Alison & Kellen’s Presidio Wedding

Alison and Kellen were married on a bright, crisp fall day with the San Francisco Presidio as the backdrop. It doesn’t get much better than that!

The day flowed seamlessly from the picture perfect Inn at the Presidio, to the Chapel of our Lady right next door. After the ceremony, guests strolled to the SF Film Centre for the reception. Coordinated by the always terrific Lisa Bravo, the day was as relaxed, gracious, and as full of fun as the couple themselves!

Tia & Claire

 

 

Emilia & Dylan at Dawn Ranch Lodge

Nothing sets the tone of a wedding as much as the couple’s choice of location. Emi and Dylan were looking for a place that reflected their connection to nature, and their strong sense of personal style. At Dawn Ranch Lodge they found the ideal site.

Guests were able to stay at the Lodge and relax, swim, and play, before getting ready and strolling over to the ceremony site. A bluegrass band played, as Emi walked across a meadow, and down the grassy aisle, to the apple tree where Dylan was waiting.

The day was filled with personal touches. During the ceremony all four parents sang to the bride and groom, and married friends offered their best advice for a happy marriage. Dylan and his mother created most of the paper goods at the wedding, and the personalities of the bride and groom were reflected in everything from the colored streamers at the wedding site, to the small burlap wrapped succulents at each guest’s place setting.

After dinner, the guests moved to the pool area where a DJ was spinning vinyl and a giant neon sign invited everyone to the party.  Within minutes the guests were enthusiastically putting on costumes and getting crazy on the dance floor.

Tia & Claire

 

It takes a whole team of vendors to pull a great wedding together!

Wedding Planner: Enjoy Events Co.

Location: Dawn Ranch Lodge

Flowers: Hawthorn Flower Studio

Hair/Makeup: Painted Ladies

Music: The Get Down Boys

DJ: The Flash Dance

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Dessert: Batter Bakery

Jody & Garrett at Delorimier

Sometimes your high school sweetheart really IS the one you are meant to be with.  Eleven years after going to their senior prom together Jody & Garrett sealed the deal on July 26th at the beautiful Delorimier Winery.  If laughter is one of the keys to a long and happy marriage, these two are going to do just fine!

So much of the success of a wedding depends on the team the bride and groom put together. Our thanks to all these wonderful vendors who make our job so much easier!

Planner: Ooh La La Weddings and Special Events

Caterer: Park Avenue Catering

Music: AMS Entertainment

Florist: Daisy Rose Floral Design

Hair Stylist: Clare Schwartz

Makeup: Unveiling Designs By Heather

 

Gillian & Joey Wed at Toboni Family Vineyards

Gillian & Joey may have hosted over 300 at their July 12th wedding, but it still felt like an intimate family affair.  Probably because it took place at Joey’s family’s vacation home, amongst a community of people many of whom have known each other all their lives.  After saying their vows, they led family and friends in a procession through the vineyards to the perfect farm to table setting.  We feel so honored to have been able to capture these memories for such wonderful families!

Tia & Claire

Lindsey and Geoff at Gloria Ferrer

It’s not every day we get to do a first look at an airport. In fact, we had never done one before! But if the groom flew himself to the wedding, what could make more sense? So that’s what we did. A deep blue sky, just enough of a breeze to set the red wind sock flying, brightly colored airplanes, and a playful and enthusiastic wedding party made for a truly original first look.

Then it was on to Gloria Ferrer, where huge pans of Paella were being prepared on-site, Jenga sets were out on the cocktail tables for the guests to play with, and the cake was an exact replica of the plane the groom flew in on.

This was a fun, unique wedding, imbued with the spirit of an adventurous couple.

Tia & Claire

It was a joy to work on this event with the following vendors ~

Event Planning: Megan Shuler & Anita Young of Enjoy Events Co.

Reception Venue: Gloria Ferrer Winery

Catering: Gerard’s Paella & Neal Ahern Oysters

Florals: Laura Miller Designs

Cake: Occasional Cakes

Makeup: Audrey Candrell of Glowing Bridal

Hair: Stella Stevens

DJ: Trevor Williams from Santa Cruz DJ

and a very special thanks to the people of Sonoma Sky Park for letting us shoot on their runways!

 

 

The Berkeley campus, a violin, and a visit to Top Dog.

Tiffany and Chris met as undergrads at Berkley, so what better location for their engagement shoot than on campus.  Tiffany brought her violin, and helped Chris (who is just learning) to sound like he’s been playing for years. We wrapped it up with a visit to one of their favorite places, Top Dog. I may be a vegetarian, but the dog’s smelled so good I was almost tempted to try one myself!

Claire.

Keeping it simple at Jack London State Park

Charles & Yuka were wed on May 18th at Jack London State Park. Couldn’t have been simpler or sweeter!

Nargues, Christian, Mina…and Belle!

In case you’re wondering, Mina is the gorgeous 3-week-old with the wise eyes, and Belle is the big furry one…also with wise eyes.

Claire

Lisa and Mark at Trentadue

Lisa and Mark were lucky enough to get the ideal wine country wedding day. Trentadue looked gorgeous, with all the roses in bloom, the ceremony site picture perfect under a bright blue sky sprinkled with fluffy clouds, and the Geyserville Hills providing a storybook backdrop. Add to the mix a nice as can be bride and groom, a totally charming wedding party, and wonderful families and friends, and you’ve got one fantastic wedding!

Extra thanks to Heather of Holliday Weddings who worked her magic and made the day run perfectly, and to Dominic Egan, second shooter extraordinaire!

Claire

 

 

 

 

 

Bodega Bay Wedding

It’s easy to get caught up in those big, fancy, detail rich weddings.  Absolutely – they can be a lot of fun.  But sometimes it’s important to remember that all you really need to pledge your love to each other, is each other.  Yes, the state of California requires someone to make it official and that you have a couple of witnesses, and it doesn’t hurt to have a breathtakingly beautiful day in a spot that is special to you, but literally, that is ALL you need.  And it was all that Elizabeth & David wanted.  They didn’t even know a photographer would be there. (I was hired by a dear friend of Elizabeth’s to surprise them – a first for me!)  There is a lot of talk of simplifying our lives these days, paring all the noise down to the core elements that matter, and this is really it folks.  The sea air and the arms of the one you love.  Congratulations Elizabeth & David!  It was an honor documenting your vows!

Tia