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.

Blessed! Maternity Session in Half Moon Bay

Nights like this truly make believe that I am meant to do what I do. I mean who gets such a breathtaking night on the coast in July, combined with two beautiful people, and all the love and emotion all wrapped up into an amazing moment. But really, what puts it into perspective for me is that they chose me again to capture this special moment for them. A second in their lives of special moments, as I also had the extreme honor of capturing their wedding day last May.

Although Lauren was extremely sick on her wedding day, the love between these two was so apparent that I could only feel blessed to be the one to capture it. And again, I was honored to have that feeling all over again. Nothing brings more happiness to my heart than to know that there is going to be another soul brought into this world surrounded by love and positive energy.

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Happy New Year!: Half Moon Bay Portraits

Ok, so I am a week late in doing this. My excuse is this: Life is good. Thank you all for giving me a great year of capturing new love, new life, new beginnings, strong family ties, and a boatload of great memories. Here are just a few of the highlights of the year. May 2012 find you happiness and new hope.Portraits by Shanti / Shanti Duprez / Country / Half Moon Bay / Beach / Baby / Family / Enchanted Forest / Cypress Trees / Maternity / Low Tide / Beach Wedding / Princeton by the Sea / Mavericks Conference Center / HMB Golf Links / Ritz Carlton / Studio Photography / San Francisco / Montara Beach / Engagement / Giants Engagement / Att Park Portraits

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Mavericks Conference Center / HMB Golf Links / Ritz Carlton / Studio Photography / San Francisco / Montara Beach / Engagement / Giants Engagement / Att Park PortraitsPortraits by Shanti / Shanti Duprez / Country / Half Moon Bay / Beach / Baby / Family / Enchanted Forest / Cypress Trees / Maternity / Low Tide / Beach Wedding / Princeton by the Sea / Mavericks Conference Center / HMB Golf Links / Ritz Carlton / Studio Photography / San Francisco / Montara Beach / Engagement / Giants Engagement / Att Park PortraitsPortraits by Shanti / Shanti Duprez / Country / Half Moon Bay / Beach / Baby / Family / Enchanted Forest / Cypress Trees / Maternity / Low Tide / Beach Wedding / Princeton by the Sea / Mavericks Conference Center / HMB Golf Links / Ritz Carlton / Studio Photography / San Francisco / Montara Beach / Engagement / Giants Engagement / Att Park PortraitsPortraits by Shanti / Shanti Duprez / Country / Half Moon Bay / Beach / Baby / Family / Enchanted Forest / Cypress Trees / Maternity 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Family / Enchanted Forest / Cypress Trees / Maternity / Low Tide / Beach Wedding / Princeton by the Sea / Mavericks Conference Center / HMB Golf Links / Ritz Carlton / Studio Photography / San Francisco / Montara Beach / Engagement / Giants Engagement / Att Park PortraitsPortraits by Shanti / Shanti Duprez / Country / Half Moon Bay / Beach / Baby / Family / Enchanted Forest / Cypress Trees / Maternity / Low Tide / Beach Wedding / Princeton by the Sea / Mavericks Conference Center / HMB Golf Links / Ritz Carlton / Studio Photography / San Francisco / Montara Beach / Engagement / Giants Engagement / Att Park PortraitsPortraits by Shanti / Shanti Duprez / Country / Half Moon Bay / Beach / Baby / Family / Enchanted Forest / Cypress Trees / Maternity / Low Tide / Beach Wedding / Princeton by the Sea / Mavericks Conference Center / HMB Golf Links / Ritz Carlton / Studio Photography / San Francisco / Montara Beach / Engagement / Giants Engagement / Att Park PortraitsPortraits by Shanti / Shanti Duprez / Country / Half Moon Bay / Beach / Baby / Family / Enchanted Forest / Cypress Trees / Maternity / Low Tide / Beach Wedding / Princeton by the Sea / Mavericks Conference Center / HMB Golf Links / Ritz Carlton / Studio Photography / San Francisco / Montara Beach / Engagement / Giants Engagement / Att Park PortraitsPortraits by Shanti / Shanti Duprez / Country / Half Moon Bay / Beach / Baby / Family / Enchanted Forest / Cypress Trees / Maternity / Low Tide / Beach Wedding / Princeton by the Sea / Mavericks Conference Center / HMB Golf Links / Ritz Carlton / Studio Photography / San Francisco / Montara Beach / Engagement / Giants Engagement / Att Park PortraitsPortraits by Shanti / Shanti Duprez / Country / Half Moon Bay / Beach / Baby / Family / Enchanted Forest / Cypress Trees / Maternity / Low Tide / Beach Wedding / Princeton by the Sea / Mavericks Conference Center / HMB Golf Links / Ritz Carlton / Studio Photography / San Francisco / Montara Beach / Engagement / Giants Engagement / Att Park PortraitsPortraits by Shanti / Shanti Duprez / Country / Half Moon Bay / Beach / Baby / Family / Enchanted Forest / Cypress Trees / Maternity / Low Tide / Beach Wedding / Princeton by the Sea / Mavericks Conference Center / HMB Golf Links / Ritz Carlton / Studio Photography / San Francisco / Montara Beach / Engagement / Giants Engagement / Att Park PortraitsPortraits by Shanti / Shanti Duprez / Country / Half Moon Bay / Beach / Baby / Family / Enchanted Forest / Cypress Trees / Maternity / Low Tide / Beach Wedding / Princeton by the Sea / Mavericks Conference Center / HMB Golf Links / Ritz Carlton / Studio Photography / San Francisco / Montara Beach / Engagement / Giants Engagement / Att Park Portraits