I had to start this post off with a photo, ’cause I am seriously in love with it! (no Photoshop, just straight low-light shooting). It also serves as a pretty good introduction to all the sweetness, radiance and in-love-ness (that’s a technical term!) of Tess & Aaron’s wedding that took place recently at the Thomas Fogarty Winery. If you’ve never been there, it is quite a breathtakingly beautiful Bay Area wedding venue in Woodside. Both med students at UCSF and marathon runners that lived together before they started dating, Tess and Aaron have a unique love story with strong spiritual leanings that I had the pleasure to watch culminate on this lovely wedding day that you are about to peek at. Enjoy, and my heartfelt best wishes to the two of you, Tess & Aaron!
Venue: Thomas Fogarty Winery, Woodland, CA
Florist: Soulflower Flower Designs
Videographer: AVR Films
DJ: Big Fun
Cake: Gerhard MichlerContinue Reading
I’m excited to finally share some photos from Kate & Geoff’s gorgeous Sonoma wedding day! Truth be told I’ve been excited about this wedding the whole way along… from the very first phone call I got from Kate’s mom, where I quickly got the sense that I was going to be witnessing the coming together of two very special and loving families, to finding out I was going to get to work with the wonderful planners at A Savvy Event, to shooting the whole beautiful day at Gundlach-Bundschu Winery, to looking through so many great photos (If I do say so myself ) that I couldn’t choose how to edit! This was a partial destination wedding for Kate & Geoff, who used to live in California. The couple and their families treated their 200+ guests to a delightful day, complete with ceremony seating overlooking Gundlach-Bundschu’s valley of vineyards in perfect weather, amazing food & wine, an organic gelato dessert bar brought in on a bicycle (!!), and a glow-stick dance floor extravaganza. Congratulations to the two of you, and may your now-combined families continue to grow and prosper!
Venue: Gundlach-Bundschu Winery, Sonoma, CA
Rehearsal Dinner: El Dorado Kitchen, Sonoma, CA
Planner: Kelly McLeskey-Dolata, A Savvy Event
Catering: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
Gelato Truck: Noci CateringContinue Reading
Sinthia and Phillip had their fantasy-come-true wedding at St. Mary Magdalen in North Berkeley and the Berkeley City Club, perfectly castle-like. Basing their day on the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast, this couple didn’t cut any corners when it came to bringing their dream to life, and we even got to see butterflies released as the wedding party was announced . The flower girl and ring bearer were in full yellow and blue Beauty & the Beast outfits, the cake was in the shape of a stack of 3 large fantasy books, and Sinthia’s bouquet sported a perched butterfly. Phillip, who is incredibly gifted at design among many other things, made the thematic invitations, complete with old fantasy-style maps of how to get to the different venues. He also crafted his own ring in the shape of a crown and a real rose-under-glass centerpiece for the head table that lit up from the inside of the flower itself (!!). I think he’s a bit too handsome to really qualify for the role of The Beast, but Sinthia sure could pull of The Beauty! I had so much fun photographing them and their friends and family. Sinthia’s sister’s toast, and their mom’s reaction which you’ll see below, almost made me lose it! Thank you to everyone involved for a fantastic day all around.
Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Shattuck, Berkeley, CA
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Berkeley, CA
Reception Venue: Berkeley City Club, Berkeley, CA
Cake: Masse’s Pastries
Flowers: Pat Gibbons Floral
Makeup: Lily HuangContinue Reading