There is never a better compliment than being the chosen one to capture one of the biggest days in a couple’s journey. But even better than capturing it local is being trusted and valued enough to be apart of their magical destination wedding on the beautiful grounds of Sunset Ranch on the North Shore of Oahu.
Because I was apart of this special destination wedding day, I of course wanted to be apart of the rehearsal dinner celebration at the amazing Turtle Bay resort. It’s a great way for me to get to know their family and friends better and it was a great way for me to sneak in some beach shots since there wedding day was going to be taken place upcountry on the beautiful grounds of Sunset Ranch.
And let me tell you about Sunset Ranch… what a paradise. Its no wonder Marc and Kara fell in love with this location sight unseen (other than what they saw on the internet, they had yet to step foot on these grounds until the day before their wedding day)… It’s a breathtaking ranch that over looks the Northern Coast of Oahu. But really what is magical is where they said they’re vows. Under a banyan tree of wonder that over looks a valley of paradise was the perfect and serene spot for two people that really are connected from another lifetime.
Thank you Marc and Kara for this amazing opportunity to capture such an amazing day of two people that I will forever hold dear in my heart!
Venue: Sunset Ranch
Flowers: Marie Blooms
Videography: Yee Films
DJ: Honolulu DJ Company
Cake: UpCountry Creations
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.
Oceano Hotel and Spa, Half Moon Bay
Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
Liquid Sky, Half Moon Bay
Peninsula Country Club, San Mateo
Del Monte Beach House, Monterey
Creekside Terrace, Los Gatos
Mission Ranch, Carmel
Long Branch Saloon, Half Moon Bay
Pema Osel Ling, Watsonville
Half Moon Bay Golf Links, Half Moon Bay
Diablo Country Club, Danville
City Club, San Francisco
Ralston Mansion, Belmont
Kohl Mansion, Burlingame
Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay
JW Marriot, San Francisco
What I loved about this wedding is watching this from the perspective of a mother. I have had the pleasure of knowing Jason’s mother for the last ten years, and have admired the way she has been able to raise her two grown kids while nurturing her two babes, run a successful business, and be an amazing partner in her marriage. Watching Lauren at her son’s wedding and how proud she is of seeing all that she has given to her children and be able to live in this magical journey on such a special day left me feeling fulfilled. She has given them roots and now in turn gets to watch them blossom into amazing adults in their next chapter of life.
There is so much respect and love between Jason and Tijana that as a photographer capturing the chemistry between them was pretty darn easy, and inspiring. Talk about a rustic and simple venue that elegantly contrasted the beauty and shabby chic style that Jason and Tijana brought into their day. Sanborne County Park in Saratoga has a beautiful redwood cathedral that instilled the peace and love these two have with nature. Their ceremony was so perfectly orchestrated by Reverent Lisa Warner-Carey, I don’t know why I love female officiants, but I do. I think it has something to do with the intuitive love us women have for romance. I love, love , love the dress that was chosen for this day, an elegant classic dress from Simone Carvalli that would have been beautiful in a ballroom setting, but take it out to nature and it is amplified a thousand times over in its beauty. In fact all the details of the day were so perfectly chosen from the cake with bark like elements from Studio Cake in Menlo Park, to the simple and breathtaking designs of the flowers from Willi Wildflower. It was a perfect day for Jason and Tijana and I am so glad I was the one to capture it!
Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: Sanborn County Park, Saratoga, CA
Wedding Photographer: Portrait Design by Shanti
Wedding Flowers: Willi Wildflower in Capitola
Wedding Cake: Studio Cake in Menlo Park
Wedding DJ: Denon & Doyle, Pleasant Hill, CA
Wedding Officiant: Reverend Lisa Warner-Carey of Half Moon Bay Community United Methodist Church
Wedding Dress: Simone Carvalli
Bride's Shoes: Lulu Townsend
Groom's Attire: Vera Wang
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff