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!
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!
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!
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?
These two met 4 years ago and many corny jokes and food experiments later, they decided to tie the knot at the Maynard Buelher House, a beautiful venue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. All their hard work (and Excel sheets) came together to make a stunning wedding, with West Elm-worthy details made by the bride and groom themselves, from the large mirrored sculpture that reflected the light as it shone through the trees to the ivy-wrapped welcome structure that lit up the night. They honored their cultural traditions with both mothers wearing beautifully made Hanbok - the traditional Korean dress, and details like tteok served at cocktail hour. But most important of all, their day was full of so much love and laughter from their family and friends, who were all so proud and excited to celebrate with them as newlywed husband and wife. Plus you can't go wrong with late night pizza at the end of the night, right?
I always love the first look, but this one was particularly special because these two decided to save their vows for just the two of them (+ me, the fly on the wall) before the ceremony. As Tyler and I were waiting for his bride, he was telling me just how absolutely blown away he was by the fact that he got to marry this amazing, beautiful woman. The moment arrived when she walked down the path and tapped his shoulder, and Tyler was just awestruck by how stunning she was. In that moment to themselves, they read their vows to each other and it was full of tears and laughter - tears that certainly didn't end there. Tyler had told me that he wasn't sure if he was going to cry, but the moment hit him when he was waiting for his bride to walk down the aisle - before she even arrived - he started to tear up. Those are the moments that are so precious to capture. From all the words said by their friends and family, it was obvious that these two, as opposite as they were, had fought hard for their relationship. And like a true Disney fairytale where they had first met, they knew it was a love story worth fighting for and ran off into the sunset as newlyweds.