Nights like this truly make believe that I am meant to do what I do. I mean who gets such a breathtaking night on the coast in July, combined with two beautiful people, and all the love and emotion all wrapped up into an amazing moment. But really, what puts it into perspective for me is that they chose me again to capture this special moment for them. A second in their lives of special moments, as I also had the extreme honor of capturing their wedding day last May.
Although Lauren was extremely sick on her wedding day, the love between these two was so apparent that I could only feel blessed to be the one to capture it. And again, I was honored to have that feeling all over again. Nothing brings more happiness to my heart than to know that there is going to be another soul brought into this world surrounded by love and positive energy.
Sometimes you just can't pick your weather! For those of you that know my style, you know that I am a bit of a weather snob. I do like a perfect day:) However, sometimes even I have to go with the flow, as this couple whom are getting married in August, flew in for the weekend from New York... Rain or Shine it was going to happen. Luckily no rain, but we did get our very thick fog.
Now just because I like a perfect day doesn't mean that I don't equally love the fog when captured right. Fog allows the mood to set into a very subductive serene feeling. It can leave you feeling at peace. The colors, though not popping with the sunset glow, have a very pleasing monochromatic look that compliments the mood that has been established.
Now, pair that up, with a couple that really enjoy being together and well... we got success. In hind sight, I love that we had fog on this night. Thanks Lori and Matt for enduring the cold.
What makes a wedding fun to capture for me? Well this wedding pretty much sums it up. Culture, elegance, love, and carefree.... yet chaos free!
I first began talking to the bride Agustina's mom about two months ago... amazing lady. Within two months, Mercedes pulled off an elegant event for her daughter that would have take most people a year to create! Good job Mercedes! Agustina, from Argentina, is 4 months pregnant and is just glowing... was it the baby or was it the love or maybe a little bit of both! Whatever it was, Chris and Agustina were just beaming all night with the love that pored in from literally all over the world, as most of their guests, on very short notice, flew in from as far away as Argentina and Amsterdam. Amazing!
The wedding was at one of my favorite churches, St. Mary's Chapelin Moraga. It’s a beautiful campus and just a breathtaking church... but the reception, a place I had never photographed at, is simply put, nothing but elegance. Diablo Country Club is a throw back in time to what a country club used to be. Its old school charm and its elite sophistication made you feel as if you just stepped into a place for the rich and famous.
Had the mother of the bride left it at that I would have been sold... but she continued the fun and festivities with an amazing live band, a photo booth, cigars for the guys (although there were a few girls out there), and a rose petal send off at the end of the night.
I left there with a big smile on my face at the end of the night, sure I worked my tale off, but it was just so nice to see all the love that pored into this couple and a wedding and party that really came together without a glitch in sight. And ok even though I worked.. I had so much fun too!
Although Agustina and Chris only hired me as their wedding photographer a few short months ago, with a wedding planned in May, I have loved every minute of getting to know these two and their love for each other. The wedding itself will be at St. Mary's Chapel in Moraga followed by an elegant reception at the Diablo Country Club.
Of course with a short contract, and still the desire for engagement photo's we had to act quickly... despite weather concerns. The day for this photoshoot is a day I would have normally rescheduled as the weather was crisp with a little wind... but I am so glad we pushed through, as the light was still magical and the moment still real. The results of some of my favorites are below...
Yes, I said it! But not to anyone new... I think my husband and I could rock the Long Branch Saloon. Talk about a venue that covers it all. Kevin Palmer, the owner of Long Branch Saloon, has taken his passion to a new level. It is a picturesque, straight out of the movies, old western town feel nestled into the country side of the Half Moon Bay Coastline. He has done such a tasteful and artistic job of really bringing you back to the old days in a sweet and vintage sort of way. What I loved about the Long Branch Saloon is that you have a wedding that can be kept intimate but not confined... allowing for everyone to really enjoy the day. From bow in arrows, to miniature golf... to the old style gambling saloon complete with poker tables and roulette... if you are not a dancer, there is sure to be something for the young at heart to enjoy.... and if nothing else, kick back and enjoy the creation Mr. Palmer has pulled together... it truly is magnificent!
The couple, Vanessa and Jordan, also put their special touches on the day. From vintage wear to custom cocktails and games, this wedding was definitely a fun one!
I am so excited to be photographing Vanessa and Arturo's wedding in October. We first needed to capture their engagement portraits though, and Vanessa came in knowing exactly what she wanted! Her theme of the the wedding is love birds, her first date was at Beretta's Restaurant in the Mission part of San Francisco, and the style was to be garden like.... so we tackled this with a couple different locations to really bring in the feeling she wanted to get from this. From the restaurant, to Stowe Lake, with a little stop in between to find the street name that is his but soon will be their's it was a session full of fun and laughter and I really can't wait to get to know them even better.
We have had an amazing "winter", but now on to spring, and if there is one thing you can count on is the beautiful mustard flowers in full bloom. Don't blink, because its over within a week or two. If the flower fields are something you have been waiting for as a backdrop, then now is the time.
I think the wild flowers on this coastside is such a magical time. It really shine's a light on our coastal town in being so diverse in its beauty, not only do we have the oceans, but our magical hillside's and beautiful wild flower is any artists dream.
I have known this family since their oldest child wasn't even walking yet... I love what I do as I really get to grow with families, and be able to document each stage in their lives. This was a great window into this next phase of childhood.
Ok, so I am a week late in doing this. My excuse is this: Life is good. Thank you all for giving me a great year of capturing new love, new life, new beginnings, strong family ties, and a boatload of great memories. Here are just a few of the highlights of the year. May 2012 find you happiness and new hope.
Anyway you look at it, love it love. And I loved meeting these two amazing women and capturing their love. I love what I do because it gives me chance to have a glimpse into someone else's lives and for a brief hour or so I get to share in their joy of life and what makes them happy. Tracy and Segrida were the lucky winners of a gift certificate I had donated for a cancer fundraising benefit, and I feel like I am the one that won that gift. Thank you Tracy and Segrida for walking into my life and allowing me to capture this for you.
The "C" Family has patiently awaited their day. And by that I mean they have been on my calendar to photograph their family portraits for the last two years. Everytime we either approach the day or get to the day of, either foul weather or life has come into play causing us to reschedule. Well, our day came and oh am I ever so glad we were patient!
Besides the weather being perfect, and the energy playful and sweet, the "C" boys were ready to bring this to the next level, and not just make this another signature beach portrait session, but to make it THEIR family portrait on the beach. Little things like the chemistry between the boys captured during a fun sand fight, to an airplane they brought with them to include in their images really just put the soul into their images and made it theirs.
Thank you "C" Family for not giving up on this and allowing me to capture this the way it was supposed to.