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
Holy cow, its almost been a year since this blessed day… I am finally catching up on some blogging. Since this day, I have also had the pleasure of capturing their beautiful baby girl too. Such a great couple and now such a great family!
Vanessa and Arturo chose a love bird theme that they integrated into all the details of their wedding day. The venue, Canyon View Dining Hall, is nestled into the hills of San Ramon. Coordinated by Tony White; from invitations, to decorations, to the beautiful flowers by La Martine Florals, it truly was all about these love birds.
I think my favorite part of this wedding was stumbling upon this beautiful golf course that was untouched by golfers during the sunset hour. And what made it even so much more perfect was the site of a bird house nestled into some foliage that made for the perfect backdrop for their amazing shots. Now I mentioned stumbling because this golf course was right below the venue, and seemed relatively easy to get to… unless you were a beautiful bride in a wedding dress and some heals… and this is why I love Vanessa… she simply kicked off her shoes and was ready for the adventure! Thank you Vanessa (and Arturo) for being such an awesome couple to get to know.
San Francisco Bay Area Vendors:
Wedding & Reception Venue: Canyon View Dining Hall, San Ramon
Officiant: Willie Vega from New Hope Church, Concord
Wedding Coordinator: Extreme Elegance Events by Tony White
Wedding Flowers: La Martine Floral Designer
Wedding Cake: Alpine Pastry, Concord
DJ: Hugo Gomez with NorCal D'J's
Wedding Videography: Filmtwist Productions
There is really nothing like a good ol’ Half Moon Bay wedding, especially when the party leads you to the I.D.E.S. Hall… the place, if you are a local, has held a special memory or two. For me, its where I met my husband 19 years ago but for Nicole and Danny this will be the place they celebrated their amazing day!
What I love most about this day is the couple themselves: Nicole is the most upbeat, go with it, kind of person… even the wet gray skies and a pesky garden cat couldn’t frazzle her. Getting married at the Lutheran Church in Half Moon Bay and partying at the I.D.E.S. Hall left me with few area’s in which to really get some nice formals… so luckily, my own hidden secret was also the florist of this beautiful event, Alena of Alena Jean Flower Shop and Nursery, who graciously allowed us the use of her beautiful and rustic gardens. Perfect! Except what I didn’t factor in for the day was the light mist we would be having throughout the morning and into the early afternoon… ick! I was ready to switch it up and find an indoor venue with which to work… but Nicole was so calm and so willing to still make this work and I am so glad she did… the pictures turned out awesome.
This, paired with the fun of the whole bridal party and their willingness to make each image the best it can be, made the day full of some spontaneous surprises. We also had some fun capturing bridal pictures at the historic San Benito House Inn and Saloon. The food catered by Cheat a Little Catering and the ambiance of IDES Hall, made for such amazing day. Congrats Nicole and Danny!
Half Moon Bay Wedding Venue: Coastside Lutheran Church
Half Moon Bay Reception Venue: IDES Hall
Half Moon Bay Wedding Florist: Alena Jean Flower Shop
Half Moon Bay Wedding Caterer: Cheat a Little Catering
Half Moon Bay Wedding Events: San Benito House Historic Inn
Half Moon Bay Wedding Photographer: Portraits by Shanti
San Francisco Bay Area Wedding DJ: Soundwave Mobile