Oh such fun photographing this wedding! Kelly and Eddie are both architects and very creative. They also were striving for a “green” wedding, so much so that they GREW THEIR OWN FLOWERS! Julia of Bloomies was the right local florist who agreed to go into their garden the day before the wedding to cut the flowers. Obviously she had to supplement with some flowers, but she managed to harvest a great amount for the wedding. Kelly and Eddie also contributed their own creativity by creating the terrariums that added to the floral centerpieces for each table at the Headlands Center for the Arts “mess hall”. Sadie of One Big Fish Green Events managed to coordinate all of these creative pieces for a perfect, colorful and relaxed green wedding in one of my favorite locations. Katie Power’s catering staff also did a wonderful job, as always, with the food. Thanks, Kelly and Eddie for a gorgeous wedding to photograph!
It’s been a while since I’ve shot a wedding at the gorgeous Beaulieu Gardens. It’s such a spectacular place to shoot and this time didn’t disappoint! Paula LeDuc Fine Catering did an absolutely phenomenal job and I took no less than FIVE shots of the beautiful salad set in an edible woven nest. Alison and Andrew were super nice and romantic and the families were Texans through and through. Gracious to no end. This was a destination wedding for these families and they entrusted their vendors to all do a spectacular job without having to put in much input from afar and they ended up with a PERFECT wedding.
Location: Beaulieu Gardens, Napa Valley
Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Florist: Lavendar Floral
Baker: Katrina Rozelle
Band: Laurent Fourgo
Like Christine and Bruce, Sarah and Joe only contracted my services for a few hours for their Friday wedding. It was a fresh and lovely garden wedding with accents of blues and whites. I LOVED Joe’s palpable emotion when he saw Sarah walking down the aisle and Sarah and Joe had the BEST engagement story I’ve ever heard. They met at a bus stop in Seattle and neither of them live in Seattle!
Location: Wildwood Acres, Lafayette, CA
Sarah said the “S” word by mistake when she was trying to get herself together emotionally to say her vows. Yes, she had on a microphone. Her reaction is below:
The bridal party surprised them with a groom’s cake complete with the bus number from their first meeting!
Christine and Bruce contracted my services only for a few hours, so I didn’t shoot much (including my 5 minute bridal portrait session ten minutes before the ceremony!), but it was a lovely wedding set in the beautiful little St. Mary’s campus chapel.
Location: St. Mary’s, Moraga, CA
Florist: Granshaw’s Flowers
Baker: The French Bakery
I loved the traditional dresses Christine changed into later in the evening!
I’ve always wanted to shoot at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena and after all these years, I finally had a chance! I was thrilled to photograph a fellow-Chicago area couple’s destination wedding in Napa. I moved from Chicago about ten years ago, so it was a lot of fun to chat with Rebecca and Matt about our love of the Chicago area and why they chose to have a wine country destination wedding. They had a gorgeous day and V. Sattui was a great choice.
Catering: Alex’s Catering
Florist: Valley Flora
Coordinating: Darlene Flores
D.J.: AMS Entertainment
Dress: Augusta Jones
My assistant Tress took the pretty photo on the right:
Gosh, it’s been over a month and I’m finally posting a link to a video clip of my feature on the local TV show “Red Carpet – Bay Area“! I’ve never seen myself on TV before. Ouch! Here is a link to the You Tube clip:
My work is also featured throughout the half hour special on weddings around the bay area. Check out the show here (look for my picture of a bride at Chrissy Field with dress blowing in the wind)!:
and this image:
I’ve never shot a wedding at Hamlin Mansion in SF before. What a pretty venue. I always love working with gorgeous architecture and there’s something about the light through old windows that is soft and gorgeous. I have to say that the flower girls ALMOST upstaged the bride at this wedding, but it was hard to beat the classic beauty of Ava on her wedding day. Elaine Bell Catering presented some gorgeous and wonderful food and I just loved working with Moira who is the site manager at Hamlin. Beautiful wedding!
Getting ready location: Hotel Drisco
Wedding location: The Hamlin Mansion
Catering: Elaine Bell Catering
Flowers: Sharla Flock
Cake: Cake Coquette