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Kendell and Chris were married at the spectacular Mormon Temple in San Diego, California on May 17th, 2012.  Many of their lose family and friends traveled from all across the United States to share in the couple's wedding day.  Just after Kendell and Chris emerged from the Temple a bank of low clouds rolled in, but it didn't put a damper on the day.  In fact, the photos actually benefited from the look, as Kendell wanted a vintage theme for her wedding and the weather added a nostalgic feel, especially to the photos taken on the cliffs above the ocean.  Two days later the couple held a reception in their hometown of Chandler, Arizona, which will be posted in Part 2 of their wedding.  Thank you both for having us as your wedding photographers!  We had such an great time!

We also have to mention what an amazing job Jessica Gelder of Sweet Soiree did with coordinating and planning this event!

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Event Planner: Jessica Gelder, Sweet Soiree Wedding and Event Planning

Photographer: Sierra Blanco Photography

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The day after Theresa and Chris' wedding, we headed into Napa Valley for their trash the dress shoot to take advantage of the beautiful vineyards and stately oak trees.  We got some beautiful images and had a great time producing them ... gotta love it when the bride and groom aren't afraid to climb trees :-)!  Thank you both again for having us as your wedding photographers and for the wonderful experience!

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Nelda King-Sloan:

Love-Love the Black & White effect on the trees. Oh...Love it! :)

(08.03.11 @ 11:40 PM)
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When Theresa and Chris originally contacted us well over a year ago about the possibility of photographing their wedding, they were uncertain where to have it ... Scottsdale or Napa.  Hummm, let's see, Scottsdale or Napa?? ... hard to say ... perhaps Napa??!!  Napa very quickly won out and they asked if we would travel ... travel to Napa ... no way :-)!  Of course we were right on it and super excited!  We would have to wait fourteen long months.  In the meantime we photographed the couple's engagement shoot and instantly fell in love with them, making us even more excited for the big day!

Time passed quickly as it always does these days and before we knew it, May 20th, 2011 was here and we were in Napa Valley, California.  The wedding was held on a perfect California day at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena.  This is a long post because everything was just so stunning and there were so many beautiful details and everywhere we looked the light was simply amazing - it just seemed impossible to cut too many things out.  Thank you both for having us as your wedding photographers and treating us so well!!  You were amazing to work with and we very much enjoyed getting to know you!  We hope your move to Southern California has gone well and we know you are loving it there!  Best wishes always!

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Nelda King-Sloan:

Lovely! Love her dress, her flowers, her wedding was beautiful & the pictures are AMAZING!!! As usual... :)

(07.06.11 @ 05:23 PM)
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Here it is ... the mother of all wedding days, 10-10-10!!  Melissa and Joseph chose this as their date (as did many other: we probably had upwards of at least 40 inquiries for that date alone) and we felt blessed to be a part of it.  It took place on Coronado Island in San Diego, California on a beautiful, mild, sunny day ... simply stunning!
 
As this date fell on a Sunday, Melissa thought it would be cool to have a daytime wedding and set it up as a Sunday brunch complete with various cooking stations ... yum!  I do have to say, it was a little difficult for us as we had a 9 hour wedding that Saturday in Phoenix that didn't end until after midnight.  We went stright from the wedding, drove overnight and checked into a hotel for one hour to rest before heading to meet the bride at 8:30AM to start all over again.  It was well worth a little fatigue though :-).  At the end of the day, we headed over to the beach to get some amazing shots in near perfect light!  Thank you both for having us!
 
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A funny thing happened on the way to the forum (a little bit of humor for any theater buffs out there) ...

You see, this wedding story began with Kristel and Logan, who don't reside in CA, making a list of the top places they would like to have a destination wedding.  Ultimately, the Giant Sequoias of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range in CA won out.  Next step - use the internet (a wonderful tool by the way) for all your planning needs.  After nailing down the venue Kristel began her search for a photographer.  She typed in something along the lines of "Wedding Photographers Sierra Nevada" and presto, there we were, Sierra Blanco Photography.  Kristel then emailed us saying that she visited our site, went through the entire thing, fell in love with us, and then realized we were based in AZ, not CA.  She asked if we would travel and with a hearty "HECK YEAH we'll travel" we were soon on our way to photograph a wedding amongst the Giant Sequoias :-)!!

 

This wedding was held on June 10th and was right up our alley with all the magnificent scenery and dramatic weather!  We were also happy with all the photojournalistic images we got out of this one.  It also rates as our longest one-day event ever ... 15 hours!  Factor all that into the equation and you get a rather long posting.  In fact it was hard narrow it down to what we did.  The whole day and all the details were just so amazing!

 

The day began with Kristel and Logan enjoying an early morning picnic at Shaver Lake.  Kristel and her friend (who came all the way from Alaska to participate in her good friend's day) then headed down to Fresno to have her hair done.

Side note: I rode in the back seat of the convertible so I could get photos on the winding mountain roads that led down to the city.  After getting what I needed I laid down in a fetal position and did not move.  Once we arrived, Kristel aked me if I had a nice nap to which I exclaimed, "no ... I didn't take a nap, I wanted to die."  I had gotten so car sick that if I had moved or spoken at all during the remainder of the trip, well it would not have been a pretty scene, let's just put it that way.  I got the photos though.  That's dedication :-)!

Meanwhile Logan stayed behind to help get the Elliott House B&B, their reception venue, ready for that evening.  At this point it was slightly overcast but the weather was holding.  After their first meeting, which they did before the ceremony in order to do couple formals, we headed away from the town and into stunning, nearly untouched wilderness.  This is where the weather became it's most dramatic!  Under warm, sunny skies, we stood on a granite outcropping and looked into the distance to witness an advancing wall of seething black clouds.  As the wind picked up, whipping Kristel's cathedral length veil around, we knew we weren't gonna get much more drama than this!!  Kristel and Logan handled the whole thing like pro models and the outcome was stunning!

 

By the time we made it up to McKinley Grove in the Sierra National Forest for the ceremony, the weather had turned cold under a light mist of rain.  Fortunately, spirits were not dampened and the ceremony went on as planned, under the sheltering canopy of three stately Giant Sequoia trees.  After the ceremony we headed to one last shooting location before the reception.  Kristel had hoped to get some photos at a waterfall and in our scouting the day before we had found the perfect one.  With the rain now intensifying and the temperature yet falling, we all dealt with the discomfort in the name of once-in-a-lifetime photo opps.

 

It was still very cold at the reception site, but at least the rain hadn't made it that far.  We have to throw in two points ... Kristel's dress and accessories were beautiful and their wedding cake was jaw-dropping!!  Kristel and Logan we cannot express enough how blessed we feel to have been chosen as your wedding photographers.  We loved you both, along with your family and friends and could not have enjoyed the day more.  Thanks for trusting in all our ideas and photo locations and we hope you love these images as much as we do!!

Final side note:  Kristel is quite the photographer herself, so the photography was very important to her.  This makes us feel especially grateful that she chose us and we sincerely hope we exceeded her expectations :-)!

 

Kristel LOVES detail shots and even helped to set some of these up :-)!

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The setting for their morning picnic couldn't have been more serene.
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The road to Fresno ... my stomach turns just thinking about it :-).
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LOVE Kristel's dress!!
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The many faces of Kristel :-).
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I love Logan's expression when he first saw Kristel!!
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And I love Kristel's expression when she first saw her cake!  It was an AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME cake!!!!!
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They look AMAZING!!!
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Kristel had her necklace made for her wedding ... as she called it, her "Couture Necklace" :-).
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These landscapes were just unbelievable ... as was the couple!!!
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What a place to be married in!
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I love the guest's seating ... fallen logs!  How perfect!
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It was so cold by this point ... they were both troopers!
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As you can see, the rain almost washed away the "Just Married" writing on the back of the car.
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This was not Kristel and Logan smoking ... this is their breath illustrating how cold it was for a June evening :-)!  It was really cold!!
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Thanks again guys, it was beautiful!!! 

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sue kovachevich:

WOW!!! They are absolutely stunning.....sorry I wasn't there to see in person. Congratulations!! Are there more to come??

(07.25.09 @ 05:09 AM)