Wedding photography POint reyes – Hannah + Michael

Hannah and Michael have been together since high school and they wanted Hannah’s sister to marry them on Tomales Bay in an intimate ceremony. They will do a bigger celebration next year but this was so touching and they had their dog Shorty and even a boat of excited fisherman cheering them on! I am honored to have documented their commitment to each other!

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WEdding at Montage Healdsburg Caitlin + Nick

Caitlin and Nick chose the Montage Healdsburg for their wedding reception as they loved the swimming pool and view–You can’t argue that as it’s pretty stunning! I took their wedding portraits around the pool as the reflection was pretty dramatic! They were surrounded by close family and friends wishing them the best for their life together and after the wedding portraits were finished they all changed into their bathing suits and enjoyed the Sonoma County sunshine and took a dip in this beautiful swimming pool.

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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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The Julia Morgan Ballroom San Francisco. Krissy and Max

The Julia Morgan Ballroom is a perfect place for a wedding in San Francisco. It has the most incredible art deco architecture so your wedding photos have the most stellar backgrounds and the lighting is spectacular to capture your wedding reception photos at sunset. The light comes in through the windows just in time to highlight your first dance as husband and wife. It’s an honor to be a wedding photographer and I will always try to do my best as being the best wedding photographer in San Francisco means to keep exploring and being curious.  I know these traditions are so important to be captured in an photojournalistic way but to also keep them artistic and beautiful.  Krissy and Max did a first look at Omni Hotel where they were staying before they hopped across the street to the Julia Morgan Ballroom for their ceremony in the lobby. The wedding reception was upstairs on the penthouse floor with the glamorous San Francisco City skyline peeking in through the windows.  Fabulous wedding and such a great venue for beautiful San Francisco wedding photography with such a fun and sweet couple!  Here’s to lots of wonderful times together, Krissy and Max!

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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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Minimony wedding in Burlingame, CA -Aime + Brian

Aime and Brian had a very large wedding planned at The Bohemian Club in San Francisco when Covid hit so they opted not to wait and have a smaller gathering with just family at his parents private home in Burlingame, California. It was an intimate affair or what the industry is calling a minimony these days but it was not short on love and emotion. Their mothers read toasts and well wishes to the bride and groom at the reception from all their friends all over the world wishing they could be there in person. Tears were flowing but gratitude for the love between Aime and Brian and their need to start their lives together was the highlight of the evening. These two know that their love is way stronger than a big glamorous wedding and they will stand together no matter what life throws at them. I’m honored to photograph their wedding and wish them all the love in the world.

We photographed Aime and Brian’s wedding couple shots at The Embassy Suites in Burlingame, Ca before heading over to Brian’s parents home for the ceremony and reception.

Wedding couple photograph at The Embassy Suites in Burlingame. I took the elevator up and photographed this from the balcony above them on the garden terrace.
Wedding Couple photograph in Burlingame, CA
Wedding couple photograph at The Embassy Suites in Burlingame. I took the elevator up and photographed this from the balcony above them on the garden terrace.
Wedding detail photograph of their champagne flutes in Burlingame at a private estate
Beautiful escort cards on their wedding reception table. It was a small intimate affair but they still included all the details in their wedding.
The wedding catering was so beautiful as well as delicious and the presentation was as if they were at best wedding venue in San Francisco!
Aime the bride is stunning as she looks at Brian while he says his wedding vows to her.
The love these two have for each other was remarkable. Brian listens to Aime read her wedding vows to him during the ceremony.
The exchanging of the wedding rings during the ceremony. This is a once in a lifetime moment and it’s my thrill to capture this wedding photograph of this very special detail during their intimate ceremony.
Time to celebrate this awesome couples commitment to each other after the wedding ceremony!
The wedding reception table was so beautifully placed on their balcony overlooking the entire valley in Burlingame. They put out blankets for every guest so they would be cozy when it started to get cold.
As the sun went down the lights came on at their house and illuminated this beautiful new married couple.
The Kiss of a newly married bride and groom during the ceremony. It doesn’t get any better than love like this.
An intimate wedding reception overlooking the bay in the peninsula in Burlingame, CA at a private home
The father of the groom shares how remarkable Brian and Aime are to go through with their wedding despite the complications of the Pandemic.
Toasts and laughter rang throughout the evening and everyone said it was more special being with just family. They plan to have a big wedding reception once the world is safer and I plan to photograph every moment for this remarkable and resilient couple. Cheers to the next chapter of your lives!

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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 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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Wedding photographer at Meadowood in Napa Valley. Rehearsal dinner for Kristina and Matthew.

Kristina and Matthew thought that Meadowood in Napa Valley would be perfect for hosting their all white rehearsal dinner party complete with golf on the putting green.  It was such a delightful day reminiscent of a scene out of The Great Gatsby as everyone was exquisitely dressed in their perfect white wardrobe.  Weddings or rehearsal dinners at Meadowood are reign supreme as the grounds are just to die for.