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Danielle & Steve's Wedding: City Hall, San Francisco, CA

We first met Steve and Danielle last spring when Steve asked us to document his proposal to Danielle at Sutro Baths at sunset. They were in town from Seattle and Steve and I coordinated the logistics via email and text. Thankfully Danielle said 'yes', and we were so thrilled when they reached out a few months ago saying that they were going to be back in San Francisco this April and wanted us to document their City Hall wedding. This time, of course, we said yes!

Fast forward to their wedding day, I met Steve and Danielle at The Inn at the Presidio where they were staying along with with their families. We got some portraits there before we headed to City Hall. 

Can we just take a second to talk about how gorgeous Danielle looked?! Her dress was perfect on her, and those flowers and her coordinating lipstick just popped off her dress and skin. 

One of the cool things about getting married at City Hall is that you can get your marriage license the same day as your ceremony. The ceremonies are quick and then there is plenty of time to enjoy the amazing venue, which we definitely did!

After getting all the shots we wanted inside of City Hall, we headed across the street to the plaza at the Veterans Memorial. Like the gentleman he is, Steve carried his bride acorss the street to give her feet a little break. 

I love shots like these, where life is happening all around, but the couple is focused on each other. This shot below makes me smile every time! Check out the school boys passing in the background - especially the one on the right side of the frame running to catch up with his buddies. 

And then there were Danielle's flowers again, and her stunning rose gold and diamond ring. 

Danielle and Steve are enjoying their honeymoon in Italy now. I hope to continue to keep up with where life takes them, and maybe have another opportunity to photograph them again in the future! Best wishes, you two!

Flowers by Le Bouquet

Dress by BHLDN

Roxanne & Nick's Wedding: Boundary Oak Golf Course, Walnut Creek, CA

Roxanne and Nick had originally envisioned a smaller destination wedding, but after deciding that they wanted to include more family, they ended up choosing to get married in their hometown of Walnut Creek. They actually chose a venue that both of them spent time at in their youth, before they even knew each other. 

Boundary Oak Golf Course is a beautiful venue overlooking the East Bay Hills, and it was the perfect venue for a larger wedding that included all of their family from far and wide. In addition to including all of their family, they chose to also honor Nick's family's heritage with a Chinese Tea Ceremony before their traditional American ceremony. 

Roxanne got to wear 2 gorgeous dresses on her wedding day. First, the red and gold dress she wore for the tea ceremony, then the white dress for the other ceremony. And she wore these amazing Badgley Mischka heels with both dresses. 

Roxanne's grandmother, who she was very close to, passed years before her wedding. Roxanne kept her there in spirit by carrying some of her jewelry with her. She also had a special moment with her grandfather before the wedding by pinning a boutonniere on him in commemoration of her grandmother. 

Nick arrived shortly after and finished his getting ready by putting on his traditional red and gold suit for the tea ceremony. He had the help of his brother/Best Man.

The Chinese Tea Ceremony is a means of the couple paying respect to their elder family members. Here, Roxanne and Nick serve her parents tea. 

Once the tea ceremony was complete, Roxanne changed into her white dress for the next ceremony. Her Maid of Honor helped by pinning a gorgeous pink flower in Roxanne's hair to complete her classic, elegant look. 

The ceremony took place overlooking the golf course. The green grass, trees, and surrounding hills couldn't have provided a more stunning backdrop! During the ceremony, Roxanne and Nick's two young boys acted as ring bearers, escorted by Nick's parents. 

It is was so special seeing Roxanne and her older son celebrate together after the ceremony!

We then hopped in a couple of golf carts and went to the famous Boundary Oak tree for a few portraits of the wedding couple. We timed it just right before sunset!

Roxanne and Nick put a lot into planning a gorgeous day of celebration with their families. Although it can be stressful putting together all the details for such a grand day, it was so great seeing them finally getting to enjoy the moments with their friends and family that they had planned for so long.

We wish Roxanne and Nick the best as they continue their lives together, and we hope to see them around town!

Danica & Matt's Wedding: Testarossa Winery, Los Gatos, CA

Danica and Matt had an intimate wedding with close family friends at the Testarossa Winery. Their ceremony took place in the wine cave and was preceded by a signing of the traditional Jewish document, the ketubah.

Matt's daughter walked him down the aisle before Danica made her entrance, glowing in her perfectly fitting wedding dress and carrying the most delicate white orchids. She was also carrying what is soon to be the newest member of their family!

The love and tenderness between these two was so sweet to witness. 

The ketubah is a traditional Jewish document which documents the rights and responsibilities of the couple in their marriage. This personalized ketubah came all the way from Romania!

The ketubah is a traditional Jewish document which documents the rights and responsibilities of the couple in their marriage. This personalized ketubah came all the way from Romania!

Wishing Danica and Matt and their growing family a lifetime of love and joy!

Lauren & Christian's Wedding: Brazilian Room, Berkeley, CA

Lauren & Christian were married as the sun set below the East Bay Hills at the Brazilian Room in Berkeley. The backdrop of tall trees and hills all around made the event so enchanting. 

Their families were absolutely giddy to see these two finally tie the knot! You'll notice Christian's adorable mom unable to contain herself as Lauren approached her son coming up the aisle. And it was both of Lauren's parents who accompanied her and gave us the sweetest moment to capture as they smooshed her with kisses. 

The reception was filled with cheerful toasts, lots of dancing, and huge smiles all around. And not to mention the homemade cakes and pies that everyone enjoyed and were delectable even just to photograph. 

We wish these two so much love, joy, and adventure in the years to come!

Anh & Andrew's Wedding: Swedenborgian Church, San Francisco, CA

Anh & Andrew were married in an intimate ceremony at the most quaint craftsman-style church in San Francisco. The Swedenborgian Church sits on a corner in the Pacific Heights neighborhood behind brick and stucco walls and wrought iron gates.  The inside of the church is warm with rich wood tones and a crackling fireplace. Andrew & Anh made the perfect choice for their intimate affair at this lovely venue. 

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Isn't she stunning?!

After the ceremony, Anh and Andrew wanted to do portraits at the nearby Palace of Fine Arts, and then we stopped by Crissy Field to get a few shots in the blustery San Francisco summer. Due to the chill factor and the loved ones waiting back at the church to begin the reception, we only did a few quick shots at each location. 

There is no denying the connection between these two. 

On the way back to the church, we stopped at these steps overlooking the Presidio and the Bay. In true San Francisco form, there was a velvety blanket of white covering much of the area, but it made such a soft backdrop for this sweet couple. 

There was no resisting getting some ring shots in the garden back at the church. 

And the house on the grounds was the perfect location to get warmed back up as the couple shared their first dance as a married couple, and they smiled the night away with their closest family and friends toasting the new adventures to come in their lives together. 

Cheers to Anh and Andrew and all the joy and adventure to come!

Denielle & Richard's Engagement Shoot

You know when you can be out at the crack of dawn in the blustery, gray morning that is summer in San Francisco and you still feel warm inside you must have found the right person to hold your heart. 

We met Denielle & Richard at Crissy Field to catch the glorious morning light overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Well, in true San Francisco fashion, the bridge was completely fogged in. Like you could kind of see the very bottom of one of the pillars sometimes, but mostly it was all just gray. So we all played it flexible and went to location number 2 first. 

We went down the road a few blocks to the Palace of Fine Arts. The Palace of Fine Arts never fails. 

These two were so natural with each other. 

After getting some fun shots we decided to give the beach at Crissy Field again. It was still quite foggy but it made for a fun shoot anyway, with just a hint of the bridge under the fog. 

We're excited to shoot Denielle & Richard's wedding in just a few months!

Eduardo & Hannah's SF City Hall Wedding

When I asked these two how they met I learned that Eduardo came to The United States from Brazil for two things: 1) his American Dream, and 2) his Dream Girl - particularly Hannah. They were introduced by a mutual friend and began a long distance relationship. Eduardo must be pinching himself because his dreams came true when he moved to California and now he's married to his dream girl. 

Before the ceremony, Eduardo and Hannah did their paperwork and met with the judge. It was a little more friendly than the usual government paperwork session.

Their ceremony took place in the Rotunda. What an amazing venue! Eduardo and Hannah tied the knot in a short and sweet ceremony surrounded by their closest family.

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It would be hard to find a more grand location for a special event. The sunlight streams in through the large windows all over the building, and the gold details everywhere make you feel like you're in a palace. What a treat for doing some amazing wedding portraits!

These windows are just too glorious to pass by. 

Leave it to San Francisco to change your perceptions of a city hall wedding.

Hannah and Eduardo requested a shot crossing the street in front of City Hall. I didn't get what they meant originally with just a 'crossing the street photo' until they mentioned The Beatles. Then I understood the angle they were looking for. It was a fun, lighthearted way to end our shoot.

This wasn't Abbey Road but it wasn't a bad excuse to stop traffic for a few shots either. 

This wasn't Abbey Road but it wasn't a bad excuse to stop traffic for a few shots either. 

Wishing Eduardo & Hannah a lifetime of happiness and love!

Alison & Evan's Wedding: Ravenswood Historic Site, Livermore, CA

Alison and Evan were married on a warm summer day surrounded by friends and family. Their rustic country theme fit in perfectly with the Ravenswood Historical Site where they shared their vows in a ceremony officiated by Evan's father. 

Alison looked stunning in her lace and pearls. And Evan, really pulled of the suit and cowboy boots, and I never even heard him complain about the heat! And trust me, I know he was feeling it. But he was ever the gentleman and kept his cool and made sure that his new wife was comfortable and content. 

Lots of sweet treats were included in the festivities, including guest favors of jars of honey to commemorate Alison and Evan's song, Blake Shelton's Honey Bee. And the sweetheart cake and guest cupcakes were the perfect way to round out the day.

We were honored to be part of Alison and Evan's special day and we wish them the best!

Venue Spotlight: Eagle Vines Vineyards & Golf Club, American Canyon, Napa Valley

We'll be photographing a wedding late this summer at this great venue in American Canyon, Eagle Vines Vineyards & Golf Club. After booking the wedding I went to do some Internet research on the venue but didn't find a lot online. I recently made a trip up to check things out with the bride and her most important ladies. I had actually never been to the area before, but was pleasantly surprised at how close it is to the East Bay, and even more awed at how beautiful it is!

Behind the clubhouse, in the midst of views of green grass, rolling hills, and lush vineyards, they've got a great tent to hold your reception. There is a creek trickling by, a grassy open space where you can hold your ceremony, and vineyards just to the right. As you'll see below, the interior of the tent has a nice rustic vibe that can be customized to go along with your style. 

We had lunch in the clubhouse restaurant while we were there. The restaurant staff, as well as the event staff, were all extremely friendly and accommodating. See the bottom of this post for contact information.

There is a lot more to see around the grounds, but this was just a sneak peek. You'll have to check back to see the actual wedding photos some time in September!

After my visit, I am even more excited about coming back to photograph my lovely bride on her special day!

If your looking for a Napa style wedding venue I encourage you to check this place out!

Venue website: https://www.eaglevinesgolfclub.com/events_news/

Wedding & Social Events Manager: Alisa Hartman - ahartman@eaglevinesgolfclub.com

Just The Ladies: Jaquie & Her Girls Getting Ready

Gifts from the bride to her bridesmaids.

Gifts from the bride to her bridesmaids.

Lucky you! Here is a chance to get a sneak peek behind the scenes as Jaquie and her best ladies get ready for Jaquie's big day!

The ring on the dress. Love the sparkle and those ruffles.

The ring on the dress. Love the sparkle and those ruffles.

Mommy & daughter shoes.

Mommy & daughter shoes.

The lovely bridesmaids. Raquel, Amelia, Stephanie, Norma, Maggie, & Mayra.

The lovely bridesmaids. Raquel, Amelia, Stephanie, Norma, Maggie, & Mayra.

Final touches.

Final touches.

Flower girls.

Flower girls.

Jaylah

Jaylah

Makeup by Nubia @nubianbeautyonline / Nubianbeauty@Ymail.com

Flowers by Elma's Catering and Events / @elmascatering / www.elmascateringandevents.com

Dress by Alfred Angelo

Photography by Kept In Time Photography / @keptintime

 

Jaquie & Jorge's Wedding

Portraits at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto

Portraits at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto

I have known Jaquie since she was in 10th grade. From a girl with an attitude in high school to a woman who demonstrates a kind heart and loving spirit, it is so wonderful to see what an amazing woman she has become! I'm so glad that Jaquie has found her life partner who loves and appreciates her for all that she is. Jaquie knew the first time she met Jorge that he was the one for her. In this world of chaos and unpredictability, I guess sometimes we just get things right, and Jaquie and Jorge sure did! 

Surrounded by family and friends at St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto

Surrounded by family and friends at St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto

It was obvious on their wedding day that part of the strong bond they share comes from their love and closeness with their own families. There were quite a few special elements to their day, not the least of which was Jaquie walking down the aisle and having her first dance with her father who is recovering from a stroke that had him in the hospital and rehabilitation for the past couple of months. They weren't sure what state of health he would be in for the wedding, so sharing those special moments were so meaningful to them.

Jaquie and her father share their first dance. Reception at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park. 

Jaquie and her father share their first dance. Reception at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park. 

And while we're talking about family, we have to talk about Jaquie and Jorge's sweet and silly children, Jaylah and Jullian. We did a family photoshoot with them a couple of years back and I just couldn't get over how tender they were with each other. Jullian, the big brother, seemed so protective and caring for his little sister. And Jaylah sure looks up to her bigger brother. Their sweet little personalities are a testament to the good nature of their parents.

Jaquie's gorgeous dress with Jaylah's sweet flower girl dress

Jaquie's gorgeous dress with Jaylah's sweet flower girl dress

Needless to say, Shannon and I felt privileged that Jaquie and Jorge trusted and chose us to capture the special moments on their big day. And that they continue to come back to us to continue to capture their family through time. Guys, we'll be here for your next adventures, which I hope include more adorable babies!...