When most people come to visit the city of San Francisco, they love taking photos in front of the Golden Gate Bridge - it is iconic after all. But for the few that venture out of the city, just across the bridge is a rugged coastal landscape reminiscent of Big Sur - rocky cliffsides, black sand beaches, and views for miles. That was just the kind of the landscape that Arielle and John came to see, having travelled all the way from New York to celebrate their one year anniversary.
5 AM wake-up call...totally worth it. These two rose early for a sunrise session in Santa Cruz, and we could not have witnessed a more beautiful sunrise. As we were driving up the mountain roads, I stumbled upon an overlook where the clouds were resting just above the mountains. Though Louisa and Dylan came to the Santa Cruz mountains for the redwoods forest, I quickly dragged them to the overlook for a quick stop as a the sun peeked over the horizon. We then ventured into the forest, leaving with a few new koi fish friends, dirty feet, and lost car keys (don't worry, they were found). Not a bad start to the morning!
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!
It's such a blessing to get to see into a small window of couple's love story, and even more precious when it's two friends. Brian had been a good mentor of Keith's back in college when they were in church ministry together, so we were so excited to get to capture their engagement photos in the redwood forest here in the Bay Area with their overseas wedding planned for Yixin's hometown in Australia. It was such a fun adventure with these two as we bonded over where we were now as old(er) adults in life, the differences between Australia and the US, and all the cute ways these two showed love to each other as we walked along the redwoods trail. Congratulations Brian and Yixin, we wish you so many blessings for your upcoming marriage!
If there's two thing people come to California to see, it's the coast and the redwoods. Originally from Chicago, W + C moved to the Bay Area a few years ago and wanted to document their new hometown with an engagement session in the redwoods. I knew we'd have a great time when Chris said this session was made for her - I gave him permission to tickle her, carry her, pick her up...definitely all things she was not comfortable with. But from the way these two interacted, it was so clear how much his adventurous side balanced out her down to earth personality. So get ready for the most adorable giggles from these two as you check out the rest of their engagement session!
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!
When you're on your way to Big Sur and your client texts you that they didn't realize that it was 3 hours away from San Francisco...the first feeling is usually panic. 3 hours would mean missing the sunset for these two honeymoon lovers, who came all the way from Florida to see the California coast. A few texts and phone call later, we decided to meet each other halfway in Santa Cruz. Luckily, there was one spot that I really loved - a beautiful location just off the highway, where you could climb up and over rocks and watch the sunset turn into the Milky Way as night fell. We both arrived just an hour before sunset, and quickly ran down the trail and into the ocean. Despite the mishap, these two had the best time and quickly shook off their nerves, running straight into the ocean feeling as free as can be. Now that's the way to start a honeymoon!