How to Choose a Wedding Veil – from a top San Francisco Wedding and Engagement Photographer

How to Choose a Wedding Veil – from a top San Francisco Wedding and Engagement Photographer

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Phew, you found the perfect wedding dress. Congrats! But now you need to decide: to veil or not to veil? The possibilities are vast. Do you want a cathedral-length veil with cascades of antique lace following you down the aisle? Or how about a fun and flirty birdcage for a vintage vibe? Or maybe you’re considering skipping the veil altogether because your hair is just. that. good. Full-length, blushers, mantillas, poufs–what to choose? Relax, I’m here to help.

First, familiarize yourself with all of your choices: look at different lengths and styles. The type of ceremony you’re having will probably help narrow down the options, too.  If you’re having a traditional church ceremony and a dress with a train, you’ll probably go for something long with a blusher. If a Napa vineyard is your venue, maybe you’ll choose a shoulder- or elbow-length veil. If you’re opting for City Hall, a fascinator is a chic choice.

Once you know all your options, think about what will work best with your dress. If your gown is elaborate and detailed, something simple may be best, so as not to detract from your dress’ wow factor. Is the back of your dress a stunner? Then don’t cover it up with a full-length, embellished veil!

What about your hair? If you’re planning an elaborate updo, you might want a simple ballet-length veil to complement it.  If you’re going sleek and modern, maybe a dramatic birdcage will send your wedding day look into Carrie Bradshaw territory. (This is also a good time to remind you to take your veil with you to your practice appointment with your hairdresser!)

Also think about other embellishments to add a twist–maybe a jeweled hairclip or some fresh flowers?  Anything else that will make you feel like a princess! The point is that it’s totally your choice and that there are no rules!

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Should I Have a Church or a Location Wedding? – from a top San Francisco Wedding and Engagement Photographer

Should I Have a Church or a Location Wedding? – from a top San Francisco Wedding and Engagement Photographer

Location, location, location! Where will you get married? This will be one of the most important decisions you’ll be making–now that you’ve already chosen your partner, of course!

At this point you probably already know the answer to this question: Do I want to get married in a church? If the answer is yes, you’ll also need to find a reception venue. If the answer is no, why not keep it simple and do the whole shebang at one venue? Doing the whole event in one location makes for an easier-to-plan, simpler-to-pull-off event, IMHO. But both options have their benefits, and it really comes down to what matters to you as a couple.

If you have your heart set on a church wedding, you’re probably honoring your faith and your family traditions, which is a meaningful way to begin your wedded bliss. Once you’ve picked a date with your church, you’ll need to secure a reception site. Carefully consider the distance from the church to the venue. You don’t want guests–or the bridal party for that matter–to be spending too much time traveling between venues. Every minute of this day is precious, and your guests want to spend as much time honoring you as possible.

If you choose to do the whole event in one spot, you’ll definitely have an easier-to-manage wedding day–for your guests, your bridal party, and your vendors. Sticking to one spot gives you more time for photos, and more quality time with your peeps. Consider one of the amazing sites the beautiful Bay Area has to offer. Wine country has stunning locations for weddings, or if you’re more of an urban girl, consider the de Young!
Follow your heart when you make this decision–it’s gonna be the best day of your life!

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2015 Top Six San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Planners and Event Planners – from a top candid documentary san francisco wedding and engagement photographer

2015 Top Six San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Planners and Event Planners – from a top candid documentary san francisco wedding and engagement photographer

2015 Top Six San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Planners and Event Planners

1. Sullivan and Botello Events LLC

2. Kristen Seaholm, Solage Hotel and Resort

3. Sanford Marshal, The Wedding Coach

4. Corina Beczner, Vibrant Events

5. Sarah Gallardo, SWC Consultants

6. Katherine Noller-Fernandez, Custom Celebrations Wedding Planning & Event Design

 

I recently had the opportunity to meet in person with the top wedding and event planners of 2015. These individuals and teams are spectacular. They all go above and beyond and I could not be happier to recommend each and every one of them to help you with your wedding planning. Every week I will be featuring a full interview with each company, but below I have some highlights of each of them.

 

1. Sullivan and Botello Events LLC

Frederick Sullivan and Jaime Botello are the talent behind the company. They cater to the LGBT community and are always trying to make theirs a “wow” event, paying close attention to the clients requests and needs, and always strive to give more of themselves so they can truly feel proud of what they’ve created for their clients.

Full interview on April 1, 2015

 

2. Kristen Seaholm, Solage Hotel and Resort

Kristen Seaholm is the Wedding and Event planner at Solage and believes that trust is the core of job. She continually strives to create an open relationship with her couples and maintains that relationship with monthly conversations before the day of the event. She especially loves seeing all the hard work she and the couple have put into the event and making it as special as it can be.

Full interview on April 8, 2015

 

3. Sanford Marshal, The Wedding Coach

Sanford Marshall has been in the event planning business since 1998. He is a great listener and feels it’s important to involve each individual couple in the planning process to ensure the most successful outcome. Connecting with his clients is critical to him as it allows for them to trust him and be open minded about his vision for their wedding day.

full interview on April 15, 2015

 

4. Corina Beczner, Vibrant Events

Corina Beczner is the brains and the brawn behind Vibrant Events. She is truly passionate about what she does and puts her full self into it. Her clients are sweet and kind just like her and range from all over the Bay Area and the world.

full interview on April 22, 2015

 

5. Sarah Gallardo, SWC Consultants

Sarah Gallardo is a master of the modern classic wedding. She is inspired by pop culture from all generations and especially loves planning for weddings that have a 1940s feel. She is incredibly organized but also laid back which is great a quality for her clients.

full interview on April 29, 2015

 

6. Katherine Noller-Fernandez, Custom Celebrations Wedding Planning & Event Design

Katherine Noller-Fernandez has been in the wedding planning industry for  years. Her follow up with her clients, vendors, and teams is impeccable. Keeping her clients on task and making sure that the wedding planning process and actual wedding run smoothly and on time, as well as always making sure she has a plan B to fall back on, sets her apart from others in the industry

full interview on May 6, 2015

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De Young Museum Weddings – from a top San Francisco Wedding and Engagement Photographer

De Young Museum Weddings – from a top San Francisco Wedding and Engagement Photographer

Picking a wedding venue is one of the first things you’ll do after you get over staring at your gorgeous engagement ring! In San Francisco we’re lucky to have so many awesome museums in the city, and they all make super cool backdrops for weddings. One of my faves is the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. This place is for you if you’re looking for an uber-chic location. Whether your guest list is 50 or 400, there’s a spot at the de Young that will work for you. (Actually they can host events with up to 2,000 guests, in case you’re planning a wedding the size of Kim and Kanye’s!)

There are a few spots to choose from.  In the Harmon Observation Tower you get 360-degree panoramic views of the city. This is a great spot for a cocktail reception, it holds 150 guests for a standing reception. Or there are several different sized event spaces on the concourse level, like the Piazzoni Murals Room, which seats 130 guests. Another option is to have your ceremony in the sculpture garden, and then rent out the cafe for dinner and the terrace for dancing. If you’re going big, the most popular choice is Wisley Court, which holds 400 seated guests with room left for dancing! You can even rent out art exhibitions if it suits your style!

Of course as a photographer my favorite part of de Young weddings are all the great places for photo ops! The grand staircase is an amazing spot for bridal photos, and the architecture and light all throughout the museum are totally gorgeous!

They rent event space out for 4 hour blocks between 6:30pm and 1am, although daytime rental can be available sometimes during regular museum hours. Contact their event staff to make arrangements for your dream wedding!

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Launch For Hire Tomales Bay California Gorgeous Waterfront Wedding – from a top candid documentary san francisco wedding and engagement photographer

Launch For Hire Tomales Bay California Gorgeous Waterfront Wedding – from a top candid documentary san francisco wedding and engagement photographer

Have you ever been to Launch For Hire for a wedding? It’s a pretty special place in Inverness California. If you’re a fan of driving up the coast, stopping for oysters, or sitting and basking in the sun Launch For Hire is for you.

Pali and Luke met many moons ago at summer camp. In fact they met a summer camp on the East coast and have such an affinity for California that they came here to be married.

Luke knew exactly what great things the Russian River had to offer, most notably the Russian River Brewing company. He and his groomsmen picked up a case of the famed Pliny the Elder to toast pre-wedding and kick and nerves or jitters.

Pali got ready with her bridesmaids and was adorned head to toe in a beautiful lace dress. Her bouquet was created by Luke’s brother who is an interior designer as well as a budding florist. Luke’s Suit was a deep navy and his shoes were from the great craftsmen at Allen Edmonds.

The ceremony itself was held on the dock overlooking the water with just a handful of their closest friends and family. Their flower boy was the absolute sweetest as he launched petals in the air and at the guests.

If there was any wedding’s dinner I wish I could relive it is this one. The food was just out of this world. The cocktail hour had fresh strawberries, figs, dates, tomatoes, cheeses, breads, and more and more and more. Take a look at the photos to see how scrumptious their food looks.

It was no surprise that there were great games to play at the reception. Boardgames, cards, and even bean bag toss were part of the the post ceremony festivities. These two just love to have fun and what better way to keep joy in life and in marriage.

Congratulations Pali and Luke. I wish you all the best in your lives together.

Photographed as an Associate Photographer for Erin Beach

 

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Japanese Tea Garden Golden Gate Park Engagement – Alyssa and Kyle – from a top candid documentary san francisco wedding and engagement photographer

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Did you just recently get engaged and are looking for the perfect photographer to capture a few pre-wedding moments between you and your fiance? There is no more romantic place to spend the afternoon than the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

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Alyssa and Kyle will be getting married in July of this year in Vallejo California at their congregation church. The two were the sweetest couple. They were really excited about having their photos taken and loved the whole planning process to get the perfect photos. When I work with couples pre-wedding it’s an opportunity for me to get to know them pre-wedding day jitters and just the two of them. I highly encourage all my couples to have an engagement session as a warm up to their big day where they can practise poses, smiling, and of course the kiss (-ahem! who would not want to practise that part)

I asked Alyssa and Kyle to send me photos of what their outfits were before the shoot to ensure that we were photographing in the most optimal location to show them off. We had a quick wardrobe swap out pre shoot as a few of the outfits were to light in shade or had distracting patterns. Luckily since I take such great in care in the planning process I was not surprised when they brought out their outfits.

After we strolled through the Japanese Tea Garden we walked over to the Music Concourse and  Stow Lake and took some stunning photos of them on the bridge and on the island. The light was just amazing that day and as you can see from the photos the two of them were beaming with love.

Thanks so much for a great shoot Alyssa and Kyle and I look forward to your wedding day.

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top san francisco wedding and engagement photographer
top san francisco wedding and engagement photographer
top san francisco wedding and engagement photographer
top san francisco wedding and engagement photographer

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