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Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 - Comments Off on Ardenwood Park Wedding | Frances + Michael by Bethany Petrik

Ardenwood Park Wedding | Frances + Michael by Bethany Petrik

Ardenwood Park Wedding | Frances + Michael

Frances and Michael are lovers of photography, so naturally, it was such a compliment that they asked to me to photograph their wedding! And what a wedding it was! Everything was placed with intentionality and flawless design – Frances even handprinted all of the calligraphy pieces herself. They chose Ardenwood Park because they loved the greenery and the animals at the park. (I guess the animals loved them, too, because the goat kissed the groom during portraits!) Going with the natural ambiance around the farm, they opted for a classic theme with a few rustic accents added in. The soft greenery, bridal white, and hints of blue were just perfect for this outdoor ceremony. And the weather was amazing! The sun shone warmly for the happy couple, and it looked stunning twinkling through the shade trees sprawled across the property. Absolutely dreamy!

about their sweet day

People flew in from all over the work to see these two get married, quite the testament to how beloved they are. After their super sweet and elegantly classic ceremony, everyone spent some time enjoying the weather, playing lawn games, and sipping cocktails before heading inside to celebrate with the bride and groom.

My documentary style of shooting went perfectly with this fun-loving couple’s personality, and the portraits were laid back and quick as we took pictures near all of the couple’s favorite spots. Check out some of their photos around the farm below – too cute!

At the reception, their friends and family, both young and old, danced the night away. Frances and Michael love K-pop and had a coordinated dance routine to one of their favorite upbeat songs. It’s almost impossible to keep a straight face around these two, and I had a blast celebrating right along with them. I truly fell in love with Frances and Michael’s goofy, big warm hearts. Congratulations, you two!

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Monday, May 13, 2019 - Comments Off on A Backyard Wedding on the Sacramento River

A Backyard Wedding on the Sacramento River

I am left completely speechless by this amazing wedding. Miranda and Kari are the most beautiful people on the inside and out! Here is what Miranda had to say about the big day;

"We held our Wedding at a private residence on the Sacramento River. We lucked out finding a place that would allow us to have our Wedding there. It worked great because we had many out of town/state friends that were able to stay with us the days leading up to the Wedding. We were able to spend so much more time with our Bridal Party and made amazing memories before our big day! We were inspired to throw a party for our friends and family for our Wedding. We wanted our guests to enjoy the environment, eat delicious food, dance to great music. Kari’s favorite memory from our big day is dancing with me (Miranda). The DJ was playing so many great songs! The mixture of the perfect outdoor temperature, the sun setting beautifully and being completely surrounded by love made for some unforgettable moments.

My favorite memory is when Kari changed out of her dress and into her power suit and made a grand entrance. I had to pick my jaw up off of the floor. She looked AMAZING!

If you’re planning a Wedding now, hire a Wedding Coordinator. It is worth every single penny. We worked with Events by Wise out of Woodland, CA. Shari and Dani are amazing at what they do. Many things happened the day of the wedding that we didn’t know about until the following day. We were truly able to sit back and relax on our Wedding day. It was perfect. We’re still gushing about how magical it was and how beautifully our friends showed up for us.

Another one of our favorite memories is of you! You danced with us, you drank a beer with us, you cried many happy tears. It was amazing working with you and I’m happy you were able to have a bit of fun too."


Thank you Mir and Kar for letting me be apart of your day. It was way more than a bit of fun and I am so happy to have been there!

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 1 comment.

Jen and Zane Get Married!

You know that giddy butterfly feeling you get when you hear a song that knocks you off your feet? Between the instruments and the words, you have this explosion of feelings that well up inside you. If you're like me, you may completely stop whatever you're doing to take it all in (and have a good cry, whether it's a happy song or a tragic one).

Well, when I put together these photo stories, that's the feeling I get. It's why I photograph people. Their lives, their stories, their moments are magical and I get to catch some of that for them. It's the most amazing thing I get to do for other people. It's kind of the most amazing thing I get to do for myself, too.

Check out the delightful Jen and Zane's wedding day story! It's a new favorite.

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Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 - 3 comments

Ben and Olivia Got Married!

There are so many amazing things that I could tell you about Ben and Olivia's big day. Like how they decided to have an Indian food buffet for dinner, or how Spice Girls came up multiple times through the course of the day, or how Olivia's brother and sister re-enacted the battling speech seen from bridesmaids as their speeches, or how they decided to forgo a wedding cake for otter pops... Instead of doing that, however, I'm going to share an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit that was read during their ceremony, because this is what the day boils down to. This is the most pivotal part of this phenomenal day.

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."