I’ll be honest, when a wedding and reception is all held on church grounds, I tend to expect a pretty simple setup. But nothing about Christina and Philip’s day was “basic” or “ordinary” – they themselves are high energy, yet humble; enthusiastic and fun, yet gracious and compassionate. This positive core extends to their friends and family, and translated into a moving, and truly exciting event that blew away my expectations. Smiles and laughter punctuated the day, and the Orthodox church was a sight to behold. Thank you, Christina and Philip, for entrusting me with capturing all the big and little moments throughout the day, I look forward to being your photographer for future big (and little - hint, hint) moments to come :)
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For a couple as adventurous as Pete and Erin, tying the knot in one of the most outdoor-sy, gorgeous landscap-y, beautimous locations in the world was kind of a given (and forgive my propensity for made-up words). Yes, Yosemite Valley was the ideal location for this destination wedding – and more specifically the historic Ahwahnee Hotel nestled in the heart of the valley.
Yuriana and Ruben lucked out with some amazing weather on their wedding day – which is a good thing since they planned an outdoor ceremony at gorgeous Monastery Beach in Carmel, California. The ocean in this cove has blue and green hues a la more tropical locations like Hawaii, and the skies overhead had just enough clouds to add visual interest and to subtract a little harshness from the sun. After the ceremony, we did a little TTD session (Trash the Dress), which turned into a TTT session (Trash the Tuxedo) after I had the couple lay down in the sand. Luckily they were prepared for this, although I felt a little bad considering the non-tropical temperature of the ocean at our latitude :) But we got some great shots, so all is forgiven (right guys?).
Many Vietnamese and Chinese weddings incorporate tea ceremonies in addition to traditional western-style events – so they tend to be very LONG days, especially if you have a large bridal party that needs to get ready early. Mai and Hai's wedding was no exception; I'm pretty sure they didn't get much sleep the night before. But they were driven by adrenaline and love (and caffeine) and managed to look amazing and perform flawlessly throughout the long day. Everyone was so much fun to work with, and I was impressed by the staff at Sunol Valley Golf Club as they were juggling two other concurrent weddings that day (8-8 being super popular in Asian culture).
It's been a few years since I shot a wedding at the exclusive Chateau in Los Altos – it's a gorgeous private estate built to satisfy the most discriminating bride. And the catering.... is delicious. They run an open kitchen in the guest house, so the intoxicating smells make tummies grumble if you get too close. After having a really fun Hidden Villa engagement shoot, I was super excited about Katherine and Trevor's big wedding at The Chateau.
Even though the girls were pretty chill during the getting-ready phase at Katherine's parents' place – it was great to hang out, get some lovely detail shots as well as a few candids. Trevor and his brother are absolutely hilarious together, so hanging out with the guys at The Chateau was pure comedy gold. Getting all of them together made everything more lively and exciting.
Katherine and Trevor put their full trust in my creative juices, so I used what time I had to do my magic. The whole afternoon and evening was intimate and special – and did I mention the awesome food? I wish these two lovebirds nothing but the very best, and can't wait to work with them again.
Below are some of my favorite photos from Katherine and Trevor's wedding at The Chateau in Los Altos – enjoy!