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!
When you're stuck inside for months to quarantine during COVID-19 and trying to plan a wedding at the same time, it can feel overwhelming. S decided to surprise his fiancee by scheduling an engagement session - without her knowledge! - as a way to get excited for their 2020 wedding. The look on her face was priceless when she walked out of the car. We adventured out to the Presidio, and even road blockades in our originally planned spot couldn't stop us from finding a last-minute spot to capture them on the coast. Check out the rest of the sun soaked San Francisco engagement session below!
S + N were back for round two to capture their sweet family of 5! With all of the girls a year older, their energy could barely be contained as they ran around, chasing each other down the path and climbing into the trees. We even caught sight of two deer as we hiked down the path. Check out the rest of their family session below!
There's no surprise that San Francisco - a place that often tops lists for best places to visit - is also a favorite for many couples choosing to elope. Whether it's a destination you've always wanted to travel to or a place you call home, this city is a cultural hub with things to do for everyone. Imagine exploring the coast with just the two of you, the ocean breeze in your hair as you read your vows to each other, sand in your toes as you run into the ocean after. Or this - a weekend getaway with just 10 of your closest friends and family, having your favorite people witness you get married and sharing memories together over good food and good company. As a Bay Area elopement photographer, I'm here to help you craft your dream San Francisco elopement - a day that feels genuine and authentic, a day that encompasses everything you think about when you hear "Best Day Ever." Check out the guide below for more information on where you can elope and how to plan your elopement!
Our favorite time of year - allergy season. As the April showers brought May flowers, I knew we wouldn't have long before the green hills turned brown and the beautiful blooms faded away. So we trekked up to this hidden spot, one that I had just scouted out the week before, to capture these two's engagement session up in the hills! Sure, we had to walk along the road to get there, there weren't exactly many trails, and I had to Photoshop out some power lines, but L + D didn't skip a beat as they cuddled in the fields and didn't start laughing the whole way there. Check out the rest of their sweet engagement session below!
Imagine standing amongst the giant redwood trees, a quiet stillness in the air, with just you and your partner breathing in the mountain air. The moment you look into each other's eyes, you know - you are so lucky to have found each other. No other eyes on you, no months of stressing over planning, no need to worry about tablecloth colors or chair types, just the two of you coming together to celebrate what your wedding day is all about. As a California wedding and elopement photographer, my goal is to help you create a day that reflects all the things you love about each other - a day that captures genuine and authentic moments. If that sounds like your perfect wedding day, read on for everything you need to know about planning an elopement in the California redwoods! P.S. Planning a larger wedding? Check out the blog post on Redwood Venues in the Bay Area & Santa Cruz.
If you've looked at wedding blogs or Pinterest, you've likely seen posts like "50 Must-Have Wedding Photos" or "The Ultimate Wedding Shot List." These posts provide you a comprehensive list of standard photos you might want on your wedding day. And while they can be a good place to start, I challenge you to re-think the list. Your wedding is not like everyone else's - it's your own unique day that celebrates all the amazing things that make your love story special. It's one that celebrates the ways you wrestle each other in a cuddle fight, the inside jokes with your best friends that should never be revealed to anyone else, the memories growing up with your crazy but still kinda cool family. So why should your wedding photos be any less unique? Dive into this step by step guide to rethink how to capture genuine, authentic memories of your wedding day.
Northern California is famous for its redwood forests, so it's no wonder that redwood wedding venues are one of the first options couples look at when planning an outdoor wedding. As a Bay Area wedding photographer, I've captured so many beautiful redwood weddings and am here to help you get started on your search! Check out this guide on Bay Area and Santa Cruz redwood wedding venues with information on pricing, guest capacity, location, and sample wedding galleries.
If you ask me if you can include your dog (or dogs!) in your engagement session, my answer is always "YES!!" Ok, it might just be my excuse to cuddle your fur baby, but as a former pet owner, I know how precious our animals are. From seeing W + T's sweet labradoodle Matilda on all their Instagram stories, I knew that we had to include her in their engagement session. Check out their San Jose engagement session below and tips on including your dog in your engagement photos.
For two adventurous souls who hiked through Patagonia just a few months prior, there was no doubt in their mind that capturing such a special time in their lives had to be adventurous as well. Having shared some of their favorite memories by the ocean - including getting married on the Sonoma County coast - we knew that the Marin coast was the perfect place to start their maternity session, followed by their favorite trail on Mt. Tamalpais. When the sun set a bit sooner than we expected, they didn't hesitate for a moment to run along the ridge until we caught the last glimpse of the sunset. And it was absolutely worth it! Check out the rest of their dreamy coastal and mountain maternity session below!