Morgan & Asher at The Asian Art Museum

Morgan and Asher’s wedding at the Asian Art Museum combined many of the elements that make photographing weddings in San Francisco so uniquely wonderful; a blend of tradition and the very modern, style and substance, social conscience and social exuberance, and a crew of professionals who can mix it all together and create a gorgeous event.

It was perfect timing that the Asian Art Museum was all dressed up with giant colorful flowers for their Flower Power exhibition, a look that captured perfectly the spirit of the day. Morgan’s pairing of some very funky shoes with her white gown, her group of fabulous brides-bros, and the Lucite chairs and minimalist white color palette for the flowers in the Samsung room exemplified the blending of traditional and more contemporary. As did the over-the-top geode cake, with colorful sugar rocks  spilling out of a crack that look carved right out of the frosting.

The last minute news that a huge rally was planned for right in front of the museum on the big day didn’t throw planner extraordinaire Tosca of Tosca Productions off her stride. She got busy re-arranging transportation, vendor schedules, and dozens of details without sounding worried for a minute. The folks from McCalls catering smoothly shifted gears and re-arranged delivery schedules, and Morgan just said “we’ll laugh about it later” – which is about the very best bride comment you could ever wish for in the middle of last minute changes!

Thanks to an amazing crew who pulled it all together, the day was as perfect as any wedding we can remember – right down to the moment when a group of demonstrators from the rally came over and joined the wedding party for an “only in San Francisco” moment of wedding day perfection.

Tia & Claire

The team who made it all work:

Planner: Tosca Clark at Tosca Productions

Caterer: McCall and Associates

Florist: Michael Daigian Designs

Hair/Makeup: Sarah Hyde

Baker: Sofie’s Cakes

Band: Lucky Devils Band

Rentals: Dreamscene

Lighting: EAV

 

 

Kristen and Cameron at Gundlach Bundschu

Beautiful wine country has been through a tough time lately, so now seems like the perfect time to let her show off a little, and  what better way to do that than to share with you some images from the oh-so-lovely wedding of Kristen and Cameron at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma.

If there was any way to make this setting even better, then a bride with a vision and attention to detail like Kristen was the one to do it! Kristen put an amazing team together to bring her vision to life including; Kimberly from A Savvy Event (who pulled everything together and made it work) Main Street Flora Gardens, Raina Rombeiro, Componere Fine Catering (they actually took time to make me Vegan food – how sweet is that!)  and, of course, wonderful Brooke from Gun Bun to keep an eye on absolutely everything. Add to that great  wine and music, a drop dead view, a wedding party that  was super helpful, a group of family and friends who were absolutely lovely to spend time with, and a sweet, fun, and totally easygoing bride and groom. There was just no way this was not going to be one of the highlights of my 2017 wedding season!

Claire

 

A Wedding in the Occidental Redwoods

I loved being a part of Freesia & Randall’s wedding!  They chose to marry in a redwood grove (the perfect choice for a warm July day), and then lead their guests in a Second Line Parade through downtown Occidental to their reception site – the historic Occidental Union Hotel. Weddings (at least the good ones) usually have more than their fair share of laughter, hugs and tears, but this one was so chock full of it all that even someone who photographs upwards of twenty weddings a year got choked up more than once!

If the images here look a little different than some of my other work you’ve seen it’s because Freesia & Randall wanted a subtly different feel to the final colors, so we decided to collaborate on getting a more”moody” look. While working on the images I used VSCO filters that accentuate roses, blues and golds and downplays apple greens. Then I added some deep contrast and a faint matted look to arrive at the “dreamy” images you see below.  It’s just one part of the process that can make each weddings final images unique.

Tia

 

Venue: Occidental Union Hotel

Coordinator: Nicki Wolfe

Florals: Natalie Mack of Mack Floral

Second Shooter Extraordinaire:Maria Villano Photography

Camille & Wande at Vine Hill House

“It is such a happiness when good people get together – as they always do.” Jane Austen

Two beautiful people (inside and out), family, friends, brilliant colors against a vineyard backdrop, dancing (such dancing!), and finally…sparklers. A perfect wedding celebration for a couple whose life together  is bound to be as bright, colorful, and full of laughter as their wedding day was!

Tia&Claire

 

  

A Backyard Wedding in Berkeley

I’d like to see the backyard wedding make a comeback.  I sometimes joke that my mother was “practically a socialite”, but she had her wedding reception in my grandmother’s backyard.  I guess it was much more common back then.  So anyway I was thrilled when Sebastien & Rebecca hired me to learn that they were getting married in the backyard of Rebecca’s parents house – the home Rebecca grew up in.  All that family history. All those shared memories. The amount of work that goes into any wedding is mind boggling, but on this wedding day everything felt easy and natural.  Like there really wasn’t room for anything but laughter and love.  When you see the photos, you’ll know what I mean 🙂

Tia

Morgan & Asher at home

We love to start engagement sessions at your home. There’s just something about the way people feel in their own space; relaxed, at ease, comfortable in their skin. There’s no plan for how it will go. You can just wear whatever you feel like, hang out together the way you might on a regular Sunday morning when you had no plans and an easy day ahead. Make some food, have a cup of coffee, workout, curl up on the couch. We get a look into your life and get to know you better. You get comfortable having us around.

After a while you can change into whatever you’ve decided to wear for your shoot, and we will head out – but first, we’re all going to relax a bit “at home” and spend some time just taking a look at what makes your life together your own.

Tia & Claire

Eli & Valerie at Chateau St Jean

It takes more than a little rain (okay, maybe it was a LOT of rain) to dampen the spirit of a wedding this wonderful!

Tia & Claire

** A specially huge thank you to Yesenia Beckman of Ooh La La weddings & Events and the team at Chateau St Jean for managing some seriously challenging weather and making our day so much easier.

 

Some favorite moments from 2016

We took time out this week to look back at some of our favorite memories of 2016. It’s been a joyful, challenging, surprising, and very romantic year. Once again we are reminded of all the reasons we love what we do.

Happy New Year!

Tia & Claire

A sweet and sunny wedding at Soda Rock Winery

The lovely Soda Rock Winery was the perfect setting for this joyful gathering of family and friends. Add a radiant bride and a charming groom, and this was destined to be a classic wine country wedding celebration.

Claire

No wedding comes together without a great team:

Venue: Soda Rock Winery

Coordinator: Denise Kramer

Catering: Park Avenue Catering

Hair and Makeup: It’s a Date at the Powder Room

Flowers: Rivertown Florals

DJ: AMS

 

A summertime wine country wedding

With a perfectly gorgeous setting at Copain Winery, a radiant bride, and tons of laughter, this romantic summertime celebration had it all.

Congratulations to Ben and Kim!

Claire

**An extra special thank you to Leslie of Milestone Events (who stayed so cool despite the heat)  and the terrific folks from Park Avenue Catering. Also,  thanks  to Dominic Egan, second shooter extraordinaire  – and always such a pleasure to work with!