• Kate Stapleton

Sam & Joe | Wine & Blush Wedding at Terrace Cafe in Millbrae, CA

Updated: Jun 19, 2019

Even though Hallmark has dubbed February as the month of love, this month of June is already proving to be the new February. So much love is happening this month! This past weekend I had the pleasure of being in the midst of Sam and Joe's family and friends. They were a lot of fun and they made me feel like I was part of the family!

Shari, the mother of the groom, left an imprint in my heart. And I think that is the case for everyone she encounters. She has a heart of gold and treats everyone around her with kindness. Her son Joe's wedding has been on her agenda for the last four months. She tirelessly put together her son and daughter-in-law's vision of their wedding day beautifully!

There is so much love surrounding Sam and Joe. Sam had her best friends with her all day and they were next to her when she married the love of her life. Joe had his closest friends and family alongside him as he vowed to spend the rest of his life with his bride Sam who was ravishing in her lace mermaid gown.

Everyone who spoke of Joe during the toasts had a running theme of who he is as a person; that he is loyal, devoted, and hardworking. I will never forget what Shari said when she spoke of her son and that is "He is that guy." He is the guy that will pick you up if your car broke down in the middle of the freeway even if it meant missing his first day of work. He is the guy that gets things done. And she couldn't be more proud at the person he has become.

Sam's best friend of 15 years Sarah put on a slideshow that was absolutely *so* sweet. She spoke of how much Sam values family; that every decision that she's made in her life has been with her family in mind.

Sam & Joe are blessed with people in their lives who are just overflowing with love and support. If they couldn't be any more blessed, they also have such great parents to look up to! Joe's parents, Shari and Steve, have been together for 36 years. They also got married young and their love is only getting stronger everyday.

Sam's smile is absolutely contagious and she had plenty to smile about on her wedding day. She made a stunning bride and her daughter Vaeh is just the cutest little flower girl!

Congratulations Sam & Joe! I wish you both all the love and happiness in life. Your wedding day was absolutely beautiful. Thank you for inviting me to capture your love... Here's a quick peek at how your day went! More to come!


Kate Stapleton is a wedding photographer who values telling your story in a way that feels like you.

She creates images that are sincere, meaningful, and real.

Kate is based in Reno, Nevada and photographs weddings in the Reno-Tahoe area as well as destination weddings.

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