James and Alastair’s Great Gatsby Themed Wedding at Hotel Vitale – from a top san francisco wedding photographer

The Great Gatsby was definitely a major influence on James and Alastair’s wedding. Both James and Alastair were decked out in custom suits from Al’s Attire reflective of the roaring 20s.

 

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Alastair wore an all white suit with accents of color in his dark sand colored vest and golden tie. James wore a complimentary suit in dark sand with a lighter colored sand vest and navy bow tie. The two looked dapper together.

The wedding was held at Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, but friends and family flew in from all over the world. James’s family flew from Hong Kong and New Zealand while Alastair’s family flew in from St. Louis. Jennifer from The Styled Soiree transformed the already stunning rooftop venue into a decadent and memorable wedding site. James and Alastair recited their vows right before sunset on the rooftop overlooking downtown San Francisco, the famed ferry building, the embarcadero and the bay bridge. A corner suite with views that went on and on far past Treasure Island and the Oakland hills was a temporary home for their delicious three navy and gold layer cake. Here the colors of their wedding popped in every room. Purple, white, navy, and gold were seen in the flowers, the linens, the furniture, and on James and Alastair themselves.

After the sun set the two danced the night away on a particularly warm night for San Francisco. Congratulations to two of the sweetest men San Francisco is lucky to have.

 

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Legion of Honor San Francisco Marvelous Museum Wedding – from a top San Francisco wedding photographer

How exciting to be able to photograph Theresa and Matthew’s wedding at the Legion of Honor Fine Art Museum in San Francisco! Tucked away in the beautiful hills overlooking Lincoln Park with glorious views of the San Francisco city skyline, the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge. This French neoclassical building is one of the great treasures of the city and made a sublime backdrop for the lovely couple’s special day.

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Theresa looked radiant in her elegant dress alongside her handsome new husband. They married outside in the Court of Honor next to Rodin’s Thinker and in front of the Glass Pyramid. I don’t think there was a dry eye amongst the wedding party after they exchanged their loving vows. Of course we had so much fun with the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen while snapping a few photos within the beautiful architecture of the venue. The ladies dresses were short and stunning and the gentlemen looked debonair in their sharp gray suits. The ceremony was filled with joyful smiles and symbolic beauty!

The reception was divine! The tables were superbly decorated as if they were just one of the many exquisite art collections of the museum. And the flower arrangements were designed with a fantastic mix of natural flora and sleek statuesque lines. There was one terrific toast after another but the sweetest moment of the evening was Theresa and Matthew cutting the cake. They shared an entertaining laugh and a darling kiss. These two really do make a wonderful pair and will have a lot more magical moments together.

Wishing you all the best!! May your life be filled with joyful abundance. Congratulations Theresa and Matthew!!

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Photographed as an Associate Photographer for Erin Beach.

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Charles Krug Winery Wedding- Elizabeth and Jordan – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

I just had to photograph Elizabeth and Jordan’s wedding in St Helena, CA for Bruce Forrester Photography , as an associate as they are one of my favourite studios in San Francisco, but also,  Charles Krug is such an exquisite venue!!!

Elizabeth looked absolutely stunning in her floor length, strapless, form fitting and full chiffon dress. Her hair was elegantly pulled up into a delicate chignon and she wore dazzling diamond earrings to offset her do.  Jordan was decked out  in a dark gray suit with a pink button down paisley blue bow tie. Suspenders, Allen Edmonds shoes, a paisley blue pocket square and Jordan was looking sharp.

Elizabeth and Jordan had their first look under a beautiful magnolia tree, and then walked about the grounds before the Ketubah signing and their splendid mid afternoon ceremony. Their lovely and traditional Jewish wedding was held on the lawn near the small redwood grove backed by estate vineyards. Their guests were invited to sit any where around the non traditional circular shaped seating plan so they could view Elizabeth and Jordan from any seat. It was a fantastic idea and I’m sure Joannie Liss their phenomenal wedding planner had something to do with it.

With the intricately designed Ketubah, Jordan and Elizabeth’s marriage contract, and the Kiddush cup nearby, the couple received Sheva Brachot, the seven blessings for the bride and groom from the Rabbi under a Chuppah, the bridal canopy made of trees. The ceremony ended with a jubilant Breaking of the Glass, the final ritual said to ward off evil spirits.  The guests yelled “Mazel Tov!” and headed in to the Carriage House to dance the night away on a floor finished in old-growth redwood.

The tables were superbly decorated and the dinner menu included some delectable Charles Krug wines. But guests didn’t stay seated long as no Jewish wedding is complete without the Hora, or chair dance. A few strong and brave guests hoisted the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs on the dance floor and celebrated their wonderful union to the melodic sounds of “Hava Nagila”. You could tell that Elizabeth and Jordan had strong faith in family and friends as the elevated couple managed to barely look down and remained cheerfully glued to their seats.

Many, many Congratulations to you Elizabeth and Jordan!! You are such a delightful couple with a fantastic journey ahead of you. I wish the best to you both!!

 

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Crocker Art Museum Sacramento Wedding – Remona and Gary – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

Remona and Gary’s wedding at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento is probably my favourite wedding of the year. I know, I know, I know, you’re not supposed to say that. But it just was. Perhaps, there will be more weddings this year that I will call my favourite, but for now, this is it. Ok, well, there’s also the fact that the museum loved my photos, and have them on their website. That’s was pretty gosh exciting.

 

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There are so many things about their wedding that I just absolutely loved. First of all, Remona and Gary are just the sweetest, cutest, most adorable couple. They are so kind and caring towards each other, I just am so happy for them. Their whole day went off without a hitch thanks to their wedding planner Katherine Noller-Fernandez of Custom Celebrations. When I met with Remona and Gary months previous and I was hoping they would have a planner.  I was so glad that Katherine was there for them. She really made sure that the day went according to the timeline. The whole team was pretty spectacular, from the florals done by Ellen Kim of Ginger Leaf Floral, to the actual museum itself staffed by Phoebe. There were so many wonderful spots to photograph Remona and Gary I just couldn’t stop taking pictures of them. They got ready at the Citizen Hotel where Remona had her two bridesmaids and Gary had his two Groomsmen. The men were ready and off to the Capitol Building for some fun photos. They had their first encounter in front of the museum, then had some time inside for portraits before their ceremony in the ballroom and then their reception in Friedman Court. If you are ever in Sacramento and are looking for a day to bliss out on art, I highly recommend this museum. The collections it holds are magnificent.

Congratulations Remona and Gary!! I wish you the utmost joy and happiness in your lives together. Thank you for having me as your photographer and much love to you both.

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Associate photographer: Scott MacDonald

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Top Two Tips of the Week of September 5th – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

This week’s tips again are photo and life survival skills. Read forth!

 

Tip One

So this is going to sound completely obvious, but I’m in the career of giving advice. This weeks advice is to always, always, always, have your photographer at the wedding ceremony rehearsal. At the very least your wedding planner should be there. But if you are looking for those one of a kind photos, you really want to have your photographer present so that she can see what you see, and know exactly where she should be, especially if she is the only photographer.

Tip Two

Make some time for yourself this week. Yes, yes, yes, we all have a busy schedule, and there’s never enough time to do the things that you need to do, let alone the things that you want to do.

Believe it or not, I followed my own advice this week and did just that and roped in a fellow photographer friend too. What did we get up to? The Exploratorium of course!! Sonia Savio, of Sonia Savio Photography skipped on over to let our imaginations go wild. I had never been here before, but Sonia a native of San Francisco, and a veteran of the museum had been going to this palace of wonder since she was child. I’m so glad that we treated ourselves to this afternoon of fun. As much as I love going to an art museum, a science museum really gets me going. Sonia and I got to play with many of the exhibits. We particularly liked the electricity exhibit where we made light bulbs glow, and dc batteries spin. There where glowing colored domes, rain tables, tear machines, and all sorts of brain teasers.

 

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Check back next week for my top two tips of the week!!!

 

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Golden Gate Club San Francisco Rabbi Wedding – Jess and Ross – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

A Jewish wedding is a very special wedding to photograph, but one where the bride is a Rabbi, is very special indeed. I felt honored to be photographing as an Associate Photographer for Sonia Savio. Her work is incredible and is always a pleasure to photograph for.

Jess looked absolutely stunning in her gown with lace accents sleeves, crystal sash, and satin A line silhouette. She wore simple pearl and diamond hanging earrings and had her hair tied back and let her long hair fall over her shoulders. Jess was a most beautiful site to be seen. Ross her beau, was so charming and kind and wore a classic black suit with a copper colored tie. There were no bridesmaids or groomsmen but a large supportive family.

The Golden Gate Club was were the Katuba signing, the ceremony and the dinner and reception were held. Jess and Ross’s huppah was an especially pretty lace that draped over top of them during their blessings and prayers. The large hall was where the dinner and reception were held and also where the alway fun and entertaining horah dance took place. I’m sure getting lifted up in chairs above your family and friends is really fun and ratchets up the excitement level of the entire party. Jess must have really loved it because after the horah dance she got up on stage where the live band was playing grabbed the microphone and belted out tunes with the singers. I mean, can you believe it, this Rabbi really loves to have a good time!!

Congratulations Jess and Ross you two make a beautiful couple and I wish you a long life of love and happiness.

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Golden Gate Club San Francisco Jewish Wedding

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