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John & Aileen’s Wedding, San Francisco CA

Sometimes I have so many images to share that I have a really hard time blogging a wedding. John and Aileen’s wedding just had so much going on, and around every corner there seemed to be another chance for a beautiful shot. Rather than wax eloquent here at the start, I’d like to share the images and offer a few comments along the way.

My friend Rosaura Sandoval came along with me to shoot for the day, and I love this shot she took… What’s the story on this one? Wait isn’t that guy on the right getting married today?

While the guys were “getting ready”….. the girls were actually getting beautiful.

I love mirrors, negative space and the possibility of capturing the drama of the moment by utilizing them creatively. This next shot was untouched in photoshop… just a clean white wall.
Once at the Church I saw the officiant walking around with the wedding program and was caught by the fact that the colors of his robe matched it perfectly.
So many emotions run through a wedding day, but I love this image of anticipation as Aileen waits for people to be seated just before she walks down the aisle.
And here comes the bride…
Its always a little risky to leave the hall when the ceremony is going on, but I pre-visualized this image and was able to catch it quickly.
Below is one of my favorites of the day, there is something timeless and firm in the marble cross, with the soft juxtaposition of John and Aileen in the background on their knees.
Below, this little guy’s just chillin’, wondering why the guy with the camera keeps lying down in the aisle… (see above)
Another one of my favorites is here below. While I love the framing and the reflections of light off the stone, what makes this shot for me is the man’s reflection in the top right corner watching Aileen.
Now for a few of the couple at Sutros Park after the ceremony… Can you say, IN LOVE?
Once at the reception we were in for a serious spread! Mounds of fruit, lamb, salads and so much more.
And of course cake!
One of the other things that John and Aileen did a fantastic job of was making sure everyone at the reception had a great time. This included having a special entertainment room for the kids where they could color, play and entertain themselves with kid-fun.
And of course, they were appropriately greeted by the bride and (evidently very funny) groom.
And we did slip out for a couple more shots right before the sun went down…
How about some dancing?
As the sun fully set the beauty of the candlelit centerpieces really shown.
Unbeknownst to me, Rosaura has a special skill at being the human “kiss-cam”. Below are her shots.
Sometimes I’ll walk into a location and see a shot that I know will make it on my website. The minute I saw this orange wall light in the reception hall I planned this first dance shot. My absolute favorite of the day.
I’d also like to take a moment to thank Jessica Goldblatt of Dreams on Dime, who did an amazing job coordinating this event, and James Burkart whose videography talent made working as a photographer/videographer tandem easy as pie.

Love the portraits of the couple. Good use of light and beautiful composition.

What a fantastic wedding! You did a great job capturing the spirit of the wedding and the love between Aileen & John. Love all your creative angles! Oh, and I too love love the shot shot of the Aileen coming into the church! It was super great to work with you, you rock!

Matthias –
I’ve been going through your blog and have really enjoyed looking at this last entry – I love the creative perspectives, the un-posed, un-scripted feeling of it all. Sometimes I even get a little choked up – but that might be because I’m a bride-to-be myself :0) Looking forward to working with you tomorrow!


Hey Matthias, great photos. Looks like this was an awesome wedding! That’s really fun that Rosuara came with you; her photo at the top is killer. I love the bride entering the church shot. The centerpieces look really cool how they are all lit up too. Well done!

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