Joy, laughter, anticipation, butterflies, bliss, tension, and relief. Wedding days run high on a multitude of emotions and it's what has kept me hooked year after year. Most of us, at one point or another, have looked back on our own parents or grandparents wedding photos with some sense of adoration and nostalgia. It is with this same sentiment that I strive to document weddings. Your wedding photographs should ripen over time, offering a delayed reaction that grows more meaningful as life carries on and memories fade.
Seattle based photographer working with film and digital cameras, available for commissions worldwide.
December 18, 2023
When Jaimie first reached out to me, she expressed wanting a day that was not only filled with stunning details– she owns her own interior design firm after all!– but also full of real moments, love, and celebration. I knew instantly that this was going to be a good one;)
The day began at the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel. It was a hot day in the Bay Area and the sun was shining in that magical California way.
For the ceremony, everyone ventured over to the Church of the Holy Cross in Belmont, a stunning Greek Orthodox Church with colors and decor that quite honestly blew me away (the greeks know how to decorate!!). I met them there the day before for the rehearsal to scope out the lighting and get a lay of the land. Shooting in churches can be finicky and this one proved to be so. Noting the film stops and making sure I pushed my film at least a stop was crucial (and made for a fun look!).
To begin, Jaimie drove up in a vintage car, looking breathtaking and full of anticipation. Their ceremony was full of tradition and made me realize how beautiful church ceremonies can be. While we couldn’t venture past the last pew (church rules), we were able to get a stunning vantage point from the organists spot above.
Following the ceremony, the guests headed over to the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. Meag and her team created an absolutely breathtaking scene. The cocktail hour was full with live music, towering champaign towers, stunning florals, a live calligrapher etching onto tiles, and the most beautiful cocktails. While everyone arrived, Jaimie and Chris came along with me for a few portraits together both at the church and a few more at the allied arts. Dinner was served as the sun was setting and dancing and mingling ensued for hours past.
DJ and Quartet: @lastwaveproductions
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