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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May 15, 2013

Christen and Sean got married at the Monarch Grove Inn and followed-up with a reception at the Terra Fresca restaurant on the UCSC campus. It was a whirlwind day of new places and faces. A large wedding party, including the bride and groom’s two dogs. Travel to several locations for photos. An usually sunny day in the Santa Cruz area. A custom-built, robotic drink mixer for a wedding present. Lavender mojitos making everyone’s speeches more colorful. A dance floor that never stopped for a moment. And a Best Man’s toast that referenced the Avenger’s character Loki and had the groom pulling a sword from stones. How often will I find those things together? Probably never again. I love these unique weddings and the couples that take the time to make them that way.

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

UC Santa Cruz Wedding Photos

February 18, 2013

Paul and Kate got married and experienced a whole lot of “wow, this never usually happens” moments. And unfortunately, not really much of those moments were the good kind. I think I’ve talked about it before, but the flowers were wrong (ordered peonies, florist delivered carnations), dress was the wrong size (ordered a 2, store delivered a 14), cupcakes were wrong (ordered “m” logos, bakery installed them upside-down as “w” logos), flat tire on the way to the venue, zipper breaks 5 minutes before the ceremony, and the list goes on. But, they persevered and laughed.

They got pregnant with twins almost immediately after deciding they might want to have kids. What are the chances, right? Kind of as remote as having all those things go wrong at their wedding. VERY slim indeed. And then the “wow, this usually never happens” continued when they were born at 27 weeks. But, Paul and Kate persevered and laughed. Yes, even in a NICU…they found a way to laugh about things like weighing diapers.

Recently, I had a four-hour break during a split shift wedding in San Jose (morning ceremony and evening reception). I googled their address and my luck was good. Paul and Kate lived only 7 miles from where I was having lunch. I called and invited myself over for a visit. It has been three years since I saw Sadie and Izzy in their NICU incubators. What a difference. I’m so glad they have the “wow, this usually never happens” in their lives because those girls are healthy, happy, and without major health problems from their premature births…and I think that is rare, too. (Although, in a very “this happens all the time” way, Izzy ran her forehead into concrete just before I came for a visit. Kids always injure themselves before photo sessions.)

I look forward to the next stage of “wow, this never usually happens” in their lives. Because you know it’s gonna happen. Luckily, I think it’s for the better now.

Paso Robles Wedding Photographer

Paso Robles Wedding Photographer

Paso Robles Wedding Photographer

Paso Robles Wedding Photographer

Paso Robles Wedding Photographer

Paso Robles Wedding Photographer

Paso Robles Wedding Photographer

February 18, 2013

Lillian and James had a morning wedding ceremony at the Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. Hakone is a Japanese gardens established in 1918. Lush greens everywhere and filtered sunlight pouring in over the grounds. It was so perfectly suited to a morning ceremony, peaceful and serene. Well, it was peaceful and serene until I remembered my few words of Chinese. Yi, er, san. Of course, I am atonal, but I try. The Chinese language is on my bucket list of things to figure out, but I think it may be the hardest thing to accomplish. I did learn how to say “Thanks” reasonably well by the end of the night and for that I’m grateful. It’s a useful word in so many situations. So, Lillian and James, Xie xie for letting me photograph your wedding and meet your families. It was great!

(by the way, the ring photo…yes, that really is an incredible green diamond. First one I’ve ever seen and I loved it)

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

Hakone Garden Wedding Photos

February 3, 2013

Jen and Josh love Country music, so the San Luis Obispo Country Club was an obvious choice for their wedding venue, right? Seriously though, the Country Club is a beautiful venue. Some of the best views of San Luis Obispo that you can get (without hiking up steep hills) combined with incredible event staffing. Jen and Josh’s friends provided the hilarious toasts, preceded by a slideshow of childhood photos that brought us all to tears (one so touching that it inspired me to spend more time with my kids the following day). The DJ cut loose the dance floor and the rest is history. I wish them the happiest of futures together.

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos

San Luis Obispo Country Club Wedding Photos