There's just so much I wish I could share about Namphuong and Jeff, but one blog post just isn't enough. I spent hours trying to condense their gallery of nine-hundred plus photos into a modest post, but I couldn't keep it under a hundred images. So these two get the award for longest blog post ever. You've been warned.
In 2017, my wife and I traded our life of suitcases and boarding passes for one of diapers and burp cloths, as we welcomed the newest member of our family, Micah. And if caring for a newborn wasn’t busy enough, it was also our busiest wedding season yet. Thank you to all the couples and families that I had the privilege of working with this year! Farewell to 2017, and cheers to what’s to come in 2018. With that, I leave you with some of my favorite photos from this crazy year!
While Stephanie and Adrian would describe their July wedding as travel-themed, I'd like to argue that epic was actually their theme. With a first look beneath the cypress trees at Land's End, bridal portraits in the Financial District, and their beautiful ceremony which took place on the 40th floor of Loews Regency San Francisco (with the cityscape serving at their backdrop), it was epic for sure. Here are some of my favorites from that day.
Charles and Tatiana's beautiful summer wedding had it all. The day started off with handmade bridesmaids gifts made by Tatiana herself, and some 16 year old scotch with Charles and the guys. On a gorgeous California afternoon, family from all over the world gathered to see these two tie the knot, at Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon. And throughout the day, there was a constant mention of two things: Charles side-swept hair and who got to eat the last bite at meals. The day ended with the unpredictable combination of cake, cigars, and inflatable bananas. Yup, inflatable bananas.
On a Friday in April, Elizabeth and Roy gathered with their family and friends to celebrate their union as husband and wife. The ceremony, which took place at St. Margaret Mary Church in Oakland, was a beautiful Catholic mass — complete with Latin rites and Gregorian chants. Afterwards, the festivities continued at the Metropolitan Golf Links, where both the first dance and father-daughter dance were done to live performances by a groomsmen harpist and friend guitarist/singer.
Oh, 2016 was a whirlwind of year. My wife and I were bitten by the travel bug, and, in one year's span, we were able to travel to Las Vegas, Disneyland, Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas (again), San Diego, New York City, Disneyland (again), and Chicago. I was able to stand beside my brother at the altar as he married my new sister-in-law. Also, I'm a proud new uncle and plan to photograph the heck out of my new adorable niece. And, of course, I photographed dozens of weddings and portrait sessions for clients both new and old. :)
I'd like to use the metaphor of a s'more to tell you about this unforgettable wedding I photographed. This s'more, in particular, had four ingredients. First, you have the graham crackers (the foundation and support): they represent the lifelong family and friends who've gathered to celebrate the couple and their special day. Second, you have the oh-so-gooey marshmallows (the sugar and the fluff) representing Saratoga Springs, the gorgeous outdoor wedding venue where the couple exchanged vows underneath the towering redwoods and lush greenery. Third, you have the chocolate (the sweetness) embodied by a chocolate brown lab named Kaylee, who stole everyone's hearts (mine included) with her gigantic smile and never-ending excitement for her mom and dad. And fourth? Well, that was something extra special, and you'll have to scroll down to see just what that is...
Trust is hard to come by these days. And faith? Well, that’s an even rarer occurrence. I witnessed both on Monica and Joaquin’s wedding day, which took place at the beautiful grounds of the Pleasant Hill Community Center. Before I continue, it’s important to note that Monica and Joaquin’s wedding ceremony was set to take place outdoors. And on the eve of their big day, the weather forecast predicted a high chance of rain. Despite these odds, they proceeded as planned and had faith in whatever God had in store for their wedding day. Safety second? I say yes.
It was an honor and a pleasure to help photograph this Santa Rosa wedding. It was absolutely perfect. The venue was gorgeous. The decorations were ornate. And the day went off without a hitch. My favorite part? Seeing the nervousness and excitement in a little pup's face as its owner (the bride) got ready to marry her groom.
For those of you who know me, you already know that I'm not much of a baseball fan. However, I am a fan of weddings. And this wedding in particular had quite a few baseball details sprinkled throughout the beautiful day. So you know what? By association, I guess you can call me a baseball fan then. Right?!
I'd like to introduce you to Corina and Matthew. When I first met these two earlier this year, I noticed a couple of things. First, they were completely and utterly in love. And second? Well... They. Were. Chill. Even in the midst of chaos and stress that can ensue with planning a wedding, nothing really seemed to faze them.