intimate wedding

Michael & Collen's Elopement: The Inn on First, Napa, CA

If you've ever had the feeling of marrying your best friend you know it's the greatest feeling in the world. Michael and Collen got to experience that thrill when they came to Napa from thousands of miles away to say their "I-do's" in an intimate ceremony at the cute B & B, The Inn on First. 

The morning before heading to Napa for their nuptials, Michael and Collen ran the San Francisco Half Marathon. Now that's a way to start the day! They then checked into their room and got ready for their garden ceremony. 

They relaxed on the patio for a few minutes before the inn's co-owner and executive chef James Gunther presided over their ceremony. 

We got a few fun portraits in the meantime, too, in the gorgeous garden space. 

The ceremony was short and sweet and the couple toasted their union before realxing the evening away and resting their weary legs!

I am honored that Michael and Collen chose me to document their elopement and wish them the best in their lives together. 

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!

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!