Back before our move down to the wine country of Temecula, California, I wrapped up with a vibrant, fun garden-like wedding. I shot Francesca & Ryan’s engagement the year prior at the San Francisco Opera House, and their wedding was a perfect intimate setting. The best part, it was a surprise wedding.
This idyllic Sonoma wedding took place in a winery and it did not disappoint. Paige & Garner said their vows at sunset and danced the night away with their closest family and friends. Brides, if you’re looking for a wine country venue, check out Gloria Ferrer Winery. So beautiful!
Elopements are such special events to be part of. Inviting me to document your intimate ceremony, usually with only a handful of people in attendance, is an honor. Joyce & Jack said their vows on a quintessential San Francisco day. We were on a beach near the Golden Gate Bridge, but of course the bridge was covered in fog. I kind of love that though, because, again the fog is a trademark of the city.
One of the best parts of photographing by the coast is not just shooting at the beach. There’s still other diverse options like a wilderness park or somewhere else with greenery. You could shoot at both locations in one session! I was down in San Clemente in the fall of 2017 and had a handful of families to photograph. Families are always so much fun because each one has something different to offer.
Hannah & Jason are such a fun loving yet rad couple, I knew their wedding would be special. If you want a refresher on their amazing engagement sessions refer here and here. The wedding was held at the Russian River Sportsman Club which was a place frequented by the bride growing up. It had a very outdoorsy, rustic feel, and well, take a look for yourself to see the foliage and beauty surrounding it. This group was such a lively group, the dancing was obviously a highlight.
Shooting along the coast is one of my favorites. Although a lot of places tend to get crowded, Lands End is fun to go to because there are so many different parts of the trail you can explore. Tessa & Adrian were up for an adventure, as we walked and laugh through the area. Engagement sessions are always a great way to get to know your photographer before your wedding day. When their wedding day came around, there was no stress with photography because they knew how I worked and trusted me, and we all had a good time.
Meeting up with Amanda & Brett in Yosemite for their engagement photos was a blast, so I knew their wedding would be just as fun. It was forecasted to be 109 degrees (!!) but they didn't let that stop them. They said their vows under the most gorgeous, romantic willow tree. Every drop of sweat was worth it for these two, I could tell.
While a San Diego wedding is still fairly local to me, this one was a bit of a destination for the couple. The bride grew up in the area, but met her groom while traveling and now they live in London. I know I say this about every couple and wedding, but they were the most gracious and beautiful people. I love seeing the love each couple has for each other and the way they celebrate it with family and friends.
While the majority of my work is weddings and couples, I love the chance to not only photograph families as well, but babies and kids. Some people look for more posed shots and use lots of props, which I can respect, but I offer something a little different. Much simpler, very few or no props, just capturing your day to day life with your family, or the new routine with a newborn. People often describe this as "lifestyle" work.
Melissa & Shaun's day couldn't be held back by a little cold weather. True to San Francisco style, it was a foggy day in August. The day turned out beautifully with so many cute details and a big floral ceremony backdrop. They even had an airstream at the reception that served ice cream and coffee (!!).