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Justine & Mitch: Engagement Shoot: Fort Point, San Francisco, CA

We had planned this shoot weeks in advance. But in the days leading up, Justine and I were both checking the weather and noticed that it was due to rain. So we made the decision to change locations to a place that would offer cover from the rain when needed, as well as pavement so we didn't squish into the mud. 

Now mind you that I usually don't mind tromping through mud or getting wet in the rain. But when you've got a future bride with her makeup and hair done, a hot new pair of boots, plus white jeans, sometimes you just gotta make the decision to play things safe. 

We were so happy with our decision. First, it poured all morning and into the afternoon. And secondly, the location we chose was amazing. Fort Point at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is such a neat place to visit. And by the time we got into our shoot the rain had taken a break and we were able to get out by the Bay and get some great shots in front of the water. 

A special bonus during our shoot: a rainbow! That has to be a good omen for these two, right?!

And Justine and Mitch are just not a perfect pair, they are a fun family. Their two boys came along for some shots that kept the day light. 

Can you tell these guys are Raiders fans?

We're looking forward to Justine and Mitch's wedding next spring!

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!