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Allison & Matt’s Sonoma Engagement Session

In Sonoma, rain makes the grass grow, mustard flowers bloom, and wine grapes the opportunity to begin their development (the sun is what actually makes them sweet). It also makes my feet wet. Since Matt and Allison were dating while being stationed in Iraq together I had a pretty good idea they weren’t scared of getting wet, but even they surprised me with their willingness to tromp through the mud in their nice clothes. And though it had rained a couple days prior to our shoot we actually thought the sun would be out.  Instead we received a cool overcast day where the pastel colors just popped off the scenery. Since they spend as many weekends up in wine country as their schedule allows, it made sense for us to shoot in a place that was special for their relationship. We began shooting at Gloria Ferrar and then moved over to Sebastiani, before heading back for the final shots with a sweet old truck we happened upon. I think this first image typifies the way I see Matt and Allison’s relationship in the brief time we’ve gotten to know each other. Being with Matt seems to fill Allison with laughter, and between them their is a special closeness that is a joy to see.

At Sebastiani we went into the barrel room for a few images, and I was excited to discover some complex light that allowed us to take this image below. After seeing the image on my LCD screen Matt immediately declared his favorite of the day. I like it too.
On the way out of the Gloria Ferrar winery I noticed this field with a few old rusted out trucks and farm equipment. We decided to head back after some time in the town of Sonoma, and there we caught some of my favorites shots of the afternoon.
After we were through shooting portraits, I couldn’t help staying around just a few minutes longer to shoot the old truck as the last bits of sunlight disappeared.

This couple looks really happy together. I love that you got that to show up in the images. Nice.

Great pics! What really caught my eye initially was the name of your subjects…you must be really popular among the Alison and Matt crowd! 🙂

Erin & Tony’s Christmas Wedding, Grand Isle Mansion, Walnut Grove CA

The Saturday before Christmas Josh and I packed our camera bags, tripods, softboxes, and extraneous lighting gear into my ride and headed out of San Francisco spend our evening with Tony and Erin. After weaving our way through backroads and towns I’d never heard of, we emerged onto the beautiful Grand Isle Mansion and were greeted by a Christmas wonderland. The perfect setting for a holiday wedding. It had been over a year since I had shot Tony and Erin’s engagement session, but I immediately knew it was going to be a great wedding when I started talking to Tony. People kept asking him whether he was nervous yet. And his reply was always the same:  “I am marrying the most perfect and beautiful woman in the world, why should I be nervous?” When he puts it like that its pretty hard to argue with his point, right?

Since this was an evening wedding in the winter, we commenced shooting after dark. It was a good thing we brought a car full of lighting gear, because we used all of it. I’m excited about some of things Josh and I were able to pull off. This first image is probably my favorite of the day.

Once the party started, the fun didn’t stop.
A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

Cindy & George’s SFO Hyatt Wedding, Burlingame CA

On arriving at Cindy’s hotel room last Saturday  morning, I knew two things very quickly. The first being that Cindy was one of the happiest brides I’ve photographed all year, and the second being that there would be no lack of food and fun throughout the day (but with multiple popcorn flavors and a table full of exotic candy at the reception, the kid inside me immediately wanted to skip dinner).  Over the course of my time getting to know George and Cindy I’ve found them to be some of the warmest and generous people I’ve had the pleasure to interact with.  Their joyful spirits made this wedding day a gift to to everyone who attended and a reflection of what will be a beautiful marriage for years to come. 

Cindy’s Audrey Hepburn inspired hair was totally rocking. But in my mind no bride is more beautiful than the truly happy bride, which means Cindy was absolutely gorgeous.
The image below epitomizes for me why when I’m at a wedding I’m “on the clock.” Here, even while everyone else is relaxing waiting for the ceremony to happen, magic is just a shutter click away. 
Laughter and tears, and can I mention that George sang to his bride as part of his vows? I think he brought down the house.
It was a chilly day in December and that meant some cuddling. I love the image below, the way Cindy rests in George’s arms while he warms her up… and they thought I was changing lenses :).
Many thanks to Cindy, George, and their beautiful families. And thanks to the talented Luke Goodman for joining me. Finally, one of my favorites for the day.

Beautiful photos! This is a really great set.

Love these! They look so happy :0)

Marie

love love love the silhouettes. Really, I always do, but this set is awesome.

Cindy H

OMG this is so artistic!!! i didn’t think the Hyatt pix could turn out this good and romantic!! good job~

Leland & Karen, San Francisco City Hall and Mill Valley CA

Its not every day my clients fly across the Pacific to come hang out with me and my cameras. But Karen’s trek from Hong Kong was a little more than that. She was really here to spend Leland’s Thanksgiving break with him, and visit some of the significant places that have been a part of their relationship since they met while she was a summer student at UC Berkeley with him. We had a great afternoon traipsing through San Francisco’s gorgeous City Hall and then head up to one of my favorite little towns, Mill Valley. Here’s a taste of the afternoon.

I love the juxtaposition of the lines and shapes of City Hall with the warmth and flow of the leaves in Mill Valley.
And when’s the last time you saw a turquoise wedding dress?
Yes, technically, this images is upside down, shot right into a puddle and then flipped so that Leland and Karen are rightside up. I like the way it turned out.

Oh this is too beautiful!! I’m a huge fan of COLOR in wedding dresses, and I applaud the bride’s bold choice. It’s stunning, elegant, feminine, eye-catching, and she looks like she’s comfortable in it.

As the resident wedding fashionista, you MUST tell me which designer makes this luscious confection!!!