SAN LUIS OBISPO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY (and then some...)


Welcome to my little blog. I am Katie. Nice to meet you! I live in San Luis Obispo and happen to have one of the world's best jobs. I photograph weddings, families, and kids. Many of you are finding this blog because you are planning a wedding...and to you a special welcome. Good luck! Wedding planning is a long process, and I value the time you've taken to find my site!

And a "thank you" to my current and past clients for letting me into their special connections, sharing their families. I am blessed to continue personal friendships with many clients well past their weddings.

What inspires me about weddings? Love, connections, happiness, laughter, hugs, warmth, tears, appreciation, gratitude, praise...and that's what gives me goosebumps at weddings. The decorations get packed away (although pintrest helps us remember every detail you might have considered, lol!), but the love remains as the foundation. I want your photos to reflect more than just the decorations of your life, it should reflect the love and laughter that provides the foundation for everything to come.

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October 3, 2014

So, I’d just gotten home from an early morning yoga class. Just kinda moving around the house with that random Saturday-off enjoyment. Then the phone rang. A guy on the other end says “Can you shoot a wedding today?” He sounds a little winded and slightly unorganized in what he was asking. Now I have to pause the story and say that I’ve gotten a few pervert calls and they usually start with some slightly winded guy that’s asking me something rather unorganized about taking photos. So, I figured he was possibly headed that way. I gave him about 20 seconds to turn this around before I hung up. He asks if I can start shooting a wedding at Mission San Miguel in about 60 minutes. Something had gone wrong with the booked wedding photographer. They needed someone stat and they didn’t want to tell the bride until something was booked. I hang up the phone telling him that I’ll call my afternoon sessions and see if I can make it.

Ten seconds after I hang up, the phone rings again. It’s another guy. He asks if I can shoot a wedding this afternoon. I tell him “hey, you just called me.” He says he hasn’t….must have been someone else. They have several people calling apparently. I hang up with him and 15 seconds later, another call. This time from a bridesmaid.

Luckily, the other sessions were happy to help out and I made it to the Mission San Miguel within an hour to start shooting a wedding. I didn’t even know the bride and groom’s name. That was a first.

I’m going to mostly let the photos tell the story of the day. But, I do want to give a super special shoutout to the wedding party for doing an amazing save that day! It was unbelievable how they pulled it all together. And, I don’t just mean making the phone calls. I also mean that they all ended up having such a fantastic time. I was a little worried that all the photos were going to show stress and worry…but nope. They kicked it loose and had a grand time! And, in a super small world story, it turns out that I know one of the groomsmen from a wedding in Santa Cruz several years ago. How random!

Sometimes fate takes over (but a good wedding party sure helps!)

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September 28, 2014

Part 1 of 2: Reception photos will follow in part 2. You betcha now.

Don’tcha knoooow, my family is from Minnesooota. A small town called Lismore in the southwest corner of the state. Both my maternal grandparents grew up there…but my grandparents were kinda rebellious and moved to California where the weather is much more mellow. While they were growing up, my mom and her siblings would go to Minnesota and visit the big family that still was in Lismore. I went a couple times too, when I was young. But, sadly, the last time I remember being there I was probably only about 6 years old. I have always had fond memories of my visits…I had these older “cousins” that were SO MUCH nicer to me than my brother was back then (technically, they are second cousins to me). They did amazing things like ride farm equipment, sleds, and run in large open fields. My great aunt Esther made these carmel popcorn balls for us that I remember as the best snack EVER. Oh, and they had BASEMENTS! So cool to a California kid.

In preparation for my grandpa’s 90th birthday two years ago, I scanned in a whole bunch of old photographs from our collective family stashes. It really hit home that I was missing out on seeing Lismore. So many photos were of this huge, loving family. BIG bbqs together. Fishing for bullheads. Warm summer nights spent outside. (and some snow photos…but let’s be honest…San Diego people don’t go to Minnesota much in the winter, it works the other direction) Kids on tractors. Pigs…lots of pigs. How had I let it go so long without visiting? I was really worried that if I went back now, nobody would even know me anymore. Well, my second cousin Kevin and his girlfriend Yig came out for my grandpa’s 90th birthday. It was so much fun talking to them. So when Kevin announced they were engaged at the beginning of this year…

I totally invited myself to his wedding. Really. Call the polite police…I broke the rules. I was not going to miss this.

Lucky, Kevin and Yig said yes. Not just to me, but about 375 other people including some of my immediate family (like grandparents, parents, and three sets of aunts and uncles went!) The population of Lismore was 227 people, according to the 2010 census. So yeah…we overtook that town! Some of the adventurous guests stayed in camping tents in the town park (mayor said it was ok, as there are no hotels or stoplights in Lismore). There was a mini-reunion at the town bar the night before. And an open invitation, no RSVP needed, to a brunch the next morning. A pig was roasted (and oh my, it was delicious). Family traditions were upheld, Kevin got a bowling ball chained to his ankle during the reception. My grandparents and Uncle John took me on a driving tour through Nobles County. I saw some amazing country. I saw the houses my grandparents grew up in.

I got hugs. From family. Family that embraced me just as if I’d visited every year since I was six years old. I am so lucky.

First some photos from around Nobles County and Lismore.

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Before getting dressed for the wedding, we went to check on the pig roast that was to be part of the dinner that night.

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Then, back to the house for some wedding preparations!

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When we were just about to go to the church, a friend of Kevin and Yig’s did a fly over for a quick aerial photo of the family and reception tent.

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Then it was on to Saint Anthony’s Church, built in 1911. You can see two things of Lismore as you are approaching the town amongst all the flat lands full of corn stalks. Lismore’s water tower and the two steeples of St. Anthony’s Church.

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And, not to stereotype…but “small town” wedding vibe as Kevin personally greeted the guests as they came into the church. Tugs at my heart strings so much that I can’t narrow these down any further. Love all the pics of him greeting guests and family.

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And then the ceremony began…church was packed with people.

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September 27, 2014

Camille has an awesome son named Remy. Camille starts dating Charlie. Remy falls in love with Charlie. Camille falls in love with Charlie. Charlie loves them both, too. Remy waits patiently for them to get engaged. Finally, Remy takes things into his own (young) hands. He sets up a romantic dinner at home, places a white cloth over his folded arm, serves the dinner, and writes cue cards for both Camille and Charlie. (*Since I wasn’t there that particular night, some artistic license has been taken in my retelling this story.)

Charlie: My love, would you marry me?
(Remy holds up sign saying YES!)
Camille: Yes, of course, my love.

So nice to know that Remy is the kind of kid that will make things happen. He clearly was super supportive and excited to see his mom marry Charlie. It was one of the highlights of the day to see just how well the three of them gelled together. Beyond just a bride and groom…there was a new family of three.

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August 24, 2014

Lauren and Corey have been to a lot of places, and even recently relocated from NYC to a beach community in the San Diego area (talk about culture shock!). Lauren was the maid-of-honor in Kristen and Chris’ wedding two years ago (see blog post right below) and that’s how we all met. And, actually, now that I know Lauren’s family well too…it’s fun to look back and see them in another wedding’s photos. It certainly wasn’t intentional, but kind of fun to have back-to-back maids-of-honor on the blog.

It was my first wedding in Napa and the rumors are all true. It’s beautiful. It’s amazing. And you can easily fall in love with the area. On a side note, people always compare Paso and Napa…they are quite similar in many way. However, I saw an awful lot of people riding bikes to do wine tasting and you NEVER see that in Paso wine country.

Further great news, Lauren and Corey’s friends and family brought their A-game. They opened their hearts and hugs to everyone around. An interesting fact: Lauren’s dad pretty much planned the whole wedding. She says there was a pink wedding planning book, but that her dad was pretty much the only one that ever opened it. He enlisted the help of his Napa connections and the wedding was at David Arthur Vineyards. And his love for Lauren was so obvious in everything he did. I think the photos of he and Lauren right before they walked down the aisle of vines to the ceremony are some of my favorite father-daughter walks I’ve ever shot.

And one more special note: As with many families, Lauren and Corey have extended families with half-siblings and step-siblings. I was so impressed with how much her brothers doted on their sisters. They didn’t just sorta get along, they REALLY like each other. Dancing, hugging, and genuine love. Such a fun time!

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