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Stylish Summer Backyard Wedding | Northern California Photographer

Stylish Summer Backyard Wedding | Northern California Photographer

Bethany Slavic Missionary Church was kind enough to allow people to create a “backyard” wedding on their property. I do not know who it was, but I can definitely say that it was a terrific idea for a church property to be used as a wedding venue.

Roman and Victoria were members of the church for quite some time. It's very nice to see how the church gives back in such opportunities to the community. Location provided free, secure and easy parking. You often do not see this. Thanks to the California sunsets, we were able to experience a very romantic evening, celebrating both the bride and the groom.

Their wedding was super cute! Knowing them both personally, it was very fun and simple to photograph their wedding. It always feels good knowing your location, your customers and knowing that they trust you.

An Elegant Sacramento Engagement Session | NorCal Photographer

An Elegant Sacramento Engagement Session | NorCal Photographer

It hasn't even been three weeks ago that I was out on a dock taking pictures of my brother popping the knee on a dock in South Lake Tahoe, and here I am writing a blog post about their engagement session that just happened a couple days ago. It all started with a brunch to Black Bear Diner. After getting some food, we made our way to Dixon, CA to a specific orchard that my brother and his fiancé wanted to go. With the help of clouds, we were able to play with different lighting and managed to get some really colorful shots. After Dixon, we made it back to the city. Downtown Sacramento was very welcoming! Thanks to my girlfriend Oxie, we managed to get rooftop access to her work parking garage for some really one of a kind photos from a place that doesn't provide public access. Let the photos tell the rest.

Romantic and Decorative Lake Tahoe Proposal | Northern California Photographer

Romantic and Decorative Lake Tahoe Proposal | Northern California Photographer

I want to congratulate my brother Vitaliy and his fiancé Alona (weird that someone from our family is now engaged!) It was an honor to be able to surprise Alona with my paparazzi skills. Special thanks to my girlfriend Oxie and Eugene for tagging along and keeping me company during the drive and the shoot itself.

It was VERY cold and windy in Lake Tahoe. It almost felt like I was hiking Mt. Everest and the frostbite is something that you just have to deal with. We managed to pull it off and thanks to all the friends that came out to assist the proposal, thank you.

Here are some photos from the day!

Intimate wedding creative session in San Francisco | San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Intimate wedding creative session in San Francisco | San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Shooting with Paul and Olya was really fun. We didn't have too much time to shoot as we planned for an all-day shoot. Little did you know that in our Slavic culture, hardly anyone is ever on time. We met up at the golden gate park in San Francisco, ca at around 3pm and only had an hour to shoot there before we had to go to half moon bay. I hate being rushed. I like to take my time and perfect a shot. But sometimes you have visitors, dog walkers, tourists, and nosy people that won't let you have your way. Being on a time crunch was one of the hardest things. It's sure one heck of a responsibility to fulfill when there is no "Second chance." with the help of my girlfriend Oksana Kambur we managed to knock this out quite easily. The bridal party was well behaved and listened to my every request. Here are some of my favorites from this day.