers were a main component of Emily and Richards decor, adding bright cheerful color to their elegant venue.
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Renee & Josh 11-5-11 Noriega House Bakersfield, CA The day after a good rain here in Bakersfield is always the most beautiful, and it was no exception for Renee and Joshâ€™s wedding day.
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Julie & Frank 11-11-11 Junior League Bakersfield, CA They say it’s good luck for it to rain on your wedding day. After all, it’s harder to untie a knot if it’s wet.
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Evette & Ruben 11-12-11 Bakersfield, CA Wedding Trend: Instead of just one or two colors, Evette and Ruben selected a palette of jewel tones to accent their fall wedding.
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Engagement sessions are a must for getting comfortable in front of the camera and getting to know your photographer.
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The proposal: Melissa and Darren had my favorite proposal story of 2011. Have you ever been on Space Mountain at Disneyland? Almost everyone has, but if you haven’t, what makes Space Mountain so awesome is that it is a roller coaster in the dark. You are essentially (if it wasn’t obvious) soaring through space. So, Darren decided to propose to Melissa on this ride, but he did this in the most awesomely cool way possible. You know that part of the ride where they take your picture? If you are a ride veteran, you and your riding partner might even plan to do something funny. Everyone gathers around the screens displaying the photos after the ride, looks for themselves, and laughs… Well this time, when Melissa and Darren went to look at their photo, Darren was holding up a sign that said, “Will you marry me?”
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Alpha Canine Sanctuary This year I decided to use the term “featured vendor” loosely and feature some adorable faces I have become quite attached to. You can read all about my work at Alpha Canine Sanctuary on my web site. However, for all you newly weds who think you might be ready to add to your family, don’t overlook our furry friends who are up for adoption.
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Willow Ranch Willow Ranch Restaurant is located just off the I-5 at Hwy 58 in Buttonwillow. For those coming off the trail hungry and hankering for some western fare, Willow Ranch Restaurant is a favorite destination. Whether you are coming from Bakersfield, Los Angeles or San Jose, just make sure you put them on your itinerary for a great meal. They are well known in these parts for servin’ up lip smackin’, face drippin’ good food. This year, I had the opportunity to photograph their 2012 calendar. It’s always a pleasure working with these ladies. You might even recognize Mandy from her May wedding to JR.
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Jennifer Williams Photography MAGAZINE
Celebrating the love of 2011 and welcoming 2012
Photography and Designed by Jennifer Williams | www.jenwillphoto.com | ÂŠ2011