Shockingly – not all “real” weddings go perfectly as planned. Sometimes mother nature throws a wrench into the works. I didn’t blog this one right away back in September because …. well, the unspeakable happened. Out of nowhere, on a picture perfect Autumn day the skies opened up and sent down a torrent of rain RIGHT when the ceremony was scheduled to take place! The prettiest outdoor ceremony site had to be abandoned in lieu of a banquet hall. Hardly what a bride envisions. Fortunately though, Aida & Olivier have wonderful senses of humor (as you can tell later by their cake) and they weren’t about to let some rain spoil their day. Besides, we were still able to slip outside afterwards for some vineyard portraits, and the post dinner party was one for the ages.
“Letting go” probably isn’t a quality you would chose to put to the test on your wedding day, but this reminded me that if you can hold on tight to the one you love when you jump, it’s possible you’ll find that it’s not only easy – but maybe even a little bit fun.
Second Photographer: Thanks again to Dominic Egan for assisting and getting such great barbershop shots!
Event Planning: Little Blue Box
Hair & Make-up: April Foster
Cake: Fleur de Lisa Cakes
Band: The Cheeseballs
The Palace of Fine Arts and Baker Beach at sunset – a classic San Francisco engagement shoot!
Thank you so much to the Borrowed & Blue readers for naming us Best Wedding Photographer(s) in the Sonoma/Napa Area!
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“During wedding planning, there are not many decisions more important than choosing who will be trusted to beautifully capture your love story. After all, this is a day you’ll only be able to experience once, so you’ll want to make sure that whoever is behind the lens will be able to authentically capture your story & personalities. Plus, this is all not to even mention the fact that your photographers are one of the only vendors – if not THE only – that you’ll work with after the day has come & gone to order prints, design albums, etc.
So who should you rely on to capture your day? Read on to find out who the local wedding community voted in as the very best wedding photographer in Napa & Sonoma.”
“Tia & Claire studio is comprised of two best friends, Tia & Claire, and they approach weddings as a team. For the client, this means they have two insanely talented photographers who can be trusted to catch each & every moment, never missing a beat. Tia & Claire Studio shoot in a photojournalistic style, capturing the story as it unfolds. That being said, you don’t have to worry about losing those classic portraits – they’ll get those too, just in a manner that never seems forced or overly directed. They’re the perfect blend of styles, & the wedding community is loud & clear when they say that this duo definitely needs to be on your short list.”
Maria & Eric were so swamped with med school that they planned their wedding for the only time they KNEW they would be free – two days before Christmas! They couldn’t have been luckier with the weather though (our two big winter storms had just finished passing through) and it was super fun for me to spend two nights at the luxurious Carmel Valley Ranch. It was a truly touching day with one of my sweetest couples ever. And a special shout out to my dear friend Dominic Egan for coming so far to assist me on this one, getting so many great shots, and always being such a calm and cheerful companion!
I love it when clients ask for a stylized, edgy look that lets me explore the creative side of post processing. These two musicians wanted their singular style showcased, and I was thrilled to indulge their love of strong black and white images paired with some unconventional color processing.
During our busy shooting season we don’t have time to blog all the weddings we photograph. Once things have settled down a bit, it’s really fun for us to take some time to go back and be reminded of what a wonderful season it has been.
Katie & Kyle’s wedding was at the very picturesque Cline Cellars, and was flawlessly overseen by Heather Holliday of Holliday Weddings. Our favorite things about the day were the the vibrant purples against the green backdrop, the flowers by Rebekah, and most of all, the look in Katie’s eyes whenever she looked at Kyle.
Tia & Claire
So many reasons to love Presidio weddings!
Tia & Claire
Katie and Brian are getting married next August in the wine country. For their engagement session they wanted a real contrast to the country feel their wedding day will have. I suggested the mission district because I always love working there. It’s a part of the city that is loaded with color, variety, and life – and a very different sort of beauty than the kind you find in the vineyards!
Engagements sessions are wonderful because you have no schedule and can really relax and get to know each other better. Katie and Brian were up for anything – even changing outfits right on the street! There was plenty of time to chat more about their wedding plans, get comfortable working together, and wander around exploring. We found alleyways with fantastic murals, checked out a few stores, stopped for coffee, found some great bright pink walls, and a good stoop to hang out on. Just a completely fun afternoon. Can’t wait to see them again in August!
Molly & Kyle will be marrying this July in Sonoma – a town that is loaded with wonderful memories for Molly. Growing up in San Francisco, Molly vacationed with friends and family there each summer, and her parents eventually bought a home there. So when Molly & Kyle fell in love it was only natural that Sonoma is where they would wed.
I spoke with the two of them about their vision for their wedding day, and I knew how important it was to them to spend the optimum amount of time visiting with their guests, so we quickly realized there wouldn’t be an opportunity for a downtown photo shoot on the actual big day. Then why not do the engagement shoot there? Guests traveling from out of state could get a little preview of the what a lovely historic town they’d soon be visiting! So we met at The Sunflower Cafe (a favorite spot of mine too!) on a cold, windy, January day and then worked our way through the plaza and over to the mission. The duck pond, the Sebastiani Theatre, the town mural – we hit the all iconic spots that meant so much to Molly growing up. Then, since Kyle had proposed on Christmas, we chose to finish up our session at the Town Hall, right at dusk when the Christmas lights came on!
I hope you like this session as much as I do. I feel like I won the jackpot getting these two as clients and I am genuinely excited to photograph their wedding for them.
Around this time of year, we wrap up the last of our holiday weddings and get to sit back, relax, and take a look at the past year. It’s been a great one! We’ve photographed huge, elaborate, city weddings, and small, intimate, country ones. We worked at many of our “old favorite” locations like Calistoga Ranch, Trentadue, Paradise Ridge, and Vine Hill House, and discovered many new locations we love. We shot in the SF Presidio, in the vineyards, at beaches, restaurants, nightclubs, ranches, airfields, private estates, and ballrooms. And as usual, we met some amazing couples, their friends, and families. It is a privilege to document such a high point in peoples lives, and we are grateful that so many wonderful couples trusted us to tell the story of their day. Happy New Year to all of our 2014 couples – we wish you all a fabulous future together!
Here are just a few moments that made us smile in 2014.
Claire & Tia