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An oldie but goodie- a beautiful, private affair in Carmel-by-the-Sea. A breathtaking bride, handsome groom, close friends, family, sun and lots of giggles.

This was a heart-felt ceremony, set back from town, nestled among towering pines in the hidden gardens of Dawn Ranch. The brides’ excitement was palatable, yet mixed with a touching sense of comfort and ease with one another. Dear friends and family fought through happy tears during the ceremony and laughter-inducing toasts. Dinner tables sparkled with early evening light, amongst a grove of fruit trees. The weather cooperated for cake cutting, dancing and drinks under a star filled sky. It was a day filled with thoughtful touches and very loving moments directed at two, wonderful women. I was honored to be a part of it.

Raelene and Raghu celebrated in international style by holding not one, but two wedding ceremonies: first in India, then at a private vineyard in California wine country. The vine covered hills provided the backdrop for this elegantly rustic, Fall harvest celebration. Guests lingered at a beautiful, long, candlelit table nestled in the vines before dancing the night away in the open barn. The flowers by Max Gill were punctuated with Autumn hues, fruits and vegetables. Traci Steuville of Napa Valley Celebrations created an evening to remember. Rae and Raghu could not have hosted a more lovely,

Amy and Archie, vibrant, full of smiles, and clearly very much in love,​ planned a wedding that was quintessentially part of their combined personalities.  Under the canopy of redwoods, in a secluded area of Roberts Park in Oakland, guests stood for a short ceremony for which bride and groom wrote their own, sweet vows.  Sunlight beamed through branches to give a glow to a row of baby's breath liningthe ceremony aisle.  After a few quiet moments together post-vows, bride and groom invited guests to gather around picnic tables dotted with wild flowers to celebrate with a bbq and game of kickball for all ages... and, yes, including a few good kicks by the bride in gown, too. 

In keeping with the casual feeling of the day, the bride opted for flowers in lieu of veil and high tops instead of heels.  The evening ended with dancing until the wee hours.  It was heartfelt, beautiful, easy-flowing and endearing.  It was absolutely beautiful!

While partners-in-promise for many years, the sweet nervousness of these two was palatable while they awaited their turn in the Rotunda.  For this private getaway to San Francisco to tie the knot formally, simple roses against black suit and and white gown were the perfect accompaniment.  A stroll on the beach capped off the perfect weekend of exploring the city.  And not many couples can boast having pictures of City Hall adorned in its beloved black and orange for their big day!



While Patricia and Nina now live in beautiful Colorado, the friends and family in Patricia's childhood neighborhood of Stanford are their home away from home.  Standing among the sweet smelling roses of a dear friend's garden, Patricia and Nina said their vows surrounded by the smiles of their friends and family.  Though a small affair, the personal touches, including a "when pigs fly" theme, were evident throughout.  Purple was the color of the day and blended beautifully with the hues of the flowers.  Their custom-designed rings fit together as one. And Indian food was the menu for the day.   It was simply wonderful.

This was, by far, one of the most creative weddings I have ever shot. Bride and groom had their Victorian-era costumes custom-made, and each of their guests was invited to attend in costume. The bridal party waltzed down the “aisle” between sand trap and lava, in various forms of dress and dance, from the sari-clad to the pirate. The rest of the guests looked on from their golf carts, looking out over the Kona Coast, as Darth Vader pronounced husband and wife.

This was, by far, one of the most creative weddings I have ever shot.  In this Halloween-themed reception room there was not an inch of space that did not sport some design element of the couples’ favorite holiday, Halloween. Each table, in addition to witch hat napkins and themed candles, spotlighted a Burtonesque, fully furnished house, made by bride and groom. Down to the bats hanging on the trees, the details of this celebration were breath taking: spider on ceiling, table of candy, flowers in pumpkins for decorations. Ghoulishly grand!

1) The garden setting of Chateau St. Jean winery in Carmel-by-the-Sea is a beautiful place for a celebration, even on a foggy day 2) Guests were treated to a taste of rose in the hot midday sun, before being invited to cool off with some appetizers in the winery barrel room 3) Liz’s stunning veil added to the mystique and romance of her straight-cut, lace gown 4) Pure white roses complemented the simple, but intricate elegance of the bride’s lace gown 5) In keeping with a green and white garden theme, place cards were nestled on a presentation board of moss and leaves 6 & 7) Surrounded by lavender and roses, the bride got dressed for her big day at Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley 8 ) The bridesmaids carried very simple, yet eye-catchingly textural, lime green bouquets 9) White, monogrammed napkins gave a personal touch to the evening 10) Bagpipes played for the guests as they sauntered from the wine caves to the garden reception area of Ch. St. Jean 10) Beautiful bride awaits her groom The Creators: Wedding Location: Carmel Mission Church; Reception Location: Chateau St. Jean

We wandered from winery to winery, sipped, enjoyed the sun, and finally stopped at one special spot to say vows. Only their boutonnieres and their smiles gave away the special occasion.

Surrounded by the Rockies and friends who flew in from across oceans, Josh and Kerri spent some romantic time wandering through the stunning Botanic Gardens while enjoying a newlywed toast. It could not have been a more elegant affair, replete with serenade from groom to bride.

It was beautiful, it was unique, and most of all, it was fun! Meg and Robert celebrated in their beloved Western style, complete with hats and boots. The old fashioned church and town provided the backdrop for an evening of sweet tears and kicking up spurs on the dance floor.

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