Prime Minister Costa of Portugal visits Sausalito for a commemoration of sister cities, Cascais, Portugal and Sausalito. Celebrity Portrait photographer in San Francisco.

It was a beautiful afternoon in Sausalito where two sister cities, Cascais, Portugal and Sausalito were commemorated by a square titled Rosa Dos Ventos which means Rose of The Winds Calcada.  This beautiful mosaic tile square is located in downtown Sausalito and the Prime Minister Costa of Portugal was there as well for the celebration.  Mayor Joan Cox of Sausalito and Mayor Carlos Carreiras of Cascais were also in attendance and both gave beautiful speeches saying we should build bridges not walls.  I was proud to be the photographer at this commemoration as it was a beautiful example of kindness between two countries across the Atlantic.

LGBT Wedding Photographer in Castro Valley, San Francisco Bay Area. Stacey and Laura.

If you are lucky enough to know Stacey and Laura then you know you are among the kindest people around.  They have twin girls and were beyond elated that that their moms could finally be married in the eyes of the state of California. And believe me they had some rocky times.  They had been married during the brief time period gay and LGBT weddings were legal but then the Supreme Court ruled them not legal and they had to go through that emotional hula hoop. BUT….this time it was LEGIT.  And it has since stayed.  And from the emotion of their twin girls…this is one happy family.  Love you all and hope your life is filled with this much love until the end of time.

Wedding photographer at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley. Corrine and Shaun.

Corrine and Shaun were so darn adorable and she even pulled a camera out of the pocket of her wedding dress to take a photo of her guests after she walked up the aisle.  Definitely a stellar moment.  Then during the reception Shaun surprised Corrine by flying out one of her favorite musicians who serenaded her with a song.  Tears.  Such beautiful tears.  All this took place in the wine cave at The iconic Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley. An extraordinary night with a beautiful couple.  I hope they continue to come back to Calistoga ranch for post wedding celebrations in years to come.  Such fun being a wedding photographer at events such as these in Napa Valley.

Wedding Photographer at The Julia Morgan Ballroom in the San Francisco Bay Area. Emily and Steve.

Emily and Steve loved The Julia Morgan Ballroom with it’s grand lobby and architectural details.  We even got to steal to the roof for a gorgeous sunset portrait.  The ceremony was very elegant at St. Peter and Pauls Church in North Beach and then Emily and Steve along with their bridal party  hopped on a trolly car to take them to The Julia Morgan Ballroom for such a fun and fantastic evening of incredible food and dancing. I hope these two have the most wonderful time for the rest of their lives.

Bar Mitzvah Photographer at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, CA Marin County. Samuel.

The Meadow Club in Fairfax is perched at the top of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County is unparalleled with their views.  It is such a great venue for a Bar Mitzvah and Samuel and his family had the best time.  Jayne Greenberg of Just Jayne Events planned the most incredible casino night themed and everyone had a blast gambling the night away.  Lucky 7’s were in the house and I hope Samuel remembers this night forever.

Wedding Photographer at The Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco Bay Area. Rupa and Rahul.

The Julia Morgan Ballroom in such a divine wedding venue and especially if you want to hold a traditional Indian Wedding Ceremony.  The open floor plan combined with the dark wood architecture is so incredible and provides the best backdrop for all the Indian Wedding traditions.  Rupa and Rahul had the most fun and even choreographed a dance for their guests.  I wish these two much more fun filled nights with food as the attraction.  These two are so much fun!

Wedding Photographer at The San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA. Bree and Anthony.

The San Francisco Theological Seminary is the most romantic wedding venue in San Anselmo in Marin County.  The building looks like a castle and they have a the quaintest chapel to say I Do.  Then there is quite a few rooms to hold your reception or you can have it on the outdoor patio with views galore.  Bree and Anthony had a heart felt ceremony and a party where the dancing didn’t stop.  And then….the best part was instead of a wedding cake….they had a Ben and Jerry’s cart!  BAM!  I was one happy wedding photographer on a hot Marin night.

Bar Mitzvah Photographer at Congregation Emanu-el and The Terra Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Eli.

Eli had such a fantastic Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Emanu-el and the party at The Terra Gallery in San Francisco.  The design concept by Jayne Greenberg at Just Jayne Events was brilliant as always.  The Terra Gallery is such an incredible space for parties as there are two distinct rooms that are very large open floor plans.  The video montage for this Bar Mitzvah was so emotionally charged there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.  I wish this sweet boy, Eli, the best life has to offer him!

 

Wedding Photographer at The Hotel Villagio in Napa Valley. Meaghan and Dave.

There was such a beautiful show of emotion at The Hotel Villagio for Meaghan and Dave’s wedding.  Their family all flew in to support them and everyone had a lot of laughter through tears as they were so happy they had found each other.  I love being a wedding photographer in Napa Valley especially when two families are brought together like these two.

Bar Mitzvah Photographer at Sweetwater in Mill Valley in Marin. Kolby in Zoolander.

Wow!  Having a Zoolander theme for your Bar Mitzvah is nothing short of genius. And to have your party at The Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley is off the charts! There were the best costumes and they even had a walk off where the kids acted out scenes from the movie and did their best catwalk shenanigans.  To say this party was FUN would be the understatement of the century.  Kolby was so wonderful at his services earlier in the day at his Grandmother’s home in Mill Valley but at the party he let loose!  From gift card prizes for trivia games, to constant yummy appetizers going around the room, a photo booth, a basketball hoop game, and a DJ that was fantastic….this party didn’t stop!  Loved every second of photographing this Bar Mitzvah party and hope Kolby and his family continue to have this much fun in years to come!