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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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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Wow, this is a blog post long overdue! Kristen and Chris got married awhile ago (like not even this season, and in fact they just had their first baby daughter). Kristen was just a maid-of-honor at a wedding I shot earlier this month…and when I went to link back to her wedding’s blog post…WHOOPS! I realized I’d never published it. So, Kristen and Chris, here’s your long overdue blog post. :)

Kristen and Chris got married at Chris’ parents’ house with a reception at the Park Ballroom in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. It was a super beautiful day, couldn’t ask for better weather. I love a wedding with great energy and this wedding did not disappoint. Guests were dancing until the very end. Drinks were plentiful, smiles everywhere.

I do have one complaint…the cheese. You see, Kristen and Chris had a cheese selection during the cocktail hour. After the guests had been served, and the staff was ready to clear out the cheese…I had a piece of Ewe-phoria gouda cheese. The name is spot on. My world has not been the same since. I stalked the cheese shop they bought it from for the next few months. Apparently, the sheep in Holland were holding out on their milk supplies and the ewephoria imports to the USA had stopped. It was torture waiting for it to restock…but all is good now. Safely enjoying ewephoria all this time later.

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July 20, 2014

Erin and Garry chose beautiful Cambria for their destination small wedding. They had the ceremony overlooking the ocean at the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve along the Bluff Trail. The Bluff Trail is along a wooden boardwalk that hugs the cliffs with spectacular views. The difficulty? Getting chairs all the way out to the middle of the trail…but that’s where I have to do a little shout-out to Beach Butlerz. They are a local company that specializes in making events (from family day at the beach to weddings) easier. I’ve worked with them on several events and each time I’m impressed at how easy they make it look to lug heavy, awkward large things (umbrellas, chairs, tents, sofas, etc.) across deep sand. As I overheard Garry say while watching the Beach Butlerz guy hoofing the chairs both in and out along the long trail, “That’s the best bang for my money at this wedding!”

After the ceremony, we all headed to Stolo Family Vineyards in Cambria. The place was green and lush with all sorts of flowers, weeping willows, and grass. A photographer’s playground. For the kids, there was plenty of open space with games to play and fields to run on. For the adults, awesome wine tasting, shady picnic tables, and vineyard views. I must also take a moment to give one more special shout-out. They used a food truck called Haute Skillet to cater the reception. It was AMAZING. Like so delicious, I actually spent most of my 45 minute drive home thinking about the food. If you have any reason to ever book a food truck, you must check them out. You’d think the food came out of some fancy LA restaurant that had just been reviewed by Bon Appetit magazine.

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July 4, 2014

Jenni and Patrick had their first date at Linnaea’s Cafe in San Luis Obispo’s downtown. I’ve always loved that little un-Starbucks coffee shop. It’s full of homemade looking pastries, well-worn stools and wooden floor boards. The whole place just exudes a warmth and invitation. It was a perfect place for Jenni and Patrick to get married.

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