Kara and Marc Sunset Ranch North Shore Oahu

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

 

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographer// Half Moon Bay Wedding Photographer// Northern California Wedding Photographer

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.

Thank you

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

Engagement Portraits// Wedding photographer// San Francisco Bay Area

Engagement portraits may seem just like one more thing on the to do list for some when planning a wedding. I get this, but for me, and many times the couple, I find it extremely helpful to get to know you and your chemistry behind the camera before the big day.

The day of your wedding is full of fun, nervous, and sometimes chaotic energy the last thing you want to worry about is how comfortable you are in front of the camera. I recently did a photo shoot where the energy between the couple was so uncomfortable that I had to figure out how to untangle that energy so that they could relax and really bring out who they are in front of the camera… it sometimes is harder for some than others, and better to find out now than on your wedding day.

I also think it’s a great time to “test” out your energy between you and the photographer. Its important that you feel comfortable with me as well as with each other, as I am with you for the entire day creating memories that will last a life time.I usually suggest one or two spots to capture these, and if possible something that is unique to the two of you or that compliments the flavor of your upcoming day. Contemporary city shoots with the city skyline and urban like streets are fun for the more upbeat modern wedding, where as the coastal mountain line and country are perfect for that beach wedding couple.

Check out some of my recent engagement shoots for some inspiration and ideas.

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Wedding Photography in Saratoga / Jason and Tijana, Sanborn County Park

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!

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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