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  • Why, hello you!

    I’m Kim. I’m a wedding photographer based in Northern California. Take a peek around to learn a little bit more about me and what I love to do. Weddings are my forte and when I’m not behind the camera documenting love, you can find me hanging out with my husband and pup. For more information, head over to the website. Follow up with the latest by clicking on the links below.

Di + Blair: An Old Whaling Station Adobe Wedding In Monterey

Oh, the sweet sweet city of Monterey has such a special place in my heart.  It holds so many wonderful memories from my own wedding and seems to attract nothing but the best couples for us now as photographers.  Di and Blair are one such couple.

From the first time I met these two, I felt like they were old friends.  There was just an instant level of ease and comfort.  But it even goes beyond that. They invited us into their love story.  A love filled with some much joy and happiness that it puts a smile on your face and makes a lasting impression on your heart.

One of my favorite things to witness was how Di would create special moments with each person throughout the wedding.  It was truly heartwarming how she would invite every person into parts of the day and create a sweet and touching memory with them.  The love present on their wedding day – with each other, their families and their friends – was beautiful.  Between the toasts, the tears, the laughs and the hugs, it couldn’t have been a more perfect wedding day.

Di and Blair, we’re so thankful to have met you two and for the honor of documenting one of the happiest days in your lives.  It’s been nothing but fun getting to know you guys and your beautiful hearts.  We’re so excited to see all that the future has in store for a couple as wonderful as you two!  The biggest of congratulations!  xoxo

A special thank you to my talented friend Meg Tsang for second shooting.
Hair + Makeup:  Kim Larson Bridal  //  Wedding Venue: Old Whaling Station Adobe

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January 23, 2013 - 12:14 pm

AnnaLisa - Amazing work! So much prettiness

January 11, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Dallas - Wow, Kim, these are gorgeous. Everything is so crisp and clean and lovely. Did you watch Jasmine on CL this week? Ha ha, those could even be your three branded words ;)

I love the portrait with the couple framed by the green foliage, the bridal party photos, and the extremely pretty way you shoot details. Loved looking at each and every shot. Great work!

January 11, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Meg - I LOVE these images. I learned sooooo much shooting with you. Can’t wait to see you again!

Heather + Logan: A Half Moon Bay Golf Links Wedding

It’s rare that I meet a couple for the first time on their wedding day.  But such was the case with Heather and Logan as they are from Texas.  They had their hearts set on a beautiful destination wedding in Half Moon Bay and that is exactly what they had.  Family and friends traveled from all over to share in the joy of their big day.

As we drove into the coastal town of Half Moon Bay on the morning of their wedding, the sun was shining and I was excited to meet this sweet couple. We arrived at the bridal suite and makeup and hair were underway with the talented Christina of Makeup By Quis.  The ceremony and reception were held at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links that sit right next to the Ritz Carlton overlooking the ocean.  And boy, was this venue stunning.  Even as the fog rolled in right before their ceremony.  It was a beautiful wedding filled with pretty details, happiness and lots of love.

Heather and Logan, thank you so much for the honor of documenting such an important and special day in your lives.  It has been a true pleasure working with you both and being a part of your big day.  I hope your California wedding was everything you dreamed it would be.  Wishing you both a lifetime of love!  xoxo

Hey there, pup.

 The sun disappeared and the fog rolled in fast before their ceremony.  Still, it was perfect.

A big thank you to my talented friend AnnaLisa Banuelos for second shooting.

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December 27, 2012 - 12:50 pm

AnnaLisa - A story beautifully told Kim! Love, love what you do. It’s been a true honor working with you my friend :-)

December 19, 2012 - 8:53 pm

Jana - So gorgeous…every last detail. And beautifully written too. Your work never ceases to amaze me Kim! :-) <3

December 19, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Meg - You’re so talented! Every image is so special individually. And your work is great as a whole. LOVE it!

Courtney + Aaron: An Old Whaling Station Adobe Wedding In Monterey

There’s something about small, intimate weddings that I absolutely adore.  Pair that with a couple as wonderful as Courtney and Aaron and add a backdrop as beautiful as Monterey and you know it’s going to be one amazing wedding.

And it was.  Truth be told, I felt like a guest at this wedding even from behind the camera.  Which is a true testament to how warm and sweet Courtney and Aaron are.

We were welcomed to Monterey with some picture perfect weather.  The morning of their wedding was spent at both the Merritt House and the Portola Plaza Hotel where everyone was getting ready for the big day.  Their wedding itself was held at the lovely Old Whaling Station Adobe.  Courtney and Aaron chose to do a first look and all morning you could tell how excited they were to see one another.  When that moment arrived, it was beautiful. Both had smiles so big that seemed to never fade.  Their love for one another shined brightly all throughout their wedding day.  It was a true joy to be a part of and photograph.

Courtney and Aaron, you guys are a complete blessing.  I’m so thankful that you found us and for the opportunity to be a part of your wedding day. You both are two of the kindest people with hearts of gold that deserve nothing but the best!  xoxo

So many pretty and personal touches.  I loved all the beautiful details of this wedding.

Wedding pies with the cutest handmade toppers that I’ve ever seen.

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December 7, 2012 - 10:36 pm

AnnaLisa - So beautiful. Tear.

December 2, 2012 - 10:12 pm

Rebekah - She’s a girl after my own heart with all the vintage touches… vintage fabric, milk glass!!! Beautiful job Kim – I love the lighting!

November 19, 2012 - 7:57 pm

Meg - Amazing. as always.

November 19, 2012 - 9:33 am

Jana - GORGEOUS wedding Kim!!!! I love all their little details too! Just beautiful!!!!!

Nettie + Clifton: A Portola Valley Town Center and Community Hall Wedding

There are some weddings that just speak to your heart.  Beauty that transcends all of the details, the colors or the venue.  It’s made up of the kind of love that you read about in fairy tales.  Only it’s beautifully real and a complete blessing to be a witness to.

Words can’t quite describe how much I loved being a part of Nettie and Clifton’s wedding.  It was a day so full of joy and happiness.  Surrounded by some of the nicest family and friends, these two said their I do’s in the adorable town of Portola Valley at a location that has quickly become one of my favorite places to photograph.  Their first look brought tears to my eyes and their ceremony inside a redwood grove was touching and beautiful.  From beginning to end, their wedding day was truly perfect.

Nettie and Clifton, you guys are amazing.  Such a beautiful couple, both inside and out.  I am so thankful for the honor of documenting your wedding day.  I’m so excited for you guys and for all the blessings that God has in store for you both. A big congratulations!  xoxo

Nettie’s gorgeous wedding dress is hands down one of my favorites I’ve seen.  Not to mention her beautiful long veil.  So much prettiness.

Oh first looks, how I love thee.

 Such great style.  Their bridal party definitely wins the award for best dressed.

A special thank you to Jana Long for assisting and second shooting.


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November 16, 2012 - 5:25 pm

AnnaLisa - Simply beautiful Kimmy!!!! Love their first look moment. I can feel their love for each other.

November 8, 2012 - 9:19 am

Jana Long - Oh KIM!!!! This are soooooooo so so so so very GORGEOUS! Your work is simply amazing!!!! And so are Nettie & Clifton! Such a sweet & special couple. These made me all teary too!

Esther + Mario: A Wedgewood Eagle Ridge Golf Club Wedding In Gilroy

Oh, what a crazy couple of months these last few have been.  Crazy busy.  And crazy beautiful.  There are moments and days where the workload seems a bit overwhelming but in those times, I am reminded of how awesome it is to be living out my dreams.  I’m so thankful.  It’s been a summer full of love, weddings and smiles.  The kind of things that fill my heart with such joy.

Lots of amazing weddings to blog and share in the coming weeks.  And there’s no better way to start it all off than with Esther and Mario’s wonderful August wedding.  The morning began in downtown San Jose at the lovely Fairmont hotel and the ceremony and reception were held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Gilroy.  From the color palette to the flowers, it was one beautiful wedding.  So many pretty details and special moments.  Not to mention, one of the cutest ring bearers ever.  It was a true celebration of love and commitment surrounded by those who mean the most to them.

Esther and Mario, it has been such fun!  We loved working with you guys and getting to know you two. A heartfelt thank you for everything and it was a true honor to be a part of your wedding day.  We are so excited for you guys and what the future holds for you both!  xoxo

These next 3 photos are exactly why I love first looks.  There’s nothing quite like a couple seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day.

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November 5, 2012 - 9:37 pm

Nancy - Beautiful work! I shoot a lot of weddings at Eagle Ridge so it’s really great to see your take on the same location. It’s easy to kind of get in a bit of a rut! Love your work!

October 18, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Meg - Gorgeous, Kim! I love that picture of her getting ready and all that negative space. You should get this published!

October 18, 2012 - 9:27 am

Dallas - Wow. Just, wow. These are beyond stunning. I love the incredibly crisp ring shot, the beautiful one of your bride standing, getting ready, with the grey/white gradient overtop, the awesome wedding party photos (she must LOVE those!) and the love-filled portraits. Amazing!

October 18, 2012 - 9:24 am

Jillian Tree - Such a gorgeous wedding! And you captured it beautifully Kim! <3