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My Sister’s Wedding at Rush Creek Lodge in Yosemite

May 20

People often ask me if I prefer to document weddings or just attend as a guest. The thing about documenting is that it allows me the opportunity to be a part of many moments I wouldn’t be privy as a guest. Making photos and films is such intimate and immersive work. Given the choice, I usually pick the documenting.

But I’ve always said there are a few weddings I would prefer to *just attend.*. I knew that when my sister got married, I just wanted to be there to savor the experience and support her in any way I could. Well, that’s what I said I wanted to do…AND THEN I MADE THIS WHOLE DAMN WEDDING FILM ANYWAYS. What can I say? I just can’t help myself.

Press play below to watch the full film

Kathryn and Bailey were married on a soggy spring day on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park at Rush Creek Lodge. The attention to detail these two put into their wedding day was exceptional, from Kat’s homemade chocolate chip cookies, to their custom made leather keychain favors, and individual letters they wrote to all their guests.

It’s not often I get to make a film like this for my own family, filled with so many faces that mean so much to me. It was also incredibly special to have The Adams Co there to photograph the day. The photos above and below were taken by them!

With The Adams Co, we have a running joke that neither of our families can have a major life event without the other present. I’ve photographed numerous weddings for the Adams’ siblings and even photographed the birth of both of Grace’s children. Working as a midwife, my sister has also caught many of the babies in the Adams family. So, it was only natural that Grace & Austin were there for such a special day in our family.

Venue: Rush Creek Lodge / Celebrant: Susan Stone / Florals: Willow Floral Design / Hair: Braided Blonde Locks / Makeup: Blush Yosemite Makeup & Hair / DJ: Heart of Gold DJs / Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride San Francisco / Groom’s Suit: R Douglas

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