Ryan + Tiffany: Minimalist Industrial Headlands Center for the Arts Wedding in Marin County, California
No-waste was the theme of Tiffany and Ryan's wedding. Avid advocates of sustainability, these two didn't need much to celebrate what was most important to them - that today, they were getting married and got to celebrate their marriage with their family and friends. The minimalist industrial building of Headlands Center for the Arts served as the perfect backdrop for their wedding with its high ceilings and industrial lights, plus a gorgeous open kitchen. Check out the rest of their wedding below!
"Let's give them a minute," the officiant said when Elizabeth and Daniel finally stood at the alter together. They looked at each other with such emotion in their eyes, tears already welling up at the thought of getting to marry each other. It was such a beautiful wedding ceremony to witness at SF City Hall in front of family and friends, all celebrating with them as they were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Congratulations E + D!
These two sweethearts traveled all the way from Japan to see the Pacific Coast Highway, but Taka had something special planned for his girlfriend. With the most complex 3-way email chain between Taka and his two friends from America all leading up to this week, we managed to pull this epic proposal off despite closed off parking lots, limited cell service, and the secrecy involved in getting all the details across all while Taka was traveling with his girlfriend. Overlooking the iconic Bixby Bridge, Taka got down on one knee and surprised Aki with a heartfelt proposal, which was met with a resounding yes!
Though sometimes we wish for that golden hour sunset, San Francisco gave us a cloudy day for the most beautiful reflections on the beach with the Golden Gate Bridge as our backdrop. Stephanie and Jason woke up early for a morning season adventuring down the coastal bluffs trail, wind blowing through her hair and her dress as we walked down the many stairs that led to one of my favorite beaches. It certainly didn't disappoint, as this time we found ourselves at low tide, where we ended our adventures running along the spotless, untouched shores with not a single other soul in sight.
Wind - 90% of the time, a photographer's best friend, 10% of the time, a challenge more than you bargained for. The moment we parked, we knew that this wasn't the typical windy San Francisco day. We chased after clothing that quickly escaped under our cars and tried to carefully shut our car doors as they slammed shut. Nevertheless, L + R adventured out to the coastal bluffs with the wind whipping her hair and beautiful lace gown behind her. We caught a bit of a break in the valley and I can't say the views weren't worth it! Check out the rest of their gorgeous sunset session at the Marin Headlands and ending at a black sands beach reminiscent of Iceland.
From when they first met, Alison always thought that Brad was her Ben Affleck from "He's Just Not That Into You." But of course they fell in love as all romantic comedies go, and when Brad proposed, they knew they wanted to elope with just their family and best friend. They didn't need all the fanfare, the centerpieces, the cake cutting - all they wanted was to celebrate such an important and intimate moment with each other. See the rest of their sweet San Francisco City Hall elopement below!
Greece, an ancient land of Gods and Men with a rich history that dates back millennia. Oh, and they have nice beaches too. For the amateur historian and religious scholar like myself, Greece, and in particular Athens, holds so many important landmarks and stories regarding the foundations of the Christian faith, as well as the mythology of the Greek gods on Mount Olympus.
Of course, Lynn was not as amused as I and we spent most of the trip island hopping like the fabled Odysseus, seeking out our own adventure. Spring is a great time to visit both Greece and Turkey like we did on this trip, the weather is decent, but you get half the crowds! With that, let’s jump in to our 10 day itinerary of Greece/Turkey!
Jessica and Jose met through a mutual friend and quickly realized that not only did they click, they were also neighbors! They tied the knot on the beautiful orchard of Flower Farm Inn in Loomis, California, on a lucky sunny day when the past few weekends had all been rainy (and even hailing!) These two made their wedding day special with pieces of their own love story - a handkerchief from her grandmother, Forrest Gump shoes, and even a taco truck with a topping bar. Congratulations J + J!
Words cannot describe how wonderfully generous, kind, and joyful these two are. There are just some love stories you get the chance to see and just know - this is what true, real, selfless love is. We planned for their engagement session in Santa Cruz, but the weather forecasted for rain all day so we decided to play it by ear. By the afternoon the forecast had changed to cloudy all day, so they quickly got ready, rushed over in 45 minutes, and made it in time for it to be the craziest 45 degree, soaking rain we had seen all day. Yet even as we walked the mile long trail, got soaked head to toe, and could barely see past the rain, they were so full of laughter and love and left with thanks and gratitude. Luckily we got to redo their engagement session with the first sunset we had seen in a while, the perfect backdrop for such a beautiful love story like theirs.
Wind, rain, and fog didn't stop K + J from adventuring out to the beautiful coast of San Francisco for their engagement session. These two were absolute troopers as we walked through wet grass (and Kelsey was in sandals!), got soaked by the rain, and ran a little too slowly from the incoming ocean waves. But you can't deny the magic of a foggy day on the coast!