Kara + Jeremy Engagement

The only time I fancy myself a writer is when I do these blog posts.  Here I am sitting at my desk, spinning tales of weddings and engagements and sharing all the fun we have with our couples in just a few sentences.  Kara is actually a writer, and when she sits down to write, she is not pretending.  The first time I met her (back in 2008), I had the chance to listen to her read one of her stories, and let’s just say, I think I’ll stick with photography.

We photographed Kara and Jeremy at one of their favorite wineries, Benziger, and then explored the town of Glen Ellen.  By town, I really mean one long block, but we managed to hit every textured wall, porch and garage on that block.  These two are getting hitched in November, and we’re super pumped for their wedding.

Kim + Josh in Cambria, CA

I met Josh during my freshman year at UNC – we actually lived in the same dorm, and we spent a lot of time hanging out during college.  Even though he’s from North Carolina, he moved out to California right after graduation, and that helped us keep in touch over the years.  It also means that Adm and I have been able to get to know Kim these last five years or so that they’ve been together, and these two make such a great couple.

Yep, Josh and I are really good friends and I love photographing elopements, but I was still very surprised that he wanted us, well, me, to take his wedding photos.  You see, I also did Josh’s graduation portraits, and, let’s just say I wasn’t exactly the photographer then that I am now.  Thank you, Josh, for keeping faith in me.  And thank you Josh and Kim for letting us be a part of your STUNNING wedding day.  We couldn’t be happier for the two of you!

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Rachel + Chris in Mill Valley, CA

Rachel and Chris’ wedding was so much fun because it was so obvious how much they’re loved.  We love it when weddings are filled with people who are the biggest champions of the couple getting married because there are so many moments and emotion for us to photograph.  Not only are these two incredibly close with their families (just look at Rachel’s dad as he’s walking her down the aisle), but they also have an incredible group of close friends.  It was such an honor for us to be part of their wedding – Congratulations, Rachel and Chris!

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Neva + Graham in San Francisco, CA

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This wedding was one of our favorites of last year, and we are so excited to share it on the blog!  As a bonus, it was also published in the winter edition of California Brides Magazine, which you can see online here.

It’s always wonderful when we receive referrals from our clients, but getting a referral from a wedding planner with whom we had yet to work for a wedding that she was going to be a bridesmaid in is extra special.  The wedding planner was Cassandra O’Gara from Downey Street Events, and she and her team were an absolute dream to work with.  Neva and Graham just so happened to also be a perfect fit for us, and the whole day was stunning.  We loved that a big part of Neva and Graham’s wedding was sharing their love for San Francisco with all of their guests, many of whom traveled from their hometown Boston.  Having their wedding at Flood Mansion offered some pretty quintessential SF views, and of course we loved that their pup Mason stopped by for some photos.

It took nine years of dating before Neva and Graham tied the knot, and based on their equally gorgeous and fun wedding, we’d say it was definitely worth the wait.

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Liz + Dan Engagement!

We met up with Liz, Dan and their sweet dog Molly over the weekend at the Lafayette Reservoir, which I’m ashamed to say, is pretty much in our backyard and yet I haven’t explored it.  Kiki, Adm and I will have to make a point to check it out again soon, maybe later this week!  Anyway, these two are clearly really cute together, and they share a love for the Oregon Ducks (their alma mater).  We are photographing their wedding in October and can’t wait!

Lynette + Jacky in Berkeley, CA

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already Tuesday!  We just returned from a truly magical weekend field tripping with about 350 other photographers in El Capitan.  Such an inspiring experience and we feel so rejuvenated and can’t wait to dive into doing some hard (and fun) work, but for now, we’re exhausted so I’m going to keep this on the shorter side.

The thing I love most about Lynette and Jacky’s wedding was how personal it was.  They met while going to Cal and so a big part of their wedding was not only sharing their story with their guests but also trying to re-create some of their favorite Cal moments.  I remember when we first met with Lynette and Jacky, and Jacky was so excited, dare I say giddy, about taking all their guests on a campus tour to point out the places that they had frequented in the early days of their relationship.  The tour ended up not working out, but instead, they took their guests to the top of the famous bell tower where they had created signs that shared their story.  They also hired the men’s acapella group to sing during their ceremony, and we picked out portrait locations (such as the architecture building where Lynette spent a lot of time) that were meaningful to them.  We love when our clients have a distinct vision for their wedding so that we can collaborate with them to make pictures that enhance their story.  Now, when they show people the campus, they can point out the spot where they met and the spot where they were married.  Congrats you two!

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