I am a talker. I love telling stories and spinning a good yarn. And if you get me going on bees or photos, I will talk your ear off. Sometimes this can land me in trouble. Close friends know some infamous stories of both my feet in my mouth, at the same time. But one particular day last year, the situation worked in my favor, for as I was selling my honey (State Street Honey…shameless plug…) at the farmers market in Pescadero, Nichole overheard me say that I was also a photographer who specialized in weddings. Well, how serendipitous, as she and her betrothed were to be married next year and were still in search of someone to fill that role. Fast forward. Nichole and Gordon are now married, and I photographed their wedding. What a great day – full moon, perfect weather, great light, AMAZING food, barn dancing – it just doesn’t get any better. So please peruse a quick selection of the day’s photographs that will hopefully take you back to that amazing day. Enjoy!
There’s something about a big green lawn in front of a body of water. It makes you want to get out the lawn bowling equipment, mix up a mint julep, and just watch the ships go by. They are also good spots for weddings. It just so happened that Greg and Amy mixed the two together, and the end result was a damn good time. The only real variable with any outdoor wedding is the weather. Add to the fact that we are in San Francisco, and things can get dicey at times. Not on this day my friend. We had a picture perfect day with blue skies, green grass, and a bartender who knew how to pour. What follows are some of my favorite from the day. Enjoy!
Anytime I can reference a Lord of the Rings quote to someone, anyone, and especially at a wedding, I just know it’s going to be a good day. I won’t go into details, but it involved a past bride and the fact that I was now Todd the White. I had flown through space and time, evolved if you will, and she had no power over me. We all laughed a good laugh, and I went on my merry way taking pictures as I do.
Marissa and Tom’s wedding was blessed with a typical Half Moon Bay day, which is slightly overcast and cool. A win win for brides in dresses and photographers trying to avoid harsh light. The Pacific Ocean was also right next door, and that’s a win for everyone involved. Any day at the beach is a good day, right? And so it was, on this fantastic beach day that Tom and Marissa merged their two lives and will go forward as one. I consider myself lucky to witness and photograph such happiness, coupled with the right amount of free spirit and goofiness. May the good times continue to roll…
I was fortunate enough to have had back to back Lake Tahoe weddings. If you’ve never been to Lake Tahoe, don’t bother, it’s horrible. It sits at over a mile in altitude, cleaning your lungs with every breath as National Forest surrounds everything, anchored by one of the most pristine lakes in the world, flanked on all sides by the Sierra Nevada. Ack. Whoa, that just made me want to go back up there! Nate and Katie’s wedding day was absolutely perfect. We had great weather, an amazing gathering of family and friends, and a spectacular location. I can’t say enough about the Tahoe Tree Company’s grounds. Yes, I love to garden and landscape, and walking around the place, I must say it was one of the nicest nurseries I’ve been to. And what a great place to host a wedding, right? Grounds that nurture and coddle young saplings and tender flowers until their all grown up and ready to embark on a life of their own. Sounds like a perfect metaphor describing two beautiful people starting a new chapter of life. What follows is one gorgeous day that will be followed by many more to come.
When a really good friend comes to the table to cash in his chips, what’s a guy to do but say yes? Steve and Abbie are dear friends, and I was stoked and honored to have been asked to photograph their Lake Tahoe beach wedding. A few caveats were laid down if I was going to do this baby pro-bono publico. I had to enjoy some craft brew made by one of his friends (check)… and I think… that was it. Wait, does that mean I will work for beer? Possibly, but if we haven’t known each other for almost 2 decades, it’s not gonna happen. Holy crap I am getting old! But what photographer worth his or her salt wouldn’t want to capture a stunning bride in one of the world’s most pristine places. Steve, you’re not so bad yourself, but that dress Abbie! I loved it. The ceremony was short and sweet, with tons of love and energy floating through the air. What follows is short and sweet as well, but I am sure you’ll enjoy it. And no brother, you didn’t burn down any bridges; although I may be needing a place to crash when the pow comes 🙂
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!
Two of the nicest people I ever met. Seriously. And they live in LA. How can this be? I don’t have an answer for you, because it still boggles my mind. Just kidding LA! (?). Katie and Kevin were consistently making sure my assistant and I were taken care of. Did we have water? Were we feeling OK? Did we get enough to eat? It’s easy to get swept up in the big day, but I have somehow have a knack for working with couples that don’t really sweat the small stuff. They are all about the love. Family and friends. Good times. Now I am not saying a wedding shouldn’t be planned well and full of lots of fun details, but it’s a fine line. Perfection can have it’s consequences. Luckily this day everything went so smoothly, all I had to do was concentrate on finding great moments and great light. I think we got a few. Enjoy!
A gorgeous drive up the coast. Fire spinning. Camping out. A multi-day affair. How and why do I get myself into these positions? I get lucky and I love them! Yes, it’s a lot of work, but when you’ve got clients committed to creating a magical day where the main goal is happiness, community, and an unreal party, going the extra mile is completely worth it. Kyra and Matt married near Ukiah in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains, water, friends, and love.