Last year, a forest fire in northern Santa Cruz county, the CZU lightning complex fire, burned 86,000 acres. It was stopped as it reached the University of California, Santa Cruz campus north of Santa Cruz, where we live. As we are again in fire season, we felt it would be a good time to post a few photos we took of the area that was devistated by the fire last year.Read More
During this time, we are staying at home and doing a lot of cooking and baking. Going to the grocery store has become a challenge, and we miss shopping at the Farmer’s Market. However, buying directly from local growers has become the perfect answer.Read More
So easy to grow sprouts at home. They add a gourmet look to some dishes and provide a really big nutritional punch. We found this to be an easy and healthy swap for the usual salad ingredients. And since this is an example of eco friendly eating, it also makes a good project for kids.Read More
Fall foliage in the Hope Valley in California.Read More
This was definately “farm to table”, since we actually went to the farm. Artichokes are grown around Santa Cruz, and these were from the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. The aioli was made with rosemary and garlic olive oil. Garlic olive oil is a great thing to have on hand. We make it by slowly cooking garlic in oil on the stovetop at the lowest temperature possible, for about an hour, and then keeping it in the refrigerator for safe keepingRead More
I know it sounds unbelievable, but we often have wine leftover. We also have a difficult time finding a decent wine vinegar, so I had the idea of making it out of the leftover wine. After all, how hard can it be?Read More
Beautiful Cupcakes …all dressed up for the tea party. My Cupcake Corner makes delicious cupcakes decorated for all sorts of occasions and events. They all have fillings that make them extra special (the Bonny Dune blackberries are fantastic!) Kelly, the owner, told me they are very popular for weddings because everyone gets their own little cake, and the couple saves the cost of cake cutting. She has a line of booze cakes just for such an occasion. They are local, vegan, organic, and she sells through the internet and at a pop-up stand – doesn’t get much more Santa Cruz than that!
As professional photographers for the last 10 years, we have come up with a few good storage ideas for our photography equipment.
TAYLOR AND DANIEL
WEDDING AT ROARING CAMP IN SANTA CRUZ
I recently discovered Mika’s Cupcakes for Shelter, located in Hayward www.mikascupcakes.com. The cupcakes are so cute, and incredible delicious! – not that I am a cupcake connoisseur or anything (oh wait, yes I am!) But they also have such a nice story behind the company – the owners created it to help the homeless families they were helping to support.Read More
Crostini with fresh pea puree then topped with pea tendrils and flowers from the garden.
MADISON AND DANIEL
WEDDING AT MEMORIAL PARK, LOMA MAR
TYNETTE AND NOAH
WEDDING AT QUAIL HOLLOW RANCH IN SANTA CRUZ
REBECCA AND ELI
WEDDING AT COASTWAYS RANCH
Photography: Tony Fitzgerald Photography | Venue: Coastways Ranch | Officient, Flowers, Music, Catering and Decorations: Family and friends
Annabel and Tylon were married at the family estate in the Almaden Valley, south of San Jose on July 15, 2017. They wanted the wedding to be a romantic, semi formal affair, with a slight Victorian look. The estate, with it’s tree-lined creek and large shaded lawn was the perfect place. The bride was gorgeous in her Amelia Sposa gown and the groom was handsome in a white dinner jacket. Even the cake looked regal.
Photography: Tony Fitzgerald Photography | Venue: Hoge Residence | Planner: Heather Hoge | Catering: Gunthers Restaurant and Catering | Cake: Bay Cakes Design | Floral Design: Dubon Floral Design | Tables, Chairs, and Linens: Moggia Events | DJ: Songman Entertainment | Dress: Amelia Sposa