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.
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!
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).
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.
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 place, 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, one of which is a bridal jumpsuit.