10 years together. T planned the sweetest surprise for her husband - an intimate vow renewal right in their backyard. Little did he know that she had been planning this for weeks! And though COVID-19 had its own plans and turned their intimate vow renewal into an even more intimate event with their loved ones on Zoom, it couldn't have been a more beautiful evening. They didn’t say their own vows the first time, so they took this chance to reminisce over their last decade together - from holding each other through the hard times to laughing together in the good times, from traveling the world to enjoying all of life’s adventures with their little ones. Their love had only grown stronger through the years, and it couldn’t be more obvious from the way they teared up as they said their vows to each other and their children, had the best dance party with their best friends, and toasted to end the night with good food and good company. If you’re planning a backyard wedding, scroll through for some inspo!
Two years ago, M + C met at CSU Monterey Bay and knew quickly that they had found the love of a lifetime. From a mountaintop proposal to a redwood wedding, these two couldn't have picked a more fitting place at the Felton Guild cathedral to say their vows to one another in front of their family and friends. There were so many tears, from the bride's first look with her father to their own first look, and special touches like passing on a coin that had been in the groom's family for generations. Congratulations M + C!! Check out the rest of their Santa Cruz redwood wedding below!
Raise your hand if your wedding plans were put on hold for COVID-19. For J + C, their June 2020 wedding at San Francisco City Hall became June 2021. But a year can feel like a long time, and they knew that they were ready to be married and start their lives as husband + wife. So we started chatting about what an elopement could look like - they had always loved the coast, and happened to coming out to San Francisco for a business trip. One problem: most beaches were still closed, and I knew I wanted someplace epic for these two to say their wedding vows to each other. When our first choice of the Marin Headlands was rendered impossible due to the entire road being closed, I searched and searched until I found this hidden gem - a short trail that led down to the ocean and fit everything they had described.
Y + J said their vows to each other at San Francisco City Hall on the memorable day of 2/20/20. Originally from San Francisco, the bride came back to her hometown to celebrate with an intimate group of family and friends. They shared their love for their outdoors by chasing the sunset over the Marin Headlands. With only 30 minutes left, I knew it was the perfect choice when she said, "This is exactly what an envisioned." What a beautiful way to end the day, followed by a dinner reception with their loved ones. Congratulations Y + J! If you're considering eloping, out this guide on How to Get Married at San Francisco City Hall.
C + E: SF City Hall Wedding and Wayfare Tavern Wedding | San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographer
What better way to celebrate New Year's Eve than with tying the knot at SF City Hall? C + E held an intimate wedding ceremony at the beautiful, iconic San Francisco wedding and celebrated with their closest family and friends at Wayfare Tavern in the city. They counted down together to start 2020 as Mr. and Mrs. and then jetted off to Cancun for their honeymoon. Congratulations C + E!!
J + J: SF City Hall Wedding and Dogpatch WineWorks Wedding | San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographer
I knew that we had crafted the perfect wedding day when they said, "Yes. This is us!" J + J created a day that wholly and genuinely represented their love story. Their wedding day started with a tearful first look with her dad and there was not a dry eye at their SF City Hall wedding ceremony when their closest family and friends blessed them with words of love. When I had asked these two what they loved most about each other, they had told me that they just loved cuddling at home together. So after the ceremony we returned back to their place, and then adventured out to the woods for their bride and groom portraits with just the two of them. These were the moments and memories that meant the most to them - making smoothies in their PJs in their home, adventuring and laughing together surrounded by the tall trees, and celebrating with their family and friends at their epic wedding reception that opened with an incredible Arabian drummer entrance. The entire room was filled with so much excitement and joy for these two - it was an energy that couldn't be contained. What an incredible wedding day - congratulations J + J!
The moment you met Isabel or Evan, you knew that you didn't just make a new amazing best friend, you just joined an incredible group of friends who could only be described as family. Whether from childhood, their college days at UC Santa Cruz, or adulthood, these two had a way of bringing people together on their beautiful journey. They were both in tears as they vowed to be by each other's side in the most poetic way, planted a tree together to symbolize their union, and laughed all night to all the incredible toasts that only brought more tears of joy. Plus, you can't go wrong ending the night with churros, donuts, and all the dance moves. Congratulations E + I!
L + A got married at the beautiful industrial venue of The Old Sugar Mill in Sacramento, California. This venue was the perfect backdrop to their wedding, from their first look in the brick building lit by sunlight streaming through the windows, to celebrating with their friends and family under the string lights of the reception room. Before the ceremony, they took some time alone to read letters to each other. Little did she know, he had a jar full of notes he had written for her - one for each day as they got closer and closer to their wedding day. She had always joked about him not texting her during the day, but instead he had spent that time writing down all the little things he loved about her, folding each note into an origami heart. To think they almost skipped reading their letters in the rush of the day - this moment became one of their favorites (and one of mine!) Congratulations L + A!
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!
What an incredible, beautiful wedding we got to the honor to capture at Nella Terra Cellars in Sunol, California. For T + W, they didn't take so much care and effort into the details so they could have a dream wedding. They did it because they wanted to host the best dang party for their friends and family. They wanted to go all out so they people closest to them would remember their wedding with joy, a beautiful reflection of how much love had been poured out to both of them from the support of their church through her move from Taiwan to America, to her mother's deep devotion for her daughter in a new country, to the many pastors who blessed them at their wedding ceremony. Tiffany and Winston, here's to you. We couldn't be more thankful to have gotten to know your love story and to capture such a special day for more than just clients, but now friends sharing homemade meals and travel adventures. Congratulations T + W!!