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 - a Turkish 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.
This wasn’t a destination wedding - it was coming home for Christa, who grew up right here in Kailua, just half an hour from Kualoa Ranch. These two crossed oceans to find each other, so of course they had to bring their traditions in their own special way, from Bill welcoming his Kiwi friends and family in their native language to Christa surprising him with a hula on the dance floor. Check out their stunning tropical, boho themed wedding at Moli'i Gardens in Kualoa Ranch, followed by a day-after adventure hike to take advantage of Oahu's scenic views. With so many tears and hugs from family and friends, a roast for the groom (said with lots of love accompanied by a few gifts) by his best friends, and dancing into the night under the stars and palm trees, it was truly a wedding that encompassed the meaning of aloha.
It was love at first sight for these two Bulldogs - though Clare made the first move, all their friends and family knew from the very beginning that Jake was smitten. These two college sweethearts met at the University of Redlands, and the rest was history. Years later on their anniversary, he asked her to marry him, and a year after that, they tied the knot at Monastery Beach. With their closest friends and family, they had a brunch reception at Wedgewood Carmel followed by a sunset adventure in Big Sur. What a day! Congratulations Jake and Clare!
I don't know about you, but when I think of hiring a florist, I don't think to rent the entire florist shop. Can I just say, these two are absolutely brilliant for thinking of this? I mean, you've got beautiful blooms and greenery lining the wall, string lights wrapped around a tree branch hanging from the ceiling, and vibrant turquoise barn walls as the signature marker of Ampersand SF's shop tucked away in the Mission District. This wedding couldn't be more unique and memorable for this sweet, intimate celebration with just 17 of their closest family and friends. From the moment you entered the room, you could feel the love from both families as they chatted it up before the ceremony. And little did they know that M + P were going to announce that they were not only joining together in marriage, but also adding to their family with a baby boy on their way! The tears and hugs and laughs and memories - that's what it was all about.
PRO PHOTOGRAPHER TIP: Ban heels from photoshoots. Just kidding. Well, only a little. Katherine and Jason flew all the way from El Paso, Texas to elope in one of the most beautiful city halls in San Francisco, CA. Kat was just glowing as the most beautiful bride in her layered lace dress and minimalist nude heels. But take off those heels, and behold - a whole new person with the brightest laughs, the cutest smiles, and the sweetest embraces! (I mean, look at all those stairs we had to climb!) I love that these two sweethearts passed by each other in their high school hallways never knowing that they would one day be MARRIED to each other - funny how life works right?! Happy 4 1/2 years together, and many more happy years to come!
When Ellie and Sami of Wilder Events approached me to photograph redwoods forest styled elopement in the Santa Cruz mountains, I couldn't resist the opportunity to collaborate with such amazing vendors! Could you guess that this was just on the UC Santa Cruz campus? With the location picked on the fly, we had such a beautiful array of details, from the florist to the calligrapher. Plus, this real life couple were just too adorable! So if you need inspiration for your own redwoods forest elopement, check out the rest of the session below!
Alright, who has the best blind date story to tell? These two met 8 years ago...and it wasn't the romantic movie ending at all. They parted ways, never expecting that years later, they would reconnect and fall in love. In the middle of a storm, braving the roaring waves in a little dingy, he proposed on the tiny island of Sandy Spit in the British Virgin Islands. Though their original plans to marry on the island fell through with Hurricane Irma, they tied the knot in the sweetest, intimate Christmas City Hall wedding.