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Meet and Greet Monte Verde Style

This is an especially fun little blog for us.  We get to tease all the Monte Verde Inn Brides and Grooms out there with a couple images to get them ready for the amazing Open House and tasting this coming Saturday. 

The Open House is truly an exciting event with every combination of food samples you can imagine including Kelly’s phenomenal cakes.  Not to mention that you get to check this amazing site out and fall in love with all the photo opportunities available.  Ok, maybe I am getting a little more excited for you since we know how spectacular your day will be.  (It doesn’t hurt to stir the imagination up a bit.)

The Open House is a perfect opportunity to meet and visit with great vendors including Joe with Sj’s Disc Jockey, Mike with Jensen Wedding FilmsO’Shays, and Shana Beals (Make Up Artist) for starters.  They all have amazing experiences with weddings and especially at the Monte Verde Inn.  So, bring your notes, your questions, your magazine clippings and share with us the wedding details that are inspiring you.  We are there to help all the planning ideas fall into place for you.  This is definitely not a time to be shy! 


What Flavour are You?

It was pretty much hands down.  Our little poll on Ford Family Photography’s Facebook page asked if we should blog about shoes or cakes.  Both favorites of our brides.

So, let’s get down to business.  I know, this is a stressful subject to talk about:  All those cake samples you have to eat and select from.  We are happy to step in and help you through this process.  Really, who needs to go through that cake tasting anyway?

Ok, all kidding aside.  This is really an exciting and enjoyable part of the planning process.  But where do you start?  As with everything else in the wedding planning experience, referrals are always a sure bet.  Your favorite venue and friend can also be the first source of contact.  Other sources include florists, photographers, and other “hands on” vendors like wedding planners that get you through the day.

Your wedding cake is the Center of all Center Pieces.  Every wedding we photograph, it’s “Where is the CAKE?”.  Nothing pulls your colors and design personality together more than that one of a kind tower of indulgence.  Why not have some fun.  Some of the fabulous cake designers we are showcasing include, Kelly Dalisa at Monte Verde Inn, Shelton’s Wedding Cake Design, Carissa Jones at Sugar and Spice, Divine Desserts, and Village Cake Shoppe.  These are perfect examples of amazing professionals that are dedicated and dependable.  You need to feel confident that your cake will arrive on time and survive the conditions of the day.

Your cake is a true expression of your style.   Everything from the size, the shape, the details, the color, are options for the greatest finish.  That includes miniature cakes or even cupcakes!  Be sure to give all the important details of the day to your cake designer too.  They should know if it will be outside or inside, the time of the year for weather and heat influences, and of course, how many guests to feed.  You definitely do not want to run out. 

Your options are truly endless, but exciting.  Don’t be afraid to have fun and be yourself.  We love to take pictures of your cake, as you can tell.  We even keep mini albums in our studio of the variety of cakes that we have documented since they are so much fun to share for inspirations.  

So, dig in!  Oh,  but that reminds me… what about the flavors?  How could we forget to discuss the other lovely perfection of this tower of sweet?  Did you know that you have amazing options with fillings as well?  Here is where that treasured experience of tasting comes in handy.  One our true favorites is the Pink Champagne cake by Kelly Dalisa.  But who can resist anything that has chocolate ganache, mocha butter cream, red velvet, and combinations you can only dream about?  Now, don’t forget to confirm who will be cutting your cake at the reception.  That is an art of its own.

For all you fans of that delightful perfection of the timeless tradition of the wedding cake, please share with all of us your favorite flavor combinations.  This is such a perfect opportunity to give support to our lovely new brides and grooms as they plan their perfect wedding experience.  Happy Tastings!

Rain or No Rain?

Since this is a particularly busy time of year for many of you brides and grooms planning your incredible upcoming wedding, I thought that I can start passing along some very important information to consider while selecting your wedding date and location.

So, let’s get right to the point and one of the biggest concerns.  Rain.  Even though having a wedding in California is less concerning when it comes to this soggy version of Mother Nature, we still have to be prepared.   We comment to our brides and grooms all the time… It will work in your favor if you plan for rain even if the chances are slim.  Don’t you remember “Murphy’s Law? 

If you are still on the hunt for that perfect venue, be sure you ask questions  that include what the back up plans are for rain.  How many guests will you be able to have indoors if your ceremony is moved?  Can you bring in a tent?  What have they done in the past for rain situations?  What months or times of the year for your location should you be cautious of the seasonal drops?  Your wedding vendors are perfect resources for helping you plan for alternate weather conditions since they have the experience.  And they should have experience, if you know what I mean.

Now don’t be nervous or think rain will automatically cause problems for your wedding.  Some of our best events were filled with umbrellas and the biggest smiles ever. 

Rrain or even snow can add an element of uniqueness to your wedding photos and video as well.  We love to sugggest to our couples that having personally selected umbrellas or fun rubber boots can add a lot of personality to your images.  There are so many incredible colors and brilliant designs of umbrellas to select from.  We are even adding to our collection for variety and to help with the experience of the day.

Let us know if you have a perfect rain story or even if you have questions about weddings in the rain.  But most of all, don’t be shy about asking your vendors for help and ideas.   We want your day to be as perfect as planned.

Romance in the Vineyards

FordFamilyGoldHillWineryWebOne of the nicest perks to our role as photographers when capturing moments on a wedding day are the locations and venues we have the pleasure of working at.  I thought it would be a treat to highlight some of the local sites that have the  flavour of romance with the surroundings of the vineyards.


FordFamilyVineyardWebThe Sacramento region is booming with wineries and private vineyards.  A couple of our favorite locations for taking romantics with our couples include Monte Verde Inn, Sogno Winery, Gold Hill Vineyard, and Old Sugar Mill.


Let us know some of your favorite sceneries and back drops and how these locations inspire your wedding plans.  We would love to share samples with your ideas in mind.




Thank you to our amazing couples for the inspiration and thrill of working with them and their favorite locations.

Country Charm

We recently had the greatest pleasure photographing the wedding of Dina and Jack at the incredible location of Monte Verde Inn in Foresthill, California.


The weather was spetacular and our lovely couple were perfectly stunning.  The charm of this private country estate only enhanced the spotless details of Dina and Jack’s day.



Dina had selected red as her theme color and what a great choice when looking around the fantastic grounds for a colorful backdrop.




The evening ended with beautiful music and dancing in the ballroom by Joe Kalamaras ( and a perfect toast as the sun faded behind the mountains.



Thank you, Dina and Jack, for the honor of taking your pictures on your treasured day.