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

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

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

Amber + Red | Non-traditional wedding photographer | San Luis Obispo

Photographing intimate weddings, weddings lasting less than 5 hours and with less that 50 people is something I truly enjoy. Although I photograph many traditional weddings, my newest clients, Amber + Red had a totally different concept about their special day. Their wedding was a Faery themed wedding. The guests dressed as woodland creatures, while others dressed in really fun costumes.

Amber and Red met years ago through friends in San Luis Obispo, CA. Although they have now moved to the Pacific Northwest, San Luis Obispo is still one of their favorite places. They shared their love of this town through this special ceremony.

Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness!

Elizabeth + Ryan | 1950’s Vintage Destination Wedding | Atascadero, CA

As a wedding photographer in San Luis Obispo, each wedding is different and beautiful in its own way. I enjoy photographing non-traditional as well as traditional intimate weddings. Elizabeth and Ryan’s wedding was a 1950’s inspired destination wedding. The couple enjoy visiting San Luis Obispo county so it was perfect for them to have a casual home wedding in this area.

The happy couple met working together at a community college in Southern California. Both were sign language interpreters who interpreted a German class for a Deaf student. The rest…was history…

In addition to their love for sign language, the couple love crafting. The cactus canvas image, created by our groom Ryan, was for guests to sign in. Cacti paintings created by Ryan were all over the grounds, which were really beautiful. In lieu of traditional flowers, one of Elizabeth’s friends created her paper bouquet as well as paper flowers for Elizabeth’s veil and Ryan’s boutonniere.

The wedding ceremony and reception were emotional, and full of support and love from the couple and their guests. During the ceremony, the couple created a time capsule that was buried on the grounds and the couple would come back in 10 years to celebrate.

I also enjoy seeing the bride and groom’s culture infused into the wedding ceremony.  The couple incorporated an Indonesian tradition of joining the bride and groom’s hands, which was beautiful as well. They also included the red cord around the bride’s ring with a small sentiment of Ryan’s blessing to her.

All guests and couple had a great time. Congratulations Elizabeth and Ryan!

Caterer:

Choco's Mexican Grill

Bridal Gown:

Modcloth

 

Allyson + Ryan | Coast Guard Destination Wedding | San Luis Obispo, CA

Don’t you love hearing the stories of how a couple meet and how the proposal takes place? Call me too inquisitive, but those two questions are the two that I usually ask.

Allyson & Ryan met while working together on a Coast Guard ship. The military doesn’t allow outward relationships, so they had a hidden relationship for about two years.

Allyson and Ryan were the cutest and calmest couple on their wedding day. If they were nervous, one never knew. The two do not live in the area, so their wedding was a San Luis Obispo destination wedding.  Allyson still serves in the Coast Guard so planning, especially a destination wedding would seem problematic, but she made it look easy. As their San Luis Obispo wedding photographer, we communicated a few times on the phone and online to ensure their photographic ideas were honored.

It was a beautiful day in July 2017: the sky was clear and the golden hills of San Luis Obispo were ready to celebrate with the happy couple and their families. The venue, The Prefumo Crest Inn stands at the top of Prefumo Canyon with 360 degree views of San Luis Obispo, Morro Rock, the golden California hills and the ocean. The fog did roll in heavy during the reception.

It was an emotional wedding. The couple presented each other with wedding gifts before the ceremony. Allyson received a beautiful kite and infinity necklace while Ryan received a completed journal written by Allyson. The ceremony was beautiful, but the couple more than anything wanted to celebrate this great event with their families.

One surprise of the day was the gift given to Allyson from the Chavira sisters (Ryan’s sisters).  It was a Coast Guard jacket with her new married name that she could wear while on the ship serving her country.

When the fog rolled in from Avila Beach, the sky turned grey,  jackets came on and blankets were shared, so Allyson’s new jacket was perfect to wear during the reception.

Instead of a wedding cake, the happy couple decided to have a pie that they loved, pumpkin pie as the dessert of choice. It was a great day. Congratuations A + R!

Vendors:

 Florist | Ellen Benner, Burlap bouquets

Caterer | The Rib Line

Bridal gown designer | Wine Country Bride | Santa Rosa, CA

Venue: | Perfumo Crest Inn |San Luis Obispo, CA

Film vs Digital photography - which do you prefer?

When my father passed away, he left me one medium format film camera Mamiya 645. I had it looked over, cleaned and was ready for use; until I didn't touch it for YEARS! That beautiful camera loved by my dad stayed on my shelf. This was the time when people were putting down their film cameras and going digital all the way. I felt he would prefer for me to purchase a digital camera and use it frequently vs. using a film camera sporadically. I unfortunately sold the camera to purchase my first digital camera.

One of my former graduate students was a camera collector. When he moved from the West Coast to the Mid-West, he gave me his Mamiya 645! I cried, knowing my dad would be happy that I have the camera that he loved. I did not have it cleaned this time, and it stayed on the shelf for 3+ years before I wanted to start a relationship with it.

When I sold the first Mamiya, digital images did not have the caliber or look of a film picture. I succumbed to the digital way of life and after years of shooting digital, I am interested in using film again. There are quite a few wedding photographers in my area and in California who shoot a hybrid of half-digital/half-film and I am leaning towards that way of shooting weddings. 

I purchased my first light meter last week, so that I can make sure my lighting is correct, but it's really scary starting this new adventure. I am so excited to start this adventure! I am shooting a wedding on July 1 so please send your positive thoughts and prayers when I do this. Here are some images from my playing around with the Mamiya. My real test will be in two weeks at the wedding. I'll keep you posted. :)

Megan + Christopher | Intimate Wedding on the Beach | Cayucos, CA

Megan + Christopher | Intimate Wedding on the Beach | Cayucos, CA

It was a beautiful day for an intimate wedding in Cayucos, CA . Not a cloud in the sky, different hues of blue ocean water, whales spouting, beautiful beach sand, and Morro Rock in the background. Megan is a medical doctor and Christopher an oceanographer. Having a beach wedding incorporated both the love for their town, love for travel and Christopher’s love for the ocean.

The bride decided that she did not want a first look. Christopher and his groomsmen got ready at their home while Megan and her bridesmaids at the wedding site. As Nadine and Theo, the wedding coordinators placed appetizers for guests before the ceremony; a sneaky spotted seagull had other ideas about the food. The seagull stayed perched on the roof loudly squawking at Theo (and signaling three other seagulls nearby). As Theo put down the appetizer tray, the seagull swooped down to steal one of the larger appetizers! It was amazing to watch! I couldn’t believe what I had just seen! Needless to say, the appetizers went back into the house until the official cocktail hour! The seagull stayed perched on that roof for an additional 15 minutes for another snack, but there was NO MORE FOOD for him and his friends!

Twenty guests stood in a semi-circle on the beach witnessing the happy couple. The groom’s oldest son, played electric guitar during the bridal procession, and during another special time in the ceremony. The wedding not only joined Megan and Christopher in marriage, but also connected two families and four children. The family of six participated in a sand ceremony to join the two families and incorporating the beach theme. It was refreshing to see the children excited for the wedding as well as family and friends. Congratulations Megan and Christopher!

Vendors:

Bridal gown:                    David’s Bridal

Hairstylist:                       Kristina Kolkowski from Fiero Hair

Make Up:                         Jennifer Hix from The Queens Bees

Floral:                              Festive Designs

Bridesmaids’ dresses:     Amazon

Rachel + Robert | Intimate Wedding photography | Santa Maria, CA | Renoda Campbell Photography

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In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.”  --Maya Angelou

I was so happy for Rachel and Robert's wedding. Rachel is a kind, demure woman and she meets a good man,  Robert who loves her and enjoys to make her smile and laugh. Seeing the two of them together is refreshing.

It was an emotional wedding for all of the guests. As Rachel walked down the aisle, her son sang a beautiful song. To see Robert’s expression as Rachel walked down the aisle had the audience tearing up. Rachel's church members led the couple in a prayer circle. The couple participated in the sand ceremony joining both families together. All guests felt the love throughout the ceremony and reception.

Halls + Budak | Multicultural Wedding Reception | Intimate Wedding Photographer | Lompoc, CA

I love all weddings and receptions especially when they add a multicultural addition to the details. The couple were married in Turkey, but this event was the U.S. wedding reception with close family and friends.

In the details, a part of Turkey was brought to Lompoc, CA. There were beautiful images of where they met and where were married in Turkey. There were beautiful Turkish cloths and candles, a special family handkerchief used during the dance, and pictures in frames of family members living in Turkey who could not attend.  The Turkish food was made from scratch for all to enjoy and the dessert--many variations of Baklava. So delicious. I tried baklava with chocolate for the first time!

The couple danced, and friends and family celebrated with them. Instead of the tradition of throwing rice, the group threw very light pompons. Another colorful touch.

As a San Luis Obispo intimate wedding photographer, photographing such a colorful cultural celebration was really enjoyable. I believe it’s important to incorporate your culture into your celebrations. It gives guests a chance to celebrate commonalities, learn new traditions and the world seems a little smaller with family all over the world. Congratulations to the happy couple!