I'm so excited to see that Karyn's 50th birthday party which was held at Tante Marie's in San Francisco is being featured on the blog Hostess With The Mostess! It was such a delicious night and the perfect way to celebrate the big milestone while drinking and cooking with your closest friends. Amy Nichols Special Events did a great job with planning and Design and the florals by La Fleuriste set on old cookbooks were a great touch. Click here to see more of the fun-filled night.
Wow! What a party! I love photographing gorgeous parties (what photographer wouldn't) and the Fitbit Holiday Party at The Regency Center was stunning with the fabby theme of 1920's glamour with dancing and food in the main ballroom and casino and croquet on the lower level, everyone had something to do and everyone had a blast. LOVED the 1920's attire!
McCalls Catering fabulously displayed various food themes at all of the food stations and Entire Productions supplied a FANTASTIC DJ, gorgeous stilt walkers, the entire casino setup and staff and croquet. What fun for all and I was honored to photograph!
What a lovely wedding and an even lovelier couple! I was so happy when a former bride of mine, Lauren Wakefield, who is also a planner extraordinaire contacted me on behalf of her clients for this intimate November wedding at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco. With only sixty guests and a sunset ceremony scheduled to take place on one of the many terraces at Vitale I knew we were in for a treat.
Not only was the setting gorgeous and lush florals, by Natalie Bowen Designs, in soft pinks beautiful to photograph, I was more than thrilled that the rain cleared in time and Eunmin and Damon were game for a super fun and extended portrait session out on the Embarcadero before the ceremony. We had a blast and I loved that the colorful streetcars seemed to be waiting just for us!
The ceremony couldn't have been more magical as the sun set over the bay and then the outdoor family portrait session and cocktail hour had the added treat of the city and bay bridge lights coming up. Then we all got cozy in one of the intimate rooms for the dinner and dancing. Such a lovely little wedding and thank you Eunmin and Damon for being so enamored with each other! Everyone made my job super easy that day!
Venue: Hotel Vitale
Coordinator: Ryder Sloan Events
Floral Designer: Natale Bowen Designs
Caterer: Americano Restaurant
Cake Artist: Cake Coquette
Hair & Makeup Artist: Marisa Perel
Musicians: Entire Productions
Macarons: Chantal Guillon
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Rentals: Hartmann Studios
Lovely wedding, Lovely couple! I loved that Amy and Michael's love for music (they are both musicians!) flowed into their elegant Sebastiani Winery wedding so perfectly. They had live musician performing throughout the event and even took dancing lessons so that they could expertly swing dance to the music for their first dance!
Christopher of Leftwich Event Specialists made sure all of the elegant touches in this gorgeous setting were perfect including the lush flowers by Taste Catering and Event Planning both in the outdoor ceremony setting and in Sebastiani's spectacular barrel room. I love this barrel room and am fortunate enough to be on the preferred vendor list at Sebastiani and have seen it in so many gorgeous iterations depending on my client's style. Amy and Michael were the picture of happiness as then entered the room down the giant curving staircase surrounding the huge barrel at one end of the room. The railing was decked out in garland making it even more of a spectacular entrance.
The traditional Jewish touches throughout the wedding also made it special and festive. Especially that EXTRA long Hora dance! I think the friendly band was torturing Amy and Michael and the lucky guys holding up the chairs just for some extra festive fun!
Congrats to Amy and Michael!
Wedding Coordinator: Leftwich Event Specialists
Event Designer, Floral Designer, Caterer, Cake Artist: Taste Catering and Event Planning
Wedding Dress and Veil: Amy Kuschel
Hair and Makeup Artist: Melissa Hall
In my questionnaire that I send to all my brides, I have a question that asks for any favorite moments or memories of their day. Molly's answer was: "Too many to list. Day was perfect." and that it was! I have NEVER photographed a wedding in the Carmel/Monterey coastal area that wasn't a bit chilly and often foggy. Molly and Aneep and everyone else were completely surprised by this unseasonably warm wedding day! Pebble Beach and the coastline were stunning and sparkly in the warm sun and it really WAS a perfect day. Molly was absolutely the picture of "stunning" in her Vera Wang gown and Aneep was smiling every time he looked at his gorgeous bride!
Melia Yust of Wedspring in San Francisco designed and planned this simple and elegant wedding for this intimate gathering. I loved the use of dahlias in the florals, the sparkle of the cocktail tablecloths and especially the intimacy of the candlelit dinner set in a small private dining room at The Inn at Spanish Bay. Molly was one of the most calm brides I ever photographed and it was a joy to connect with that calm and gorgeous face through my camera all day long. Stunning.
I was flattered when the Timbers Resort Group asked if they could use my photos to illustrate Mayacama weddings. I love shooting at the GORGEOUS Mayacama Private Resort and Golf Club and am thrilled to have my work represent a wedding at the property. Here is a glimpse of the post, but you can view the full Timbers Resort post here and Thanks to Stephanie Beer of Covenant Coordinating for all of her hard work producing these weddings!
Oh my! What a wedding, what a crowd and what a couple! I loved shooting this wedding. Not only was it simply gorgeously executed by Mary Ellen and her team from Off the Beaten Path Weddings, but Tanya and Allen and their guests were all so full of love. It was a giant love-fest!
This private residence was the perfect "off-the-beaten-path" venue for this truly picturesque wedding. The guests got slow glimpses as the ceremony in the late afternoon transitioned up the hill to the glorious views of the mountains just north of Calistoga and then back to the lovely lawn area for dining and dancing as the sun set over the vineyard on the hillside. This wedding was so perfect for this couple because they love wine country, the forest, camping, and hiking. The location not only had vineyards and rolling hills, but there's even a small redwood grove in which they nestled a lounge area with a dessert and coffee bar for later in the evening. The grove and the dining area were strung with lights making the evening portion of the wedding just as magical as the late afternoon and sunset portions of the day!
There were so many personal touches beyond the gorgeous florals, the luscious family style meal and of course event design done by Mary Ellen of Off the Beaten Path, but friends, family, bride and groom also contributed in so many special ways! Tanya's sister married the couple and helped design the ceremony so it was personal to Tanya and Allen. The bi-lingual ceremony included touches from both the bride and groom's background including ringing Swiss cowbells to mark the official moment they were married.
Overall, one heck of a perfect wedding and one terrific couple. So much LOVE! Hooray for Tanya and Allen! I feel so fortunate to have shared in such an intimate day of their lives!
Such a sweet couple and such a DIY couple! Also super talented with a LOT of energy. David and Stacey had a marathon day starting with a tea ceremony in Sacramento in the morning and ending with a traditional Chinese banquet at the Far East Cafe in San Francisco's Chinatown. It's been a while since I photographed a Chinese Banquet! I forgot how fun it is to watch course after course come out while the Lion Dances and entertainment go on!
In the middle of the day was their sweet ceremony at The Firehouse at Fort Mason. It was a gorgeous day and views of the bay were clear and sunny. Friends and family gathered for the traditional American ceremony and Stacey stunned all in her appropriately blowy handmade gown. Not just handmade, but handmade BY STACEY! Gorgeous! This couple had so much of their heart and souls in this wedding starting with Stacey's handmade gown of her own design, their travel themed invitations and reception decor (they love to travel!) and David even made the wedding cake himself. These two are definitely talented. Oh and did I mention, they are also an adorable couple and managed throughout it all to have genuine fun with me and their guests. I'm impressed and will forever remember this darling couple. Congrats to David and Stacey!
Oh such a sweet couple! Kristal contacted me a few weeks before her arrival in San Francisco for her elopement wedding with Robert. Their ceremony was to take place on the Hornblower Dinner Cruise boat and they were required to use the photographer on the boat for the wedding and dinner portion of their day, but they wanted a few getting ready pictures at the Fairmont Hotel and a fun San Francisco City portrait shoot as they made their way to their departure on the boat. What fun we had in the two hours we spent together! Loved Kristal's Grecian look and her long black hair and gorgeous smokey eyes. She was lovely to photograph and as a couple they were so in love it was very easy to capture their spirit as a couple! When done viewing their slideshow, Kristal wrote "OMG I just balled my eyes out!!! Julie that is the most perfect wonderful absolutely stunning representation of my entire day!!! Thank you so much!!!!!" Congrats to Kristal and Robert!
I love when my couples honor their traditional heritage at their weddings. In this case, Sally wore a traditional Japanese Yukata which is a lightweight summer Kimono-style outfit and Robin celebrated his Filipino heritage wearing a barong traditional male dress shirt. What a lovely look for both! Although the ceremony was mostly a traditional outdoor American ceremony, they also incorporated a sake ceremony as well.
Additional traditional touches included origami style "fun kits" for the kids, chopsticks at dinner, personalized pens to do a word search that included the couple's history together and a couple of their favorite Hawaiian appetizers served during cocktail hour. Sally and Robin included some DIY touches too. I thought the most original was Sally's coffee filter bridal bouquet! I've definitely never seen that before! They also surprised guests after dinner with two yummy dessert food trucks! What fun for all! Congrats to Sally and Robin!
Everything about the wedding was totally dreamy, from the flowers and the redwoods to the bride and groom! I loved shooting at this venue which I've never shot at before. The Ralston White Retreat is tucked in a grove of redwoods on the side of Mt. Tamalpais (Mt. Tam to locals) in Mill Valley, Marin County. If you love quiet, redwoods and a location close to SF this is it!
Forest was important to Jennie and Eric because they spend a lot of time hiking and in the outdoors so being amongst the redwoods for their wedding was pretty special to them. I loved shooting their portrait session on the dirt road on the property. The light was filtering through and Jennie looked like a woodland fairy!
Jennie's sister envisioned the style of the decor and florals and Flora Grubb executed the look beautifully. The food by Le Papillon was incredible (the vendors were also treated to this yummy food) and the little dancing room was simple and pretty with white balloons floating to the ceiling. This was a lovely group and an equally lovely wedding! Congrats to Jennie and Eric!
What a gorgeous venue! This was my first time shooting at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards and I just loved the Italian Villa feel. The dinner was held in the gorgeous courtyard and then guests were surprised when they entered the barrel room for dancing! Cocktails in the vineyard were also a nice surprise for guests. Perfect winery wedding!
Sabrina and Garrett were pretty great, too! I was so happy when they were game to steal away from dinner for a sunset shoot in the vineyard. There was gorgeous light, but using Jacuzzi's lovely doors and stone walls for our post-ceremony shoot was also pretty special. Sabrina was also lucky enough that her parents live in a lovely Victorian home where she and her bridesmaids got ready. I had the pleasure of shooting them there, and her parents were so involved in the process, which made everything that much more special for our bride.
As always, Dee Merz's wedding design and plan was impeccable. I thought the style of the flowers and the birch and floral arrangements at the ceremony were beautiful in this setting. Overall, a pretty perfect wedding in every way!
This darling wedding was an Independence Day weekend wedding and was such a sweet event! Yvette and Greg had the ABSOLUTE best smiles all day long and it was contagious. Their friends and family all seemed to have a blast! The ceremony was magical, as all ceremonies nestled in a grove of redwoods should be. And as they rode into their cocktail hour on their custom decorated tandem bike, everyone cheered the newlyweds.
Not only full of joy and completely enamored with each other, Yvette and Greg are super talented and creative. They decorated their tandem, and also all the other handmade details such as the invitations, for which Greg drew the artwork.
So happy for Yvette and Greg. They have some FUN years of marriage ahead of them!
I was recently on an annual vacation with my immediate family and learned my two nieces (Sarah and Grace) are interested in learning more about photography. I gave them a little lesson in composition and exposure, and sent them off with my camera and favorite portrait lens. They did a pretty darned good job! All photos are theirs except the canoe shot of Gracie, which I couldn't help taking! More power to the young photographers out there!
I've already posted Kim as "Super Bride," but wanted to share a few more from Kim and Vishal's wedding as a Sneak Peek. This lovely multicultural wedding was set at a family estate in Sonoma. More to come next week!
I love all my brides of course and although I share a very intimate day in their lives, I still often know very little about their personal lives and accomplishments. Often I get bits and pieces of information during the toasts and once in a while get the full story and am blown away by what I call my "Super Brides"!
I had one such bride a few weeks ago and although will post the whole wedding soon, couldn't help but share this photo of Kim. She definitely falls in the "Super Bride" category! Not only has she been ultra-sincere and sweet throughout our whole relationship (she even offered me a glass of wine when I arrived to shoot her getting ready photos and I assured her that although I would have loved to share a getting ready glass of wine with her - I had a wedding to shoot in a couple of hours!), she is also gorgeous! Not only that, but during her sister's toast I learned that Kim went to Yale law school, passed the California bar exam and then decided she wanted to go to medical school. She's now a cardiologist! Definitely a "Super Bride" and look how she glowed on her wedding day. GORGEOUS!