Saumya and John decided to have an amazing two-day wedding with their families and friends that honored both of their religions. Day one was a Catholic Ceremony held at the gorgeous Santa Clara University. Fun fact: Saumya had attended this University and John actually asked Saumya out one day after they attended mass together at this very same church! Both days were overflowing with love, color, and the most beautiful smiles you ever did see.
Roxana & David’s outdoor wedding at Rios-Lovell Estate Winery in Livermore was the perfect blend of summer and fall. With the warm golden sun, crisp air, crimson grape leaves, vibrant red bridesmaid dresses, and lush ceremony greenery – the wedding truly felt like two beautiful seasons in one. Add in Roxana’s stunning wedding dress, some sweet newlywed cuddles in the vineyard at sunset, and an epic mambo line dance, and you have a wedding that will never be forgotten!
Nicole & Danny’s Sutro Baths San Francisco engagement session was a magical seaside sunset rendezvous. The pair came dressed to kill in a formal blush gown and sharp black suit, and battled the elements (I’m looking at your San Francisco coastal winds!) with grace and beauty. Together they sauntered, cuddled, and danced around the breezy rocky ruins as we captured some stunning and elegant shots!
Lindsey & Jake’s wedding at the Fern River Resort in Felton was a Northern California redwood dream! This magical, secluded property with towering redwoods, cascading ferns, and a refreshing river streaming past came complete with cabins for a majority of the guests to stay in which allowed for the wedding to be a full weekend celebration. Add in some golden California sunshine, gorgeous and unique floral arrangements that included fresh greenery native to the area, and an epic churro bar- and you’ve got a night to remember!
Legion of Honor is a favorite San Francisco engagement location of mine for obvious reasons. The gorgeous white stone walls, columns, and floors transport you to a grand Parisian building and make you forget completely that you are in the heart of San Francisco. You’d never be able to tell from the photos that this session took place during a bustling time with tourists streaming in and out of the art museum!
Chi and Dan’s wedding at Emeryville Marina Park & Hong Kong East Ocean Restaurant was a perfect celebration of the couple’s love story, surrounded by the nearest and dearest family and friends. From their adorable cat luggage tag wedding favors that symbolized their love for their fur babies, to their “Where in the World am I Sitting” seating chart that placed their guests at tables symbolizing all the various places throughout the world where their relationship had taken them. Add in a beautiful outdoor park right on the water and some amazing Chinese food, and you have a perfect evening to celebrate these two becoming a family of their own!
The scorching 97-degree summer heat didn’t stop Nick & Mercedes from having their dream vineyard/garden wedding at the beautiful Rios-Lovell Estate Winery in Livermore! Their day was filled with sunshine, soft pink dresses, fresh florals with pops of vibrant red, a lawn reception under twinkling stars and glowing market lights, some snuggles in the vineyard at sunset, and one amazing sparkler grand exit!
Tricia perfectly summed up what our magical engagement session with her and her fiancé at the regal San Francisco City Hall was like. “I feel like I’ve stepped into Beauty and the Beast!” she told me as we looked around the grand interior with awe. There was no short of amazing photo spots for us here.
Katelyn & Lauren’s downtown San Jose Hotel De Anza wedding transported you into a secret garden filled with hundreds of fragrant blooms in vibrant red, pink, and white. Add in gold accents, the calming sound of an indoor fountain, the soft flicker of candle light, and an epic cupcake tower and you would swear you were in a beautiful dream!
Holly and Mike’s Napa Valley B.R. Cohn Winery wedding was a California dream! From the crisp white getting ready bungalows, to the gorgeous olive grove where the couple shared their first look, to the jaw-dropping amphitheater ceremony spot overlooking the vineyards, and to the sweet open-air reception space showing off the loveliest sunset- this wedding is what dreams are made of! This gorgeous Midwest couple were joined by their family, friends, and sweet pup Shea as they celebrated the beginning of their Happily Ever After!
Photographing high school sweethearts is always such a blessing. To hear and learn about my couple’s rich history has they grew up and experienced life together always humbles me! So when Tiffany and Jericho told me that they had known each other for 14 years, I knew it was going to be a session with a couple so in sync and comfortable with each other, that we would have no choice other than to have an absolute blast! Tiffany and Jericho’s engagement session at Shell Ridge Open Space in Walnut Creek was a beautiful evening spent strolling through the trees, twirling in the flower fields, and cuddling among some giant boulders.
A good friend of mine was scheduled to photograph this gorgeous couple’s ten year anniversary session, but was put on bed rest by her doctor as she nears her delivery due date with son number two. So when she asked if I would capture this beautiful couple for her in my favorite indoor location – San Francisco City Hall – I simply could not refuse! However, this session was more than any old anniversary session. This session was extra special as Stephine and Matt had tied the knot nearly ten years early in this exact same spot in City Hall! Not to mention the pair came outfitted in the most perfect attire complete with fresh florals and Steph in a stunning designer gown!
The more amazing opportunities I have to document couple’s weddings of various cultures and backgrounds, the more I fall in love with the different traditions of love. Carolin & Mike’s beautiful wedding at the Saint James Orthodox Church of Jerusalem and The Westin, San Jose was no exception to this! Their wedding was truly about two families becoming one, with some heart-warming ceremony rituals and lots (and I mean lots!) of dancing at the reception! There were golden crowns, multiple swords, and an extremely talented singer flown in all the way from Haifa, Israel who kept the party going all night long!
Adrienne & Ryan’s sunset engagement session in Vasona County Lake Park in Los Gatos was nothing short of stunning. We start our session on a gorgeous, warm summer evening just as the golden sun was starting to lower in the sky. The pair came dressed so beautifully- Adrienne in a slate blue flowy gown and Ryan in a sharp button up and slacks. But my favorite things they brought to their session was their accessories and props! Adrienne had the sweetest sun hat that made her look oh-so-romantic. Not only that but they also brought some yummy Boba drinks from their favorite spot! Keep reading to see the meaning behind the Boba!
It was a beautiful summer afternoon. Tucked away from the busy hustle and bustle of nearby city life was the gorgeous Sanborn County Park in Saratoga. As soon as you step out of your car, you can’t help but notice the towering redwood and oak trees, the gentle breeze, and the plethora of baby deer and turkeys scattered about the park, grazing away like it’s no one’s business. Katelyn and Lauren came dressed so classical and beautifully to their session with me here in a stunning cherry red dress and classic grey sweater and black slacks. The pair suggested a forest type location after previously having their photos taking along the water side. What was to follow was definitely an enchanted forest wonderland session that I won’t forget.
Nathali and Victor’s Presidio Chapel and Wayfare Tavern San Francisco wedding was a perfect blend of classic and modern. Of young love and old family traditions. Of serious life commitments and laid-back relaxation. At this wedding, you would find a gorgeous lace bridal dress, complimented with sharp tuxedos and pink bridesmaid gowns, all nestled together with family, friends, and beautiful florals in a lovely white chapel. Head to the reception and you’ll be greeted with amazing, hand crafted cocktails, a traditional American & Norwegian wedding cake, the most delicious family style dinner, and some shockingly epic dance moves from the 90+ year old grandpa! This wedding was truly a night to remember.
Tiffany and Todd’s San Francisco Sutro Baths engagement session was nothing short of magical. This gorgeous couple came dressed to kill and looked oh so perfect near the ocean waves, sharing smiles and snuggles as the golden sun set around them. Together we navigated the sweetest spots in the Sutro Baths ruins- the slightly daring, narrow, water-edged paths, the intimate little hide away between the rocks and beach, the sweep views of the grand stairs, and another romantic spot within the trees overlooking the ocean.
It was a perfect summer evening. The golden, warm sum was shining. A light breeze was dancing around the trees and ruffling the tall grasses. Families were out with the children and dogs, strolling along the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. My couple, Gina and Jeff arrived, looking picture perfect in their outfits and beautiful smiles. This evening we would capture some gorgeous, sunny portraits of their love together!
Both Jessica and Danny were born and raised in San Francisco, so naturally they wanted their session to be in the city that brought them up and brought them together. They picked such gorgeous and diverse locations to celebrate their time together as fiancées. Our first stop was to the golden and green forest of Lovers Lane in the Presidio area- the gentle zig zag of the fallen trees making for a gorgeous photo spot. Our second stop was at the shimmering, urban Pier 7- with sweeping water and bridge views nestled right next to the skyscrapers of downtown. This second spot was extra special because Jessica’s parents had their first date at this very spot! I had so many favorites during this session, it was truly hard to choose which ones to post- i loved them all!