Visibility of the Golden Gate Bridge can be a hit or miss - sometimes Carl the Fog makes an appearance and you see absolutely nothing, and recently, the fires had left the air muggy. So we were all blown away when we saw light rays shining through the clouds as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, painting the sky beautiful shades of orange and red. And we even had a crowd watching, who awed at Elizabeth and Daniel as they ran into the sunset. Not a bad end to the day!
Can you have a more precious first look than a rooftop in the redwoods where the groom grew up? It's always so special when couples pick a place that means a lot to them to celebrate the beginning of marriage. These two got married at Camp MayMac, where together with their friends and family, they built the benches for their own ceremony site in the midst of the redwoods. Instead of a traditional reception, they created a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure itinerary for their guests (complete with kissing banana slugs, riding rollercoasters, and hiking at Henry Cowell State Park!) and ended the night with a bonfire. What a day - congratulations Jack and Frances!
When you get two amazing, wonderful people - both with master's in counseling psychology and one soon to be a Dr. - together for a SF City Hall wedding, you know there will be so many happy tears. Flying all the way from New York, they came to the stunning SF City Hall to tie the knot. Though the ceremony was short, they made their day special by heading up to the balcony for a tear-filled vow reading in front of their closest family and friends and ending the night with a candle-lit dinner in the wine room at Jardinière. Congratulations Daniel and Stephanie!
2 1/2 years ago, my brother asked me to save a spot for a girl at our wedding just in case things went well with her. Then 1 1/2 years later, he started planning the proposal as we planned our trip to Taiwan and Japan. Despite the many trip mishaps, he cared for her in (very bad) sickness and health, for richer, for poorer (from the many missed flights) and ended the trip with a magical, snowy proposal at Arashiyama Bamboo Forest in Japan. These two tied the knot at Fairview Crystal Springs in Burlingame and I'm blessed that I got to capture their beautiful memories from the day. Congratulations and welcome to the family Bess!! Many blessings to you both and look forward to new adventures in the South Bay!
When you meet and fall in love in the city of San Francisco, there's no better place to elope than San Francisco City Hall. Chitrak and Ashley invited their closest family and friends to witness their wedding and certainly proved that you don't need a full wedding to celebrate such a beautiful moment. We even heard a few little girls wowing as they watched Ashley twirl around. Congratulations Chitrak and Ashley!
If you were there behind the scenes, half the time you would've seen tears coming out of my eyes from the intense wind blowing over the coastal bluffs, and the other half of the time you'd see me squinting having been blinded by sun. But if it wasn't obvious already, these two made it absolutely worth it as we adventured up the Marin Headlands for their engagement session. Plus, it doesn't hurt that they had such great fashion taste (eyeing that dress from Asos right now...) Check out the rest of their dreamy beach engagement session!
When I ask my couples for where they want to do their engagement session, most will say somewhere up in San Francisco or down south to Monterey and Big Sur. But these two decided to choose a place that was special to them and right in their hometown. Granted, they live in a beautiful coastal town on the Peninsula! We had the best time running around with their adorable puppy Dallas, who was the perfect model, and even met the very friendly neighborhood cat! And of course, you can't be in Half Moon Bay without picnicking on the beach.
Once upon a time, there was a boy who met a girl, conveniently in everyone's favorite grade in school - 7th grade. *Cue pop song* Fast forward 10 years...these two traveled from Southern California for a romantic trip in Napa Valley. One of the marvels of Napa Valley is Castello di Amorosa, a 13th century inspired Tuscan castle located in Calistoga. Built by Dario Sattui, this castle winery was the fairytale backdrop for Brian to ask his girlfriend of over 10 years to marry him. Despite a few misleading directions as Brian nervously navigated them from the castle exit back to the front where the gates had already been closed, he couldn't have planned a more perfect moment as he knelt down on his knee and surprised the love of his life with his proposal. Congratulations Brian and Cailey!
How many people can say that they built their wedding venue? This friend's home was a place of childhood memories for Al, and together with their family and friends, they landscaped the entire area, built the pathway and ceremony site up a hill, and transformed a tennis court into the most romantic reception. To think that the very place they were standing was literally just forest trees months before. It was truly a work of blood, sweat and tears - escaping wasp nests and even sustaining a few injuries - but absolutely amazing to see their vision all come together. The day was full of so many memorable moments, from the groom giving personalized baseball bats to his groomsmen to a groomsmen giving the best speech (complete with a slideshow of blackmail-worthy photos and Calvin and Hobbes comics) to the overwhelming love from their friends and family who couldn't stop giving impromptu toasts that lasted well into the night. Congratulations Julia and Al!
From Monterey to Chicago, to Portland and now in Berkeley, these two traversed from the West Coast to the East and back, taking countless memories and adventures with them as they explored new places. They brought together their family from all over the world for a beautiful wedding in Carmel Valley, CA. It was a celebration full of laughter and many many tears, with unique touches from the breaking of fortune cookies to their family throwing water - an Iraqi tradition for good luck - as they drove away in their truck. Plus, what better way to end the night than with a surprise appearance by a belly dancer?