Get ready for it… After seeing these photos from Ashley and Bill’s wedding, you might just be a happier person.  I’m sorry… If you’re not feeling like you need that today, then don’t bother scrolling down.  The energy is infectious and I would hate to bother you with so much amazingness that you just cant help but smile.  BUT… if you’re down for a little dose of AWESOME… then you’re in the right place!!!

The energy that these two exude is totally unmistakeable.  I can honestly say that every experience I’ve had with these two since we first connected about their engagement session has left me feeling happier.  My cheeks are sore from smiling, my heart is full from laughing, and I am just proud to know such quality people.  Ashley brings a smile to life that could overpower the sun, and Bill’s easy going light heartedness could tame a tiger!!!!

As they told me their story of months and months of flying back and forth to see each other while one was working in one town and another was going to school in another it just made me happy that their lives were finally coming together… Moving in to an apartment in San Francisco, getting married, and finally not just being together, but being CLOSE together.  These were surly reasons to celebrate, and that they did!!!

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Yes, we snuck on to the rooftop of the Julia Morgan Ballroom!02 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Getting ready at the Omni Hotel… Makes for a great spot downtown to prep! 03 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Hey oh, HEYYYYY!!!!  (so classy with your paper cups!)04 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Could not be cuter!05 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Bill you are one dapper dude, you know that?06 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Lemme show you something!07 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!08 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

The first of serval dude photos that are gonna make you laugh…09 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Who’s stoked…. THIS GUY!  10 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Bill’s face shows so much anticipation.  Love it. 11 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

And the BIG reveal!!!!12 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Somewhere in the background are the security guards that kicked us out of this spot.  #whoops!13 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Just a classic… 14 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Trolly time!
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Champs for the pre-wedding celebration!17 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Boogie before the wedding?  Yes please!
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This photo is so so Ashley and Bill. ;D20 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Uhhhh, Whatcha doin down there???21 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Whoot Whoooot!!!!
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Gorgeous!23 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Ohhhh oh!!!! Liiiivin’ on a prayer!!!!! (I dont know if that is what was actually playing, but I can totally see that coming out of her mouth)24 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Stunning guys! 25 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!26 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

So cute27 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

We be rooolllliinnnn!!!28 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Bill’s ready!29 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

And so is Ashley.  How gorgeous does she look coming down the aisle with her dad.  Just awesome. 30 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

The Julian Morgan Ballroom makes for a stunning wedding ceremony…31 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

You may kiss the bride!
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I gottchu babe! 33 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Rooftop shot!34 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Hilary Munday did an INCREDIBLE job of bringing the ballroom to life and my good friend Emily Dreblow of Soul Flower Designs took care of the table tops.  STUNNING!35 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

First dance to kick it off!36 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

No shortage of smiles…icon biggrin Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!icon biggrin Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!icon biggrin Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!37 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!38 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Killin it with the toasts!39 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Smitten ice cream came out and did the desserts.  Dry Ice and all!40 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Ice Cream is their favorite dessert, so might as well have ice cream spoons instead of cake knives, right?41 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

I see zero people on the dance floor… zero.  ;D 42 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Haha… Amazing. 43 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

And a dip to finish the night! 44 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!45 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Ashley and Bill… I couldnt be happier and more thankful to have had the opportunity to work with you guys!  I’m sending you all my best wishes to you up in Portland as you continue your adventures… let’s keep in touch! -Colson

Man… what do you do when you’ve been working with a totally kind… loving… cheerful couple and on wedding day it just starts pouring right as you’re headed to the first look, and you can just see sadness and disappointment in the brides face?  My heart felt for Marie… She’s been planning and planning and planning… She selected this venue, V. Sattui Winery, for the very reason that it has a beautiful outdoor patio, and all of  a sudden her vision just seems to be, literally, getting washed away.  Man, that was a TOUGH moment!!!  I kept thinking, let’s just wait this bad boy out… I didn’t want to say anything to Marie except for, “I’m sorry…”  There’s nothing more to be said.  She was sad you guys!  We all were!  Nick was waiting patiently for his bride to present herself, and we were just going to wing it indoors… and then… AND THEN!  AND THEN THE RAIN SLOWED!!!  What!?!?  Could it be!??!  “Okay, Nick, lets go juuuuuuust outside this awning” I said… we’ll put you guys right there and see what happens… “Marie, come on out”  and then it cleared…. Literally… in the 5 minutes of their first look the rain slowed… thick smudgy clouds turned into light puffy sun kissed cotton balls in the sky and we had ourselves a GORGEOUS day… Man… Mother Nature had us freaked!!!  We ran out to the vineyards and busted out some gorgeousness all while smiling in delight at the turn of the weather.  SO so lucky.  Marie’s planner ran down to the ceremony location and told all of the seated guests… “Everybody up!  We’re moving outside!”  Marie’s face… the sense of relief… could be felt everywhere.  So awesome. ;D

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Slightly overcast when we rolled up to the Vineyard Country Inn016 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

All the pretty things!  095 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Despite the drizzle at this point, Marie was GLOWING…. ;D 116 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Isn’t she gorgeous?!?!?154 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Meanwhile… Nick busted out a little disc golf in the morning.  Do NOT get in the way of this man an his disc!!!  lol.  He cleaned up nicely I must say! 192 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Ahh there we go… Just outside the rain229 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Yep!  Gorgeous!271 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

And OMG look at that!  Rain, what rain!!!!?!?!?? 284 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

We had some fog roll through on the tail end of the weather… Made for a dramatic backdrop for us! 386 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

And there’s Marie… coming down to the perfect wedding she had envisioned. I think everyone was excited to see her smile. ;D 397 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

V. Sattui has a special gorgeousness on this outdoor patio for weddings… 431 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

BOOM!  Married! 539 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

And check out this wine barrel reception room! 589 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA768 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Later ya’lls!  (I don’t even say that in real life… it just came out of my caffeinated typing fingers)

Marie and Nick… You guys are awesome.  It’s been so fun getting to know you… Seeing how you two love spending your weekends in Santa Cruz, getting totally treated to a speical dinner in Palo Alto, and now getting to be a part of your wedding, the second of the LaCourte family.  I feel so lucky guys.  Thank you so much for including me in your awesome, special, heatfelt day.  Im so happy for the two of you.  Cheers!

-Colson

Every couple days I’ll be lounging HARD in my living room at the end of the day… Maybe I’ll throw on “The Bachelor” as I’m winding down (you know… Cuz I’m totally Team Ben) and through the slightly cracked window I’ll hear this laugh wafting through the air from The Pig and Whistle bar across the street.  It’s a loud laugh… Full… Like the laugh that comes from deep within… Immediately I know it’s Kevin.  I’ll holler down to him from my second story window, “Kevin!  Whadduppp!!!!!”  and then Ill finish with something like, “Dude!  Pipe down with the laughing!  It’s almost the rose ceremony!” haha…. uhhh no, thats a lie.  That last part has never been said.  My man card would officially be dead if I said that.

To say Kevin frequents bar across the street from my house is an understatement… it’s like his second living room.  Grabbing a beer with the fellas is just an evening tradition for him.  When I first connected with Jen and Kevin we decided to grab a beer there because… DUH!!!

Immediately the vibe that I got from Jen and Kevin was totally awesome.  They’ve dated for 10 freaking years!!!!  But many were long distance and now they’ve finally connected in SF.  They both were just full of joy and laughter and wanted their wedding day to be a reflection of just that.  For their engagement photos they wanted to have something that would remind them of when they first moved in together (ahem… FINALLY!).

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Cafe Muese is the spot where these two would grab a drink for Happy Hour… Always a good time!  2015 04 27 0021 Jen & Kevins Russian Hill San Francisco Engagement Session

Kevin… wrap her up buddy!2015 04 27 0020 Jen & Kevins Russian Hill San Francisco Engagement Session

Jen… You’ve got such a beautiful nature about you!2015 04 27 0018 Jen & Kevins Russian Hill San Francisco Engagement Session

Not to shabby yourself bud!2015 04 27 0017 Jen & Kevins Russian Hill San Francisco Engagement Session

Totally love these smiles.
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Just up the street from their Russian Hill home there was a park they loved to go to…2015 04 27 0015 Jen & Kevins Russian Hill San Francisco Engagement Session

Spending time up there is one of their favorite memories… 2015 04 27 0012 Jen & Kevins Russian Hill San Francisco Engagement Session

Cute! 2015 04 27 0014 Jen & Kevins Russian Hill San Francisco Engagement Session

And… getting saucy down on Polk St.  Yep… that happened too!2015 04 27 0013 Jen & Kevins Russian Hill San Francisco Engagement Session2015 04 27 0019 Jen & Kevins Russian Hill San Francisco Engagement Session

A little romance to end the shoot…

Jen and Kevin… I know Ill be seeing you in the hood, but so stoked that we took time to honor your original hood here in the city… Russian hill will always hold a special place in your hearts and I hope these photos allow you to remember those beginning times here in SF! -Colson