Buckle up everyone and enjoy this ride, it is going to be a long one. :)

Juan told me almost a year and half ago that when he and his girlfriend get married he wanted me to photograph their wedding. I was extremely flattered as Juan is this AMAZING artist that creates beautiful masterpieces. At that time I knew Juan’s paintings better than I knew Juan and I had never met Julie. In fact, I believe that the first time I actually met Julie face to face was on her wedding day. I SO wish I could have known them longer because Juan and Julie are one of the most genuine and beautiful couples you will ever meet. They are the kind of couple that make you feel special and loved right away upon meeting them. Their wedding was a testimony of how great God’s love is for us as it was exemplified through the love these two have for each other. It was a very emotional day. I choked back tears on several occasions while the tears of joy just kept flowing between the two of them. The pictures speak best, so I will leave the telling of the story to them.

Juan and Julie, thank you. Thank you for kindness, your love and your appreciation. Thank you for giving Brett and I this amazing opportunity and blessing to photograph your wedding. You are a beautiful couple and you made it so easy for us on the day of. I can’t wait to see you guys again and hopefully hang out. Love to you both!

eddards-8369-copyInstead of showing the Bride’s shoes, even though they were stunning, I thought it interesting to highlight the Groom’s white shoes.








This dress was extremely heavy, but oh so pretty!


It took all of the girls helping to get this dress on Julie and not mess up her hair. I LOVE this shot with all of the hands working together.




Juan and Julie chose to have a “special moment/first look” so they could take portraits before the ceremony. It is always amazing to capture these moments between the Bride and Groom as they are so precious. Juan cried the entire walk to his Bride. It was like everything was moving in slow motion.



One of my favorite shots of the day.



Not the church they got married in, but a very cool church none-the-less to take pictures in front of. :)




Another one of my favs. Isn’t she stunning?








You already saw our favorite Bridal party picture in our teaser, but here are a couple more runner ups. :)


This is right before the ceremony started. The bride in anticipation.


Juan met his nephew/ring-bearer half way down the isle. It was precious.






After Ceremony we got some playtime in the vineyards. I love the joy in all of these shots. eddards-9612-copy






Party time.



The Mother-of-the-Bride made every single heart cooking on each plate!




Juan working the dance floor. eddards-0046-copy


Congratulations Juan and Julie!!!!


Location: Downtown Chico, CA and the Gale Winery and Vineyards
Hair: The Club of Hair (Julie’s aunt who works there did a superb job!)
Makeup: My dear friend Stephanie Pokswinski  Рa MAC specialist
Flowers: Some of the BEST flower arrangements I have seen yet by Lisa’s Flor Decor

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  1. Juan says:

    Wow Emily!! Your talent supersedes any expectations I could express! these are awesome. I especially enjoy seeing how you captured my vulnerability! It’s crazy to think back on the shoot and then see the pictures. How did it work out so well??!! It’s strange that our colors were brought out in areas around where we shot. All the blues and greens! So awesome!! The image with the reflection in the water is outstanding. The church shots are amazing. I especially like the height perception you got… and Julie! wow. she looks beautiful in every picture! Remember what I said.. you have a gift. You not only take remarkable pictures, but you capture moments… which to me, is what makes you great!

    Thank you so much :)

  2. Dana Goodson says:

    Emily, you did an awesome job on this. Such a cool couple. You rock!

  3. Josh says:

    So radicalistic! Awesome you guys!

  4. Cindy says:

    You guys got so many amazing shots! wow! Great job guys.


    Emily, these are spectacular! You have such an amazingly creative eye and talent. Love them.

  6. Dana Bird says:

    I am amazed at how gorgeous these pictures are! Emily you captured the beauty of my best friend perfectly! Thank you for capturing all these fabulous moments for Julie and Juan. You are fantabulous! Makes me want to get married again so I can have awesome pics like these!!

  7. Leah Simmers says:

    stunning you rocked it! Great angles!

  8. Amber Dawn says:

    Oh my! What a fabulous job you did capturing every moment, expression and emotion of their day! There are too many awesome shots to list…you rocked it girl! :)

  9. Charlana Kelly says:

    Emily… I’m a cousin of Julie’s from Florida and I just had to comment about what an amazing eye you have for photography. Some of the best work I have ever seen. Makes me want to get married again! Blessings to your future, Charlana


    the first site shot of the groom losin it is pure awesome em!!!


    Gorgeous shots. I love your lighting and detail shots! :)

  12. Rosetta says:

    Some of your best, for sure. My favorite is the puddle shot. So awesome! You are amazing!

  13. Allison says:

    Awesome! Great color! So pretty!! :)

  14. Candace Pecaut says:

    I love everything about this wedding! The one thing I don’t love…that we didn’t go!! But you captured it beautifully so at least I got a small taste. Congratulations Juan and Julie! It looks like it was an incredible day!

  15. Juliette Read says:

    I LOVE the one with their reflection. So creative – such style! Their wedding was gorgeous – and I loved their colors. It must be so fun to shoot these big events and get to experience in their special days and all the creativity and heart they put into it too.

  16. Julie Neill says:

    Hi Emily- I’m Vanessa’s mom, you did Jake’s and her wedding in San Diego in March. I enjoy checking your site to look at your latest wonderful photos, and other peoples’ beautiful weddings captured by you! As I was looking thru these, I thought, “Am I crazy, or are these pictures taken in Chico?” The church is the one that Vanessa grew up in! So this was quite amusing to me . . . This is a long way for you to go to do a wedding! Your pictures are just awesome! (Everyone says that about Vanessa’s wedding pictures, by the way.)

  17. Bobby Earle says:

    These are great! That shot of the groom getting ready through mirror is RIPPING!!!



    Awh love the shot of him seeing her for the first time. So many beautiful shots :)


    [...] Whitney’s sister, Julie who got married in the beginning of June to Juan. Their pictures were posted a couple weeks ago. Now it is Whitney’s turn. I have to start by saying that I LOVE this family. Whitney and [...]

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Ok, I just can’t wait to post all about this wedding, but I still have some quality time to spend with these pictures. :) In the meantime I HAD to post a teaser so that Julie’s family could see them before heading into Whitney’s wedding this Saturday which we will be shooting as well. I love this family! They are so beautiful and so full of love and care for one another. They made us feel so welcome and they threw a heck of a party! Juan and Julie’s wedding was off the hook awesome! We can’t wait for Whitney and Jeremy’s wedding which will be equally as awesome and it will be fun to see everyone again! Oh, and did I mention it is supposed to be 100 degrees on Saturday? Bring it!

So, keep your eyes out for the full post for Juan and Julie, but in the meantime, here a few to get you by, but keep in mind that the best is yet to come! :)







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  1. Cindy says:

    wow, Emily, I love the group shot! :) And the one with her in the car looking out! :) Can’t wait to see more! :)

  2. Daniel/Vanea Bietz says:

    Wow!!! These pictures are absolutely stunning! We are so happy for you guys!!! Once again Emily, beautiful work!

  3. Juliette Read says:

    Just incredible Em! Can’t wait see the rest!

  4. Jessica says:

    the black and whites in this post are SO YUMMY!

    emily you are a TOTAL ROCKSTAR!!!!!!

  5. Erica says:

    Emily I have been looking for these. I love seeing Weddings that I don’t get to go to because I feel llke after I have seen the pictures I can see how the day went. These pictures are awesome and not just because I think my husband is hot. Beautiful lighting, beautiful colors. You have caught it beautifully. I can’t wait to see more.

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