San Francisco's The Old Mint :: Valeria & Kirill's Wedding

I was so excited to be a part of Valeria and Kirill's wedding from the word Go. For starters, I met them through my fabulous friends and awesome couple, Irina and Len, who you may remember from my blog posts featuring their engagement session and wedding. And secondly, Valeria and Kirill were getting married at The Mint, San Francisco and I've never shot there before! This venue happens to be a National Historic Landmark and will soon become the San Francisco Museum at The Mint. But in the meantime, you can rent it for special events and soak up the history, architecture and industrial elements of the space. I loved shooting there--the light fixtures, the vault, the abandoned machinery, the brick walls… much fun and totally my beat. 

So thank you Valeria and Kirill for allowing me to photograph your wedding and gain access to this really cool venue!

{Wedding Vendors}

Location: The Mint, San Francisco
Floral Design: A Simple Ceremony
Catering: Beli Deli Gourmet Catering
Lighting: Got Light



Today's Bride Magazine :: Editorial - Gothic Rose

Late last year, I once again had the privilege of shooting an editorial spread for the San Francisco based magazine Today's Bride. The Gothic Rose feature can be seen in the magazine thoughout the winter, spring, summer and fall editions of 2013. The concept and styling was all about how to infuse a typically dark, gothic design into refined, sophisticated wedding and event decor. The results are in! Check out the inspired work of Asiel Design at the Berkeley City Club and see if they've convinced you that going gothic can be beautiful.

{Other Notable Vendors}
Design/Florals/Kings Chairs & Wroght Iron: Asiel Design
Lighting: Enhanced Lighting & Sound
Equipment/Furniture: Hartmann Studios
Linens: Napa Valley Linens
Paper: Marizette Paperie
Cake: Jen's Cakes
Cinematographer: AVR Films
Location: Berkeley City Club


South Asian Bride Magazine :: Editorial - Glitzy Glam

Two weeks ago I received an email from Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events telling me that one of our styled shoots was being featured in South Asian Bride Magazine. Very happy news! One of the greatest reasons I always share images from a shoot with the vendors who work very hard on styling and designing is so they can in turn submit images for publication which will inspire future brides. So thank you to all the vendors who made this shoot so glitzy and so glam that the editors of SAB decided to publish the images. This blog entry is dedicated to you!

Floral/Event Design & Mandap: Asiel Design
Coordination/Design: Exquisite Events
Chair Covers/Linens/Mandap Fabric: Wildflower Linen
Place Settings: Marizette Paperie
Tabletop: Hartmann Studios
Lighting: Enhanced Lighting
Venue: Wildflower Linen


Archana & Adrian :: A Fusion Wedding at San Francisco City Hall

Archana and Adrian's wedding was a melting pot of culture. Adrian's family is from Argentina and are Jewish and Archana's family is from India and are Hindu. The wedding celebration was a cleverly combined fusion ceremony- half Jewish and half Hindu. You'll see a mix of cultures and different elements from each, along with some non-traditional/modern elements in the images selected below. Mazel Tov!

Venue: San Francisco City Hall
Event & Floral Design: Floramor Studios
Bridal Gown/Bridesmaids Attire: VASTRA by Namrita Chettier
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting: Got-Light?
Catering: KC Catering & Event Planning, Pampas Palo Alto, Peacock Santa Clara, Mmoon Empanadas
Dessert Bar: Ghirardelli Ice Cream 
Videographer: Justin Fone Video 


Kelly & Matt :: Stand Up Paddle Boarding Engagement Shoot

This engagement shoot was super fun. Kelly and Matt are new to the world of stand up paddle boarding and thought it would be fun to have their engagement photos shot while they were on the water. Since paddle boarding is their new-found love and shared hobby, it makes perfect sense to me! Their only problem was worrying that they wouldn't find a photographer daring enough to take his or her camera out on a board. And that's where I enter the picture! Of course I'd do it! Along with Chicken, Travis and horses, paddle boarding is among my top favorite things to do! So, armed with my usual camera, lenses and the addition of a few GoPro items, we hit the boards.

The adventure took place at Pillar Point Marina near Half Moon Bay, California. Neither Kelly nor Matt had ever paddled without a wetsuit before. And here they were, dressed up for photos! At one point, while trying to kiss across the boards, Matt fell in. Now doesn't that just make the photos even more priceless?

Congratulations Kelly and Matt. I'm looking forward to your wedding June 21st at Nestldown!