Brady & Dustin

September 29, 2016

Sacramento Firehouse Wedding

It’s not uncommon for me and my clients to meet on the internet. More often than not, they’ll find me on Google, we get to chatting and set up a Skype date to meet “face-to-face.” Sometimes, we even become friends.

Brady and I met on the internet, too. 10 years later I shot her wedding. Without revealing too much about either of our embarrassing pasts, suffice it to say we had some angst-driven golden years that landed us both as regular posters on a popular rock band’s message board back in the early 2000’s. And yet we still never met in person until the day of her wedding, which I flew out to Sacramento, CA to shoot a couple years back.

I’ll never forget stuffing myself into a taxi at the end of the night and Dustin shoving a $20 bill in my cab driver’s face. I insisted on paying for my ride home, but he shook his head, grabbed my shoulder and said “You’re family now.”

One of my favorite things about this job is discovering how quickly you can form meaningful bonds with people you’ve barely gotten to know on a surface level. Because despite the relatively short time we have to get to know each other, I get to witness so many different sides of people in the blink of an eye. The jittery and the giddy, the tender and the sentimental, the raucous party animals. It’s hard to walk away from a wedding day and not feel like I’ve known couples for longer than a day plus a handful of email exchanges. I’ve just spent one of the most important days of their lives entirely by their sides. So it felt nice… Having Dustin affirm that the sentiment goes both ways.









Bride and Groom talking on the phone | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding
Groom putting on boutonniere | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding

Groom getting dressed with a bottle of Pappy whiskey | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding





Bridal portraits in her hotel suite | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding






Water fountain and candles | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding
Groom waiting for ceremony to start | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding
Groom and groomsmen at the ceremony | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding




Bride and Groom holding hands at ceremony | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding




Bride and Groom laughing at the officiant | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding





Groom shoving his ring on | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding
Brie and Groom's First Kiss | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding
Portraits of bride and groom in the alleyway | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding
Bridal portrait in the alley | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding

Photobombed family photo in the alley | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding



Bride and Groom portraits on the river | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding

Candles and market light decor | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding



Bride posing inside restaurant wearing fur coat | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding



Groom giving welcome toast | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding











Bride and Groom's first dance | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding




Party time on the dance floor | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding
Air guitar on the dance floor | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding




Hands in the air on the dance floor | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding

Wedding party crammed into the photobooth | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding


Bride and Groom singing with guests in a circle | Sacramento Firehouse Wedding

Vendors & Resources

Venue: Firehouse Restaurant in Sacramento, CA | Officiant: Lori Levison | Florist: Vicky Marco for Bella Bloom | Caterer: Firehouse Restaurant | DJ: Jeremy Burgess for SJ’s Disc Jockey | Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse | Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal | Hair & Make-Up: Jenifer Haupt for imakebeautiful

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