Wedding at The Lodge at Sonoma – Allison + Addison

I love it when a couple is so genuine and lovely that you just want to be friends with them afterwards. Allison and Addison are those kind of people and their family and friends are an exact reflection of that. What a beautiful wedding they had at The Lodge at Sonoma and the happiness and love was so vibrant I couldn’t stop taking photos. Such incredible details and the venue is just a magical place to capture all the bliss.

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Marriage Proposal at Inglenook Winery, ST. Helena, CA – Mitesh & carolina

Mitesh called me as he was on a mission to get some great photographs of his upcoming marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Carolina. Being it was on a Sunday I as pretty booked up but I really love photographing marriage proposals as they are so beautiful and emotional so I squeezed this photo shoot in which took place at Inglenook Winery in St. Helena, CA in Napa County. Look at those smiles! I am so happy I found the time to photograph this magical moment and I look forward to their upcoming wedding!

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Wedding at Dillion Beach -Eydis + Tyler

Cutest pandemic wedding story here ❤️ Eydis and Tyler met on a trivia night zoom session. He lived in Miami and Eydis was visiting her mother in Iceland. Huge time difference but they still FaceTimed for almost a year until they met in person. After that, Tyler moved to Northern California where Eydis lives, proposed to her and the rest is for the history books. Love always finds a way. Eydis and Tyler had their wedding at Dillion Beach in Sonoma County and stayed the night at Dillion Beach Resort in a cute tiny home that was very similar to homes in Eydis’ beloved country, Iceland. It’s such a charming resort and their wedding was exactly what they wanted. They were on the beach with close friends and family and views that just don’t quit. Just like them. They never gave up and now they are together for all their days.

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Wedding Engagement Party Lauren + Marcela

There are just NO words how much love Lauren and Marcela had not for just each other but for everyone who came up to the party to congratulate them. The love was so big that I found myself smiling from ear to ear as I photographed all the beautiful happy moments! And there were SO many I couldn’t stop snapping away. These two are absolutely stunning inside and out and they are over the moon excited to have met and start their lives together as are both of their families. I am so honored to have captured this beautiful engagement party complete with a Coachella style tent, incredible desserts, pizza oven and the most delicious paella you can taste. Everyone was so HAPPY to be there to celebrate at Marcela’s property in St. Helena which was nestled on a hilltop between vintage olive and oak trees. It was a magical evening and Arica of Events by Arica Grace turned the hilltop setting into a bohemian wonder of comfort and eye candy! What a night under the stars it turned out to be and I am so happy that this last year which was so hard to connect somehow Lauren and Marcela still found their way to each other. The proof is in the pudding they say and you just don’t get smiles bigger than these two have for each other. Big Congratulations and Love!

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Wedding at Mont La Salle Chapel in Napa Valley, CA. Briana and Matthias

A lovely wine country wedding ceremony and reception at the historic Mont La Salle Chapel in Napa, CA. Briana and Matthias know how to pick a location.  This little chapel in Napa Valley is divine for wedding photography and when you want to be the best wedding photographer in San Francisco a beautiful venue doesn’t hurt.  It’s nestled into the vineyards on top of a hill and has European architecture to make your wedding images have a vintage antiquity to them.  The gardens are so beautiful as well to take your formal wedding photographs or the couple portraits.  Beautiful magic hour light comes in around sunset highlighting all the traditions so your wedding images reflect the magic of your wedding ceremony and reception.  I love taking artistic photos on these grounds and the twinkle lights add the ambiance.  Such a beautiful day for Brian and Matthias to tie the knot and their wedding photography in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Lucky me to get to be their wedding photographer in Napa Valley, no less!

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San Francisco and Napa Valley Engagement Session Ideas

I always get asked is an engagement photography session necessary and I would say a resounding YES! First of all it’s super fun and you get to connect with your fiance in a way you never have. And secondly, it really allows you to get to know your wedding photographer and the way they work. Then, on your wedding day you have that feeling of trust and, “Oh yes, I remember this!” It really helps you relax on the day of your wedding because you’ve done some of these poses and have seen the engagment session photos and know how it came out! So, Yes, Hire a professional wedding photographer for an engagement session before the big day! Here are some photos from engagement sessions I have photographed in the San Francisco Bay area, Napa Valley and Sonoma.

This engagement photo was taken at Fort Point right smack under the Golden Gate Bridge. It has spectacular views of San Francisco and the bay on the rooftop.

Fun and so in love is what this wedding engagement photo says and we took advantage of magic hour in the vineyards close to the Estate at Villagio in Yountville where they were getting married.

A Silhouette kiss under the Golden Gate Bridge when the sun is really golden is a perfect wedding engagement photo and one to frame for sure!

Finding a rustic barn with character and patina is perfect as a backdrop for a wedding engagement photo. I love the ease and casualness in this photograph.

Night time wedding engagement photography on a pier in San Francisco is so dramatic as the lights just add to the allure! I love this emotional engagement photo!

Posing at Fort Point in the many cozy crevices lends for a very creative and artistic wedding engagement photograph!

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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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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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Wedding at Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel and St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. Megan and Russell.

Such a classic San Francisco wedding! The couple got ready at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental, with formal wedding  photos taken at the Palace of Fine Arts. They were married at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, and the wedding reception was at the St. Francis Yacht Club in the Marina where this awesome couple partied hard with a corn hole toss, photo booth and tons and tons of over the top fun dancing. The wedding photography was artistic and photojournalistic in style.  They also wanted to incorporate classic wedding photography into their images so we took formal wedding photography images at The Palace of Fine Arts.  I love using light and color to highlight my subjects as a San Francisco wedding photographer and each wedding venue location had it’s incredible light source so I had a magical day photographing Megan and Russell.  I always strive to be the best San Francisco Wedding Photographer. Here’s to magic all their years ahead of them!