Lindsay + Aaron – InterContinental Hotel -San Francisco Wedding

It’s an editor’s nightmare I tell you!  There were so many amazing photos from Lindsay and Aaron’s wedding, I had trouble cutting it down. But… since it’s my blog, I can do whatever I want with it! So get ready for a ton of photos, but it’s well worth the extra cruising time.  Anyway, blah blah blah, this wedding was super fun and crazy love filled.  These two are such sweethearts. I just melted watching them grace each other for the first time, all gussied up on their big day. They took turns crying! He is definitely her lobster… whatever that means?! I know, I know, it’s a Friends reference, but I would need to watch the episode to brush up on the history. But you know, it’s great to see people so in sync with each other. Makes life down the road that much easier! Here’s wishing you guys a smooth sailing, loved filled and blessed life.

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Kimberly + Matt – Engagement – Woodside, CA

Kim, Matt, and I met on a glorious (you have to say it like Will Ferrell does in ‘Old School’ talking about “Blue”) summer day at my home in Redwood City.  Oddly enough, our city motto is “Climate Best by Government Test.”  You’d be surprised how many people know it, and quote it when I tell them that’s where I live.  But anyway… The day was gorgeous and we decided to kick around my neck of the woods for some photo opportunities.  When I am out cruising on my road bike, I am constantly imprinting cool places in my mental Rolodex for future ideas and shoots.  As scattered as it may be sometimes (my mind), every now and then it hits the jackpot.  This was one of those days.  What follows are some really fun shots, great light, and super cute couple.  Kim – aka Katie 😉 – and Matt, looking forward to seeing you guys back on the west coast in a few months.  Until then, abrazos fuertes!

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Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography – Katie + Edward – Menlo Park Wedding

I love it when weddings are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from my house.  Living down in Redwood City,the Allied Arts Guild is super close for me. One less stress for me, as I hate having to find parking! The day couldn’t have been more relaxing, as my bride Katie is a pretty mellow cupcake, and not to mention that the grounds are simply stunning.  There’s always something in bloom at this magical location, and we had our fair share of blossoms make an appearance.  It was pretty cool to see an amazing couple blooming into something more as well.  Katie and Edward are both go-getters, and are forging ahead to new frontiers – literally – as Edward accepted a fellowship on the east coast to pursue his career in medicine. California knows both will be missing the amazing weather that we have here in the Bay Area, so she cooperated in sending us the perfect day on her behalf.

With close friends and family in attendance, everyone watched this love-filled ceremony as these two exchanged vows and tied the knot.  Katie and Edward, I am honored to have been a part of your wedding. Congratulations again with everything.  All the best!

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Chrissie + Ryan – Evergreen Lodge Wedding – Woodland Wedding

I used to live down in San Clemente, CA. It’s one of the best places I’ve ever lived in my life; if not the best.  It’s got the sun and surf, pretty much perfect weather, and amazing outdoor possibilities to pursue if you’re that type.  The only downside for me is, at times, life can get a little busy.  LA encroaches.  You can hit a mean traffic jam at times.  Things can get a little superficial what with Hollywood being so close.  And so when I needed a break now and then, I would turn to the Ocean.  Sometimes I would go even farther, and head over to Catalina Island.  Once I would step on the ferry, the hubbub in my head would slowly start to file away.

Fast forward many years, and now life around here can seem a little “go go go”.  That’s why I was really looking forward to Chrissie and Ryan’s wedding.  For me , Evergreen Lodge is like Catalina Island – maybe in some ways it’s even better.  Driving up highway 120, wildflowers are in bloom and the occasional deer scatter along the side of the road.  Fields of grass ebb and flow in the wind, painting on an infinite canvas while endlessly entertaining the daydreamer in me.  Motoring up through the foothills, my phone started to lose service.  “Yes!” was my secret inner response.  It’s so healthy to be cut off from the noise once in a while.  And as I entered down the long road to the lodge, the silence and beauty started to overtake me.  The green enveloped me.  And I smiled with a deep breath, as a feeling of relaxation washed over me.

Over the next few days, I drank a few brews, ate many a meal, and captured some great images of a perfect day.  Wait, this is work right?! Ha! I have a pretty damn good job indeed.  Chrissie and Ryan, I wish you nothing but the best for today, tomorrow, and what lies down the road.  Salud!

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Angela + Rodel – Hiddenbrooke Country Club – Vallejo

Angela and Rodel were graced with an absolutely perfect wedding.  There was nary a cloud in the sky, the weather being a classic Californian fall day.  Stands of oak and willow surrounded the grounds, and I knew there would be some great opportunities once the light softened a bit later in the day.  In the meantime, I just went back and forth from Rodel and Angela, happily snapping away the events as they unfolded.

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Tina + Derek – San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Tina and Derek made their way from NYC to the west coast with not a minute to spare.  Late to catch their flight and stuck in traffic, they feared the worst. Arriving at the airport they found their plane delayed, and as luck would have it, was just starting to board.  I tell you, there is something to this wedding magic business.  We met inside City Hall on a gorgeous fall day. The building was fairly empty and the ceremony went smoothly (I mean, they’re like 5 minutes, so what could go wrong?).  The only hiccup the entire day was on me.  I somehow lost track of my car in the Tenderloin, and spent the better part of 20 minutes running past crack heads, homeless people, and pushers in my dress shoes.  I passed one guy a few times and he showered me with praise with phrases like,  “Run young blood, run!” or my favorite, “There he go again!”  Replace “young blood” with Forest and I think we have a better match.  In the end, I finally found my car (actually it’s an ’84 VW Westfalia – which makes it way more important than any old car), and returned to Tina and Derek red-faced and out of breath.  But the light was perfect, so we grabbed a few more frames outside the building.  Take a look for yourself!

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Josephine + Jason – Crystal Springs & San Francisco Conference Center

Every wedding has something unique about it.  There’s an identity, a fingerprint if you will, and that’s how people will remember your big day.  As a photographer who specializes in weddings, I’ve seen my fair share.  But there are always specific moments I remember that define the day.  Smiles, laughter, and love emanate from these two, along with their friends and family, but that description is more of a general feeling.  Divulging a more thorough list of emotional content, I remember the tenderness in which Josephine’s dad gave her away.  I remember Jason’s brother’s speech.  I remember tears, laughter, and happiness.  I remember the rib-eye.  And for that last one, you’ll have to go a little deeper.  Enjoy!

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Angela + Rodel – Engagement Session

I looked at my calendar and thought, “Man, we need to get this thing rolling.  She’s only got a few months until her wedding.”  I called Angela up and the first words out of her mouth were, “I was just going to call you and schedule something.”  I was glad we were on the same page,  A few weeks later we met in Pinole for a laid back Sunday session.  I think Rodel tried to re-schedule because the Niners were playing, but there was no turning back on this one, and besides, he could easily catch the second half, which is the better part of most games anyhow.  We had a gorgeous day in the east bay, and you could feel the change in the air.  Autumn had arrived.  Definitely my favorite season.

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Rachel + Paul – El Dorado Hotel and Restaurant – Sonoma

The minute I met Paul, I liked him.  Maybe because he dropped an F-Bomb after 5 minutes of talking.  I have been known to have a salty mouth myself, and after   living on a sailboat for a few years, you just sort of become a pirate.  But I digress…  Rachel.  What’s not to like about Rachel?  She’s sweet and kind, beautiful, and she drinks beer, nay, enjoys it, which is always a plus in a good woman.  To think that Paul almost missed out on all this goodness because he waited like a month just to call her up gives me shivers.  Thankfully, by the time he got the nerve up to call her, she was still available.  In the end, these two (who I can assure you are made for each other) came together and got married on a damn fine day in September in Sonoma.

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