You wouldn't know it from these photos, but stormy weather didn't stop V + M from celebrating a beautiful wedding ceremony on the Mendocino coast, as they exchanged rings overlooking the cliffside, the sounds of pouring rain at a near 45 degree angle pitter pattering on the tent. It was magical nonetheless, as we watched the lunar eclipse when night fell and woke up to a rainbow for a day after session on the coast. Congratulations V + M!
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!
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!
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!
So sometimes worlds collide and you find your awesome couple twin - these two, like us, met our senior years of high school, lived just down the street from each other, did the college long distance thing from Davis (Allison and I graduated just a year apart!) to the Bay Area (Chris and my husband Keith both studied business), and proposed in the city of San Francisco...plus we shared a mutual love for the outdoors and leaned a bit on the competitive side when our nerdy sides came out. So we were so excited to capture Allison and Chris's wedding as they celebrated a decade together by getting married at the dream venue Nestldown. It was truly a fairytale come to life, from the staircase leading down through the redwoods, to the elegant mirror welcome sign hand calligraphed by Allison herself, to the vintage Lincoln Town car that chauffeured them around. Congratulations A + C!!
Be careful what you wish for...is the moral of this story. Amber and Clark came back to where they tied the knot just a week earlier for an adventure trash the dress session. Clark almost had wanted to change the session location because he had seen photos of the crashing waves (which he loved) in San Francisco, but I assured him that this beach did indeed had strong waves. As we climbed down to the beach, Amber mentioned possibly keeping the dress while Clark was all for selling it. Though I also was a supporter of Clark's side...it was a different story at the end of the session when they were dripping head-to-toe from a rogue wave. But I mean, how cute are these two?! We soaked in the last light running into the ocean, watching the sunset over the ocean and even caught a glimpse of the moon rising as the last hurray to their wedding celebration.
Bring on all the tears...7 years ago, these two met and knew from the very beginning that it was a love worth fighting for. From their tearful first look to the most ecstatic cheers and hugs when they walked down the aisle together hand in hand as husband + wife, their beautiful Mexican boho wedding was the perfect way to celebrate the start to their marriage. Congratulations Melissa and Justin!
When you decide 6 months into dating that you're going to do long distance halfway across the world, you know that it is for real. These two sweethearts quickly bonded over their love of adventure and (first his, then both of their) love of Game of Thrones. Watching them giggle with happiness and joy on their wedding day was just so precious and telling of how much they loved each other. Congratulations Amber and Clark!
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!
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!