Carly and Tamara got married on a drizzly Friday morning at San Francisco City Hall. The weather didn’t stop them (it made them even cuter!) and their friends and family were a wonderful crowd. They rented out the Mayor’s Balcony for a ceremony officiated by their very hilarious Australian friend, and were surrounded by both family members and their large tribe of fellow nurses!
Venue: San Francisco City Hall
This wedding in Los Gatos, at the beginning of the Santa Cruz Mountains, almost looked like a styled shoot. Every detail was thoughtful but not over-done, the couple naturally oozed elegance, and everyone involved was a pleasure to document. Also, every bride should have a wedding cape!
City Hall weddings are some of my favorites, but they aren’t right for everyone. Luckily, this day was part one of two for Elyse & Andrew! We used the gorgeous winter light streaming through City Hall in late December, and I’m looking forward to their summer reception later in 2019. Winter weddings bring out the best in elegant coat fashion, and Elyse’s outfit was no exception.
One of my favorite weddings of 2018 was this Oakland stunner. The Oakland Museum is one of my favorite spots — it’s in the East Bay, has amazing linear light, and is full of sexy soft greys! Jenna, a samba dancer, is so incredibly comfortable in front of the camera, making my job that much more fun. We even got a minute of that perfect urban sunset! After a perfect outdoor reception of delicious food and tear-jerking toasts, Jenna surprised Antoine with a switch into her Samba gear, and she and her troupe brought the house down.
The words “outdoor wedding in December” aren’t for the faint of heart, but Hazel & Wally planned a perfect intimate wedding at the Stable Cafe in San Francisco. We lucked out on weather, too! The day started with a multi-stop wander through San Francisco’s Mission District, from Heath Ceramics to Balmy Alley, and even a stop for donuts. Their amazing friends and family rounded out a perfect night of mingling, dancing, and laughter.
I always love doing sessions in and around a couple’s home, and it’s even better when they live in an old neighborhood of mine! Kirsten & Mark showed me their favorite spots, walked around being cute, snuggled on the couch, and incorporated their amazing (and feisty) cat. We then headed to the Berkeley Marina for one of its trademark breezy “sunsets.” These two have fantastic chemistry and I can’t wait for their wedding later this year.
There is always some added pressure when your client knows a bit about photography, but when they are actually a very accomplished wedding photographer? No biggie! Katie and Nate threw a beautiful wedding, from thoughtful details to a wonderful community of friends and family. These two have known each other since high school! Their relationship began more recently, but they share a long history of love and friendship. Mountain House Estate in Cloverdale was the perfect Sonoma/Mendocino spot to celebrate their upbringings and capture their current style.
Venue: Mountain House Estate
Planning: Brannan Events
Catering: Comestible Catering
Hair & Makeup: Marisa Perel
Dress: Allure Bridal
Custom jewelry: Serpentine & Fair
DJ + Lighting: NorCal Pro Sound
Linens: La Tavola
Rings: Ritani / Shreve
There are lots of ways to do a City Hall wedding, and Anna & Fan were truly unique. From her jaw-dropping lavender dress and stellar earrings (made by her!), to a photo session on their apartment’s rooftop, it was a photographer’s dream day. Both hail from other countries and their parents were their only guests at this intimate elopement.
Amy & Brandon held their December wedding at one of their favorite spots, Healdsburg SHED in Sonoma County. It was a bittersweet event, as SHED announced shortly before the wedding that they’d be closing their doors. Our event was one of their last, and I think it did the institution justice! We wandered the neighborhood, celebrated the architecture, and filled their upstairs event space with love (and amazing food).
Chelsea & Alex did my favorite mix — a San Francisco City Hall wedding with close family in friends, followed by a reception at a great local restaurant, in this case Stable Cafe in the Mission. Their friends were some of the most inviting I’ve encountered, and after a few hours I truly felt like I was one of the crew. Also, I will never say no to two outfits, especially when one is a bridal jumpsuit!
Pacific Grove has always held a special place in my heart, so when Jacquelin and Sachin asked me to shoot there I was thrilled. Those coastlines are truly unmatched! Their wedding was held at the Point Pinos Lighthouse followed by Asilomar, with lots of time in between for some beautiful coastal portraits. It’s hard to keep a white dress clean on the beach, and Jacqueline embraced the chaos (and wind!). They are the most grateful couple, humbled by everything and thankful for their lives together.
Before this wedding, I had heard rumors and seen photos of Cuffey’s Cove Ranch. It more than lived up to expectations, and these two were the absolute perfect couple to take advantage of this venue. From a brass-band processional up to the ceremony, to the Burning Man style dress code, to a collective howl at the setting sun, this wedding was truly magical. Even better, I walked 50 feet to my tent after shooting! Tess & Patton blended a truly “them” wedding with beautiful tradition and portraiture, making this one for the books.
You know those people who never take a bad photo, not even a blinking outtake? Both Sunny & Chad are those people, and in two hours I had countless amazing loving images of them just being perfect together. Their chemistry was loving, contagious, and so much fun — my perfect SF City Hall wedding shoot day.
Robin & Brandon had a rare combination of City Hall wedding and a full day of events & coverage! We started with getting ready at the Drake Hotel, headed to City Hall, traversed San Francisco in a trolley bus, and ended the evening with a perfect intimate reception at Wayfare Tavern. Every detail was thoughtful and intentional. It was a day filled with architecture and and I absolutely loved the opportunity for urban night portraits!
From the moment I received Rita’s inquiry email I knew this wedding was going to be my jam. Rita is an author and her debut book is filled with strange fantastical short stories — my absolute favorite genre. Her color-blocked dress, Alex’s impeccable style, and their book-filled San Francisco apartment made for a dream wedding-day shoot. They followed me to the strangest pockets of light at City Hall and never blinked an eye, just enjoying each other’s company and that of their loving families.
The Big Fake Wedding is a traveling wedding expo, putting on events throughout the country to connect couples with vendors. Unlike your average wedding fair, an actual event takes place — from a real (already married) couple to rings and tablescapes, the entire event showcases the on-the-job talents of local vendors. I got to work alongside some extremely talented folks and document their wares. The couple and their “wedding party” were a joy to photograph, making it feel almost like an actual wedding day.
The amazing vendor team:
Venue | The San Francisco Mint
Coordination | Studio DBI
Hair | Megan Cary Styling & Makeup Artistry
Invitations | Press 65 | JK Design
Jewelry | Porter Gulch Designs
Floral & Event Design: Table 9 | Cherry’s Very Vintage Rentals | Ivy and Elm Events | Rust & Flourish | Agave Rose Design
Rentals | Chairs for Affairs
Dresses & Formalwear | The Bridal Vault
Catering | Culinary Eye Catering
Chair Rentals | The Chiavari Guys
Ceremony Entertainment | Elaine Ryan
Desserts | Malvi
DJ & Emcee | Four Leaf Entertainment
Entrance Lights & Floral Wall Designs | Evolve with Mary
Gelato | Cafe Apae
Makeup | Unveiled Makeup & Hair
Paper Goods & Escort Cards | Bright Room Studio
Signage | hand+heart wedding and events
Linens | Party Crush Studio
Other Photo/Video | Morgan Leigh Photo | Grier Cooper Photography | SIX50 Productions