Fort Mason Wedding

San Francisco Same Sex Wedding Photographer | Fort Mason

I wish I could share all the photos with you from this extremely touching same sex wedding at Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA, but I can’t.

I can say that it was awesome, intimate, and full of love.

Venue: Fort Mason Chapel | Reception: The Greens Restaurant

Napa Girls Weekend

Napa Vacation Photographer Sneak Peek | Napa Girls Weekend | Sonoma

When a group of Texas girls emailed me and invited me to be their Napa vacation photographer for a day of wine tasting in the Sonoma, Napa and Russian River area, I did backflips.  They like wine; I like wine.  They’re from Texas; I’m from Texas.  They need a photographer; I am a photographer.  Match made in heaven?  I think so.

Here’s a sneak peek from our unbelievably awesome day visiting wineries.  I can’t wait to share more photos and stories from their Napa Girls’ Weekend: these girls know how to do vacation right.

Berkeley Botanical Gardens Wedding Photographer

Berkeley Wedding Photographer Sneak Peek | UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens | Heather + Gerrad

Japanese Tea Garden.

YES PLEASE.

So thrilled these two amazing people from Phoenix picked me to be their Berkeley Wedding Photographer.  The UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens are absolutely stunning.

More from Heather and Gerrad’s unbelievably beautiful intimate redwoods grove wedding to come.

San Francisco Same Sex Wedding Photographer | Fort Mason | Bay Area

This is the only photo you get to see from my amazing, intimate and wonderfully comfortable same sex wedding at Fort Mason in San Francisco this past weekend. You shouldn’t be disappointed, however, this one is quite spectacular.  The clients were a wonderful and beautiful couple who waited most of their lifetime to wed because one of them was in the military.  Under the care of their friends, family and local Lutheran pastor from Sacramento, they said their vows at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

Congrats to the two beautiful ladies.  Thank you for choosing me as your San Francisco Same Sex wedding photographer.  I am honored that I was the one who got to boss you around on your day.

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Amador Wine Country Wedding Photographer | Rancho Cicada Retreat | Rebeca + Ryan

Rebeca and Ryan went to prom together.

True story.

Her sister introduced them.

For years after high school, they remained confidants, friends and travelers together until one day, they realized they were in love and began to date. They are both kind, adventurous, loving spirits who wanted the feeling and focus of their special day to remain on their friends and loved ones who had joined them.   When they originally contacted me about photographing their wedding, they sent a wonderful email which said they thought I was just the person to capture their event in an organic, natural way.

The wedding was a three day event at Rancho Cicada Retreat in the Amador County wine country, in Plymouth, CA.  Rancho Cicada Retreat is unbelievably stunning and feels a bit like being at summer camp.  With lush lawns, overhanging trees, a babbling brook and all their friends camping onsite, the event was exactly what they intended it to be: exceedingly comfortable, rustic, simple and sweet.

Rebeca and Ryan were the first clients to book me for the 2014 summer and as such, they contracted me to be their Amador Wine Country wedding photographer before I found out that their wedding was on the same day that two of my closest friends in Austin, Tx were set to wed.  I was a bit sad to miss my friends’ wedding, but when I arrived at Rebeca and Ryan’s wedding, I completely forgot that I was missing out because I felt so at home with them.   They encouraged me to stay and party with them after my contracted time was up and that I did: we had an epic dance party until the stroke of midnight.  “Are you really the wedding photographer!?!” one of the guests asked incredulously.  She didn’t believe Rebeca when she told her.  “My wedding photographer left the second her time was up!”

Well, I’m not that kind of photographer. I think that’s why Rebeca, Ryan and I fit so well together.  They are the most wonderful people: inspiring in both their love for each other, their mutual thirst for travel and adventure, and their exceptional taste in music.

Thank you Rebeca and Ryan for sharing your wine country wedding with me.

If you are looking to book your own Amador Wine Country Wedding in Northern, CA and want a private venue with tons of space and places for your friends to camp onsite, you should consider Rancho Cicada Retreat.  I loved it so much that I would like my own excuse to throw a private party there!  It’s secluded, off the beaten path, relaxing and private with enough camping space to host all of your friends for an entire fun-filled wine country weekend.

Venue:  Rancho Cicada Retreat | Catering: Chuck Collison | Bakery: Freeport Bakery | Flowers: Arranged by a friend of the bride, purchased from the Pheng Family Farm at the Sacramento Farmers Market

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San Francisco Engagement Photographer | Julie + Michael

Julie and Michael are getting married here in Lake Tahoe in August and I’m so excited to be their Tahoe wedding photographer.  They kept meaning to sneak away from the city for a weekend getaway up here so that we could shoot engagement photos, but things conspired against them.  Instead, I decided that it would be super fun to have a city getaway myself, so I drove down to San Francisco for a Monday Fun Day with the pair.  We started with drinks in Union Square and then meandered through the city, up through Chinatown, where we stumbled upon one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite haunts, to eat Italian in Little Italy and eventually, through Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghiradelli Square, where we capped our evening off with one last drink at the recently moved Gold Dust Lounge.

We had such a blast on our photo session scavenger hunt through the city that I want to go back and be their San Francisco engagement photographer all over again!

 

Yosemite Wedding Photographer, Tenaya Lodge Wedding Photographer

Yosemite Wedding Photographer Preview | Second Shooting for Brady’s Photography

Working with other photographers is always a treat and heading down to Tenaya Lodge outside of Yosemite to assist Richard of Brady’s Photography last week was no exception.  The grounds were absolutely breathtaking, the wedding party was a total delight, and an epic dance party did occur.  All elements that add up to an amazing wedding day!

I can’t wait to share more of my photos as the second shooter for Sara and Zachary’s Yosemite Wedding Photographer.

San Antonio Wedding Photographer

San Antonio Wedding Photographer | Los Patios | Jimmy plus Karlie

I’ve known Jimmy his entire life.  He’s been in heaps of trouble with my brother on multiple occasions.  I’m pretty sure that my mother claims that Jimmy, BC and the two ushers from the wedding, Teddy and Josh, once broke her couch.  They are rabble rousers, party animals and dancing fools with veritable hearts of gold – all three of those boys.  I’m so honored that Jimmy and his bride to be, Karlie, choose me as their wedding photographer.  I can’t imagine a better honor than photographing the wedding of my brother’s best friend.

Jimmy has grown into such a handsome young man and Karlie is as sweet as can be.  They picked an absolutely amazing venue for their wedding: an oasis of calm, lush greenery in the middle of San Antonio.  She completed it with adorable DIY details; all the flowers, table arrangements and decor (including the cake toppers) were designed and created by Karlie herself.

The dance party was epic (especially since my own mother was there).  If you ever wanted proof that mad dancing skills runs in the family, look no farther than Jimmy and Karlie’s wedding album.  There was a dancing recessional at the end of the ceremony, Shiner on tap, midnight waffles, and a literal FIGHT for both the garter and bouquet.

Thank you Jimmy and Karlie for choosing me to be your San Antonio Wedding Photographer.

Your wedding was full of win and awesome.  Your wedding was so full of win and awesome that there are way too many photos in this post, but I couldn’t bear to leave any of my favorites out.  Did I mention DANCING RECESSIONAL?!  

I would really prefer it if ALL my couples would henceforth have a dancing recessional.  It’s my new favorite thing.

Venue, Catering and Day of Coordination: Los Patios | Cake: Meemo’s Bakery | Flowers: Travis Wholesale | Dress: Wedding Dress Bee

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Austin Freelance Photographer | CrossFit Texas Sneak Peek

I’m so excited for my friends Liana and Terry Collie!  They are following their dreams and just bought a gym after their own passion: CrossFit Texas in Pflugerville.  Since I was traveling all the way to Texas to shoot a San Antonio Wedding a few weeks ago, they requested that I make a stop in Austin to help with new marketing photos for their small business.  Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come!  Congrats to my friends, whose awesomeness knows no bounds.

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San Francisco Engagement Session | Julie plus Michael Sneak Peek

It was insanely difficult to pick just one photo to share with you today from Julie and Michael’s San Francisco engagement session.  We had so much fun bar hopping, getting creative with photo locations, gorging ourselves on delectable Italian food in Little Italy and even stumbling on a bar frequented by Anthony Bourdain.

I can’t wait to share the rest of our photos and stories from our Monday Funday!