A Lovely House Wedding in Sonoma

Towards the end of our Bay Area Summer, we took a drive to the North Bay for a lovely house wedding in Sonoma where Laura and Adam said “I do” surrounded by their close family and friends. These two and the majority of their wedding guests made the trip to California from the Midwest and got to enjoy the California sun, a nice break from the chilly fall weather back home. Laura and Adam’s friend offered up his Sonoma home to serve as their wedding venue and what a beautiful venue it was. The sleek and modern home served as a backdrop for a refined yet intimate ceremony. We loved shooting the details of this home as the house was layered with crisp white and cream colors that gave the event an overall sophisticated and upscale feel.

The ceremony took place on the property’s lush lawn overlooking a rustic wine country field. The officiant of their ceremony was Laura’s sister and the readings and music were also given by guests. Having guests be a part of the event is a great way to get everyone involved and cut down on event down time where guests may become distracted. It was beautiful to see the blending of families and incorporating everyone into the ceremony sets a great tone for this modern day Brady Bunch.

Following the ceremony, guests mingled poolside during the cocktail hour while dinner was plated. Guests mingled and enjoyed their delicious food while overlooking a gorgeously refreshing looking pool. We definitely had a bit of home envy with this location.

The evening closed with a twilight toast to their guests and a champagne saber gift to their host and good friend. It was such a pleasure being part of this one. We love working in new places and documenting moments that are so meaningful to our clients.

The Mountain Terrace Wedding

There are so many reasons that we love the Bay Area. We have great weather, great people, a great culture, and of course so many beautiful places at our fingertips. As photographers, especially natural light photographers, this means we’re pretty spoiled. The weddings we shoot tend to be set against a beautiful natural backdrop. Denise and Brittany’s recent wedding at the The Mountain Terrace in Woodside was no exception to this trend. Nestled amongst the trees in the Santa Cruz mountains, The Mountain Terrace, provides a romantic and intimate atmosphere with grand views of the South Bay.

We were so excited to work with Denise and Brittany again after shooting their engagement session in the early Spring. This couple has been together for quite some time and the love and respect that they have for each other is crystal clear. When we arrived we were able to document not only getting ready shots, which included capturing the beautiful lace details of Denise’s wedding gown, but were also present to document the couple’s first look.

After their first look it was time for the ceremony to begin, which was held in the open lawn, with beautifully towering trees providing the natural backdrop. The floral arch, filled with light pink roses, ranunculus and eucalyptus which mimicked the bridal bouquets draped beautifully behind the couple as Denise’s sister performed the ceremony. Family was a huge part of this event, in fact we had to climb up on a ladder in order to get every member of this large and supportive family into the frame for the family photos.

After the ceremony the couple and their family were able to enjoy both the inside and outside features of the Mountain Terrace, with dinner in the late Summer evening on the elegantly set patio followed by cake and dancing inside the venue. Guests were able to get silly and let loose in the photo booth and celebrate with a cookie, brownie, cupcake (or two) from the pastry table.

We loved being a part of Denise and Brittany’s celebration and wish them all the best!

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!