Nestled in the hills of Sunol, California is a romantic winery known as Elliston Vineyards. The estate, with its historic stone mansion built in 1891 & acres of vineyards and gardens has set the backdrop for a small & intimate wedding celebration last October. Their story is somewhat of a traditional romance lead by fate... meeting for the first time at a dog park with their beloved animals that instantly connected (the dogs and the couple) Cassy and Zack, both soft spoken, were brave enough to recognize this connection and the rest is history. Although the dogs weren't in the wedding, they made sure that there was moments that symbolized theses cupid-like animals... customized shoes for Cassy were a must, but my favorite was seeing each other before hair and makeup and outfits were on to have some alone time with these dogs and each other to really reflect on their journey here.
Thank you to these fellow vendors for making this day so special!http://www.elliston.com
Bridal shop: Emerald City Gowns, Berkeley, CA
Shoes: Uninique customarts
Cake, Cake Delight, Livermore, CA
Catering: Eliston Vineyard Chefs
Flowers: Fremont Flowers
Music: Elegant Touch Strings
I fell in love with November light combined with a beautiful bride and a gorgeous venue. Wente Winery is a beautiful winery nestled into the rolling hills of the Livermore Valley Wine Country. Coral dresses, and golden hues are what complimented this day, but the true magic was in the love of the couple. Such real emotion with every look and smile, it was easy to fall into a zone of capturing this love story.
Through the hustle and bustle of the holiday I was fortunate to have captured this lovely and breathtaking wedding at the very majestic Mountain Winery in Saratoga. Nestled in the mountains of northern California is a sweet little venue with vineyard that lead you to a stunning ampitheater that overlooks the southern bay area.
Because this was a December wedding and the sunset is so early and the ceremony capture closest to sunset we had to adjust the schedule to capture everything earlier on in the day... and as a photographer, it made me a little nervous to have to capture the beauty of this venue on a very bright and sunny day (yet very chilly). This wedding taught me that stepping out of my comfort zone of sunset light, or even filtered light can give results that are so powerful and stunning it makes you just want to take it all in.
The decor of this wedding was an obvious choice being that it was less that a week since Christmas had passed. The place cards were set in cinnamin sticks and holy, the centerpieces were made of wreaths and the venue was lit up in white holiday lights that brought on such a festive glow.
I couldn't finish this post with out talking about the one thing that inspired me most about this day, and that is the couple. This is a couple that you look at and can visually see the love they have for each other, its in every look, every smile, every gesture towards each other. They have weathered the distance of colleges keeping them farther apart than they'd like and survived a romance that was meant to be and I am so happy to have captured the start of their next chapter of happily ever after.
There are so many factors that makes this wedding venue just magical. It could be the awesome location which is a small fishing community snuggled in between mountains and ocean. It could be all the options to really customize your day from a lawn wedding, beach wedding or a classic ball room wedding you really can't go wrong... pair that with options for your celebration party and you have an all inclusive magical event. But in all honesty, I think what really sells me on this amazing venue is how awesome the staff is at the Ocenao Hotel. They truly bend over backwards to make your event stress free and memorable from the way they interact with the couple to the way they include the other vendors into their team, its definitly a recipie for a successful and stress free day.
I hate even labeling this, but for the sake of search engines I will. Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transsexual, or Heterosexual when you take all the labels away and really look at what two people are experiencing and it really is all the same… love.
I love being apart of any love story any way its told… end of story.
I am completely in awe over this little gem of a venue in Half Moon Bay, CA. Long Branch Saloon is amazing. Kevin Palmer the owner of Long Branch Saloon has spent a lifetime creating a little village straight out of a chapter from Little House on the Prairie. With good ol' western charm its a perfect location for a shabby chic country wedding.
I had so much fun last year capturing Abbie and Robert's engagement session, see previous blog here: http://www.portraitsbyshanti.com/blog/fall-portrait-photography-pumpkin-patch-portraits-half-moon-bay
It was definitly a prelude into such an amazing wedding day filled with sunflowers, apple pie, smore roasting and some good ol' fashion sling shotting:)
Abbie made sure to bring in a certain amount of playfulness to a huge amount of elegance and classic country beauty, Well done Abbie and Robert! And congrats to a new chapter ahead!
I love when we can take San Francisco land marks, a couples passion for the city and all that it has to offer and bring it into a fun engagement session. Legion of Honor, Palace of Fine Arts, the San Francisco cable cars are all great spots to capture your love in the city, but if you are a huge sports fan why not use one of the best stadium's as your backdrop! Go San Francisco Giants!
As a testament to my outstanding clients, and my commitment to producing the best-of-the-best wedding photography, I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a winner of a 2014 Two Bright Lights Editors' Choice Award!
The award is given in recognition of the those whose number of published features in 2013 placed them among the top 5% of all Two Bright Lights members. Winners were published across many of the most respected lifestyle, wedding and other print and digital publications in the United States and worldwide.
I am honored to be part of this group of talented photographers and creative professionals. My features this past year have enabled me to increase exposure for my work, and I am thrilled to have been recognized for my endeavors.
In 2013, I had the privilege of being published in the following publications:
Thanks to all of the other creative professionals who made these features possible!
To see more of my work, or to get in touch about my services, please visit www.portraitsbyshanti.com
San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographer// Half Moon Bay Wedding Photographer// Northern California Wedding PhotographerPosted by Shanti on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 13:23
I just wanted to share with you some of my favorite wedding shots from the last few years. Enjoy! This is part 1 of 2 ... much more coming in the next few weeks. So many great memories.
Countryside Family Portraits // Family Portrait Photographer // San Francisco Bay Area // Half Moon Bay, CAPosted by Shanti on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:50
Living in Northern California, Half Moon Bay to be exact, we are fortunate enough to live where the mountains meet the sea. With that said, some might think it's obvious to capture your family portraits by the ocean, as it truly is magical… and I won’t disagree, if that is what describes your family. However, the country offers a natural setting that can really amplify the spirit of your loved ones.... if you are still torn, we can even find locations where the mountains meet the sea, such as the bluff tops of Montara… or just play in the tall grasses of the country, or find locations like Cowell State Beach that have country like roads that look like they go on for miles.
If you are a more rustic person, and/or just want something different, let me capture your next family portrait utilizing some of our amazing mountain sides.
Photography and Portraits in Northern California by Shanti DuPrez