There were many firsts for me at Emi & Alex’s wedding at the Snow Building in Oakland.  Since the building is technically inside the grounds of Oakland Zoo property, I went to scout inside the zoo earlier in the day.  Although we never actually got to photograph inside the zoo during the wedding, I did get to see flamingos, rhinos, and giraffes in the East Bay for the first time – really exciting for me :).  First time it’s started raining on us in the middle of an outdoor ceremony, which smoothly got relocated indoors for part 2.  It’s also the first time I’ve photographed a wedding that represented these 4 particular ethnicities coming together – Argentinian, Armenian (Alex), Black and Mexican (Emi).  This definitely translated into fantastic families coming together for a very fun wedding!  First time I’ve seen churros be part of the dessert bar at a wedding, too… If you don’t know what churros are, I highly recommend going to the streets of Madrid in the wee hours of the morning after being out all night to find out!  And it’s the first time I’ve seen a groom surprise his new wife by not only having a mariachi band (her favorite) show up and play near the end of the night, but also picking up the microphone and belting out a song just for her as his first time ever singing in front of a crowd!  Cheers to the both of you!

Claremont Hotel Wedding Photos

Claremont Hotel Wedding Photo

Claremont Hotel Wedding Photos

Claremont Hotel Wedding Photos

Claremont Hotel Wedding Photos

Claremont Hotel Wedding Photos

Claremont Hotel Wedding Photos

Claremont Hotel Wedding Photos

Claremont Hotel Wedding Photos

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

The progression of sky colors over the San Francisco skyline as the sun set on this half-rainy day was just stunning!

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

Alex after his fabulous mariachi debut 😉 :

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos

Oakland Snow Building Wedding Photos