Kristina and AJ are both of Ukrainian heritage.
Let me tell you something: the Ukrainian know how to party.
Seriously, I’ve never seen a dance floor so incredibly packed! Kristina and AJ hired one of my favorite wedding bands, The Lucky Devils, who travel all over the Western US playing weddings and events and they always know how to get the dancefloor moving. What was really insane though was when the band took a break and they started playing traditional music! Words cannot describe how epic this Landing Resort wedding raged so I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves.
I feel super fortunate to have gotten to spend a ton of time with this amazing couple and their friends and family – we started our relationship off with both Tahoe and SF engagement sessions and I photographed their ceremony at City Hall in SF the week before their Tahoe ceremony and reception.
Venue: The Landing Resort and Spa | Day Of Coordinator: Lynne Barthe | Florist: Art in Bloom | Bakery: Flour Girl Wedding Cakes | Band: The Lucky Devils | Bride’s Attire: BHLDN | Groom’s Attire: Hugo by Hugo Boss | Hair and Makeup: Art of Beauty | Second Photographer: Shelby McAuliffe
Michelle and Rich originally intended to elope, and then it turned into a small wedding, and then it turned into a bigger wedding. The Landing Resort and Spa offered the perfect location: a gorgeous rooftop deck, in house catering, and incredibly comfortable resort style hotel rooms that allow for pets, which was a must since they’ve rescued quite a few dogs over the past year.
Since Michelle and Rich both work at media school that offers courses in film, photography, theater and other visual arts, most of their close friends are all photographers and videographers. As such, it was important to them to find someone that was relaxed, laid back, and wouldn’t be concerned with other folks taking photos. Among my loud charm and wit, I am certainly relaxed. Oh, and I can help you find a DJ the night before you wedding.
I’m incredibly thankful that Rich and Michelle found me. I had such an amazing time with their friends and family and I now count them, as well as a few of their friends, among my friends.
Also, that first look face. Amiright?
Venue: The Landing Resort and Spa | DJ: Gabe Gavilanes | Florist: Thran’s | Bakery: Icing on the Cupcake | Bride’s Attire: Pronovias from Miosa Bride | Groom’s Attire: R. Douglas Clothier custom suit designed by David Garibaldi