Michael & Christian {Quaker-Inspired Elegance in San Francisco}

Michael and Christian's sophisticated, elegant, Quaker-inspired ceremony took place at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco. I love this couple. You can see happiness all over their faces throughout their wedding celebration. When deciding what to tell you about in this blog, I asked Michael and Christian what inspired their wedding choice. Christian wrote me a beautiful note explaining all of their thoughts behind making this the most special day of their lives. So, I've decided to copy some of his thoughts here, because he says it best!

"Michael and I were married about a week before the 11th anniversary of our first date, and our wedding was equal parts celebration of our lives together as much as a marriage in front of all our loving family and friends...

We wanted to combine Michael's love for classic old-world San Francisco charm with my Quaker background and the Bently reserve was the perfect venue for realizing that vision. It's both classic San Francisco, masculine but warm, and elegantly simple in a way that provides a space for the ceremony and the party. We wanted the ceremony to reflect those ideals of Quaker simplicity and most importantly the intimacy of Quaker Meeting for Worship, in which people sit together on simple benches in silence. The concept of the Light is critical in Quaker meeting, so we wanted the lighting designers to flood the space with light. The benches with the green cushions reminded us of the Meeting House where I (Christian) grew up. All present in a Quaker wedding ceremony sign a specially created marriage certificate and as a group recognize the couple as married, giving the ceremony an added element of participation and presence."

And then there were cocktails and jazz music and dinner! "For the dinner and dancing back in the main hail, the room is transformed into a candle-lit look, with a long, dark-wood head table with a stunning coiling centerpiece running the length of the table constructed with wood, lichens, kumkuats, succulents and billy buttons, juxtaposed against the more sleek and modern platinum napkins and silverware, creating the perfect blend of some rustic and masculine earthiness with a contemporary look...To take classic, old-world San Francisco charm and combine it with the intimacy and warmth of both Quaker tradition and candlelit meals. A night with different moods, but that had elegance, unity and flow and most of all fun!"

And one last note, Michael and Christian's wedding was chosen to be featured on Out Magazine's website! We're very happy for this couple and wish them many many years together! Cheers!

{Vendor Love}
Ceremony/Reception: Bently Reserve
Event Coordinator: Vibrant Events
Floral Designer: Ixia Flowers
Cake: Jasmine Rae Bakery
Catering: LRE Catering
Rental Company: Hartmann Studios
Lighting: Got Light?
Music: Golden State Productions
My Second Shooter: Rana Faure 


Sweet Rustic Charm :: Morgan & John

Morgan and John's wedding at Holman Ranch was simply beautiful, and of course, an ideal place for me to shoot. I've said before they're a couple after my own heart! Put me on a ranch or farm with barns, grapevines, stone buildings, gnarly trees and animals of all kinds, and I'm one happy photographer! It was a joy to shoot this wedding where the natural surroundings only made the couple's happiness glow even more.

The decor was lovely-- rustic wood tables, blooming dahlia flower arrangements and a soft pink/blush color palette. We asked Morgan about her inspiration for the wedding and she said "we just wanted to be surrounded by our family and closest friends. We loved that it felt like a big family dinner, very relaxed and fun." And it was!

A quick comment about the ceremony...John and Morgan are photographers so they did something really unique. During the ceremony, they both picked up cameras and turned around and took photos of everyone. It was super cute and we've included some photographs of them doing this below. It reminds me of The Office episode where Pam and Jim start taking mental pictures of the high points of their wedding by holding imaginary cameras and saying "click!" Except of course, Morgan and John used real cameras. 

Enjoy the images we've picked out for you below and be sure to watch Morgan and John's wedding video from What We Do Films. And you can see the couple's engagement shoot, which we appropriately titled "Down on the Farm."

Ceremony/Reception: Holman Ranch
Event Coordinator: Engaged and Inspired
Floral Designer: Pacific Grove Florist
Videographer: What We Do Films 
Cake: Layers Sensational Cakes
Catering: Paradise Cater
Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
DJ: DNA Entertainment
Photo Booth: Photo-Matica
Rentals: Chic Event Rentals
Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Hair/Makeup: Katie Nash Beauty 

Morgan & John Jenkins from What We Do Films on Vimeo.




Sabrina + Dareyn :: Literary Love

Sabrina and Dareyn tied the knot this spring at Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, California. The couple met while enrolled in a women's studies course at UC Berkeley. Dareyn then went to business school in New York while Sabrina stayed in Berkeley. In time, their relationship became more than a friendship, and the couple moved to San Francisco together. When it came time to propose, Dareyn chose a point overlooking the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the rest is history!

We wanted to blog the wedding as soon as the images were ready but this lucky couple's wedding was chosen by California Wedding Day Magazine as a Real Wedding feature in their Fall/Winter edition! So, we decided to share this wedding with you once it was published. Enjoy Sabrina and Dareyn's literary themed wedding full of personal and family finishing touches! 

Ceremony/Reception/Catering: Madrona Manor
Floral Design: Lavender Country Garden Florals
Cake: Forget-Me-Not Cakes
Mini Doughnuts: Dynamo Donuts
Heart Cookies: made with love by Sabrina's aunt
Biscotti: made with love by Dareyn's grandmother
Stationery: Manda Sutijono
Bridal Gown: Gesinee's Bridal
Hair/Makeup: It's A Date at the Powder Room


Sabrina & Dareyn :: California Wedding Day Real Wedding Feature

I'm happy to announce that Sabrina and Dareyn's wedding was chosen by California Wedding Day Magazine as a Real Wedding Feature in the Fall/Winter 2012 edition! We're very excited for the newlyweds! Special thanks to Sabrina and Dareyn for not only letting us be a part of your wedding day, but allowing us to share the images with the wedding world through the print publication too. Our heartfelt wishes for a long and happy marriage to you both!

{Vendor Love}
Ceremony/Reception/Catering: Madrona Manor
Floral Design: Lavender Country Garden Florals
Cake: Forget-Me-Not Cakes
Mini Doughnuts: Dynamo Donuts
Heart Cookies: made with love by Sabrina's aunt
Biscotti: made with love by Dareyn's grandmother
Stationery: Manda Sutijono
Bridal Gown: Gesinee's Bridal
Hair/Makeup: It's A Date at the Powder Room



Alycia & Neal :: Love is an Eternal Flame

Alycia and Neal's love story began even before they knew it. Their lives before they met had many similarities and they knew of each other for a long time, but didn't really know each other. They grew up in neighboring North Bay Towns (Novato and Petaluma), both attended Chico State, both of their fathers worked for the San Francisco Fire Department, Alycia's brother became a firefighter around the same time as Neil and finally, after 2 department-organized trips, Alycia and Neal felt the sparks! And that brings us to the wedding...

The couple chose St. Patrick's Catholic Church as Alycia's family ties to it go back a few generations. Father John Greene, the San Francisco Fire Department's Chaplain (and close family-friend) conducted the ceremony. And Neal's 96-year old grandmother served as the flower girl. The ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt and the family ties were special.

After the ceremony, we followed the bridal party to the Embarcadero for some fun shots. There was excitement and fun in the air for sure. We moved on to the reception at the Marines' Memorial Club in San Francisco. Lots of smiles, speeches and dancing.

Thank you Alycia and Neal for letting us all be part of your day! Congratulations!

Ceremony: St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Reception: Marines' Memorial Club 
Floral Design: Floramor Studios 
Hair/Makeup: Sherrie Long 
Cake: Branching Out Cakes 
Lighting: Got Light 
DJ: Feet First Entertainment