Mr. and Mrs. Bourqui | The Maples | Woodland Wedding Photographer

Happy Saturday (again)! Blogging two weeks in a row, you guys… this is pretty amazing. Very proud of myself right now. But, let’s move on to more important subject matter. Like how last Friday I got to photograph Emily and Corey tying the knot at the gorgeous Woodland venue - The Maples. The entire day was perfection and every little detail came together so beautifully. I felt so honored to capture it all and I have been loving thumbing through all the images while I edit away. Also, these two need to be the poster couple for Tinder because yes, they met on Tinder.

Emily and Corey, thank you so much for including me in your best day ever. It truly was so breathtaking and I loved every minute. Your thoughtfulness to not only the details of your day but to all of your guests AND wedding vendor team was truly inspiring. I can’t wait for more sessions in the future!

xoxo, Nicole

Venue: The Maples // Photography: Nicole Quiroz // Planner: Joyeux Events // Dress: Stella York // MUA/Hair: Beauty On Set // Video: The Uncommon Weddings // Florals: Angels Petals // Signage: C & E Custom Designs // Dessert: MoShak Cakes & Cowtown Creamery // Catering: Chef Sogaard Catering // Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals & Vlasov Events // DJ: Creative Memories // Photobooth: Temple Photo Booth

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Mr. and Mrs. Preciado | JBL Home Ranch Wedding | Martinez Wedding Photographer

Happy Saturday, everyone! And a very special happy two week wedding anniversary to these two lovebirds! It was so fun to photograph Alyssa & Emanuel’s best day ever and celebrate alongside them. The whole day was filled with so much love and thoughtfulness. Alyssa made her own flower crown (you go, girl… teach me your ways!) and dried flower petals from their garden for months to have enough for their guests to throw like confetti as they walked down the aisle. The venue was breathtakingly gorgeous (where I am super excited to announce I am now on the preferred vendor list so hopefully I’ll be seeing this venue + their sweet owners a whole lot more) nestled in the valley of Martinez on hundreds of acres. A lot of happy tears were shed and it was just pure magic.

Alyssa and E-man (Emanuel, sorry… old habits die hard), thank you, thank you, thank you. What an honor and privilege it’s been to watch your love story unfold. It’s so sweet that I got to sit in your chair in your hair salon, Alyssa, and hear your dreams for your wedding day and then photograph you two during this season of your lives. I can’t wait to see where life takes the two of you and I wish you all the dang best!

xoxo

Nicole

Venue: JBL Home Ranch // Dress: BHLDN

Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman | San Francisco City Hall | San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Hey friends, happy Friday!

I am super excited to share some highlights from Adenna & Tyler’s San Francisco City Hall wedding last week! It was such an intimate and special wedding, including their siblings and parents - everyone that matters most to them. It was so sweet to get to document the entire process from signing in to signing their marriage license. I especially loved all the gorgeous natural light in City Hall and then walking around the city afterwards to grab some photos.

Adenna & Tyler, thanks so much for trusting me and including me in your best day ever! I wish you guys a lifetime of happiness!

xoxo

Nicole

Venue: San Francisco City Hall // Florals: Fringe Flower Company // Dress: BHLDN // Hair/MUA: Sarah Rupley

Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins | Del Rio Vista Garden | Escalon Wedding Photographer

Happy Friday!

I am thrilled to share some highlights from Erica & Eric’s big day last Saturday. It was a joy to capture their best day ever and it was pretty sweet to get behind the lens for my first wedding back post-baby birthing! These two had 100 of their closest friends & family gather around them as they said their ‘I do’s’ and officially became one. One of the most special moments for all of us to witness was surely their first kiss - they waited so patiently to share that moment together on their wedding day. Their venue was so intimate and gorgeous — right on the river, people cheered them on from their innertubes!

I hope you all can feel the genuine happiness radiating from these images as much as I can — congratulations to you, Mr and Mrs. Hopkins, the best is yet to come!

xoxo

Nicole

Mr. and Mrs. Hendrickson | Fairview Napa | Napa Wedding Photographer

Happy Friday, friends!

I am so thrilled to finally get back to blogging and I thought what better way to kick it off than to share one of my most recent 2019 weddings from January! I had the privilege of meeting these two cuties while I photographed Joe’s sister’s wedding in fall of 2017 (to be blogged, I have quite a bit to catch up on). I was so excited when they reached out to me at the end of 2018 to inquire about finding their own wedding photographer! We got to talking and here we are — over a year later, a stunning Santa Cruz redwoods engagement session (to be blogged!) and a dream of a wedding day.

So thrilled to blog these high school besties turned lovers on this gorgeous Friday! I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do!

Joe & Nicole, thank you so much for choosing & trusting me. Thank you guys for being such sweet clients turned friends and sharing in our joy of our baby girl on the way. I am so looking forward to spending more time with you both in the future!! xoxo

Photography: Nicole Quiroz // Venue: Fairview Napa // Florals: Wildflowers Design Group // Baked Goods + Cake: ABC Napa // Dress: Essense of Australia

An Overdue Life Update!

Well, hello there friends! Is this thing on? I know it’s been a minute (or more like a year and a half) since my last blog post and man that was a tough one. So much has changed and happened the last year and a half. I am itching to share SO many beautiful weddings, family sessions, senior sessions, etc. but I knew I had to pop-in first and give everyone a little life update before I jump right in to showing off my incredible clients.

I’ll make this simple & easy with some bullet points:

  • In 2018 we got to travel to Disneyland, Indianapolis, Illinois (Chicago!), Lake Tahoe, Maui and New Orleans. Two of those travel adventures were to shoot weddings - kinda a big deal!

  • In April 2018 we rescued a German Shepherd puppy off the streets, named him Kodak (rightfully so) and brought him into our family.

  • My mom got diagnosed with breast cancer and then kicked it in it’s butt!

  • Late July 2018 we found out that we were PREGNANT with our rainbow baby (see our story about infertility & loss in my last blog post here) and currently I am a little over 35 weeks pregnant, anxiously awaiting to meet our sweet baby girl in 5 weeks give or take!

  • We had to say goodbye to our beloved French Bulldog in January and it was one of the most emotional and hardest things we’ve ever had to do

  • Hubby and I got matching tattoos of our sweet Baby Q’s heartbeat

  • Photographing + connecting with bloggers in the Sacramento area has brought me so much joy & I have been consistently shooting the same boss babes for months (even years for some) now!

  • I am still filling up dates for my 2019 wedding season and have already started booking 2020 weddings (you 2020 brides sure are planners!) - If you are looking for a photographer I’d love to chat with ya

  • I’m sure I can keep going with this list because I like bullet points but I think I’ll stop here! ;)

Now that you’re mostly caught up with what’s been going on with my life I’ll share a few highlighted photos in the slideshow below!

Get ready for some more consistent blog posts (a 2019 goal of mine) and to meet a lot of faces I’ve gotten the privilege to photograph the couple years! I hope you are as excited as I am!

xo, Nicole

Your were made to meet your Maker || Our story of infertility & loss

Hi friends,

I know it's been a long long long time since I blogged a photo session or a wedding & it's been even longer since I blogged a personal post but please read on to hear more about what's been one of the main happenings in our life this year. I would like to start out by warning you: this is not pregnancy announcement

Today is your due date. Your nursery should be complete & your car seat should be in the car. But that wasn’t His plan for you, not for one second. You were made to meet your Maker.

On March 20th my whole world flipped upside down. That was the third time I felt like that in less than 2 months - the first time being just 7 weeks earlier when Morgan and I finally went to our first official infertility appointment. We had been trying to get pregnant since April 2015 and as time went by & we watched others get pregnant (sometimes even unplanned) I lost more and more hope. What we didn’t expect was the doctor to tell us that if we did IUI there wasn’t much chance for us to get pregnant and that our best bet was to just do IVF. Her words cut deep and as the realization sunk in I immediately felt a dark heavy weight over me.

The second time my world got turned upside down was 6 days later when I took 4 pregnancy tests + a blood test all in the same day revealing the same answer every single time - we were pregnant. Shock. Hope. Thankfulness. Just about every emotion ran through me those first few days as I kept the secret to myself & one other close friend while planning my sneaky scheme on how to tell my Husband. We were so excited and yet so fearful at the same time. It sunk in that THIS was our story. THIS was the reason it took so long for us to conceive. We had this incredible story to shout from the rooftops - OUR GOD IS GREATER. OUR GOD CAN DO MIRACLES. Even when the doctors tell you there is no hope, you should still believe! I got to carry our sweet baby for 11 weeks. We got to hear it’s heartbeat pound fast & strong. I woke up throwing up every morning & praising the Lord in between dry-heaving. I craved bagels & ginger-ale and my life depended on pregnancy pops. We had the amazing opportunity to celebrate & share the news in special ways with close friends & family. But that wasn’t our story.

Photos by: Kelsey Hope Photography

The third time our entire world turned upside down was on March 20th. The day I knew we were losing our baby. That I wasn’t going to be pregnant anymore. We weren’t going to be able to dress our little mini-me in the onesies we already excitedly bought or read them the Dr. Seuss books we purchased weeks prior. We were going to have to take steps backwards and readjust our mindset - we were still going to just be The Quiroz Two except with big gaping holes in our hearts. 

To say it’s been a challenging last 7 months would be an understatement. (Okay, let’s be real… it’s been a challenging last two and a half years). However hard it has been for us, I am happy to say this with a sigh of relief: I still have hope and I am clinging to it. There’s nothing in the world I want more than to be a Mama and to watch Morgan be a Daddy and I know the Lord knows the deep desire our hearts pump for every minute of the day. 99.9% of the time when someone casually asks me how I am doing my heart pounds out of my chest as I debate to answer honestly - I am broken, I have not fully healed & I still think about what happened every hour of the day. I am still a work in progress; trying to not let this define me and to remember that God's delays are not his denials. Our God IS still greater. Our God CAN still do miracles. Our God is a faithful and redeeming God.

One thing I definitely know is that our story wasn’t meant to be held tightly onto by us; we need to share it. If not to just finally get it off our chest (and hopefully so people can stop asking us when we are having kids!) but to maybe give another couple a voice amidst the heartbreaking pain. I can’t sit here and tell you it still won’t hurt 7 months later, that you won’t think about what your baby would have looked like every. single. day., but I can tell you that even when it feels like no one in this world could ever understand - I do and so do many others who keep quiet about this. So, if you need a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or to reach out to another close friend. 

If you've made it this far I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you. Please join us in blowing out a candle for our sweet Baby Q & if you have your own littles squeeze them extra tight today.

xoxo
Morgan & Nicole

Pressfield Family | Ancil Hoffman Park | Sacramento Family Photographer

Happy New Year, y'all!

I can't wait to share more sweet family sessions with you that I had the honor of taking this past Holiday season but for now I will start with one of my favorite families - the Pressfield's! After many failed attempts to get this session done prior to the Holidays and failing (face rashes, rain, schedules not lining up, etc.) we finally got to do this session last week and I think the stars perfectly aligned for us with this beautiful location and weather! This family is extended family to my Husband and I and I love them so much. Their hearts are so big and I love watching their bond and love grow as a family. I can't wait to photograph them for many more years to come! 

xoxo Nicole

Mr. and Mrs. Moore | Secret Gardens | Bodega Bay Wedding Photographer

Evening, friends! I set a goal to get this blog post up by 9pm Wednesday night and here I am with 15 minutes to spare! After countless hours (juggling two jobs is hard and rewarding) I seriously am so excited to be sharing this wedding with you! But first, let me apologize now for any typos because this girl is TIRED. ;) 

Matt & Chelsey's wedding was one for the books - it included so many fun elements and was so intimately romantic! Chelsey totally pulled off her vision and the incredible venue, Secret Gardens in Bodega Bay, was the most perfect setting that fit so well with all of the thoughtful decor. We took portraits as the sun was setting and Chelsey even did a fun little model fashion strut (she is so beautiful, just check out those photos below!). Also, there happened to be a few firsts for me at this wedding including but not limited to: the Bride & Groom doing keg stands AND convincing me to do a keg stand (don't worry, I secretly whispered to the bartender to just pretend!).  By the end of the night M & C were cozying up and roasting up some smores together surrounded by family and friends - can you even imagine ending such a perfect day in a better environment?!

Thank you two for choosing me as your photographer & congratulations to you both! You two are such a perfect match and I feel so honored to have photographed this huge milestone in your lives!

xoxo Nicole

PS - Relive their fun themed engagement session here!

Venue: Bodega Bay Secret Gardens // Bridal Bouquet & Flower Crown: California Sister // Videographer:  Paul Ortiz // Caterer: Franchetti's // Cake: Your Sweet Expectations // Rentals: PTE Rentals 

Wright Family | Roseville Family Photographer

Hi friends & family! Last week M and I got to hang out and photograph some of our closest friends, the Wright family! We love love love spending time with them and their kiddos. We had a bit of a rough start since little man had just woken up from a nap and as we waited for him to wake up more big sissy helped out a ton and was very patient (shout-out to Liz & Mikey for raising your kids with such great manners!). Going in to this session I had a few new poses I wanted to try out but when K wasn't having it I decided to have a more photojournalisti approach and to just roll with the punches and shoot, shoot, shoot whatever was going on. And guess what? These are some of my favorite images to date. There is something so sweet and pure about capturing real life moments and I am so glad I got to do just that with the Wright family.

Liz & Mikey, thanks for having us photograph your family again! I'm so glad you chose to have this season of life photographed (pretty spontaneously, I might add) and we love you guys so much!

xoxo Nicole

Martin Family | Veteran's Park North | Roseville Family Photographer

Hi everyone! This afternoon I am sharing a sweet look into this years mini session for the Martin Family (2nd year in a row!). I love returning clients & getting a chance to watch their kiddos (and puppies!) grow. This family is full of kindness and adventure & didn't even a bat an eye when they saw the ground was a bit muddy - we had so much fun!

Thank you for choosing me, Martin Family!

xoxo Nicole

Mr. & Mrs. Munchmeyer | West Shore Cafe | Lake Tahoe Wedding

Good evening, friends! It's #WeddingWednesday and pretty much the most perfect time to share this sweet Lake Tahoe Wedding with everyone back from earlier this month! From the moment I started talking to Jackie I knew we were going to be a good fit but then we found out we had a mutual friend (hiiii, Paige!) and that we both were OBSESSED with pumpkins (see their engagement session we did at pumpkin patch here) & the rest is history. ;) 

It was so so sweet to watch this couple come together as a family of 3 on that gloomy Sunday in North Lake Tahoe. Jackie not only was the bride (obviously) but also took on the role of wedding planner and executed it beautifully & graciously! My husband and I loved working alongside Jackie & Erik and can't wait to do so more in the future!

xoxo Nicole

Caplinger Family | Newcastle Family Photographer

Hi friends! The Holiday season is upon us and do you know what that means?! FAMILY PHOTOS GALORE! I am super excited that the Caplinger family were one of the first families to kick-off mini-session-madness (yes, that is all one word.... I declare it!).

Fun facts: this is the 3rd year in a row I have had the privilege of capturing their family photos and this year  their littlest one, Lillie, is around the same age as their oldest one was, Calvin, when I started doing their family photos. I absolutely love watching them grow and they will always hold such a special place in my heart. This year we got to do something even more memorable - we took their photos ON their new property. If you want some serious house envy just visit the #CaplingerFamilyFarm because I am pretty sure every time I come home from visiting their house I tell my Husband how much I love it. ;) 

Heather & Matt, I hope you treasure these photos for years to come and I am looking forward to the next time I get to capture your family (no pressure but in-home lifestyle session anyone?! We just need to appease the people and I am sure everyone wants to see the INSIDE of that gorgeous home of yours). 

Happy Holidays!

xoxo, Nicole

Jacqueline & Erik | Keema's Pumpkin Patch | Elk Grove Engagement Photographer

Happy Saturday, y'all!

Today I have a very special set of photos to share with you - Jacqueline & Erik's engagement photos! We had so much fun roaming around the gorgeous property of Keema's Pumpkin Patch in Elk Grove (both Jacqueline & I share an equal obsession about all things pumpkin so this session was a DREAM). These two are saying 'I do' TOMORROW in the beautiful Tahoe area and I cannot wait to photograph their big day!

xoxo

Nicole

Mr. & Mrs. Guerra | The Highlands Estate | Cloverdale Wedding Photographer

Good evening, friends! As sad as I am about finishing up these wedding photos I couldn't even wait until #WeddingWednesday to share about this magical day! Not even Pinterest could top the details that Jenessa thoroughly thought about - from having a 'junk trunk' with junk food for guests to eat to taking shots together moments before the ceremony with personalized 'Bride' & 'Groom' shot glasses, with only a wooden door keeping them from seeing each other - this day was unbelievable. The details only added to the beautiful rustic venue nestled in Cloverdale (one of my new favorite venues, hello!). 

These two share so much love for one another and it is so clear to see the minute you're around them. I loved watching John's eyes brighten as he saw his smiling Bride walk down the aisle towards him. These are such fleeting moments that I feel so honored to capture and witness. 

Jenessa & John, you were both so attentive to everyone else around you and you made my team and I feel so loved and appreciated. Thank you both for including us in the beautiful start of this next chapter of your story. Here's to the next 100 years! 

xoxo

Nicole

Venue: The Highlands Estate // Second Shooter: Lydia Photography

Andreea + Travis | Edgewood Tahoe | Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Happy Wedding Wednesday, folks!

Today I am sharing a glimpse into Andreea & Travis' beautiful wedding day. Their venue, Edgewood Tahoe sits in the heart of South Lake Tahoe and is absolutely breathtaking. Their day was filled with so much love and support from their friends & family that surrounded them. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Travis surprised Andreea's parents and recited a speech entirely in the Romanian language — it was so beautiful (talk about pulling the heart-strings) and I totally had to hold back tears as I photographed her parents registering what was happening.

To the new Mr. & Mrs. Folsom, thank you so much for having me capture your big day. I wish you two a lifetime of happiness! 

xoxo

Nicole 

Darcy + Cree | Kirigin Cellars Wedding | Bay Area Wedding Photographer

Happy Fri-YAY!

I am so excited to be sharing this wedding on the blog this morning. I have had such a joy looking back and editing these photos. This sweet couple got married just a few weeks ago at the beautiful Kirigin Cellars in Gilroy, CA. The day was completely smooth sailing and full of so much love. Both Darcy and Cree have big immediate families and you could just tell everyone was genuinely excited that the day had come for the two families to become one. They we're so affectionate with each other and really soaked in the entire day. I absolutely loved capturing their love for one another and the love that poured out from their surrounding families. 

Darcy & Cree, thank you for trusting me and allowing me to play a role in your big day. I loved working with both of you & hope to do more of that in the future!

xoxo

Nicole

Matt + Chelsey | Old Sacramento Engagement Photographer

Happy Wednesday, friends! It's been a busy couple of weeks over here as I have had two weddings (can't wait to share more!) and this sweet engagement session. I've known Matt (aka CHEEEEWWWW) for TEN years and his family is basically my family so when his sweet fiancée emailed me about photographing their wedding (before they had even found a venue) just a couple weeks after their proposal I was so excited! Chelsey has such a sweet soul and brings out such a soft side in Matt that is endearing to witness. Chelsey had the idea of doing a themed engagement session to make it a little bit more lighthearted and easy to be in front of the camera and after seeing the final results I am absolutely in love.

Chelsey & Matt - thank you for choosing me to capture this incredible season in your lives. I am counting down the days until your Bodega Bay wedding!

xoxo

Nicole

Kevin + Michelle | Sacramento Vizcaya Wedding

Wow.... How it's already Wednesday again I will never know but since it is.... Happy Wedding Wednesday! I am thrilled to be sharing Kevin & Michelle's sweet day with y'all. This couple was so filled with light and love - the day had so much beauty and I loved watching them come together as a family in Christ. Just to top it off, their wedding took place at one of the most beautiful Sacramento venues, Vizacaya, talk about all the heart eyes! I am so grateful to have been their photographer and I look forward to some future coffee dates with these two!

xoxo

Nicole