Alie & Nat's Rio Theater Wedding | Santa Cruz and San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Alie and Nat's theater wedding in Santa Cruz was my last official wedding of 2017. They contacted me after seeing other theater work I've done (funny niche to have in weddings, but I love it!)  - since it was late November they needed someone who was totally comfortable shooting in the dark. Also, they requested NO posed couple portraits of themselves which I found to be an interesting challenge that I was happy to accept. They had a more traditional wedding in San Francisco earlier in the year.

Theater is what brought Alie and Nat together and they have performed in multiple shows together, something they re-enacted this evening. They got on stage and performed short skits from each and every play they have done together. It was a total blast for everyone in attendance.

Megan & Ryan's Wedding | Keller Estates, Petaluma, CA

Megan and Ryan were supposed to get married at a venue in Geyersville. For those not familiar with the area, Geyersville is north of Napa and was one of the many area affected by the horrific fires in October 2017. I was emailing back and forth with Megan as we kept an eye on the fires and sadly the decision had to be made to move the wedding. There was just too much smoke (it was an outdoor wedding) and too much unknown. Thankfully Keller Estates in Petaluma agreed to let Megan and Ryan host their wedding day on site despite the fact that they are actually not a wedding venue. I was so stressed for them knowing how much work it must have been to move a wedding with so little notice, but when I arrived I found the most laid back, calm couple that I've ever met. Megan told me, "You know what? All that matters is that we're all here and we are going to have an amazing time!" Hell. Yes. This was a no-bridezilla-zone and they stayed true to that sentiment - throughout the day their focus lay soley on spending a beautiful fall evening surrounded by their family and friends, all of whom had an absolute blast.


Jessica & Zac's San Francisco War Memorial Opera House Wedding | San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Better late than never! I am SO happy to share this wedding here on my blog! Correction: wedding WEEKEND :) The Friday before the wedding I had the pleasure of documenting their rehearsal dinner, but it was no ordinary dinner. Their family and close friends got to go inside the San Francisco Cooking School and prepare their own meal which was such a unique, cool experience for them and for me. The follow day was the wedding with Zac and his guys getting pampered at the barbershop while Jessica and her girls got ready at their home. Their ceremony took place on stage at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, again, a unique and memorable experience for everyone involved. Afterwards they all watched a full dress rehearsal of the opera and then gathered for cocktails and comfort food.

Fun fact: Jessica's gown was custom designed and made just for her and the most amazing lovely light blue that you could almost mistake for ivory. I secretly wish I owned a gown half as beautiful, even if I only ever wore it twirling around my living room ;)