Mr. & Mrs. Van Blois

Chuck and I were in beautiful Puerto Vallarta last October at Rita and Scott’s rehearsal dinner and we just happened to be seated next to Katie and Brad. It’s always a little awkward when everyone else knows each other and you know no one, but we struck up a conversation about college football and their recent engagement in Paris. Katie told us all about their beautiful wedding that they were planning up in Sonoma. At the wedding the next day Katie saw the slide show that I put up at the reception and told me how much she loved the pictures. Two months later I got a phone call from Katie’s coordinator asking me if I’d come up to shoot their wedding!

I’ve really loved getting to know Katie and Brad. I especially loved shooting their engagement session in San Francisco and loved that they got to show me around. Their only down fall is that they are Cal alumni. Every time someone would say “Cal” during the wedding EVERYONE would yell “GO BEARS!”. I really had to stop myself from saying “Go Bruins!” And on top of that I had to shoot an engagement session at Cal the very next day! More on that later.

I’ve been looking forward to Katie and Brad’s wedding at the Mayacama Golf Club and Katie’s custom gown, their awesome wedding band, and gorgeous flowers and decor. I was not disappointed. John James Floral Design did an amazing job turning an already beautiful venue into a spectacular venue. The band Tainted Love was IN-CRED-IBLE! They are a San Francisco based 80′s cover band and I (as well as everyone else) loved them! The dance floor was rocking. I only got stepped on three times and no bad bruises :) And the videographer Thomas Hughes was such a pleasure to work with. He shot Courtney Cox and David Arquette’s wedding! How cool is that? Thomas does a lot of work up north, but he is also in Orange County so check him out!

Katie and Brad, have an absolutely fabulous time on your honeymoon! Thank you for having me shoot your wedding! It was an absolutely beautiful day and I’m so thankful I was able to be part of it! Congratulations and here’s the slide show!

Katie’s gorgeous custom gown!

Katie and her beautiful sister, Jenny. Jenny had camera radar and turned to smile for the camera every time I tried to take a picture of her. Too funny!


Brad is such a gentleman. There are lots of stairs at Mayacama so he picked up my bag and carried it for me. Of course I didn’t want him to do that on his wedding day, but he insisted. What a great guy!

The flower girl got a little tired


The gorgeous reception!

Tainted Love = Best Wedding Band Ever

I loved their favors. Brad and Katie cookies! Sorry Brad. Your leg broke off :)

It was so cute. At the end of the reception Katie didn’t want it to be over and she started crying :( So sweet!

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4 Responses to Mr. & Mrs. Van Blois

  1. Katharine says:

    Beautiful wedding! Every shot is so great! I love that she started crying because it was over – that’s the sort of thing I’d do! I love the pic with the whole wedding party.

  2. Trista says:

    What a beautiful location! Great job as always Drew!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Those cookies are so cute!! Any idea where they got them??

  4. sandie says:

    I love the bridesmaids shots. looks o fun and happy. Drew .. I ‘love’ your pictures! :)

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