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.
Its like rain on your wedding day…. This is the song that keeps playing in my head as I was capturing this mother nature induced unique wedding day. A May wedding. Should be sunny skies… or at least spring like temps… but not this day… this day decided it needed to dump all day long.
There are so many things I loved about this day though. The way the bride and groom weren’t even phased by this. The way the Oceano Hotel has so many options to get artistic and fun captures inside its glorious space.
Throw in a fun band and a twist to cutting the cake (they had a cheese cake…. A cake made up of different cheese rounds, crackers and a honey comb) some chair dancing and what more could you ask for!
We may not have all the tree’s that turn color like the East Coast, but it is that time of year where the fall colors are glowing. And in Half Moon Bay in particular the pumpkins bring this magical warmth that is so perfect for a backdrop for your next family portrait.
There is nothing like the open country, add that with a splash of orange, aka pumpkins, and you have your perfect fall portrait session. My favorite pumpkin patch to capture this at is Bob’s Pumpkin Patch which is just slightly south of Half Moon Bay. If this is something you would love to capture, act fast as they are only hear for the month of October.
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Patches:
Farmer Dom's Pumpkin Patch at Harbor Village
We have had an amazing “winter”, but now on to spring, and if there is one thing you can count on is the beautiful mustard flowers in full bloom. Don't blink, because its over within a week or two. If the flower fields are something you have been waiting for as a backdrop, then now is the time.
I think the wild flowers on this coastside is such a magical time. It really shine's a light on our coastal town in being so diverse in its beauty, not only do we have the oceans, but our magical hillside's and beautiful wild flower is any artists dream.
I have known this family since their oldest child wasn't even walking yet… I love what I do as I really get to grow with families, and be able to document each stage in their lives. This was a great window into this next phase of childhood.