Married in the Redwood Grove at Roberts Recreation Area

Ask anyone about the greatest day of their life and you're very likely to hear of a milestone event. Graduating from college, marrying the love of their life, or having their first baby are all once-in-a-lifetime experiences that eventually become fond memories. Milestones such as these become even more special when they're intertwined with cherished traditions and sentiments that are unique to our own story. 

Joanna and Katie recently celebrated one of the greatest days of their lives when they were married in the redwood grove at Roberts Recreation Area in the Oakland Hills. Surrounded by their closest family, friends, and loved ones they exchanged vows beneath the gorgeous redwood trees. There was no shortage of beautiful floral arrangements, adorable signs, and fun games at this wedding, but the sweetest part were the tender moments and beloved traditions that these two will carry with them throughout their life.

Their first look began with Jo and Katie reading heartfelt letters they had written each other. Back to back, and smiling ear to ear, the joy was written all over their faces. The love between them was tangible and such an honor to capture. After the ceremony, we headed down the road for the reception at the Sequoia Lodge. There was a lot of effort put into detail, and they even coordinated a flash dance to Fleetwood Mac with their wedding party. This group sure knew how to have a good time! But the detail that most stood out was lying on a table in their own version of a guest book.

Following family tradition, Joanna's grandmother made a tablecloth for their loved ones to sign. All loving sentiments will be embroidered by her Grandma Bev, and the tablecloth will be brought to important events and holidays for years to come. Jo and Katie's special day went off without a hitch, and will undoubtedly be a day they consider one of the best of their lives. The decorations and details were impeccable, but the sentimental aspects are surely the ones they'll look back on with the warmest of memories. Great times with loved ones, sweet feelings summarized in writing, and a piece of cloth that is irreplaceable to carry with them for a lifetime. 

Cheers,

Chris and Christian

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Wedding at Rancho Soquel

Working with Kate and Brody during their engagement session in Santa Cruz gave us some insight into how fun it would be to work with them on their wedding at Rancho Soquel. These guys were wonderfully laid back and made sure that having fun with their friends and family stayed at the top of their list all day long. We started the day by shooting some getting ready and capturing some details before the ceremony got started. We loved the layout of the property and we were excited to get the event going so we could begin shooting all the handsome guests around the venue. The ceremony was short and sweet and the day just rolled on by. Dinner was delicious and we loved the speeches; so much fun! Light treated us very nicely as day made it's way into evening and we were able to shoot some nice portraits of our couple. Lastly some getting down and funky on the outdoor patio dance floor before we bid the couple farewell.

Cheers,

Chris and Christian

Bridesmaids in robes before wedding at Rancho Soquel
Detail of wedding dress hanging in tree with custom hanger
Candid portrait of bride getting ready before wedding
Groom greeting wedding guests at Rancho Soquel
Rancho Soquel grounds before wedding
Candid of bridesmaid and mother of bride
Candid of groom and groomsmen at Rancho Soquel
Groomsmen in front of plant wall at Rancho Soquel
Portrait of bride and her bridesmaids at Rancho Soquel
Rancho Soquel and portrait of DJ Jefty
Candid of wedding guests before ceremony at Rancho Soquel
Wedding guests
Wedding at Rancho Soquel
Bride and Groom during wedding ceremony at Rancho Soquel
Bride and Groom kiss for first time
Portrait of wedding officiant and guest at Rancho Soquel
Cocktail hour at Rancho Soquel
Wedding guests during cocktail hour at Rancho Soquel
Wedding reception in front of rustic bar at Rancho Soquel
Bride and Groom being announced for the first time
Maid of honor giving toast at rancho soquel wedding
Maid of honor and officiant giving toasts at wedding
Candid portrait of bride and groom listening to toasts at Rancho Soquel
Portraits of bride and groom at Rancho Soquel
Bride and groom portrait at sunset at Rancho Soquel
Custom signage and donut bar
Donut bar at Rancho Soquel wedding
Golden sunset first dance at Rancho Soquel
Candid wedding guest portrait
Outdoor dancing at Rancho Soquel
Rancho Soquel dance floor
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Engagement Session at Big Basin State Park

Our first time meeting Maren and Marcos was at their engagement session at Big Basin State Park.  We've been working with these two for a couple of months now over email and we were really excited to finally meet and shoot with them before their wedding this December. We worked closely with the couple to find a location that had some significance to them and ultimately we decided on Big Basin in the Santa Cruz mountains. The park served as an amazing backdrop. We really enjoyed using the landscape and the late afternoon light to get some fun, candid shots. Maren and Marcos were a blast to work with and we're really looking forward to what sounds like an amazing little wedding come December.

Candid photo of couple crossing bridge in Big Basin State Park
Engagement session at Big Basin State Park
Big Basin State Park Engagement Session
Portrait of engaged couple in Big Basin State Park
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Pizzaiolo Wedding

Small weddings in our hometown make us so happy! We started our day with Helena and Daniel at the Claremont Hotel where we photographed the couple getting ready and seeing each other for the first time. Afterwards we hustled over to the Temescal neighborhood for their Pizzaiolo wedding. The ceremony took place on the back patio in the late afternoon sun, followed by drinks, dinner, and dancing inside the restaurant. Shooting at Pizzaiolo is such a treat for us: a cozy atmosphere, delicious food, and great people. What's not to love?

After dinner we grabbed the couple for some quick portraits before the sun set. We walked around the block and snagged some portraits in front of cute Oakland homes, rustic fences, and along the Temescal Alley.

These two were such a pleasure to work with and we wish them all the best together. Cheers to couples keeping it Oakland!

xoxo,

Chris and Christian

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Candid portrait of bride with mother and sister at the Claremont Hotel
Portrait of Bride before wedding at Claremont Hotel
Father of Groom adjusting his tie at the Claremont Hotel
First look at the Claremont Hotel
Bride and Groom during wedding ceremony at Pizzaiolo
Wedding ceremony at PIzzaiolo in Oakland
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Kiss the bride at Pizzaiolo
Diptych of pizzaiolo wedding setup
Portrait of bride and groom in temescal neighborhood in Oakland
Black and white portrait of bride and groom in Temescal Oakland
Wedding rings on tiny flowers
Bride and groom kissing in temescal alley
Guests at pizzaiolo wedding in Oakland
Restaurant staff preparing food for Pizzaiolo wedding
Two photos from wedding at Pizzaiolo
Candid of mother of bride giving toast at Pizzaiolo
Pizzaiolo cake cutting
Dancing at PIzzaiolo in Oakland
Wedding guests in Temescal Oakland
Groom dancing at Pizzaiolo
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Weddings at San Francisco City Hall

We have said it in the past, and well, I guess there is nothing stopping us from saying it until we are blue in the face, but we really love weddings at San Francisco City Hall.  Maybe it's the expedited time frame and the real spontaneity of the images, the awesome architecture, or the intimacy of a civil ceremony but really it's probably the coming together of all of these aspects. Here are a handful of images captured recently for a couple who reached out in somewhat of a panic. The photographer they had hired bailed on them at the last minute (who are these people?!) and after a quick search they came upon our work. We're so happy we were available and could help them out.

Cheers,

Chris and Christian

Portrait of bride and groom at San Francisco City hall
Weddings at San Francisco City Hall
Candid portrait of bride and groom walking to City Hall wedding ceremony
Black and white photo of bride and groom climbing grand staircase at San Francisco City Hall
Wedding at San Francisco City Hall
Wedding ceremony in the rotunda at San Francisco City Hall
Bride and Groom exchanging rings in City Hall
Black and white wedding portraits of bride and groom at San Francisco City Hall
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