Wedding Photographer at The Julia Morgan Ballroom in the San Francisco Bay Area. Monica and Frank.

Monica and Frank were so cute together I couldn’t take enough wedding photos of them.  They are both just gorgeous and were so beaming with love for each other I was beyond inspired.  Their ceremony was at the amazing St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in North Beach which is an iconic church in San Francisco. Not to mention The Julia Morgan Ballroom is so uber glamorous as a wedding venue with all it’s art deco architecture and gilted doors.  Frank is from Hawaii so they had a Hawaiian theme throughout their wedding. There was so much emotion during the speeches and they all had the most incredible time dancing until late.  Wish these two the absolute best for a lifetime together.  xoxo

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Glen Ellen wedding Sammie + Josh

Sammie and Josh decided not to wait to have their wedding day and instead opted for renting an estate in Glen Ellen overlooking all of Sonoma Valley. They had a small and intimate ceremony of just close family and friends and of course Sammie’s Dog whom she loves more than anything! He was up there for the entire wedding ceremony and walked the mother of the bride down the aisle as well. It was such a special day with views that out of this world. And when Josh said his vows, tears welled up in everyone’s eyes including Sammie’s as she tried to wipe it away without smearing her makeup which made for a funny moment where everyone laughed. I wish this couple much love and success in the future and many more moments filled with laughter!

The bride and groom with the beautiful leaves climbing the private estate for their wedding ceremony in Glen Ellen, CA.
Father of the bride walks Sammie down the stairs to the private villa of their wedding ceremony in Glen Ellen, CA
Sammie and Josh join each other as the officiant welcomes everyone to their wedding ceremony in Sonoma Valley
The small intimate ceremony or Minimony overlooking the sonoma county canyons
Josh the groom gets teary eyed as Sammie reads her vows to him during the wedding ceremony
Sammie the bride tries to catch her tear before it smears her makeup and makes a joke that she never wears this much makeup so she doesn’t know how to do it. It was a pretty funny moment!
Father of the bride reads his well wishes to his daughter and his son in law during the wedding ceremony in Glen Ellen, CA
The First Kiss during the wedding ceremony with sweeping views of the canyons below in Glen Ellen, CA
Toasts at the Reception dinner wishing the bride and groom the best on their new journey together as man and wife and dog!
Husband and Wife and their dog after their wedding ceremony in Glen Ellen, CA
A kissing wedding Couple photographed in the pampas reeds in Glen Ellen, CA

A photograph of the newly married couple in front of a wine cave in Glen Ellen, CA at a private estate

Wedding rings photograph details on a rosemary sprig at at private estate in Glen Ellen, CA

Wedding couple photograph of the ivy climbing the walls of a private estate in Glen Ellen, CA

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Wedding at The Generals Residence in San Francisco.

Another perfect wedding at The General’s Residence in sweepingly beautiful Fort Mason, San Francisco. Beautiful backdrop of the city for wedding photos and especially the couples portraits with both bridges in the background of the images.  The lawn is also ideal for bridal party group portraits.  And the main residence has the best views for the reception to dance the night away with the bay sparkling in the background!  Wish these two the best in life!

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Joshua Henry, star of Hamilton the musical in San Francisco at The De Young Museum. photographed by @DanaHargitay

What’s so exhilarating about shooting really great actors is that they are so uninhibited…Totally free. Not an entitled celebrity gene resonates in his body and is nothing but comfortable in his own skin. Without a line of dialogue or one hint towards a character Joshua Henry just flowed. I got the freedom to look for light, composition, and backgrounds to photograph amongst two museums in San Francisco while he just did his “thing”. And he did it with gracious ease.  💫

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Wedding at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. Allison & Drew.

I had the honor to photograph such a beautiful wedding at the iconic and posh Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. The wedding photographs are very urban and architecturally artistic as the bride Allison wanted her wedding images to reflect the beauty of downtown San Francisco with all it’s glory.  She even wanted to include the TransAmerica Building and The Bentley staircase in her wedding couple photographs.  Allison and Drew had the most incredible appetizers that I took photographs of.  I love being a photographer at these grand events when they serve food this amazing!  Such a fun couple and lots of dancing went on late through the evening!

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WEDDING COUPLE POSES, IDEAS AND WEDDING VENUES IN SAN FRANCISCO, NAPA, and SONOMA

Posing your wedding couple photographs can be daunting to some people but I believe with a little direction from your wedding photographer you can have some really organic and authentic photos. I always think the best wedding couple photos are the ones that come the most natural to you and bring out your true essence and the love between the two of you! Here are some examples of poses for your couple photographs on your wedding day! For more ideas on couples posing or wedding venues in San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma click here: www.enLucephotography.com. Below is a very fun and dramatic dip I photographed at The Estate at Hotel Villagio in Yountville, CA. The fountain in the background gives off beautiful ambient backlighting making the spray highlight this couple.

This wedding couple photograph was taken at a wedding I shot at The Estate at Hotel Villagio in Yountville, CA
This is a very natural wedding couple’s pose of walking towards your wedding photographer. This wedding couple photo was taken at Trentadue Winery in Sonoma County.  Wineries are the most magical backdrop for a wedding venue.  Strolling through the vineyards on your wedding day during Golden Hour after you just exchanged your vows is magical for wedding photographers and the reason why many weddings and elopements happen in the wine country. Trentadue Winery is in Sonoma County near Healdsberg, CA
With all the vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley every wedding couple would love to have a photograph of them with the grape vines. I thin a beautiful pose is to have the couple lean in for a kiss and then I photograph them though the vines with a short depth of field so I blow out the leaves and make them out of focus. This wedding couple photo was taken at Viansa Winery near Sonoma.

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Caden’s senior Portraits in Petaluma


How much fun to photograph Caden’s senior portraits at The Barlow in Sebastopol. I loved romping through all the cool backdrops and outdoor areas to take photographs of him. And the bonus was we got to eat at the Fern Bar with probably the best fried chicken sandwich I have ever had. And OMG the fries!!! Ok back to Caden…he is so cute and easy going and 6 foot 5!! Love this kid! Here’s to your senior year Caden! Can’t wait to put 2020 behind us!

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Napa and Sonoma Wedding photography Moments

These emotional photographic moments are what make your wedding day authentically yours. They embody deep relationships over time that are so overwhelmingly filled with love and raw feelings. When I photograph a wedding I hone in on these moments and give them a life of their own to live on through a photograph for your family and your family to come. These organic moments are happening and I intuitively see it through my lens and frame it so it’s artistic and beautiful. I love these wedding moments of pure joy displayed through tears of letting go or new beginnings. It is my art and mission to not miss these but to bring them to you in your wedding photography images. I live for it.

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The Mother/Son Dance at the wedding reception is so rich with emotion as she is so happy her son found his person and is marrying his wife but it represents the feeling of a new era and letting go of her baby boy. Such an organic wedding image that is so deep in meaning.

This bride listening to her groom say his vows filled her with such raw emotion I zoomed in through my lens and you can see the love in her eyes. She was so present and there with him even though their 100 + eyes on them.

Putting the ring on her fiance during the wedding ceremony just hit this bride with an organic feeling of love and the gratitude of being his wife. I saw this through my lens and I went in to capture this image to live on for years to come.
This bride was so caught in emotion listening to her Maid of Honor’s speech that she just burst into joy and laughter. This photo at the reception shows the rich history she and her best friend shared over decades.
The father of the groom is totally caught up in emotion listening to his son’s speech depicting a time where he saved the life of the groom whom was his brother. Words can’t possibly capture the overwhelming emotion he felt.
The first dance at the wedding reception. The joy these two experience together in their first dance as husband and wife was so intimate and happy that it was infectious. This reception photo tells the love they have for one another and speaks volumes.
This Father/ Daughter Dance photo is so poignant and special to me as Alicia the bride’s father passed shortly after her wedding. She loved him so much and was so grateful he gave her this beautiful wedding in Napa Valley. He had given her a diamond necklance while she was getting ready and you could see how much love the two had for each other. Capturing these wedding moments with my photography is one of the things that matter most to me as wedding photographer. They stand the test of time and it’s a gift for me to give these to my brides and grooms.

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Wedding Engagement at Castello Di Amorosa in St. Helena. Amanda and Kamal.

The first time I ever saw Castello Di Amorosa after moving from Los Angeles to wine country was…wtf?  Am I in Tuscany?  Seriously, the Sonoma and Napa Valley Region is so similar in the landscape with it’s sweeping vineyard hills that is hard not to draw similar familiarities.  However, we explored the backside that looks like Kamal’s native India.  AHA!!  I love this part that your aren’t supposed to go to.  (Sorry!  What’s that saying? ” Don’t ask. Beg for forgiveness. ”  Well, it’s a motto I have lived by.  It hasn’t failed me yet.  So….Amanda and Kamal met in med school and they have become each others other halves starting as study partners. aAnd now they are each other’s support for the last 8 years.  So When Kamal proposed to Amanda she felt like they were already married. I loved these engagement photos and this setting is so epic I get excited to photograph here whenever possible. Possibilities on this as a photo location are endless.

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LBGT Wedding at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Peter and Jared

I can’t say enough about how fantastic this wedding was! I loved everything about documenting Peter and Jared’s amazing day.  We did couple wedding photographs at their hotel and at the Grace Cathedral.  I love photographing same sex weddings as I am honored to be a part of progressive civil right change.  Being a LBGT wedding photographer is one of my favorite things and I am most proud of being to work with these exceptional couples.  They are so positive and have the deepest level of compassion and emapthy.  In perfect SF style, they had a cable car deliver them to their ceremony at the magnificent Grace Cathedral. They prepped for the wedding at the luxurious Scarlet Huntington Hotel, and their reception was at a club so swanky I’m not allowed to mention its name online! Peter’s children were in attendance with their partners, all beaming with happiness for their father. We had so much fun taking photo journalistic style wedding photos of them all at the wedding reception and took some more artistic and stylized wedding photos of the couple around the venue. Food stations were everywhere with every kind of food imaginable. Such a beautiful day full of so much love…Congrats!

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