What could be more romantic than strolling across the bridges of Venice in the quiet of the morning fog? These two braved the winter cold for an adventure at all of Venice's most well-known sights - the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, and famous Venetian gondolas in this floating city. Check out the rest of this session in collaboration with Italian local Camilla Wedding Studio!
When Michael contacted me a few months ago as he was planning a surprise trip + surprise proposal for his girlfriend, we threw around a few dates that might work. As the holidays drew closer, he had started to finalize plans for friends to pack a suitcase for her, drive her to the airport, and truly give her the trip of a lifetime from their hometown of Dallas, Texas. He asked again with the new dates, but I was so sad to say that I would be out of town for the holidays. But this man was not one to give up - a week later, he contacted me again, asking if there was any way we could make it work as he hadn't found any other photographers that he truly wanted to capture this special moment. Ok, I was flying in back from Italy on New Year's Day (which happened to be their anniversary), and would land in SFO at 3 PM. Sunset would be at 5 PM, so I'd have one hour to get somewhere. Half Moon Bay was just 20 minutes from the airport, so I told him that it might, might just work. I couldn't guarantee anything on the off chance that the flight was delayed and I couldn't make it, but it was the only date that worked. So we set for the date, I sent him my flight info, and lo and behold, we made it work. We caught the absolutely most perfect sunset, and it was the sweetest proposal for these two sweethearts. Congratulations M + S!!
Italy, the land of good food, good wine, and famous works of art. While this trip was a departure from our usual campervan adventures, Italy did not disappoint with its incredible views, beautiful cities, and breathtaking architecture.
Ok we admit, it was Game of Thrones that drew us to travel to Spain. The moment we found out that Dragonstone was a real place, it was immediately on our bucketlist and we took advantage of the holiday to travel to this beautiful country, from the big city of Barcelona to the dramatic coastline of Andalusia to the epic landscape of the Basque countryside. 5 days, 7 cities, 7 flights later...
How do I know it was an awesome session? When you can't stop laughing and leave as friends. Jessica and Colin celebrated their engagement with a session in Half Moon Bay. We adventured out to the woods and caught the most perfect golden hour as the sun shone through the hazy light, casting rays in between the trees. But it wasn't the light that made the session so amazing - a few moments with them and you couldn't help but be drawn in by their infectious laughs and their real, genuine, amazing love for each other. That's what I love to capture!
These two tied the knot underneath the majestic redwoods of Deer Park Villa (and yes, there were deer running about!) It was a day full of celebration and laughter, starting with the bridal party rolling into the venue in an RV and ending the night with the sweetest mother-son dance. Congratulations Ray and Carmen!
Meet Sherman. To celebrate my husband's father and best friend's birthdays, we adventured out to the hills of Sunol for a surprise photography session with this gentle creature. Keith's father had raised Sherman and loved living his best cowboy life at the ranch, a welcome respite from the busyness of life. A little stubborn yet so sweet (just like our doggo Bear), Sherman was certainly the star of this show.
In a small town of just 1/6th of a mile square feet decked in antique alleys harkening back to the 1800s, Lindsey and Justin created a night of magic worlds away from the bustle of San Francisco. For these two who found a home in each other, their wedding was full of heartfelt vows, stolen dances, and teary eyes all around. Their amazing vision of transforming this historic schoolhouse into their own unconventional space was simply a stunning work of art. Throw in colorful smoke bombs and a balloon party, and you've got a night to remember! Congratulations J + L!
3 months ago, Brandon contacted me with plans to propose to his girlfriend of 7 years. These two high school sweethearts met in chemistry class and fell in love their senior year of high school (doesn't this sound familiar? My husband and I met in environmental studies and photography class 7 years ago in our senior year of high school as well). Through long distance in college and graduate school (we are seriously living parallel lives here), they only fell more and more in love and Brandon was beyond excited to take the next step. Months of planning later, we arrived at a pullout at the cliffs of Big Sur. Brandon had told her that he had brought a friend to photograph them on their anniversary trip, but little did she know that it was more than just a photo session. She specifically said she did not want the photos to look like engagement photos as we trekked up the hill and to the spot we had envisioned for this big moment. As we walked up to the top of the hill, her unsuspecting, Brandon nervously hiding the ring box, and I subtly positioning myself, Brandon dropped down on one knee and the rest is history.
How many people can say that they were middle school sweethearts?! Almost two decades together later, these two tied the knot at the beautiful Hyatt Carmel Highlands overlooking the rugged California coast. With such a stunning view, we just had to sneak out after the ceremony for a quick adventure through the Big Sur bluffs for their bride and groom portraits. Congratulations Cynthia and Hai!