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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engagement Photography Session at Dillion Beach -Caitlin + Nick

There’s nothing more mystical than an engagement photography session out at Dillion Beach when it’s super foggy. We stomped around the water’s edge with the jagged rocky coast, climbed up to the vibrant succulent cliffs and creeped under the Eucalyptus tree Tunnels tucked away on the beach. We had a ball celebrating their wedding engagement and the photos reflect just that!

Dillion Beach vibrant cliffs lend for the perfect backdrop for a wedding engagement photograph
Photographed this couple’s reflection in the sand in their engagement photo session at Dillion Beach, CA
Photographed a kiss through the eucalyptus trees at Dillion Beach, CA in this couple’s engagement photography session
Nothing better than the open wild ocean in a wedding engagement photography photo!

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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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Wedding Photographer at The Landmarks Art and Garden Center in Belvedere/Tiburon, Marin. Theresa and Marc

Theresa and Marc chose the The Landmarks Art and Garden Center which has the most exquisite views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. And they chose, Meren, from A Savvy Event whom is the most inpeccable wedding planner and she never fails to deliver anything less than perfection on your wedding day.  I love being a wedding photographer when A Savvy Event team member is one board as the design details are amazing.  Marc is the most phenomenal chef and used to own the iconic restaurant AQ in San Francisco where they would change the theme and menu according to the season.  He had his staff make the five course meal that was served to thier wedding guests and the food was out of this world.  Hope their life together will always be a grand epicurean adventure as this wedding was.  xoxo

Wedding Photographer at The Westin St. Francis and St. Pauls Union Square in San Francisco Bay Area. Suzzi and Mike.

Suzzi and Mike are so much fun it’s hard to even put into words.  They are hilarious and laugh all the time together.  However, they both love the glamourous things in life so their wedding photography reflects the gorgeous details that they both decided on for their wedding.  Their ceremony was at the baroque St. Paul’s Church in Union Square in San Francisco and they decided on the Westin St. Francis for their wedding reception because of the epic views of the city and the incredible interior of the top floor of the St. Francis.  It screams glamour and opulence.  I loved being their wedding photographer and would do it over in a heart beat.  So fun!  I hope Suzzi and Mike laugh the rest of their days together.  xoxo

Wedding photographer Lake at Villa Bella Tahoe. Lake Tahoe wedding. Bethany and Chris.

Villa Bella Tahoe in Lake Tahoe has the most spectacular lake views and perfect for a wedding venue and that is exactly why Bethany and Chris chose it!  They rented a school bus which was so cute to escort the guests to the lodge and we had so much fun shooting their wedding photos with mostly natural light as the skies were gorgeous.  At the time of their wedding Villa Bella Tahoe was called Fitzhaven, however, it is now under new ownership and the name has changed.  It’s still just breathtaking and the you really can’t get better views of Lake Tahoe!

Wedding Photographer at The Julia Morgan Ballroom in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kelly and Ballan.

Look at the divine art deco detail the Julia Morgan Ballroom has and how perfectly beautiful does it look in Kelly and Ballan’s San Francisco wedding photography.  The two are very classic in their taste and values.  They wanted a venue that would reflect their love of tradition and family and being that The Julia Morgan Ballroom is in the heart of downtown San Francisco and it’s such a stately building they knew they found the perfect venue for their wedding.  Both of these two waited for a long time to get married as they hadn’t met until later in life so this wedding was extra special as everyone was so happy for them.  I love being a wedding photographer at San Francisco venues like this and especially when the couple is so grateful to have found one there “person” to spend the rest of their days with.  Beautiful.

Wedding Photographer at The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena. Napa Valley, CA. Sarah and Nick.

I am in love with being a wedding photographer at The Culinary Institute of America as it is not only an exquisite wedding venue architecturally but the food is divine of course!  The light in these artistic wedding photos I took of Sarah and Nick is gorgeous and I loved capturing their couple wedding portrait photos in the vineyards and at their hotel, The Harvest Inn, in St. Helena beforehand. It was the most gorgeous wedding and Nick is a dress designer and he custom made Sarah’s dress!  At the wedding reception there was a beautiful video montage of him making her dress so it was so touching to see all the details he put into it.  Love this couple and hoping more creative endeavors in their future.

Wedding photographer – Lanai, Hawaii – Four Seasons. Jenny and Sean.

You can’t get more spectacular than the Four Seasons in Lanai, Hawaii. I love being a destination wedding photographer from the San Francisco Bay area….I mean who wouldn’t want to photograph gorgeous couples like this in a paradise such as Lanai, Hawaii.  Look at these stunning skies and views in their wedding photography.  Hawaiian dancers, roasts from friends…it was all just picture perfect!

Love Jenny and Sean and hope their future is as bright as this day was!  xoxo

 

 

 

Wedding photographer at City Hall in San Francisco in Bay Area. Veronika and Oleg.

This creative couple had a City Hall Wedding in San Francisco.  The bride contacted me from Moscow, Russia with some very editorial ideas for her wedding — she even brought rabbit masks! The dinner reception took place on the elegant Napa Valley Wine Train. Talk about an incredible backdrop for your wedding photography photos!  It looked like it was right out of a movie!