Megan +Froi | Star Wars influenced California Castle Wedding | Second Shooting with Ryan Tiet from Cotton Love Studios

This was my first time as a Second Shooter. I was excited to do this shoot with Ryan Tiet from Cotton Love Studios in Los Angeles. This wedding took place on May 4 so I had a feeling it would have some aspect of Star Wars in it. Come on…May the 4th be with you!

Castle Noland was breathtaking. I have always noticed this Castle-like venue in San Luis Obispo, but thought it was a private residence, it is not.

I have known Megan and Froi since they were undergraduate students at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I believe EVERYONE knew that they would get married…it was just a matter of time. 

Froi equipped his groomsmen well with their wedding gifts. Everything was Star Wars themed including Cuff links, drinking glasses, etc. Froi of course, had the Yoda cuff links. He was so ready to get married, no real nerves and it was great to see him prepare to marry his love, Megan.  While getting ready, the groomsmen were excited to put on face masks! Needless to day, their skin looked amazing.


When Megan came out for her portraits, she was absolutely stunning! Her dress looked AMAZING on her! She too was so calm and ready to get married.

For the first look, the couple were excited to see each other, but not nervous at all!

Wedding gifts: It was great to see the excitement on Froi’s face when he opened Megan’s gift. It was an aged alcohol and he gave her a beautiful Tiffany bracelet to wear for the wedding.

The wedding party were one of the BEST DRESSED groups that I’ve encountered. Megan and Froi had always been well dressed even as students, so I wasn’t surprised that their wedding attire would be amazing!


After the First Look, Megan and Froi had to quickly change for the Chinese tea ceremony. Megan is Chinese and wanted to fulfill this beautiful ritual BEFORE the wedding ceremony. 

Pre-wedding images…excitement was everywhere! The wedding was as beautiful as expected. There were tears shed by the couple as well as the audience members.


Their first dance was so sweet. You could see their true partnership while they danced.

When the newlyweds danced with their parent is when all tears started. Megan and Froi were very close to their parents and all of their family, so this was a very emotional time for all.


The final images are from the Toast section and the beautiful cakes.

Congratulations Megan and Froi!

Mario + Alex | Intercultural Wedding in Park setting | Santa Maria, CA | Intimate Wedding Photographer

Mario and Alex are the sweetest couple! I was very excited to celebrate with them on their special day. These new professors celebrated the advancement of their doctoral degrees, buying a house, moving into their house and planning a wedding!

 Here is a little bit of their story from their wedding website:

“We met in Goleta, California, while attending the University of California, Santa Barbara for the Sociology Ph.D. program. One year later, we were both enrolled in the Sociology Ph.D. program, without knowing, until we met at the Imperial Bar in Goleta, CA; where we discovered for the first time our unwavering attraction to one another <3. 

After meeting, we went on as many dates as we could while balancing school and work. We travelled together to Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and up and down the Central Coast of California. We spent so much time together, we decided to move in to an apartment in downtown Santa Barbara. Our partnership grew stronger, as we started working together by teaching as a guest lecturer on Beyoncé at Cal Poly. We had more adventures, traveling to Oregon, Modesto, San Francisco, Michigan, and Montréal. After adopting our fur-daughters Nina (Russian blue cat) and Moana (Chihuahua-Dachschund mix), we outgrew our small apartment and moved to Santa Maria, CA. 

Mario proposed to Alex in Los Angeles at the Griffith Observatory. Despite the rain, Mario found the perfect spot under the stars in the museum. A few weeks later, Alex proposed to Mario in one of their favorite breakfast spots in Pismo Beach, CA.

From driving cross-country twice, traveling the globe a few times with all of our conference travels and plane trips, and celebrating our anniversary in "Hell's Kitchen," our adventures and our life together has reminded us to persevere, celebrate, celebrate, and love each other to the moon and back.”

Their wedding was romantic, heartfelt, and surrounded by family, friends and fur-babies.

#QueerProfsGetMarried

 

Vendors:

Photography: Renoda Campbell Photography 

Second shooter: Bobbie Pyle

Caterer: Central Coast Tacos

Tables and Chair Rentals: Andrea’s Party Rentals 

Decorations: Eternal Amor 

 Table Setters: Angela’s Discount, Guadalupe, CA

 

Ethan + Emma | Marriage Proposal | Avila Beach, CA | Beach Wedding Photographer

I received a call from Ethan a few weeks ago telling me about his proposal idea. I was SO excited to work with him to bring his idea to reality. Ethan is from the Central Coast, but his fiancé is from TX. They would occasionally visit Avila Beach to visit his family and his home town. Two times that they have visited Avila, random photographers would come to them to take their photos.  Was going to be the third.


Although she was suspicious of my with the photographer request, she went along with it. I incorporated a few “break the ice” photos but didn’t want to take up too much of their precious time. Ethan and I had a “code phrase” so he would know when I was ready to photograph the “special event”. 

He did propose!…and she said YES! 

Congratulations Ethan and Emma!

Bryan + Nick | Modern Anniversary Styled Shoot | Shell Beach, CA

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” 

Lao Tzu


Bryan and Nick celebrated their three year anniversary this year. They allowed me to photograph their special time together and capture them renewing their wedding vows in an intimate styled shoot.


They met as students at the University of Denver and never looked back!


I met this amazing couple when Bryan interviewed  for an administrative position at the local university. I was so happy when they moved to the San Luis Obispo area!


Vendors:

Photography:  Renoda Campbell Photography 

Photography Assistant: Malorie Morello

Planning: Renoda Campbell Events

Event planning Assistant: Emily Stevens

Florist: Flourish SLO

Cake: Vons

Men’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse

Rentals: Got You Covered Tents and Events

Beach House: Private residence

This private residence in Shell Beach, CA provided a gorgeous backdrop for the Anniversary Styled Shoot.

Photographing details is always fun to photograph and this couple did not disappoint. The couples take much time into their special details so making sure that these are represented in the images is important.

Bryan and Nick were so cute when they were getting ready. They were very helpful to each other and were so excited to see how the other looked in his suit.

Flamingos are a secret animal that the couple really love. Having flamingo socks were meaningful to them.

It was very romantic for the two to renew their vows. The sentiments said were very heartfelt and at the end, everyone was teary-eyed.

This couple was AMAZING! I loved photographing EVERY MINUTE from their session!

Flourish SLO and Got You Covered Tents & Rentals did not disappoint helping me show their beautiful work and to highlight the couple.

Vons and FlourishSLO helped the cake experience even more beautiful!

THANK YOU to all of the vendors who made this photo shoot a success. i could not have done this without you!

Kristina & Tiphanie / New Year’s Eve intimate wedding / LGBT wedding photographer / Arroyo Grande, CA

It was a beautiful and brisk New Years Eve day for Kristina and Tiphanie’s intimate outdoor garden wedding. The couple planned a simple and elegant destination wedding in Arroyo Grande on the Central Coast of CA.

I received Kristina’s phone call inquiring about my services while I was driving to another event. I pulled over and IMMEDIATELY felt such a connection with her and was so honored that she chose Renoda Campbell Photography to photograph their wedding.


Here’s how they met:

Tiphanie and I were friends many years ago and our lives went in different directions. We reconnected back in 2016 and began spending time together.  Her work relocated her for an 18-month job assignment to TX. Rather than causing a strain on our relationship, this has actually caused us to grow closer. Tiphanie asked me to marry her in Summer of 2018 in Mexico. She arranged for a private lobster and champagne brunch on the beach. She played our favorite songs during brunch... I told her that we live a pretty amazing life... and she told me there was one way to make it even better. Then she pulled out a ring that we had looked at several months prior in Hawaii together. Of course, I said yes! 


The Casitas Estates in Arroyo Grande is a gorgeous location for a wedding or private event. The sweeping views and manicured grounds are amazing! Pat G, the owner, was very gracious and welcoming. I look forward to photographing many more weddings at this venue. 

Congratulations Kristina and Tiphanie!


Photographer:

Renoda Campbell Photography

@rencamweddings

Second Photographer:

John Patrick Images

@johnpatrickweddings

Ceremony & Reception:

The Casitas Estate

@thecasitasestate

Makeup & Hair: 

(Kristina)

@emmacrumstylist

(Tiphanie)

Makeup: Her mom, Barbara

Hair: Italienne Salon

Dresses:

David’s Bridal

@davidsbridal

Cake:

PK Custom Cakes

Christopher | Class of 2019 | San Luis Obispo High School | High School Portrait Photographer

Christopher is not one who enjoys photos so I had to work FAST. My smallest package session time is for 30 minutes. Many of the high school males refer this timeframe. I had my locations pretty much scoped out and was prepared to give him a lot of direction. I was wrong! Christopher changed poses of facial expressions every four clicks! This was more fun than I thought! We stayed within a 1 block radius to complete our session. I believe a photographer needs this “speed session” every now and then. It keeps your mind sharp. Thank you Chris for being my “emergency test”.

Dylan | Class of 2019 | San Luis Obispo High School | High School Portrait Photographer

OMG! I had a blast with Dylan! I expected him to be a great senior portrait model, but he exceeded my expectations. 

Dylan was calm, cool and collected for his session. I gave him very little direction and these amazing photos came to light. I asked him if he had modeled in the past, and he hadn’t. Okay #modelingagency, sign him! 

Some of the things we talked about were his goals after high school. One of his goals is to work with animals. He has the temperament and positivity that animals will trust quickly.

Best of luck with your senior year!

Michael | Class of 2019 | San Luis Obispo High School | High School  Portrait Photographer

Unlike most high school seniors who want you to photograph them with their cars, Michael wanted to take photos in front of a private jet. Can you say “high aspirations”! :) Yes, he plans on becoming a pilot. He even plans on attending  a university that specializes in flying or being a pilot. 

The world is truly at his feet. Congratulations Michael! I hope to have you fly me to London someday! :). Thank you to ACI Jet Center for allowing us to shoot around your beautiful property| #flyinghigh, #pilotlife, #leavingonajetplane, #pilot, #renodacampbellphoto @acijet

Domonique + Joshua | Intercultural & Interfaith Wedding | Beach wedding photographer

Domonique + Joshua | Intercultural & Interfaith Wedding | Beach wedding photographerI absolutely love this couple. I have known Dom since she was an Engineering student at Cal Poly. I also remember her dating Josh during this time. I was so honored to have her ask Renoda Campbell Photography to photograph their wedding. Avila Beach is a very popular and beautiful destination. There were many tourists watching the ceremony as it took place. The couple also received many congratulations as they walked to the ceremony site. During the ceremony, the couple both jumped the broom, an African-American tradition, and had  the breaking of the glass.

The reception was a lot of fun and jam packed! They played the shoe game . Instead of using shoes, they used Barbie dolls dressed in bridal attire. There was also the Hora  where the bride and groom were lifted on chairs during the Hava Nagila song.

Below is how Josh, the groom discussed their romance on the knot:

“Although the story really begins the week before Freshman year started at a fraternity house and includes many nights dancing together at parties, we are going to start our story halfway through our first year at college. Thanks to having mutual friends dating each other the couple began to spend more time together. Eventually, near the end of Winter quarter, they started spending some time alone(1). This mainly included him helping with flashcards and buying her Starbucks as a reward, as well as going on late night walks discovering the hidden parts of campus using only the moon as their light. She claims that she wasn't falling for him, but the many late night taquito meals she provided(2) and early morning smoothie/donut deliveries directly to his room beg to differ. One night they went with some friends on a night hike to Pirate’s Cove (where he later proposed) to watch the sunrise, not realizing that you cannot watch a sunrise over the Pacific. This is the agreed upon date where they started liking each other, though we can see that is not the case for her. Before the quarter ended she invited him to play on the softball team she was starting up in Spring. Even though you can take one look at him and clearly see he is athletic enough to play any sport at a high level, he was able to  convince her that she needed to come over during Spring break to give him some lessons on throwing. This was clearly supposed to take place as she somehow got lost on a two-stop BART ride, but that did not prevent this practice from happening (although he should have picked her up in his car).

When they returned to school and as the sun began to come out for Spring quarter, so did a couple of sweet and odd quirks. She began her habit of drawing him cards for different occasions; that was sweet. During down time while hanging out she would draw her made up character Dog-Boy everywhere, including his arms and legs; that was slightly odd. He was also given a very short list of foods that she was willing to eat–and a page and a half long list of foods that she would not even touch. This was perfect for him as he was planning on asking her on their first date. The date did not start well for her as she spilled yellow sunflower pollen all over his white tee. He laughed it off though and they took the bus downtown to have some Firestone and frozen yogurt. One night he gained the courage to ask her to be his girlfriend. She seemed hesitant at first, clearly pretending(3), but the answer was always going to be yes. As the year came to an end he was worried they weren’t going to see each other over the summer and things would come to an end. Even though they did not have a plan, he clearly remembers her last day on campus Freshman year in her white and yellow dress with the big bow on it with the biggest and most beautiful smile he had ever seen, and knew he would make it work. It ended up not being hard at all as they only lived 20 minutes from each other and both got jobs at the mortuary. Somehow, even though he got her the job, she got paid more. He’s still bitter to this day about that.

The rest of their time in college provided plenty more chances to grow together and experience new adventures. During their Sophomore year he broke his ankle a few hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve (thanks to one of the groomsmen) and was on crutches for a few months. She was then tasked with driving him around and helping him with his chores. They then spent that summer teaching S.T.E.M. classes to an elementary school in Oakland(4). Their Junior year they took their first big trip to Pittsburgh, PA for the Nationals conference for the National Society of Black Engineers. That summer they spent together in SLO taking online classes and working at their job in the administration building (this job she got him). Finally in their 4th year they started doing things outside of SLO, such as taking day trips down to Santa Barbara, and finding their favorite coffee shop in Morro Bay. At the end of that year he graduated and moved back to the Bay Area while she stayed in SLO to complete her final year. They spent many nights video chatting each other and split traveling to see each other every other weekend, cramming as much fun as they could in such a short amount of time.

While things seemed so promising, their path took a turn for the worst. Even a glorious trip to Brazil for the World Cup could not help them through their differences on how they wanted to live the next few years of their lives. He then moved to live in San Francisco and she lived in Pleasanton. Even though they were an hour apart and rarely spoke, the love and chemistry was never lost. Eventually he moved out of the city, quit his job, and did some traveling. Before him leaving for Europe they had dinner and feelings started to rekindle. Upon coming back, things picked up right where they were left off. She visited him in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve and they eventually deemed themselves a couple again. After a few more months of enjoying their newfound relationship he finally decided it was time to propose. He took her down to SLO, to Pirates Cove, the place they agreed they first started liking each other, just as the sun was setting. He snuck her friends down to take pictures, but they came out too early. He then put the ring on her finger, forgetting to ask her the question. She kindly reminded him and then said “Yes!”. They then popped champagne and spent the next 10 months planning the wedding." 

The Bride’s Footnotes:

  1. "Most of these new hangouts were sparked by him “forgetting” his glasses in her dorm,  and leaving again without them.
  2. Her Costco taquito bill tripled per month due to this.
  3. She was not pretending.
  4. She enjoyed watching him play soccer with the kids during recess."

I have no doubt that this lovely couple will have a successful marriage with a lot of love, sense of humor.

Lylah | 5th Birthday Party | San Luis Obispo | Special Events Photographer

I had the pleasure to photograph this beautiful girl right after she was born. Now she is 5 years old and is even more special to me.  Lylah is smart, strong, kind, and caring. She has good friends now that she will probably be friends with for life. She was so excited to share her 5th birthday with her friends.

Her mom and dad did an amazing job organizing Lylah’s party.  I can only imagine what her Sweet 16 will look like! Balloons, cake, pizza , friends and freeze dance were the highlights of the party. Her younger sisters also seemed to have a great time at the party.

Happy birthday sweet girl! Wishing you a lifetime of love, laughter and joy!

Venue: San Luis Obispo Country Club

Birthday Girl’s dress: Amazon

Crown: Little Blue Olive

DJ: LaDell Erby - Epic Entertainment 

Photo booth: Epic Entertainment

Cake vendor: Christine's Cake Creations

Audrey + Josh | Intimate Wedding | Pismo Beach | Destination Wedding photographer

Not many people know this, but San Luis Obispo, CA is a popular destination wedding location. Audrey was a very special bride to me. She was my second photographer for one summer in San Luis Obispo. We kept in contact even after she moved to Northern California.

On our photography journeys, we would talk about our love for photography, cameras, (we both use Canon cameras) and our careers in photography. We dreamed big and made each other our accountability partners, until her big move North.

When she said she was getting married, I was so excited for her! Not only that I would be her photographer, but I wanted her to find love and be happy in her private and professional life. 

Here’s what Audrey had to say about how she met Josh: “We met in the 6th Grade. I always called him ‘my best guy friend’ until now.” Audrey said she turned around one day after many years and thought differently about him.  Their friendship turned into romance. They had their son and one night, he proposed to her in their son’s room. 

Both Audrey and Josh love the outdoors and the ocean, so chose Pismo Beach, CA as their wedding destination. They were also the first to have their reception at the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove in Pismo Beach. The family and friends who attended had a great time! I look forward to seeing how their family as well as their love grows.

Congratulations A & J!

Wedding dress: Miosa Bride

Caterer: Morro Bay Farms BBQ & Catering

Second Photographer: Nadeen Sparks Photography

Wedding venue: Pismo Beach, CA

Reception Venue: Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Pismo Beach

William | Class of 2019 | SLO High School | High School Senior Photographer

I was so honored to work with Wil and his family for his Senior session. He was so easy going. Having the session at the beach made it the perfect backdrop. Wil aspires to be a professional baseball player...I can see it! With his determination, positive attitude and athleticism. 

Best of luck this year Wil.  Let me know which university you choose! :) 

Samantha | Class of 2019 | SLO High School | High School Senior photographer

It's High School Senior session time!!!!! Yay!!!! I LOVE photographing Seniors! Their enthusiasm for the new chapter in their in their lives is so exciting!

Samantha is no exception. She knows what she wants to do in life and is ready to begin her journey, after Senior year, of course. I was fortunate enough to photograph her sister, Hanna two years ago as well. Both women are driven, like helping others and interested in the Medical profession. Hanna is currently studying Nursing and Samantha plans to do the same!

I admire people who choose the medical field. I think of them as detectives figuring out what is going on in our human bodies!

Samantha, let me know when you get into the Seattle U Nursing program. With your ambition, and determination  you will go far! :)

Annelise + Seth | Destination Wedding | Dinosaur Caves, Pismo Beach | Central Coast Destination Wedding photographer

Annelise and Seth wanted to have a destination wedding at one of their favorite locations, Pismo Beach, CA.

This adorable couple wanted to get away from hot Fresno to enjoy their nuptials at a cooler and beautiful location. They did bring the heat with them to the Central Coast. It was a very hot 96 degrees on the beach with no breeze. It was okay, there was so much love in the air.

How did you two meet?

"We met through a mutual friend at Starbucks. We enjoy going for walks, taking trips to the beach with our dog, Dobby, and watching our favorite nerdy tv shows."And they ARE nerds which was so much fun! Their wedding theme was

Dr. Who meets StarWars

I hadn’t watched Dr. Who so I was a little concerned over how the details would look. It was a fun-filled and nerdy atmosphere for all.

The couple did not have a first look, so all of the group images were done after the ceremony. After the beach ceremony, the group celebrated at the Pismo Beach RV Park.

There were fun details at the  reception. The reception location was adjacent to the beach, so we had fun doing sunset photos.

Thank you for choosing Renoda Campbell Photography as your photographer!

Venue: Dinosaur Caves, Pismo Beach

Second photographer: Kristin Raynor

Bohemian + Irish Wedding Take 2 | Vivien and Garrett | San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer

Vivien and Garrett (a.k.a. vivandgar) are an amazing couple that dated for eight (8) years before getting married! They attended the same elementary and secondary schools! Their love lasted even when Vivien attended university in the Mid West!

Garrett proposed while we were backpacking in Croatia! The proposal was adorable and totally unexpected. (Garrett showed me the video.) Months later, they were married at Zion National Park in Utah.

Since they had the traditional intimate wedding in Utah, the Devaney clan wanted to have a fun second wedding/dance party in their home town…which is where I come along!

Vivien made it clear that she already took the “traditional” images I’m Utah, her focus for this family was to celebrate with those members who could not attend Utah and to have a fun Bohemian celebration…which they had!

Congratulations vivandgar! You know how to throw a great event!

 

Photography:

Renoda Campbell - Renoda Campbell Photography 

Cassia Karin - Cassia Karin Photography (second shooter)

Flower girl - Miss Naya

Officiant - All of the siblings on both side

Florist - Lavender Smiths

Caterer - Kevin Devaney and the SLO Rugby Club 

Signage = Kathy Kahn Devaney Design

Bridal gown designer,

Dress: Wear Your Love

Band: - Gillie Wheesels

Riley Foster Evans: highland bagpipes

Venue - The Jack House


 

Holiday Couples Session | San Luis Obispo | Family photographer

Every year Jeff & Yovani create holiday cards for their friends and families. it is not a tradition in either one of their families to send holiday cards, so they enjoy being the first. This year, they requested a rural setting that overlooked our city. We trekked up one of the smaller hills in the area to get these images. At this Open Space, there are a lot of proposals, picnics and large groups of people who get together to enjoy the city views.  There was even a Miss San Luis Obispo contestant photographing her images up there!

I also wanted for them to experiment with me and do some more romantic couples posing.They were great sports and I think their images came out great!

These two are always fun to photograph because they have fun with each other and don't mind my capturing their fun. I hope their families enjoy these images on the holiday cards!