What more can I say than what a dream these two were. Having photographed 3 other weddings at this gorgeous venue, I couldn't be more excited to be back - especially when my very first bride made the macrame bouquet holders for these two! J + C said their vows to each other nestled in the Santa Cruz redwoods at Slowcoast Laughing Canyon and danced the night away under the twinkle lights. Their wedding was absolutely dreamy, with intricate macrame creations, greenery tablescapes, and rust orange details. The bridesmaids danced in their velvet orange dresses and the groomsmen toasted with their ox horn mugs. But all these details only added to the beauty of their love that shined through the little ways, like how she gave him moon cufflinks knowing he would forget his cufflinks, how he was just awestruck when he saw her down the aisle, and how he would just spin her around during the first dance with so much joy that they were now husband + wife. What a night to remember!
Surrounded by the redwoods, E + Y said their vows to each other at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, California. This stunning A-frame church with floor-to-ceiling windows served as the perfect backdrop to their wedding ceremony. I mean, would you look at that view?! After their ceremony, the bride changed into her reception dress (for a little more ease of dancing!) and they celebrated their wedding reception with their friends and family at the elegant Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto. Congratulations E + Y!
C + J met as tour guides at UC Irvine and knew that this was something special even as life pulled them apart after college from the Bay Area to Washington DC, to even across continents to Peru and then to San Diego. They finally found their way back to the Bay Area, where they hosted a brunch wedding at the beautiful historic Ainsley House. The 1900's house was the absolutely perfect backdrop for these two lovers as she walked down the stairs awaiting the first look and they danced in the living room with grins so big you swear their faces were starting to feel sore. They had handpicked individual mugs for each and every guest and everyone left full with brunch food and waffles. I couldn't say enough wonderful things about these two, whose hearts are so full of love for each other, their loved ones, and for the people around them. Congratulations C + J!!
K + L got married in the magical fairytale redwoods of Nestldown in Los Gatos, California. As their love song echoed in the trees during their first look, they both teared up at the joy and excitement that this day was finally here. It was truly a beautiful wedding that reflected their culture, bringing together family and friends from across the world for long awaited reunions. Congratulations K + L!
Raw, uncut and unfiltered emotion - that is the only way to describe C + A's wedding. Truly, this wedding was unlike any other, bursting with meaningful quiet moments, grand gestures of love, and a newfound family bringing together two cultures from across the world. It was just so clear how incredible their love story was as Chitrak cried during the first look, when his bride walked down the aisle, as he twirled her and sang to her during their first dance, and as he embraced her tightly during her tribute to her father to the soundtrack of the Wizard of Oz. Pairing perfectly with Chitrak's moments of awe were Ashley's exuberant smile. There was not a moment when you could not feel warmth, love, and pure joy radiating from her. A toast to the bride and groom, may we all love as deeply and live as fully as you two do - congratulations C + A!!
If there was one way I could describe these two, it would be sacrificial love. A pastor and a nurse, Charlston and Swon went on their very first date not to dinner or a movie, but to serve the homeless. From the very beginning, their hearts for others shined above all else. It was the kind of love that meant coming over and caring for his mother every week, seeing someone on the street and giving them their warmest coat, and even bringing in stray animals that needed care. Their wedding day reflected exactly that - a day full of so, so many tears and so much joy as they excitedly tied the knot with their family, friends, and church. Congratulations S + C!
How did a Chinese-Jewish girl move halfway across the world to Germany, you may ask? Through the romantic world of dating apps, Mica and Alex found themselves talking for hours on their first date. When he moved back to his home in Germany, they did long distance and realized that this was it - this was the love of a lifetime. So she packed her bags, learned German, and started a new life in a new country.
Fast forward a few years, M + A settled in Stuttgart, Germany and got married in a small civil ceremony! A year later, they decided to bring their worlds together in an evening full of laughter, bad dancing (her words, not mine), and great memories to celebrate their anniversary in her hometown of San Francisco. From the moment that they stepped into the room, you could see the joyful, boisterous spirit that Mica brought with her as she rocked her convertible jumpsuit and the quiet, steadfast love that Alex brought with him as he looked at the woman he married. It was truly a celebration that reflected the incredible love they had, from the reunions of friends who had not seen them since their move, to the gift of a dinosaur balloon because she loved dinosaurs, to the Jewish hora that kicked off the night of dancing. Congratulations M + A!
These two grew up in two different countries - Grace in Taiwan and Benjamin in France before meeting here in the US eight years ago. Despite language barriers and cultural differences, these two found a home in each other. They celebrated with their friends and family from across the world in a romantic rustic wedding surrounded by the redwoods at The Mountain Terrace in Woodside, California. Grace even toasted to his family and friends in French, and of course Benjamin had to do the same for hers in Mandarin. What a beautiful multicultural wedding to witness - congratulations G + B!
A + E's wedding day was the epitome of summer love - nestled in the wineries of Sonoma county, they celebrated a romantic wedding under the twinkle of string lights to the soundtrack of their favorite classical songs played by a local jazz band. From a sweet first look to tearful toasts by their siblings, it was a day full of laughter and love. Check out the rest of their wedding below!
When a Barnes and Barnhart meet, you know they're meant for each other. Together with their goldendoodle Mr. Bigs, they celebrated a beautiful summer winery wedding in Sonoma County. These two couldn't stop laughing and smiling at each other as their friends told stories of Ken's infamous hair (that once was a man bun) and Ken's twin brother made sure everyone knew they were brothers. We ran away into the vineyards to catch the sunset and ended the night dancing with Grandma. What a celebration - congratulations M + K!