Unique Marriage Proposal Idea!

Unique Marriage Proposal Idea - at Hearst Castle

Surprise proposals are SO incredible, and my dear friend Leo was looking for a unique marriage proposal idea for his lovely Saroya!  He wanted it to be like a fairy tale, and it was!!!

Hearst Castle is set in a gorgeous hilltop location. With sweeping panoramic views over the rolling Central Coast hills of California and Pacific Ocean.   Buy tickets to any tour here!  I captured Leo’s marriage proposal with a telephoto lens. Leo and Saroya have some beautiful, emotional photos to treasure for years to come.  The tours are always fascinating with knowledgeable guides. As many tours as I’ve been on, it’s never the same ~ I learn something new every time!  I love touring Hearst Castle!

Saroya was darling and I feel SO HAPPY for Leo, because whatever he said was perfect and Saroya had a beautiful and emotional response!  It’s such a thrill to capture such loving moments in gorgeous settings.

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Family Reunion of 30 people in Morro Bay

Family Reunion of Three Generations in Morro Bay Photographer

An 80th birthday feels like a perfect reason to get the entire family together on vacation to Morro Bay. Great way to celebrate 29 family members coming together by enjoying the beautiful sand dunes and long stretch of beach on the Central Coast of California. Morro Rock makes a great background to their memorable family reunion photo session.

It was a perfect day on the sand dunes, with high clouds and soft, warm sand beneath our feet.  I always aim to get the 30 person group photo first, while energy is high and there are no tired toddlers. Then I photograph each individual family, groups of cousins, grandparents with grandchildren and many candid moments as well. These sessions will provide you with special memories for years to come.

The Central Coast of California has such interesting landscapes – The Rock being one of them!  It’s one of thirteen volcanic plugs/peaks leading south towards San Luis Obispo.  The area is full of amazing short hikes with panoramic views – the closest one is right in Morro Bay by the Golf Course called Black HIll.  It is only a 1 mile hike each way, but gives 360 degree views over the ocean, Morro Rock and the inland valley!  I recommend it for an aerial view of the coastline and a view over highway 101’s rolling hills.

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{ Alyssa + Adam } Cambria Wedding Photographer for Garden Wedding

Cambria wedding photographer Debbie Markham_Cambria Pines Lodge

Its so amazing to be a Cambria wedding photographer! This quaint small town has the most beautiful venues for outdoor weddings!  Cambria Pines Lodge is a gorgeous location for a destination wedding.  Firstly, it has amazing gardens, paths, redwood trees, a wishing well, wood doors and unusual flora.  No wonder I love being a wedding photographer for Cambria Pines Lodge!

Secondly, Alyssa and Adam had an incredibly fun wedding party and family!  They snapchatted while getting ready, the guys drank some Fireball and girls drank Tequila!  Thirdly, they looked amazing with hair and makeup by Justine McCoy Makeup, dressed in grey suits and mauve dresses. They also had really cool etched champagne flutes with straws.  Lastly, their vendors were awesome!  Music and lighting by DJ Johnny Walker, and decorations by Cover Ups. I felt so much love and fun in the air!  I am so lucky to be a part of these special moments in life as a Cambria Wedding Photographer.

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