These two traveled across the country to celebrate marriage in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Sonoma wine country of course, did not disappoint. They stayed in one of the true gems of the Russian River, the Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant whose amazing staff coordinated the weekend. Amidst the vineyards, in the candy light from the setting sun, they were wed. Happiness, smiles, and laughter filled the air. This is why I love weddings! VML Winery‘s beautiful grounds made for the perfect setting for their relaxed ceremony and I am so grateful for the chance to photograph such a wonderful afternoon.
It took me about two minutes to realize Ellen and Colin’s engagement session was going to be one of the highlights of my week. The energy between them made my job as a photographer as easy as it ever gets. All I had to do was find the light, compose, and… BAM. Another image full of joy and laughter just hit my camera. I love it. Engagement sessions are always a little more fun when a couple chooses a location that is meaningful to them. We shot around their neighborhood, stopped by one of their favorite French bistro’s where they were celebrated with complimentary champagne (thanks Chez Maman!) and spent some time in Golden Gate Park- where they first met. I hope the sweetness of these two, and the fun we had together is reflected in these images. This is why I love what I do. If it hadn’t turned into a freezing day (funny how San Francisco manages turn turn every day into a cold evening) I could have kept shooting through the night.
My 2012 wedding season went out with a bang. Eric and Sandy are full of laughter, kindness, and generosity. So its not surprising that their friends and family would be the same way. They’re also up for anything, and had no qualms about hanging out in the drenching rain while we shot some magical portraits together. Never before have I had a full day of rain on a wedding day, but they chalked it up to good luck and embraced the uniqueness of the day. What a blast! I would like to express a deep heartfelt thanks to all of you have been a part of my journey this year. It has been a gift to attend so many beautiful weddings and experience so much love.
One of the things that has struck me over the course of the last five years that I have been a full time wedding photographer is that what makes people beautiful is their emotions. Joy and laughter on someone’s face makes me love an image much more than chiseled jaw lines, pretty curves, or a complex pose. There is a certain type of beauty that appears in an image because of the moment that it captures in someone’s life. You can’t create this by losing weight, buying an elegant dress, or creating the perfect schedule. And while Terri and Dan are definitely elegant people, it is the joy they have that drew me to this wedding and made it a pleasure to be a part of from start to finish. I don’t think in the entire set of over a thousand pictures I edited, there is a single one of Terri when she isn’t grinning ear to ear, or of Dan when he doesn’t have a grin on his face. I love that the wedding ceremony and a lot of the portraits we took together were just blocks from their house in San Francisco. Of course having a gorgeous reception in the redwoods at the Mountain Terrace was pretty sweet too, and reminds me of how from San Francisco you can go to the beach, the mountains, the redwoods, or wine country, or skiing all within a couple hours. I wish these guys would marry each other again next year and I could come hang out with them and their friends and family again.
Special thanks to Amy Tam, who orchestrated a perfect day. She makes my job that much easier, making sure everything looks perfect, everyone is happy, and we never run out of time for something important. Kudos friend!