Thursday, December 17, 2009

Erin and Todd

Congratulations Erin and Todd!

Wow, what a gorgeous day!  Erin and Todd had their beautiful intimate wedding at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross, California.  I had never been there before, and was so so so pleasantly surprised.

The grounds were just gorgeous, with so many special settings for great couple shots.

We had  absolutely perfect light for the portraits before the ceremony.  I could have shot there for a million years!

Erin showed up ready to roll, hair and makeup beautifully in place, she looked stunning, and with the most impressive pair of yellow shoes!!!

Todd was busy setting up their very own little photo booth.  Brilliant, they picked the fabric, and I brought along guest shooter Chyna Darner to capture portraits throughout the day.  What a great do it yourself photo booth!  I think I'm going to start offering this at all my weddings, it was really fun and I was almost jealous that I couldn't be there for all that craziness!!

Erin and Todd (along with Erin's mom) have been collecting old lanterns and birdcages all year to decorate the site.  It really added an elegance and softness to the day.

It was so much fun to walk the grounds with Erin and Todd, they were in such high spirits (not that I wouldv'e expected otherwise) but we really got a chance to play with the scenery and get a bunch of great shots without missing out on too much of the fun of cocktail hour.  I love that!

The food and beverage supplied by All Seasons Catering  was phenomenal.  I was so impressed.  their honeymoon margarita really stole the show!

Notice all the beautiful letterpress by dauphine press??

From the bride, " my mom and I shopped the Alameda Antique Fair, flea markets and second hand shops for nearly a year to find the decorations: vintage white vases for the tables, the lanterns, chalkboard. We did the d├ęcor ourselves including hand assembling the favor boxes filled with sea salt chocolate caramels (by Cutie Cakes Bakeshop in Sebastopol) and wrapping each of the disposable lighters in decorative paper for the first dance.

Also a little different — I walked down the aisle to the intro to Love Song by Tesla, recessional was Sweet Child O’ Mine by G’n’R and first dance was I’ll Be There For You by Bon Jovi."

Link Love:

Venue: Marin Art & Garden Center
Invites/printed items:  Dauphine Press
Dress: Amy Kuschel Bride
Catering: All Seasons Catering
Flowers: Vanda Floral
Cake: Laurie Lucov
Make Up: Evet De Cota
Hair: Lisa Christensen

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Conor the Cutie

Coined by his Aunt Kelsey, the nickname ABSOLUTELY suits him.  How divine!

I had so much fun on Monday.  Both Mom and Dad showed up with Conor at my studio which  was great.  He was an absolute doll.  He'd just woken up from a nap as they came in the door, and there was a moment of worry that he might be fussy, but he charmed me in a second.  No muss no fuss!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Christina and Drew at the Allied Arts Guild...

Christina and Drew were married at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.  I love this venue, which is really a  hidden treasure!  Every time I go there I discover a new setting to shoot in.  Love that!

It was so much fun to shoot at this gorgeous spot.  We had warm weather and beautiful light throughout.  

How absolutely beautiful does she look?? 


I love this little barn I discovered, it was behind a gate in the back where they were storing tables !!!  

I couldn't believe it was so hidden... I love it when there are several different settings in one location.  It really makes it a good day for photography, especially when you are trying to maximize party time for the bride and groom!

Catering: Cassis Catering

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Holidays are right around the corner..

And so are holiday gifts and cards... So if you are on your way to Sears or JC Penny or (GASP!) Target to get your holiday photos taken... Please Please Please.  Put down the keys and call me :)

The last two days have been so much fun, I had the pleasure of hanging out with some lovely ladies and their youngins:  the CUTEST little babies on earth.  I know, all babies are the cutest.  But really, it was so much fun.

check it out...


All these were shot in my natural light studio... I am baby-proofing as we speak, so if you have any suggestions, I'd be glad to hear them!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Photo Featured today on the Knot's Blog


It was so much fun to wake up this morning to see that one of my photos was used on The Knot's Blog today!

This is a photo from Joseph & Lallo's wedding...

Love to be loved!


Have  great day.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cortney and Stan!!!

Cortney and Stan were married in Los Altos (oops, I know I said Palo Alto...just kidding!!!) in September...
I met Cortney at the salon before heading over to The Chateau, I was so impressed with how cool she was!!!
Frank went to meet with Stan and his family as he was getting ready...

It was important to the couple that their wedding be personal and intimate, and they really accomplished that!

have you ever seen a couple who can do that?? :) so cute, and in her wedding dress!!!!

Shout outs!

Venue: The Chateau The Chateau Group, Los Altos Hills

Caterers: Taste-Full Events

Flowers: Coni Oakson sadly, she is off the market :( but maybe if you become her friend she'll do flowers for your wedding too!!!

Cake:  Icing on the Cake, Los Gatos

Hair & Makeup: 1258 Salon in Menlo Park

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

In the City!!!

Kirstin and Keith were married in September in San Francisco- rare to have a city wedding, and rare to have the pleasure of shooting the wedding of a dear friend!

We started the day at the Fairmont Hotel..

some wedding day jitters... totally normal ;)

Frank (who made a cameo appearance as a second shooter... many many thanks!!!) was over at the church with the gentlemen...

And despite the construction... It was still an absolutely beautiful ceremony at St Paul's in Noe Valley...

Combining the Jewish and Catholic traditions for the ceremony worked out famously with both a Rabbi and Catholic Priests running the show... I'm thinking this was the first "glass-breaking" at this church!

Then we headed over to the Olympic Club, Lakeside for the reception...

Weddings are always touching. I always end up feeling connected by the end of the day. It was, however, a bit different to watch so closely as my friend walked through her big day... I feel like I gained some perspective that I didn't even know I was missing... So you really do just keep on learning...

I have to thank Kirstin & Keith for giving me the honor of shooting their wedding!!! So thank you!! :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Garden Wedding In Sonoma

I wanted to share some images from a recent wedding in Sonoma... Rebecca and Danny got married in August... It was about a million degrees out, but still, everyone looked gorgeous, the day went so smoothly, and the happy couple was wed!

It takes a village to put on a beautiful wedding :)

Venue: Winter Creek Estate Gardens
Caterer: Pacific Connection in Santa Rosa,Ca
Florist: Sandy Bordessa 707.876.3460
DJ: Chris Webb, Bay Area Disc Jockey 1.800.568.0443
Cakes: JM Rosen Cheesecakes 707.773.4655
Hair: Jennifer Smallwood at "The Powder Room" in Santa Rosa, Ca
Dress by: Andrew Burkhardt