Wedding at Chapel of Our Lady Presidio

Romance, natural scenery, stunning views-these aren’t usually the first words that come to mind when describing a former military place. However, residents of San Francisco will readily agree that the Presidio is one of the city’s natural gems. Old barracks and meal halls have been transformed into a gorgeous backdrop for weddings, special events, or just a sunny SF weekend.

Kathleen and Joshua knew that this San Francisco landmark was the perfect spot for their nuptials. They started their day at the gorgeous Inn at the Presidio, had their beautiful ceremony at the Chapel of Our Lady, followed by a reception at The Commissary. The presidio is one of those wonderful locations that make you feel like you are out in nature and off the beaten path while still being close enough for you to meander into the thick of the city.

We loved the huge windows in the Chapel of Our Lady, which allowed the light to stream through and provide a warm background to the charming indoor chapel ceremony. Joshua and Kathleen walked out of the chapel through a line of exuberant friends and family members who greeted the new couple with streamers and shouts of joy. We loved capturing the moment that Kathleen walked out of the chapel with her arms outspread with pure exhilaration.

The couple didn't have to travel far to enjoy the rest of their evening at the beautifully appointed Commissary. Their love for San Francisco was evident throughout the night, especially in the elegant wedding cake, which featured the silhouette of the city skyline and Golden Gate Bridge. This wedding was not only elegant, chic and beautifully executed, but there was also an intentional atmosphere of fun that punctuated the event. It’s not everyday that we get to photograph bridesmaids playing a game of cornhole!

We loved working with Kathleen and Joshua and look forward to more weddings with more couples that love living in the Bay Area.

The Gardens at Heather Farm Wedding

The Gardens at Heather Farm is such a beautiful wedding venue and among one of our favorites in the Bay Area to shoot a wedding at (check out some of our other favorite outdoor wedding venues in Oakland). The afternoon sun that blanketed the grounds of Heather Farm on Emily and Ben’s wedding day presented a beautiful backdrop for a day full of fun, adventure and love—attributes of the couple themselves. The Gardens are nestled on the hillside over looking Heather Farm in Walnut Creek and make for a lovely place to have an outdoor wedding ceremony.

We have photographed a lot of weddings over the past decade, but we never get tired of capturing the unique moments of each wedding day and truly appreciating the work and attention that couples put into to making the day special not only for themselves but for their family and friends. One touch that we really loved at Ben and Emily’s wedding was a table that displayed the wedding photos of their family members. This highlighted one of the biggest aspects that we love about wedding photography, which is helping families preserve generational memories. It is great to know that the pictures we have captured throughout the years will one day be placed on tables such as these.

The ceremony and reception were filled with bouquets of soft, beautiful floral arrangement that coordinated with the romantic pastels of the bridesmaid dresses, which there were ten of (evidence of how well loved this couple is)! The couples wrote their own vows to each other and it was hard not to get a bit emotional ourselves when we listened to the stories of how their love has grown so far and how they will intentionally foster it’s continual growth. It is a pleasure to look back at photographs of the couple under the wooden gazebo draped with natural greenery and know that this was a moment that they were able to convey just how much they love each other while surrounded by their friends and families.

Emily and Ben created an evening full of love punctuated with many thoughtful details that really highlight the beauty of a natural light venue. Cheers to Emily and Ben and cheers to love!

For more information on booking your Heather Farm wedding visit their event website. As a preferred vendor of Heather Farm, we offer a complimentary engagement session to all Heather Farm referrals. You can see more of our wedding photography here.

Nonprofit Business Headshots in Oakland

It can be easy to associate portrait photography with a yearly elementary school photo shoot or glammed up headshots for an aspiring model. However, headshots and portraits for nonprofits and other businesses in the bay area is becoming increasingly vital to helping agencies get a leg up in creating landing pages and social media content that clearly and attractively conveys their mission. The applications for portrait photography are endless and are increasingly used by companies and nonprofit organizations to draw visitors, donors, and community members alike, to their website.

Nonprofit organizations tend to value not only the clients and populations that they serve, but also have a very committed workforce. Having portraits of each employee on the website, along with their biography and contact information can lend a personal appeal to a nonprofit website. This recent natural light portrait shoot that we booked with a Bay Area nonprofit was evidence of the power of photography in creating a visual representation of the organization. They had struggled with low quality, poorly lit and mismatched photos of their staff and they wanted images that were consistent and captured their organizations surroundings in downtown Oakland. This nonprofit now not only has words to describe their mission, but also now has full color photos of the staff that helps this mission become a reality. Staff portraits on a website can add a personal touch to a nonprofit website as people who may be seeking help can be comforted that they will be greeted by a familiar face that they have seen on the website.

Environmental portrait photography is another aspect that we really enjoy delving into. Being able to shoot artisans at work, in their own workshops, with their own tools gives them the material to give their patrons a sneak peek at how their business functions.

Whether it is for a large nonprofit organization or a small pottery workshop, portrait photography allows companies and artisans alike to have a visual medium to share their work with the world.

Let us help you with your headshots and portraits!  Fill out our contact form and let us know about your project. We can't wait to hear from you!

Shakespeare Garden Wedding

The Bay Area tends to love the outdoors and good wine. Meghan and Brian embraced these two favorite Bay Area pastimes at their gorgeous Shakespeare Garden Wedding in San Francisco with a reception at Dogpatch Wineworks.

It was a joy to photograph the couple’s first look as Meghan descended into the fern grove in her fitted lace gown. As natural light wedding photographers, we were really in our element in the park. The sunlight peeking through the trees gave an extra shine to the beautifully crafted and colorful bouquets carried by the bridal party. 

This elegant and open setting of the garden allows ample opportunities for unique and beautiful ceremonies. Classical music by a live guitarist and cellist fill the space as guests took their seats.

After the ceremony, we made our way to Dogpatch Wineworks for their reception. The moody lighting allowed the bistro lights that were strung about the room to highlight the lush centerpieces at each table. After dinner, Meghan and Brian were game for exploring the neighborhood surrounding the venue, which led to the opportunity to get a ton of fun couples photographs.  These little jaunts always give us a chance to get some extra special shots. It was a night filled with fun, laughter, food and family, love (and don’t forget wine) and we are very grateful to have been there to photograph it all.

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.

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/

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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