Radonich Ranch Wedding

Nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains in Los Gatos, California is a beautiful wedding venue called Radonich Ranch.  This old fruit packing facility was chosen by Claire and Steve for their wedding towards the end of Summer. We love shooting weddings at Radonich Ranch. When we see it listed as the venue in our wedding inquiries we instantly get excited about the potential of heading back to one of our favorite places.  The excitement was no different with Claire and Steve. Their bright and summery event brought out all of the details that make shooting at Radonich Ranch such a treat.  

Being at Radonich Ranch without wedding decor already feels like a lush and relaxing experience.  There’s no shortage of awesome backgrounds and rustic details and the coordinator Marky Carr and her team from Vignette Events do a bang up job making the whole place shine. The rustic barn, the cozy picnic tables and the perfectly hung string lights don’t need much extra work to make you feel like you have stepped into a cozy and intimate treat.  With such great bones to start with-it is easy to for our couples to make the venue photo ready-making our job that much easier. 

We never get tired of seeing how each couple plays with the scenery to create their own ideal event.  We loved the super fun sunflower arch that Claire and Steve stood under to say their “I do’s”. Snapping photos of their wedding party looking elegant wasn’t too hard as they all looked very sophisticated in their navy attire.  Color and light are two factors we always love to play with in our work and we really had fun on this day with these two.  

The bright and happy vibes of the venue match Claire and Steve’s shared passion for staying healthy and living an active life.  We thought it was really cool to learn that this couple shares a love for tennis and staying fit. While there wasn’t a full size tennis court, Claire and Steve still included lawn games in their day to keep their guests moving.  

Claire and Steve’s day was vibrant in both decor and in love from their friends and family.  We look forward to how future couples dress up (one of) our favorite places in the Bay Area!

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The Gardens at Heather Farm Wedding

The Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek is such a beautiful wedding venue and among one of our favorites in the Bay Area to shoot a wedding at. Tucked along the hillside the garden’s six acres are full of natural beauty all year long. We got extra lucky this Spring however when we photographed Jake and Janel’s wedding surrounded by the lush rose garden in full bloom.

Spending time with Jake and Janel to shoot their engagement photos gave us some insight on just how great of a couple these two are.  Having had this time to capture the two of them together set some high expectations for their wedding day and these two really delivered.  We knew it would be a great time but the level of love and warmth that Jake and Janel have for their family and friends-who so obviously love and appreciate them back is a great reminder of why we shoot weddings.  The elegant, bright and beautiful scenery of Heather Farm provided a beautiful backdrop for a heartfelt ceremony and a loving (and incredibly fun!) reception. 

We love that we are able to document the wedding day as it unfolds while also witnessing friends and family adoringly speak about the couples that we feel are turning into our friends as well.  Jake and Janel’s wedding wasn’t only fun to shoot because of the thoughtful details and well appointed tablescapes throughout the Camellia Room -- it was fun to hear Jake speak about how nervous he was to first ask Janel out on a date, to hear Jake being poked fun of a bit for promenading on a Hawaii beach in his “short-shorts” but ultimately being appreciated for his protective nature, to hear Janel’s intelligence and presence being complimented by Jake’s sister.  

The evening was filled with warmth, laughter, joy and love. It was obvious that family is important to both Jake and Janel and their loved ones. You could tell that Jake’s sister was speaking from the heart when she spoke about Janel felt like a part of the family from the beginning.  We felt that sense of warmth throughout the night and felt lucky to be a part of Jake and Janel’s evening. Congratulations Jake and Janel!

For more information on booking your wedding at The Gardens, visit their event website and schedule a tour. As a recommended vendor, we offer a complimentary engagement session to all Gardens at Heather Farm referrals who book us for 8 or more hours of coverage. You can see more of our wedding photography here.

Oakland Museum Wedding

It’s probably no surprise to hear but we looove Oakland.  Oakland is where we started our business, where we still enjoy Spring hikes on those lush green hills, and most recently where we shot Luisa and Zach’s wedding at the Oakland Museum of California (one of our favorite venues in town).  

While we love the ever-changing exhibits within the museum and hitting the food trucks at Off the Grid, it was great to see the outdoor areas of the museum transformed into a wedding venue for Luisa and Zach’s ceremony. The setup had a fresh and fun feel that was perfect for their intimate ceremony.  Luisa and Zach opted not to have a wedding party but there were plenty of beautiful details to capture, including Luisa’s lush bouquet of greenery and Zach’s finely crafted Barong Tagalog. We have seen our fair share of weddings over the past 13 years but it never becomes routine as each couple brings a sense of personalization to their big day.  Luisa and Zach brought elegant style and a fun personality to their ceremony which spilled over into the reception.

Wedding days can go by in a blur as there is so much to do, family photos to take, guests to greet, etc. but luckily these two made sure to take some time with one another for a walk through their old Oakland hangouts. We had a ton of fun walking from the Oakland Museum, around Lake Merritt, and to their reception at Duende in the Uptown area of Oakland. These two used to live in Oakland and despite living in Southern California still have their hearts in the Bay. By the time we got to the restaurant we were all ready to dig in to the (thankfully very large) paella dish.

We loved hanging with Zach and Luisa’s families and getting to share a family style dish with them that was fitting for this couple and their very cool day.

Walnut Creek Engagement Session

One of the best parts of being natural light photographers is that we get to spend a great deal of our time outside. While we love mother nature, her unpredictability can provide a little anxiety, and obsessive checking the weather forecast in the run up to a Spring engagement session or wedding. We knew Jake and Janel’s engagement session in Walnut Creek was going to be a good time no matter what was thrown at us, but a couple drenched in sunshine and happiness tends to turn out better than a session in which they are just drenched.  Thankfully we lucked out and the break in the rain stuck around just long enough for a super fun springtime shoot.

To make the situation even better, rays of sunlight streamed through the clouds and provided a blanket of warmth to the day and to the shoot.  It was a great time for Janel to debut a fun spring dress that complemented the casual cool vibes of their engagement shoot. An engagement session is a great opportunity for us to get to know our clients and to prep them for cameras being in their face for a good eight hours on their wedding day and we are grateful to spend the time playing in the beautiful backdrop of the east bay hills. It doesn’t hurt when your clients are as pleasant to be around as these two are.  

Janel and Jake were naturals in front of the camera. Playful, goofy shots always seem to transfer over the best for final images and this couple was really able to embrace that vibe. These two weren’t afraid to hug, embrace, sit on the possibly squishy ground and most importantly laugh with each other. We were not only lucky that the weather cooperated with us but this day also reminded us how lucky we are that a huge chunk of our job is capturing moments of joy. It was a nice opportunity to spend some one on one time with these two before their wedding and we are so excited to meet their friends, families, and loved ones at their upcoming ceremony at Heather Farm!

Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Oakland
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Over the past decade, we've been lucky enough to photograph countless weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Personally, we love to be outdoors and enjoy the playful qualities of natural light photography. We tend to get asked about outdoor venues and we hope this list can be a resource to couples searching for the perfect space for their ceremony (Updated for 2019).

There is an overwhelming amount of beautiful places to get married in the Bay Area and boy do we have a lot of favorites throughout Berkeley, San Francisco, San Jose, etc. (we're working on those lists too!) but our one true love will always be shooting in our own backyard here in Oakland. Where else can you choose to be married surrounded by redwoods, on the steps of a historic estate, or in the garden of an art museum?

If you want to know our thoughts about a particular venue or have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us! Do you have a favorite venue that you think we missed? Let us know! We'll be updating this list with new images and blog posts in an effort to make it more comprehensive. 

For more information about our wedding photography in the bay area, click here


Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Oakland

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1. Camron-Stanford House

This historic estate sits on the shores of Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland. Treat your guests to views of the lake and the Oakland Hills, enjoy the romantic lighting provided by the classic street lamps and elegant string lights that provide a beautiful atmosphere on warm summer nights. For information on renting the house, visit https://cshouse.org/weddings/

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2. Gardens at the Oakland Museum

Overlooking Lake Merritt the public gardens at the Oakland Museum of California are definitely an urban oasis. The space has several ceremony locations to pick from and can cater to small and larger weddings. For more information about the space, visit http://museumca.org/wedding-reception-oakland

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3. Roberts Regional Recreation Area

For a private and intimate outdoor feel you can be married beneath the redwoods in the picnic area of Roberts Regional. Hang around and have your reception in the same area or move down the road just a little bit to the Sequoia Lodge for a more traditional wedding reception. To reserve the redwood grove, visit the East Bay Regional Parks website.

4. Woodminster Cascades at Joaquin Miller Park

Just on the edge of Joaquin Miller Park, the cascades feature beautiful stone steps, reflection pools, and fountains. This location is ideal for smaller ceremonies. Scenic views of the Bay Area below. 

5. Kaiser Rooftop Garden

Can’t decide between a lively downtown venue and a secluded garden venue? This space is a perfect compromise. The rooftop is a hidden gem in the thick of it all in downtown Oakland. For more information visit, www.oaklandvm.com

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6. Pizzaiolo

Weddings at Pizzaiolo are some of our favorites. Pizzaiolo is a local restaurant located in the Temescal neighborhood of North Oakland and they book a small number of weddings each season. Ceremonies take place on their outdoor patio while dinner and dancing happens in the restaurant. Their staff are fantastic and they serve up some seriously delicious food. Visit their website for information on private events.

7. Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate

This historic mansion located in the hills near the Oakland Zoo offers several options for both large and small weddings. The mansion lawn accommodates up to 200 guests or you can opt for a smaller more intimate gathering overlooking their North Pond. No matter the size of the wedding this venue offers elegance and style in an outdoor setting.

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8. Bandstand at Lake Merritt

For a more affordable option, the historic bandstand at Lake Merritt is a beautiful space for an outdoor wedding. Easy to access parking and right next door to the Grand Lake neighborhood and across the lake from the Terrace Room

9. Preservation Park

Thoughtful landscaping, bistro lighting, ample space for dancing under the stars, this venue has it all. Flexibility is also key as there are 6 sites at this spaces to choose from. Visit their website for more details. 

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10. Temescal Beach House

The Beach House at Lake Temescal in Oakland is a lovely place for a wedding ceremony and reception. Its secret garden and lakeside views are beautiful and the surrounding park provides plenty of space for photos. The property is managed by the East Bay Regional Park district, visit their website for more information about wedding rentals. 

 


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