All Photographers love Bricks!

As some of you may know, I’m in the process of planning my OWN wedding this year, and we’re late bloomers when it comes to calling people and making arrangements. Jenny is working hard on making sure the IRS gets what they’re asking for, so until tax season is over, I’m plannin this party solo! It’s actually alot of fun! One of my good friends and former brides Mishell explained simply:

“You haven’t been dreaming about this since you were 4 years old.”

And that is completely true. I dreamed about large, empty refridgerator boxes, bike ramp made of bricks and wood, and digging a hole to china. Yes, I DID almost make it in case you were wondering.

The beauty of it was that I can just make the call, say that this is the best spot and so it is…. awesome. It also doesn;t hurt that the first place I looked at was made ENTIRELY of aged red bricks laid a hundred years ago. And let me tell you, photographers loooove bricks. We just do. They provide color and a pattern at the same time! And they match almost everything, but they go especially well with plants.

At the Firehouse in Old Sacramento, thats exactly what I found: Bricks, and plants. Vines, growing all around, and Tall trees growing from the middle of the courtyard. I was ready to book this place on the spot, but the manager insisted I read the contract first…. strange, I thought. I haven’t really gotten into it yet, but I noticed the “cake cutting fee” of $2.00 per person…. so my first thought? Cupcakes instead of a traditional cake! Problem solved. Now I’m just worried about “Guests who wear hats fees” or “open-toed shoes fees” or some other silly charge. No matter what though, there is no other place like this in the city, and as I stood there in the brick courtyard, Sinatra bouncing off the brick facade, with a slight breeze blowing white flower petals from right to left across my field of vision, I thought to myself a few things:

1. I wish Jenny were here to enjoy this with me right now.
2. Any place that has bricks AND Sinatra is a place I’d like to be
3. I wonder if somebody is going to kill me here… it was just so serene. Don’t ask why that makes me fear for my life… maybe the circumstance was just too serendipitous. Too many cool things happening at one time. Yeah, I’m a nerd. So?

Here’s some pictures from my visit. Leave a comment and let me know if you approve!

Much <3, Dave

  • ille Photography - February 27, 2009 - 10:09 am

    Looks like a sweet spot! Is this for the ceremony and reception or just the reception?

  • Stout Photography - February 27, 2009 - 12:59 pm

    looks good davio

  • Courtney Wilson Photography - February 27, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Looks like a gorgeous location… It’s ‘move-in’ ready… just add some candlelight and Voila! Great Find!!

  • Dave Shilling - February 28, 2009 - 3:05 am

    We’re having the ceremony elsewhere so we can have 4 solid hours of photo time, and do a few different locations for our couples portraits!! Hooray for photo priority!