Incredible Wedding at the Iconic Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay

I feel so lucky to have been the one to capture this amazing day!  Marg and John wanted to throw a wedding for their daughter that really encompassed who she is… and boy did they!  This sweet soul of a bride has so much depth, warmth and compassion to all that is around her and in return tends to attract the same energy back.

Rachel and Bud love the ocean.  They love their friends.  And they love their family.  All of these things were present with a beautiful wedding day at the famous Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay.   What made this day even more special were the small yet big touches these two brought in to their day from the private oyster toast at sunset to the custom written welcome notes to each and every guest, not one mirroring the other… all unique to that individual it was given too… who does that?  Rachel and Bud do!

And then lets talk about Sam’s… obviously the staff and the food are off the charts… but really, how do you go wrong with all you can eat Lobster and a New England style clam bake… the food never ended… it was incredible!

 

Thanks to all of these fellow vendors for making this day come to life!

 

DJ and Lighting: Verduccies   https://www.wearevep.com

Cake:  Creative International    http://gerhardmichler.com

Flowers:  Branch Out  https://www.branchouteventdesign.com

Officiant:  Ceremonies by Alison   http://www.ceremoniesbyalison.com/CeremoniesbyAlison.com/Welcome.html

Hotel:  Beach House Hotel  https://www.beach-house.com

 

And of course, a big shout out to Linda Hylen who was the wedding coordinator from the beginning! She came with a huge recommendation to the Marg and John… and boy did she surpass all we could hope for!

 

Phenomenal and Gorgeous Oceano Wedding

Finally I get to talk about this day.  This day had so much heart, love and soul for this amazing couple, deserved nothing less than the very best our magical coastside and the Oceano had to deliver.  I have so many favorites at this wedding… but I loved all the coastal vibes that got included in this day that took it from a large wedding to a very intimate wedding based on the energy and love for this couple.  My favorite were the wedding favors that were custom labeled and homemade from the bride’s mom from her own successful business called Spread the Love… if you have never tasted this jam, its to die for!  I especially loved how these were presented on rustic engraved wood pieces made by JRB Woodworking.  Also, accenting their day were the flowers from Alena Jean Florist… she never disappoints… the perfect combinations of soft pinks and creams and grey’s that brought the elegance of this day to life! But again, her family stepped in by taking on the beautiful centerpieces and boutonnièresfor the boys!  Love it!

 

And the bitter sweet moment of this day was capturing a great man, the father of the groom and his love for his family…  unfortunately they had to say goodbye to him shortly after this day.  And this is why photography is so important.  I feel so blessed to have witnessed and captured this memory for them.  To cherish forever!

 

A special shout out to these fellow rock stars for making this day perfect!

 

Florist: Alena Jean Florist   http://alenasdesigns.com/index2.php

DJ: Steve with Function45  http://sacramentoweddingdj.com

Spread the Love:  https://www.spreadthelovejelly.com/

 

Majestic Oceano Wedding

Such a lovely day to have a wedding by the Ocean.  Oceano, you killed it again!  Isabel and Dan wanted one thing, which is to be apart of their day as much as possible.  Which, ultimately is right up my sleeve on how I orchestrate the flow of capturing.  No one should miss key moments in a day that last once a life time.  We made sure we captured all the ingredients that we could before hand and grabbing some great locations too… from the first look of the boat docks, to the moodiness of the enchanted forest for family portraits… and even a private moment for the last two minutes of sunset… we nailed it!  And they had the time of their lives!

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!