Friday, December 14, 2012

Jesse + Lilly } Bucerias, Mexico

Jesse and Lilly were married in Mexico. It was a beautiful wedding, amazing local food, fantastic details and a wonderful mix of family and friends. There were so many awesome moments (some serendipitous) like the horses that appeared just at the right time on the beach, the lighting of the lanterns over the water, and at the end of the night, the entire wedding party in the pool.  The margaritas were fantastic (had a few myself) and Jesse and Lilly were amazing to work with. The town of Bucerias, where part of Lilly's family live, was a perfect landscape. When we arrived on Friday we were super duper excited. I knew it was going to be a memorable weekend. It was!

Dress: Wtoo
Shoes: Nina
Flowers: Hilda Designs
Cake: Candies Puerto Vallarta
Ceremony and Reception: Casa Mañana
Deejay: DJ Tacos
Stationer: Paper White Petaluma
Tables, lamps, chairs: MAC Events Marina Vallarta


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rebecca + Nathan } City Hall, San Francisco

This fabulous wedding was short but oh-so sweet! Honestly, I can't believe we had less than 3 hours together! Regardless though, I think we managed to pull it off and capture some great memories. I have to thank you for following my, sometimes crazy, requests to climb buildings and such. You guys were fantastic. I really hope to see you again soon!

You can see their webshow here.


Flowers- Bud Stop
Dress- Ouma
Restaurant- Spruce
Felted soaps (favors) - SoFino

Monday, December 3, 2012

Lindsay + Adam } Inverness, California

Every now and then I really get lucky. I meet (and get to work with) two people that could be great friends. Like, you could hang with them on a regular basis. Lindsay and Adam are both creative, generous, witty and just really, really sweet people. They choose to tie the knot in one of the coolest, most unique little places in the bay area. Weather in Point Reyes can change quickly. A sunny morning can turn abruptly into something that feels similar to a wet wool blanket. But not on this day! The sun was shining down, love was in the air and the celebration was filled with fabulous food, great wine and lots of dancing. A recipe for a damn good day.

The wedding video by Tony Benna will knock your damn socks off. It's *that* good!

venue: Manka's Lodge
desserts: Melissa Biles
flowers: Marisa Lyssand
dress: Amaralildine

Monday, November 19, 2012

Julie + Josh } Bordeaux, France

Welp...pretty fantastic wedding, right? I must admit that, clearly, I was VERY excited for your wedding weekend! I know, I know.... it was rough traveling to the south of France but we managed it and the memory of the Chateau Lagorce will always be pretty sweet and special to me (and I'm sure everyone else too).
I, hereby, vote for a 25 year reunion, same place and same awesome people. I love you guys and I will definitely be seeing you in the city! Drinks por favor!

You can see the webshow here. 


Monday, November 5, 2012

Mel + Matt } Bay Area

Hi Mel and Matt,
I'm really just so excited to post these images. If I had one word to describe this wedding it would be..... F.U.N. I loved every minute of it. I would think having fun on your wedding day is up there on the priority list, so if this was your goal, then I should say... job well done. All the details were equally amazing as well and I've included some of these in the post. Honestly, I had a hard time choosing which pics I love the most. I think you'll be super happy with them. And that makes me happy! Please keep in touch guys. Let's grab that drink soon.


You can see their webshow here.

Ceremony location - Shakespeare Garden, SF
Reception location - Landmark Art & Garden Center, Tiburon
Catering - California Rose
Florist - La Fleuriste
Dress - Modern Trousseau
Wedding coordination - Sacred Weddings & Events
Pies - Black Jet Bakery
Music (DJ) - Denon & Doyle
Music (band) - Brass Monkey Brass Band
Invitations/Paper Goods - Three Little Words
Officiant - Pastor Douglass Fitch
Hair & Makeup - Gayle Parker

Friday, October 19, 2012

Rumiya + Josh } CIty Hall, San Francisco

Hi Newlyweds! It was short and sweet but such a great pleasure. I wish you both the best of luck. Keep in touch and congratulations again!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ashley + Hunter } Wine Country, Santa Rosa, California

Ashley & Hunter, first, I just want to say you guys are both awesome and really so sweet.
Case in point...I walked into the rehearsal dinner on Friday night and you both (separately) say "Do you want a glass of wine?" Approximately an hour later you both come up to me and say "did you eat some food?" (genuinely concerned) *awesome*. It shows so much character when (on your wedding weekend) you are thinking about the photographer, among all the other hundred things you have to think about.  I can't express how happy that makes me. And on top of it, wow, this was really a spectacular weekend. I really loved Annadele Estate. It was so picturesque I couldn't take a bad picture. Perfect location. Sweetest couple Ever.  I love my clients.

Venue: Annadel Estate Winery
Coordinator: Meren Dehaze
Food: The Girl and the Fig
Hair and Make Up: Neja Cosmetics 
Flowers: Fleuressence
Sweets: Crisp Bakery

Zoe + Dan } San Francisco, Ca

Zoe, the first few minutes of speaking with you I knew we were a fit. You immediately thumbed through photos on your iPhone trying to find a picture of Dan, then ended up showing me pictures of High-tops instead. Which, by the way, is an awesome distraction (sorry may have more hair but damn if High-tops isn't the sweetest face ever). Well, I quickly learned that Dan had some sweetness too (lots of it in fact)! Honestly, I loved working with you both. It was a breeze. The day was stunning. The Bus was magic. Everything about it was magic! Lets please keep in touch. 


You can see their webshow here.

Party: The Park Tavern
Coordinator: Laura Wright
School bus: Mexican BusCeremony Site: One Maritime Plaza and Park Tavern
Hair: Jade Tu of Winc Artistry
Make-up: Ramee Hurwitz of Winc Artistry
Flowers: Tristan Conway
Sweets: Heartbaker
Music: DJSol

Monday, September 17, 2012

From New York to San Francisco!

Honestly, this was one of the most awesome 3 hour weddings I've ever shot. You guys come flying in from NY "because you like our City Hall better than yours". You bring a bottle of champagne to the Mayors office and crack it open all before 11am in the morning ( the building, mind you).  After that, you decide you need "mostly bacon" for lunch so we head to Mel's diner for a meal in which we all order...beers, burgers and milkshakes and other foods that (may or may not give you type II diabetes). Seriously, you are people after my own heart and I love you for that. Ha, ha! Please come back. San Francisco needs more bacon eaters and rad peeps like you. xoxo

You can see their webshow here.

Make-Up: Tracey Yuen
Hair: Jamie King
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Clutch: Chanel
Dress: 3.1 Philip Lim
Suit: Paul Smith
Venue: City Hall
Food: Mel's Diner

Dalton + Kelly } Holly Farms, Carmel Valley, Ca

Dalton and Kelly tied the knot at *now* one of my favorite venues in Northern California- Holly Farms. I don’t just absolutely love this place for it’s unique charm but I love it for the darling owner, Doyle, and his amazing family. They are such a joy to work with, they make sure vendors are taken care of as well as the guests, and they somehow handle all sorts of wedding day shake-downs with a smile on their face. The entire grounds make you feel like you're in some kind of Fairytale- Bali- Wonderland and if I had a question about, like, anything ("how come this place exist, it's so awesome") they were so on top of it, ready to explain, ready to answer with a big smile. Dalton and Kelly's wedding was full of laughter and lots and lots of "High-Flyers". It was such a joy to have been a part of their beautiful day. Love you guys! xoxo

You can see their webshow here.

Venue: Holly Farms 
Hair and Make Up: Gayea
Dress : Model Novias
Flowers : Laughin Gal Floral
Sweets : Miette
Music : Kally Price, Old Blues & Jazz Band

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Connected Goods } Lands End

Hey Nicole & Thomas, I had so much fun collaborating with you on this. I am so excited about Connected Goods. I will spread the word large and loud! Let's work together more in the future. I have plenty of ideas up my sleeves. xoxo

Mayra + David } Oakland, California

Hey Newlyweds! Thank you so much for having me along and being open to my crazy photo ideas. Ha, ha. I wish you the best of everything and hope that you keep in touch. xoxo

Ceremony: Skyline Community Church
Reception: Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts ClubCatering: Picante
Cake: Montclair Baking

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Sage's } Oakland, California

First time working with you guys and it was awesome. Really enjoyed spending time with Agnes and Eloise. I especially loved the sister pile-up portion of the shoot. Ha, ha. Let's do it again!!!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Joe + Nina } Sonoma, California

It was so awesome witnessing this wedding! Joe, kind of figured I wasn't making the short list but at least I was able to sneak in with a camera. Ha, ha. You both shine when you're together and I couldn't be happier. I'm posting a ton of photos here (seriously could not narrow them down), more to come soon. xoxo

Second Photog: Damien Maloney
Ceremony site: Arista Winery
Reception site: Mayacama
Event Planner Extraordinaire: Stephanie Beer
Band: Notorious
Flowers: Green Valley Growers
Dress: Carolina Herrera

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ginger + Pierre { Barndiva, Healdsburg, CA

Ginger and Pierre... oh, how I wish we lived closer.  It was so wonderful to spend the weekend with you two. I loved both sides of the family and all of your friends...everyone was so much fun. Honestly, I don't think anything could've been done any better: the entertainment, the food, the setting (for both evenings) it was all fabulous. I still dream about that barbecue you served up on Thursday night. Not even joking, ha, ha! Well, I guess they say "all good things must come to an end", I like to argue against this notion, so I hope you both keep in touch and call me if you're ever in town. Big hugs to you and both of your Mom's! They were great. :)


Venue: Barndiva

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ginger + Pierre } Rehearsal Dinner, Medlock Ames

Hi Newlyweds, I was going to wait to post the rehearsal dinner with the wedding but there were too many great shots. Seriously, you are both so photogenic I had a hard time editing. Plus the venue was breathtaking and the sunset at dinner, can't get much better than that. I'll post the wedding soon, hopes this helps in the interim. Have fun perusing the gallery. Back soon!


Venue: Medlock Ames

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Clarissa + Scott } City Hall, San Francisco

Loved, loved, loved working with you both. We need to come up with more occasions to shoot together. Ha! I hope you have an awesome celebration at the Slovakian Hall. I know its going to be fun, that place is pretty amazing. Please keep in touch and best of luck to you both.

Taxi: Marin Checker Taxi - (415) 332-5356
Flowers : Studio Choo 
Dress : Custom made by Isabelle Le
Rings : His - Just Bands Hers - Mociun
Venues: San Francisco City Hall, Comstock Saloon & Commonwealth


Monday, August 13, 2012

Monica + Evan } Sausalito, California

Well, it was short & sweet but so much fun. I will definitely remember that venue; it was funky, cute and perfect for an indoor/outdoor rehearsal dinner. You were both awesome to work with and I hope your wedding day was everything you hoped for. I'm sure it was with Shannon's artful eye. I wish you both the best of luck and I hope we meet again someday. Now go sail into the sunset or something like that!

Venue: Studio333
Coordinator:  Shannon Leahy
Empanadas truck: El Porteno
Sweets: Kara Cupcakes
Catering: Laurel's Catering
Maya Espresso Catering

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Zara + Jay } Presidio, California

I met Zara at a coffee shop about 8 days prior to her wedding. I immediately knew we'd be a good fit. She told me of a surprise. A boy named Gabriel that would play the trumpet. He played the trumpet and shocked everyone with his amazing talent. The day was not only filled with the best entertainment, like ever, but the vibe, food, family & friends together made the day quite magical. Zara, I hope we can stay in touch! It was a real pleasure working with you and Jay. xoxo

Venue: Presidio Golden Gate Club
Musician: Gabriel Angelo

Monday, August 6, 2012

Deanna + Mark } El Dorado Hills, California

A beautiful day in El Dorado Hills. The Serrano Country Club was the perfect setting a wedding. Luckily, it wasn't too hot and I loved the big oak tree as a place for the ceremony. Two wonderful people and amazing family. Once again... I *love* my job! Thanks for being so awesome you guys. Hope you are settling into married life and enjoying the summer!


Cake - Ambrosia
Flowers - Ambience Floral
Dress - Maggie Sottero
Lighting/DJ - Extreme Productions
Hair - Polish and Pout
Make Up - Ronda Harder

You can see there webshow here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sylvia + Andrew } St. Westin, San Francisco

What a fantastic wedding! I loved that it all took place at one of San Francisco's landmark hotels. The ceremony and reception was so stunning. I'm really glad we were able to sneak away for a minute to capture some shots of the two of you around Union Square. I wish you both the very best and I hope to see you again soon. Big hugs! xoxo

The venue: Westin St Francis
Best event coordinator ever: Duncan Reyes

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Julie + Joshua } Engaged

Really, all I can say about this is... I am so unbelievably excited for France. We are gonna make magic together. You are both amazing and fun and my type of people. Hopefully, I will see you both before the end of September. Joshua, um... really want to hear that voice of yours so let me know what's coming up.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Deanna + Mark } Engaged

I'm so happy we finally made this happen. I can't believe the wedding is just around the corner. I'm so excited for the big day because it is going to be so. much. fun! wooohooo!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Seth + Jared } Green's and Laszlo's

Seth & Jared, your wedding was one of the best starts to, what is hopefully going to be, a great wedding season. If the rest of my 2012 clients are half as awesome as the two of you than I feel like a pretty lucky lady. Honestly, I really feel privileged to have worked with you both. You seriously have an amazing family and a *very* good-looking group of friends, they all smell really nice too. :)

Please come visit so we can grab a drink. I happily embrace all the positive people in my life that love good food, partake in daytime wine drinking and consider a "Marie Antoinette" themed-photo-shoot a really good afternoon.  xoxo

The Goodies...
Seth, Jared and friends spent the weekend at The Chateau Tivoli
Ceremony and brunch was held at Green's.  Ashley Pier was the amazing coordinator!
After party at Laszlo's
The cake was from Sweet Dream Cakery
Outfits. (because they looked fabulous!)
Jared wore Dolce and Gabanna, John Varvatos USA shoes, and Happy Socks.
Seth wore Paul Smith, To Boot New York shoes, and Happy Socks

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Everyone one is Arnold.

We made it to Big Tree State Park. I didn't know if the Trooper would make it but we got there. There were big trees. We looked for big foot. Thinking for sure if he existed we would be the first to get a photo of him (or her). When we didn't we decide to make our own in the shadows of the trees. This actually didn't work. So if you own a furry suit, of any kind, I'd love to purchase this for next time. :)


Mel and Greg } photo + cinema = magic!

My boyfriend Tony & I have combined our creative talents! With our mutual love for capturing moments through photography and video, we work together to tell the complete story.  Because we know, it can all end up one-big-incredible-blur. We find the best imagery comes by letting couples be themselves and show the love that is genuinely theirs. Our hope is to capture these moments honestly and form real friendships along the way.

With all that said... this is our first collaboration. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
On a dim, breezy day, Greg married his darling Mel underneath the Bay Bridge. Complete with their closest family, friends and a dozen bicycles, their wedding didn’t need anything more: the bay breeze, the gorgeous cityscape, the incredible food and a perfect little cake from Miette. Mel and Greg love cycling so much they’re on a tour de Europe as we speak. You guys are awesome! Come back to us one day!

GREG & MEL from tony benna on Vimeo.

Go here to view more work by Traci Griffin and Tony Benna!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Meet Delilah

I've had the pleasure of photographing many really amazing couples these last 12 years.  Most of my clients, now friends, come back year to year. They get married, they become parents and they live life. I sometimes feel like I'm the luckiest person on earth; I get to go to work, catch up with my friends and see how life has transpired for them. I get to meet the new babies, they eventually become little teenagers, and as they get older, they remember me. I'm always the "girl with the camera". Yes, life is beautiful.

Life for Bobby, Steff and little Delilah is kicking off to a pretty good start. And I'm so excited to be apart of it. Even if it's just once a year.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ryan + Andreea } Berkeley, California

Hi newlyweds!
Tony and I had a blast at your wedding. I'm so, so happy I was able to capture some photos for you!
It was a nice change to work a few hours but enjoy the wedding celebration too. I hope to see you both really soon.

Big hugs.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Annie + Brian } Pleasanton, California

Brian and Annie, traveled to New York for a fabulous wedding at Ruby Hill in Pleasanton. The weather was perfect and we found one of the most awesome oak tree canopies to snap photos under. It couldn't have been a better day. I wish you both the best and I hope to see you again one day. FYI....Will travel to New York for weddings.  ;)

Check out their webshow here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dalton + Kelly's Engagement } San Francisco

What a terrific day. And, would you believe, no rain in sight?! 115 days and counting...I can't wait.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Anna & Darren } Maternity

I had so much fun with this shoot. You guys are so awesome and so easy to work with. I'm looking forward to many more shoots in the future. And I am ridiculously excited to see the first
pictures of your little baby girl. Big hugs to you both!