Nick and Lauren – California lovin’

This wedding was one for the books. I mean… come on… we started our adventure in Muir Woods National Redwood Forrest. I had never been to a Redwood Forrest and I must say… it was gorgeous! It was substantially cooler than in the city of San Fransisco. It was very damp, dark, and delicious! I LOVED it! This was the first time I met Nick and Lauren and they were as sweet as pie! They are definitely in LOVE, which made for an easy breezy session.

We walked around and explored taking photos along the way. My good friend Emma of @emmas_parlour was with us so we snapped some shots of her as well. Speaking of… Emma picked me up from the airport and we galavanted around San Fransisco taking photos of each other like 15 year olds. It was fabulous! I just LUV her! She’s an amazing hair stylist… meaning she knows how to make some amazing braids and up dos for brides. Oh man… she’s amazing! As you can see we had bundles of fun!

Now… on to the main event!
Nick and Lauren were absolutely gorgeous so it wasn’t difficult to take photos of them. Lauren was a bohemian beauty and a woodland fairy bundled into one. When I tucked her into the giant redwood tree she looked like the queen of the woodland. She was absolutely breathtaking! We shot in the woods for about an hour, then we decided to head to Muir Beach. We were hoping for a sunset, but I was totally satisfied with the thick delicious fog that rolled in. It was CRAZY how cold it was. The day before I was shooting in the heat of Utah (99 degrees) and now I was on a misty beach in San Fransisco freezing!

Nick was adamant on us making a lip-synch video which I was all about! I felt bad bringing it up because we had been shooting for awhile and I knew they needed to get back to Sacramento that night. But Nick said ‘Let’s do it!’ The tricky thing was that I left my phone in the car. So I didn’t have a way to play a song. (which we didn’t pick out yet). So I went up to a group of teenagers having a bonfire on the beach. I asked them if I could borrow their phone to play a song. We didn’t have service so I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled through a teenagers playlist to find something that this 33 year old ancient woman knew. Oh man. Finally there was one Bob Marley song. ‘I’ll take it!’
We channeled that bohemian hippie spirit and made a groovy #mclipsynch. 🙂

We drove our tired hungry selves to the nearest KFC and ate chicken. Yes… that happened. I ate KFC with the bride and groom the night before their wedding… Still can’t believe that part happened. 
The next day, Nick and Lauren were married for time and all eternity in the LDS Sacramento Temple. This was the first time I had photographed this temple and it was absolutely gorgeous! Although it was so ridiculously hot that I perspired more than I ever thought possible, it was totally worth it. Such a stunner of a day and a couple. Oh, and their family was so wonderful! I got to know the bride’s best friend and boyfriend really well. You know who you are… you better be calling me in the near future! If I’m not a part of your day my heart will be broken! 

Congratulations Nick and Lauren! 
Vendor Credits:
Gown: Avenia  Bridal @aveniabridal
Suit: H&M
Groom tie: tie bar @thetiebar
Groomsmen tie: mytieshop on etsy 
Ice cream: gunthers ice cream parlor @gunthersicecream
Bride’s wedding ring: Robbin’s brothers @robbinsbrothers
Flowers: Flora Fresh, but were designed by a friend
Chairs: American party rentals
The table cloths were drop cloths from Walmart. The bride’s family owned the tent but covered it with curtains from ikea. The bride bought all the silverware from thrift stores and borrowed plates from a neighbor. 
Lauren definitely utilized what she had and made an absolutely gorgeous backyard wedding look like money when she didn’t really need to spend too much. 
Thanks Lauren and Nick for being so amazing. I miss you two!!!
-McKenzie Deakins
California Wedding Photographer 

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