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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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Logan helping to set up.
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LOVE Kristel's dress!!
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The many faces of Kristel :-).
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She first tried the dress on this way ...
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but forgot the krenlin ...
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and finally went into the dress head-first.
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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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Check out that sky!!!!
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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)

A couple of weeks ago we headed out to the Sierra Nevada range of California where we had a destination wedding to photograph.  Kevin used to live in these mountains and has a real passion for them ... especially Yosemite National Park, so this was a real treat for him to go back home, if even for a very short time.

 

I personally have never been to this part of the world so I was like a kid in a candy store!  Every turn revealed something new and wonderful.  We started our trip near Sequoia National Park where the wedding was to be held.  We spent the first day scouting the area and grabbing some nice nature shots along the way.  The day after the wedding we headed north to Yosemite National Park.  We were on a tight timeline as this was already Thursday and we had to be in the White Mountains of Arizona for another wedding by Saturday.  Hence, we weren't there during the best time of the day, but it was specatcular none-the-less!!  As we passed through, we stopped frequently to take travel shots (I used to do a lot of trvel photography and really enjoy it), landscape shots (duh...), and of course those must have, silly tourist shots.  We stopped for lunch at the famed Ahwahnee Hotel and then headed on through the park over the Tioga Pass to the eastern side of the Sierras. A big highlight along the way was sighting a black bear in a field feeding ... a really awesome sight!!!

 

We made our way to Mono Lake, a world-famous lake amongst landscape photographers, for sunset.  I have always wanted to take landscapes of Mono Lake and was quite happy with what we got given the tight time frame.  We had dinner in Mammoth Lakes (Kevin lived there and it is one of his favorite places) and stayed in Bishop.  Before heading home the next day we stopped in at Mountian Light Gallery which was founded by the late Galen Rowell.  He was an amazingly talented photographer.  I once attended one of his seminars when I was in college in Florida and he was nothing short of inspirational.  It was a treat to walk though his gallery!

 

An impressive view of Yosemite Valley.

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Yosemite Falls was flowing very well!
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The Ahwahnee Hotel and the view from our table at lunch.
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The view of El Capitan from El Capitan meadow ... one of Kevin's favorite places in the world.
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This is a black bear, not a brown bear - I swear it is.
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A view of Tenaya Lake.
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Tuolumne Meadows ... and one of my favorite photos of the day :-).
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Another favorite of the day!
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A view of Tioga Lake from Tioga Pass ... very impressive!!
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Mono Lake and it's famous tufa towers.
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Most people visit Mono Lake to photograph it's exotic tufa formations.  Me, I had to photograph the millions of Alkali Flies that cover the lake's shores ... definitely got some wierd looks as I lay flat on the muddy banks :-).  These were actually really hard to get and after many frames these emerged as a couple of my favorites. A side note: These flies are very polite ... they do not like touching humans, making my job much easier :-).
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Told you this was a photographer's paradise :-).
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This is my absolute favorite ... I love the pastel colors, very serene.
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The many hues of sunset.
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I didn't believe Kevin when he told me that this plant's official name is "Snow Plant"... then I saw it on an identification sign in Yosemite :-).  Guess I should put more faith in him :-).
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Scouting around Shaver Lake for the wedding.  Wait until you see what this area looked like the next day for couple formals ....
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I have to say ... when we rounded the corner and I first laid eyes on the giant sequoias, it was breathtaking!!!
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This is where the wedding was held ... what a spectaclular spot for a ceremony!!
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Shaver Lake.
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A really cool old cottonwood charcoal kiln on the eastern slopes of the Sierras.
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Owen's Dry Lake.
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Lisa:

Tina,
Great shots of Yosemite!!! I went there with James last year it was awesome. I've got a funny picutre of me sitting inside a Great Sequoia.

~Lisa

(06.28.09 @ 06:01 PM)
Josefin Wahss:

Wonderful pictures and beautiful people! I remember that tufa formation. And the flies. The reflections in Tioga lake, and the view from the Ahwahnee dining room. Further, I forgot my bikini in a tree at the Bishop campground, and we found no ice cream on the top of the upper Yosemite fall. Fortunately, we found sequoias as big as evrything else in USA.
Memories....;)
Looking forward to see more picures from the area!!

(06.28.09 @ 08:51 PM)
Hussey Photography:

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!
I've GOT to go there!!!!
That's INCREDIBLE!!! What amazing shots!
I love the 4 shots of the different hues of sunset! So cool!!!

Great job!

-Tim

(07.01.09 @ 05:24 PM)
clippingimages:

excellent photographs.....................

(12.26.10 @ 04:57 AM)
kushibo:

I came here looking for large pictures of lava flowing into the sea, but I stuck around to look at all the non-Hawaii photos as well.

Very nice. I'll my s.o. stop by here to take a look at all the places on the Mainland where I'd like to take her later.

(06.01.11 @ 01:18 AM)