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!
Pumpkins, fall candles, and pampas grass - what could be more representative of this coastal getaway in Half Moon Bay? J + M crafted the most perfect fall wedding in Half Moon Bay, a city known for its annual pumpkin festival. They chose to make their ceremony their own, from sharing their first sip from a bottle, to toasting with all 18 of their wedding party as they shared their first kiss. You could just tell the beautiful spirit that the bride brought to the day as she danced with her husband with so much joy in between takes. Congratulations J + M!
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!
On their very first road trip, these two drove down the coast to Big Sur. They watched the sunrise at Bixby Bridge, and had many treasured memories from their adventure. When it came time for Jonathan to plan the perfect proposal, he knew Big Sur was the place to pop the question. We planned for an early wake-up call, harkening back to their very first trip, where I secretly photographed his surprise Big Sur proposal. And of course, the proposal wasn't complete without their precious pup Rue. Congratulations J + S!
As we were planning for the session, K + J picked this location because they wanted to go into the water. The day of their session came, and foggy weather couldn't stop these two from adventuring out to San Francisco's coast and running into the ocean. Instead, they embraced the dreamy landscape and it certainly didn't disappoint for their San Francisco engagement photos!