Tyler & Chelsea, Little Church of La Villita Wedding

Sunday, December 20, 2015

For me, weddings are a reminder that family, close friends and the relationships we tend to bring the most filling kind of happiness. People are everything, but I admit to getting lost in the chaos of work and life’s frustrations. This year was exhilarating but also pretty tough at times, and each experience (good or bad) felt amplified. I moved away from San Francisco, ended a relationship after seven years, worked a bunch, traveled a bunch, and fell in love again. My 2015 was about learning to be patient and present from one change to the next. The luck in all of it was that every couple of weeks I was shooting another wedding that filled my heart and reminded me what life is all about. I can’t thank my couples enough for that grounding.

Chelsea and Tyler’s wedding was my last for 2015 and the perfect capstone to a year of particularly sentimental weddings. With 60 guest, 7 flower boys, a crooked cake, and a twinkling Riverwalk we took some of my favorite photos of the year. Looking at these photos I feel as happy now as I did that day. This is what it’s all about. 

A also owe a huge thanks to Rick for shooting with me at this and many other wedding this year. You’re the best, Rick!

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Crystalin & Mike, Wente Vineyards Wedding Photographer

Sunday, October 18, 2015

This wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty.

I adore Crystalin. We’ve shot together a lot in the last couple of years for her style blog and, on top of being an easy subject, she’s always encouraged my creativity when we collaborate. All of my impulses to find ‘the shot’ never tired her and our sessions became an outlet I looked forward to during my busy wedding season. Along the way we started roping Mike into some of our shoots and the dynamic just got better. I could see a happier, giddier Crystalin when he was around. Love, so much love.

I beamed when they asked me to photograph their wedding this past June. I knew it would be elegant with crisp details, but also playful and welcoming in just the way Crystalin and Mike are. It was beyond expectation. Crystalin & Mike, I can’t thank you enough for bringing me along. Watching you say “I do” was one of the highlights of my year.

Thank you to Kayla Fletcher for second shooting, and to Alison at Engaged and Inspired for event planning. The gorgeous florals by Huckleberry Karen.

 

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Taryn & Ryan // San Francisco City Hall Elopement

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Simplicity

Friday, April 24, 2015

A few favorites from a gorgeous collaboration. I’m so grateful for this talented team:

Dresses: Natalie Deayala Collection

Jewelry: Sweet & Spark

Florals: Tango & Foxtrot

Hair & Makeup: Michelle Tan & Christina Chen

Location: Firehouse 8

Models: Caroline Rooney & Ana Murray (Scout)

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Big Sur Bakery Wedding, Kirsten & Evan

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thanks so much to Ryan Flynn for bringing me along to shoot this with him…

 

Big Sur. It’s magic. In one short stretch of coast are towering Redwoods, yellow-gold hills and the bluest Pacific water I’ve ever seen. And that cute Big Sur River, cutting from forest to ocean.

Evan and Kirsten planned their wedding without ever visiting. Family and friends circled around, drank lemonade and watched them say ‘I do’ at the base of those massive trees. And then, with a luxurious amount of time for portraits, we all wandered up hills, to the ocean, into the river and back to the forest. We saw it all. I left so recharged and inspired after that weekend. And I realized how special it must have been for E & K to do their wedding this way; coupling this big day with some really memorable exploring.

To end the day, everyone traded stories and shared dinner under the garden lights at Big Sur Bakery. Intimate, small and authentic. Maybe one of my favorite weddings to date.

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