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San Francisco Romantic City Hall Elopement

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27th February

 

 

 

 

What can I say about Angie and Alex! They were such a fun and sweet couple to work with. They met working at Magnolia Bar in San Francisco so logically that is where we started our pre-ceremony portrait session after leaving the Pheonix Hotel where the couple got ready in style. Then we headed to City Hall to get some amazing photos there before and after their beautiful and romantic civil ceremony. We ended up at Vesuvios Bar where the couple first said “I love you”. It was a lovely day full of love, reminiscing, re-acquainted with old friends, lots of romantic kisses, fun uber rides, and just visiting beautiful spots in the city by the bay. Congrats guys!Pheonix Hotel San Franciscogetting ready wedding Pheonix Hotel San FranciscoPheonix Hotel San FranciscoPheonix Hotel San FranciscoPheonix Hotel San Franciscowedding Pheonix Hotel San FranciscoPheonix Hotel San FranciscoPheonix Hotel San FranciscoPheonix Hotel San FranciscoHaight street san francisco weddingHaight street san francisco weddingcity hall wedding san franciscocity hall wedding san franciscocity hall wedding san franciscocity hall wedding san franciscocity hall wedding san franciscocity hall wedding san franciscocity hall wedding san franciscocity hall wedding san franciscocity hall wedding san franciscoVesuvio Bar Wedding San FranciscoVesuvio Bar Wedding San Francisco


A Wente wedding full of love, warm blankets, dinosaurs and a nerf game: Sydney and Chris

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24th September

Sydney and Christopher began dating two years ago, finally finding each other on Eharmony they instantly hit it off on their first date realizing they both had a love for dinosaurs. From then it was many dates and trips together to Tahoe, Disneyland and Australia to solidify their amazing bond. Though Chris spilled the beans about purchasing an engagement ring at Disneyland , he was still able to surprise Sydney weeks later on a wine tasting trip to Wente Vineyards with a romantic proposal. It is stories like theses that make me wonder what people ever did without the internet-right??!!! Congratulations Sydney and Chris!!

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A special thanks to the vendors:

DJ: 21st century sounds-Arren

Hair and makeup: Status Salon

Flowers:Rosebud floral designs-Misty Wainwright

Venue: Wente Vineyards



A Sophisticated rockin wedding at the Phoenix Hotel and Chambers Eat & Drink

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23rd March

Alissa and Andre’s wedding last weekend was nothing short of a amazing union between two very cool people. After 15 years together, they decided to make it official and have a fun party with all their closest friends and family and on their 15th anniversary no less! They met online 15 years ago when online dating was just getting going, but I seem to recall a few clients back in the day that were getting hitched after meeting online. It works like a charm-I would say. These two are such great people and they make the greatest duos. Their wedding day was at the retro rock in roll venue-The Phoenix Hotel, where the backdrop was band stickers, graffiti, sparkling blues and bright oranges, and a frog statue. The ceremony was really beautiful and everyone was laughing and tearing up throughout the day. The reception was next door at Chambers Eat & Drink, where records and leather and the words be amazing made it ultra rock n roll cool. Alissa added some thoughtful decorations with a bit of sparkles and guitar and record favors. It was a lovely day celebrating two lovely people. Cheers to the happy couple!
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Beautiful Avio Vineyard wedding in Sutter Creek: Marcus + Cheryl

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15th November

I had an amazing time photographing these two lovebirds on their wedding day at Avio Vineyard in Sutter Creek. The venue was spectacular with views of the surrounding hill sides. It was an outdoor wedding and the weather was sweet and the couple was even sweeter! I know Marcus and Cheryl through a good friend and was honored that they chose me to be their photographer. They are such a great couple and I couldn’t be happier for them. Gotta hand it to the internet for finding your true love-It really works!! It was an intimate garden ceremony and the reception was nigh time courtyard affair complete with a cigar bar! Congratulations Marcus and Cheryl!

 

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Berkeley Botanical Gardens Wedding: Corey + Sarah

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25th October

Their beautiful day started at the Lafayette Park Hotel, where both Corey and Sarah were getting ready for the big day. Sarah and her girls were having a fun time getting all dolled up and her mom was there to shed some tears for her beautiful daughter, you could tell how proud she was and it was just a lovely moment before we left the room for some portraits outside. The guys were having fun and keeping Corey relaxed and we had a great time doing the groomsmen shots. Sarah just looked stunning in her gown.  The ceremony was at the Redwood Grove at the Berkeley Botanical Gardens and it was such a majestic site. I love the redwoods and they bring such a peaceful calm and the feeling that you are amidst old nature souls. Corey and Sarah’s ceremony was beautiful and it was so amazing seeing her processional to the site with her Dad and flower girls. Corey’s three year old daughter, Dakota was one of the flower girls and I caught a sweet moment between father and daughter before the ceremony. The reception was in Benicia where I captured their gorgeous cake and flowers and first dance before my coverage was done. It was a whirlwind day but each site felt intimate and their love was so evident.  I wish you guys the best!!

 

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Walnut Creek Wedding: Florisela + Aaron

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16th September

What a pleasure I had photographing such a lovely couple recently in Walnut Creek.  Florisela and Aaron got married in a typical Catholic fashion celebrating many beautiful traditions and ceremony rituals. All the flower girls were adorable and loved the camera not to mention the candy at the reception! They had a mariachi band at both the ceremony and the reception and the music was sensational and kept the day lively and fun. The bubble send off was so fun and made for some fun get away photos. Congratulations to the Baca’s!!!

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A special thanks to all the vendors:

Wedding Consultant: Carolyn Shepherd 

Florist: Jory’s Flowers

Caterer: The Carvery

Photo booth: Greencheese Photobooth

Lighting: Bay Area uplighting



The Lonetree golfcourse wedding in Antioch: Kathy + Kenny

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28th August

It was a hot day in the East Bay, and a hot, young. and so in love couple was getting married.  I loved the fact that Kathy’s Aunt and Uncle not only provided the couple with a great getting ready spot, but they threw in a sweet red vintage mustang too!  I had never met the groom, as he was  in the military and stationed out of state right up until the wedding-so he had fun pretending that he was just one of the groomsmen for a second with me. As the groom and groomsmen had fun playing pool, Kathy was getting her wedding gown on just a room away. She looked absolutely stunning  and her Mom and Dad couldn’t have been more proud.  The ceremony and reception was held at The Lonetree golfcourse in Antioch. The couple did not see each other until that moment when she came down the aisle and that moment was beautiful as Kenny’s eyes lit up. Their love could not have been more apparent and I loved that they were high school sweethearts. They were both very silly and also so sweet that I know they are going to have a long happy life together as best friends.  For future reference, Brides do not have to help photographers to their car with their equipment!!!  Of course, I did not let her do that, but the offer was ridiculously sweet.  The night ended with a breathtaking sunset that I could not help but capture on my way out.


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Love is in the air: Kayla and Chris Luttrell’s wedding in the east bay

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1st August


I was so excited to see Kayla and Chris again after photographing their engagement session. The day had finally come and their wedding ceremony was going to be at my childhood church, Community Presbyterian Church in Danville, better know as CPC. Kayla and Chris met at at their best friends’s wedding and it was meant to be. They were best man and maid of honor and now it was their friends’ turns to be best man and maid of honor and they took their roles very seriously. It was a such a fun wedding as the groom is a total comedian and the bride can’t help but laugh. Kayla was so diy savvy and had made such wonderful details for the wedding. They also bought such thoughtful gifts for each other to incorporate as well. I love the key to my heart bouquet and boutonniere charms and the awesome superhero cufflinks. Their ceremony was in the beautiful little chapel and the lighting was amazing. I loved the moment they shared in the middle where they just hugged each other for awhile. Roses are in bloom at Heather Farms Garden Center Reception site and that is where Kayla and Chris continued the celebration and where the party started! We had fun photographing in the gardens and there were so many pretty spots to sit and walk and kiss!! The Heather Farms center is a great little place for a wedding and they did a great job decorating. I loved their little pink cake for them to cut and then each guest was given a tasty cupcake to indulge in. Dancing started after I left, but I am sure they had a blast. Thanks Kayla and Chris for having me as your photographer! Congratulations to you both!!

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Stephanie and Erik’s Saint Raymond Wedding

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24th July

 

I had an amazing time at a lovely wedding in Dublin. What a sweet and gorgeous couple-both inside and out!! Stephanie and Erik met on CatholicMatch.com and their love for each other is just as strong as their faith. By their second date they knew it would be forever and now they have solidified that in front of God and all their friends and family at St. Raymond Catholic Church in Dublin.  In fact, Erik proposed to Stephanie  right in front of this very church beside the Mary Statue outside.  I was rewarded with the simple beauty and power of love as I photographed throughout the day. The bridesmaids and bride and I took some fun photos before the ceremony at the Shannon Community Center. The wind brought a little relief from the heat and a little lift to the extra long veil Stephanie wore. We got some beautiful sunset shots with their church in the background.  Their wedding day couldn’t have gone more perfect! Cheers guys!!

 

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Sorelle Winery Vintage Country Wedding

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9th July

Jessica and James were married at the Sorelle Winery in Stockton, California. As I drove towards the venue on the back country roads for miles, listening to love songs to get me in the mood I knew it was going to be a perfect wedding! The Sorelle Winery was an amazing little venue that had so many cute spots for photos and it’s vintage charm made for the perfect setting. And on such a hot day-all the guests enjoyed their signature pink wine slushies. I met Jessica at C&T publishing when I was a in house photographer for them. She is a graphic designer-so she is also in the creative field-which I love, because she put a lovely effort into the details. The couple met through a mutual friend at a local watering hole and were instantly drawn toward each other. I love how Jessica’s mom put it in here toast, “I heard him singing in the backseat of the car to her and I knew he was the one for her.”-so sweet!! Jessica could not even look at her mom during the toast-for fear of uncontrollable tears!! James proposed to Jessica on his birthday exclaiming it was the best birthday present he could have gotten. They are truly in love and I could see that they will keep each other smiling.

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Thanks to all the vendors that helped make this wedding a smash!

Venue: Sorelle Winery

DJ: Dave Metildi

Hair stylist: Kayla Kruger

Makeup artist: Courtney Gurash

Florist: Ericka Skinner

Caterer: Tin Roof Catering

Dress:  Allure Bridal





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