Ah, my favorite moments are usually the candid ones, as is this. After shooting a few angeles of her posed here in the doorway, it was this one that took my breath away as she picked up her dress to leave for the reception. I absolutely love how feminine and effortless her beauty translates here.
Fun! A Love Thing published Bryan + Chantel’s wedding today. Super excited for Chatel…. everyone is picking up her pretty detailed wedding. She did such a great job.
I love getting the invites to the weddings I book. One – it’s fun! Two – I photograph it and it’s one less thing for the bride to remember to bring on her wedding day for photos.
Kathy did such a beautiful job on invites. It’s a little sneak peek of all the burlap and lace to come.
It totally made my WHOLE day to receive something so pretty and lovely all packaged up! I
sn’t snail mail fun?
Carin and Scott’s mountaintop wedding got picked up over at The Lovely Bay.
It was such a beautiful afternoon up on the hill top. Carin did a fabulous job with her girls on all the flowers. I loved the mix of bridesmaids dresses and soft colors in the tall field. We all had a spectacular view over looking the bay from Mt. Tamalpais. It was a gorgeous place to get wed! As we came down the mountain to the waterfront reception at Servino Grill, we caught the sunset slipping into the sea. A perfect ending to a perfect day.
I love how emotionally charged this photo is- especially since I’ve lost my grandma. My grandma made it to my last brothers wedding and passed 3 months later. We were all so grateful for that. Carin’s grandma signed as a witness that day. I love to see generations of family together! How beautiful a moment.
The classic old meets new.
Jennifer and Toy are getting hitched this August at her grandparents property up in Pescadero. I’m so excited for their big day, especially after a little walk through of the place before our engagement session. It’s so fun to see the before of a space before it gets transformed into a brides vision for her big day. Jennifer’s going to rock cowboy boots, have the guest seated in a circle for the ceremony and have a set of doors cover her until she makes it out to the big field she’s getting married at. There is this beautiful tree with hanging moss at the ceremony site with a creek wrapping past the whole area. So pretty- can’t wait. We had such a blast this day. We started up in Pescadero just down the road from her grandparents place and then headed south to Panther Beach for sunset.
Happy New Year! It’s such a gift to receive all the holiday cards through December from past clients. It truly brightens my day. I can’t wait for another great year of opportunity to capture love and create art. I’m so blessed to have this as my job! There are so many favorite moments I love observing through the course of the wedding day. While I believe toast are at the top of my list as I get to hear dirt on my couples they never would share with me or the kind hearted ways they serve others that they’d never tell on their own, I have to admit, my second runner up is the first sighting. When you are head over heals in love and put so much thought into coordinating your favorite everything into your wedding day with all your favorite people in the world there, it really comes down to love. You’re there to marry your love and when you see them for the first time that day all dolled up- I loose it. Often.
As I begin meeting with couples for 2013 and 2014, one thing I discuss is a first sighting where you have the opportunity to see each other before the ceremony in private. There are several reasons to do this, however, by far the top reason is to create a less stressful day for you. There are many people to photograph on a wedding day with the couple, bridal party and all your family and relatives presents. By seeing each other for the first time before the ceremony you’re able to get loads of formals out of the way and free up your cocktail hour to enjoy your guest and your day that you worked so hard to plan.
By seeing each other ahead of time, you get to discuss in private all your emotions and thoughts. Maybe even sneak some kisses in for photos. It is a beautiful time for you to share your excitement and nerves with each other in private before seeing each other face to face among all your guest. I don’t believe it takes away from your first sighting down the aisle as that in itself holds a whole other set of emotions with all your loved ones present as seen here by Mike who had seen his lovely bride for over an hour leading up to the ceremony. I love her sister looking to the heavens to hold in her tears.
With your first sighting photographed, we typically knock out most all the couple portraits and bridal party photos as well. If you’re family is fine with arriving early, we can even do all your family formals ahead of time, so once your ceremony starts it’s your day from then on out and I’m simply there to capture it as it unfolds. Whether you decide to see each other or not is entirely your choice. Each wedding is unique with its own timeline and events for the day. I’m happy to discuss if you think this is a good option for you and yours. Regardless your choice, I’ll still provide you with beautiful imagery from your wedding day.
Ray and Sara married at the beautiful Clement in Monterey. We had overcast day with peaks of blue skies that lit up the ocean. Sara was timeless and full of grace in her gown, while the boys looked sharp in grey suits. I am loving grey suits lately. Suits in general are so sharp looking. They seem to be more popular these days instead of the standard tux. I love the laid back demeanor of the whole wedding party. After their first sighting we took a stroll to the beach with the couple and hit up Cannery Row following the ceremony with the whole wedding party. They boogied down so hard, one groomsmen was drenched through and through before leading the whole reception party in the Cupid Shuffle. Good times for sure!
Venue + Catering: InterContinental – The Clement Monterey
Event Coordinator: Events By Satra