Amy + Greg – Fort Mason Wedding – San Francisco, CA

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!

 

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Marissa + Tom – Half Moon Bay Wedding

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…

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Nicki + Simon – Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose – The Ranch Reception

Nicki and Simon were married on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in San Jose at the Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph. It’s a stunningly beautiful church with lots of natural light and amazing architecture.  Plus, it had a balcony! I love it when churches have balconies, because it gives us photographers another amazing angle to tell the story from.  And although there’s just a few images from above, it helps fill in the story leaps and bounds.  But I digress…!

The morning started off right with champagne for the ladies and Don Julio shots for the boys.  Anything to relieve the nerves.  No matter how many times I see it, the moment never gets old.  Even the most stalwart of brides and grooms eventually have “that” moment when you can tell the emotions and the reality are settling in.  That’s where booze comes in handy! I’ve been known to take a nip myself sometimes 😉 Artistic freedom is my excuse!

I didn’t have anything this fine day, because all the pieces were in place, and Nicki and Simon’s wedding was gorgeous.  Come take a look and see for yourself.

 

 

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See you down the road.

-Todd

 

Rosa + Shenay

Another deal, another day.  The Groupon deal is still kicking, although it’s in its last stages of life.  I met Rosa and Shenay at the Japanese Tea Garden in SF.  We got there early to avoid the crowds, and got away with it too, as the tourist were light in the morning.  Thus, we had our choice of some nice angles with the bridge, trees, and all the other good things that come with a Japanese garden.

Shenay, whose name is Turkish, spent 2 years in Japan as a child, thus the fascination with all things Japanese.  As I spent 2 years of my life (although I was an adult) I am still fascinated with all things Japanese.  Whether it’s a bar that serves mayonnaise milk shakes (for real), real karaoke, or the indefinite response you’ll get to important life decisions, I will always heart Japan.
Here are a few from the day…

Through the maple, Shenay and Rosa.

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