These two had the best of both worlds - an intimate elopement at San Francisco City Hall with tear-jerking vows followed by a beautiful Persian ceremony and the best dance moves I had ever seen by friends and family young and old alike. Neda was the most beautiful bride in her elegant Naeem Khan gown, perfect for the romantic steps of City Hall. And then the real fun began two days later - good food, good music, and very good dance moves. Now that's the way to do it!
It's such a blessing to get to see into a small window of couple's love story, and even more precious when it's two friends. Brian had been a good mentor of Keith's back in college when they were in church ministry together, so we were so excited to get to capture their engagement photos in the redwood forest here in the Bay Area with their overseas wedding planned for Yixin's hometown in Australia. It was such a fun adventure with these two as we bonded over where we were now as old(er) adults in life, the differences between Australia and the US, and all the cute ways these two showed love to each other as we walked along the redwoods trail. Congratulations Brian and Yixin, we wish you so many blessings for your upcoming marriage!
If there's two thing people come to California to see, it's the coast and the redwoods. Originally from Chicago, W + C moved to the Bay Area a few years ago and wanted to document their new hometown with an engagement session in the redwoods. I knew we'd have a great time when Chris said this session was made for her - I gave him permission to tickle her, carry her, pick her up...definitely all things she was not comfortable with. But from the way these two interacted, it was so clear how much his adventurous side balanced out her down to earth personality. So get ready for the most adorable giggles from these two as you check out the rest of their engagement session!
On their first out of town trip together in Healdsburg, they visited a beautiful restaurant called Barndiva and shared a special moment under the twinkling lights on a warm summer night. A few years later, they returned to tie the knot in a Jewish ceremony celebrating their culture and traditions with their family and friends, and even ending the night dancing to Mustache Harbor, a favorite band of theirs. Congratulations J + L!
When you're on your way to Big Sur and your client texts you that they didn't realize that it was 3 hours away from San Francisco...the first feeling is usually panic. 3 hours would mean missing the sunset for these two honeymoon lovers, who came all the way from Florida to see the California coast. A few texts and phone call later, we decided to meet each other halfway in Santa Cruz. Luckily, there was one spot that I really loved - a beautiful location just off the highway, where you could climb up and over rocks and watch the sunset turn into the Milky Way as night fell. We both arrived just an hour before sunset, and quickly ran down the trail and into the ocean. Despite the mishap, these two had the best time and quickly shook off their nerves, running straight into the ocean feeling as free as can be. Now that's the way to start a honeymoon!
Rarely do I see friends and family cheer as loudly and with as much spirit as they did for Chris and Kimberli on Saturday! It was certainly a celebration for this well-loved couple who got married at Sunol Casa Bella (right in my hometown!) And always a pleasant surprise to run across old faces and meet new ones (props to Vivian who mastered the art of veil bending). Congratulations to these two sweethearts!
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!