The Sequoia Retreat Center is one of my favorite venues for photographing weddings. It is big but cozy. It is gorgeous. Your guests can stay in little cabins and you can have a true destination wedding in the forest. Definitely check it this Santa Cruz mountain location.
The engagement of Ashima and Derek on Stinson Beach followed by a photo session on Mt Tamalpais. She lives in Georgia and he lives in Texas. His proposal marks the end of their courtship and the beginning of their life together. They say they’ll be back to Stinson soon 🙂
Beth Barton and I photographed the engagement session of Samantha and Victor in Golden Gate Park. We started in the Music Concourse and then went to the Japanese Tea Garden. Both places are always awesome. We finished up on Baker Beach for a nice foggy sunset 🙂
I shot an event at the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park earlier this year. It is such a cool space for a party because its also a museum with dinosaurs, a terrarium, an aquarium, and a live albino alligator! This particular event was produced by my friends at Entire Productions. They also produce AMAZING events and this was no exception.
Rie & Edwin travelled all the way from Tokyo to have their wedding reception on San Francisco Bay. It was a beautifully crisp evening of cheer and celebration for California friends as well as visitors from Japan.
Ryan proposed to Whitney on the Point Bonita Lighthouse suspension bridge at dawn! She had NO idea that it was about to happen and absolutely didn’t expect the entire family to appear seconds later.
It was a perfect daybreak with no wind and the most amazing views in the bay area. Of course, she said YES!
Ryan, Whitney and both of their families live in Texas. However, Ryan wanted to do something really special so he created an intricate plan to pop the question during their vacation in California.
They are both very close with their families and Ryan wanted the families to be part of proposal surprise. This took a great deal of planning and coordination including travel for about 30 family members, an access permit from the California Parks Department, and a photographer and park ranger who were in on it as well.
The park ranger told Whitney that the photographer (me) was there to document their tour for a brochure they were producing. This allowed me to interact with them and photography them as the tour progressed.
We were all in awe at how beautiful this place was and the weather was perfect. There were a lot fo great opportunities to photograph them as we went along. However, Whitney kept dodging my camera and hiding behind Ryan!
I so wanted to direct them so I could get the best shot but I had to wait…
Along the tour we saw a deer and her baby watching us. We also saw a lone coyote on his morning patrol.
We got to the lighthouse bridge just as the sun was about to break over the Marin Headlands hills next to the Golden Gate Bridge. I thought that maybe Ryan would propose right then… but he wanted to wait a little longer until the families had caught up with us.
Ryan took Whitney onto the suspension bridge that leads to the lighthouse and gathered his courage…
With tears in her eyes, Whitney said “YES!”
He then pointed out that their family was all there and she was completely blown away. She had no idea!
After the excitement of greeting everyone right there on the bridge, I was able to get a few shots of the newly engaged couple in one of the most beautiful spots in the country.
I feel so fortunate to be a wedding and engagement photographer in the San Francisco Bay area! There are so many amazing locations to shoot. This week, I took Kim and Aaron down to Kirby Cove and we had the best conditions – perfect weather, barely a soul around, and a moonrise that blew us away.
We started up on Battery Spencer overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Then we followed the sun down the hill toward Kirby Cove. Sunset on the road to Kirby Cove is so beautiful.
When we got down to the beach at Kirby Cove, there were very few people so it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
Just as we were about to start the hike back up the hill, we noticed that the full moon was rising over the city and under the bridge. Amazing!
Such a sight to see! The bridge turned into a lighthouse as the moon shone through the north tower. That’s a very rare thing to see.
Congratulations, Kim and Aaron! I can’t wait for the wedding 🙂
Lana and Eric LOVE coffee. So, when I asked them where to meet for their engagement photos, coffee was their request! We met up at Philz Coffee in Corte Madera for a few shots (coffee AND photos) before heading up Mt Tamalpais for the epic photos that Mt. Tam always gives me.
Rachel and Bob were married on 5.18.18 at the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. It was a gorgeous spring day on the lake!
Rachel had been a server for the Lake Chalet in Oakland for a year or so when Bobby joined as a sous chef. They exchanged many words across the kitchen expediting line (both good and bad) and a wink and a smile was thrown in once or twice. For the two of them, going to work wasn’t so bad as they had each other for a distraction. Their relationship grew from there, as they quickly became best friends.
Fast forward to five years later, where Rachel dragged Bobby to her hometown of Hudson, OH for Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving, the two of them decided to go for a stroll through the downtown. Unexpectedly, Bob got down on one knee in the gazebo on the green and proposed. Before he could finish his sentence Rachel was already screaming “Yes!” And that is how they got here today.
We began the day at the Marriott Oakland City Center and photographed the girls and the guys getting ready. This group has no shortage of character and it shows in the photographs.
It takes a team to make a wedding day like this. Here is ours…