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Alice and Arvi’s Cornerstone Gardens Wedding, Sonoma CA

It is with great joy that I share Alice and Arvi’s wedding with you today. When I visited Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma for the first time I was amazed by how perfect the place was for these two. I don’t think they could have found a place that is a better fit for them. Creative, smart, gorgeous. That’s the place, and that is what they are. It matches perfectly with these two designer’s personalities. Oh, and it’s smack-dab in the middle of wine country (a love we all three share). Arvi has been a Superman geek since he was a kid and in the middle of our portrait session he and all his groomsmen busted out the superhero t-shirts that were under their suits. Alice’s reaction was priceless (see below). I’m not surprised that these two creatives put together a wedding that was thought out and designed in every way. From the invitations sent in linen bags, to the way their orange theme flowed through everything from the bridesmaids necklaces, to the flowers, to the way their table set-ups were developed… it was all perfect. So much joy, so much happiness, and such a blast for Josh and I to attend. Now to the images that can share the celebration so much more richly than my words…

Just as the ceremony was about to begin an old propeller plane flew across the sky, as if to celebrate what was about to happen.

Alice and Arvi did an incredible job of picking some fantastic vendors and thanks to the coordination of Vera Devera the day flowed like silk. Props to:

Ceremony and Reception: Cornerstone Gardens, Wedding Coordinator: Vera Devera, Va de Vie Events, Catering: Alex’s Catering, DJ: Manny Perez, Flowers: Katherina StuartĀ Floral Design, Hair: Sylvie Simon, Make-Up Julie Dy, Party Rentals: Wine Country Pary Rentals, Photobooth: Green Cheeze, Videography: Seaglass Cinema

Love, love, love. It was wonderful to work with you, and it’s so great to see these moments you so masterfully captured!


Oh, how these pictures make me wish I had not had to miss that gorgeous day! But at least I can feel like I was there a bit … thanks for posting!!

Nicole Davis

Alice and Arvi – these photos are AMAZING!! What a talented photographer! I’m sure the work was easy with such a fabulous couple to shoot!! All the best!! xx

amy from dc

Matthias – you have outdone yourself ! This is fantastic. I can feel the love of the newly wedded couple, whom I am now calling Alvi or Arlice. Can’t decide which.

Amy Miller

Thank you so much, Matthias, for capturing this beautiful day for us. Alice and Arvi, you are such a beautiful couple!!! What a talented photographer and what a lovely, FUN wedding.

Yay! These came out so good! Arvi and Alice are the best! Glad I got to be there for their beautiful wedding šŸ™‚

love your use of lines in this series, especially the one with the couple standing under the unique gazebo

LOVE how every image is overflowing with laughter!! Beautifully captured, of course šŸ™‚

San Francisco Shakespeare Garden Wedding, Angelina & Tony

Meet two beautiful people, Angelina and Tony. Although we hadn’t met until a week before their wedding when they flew into town from Texas it took about 30 seconds intoĀ breakfastĀ together for me to know that shooting their wedding was going to be another wonderful highlight from this summer. Their intimate wedding at the Shakespeare Garden was a perfect expression of who they are and how much they care for one another. I couldn’t help myself. We ended up having such a fun time shooting portraits that they quickly filled up the majority of this blog post. From the Shakespeare Garden we walked through the park adjacent to the De Young Museum over to the Japanese Tea Garden and then on to an evening of dancing and music . Although we had some misty rain along the way nothing could have kept these two from enjoying every minute together in each other’s arms- husband and wife.

Special thanks to Karen Santos of K.S.V.P events for coordinating such a fantastic day.

Beautiful photos, Matthias! You captured the day just perfectly.

Amazing photography! We’re so happy our kids chose you to photograph the wedding. Thanks for a job well done.

These are so great!

Beautiful work, matthias!!!
Love love love all the happy tears you captured

Beautiful images. Love your use of color. The green of the benches really popped. And love the expression of the bride dancing with all the bills pasted on her.

Bryan Nguyen

Congratulations ! Beautiful photos!

Richard & Anna, La Costanera Beach Wedding, Montara CA

Capturing emotions, laughter, and the little details that make a wedding unique fills me with joy. At Richard and Anna’s wedding there was an abundant supply of each of these. The door games to bring to bring Anna out of hiding into Richard’s arms were priceless. Kudos goes to the ladies for coming up with such creative ideas and even bigger praise goes to Richard’s groomsmen who obviously care about him enough to eat cheese and crackers spiked with wasabi, contort their bodies into knots, and transfer food down the line with only their lips. I love beach weddings and everything was beautiful on Montara Beach where Anna and Richard wed. After an afternoon on the beach what better way to end the day but with dancing, La Costanera’s Peruvian ceviche and cuisine, and cigars. Let’s just say it was really hard for me to leave this party. Deep thanks to Richard and Anna for allowing me to be part of such a beautiful day.

Dress: Priscilla of Boston, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (white) & Nina (black), Hotel: Oceano Hotel and Spa, Reception: La Costanera, Ceremony Music: Synchronicity, Decorations: A-Abco Rentals, DJ: Hugo Gomez Nor-Cal DJ‘s, Favors & Flipbooks: The Laugh Box, Florist: Asiel Designs, Make-Up and Hair: Nickolas Vidutenko, Officiant: Chris Thielan, Wedding Cake: Kitty Wong, Videographer: Philip Velasco 12 Hours, Wedding Planner: Kristin Lauria Boutique Events.

I’d like to give extra thanks to the fabulousĀ organizationĀ and eye for detail of the wonderful planning of Kristin Lauria who allowed the day to run oh so smoothly, and Rosaura Sandoval who assisted me for the day.

Thanks guys, you all are too sweet. Its just a pleasure to have so much fun at weddings with such great people.

You’re just amazing. Period. You capture emotion so well, and your composition is always so interesting. This is what wedding photography should look like šŸ™‚

love how there is so much emotion in every image. And the detail shots were so detailed. šŸ˜€

Mia and Alvin at Domaine Carneros, Napa Engagement Photography

Every day is a good day when you’re a photographer in wine country with some sunshine. With Mia and Alvin’s wedding just a few weeks away, we were all excited to shoot their engagement session. From start to finish we laughed a lot, enjoyed some fantastic weather, and spent time in my favorite part of the world- California wine country. We first shot for a little while at Domaine Carneros in Napa and then headed over to some railroad tracks and an abandoned field I saw on the way over to the winery in Sonoma. The light was Ā magical in a way that only California can be and we made the most of it. I’m super excited for their wedding coming up soon!

Love the variety of framing and moods to the images. All the images are so consistently beautiful.