Vendor Spotlight: Doug Miranda Photography


For anyone in the midst of planning their Sacramento area wedding, you’re in for a treat today. Our newest Vendor Spotlight is on Doug Miranda, a Sacramento and Tahoe area photographer who specializes in wedding photography, and his images are truly breathtaking. Doug combines an eye for impeccable lighting, and composition to create authentic, timeless images that will be swooned over for generations to come. Not to mention, he may just be one of the nicest people I’ve ever corresponded with!

I can’t thank him enough for being a part of our vendor spotlight, so sit back relax and enjoy this short little Q & A with Doug. Happy Friday!


What led you to wedding photography?
I had just graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography and I needed to start paying back my student loans. Brooks Institute helped with me finding a photography job. It ended up being for a photography company in Las Vegas. The company photographed all the chapel weddings at the Monte Carlo and Paris Casino. Besides that we photographed tons of conventions in Vegas. With the year that I worked in Vegas,  I ended up shooting over 600 weddings! The funny thing is when I was going to photography school I said I would never photograph weddings. Now I’ve shot hundreds of them and love to so much!

How long have you been a photographer?
I’ve been shooting since 1998 and and I’ve been running my own business since 2007. It’s crazy because it just seems like yesterday that I started my own business.

Seriously, just look at Doug Miranda Photography’s sweet photos of this recent wedding ceremony at the Pavilion at Haggin Oaks.  I’m feeling the love.






What do you love most about being a photographer in the Sacramento area?

What I love the most about being a wedding photographer in this area is that there is such a diversity in the wedding venues. You have city weddings in the downtown area, you have all the golf courses that host weddings like the Pavilion at Haggin Oaks , you have country weddings, vineyard weddings and then you have the foothills and Lake Tahoe. It’s so fun to photograph at some many different locations, were most parts of the country all the wedding venues are the same.

What do you love most about photographing weddings?
What I love the most while photographing a wedding day is range of emotions that happen in the course of a wedding and trying to capture that. From crying, laughing, nervousness, joy and love.
That’s a tough one to answers. Honestly every wedding I photograph is memorable and has something special happen during the event that I usually remember it.

Can you share three photos from a recent wedding at Pavilion at Haggin Oaks and Why you love them?

I love this photo from the pure joy that the couple is experiencing for see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

This is one of my favorites just for the emotions and happiness on the couple’s faces as they walk back down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife.

For some reason I just really like this wedding portrait. I don’t know what it is, but I just love it as they’re walking down this dirt road at Haggin Oaks.

If you only had 3 words to describe your photography style/aesthetic what would they be?
Natural, fun and timeless.

If you could tell a soon-to-be bride and groom one thing about photography on their wedding day, what would it be?
To have fun with it and don’t worry about all the craziness that’s happening around you and on your wedding day. If you do worry and get stressed out it will show in your photos and that’s not how you want to remember your wedding day by looking at photos of yourself all stressed out.

What makes your photography unique?
It’s hard to say, but I would go with capturing the true emotions of the couple I’m photographing.

Enjoy  Doug’s photographs from the Tahoe area:





dougmirandaphotographyAny favorite wedding trends happening right now?
Not really. Maybe the wedding dress trend of brides getting vignette style/laced wedding dress’s now. They look amazing on brides!

Travel policy?
I have none really and I love to travel to photograph weddings. I mainly stay in the Northern California area though.

Now go check out Doug Miranda Photography & lose yourself in his gorgeous Sacramento and Tahoe area weddings!

Interested in hosting an event at the Pavilion at Haggin Oaks? Call Rebecca Kirtlan at 916-870-8597 for more information.

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Vendor Spotlight: Amrit Dhillon Bains of Anais Events

The moment I saw the photos to this stunning, eclectic engagement party from Aperina Studios, I knew I would have to find out more about the person who styled it. With so many obscure goods, & even more importantly – so much personality – I knew I’d have to Spotlight Amrit Dhillon Bains of Anais Events. The couch – chandeliers – the COCKTAIL SERVER, pure perfection. I’m so happy to formally introduce to our Sacramento brides Ms. Amrit Dhillon Bain.  Enjoy all the eye candy!






Please describe your work?
AnaĂŻs Events is an event design, styling and planning firm offering each client events with impeccable styling and personal planning.

How did you find your career path in event design?
I have been creating art in one form or another since age five (doodling instead of eating at the dinner table, much to my family’s dismay). With advanced degrees in Graphic Design and Business Management, I paired my organizational skills with an artistic background, love for travel, creativity and passion for design to develop unique solutions that are a perfect fit for my clients! Specializing in clever invitations, favors and party ephemera for both private and corporate clients, I also designs logos, monograms and related business and event collateral. My fresh perspective and eye for design has made me the choice of discerning clients for contemporary, ethnic, and cross-cultural events.











What services do you offer?
AnaĂŻs Event Design is a northern-California based boutique, full-service company specializing in upscale, highly personalized event planning and production of southeast asian weddings and celebrations. We design, style and plan weddings and events. As a full-service company, we also create floral arrangements, provide rentals, linens and custom stationery services to all of our clients.

How many team members do you have?
Our team member count varies depending on the event size but I manage all the client requests directly.

What makes you unique in the industry?
Being a full-service design, planning and one-stop rental studio sets us apart. The venues we work with love that we manage every detail, every delivery and every aspect of the wedding day for brides and grooms.






ASP_A&A01_0122WD_FBWhat does a typical day at the office look like?
Busy! Lots of emails, Instagram shares, Pinterest boards and even text messages from brides.

Advice for bride and groom planning a wedding?
As much as you love them, don’t let other people influence your wedding day look. It’s imperative YOU look and feel beautiful.



Don’t you love her?! Be sure to contact Amrit at Anais Events to reserve your wedding or engagement party date!


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Fassett/Vigil Wedding – August 4, 2012

Let the Thunder Roll…

Even though we would like to think differently at times, there are some things that even us wedding coordinators cannot control.  Weather, unfortunately being one of them.  Although we wish we we had the hands of God to suddenly part the clouds, sometimes we just have to take what we are given and run with it.  But what we love to see is when couples such as Jenny and Jason embrace a slight (or even at times, drastic!) change of weather.  And embrace it they did!

A little rain, thunder (and yes even lightening!) was not going to keep this amazing couple from walking down the aisle over the weekend.  Instead of trying to fight Mother Nature, these two showed us how a change in the weather can add an unexpected, yet breathtaking backdrop to an already beautiful couple’s pictures.

Most brides would be running for cover when a little wind picks up, but not Jenny.  Staying calm and collected, she truly proved how wind can create a stunning addition to photos.  One thing is certain, any brides who are considering opting out on a veil this season, may be thinking twice after seeing these incredible photos.

Venue: The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks