Elegant San Francisco Wedding

The elegance of this day from the home rented to get ready at the Marina to the old school church that will take your breath away… simple and rustic and lastly the grand views of the party in the Presidio were all the ingredients of this day.

 

Cori found a perfect home to get in located blocks from the Legion of Honor, and close enough to walk from her hair appointment at Face West in the marina District.  Plus, I just really loved the old school feeling of a San Francisco home.  After all the details and fun was captured here I hurried over to the church, Swedenborgian Church off of Lyon Street.  This church has it all from the textured stone building and old wooden doors and a beautiful garden attached to the inside that is so timelessly lit by side windows, a fireplace and wood treelike beams that provided a rustic and old world feel into this sacred moment.

 

The party!  Nothing isn’t beautiful in the Presidio, but the Golden Gate Club in particular has these magnificent windows that really allow you to take in the views.  The tables were arranged in long family style seating that really reminded me of the historical painting of The Last Supper, by Da Vinci.  My favorite most unique part of this day though was during cocktail hour when they had acrobatic dancers serving the champagne… Cori, the bride, is a beautiful silk dancer and incorporated her love of this into her wedding day seamlessly.

 

Cheers to a happy life!

 

 

 

Beautiful Kings Mountain Wedding

If you have never traveled the redwood tree lined road of Skyline you are truly missing out.  There are a few magical spots within this majestic forest to say your vows and I think I stumbled upon a new one this summer.  Henrik Ibsen Park in off of Skyline in Kings Mountain (also mapped out nestled into the hills of Redwood City).  Although, I think this may be a rare treat as I’m pretty sure you have to have an in into this majestic Norwegian property…  But on this one summer day, I had my in… and I was so glad I was able to capture this!

Ciara and Will created a fun and magical day .  There day started with a “fake” first look as the best man dressed up in a bridal gown and gave Will a lasting impression.  This really set the flavor and the fun for the rest of the day.  Although, a fun DIY wedding, the venue was elegant and glowing decorated with twinkly lights, and the gorgeous flower arrangements from Flora and Fauna!   The sun was shining, the vows were touching and everyone was happy to be apart of such a magical day with a loving couple!

DIY Ranch style wedding in Half Moon Bay

Oh this DIY wedding was off the hook!  I remember meeting with Emilie and Will a month before their wedding.  The wedding took place on there ranch South of Half Moon Bay.  When I met with them on this beautiful day in May, I have to admit, I was a little worried as their barn that was to house the celebration of about 200 guest was still very much under construction!

Although, knowing this family, and the village they have around them… my concern was only mildly there… and completely left on the day of when I showed up to capture this breathtaking day! So, yes, everything you see at this wedding was creative, do it yourself, and done with a whole lot of love for this couple.  This post is a year over due, but definitely did not want to forget about the highlights of this day!

Hastings House Wedding and Backyard Celebration

What a simple but elegant wedding.  These two chose simple ingredients and really designed a wedding that was intimate and unique to them.  It started at the Seal Cove Inn which was the perfect backdrop for the first look and the family portraits at the nearby majestical forest at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. We then moved on to the Hastings House, which is this beautiful seaside garden in the scenic town of Miramar.  This place is near and dear to my heart because I too chose to say my vows, 18 years ago, in this magical garden.  But if those two ingredients weren’t enough of simple and meaningful locations… we then moved onto a private residence that belonged to the groom’s father in Redwood City. They transformed this simple backyard into a celebration surrounded with their closest friends and family.  It was truly a special day.