Another beautiful, heartfelt wedding here. I love the Marin art and garden center. It's spacious, filled with flowers and you can get lost in all the little pocket gardens. Basically, the backdrop is already there. Add some great food, family & friends, well, you've got yourself a damn good celebration.
Oh so many great images from a short & sweet little wedding. It was hard to choose just a few. The ceremony and reception took place at one of my favorite venues, Barndiva. Located right in the heart of Healdsburg, Ca. The weather was perfect, the food was extraordinary, friends gathered together to celebrate ...it just never gets old. ♥
I can honestly say I have photographed weddings in pretty much every type of venue under the sun; rustic barn, gothic cathedral, french chateau, hillside in Sicily, beaches of Mexico, a campsite under the redwoods... the list goes on & on. However, only until just recently, can I add *bowling alley* to that list. Yep. Certainly not just any bowling alley mind you. This one is extra special. In the heart of hipster-ville-mission is a 6 lane bowl that serves up some of the tastiest cocktails and food around. Jared and Dorian knew exactly what they were doing. They planned one of the funnest weddings I've been to in awhile. They danced, they bowled, they exchanged vows, they cocktail-partied all night long. In short, it was an absolute blast. You guys are the best.
This wedding was held at the Vine Hill house, which honestly, I don't think I could invent a better place for a
wedding. It's like getting married at your childhood home. Except that there is an amazing vineyard in the backyard. It was a perfect day for a truly, perfect couple. Allison & Brandon made our job easy. Lauren Crew, once again, fantastic job. Thanks
everyone. Keep in touch!
I just completed this wedding in St. Helena at the Culinary Institute. Nutshell: It was *Fantastical*. And I certainly don't use this word often. I picture it like this....Hogwarts Castle in the heart of wine country where almost like witchcraft, the students are whipping up spells in the kitchen. The food is really quite incredible. The bride & groom went with an art deco theme; the table decor all the way down to her beautiful dress. Oh that dress! I loved this wedding.
Oh boy, where to begin...
I guess I'll start off by
saying that Jennifer & Aiden are two of the sweetest people I've
worked with all year. They were both genuinely concerned that I was fed
and happy on their own wedding day. Um, yea...this speaks volumes in my
book. Just generous, considerate and super fun people. And then lets
just throw in the fact that the Valley Ford Hotel
is seriously my new favorite place to get married. Its all right there
for you. You know that "rustic charm" everyone is trying way too hard to
emulate...well, its the real thing folks. yep. done and done. Then you
add again to this list; great, no...*phenomenal* food, creative drinks,
super-sweet-attentive staff and.... Ka-booom! Incredible.
Cake: Patisserie Angelica Flowers: Vanda Floral Design Dress: Junko Yoshioka Suit: Taylor Stitch Bride's Shoes: Brian Atwood Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds Food/Drinks/General Awesomeness: Firefly Fine Catering Venue: Valley Ford Hotel Band: Mr. December
These two fabulous people couldn't be sweeter on each other. I
really enjoyed working with them and I couldn't be happier that they
chose to have their wedding at Barndiva! The venue is incredible enough just as it stands.
Then add a great staff, phenomenal food, a kick-ass DJ and a magnificently supportive family and network of friends standing
behind both bride & groom.
That my friends... is the recipe for a
picture perfect day.
Way up in the hills of Napa sits a former cattle ranch marked by ancient
oaks and rock-hewn streams. Durham Ranch is now surrounded by
vineyards, olive groves and white fencing, these grounds are where two
beautiful people, Mel & Steve, joined hands in marriage. They said
cocktail-partied, and then danced, danced, danced until the night ran
out. Thanks for allowing us to be a part of such a
beautiful occasion. You guys are the best.
Sometimes you meet those people that you'll always remember. Its because you hang out with them and you're like, jeeze, these guys are really nice and super fun. *Then* you find out they're are talented on top of all the niceness. What? You should check them out for yourselves. And if you donate to their kickstarter you can be guaranteed you are helping out some truly awesome people.
Who knew there was a winery on Treasure Island? What a great place for a celebration. Anna and Jeffrey were married by their good friend on a warm sunny day. They also had karaoke at the reception. Another *first* for me. It was so much fun I'm now totally obsessed with the idea and think everyone should have karaoke at their wedding. Tons of fun! You guys are awesome.
Home is where the heart is, right? So, why not get married at the family cabin? Especially when its a lake front property that looks like this one. Now Amanda and Brian get to look back and remember where some of their favorite memories were made... it doesn't get better than that! It was so awesome working with these two.
I'm not sure where to start with this one.
Maybe I should start by saying this magical day in June took place in the backyard of family friend. Yet the word "backyard" just doesn't seem quite adequate. Lets go with "Valley".
Maybe I should say that Mia and Joe are truly some of the sweetest clients I've worked with. And Mia, well, she was absolutely stunning in a wedding dress that was made by her cousin. Wait... lets replace "made" with the word "created" and the word "cousin" with "amazing designer".
Maybe I should just stop talking and let the photos do that for me. :)
I've now had the privilege to work with all but one sibling in the Brunsvold family and it's truly been amazing. I have to say, it will be a sad day after their brother weds, I'll have to start making up excuses to hang out with them. Ha! All told, it was a perfect day for Laura & Ben which included astounding (and I mean that in every sense of the word) food, friends, some with serious music talent, and an awesome blend of east coast and west families celebrating and just having a blast. Exactly how a wedding should be. :)
I had a blast shooting this wedding. Jessie & Dave had some of their close friends & family gather at City Hall for a short & sweet ceremony and then we quickly drove out to the coast to finish off the photos. For the first time I was hiking Sutro Baths (and with my camera)! For Jessie and Dave, having spent a lot of time in that area, it was the ideal place for them. Thanks for the suggestions, guys! Beautiful day, beautiful wedding. Keep in touch.
the many perks of shooting weddings is that I often meet really unique
people. I travel to destinations and dream later that I'm living there; on a boat, in a cabana, under a thatched roof, or even in a 32 foot-high-tree-house perched above the amazon. You know the type.... the type that wants to create a wedding experience for their families and friends; a vacation that lends itself to relaxation, culture, adventure, quality-time, wave dives, bird calls, binoculars, fresh coconuts, cenotes, fantastic food, lightning and maybe even thunder (the real stuff)
Anna and Paul: invitation, gladly, excepted!
I've had the pleasure to work with Anna and Darren multiple times and every time has been a blast. On this last photo shoot I finally got to meet little Avery. I now know that she loves to eat flowers, she's very interested in the camera and she enjoys lazy days around the pool (especially when she can splash her tiny-little-baby feet in the water). It's pretty cute. Until next time guys....have fun out there in the boonies. I'll always make a special trip out for you. xoxo
This was one of the most awesome 3 hour weddings I've ever
shot.You guys were so fun to work with. Honestly, I think luck was on our side; we got the rotunda, the weather was fabulous & we found a bikecar to tow us around for 20 minutes. It all just seemlessly worked out in our favor.
I hope you enjoy perusing the photos on the blog and in the gallery. Stay in touch, newlyweds!
Hey Newlyweds, I really just want to say thanks for letting Lauren and I be apart of the
festivities. Honestly, such a unique and special wedding. I loved how you played some of the best dance scenes overhead on the projector. I'm gonna just say I'll probably steal that idea for my own wedding. It was fantastic getting to know you and all your family & friends. What a great group of people!
You guys are going to have an amazing
life together. I can tell. I like to call my self an expert now. I know,
i know...it's a gift. But you guys have it. Don't be strangers please!
Hey Newlyweds! I'm excited to share these photos with you. You were both
troopers battling the cold and fog up on Corona Heights but I think all
the work paid off. I know we only had 3 short hours together but we
still managed to get some great shots. I'm also personally *very* happy I
finally got the opportunity to shoot a wedding at St. Patrick's Church.
What a beautiful place. Please keep in touch and congratulations again!
Even though it was a short day for me, I felt at ease working with you both and I think (i hope) you felt the same. You are both amazing people. I hope the rest of your trip was glorious. Cheers to you guys!
Hi newlyweds! It was so wonderful meeting you, your friends and family. I can't believe we only had a few hours together yet we were able to get so many good shots. Goes to show that my job is easy when I have great clients to work with. Please keep in touch you two! Big hugs.
I have always wanted to photograph a wedding here. I had driven past the
grand structure more than once and wondered what the fantastical stone,
Hogwarts-like-castle looked like inside. Although there were no moving
staircases in sight, I was definitely still impressed. What's more, the
intoxicating smell of food wafting through the walls made me *very*
happy... like a giddy young girl descending the stairs on Christmas
morning. The ceremony was held outside, and even on a chilly night in
December, the atmosphere was warm and romantic. I loved this wedding.
Cheers to you guys!
Venue: Culinary Institute of America Flowers - St. Helena Florist Dress - Nicole Miller All food (including cake) - Culinary Institute of America Decorations - Five Star Productions
I'm totally down with this kind of wedding.... get married on Friday (in this case, City hall), have a nice, formal dinner with family somewhere in the city, call it an early night. Next day, put the dress back on, invite 10 of your best friends over to drink champagne, make your way to one of the oldest & coolest venues in town then dance until the clock strikes midnight! And, maybe even later. It was a fun, FUN celebration and you guys are amazing. Big hugs.