Here Comes The Guide Approved Wedding Photography – from a top san francisco wedding and engagement photographer

I’m so so so excited to be part of the approved Here Comes the Guide Wedding Photographer list. It’s no easy task to be a part of this list. Brides, Grooms, Wedding Planners, Florists and Wedding vendors needed to be contacted and interviewed about their experiences with me as a photographer and service provider to the wedding industry. If I was not up to snuff, I did not get to be part of the elite group of Wedding Photographers.

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I want to thank all my Brides, Grooms, Wedding Planners, Florists, and Wedding vendors for saying such wonderful things about me and could not be happier to have met you all and have been part of your weddings. I truly love photographing weddings as I know it such a special day to plan for and be a part of. These are moments that will never happen again, and I am so lucky to be there to capture them.

Some of my favorite venues in the past little while have been –

De Young Museum

Legion of Honor

Fairmont Hotel

Hotel Vitale

Dawn Ranch Lodge

Log Cabin Presidio

Charles Krug Winery

Olympic Club

Crocker Art Museum

Mission Ranch

Rios Lovell Winery

Cazadero Music Camp

Annadel Winery

Toronto Waterworks

Golden Gate Park

Bay Club Stone Tree

Etienne Brulee Park

San Francisco City Hall

Hidden Villa

Academy of Sciences

Golden Gate Club

Ruby Hill Golf Club

Julian Morgan Ballroom

Treasure Island San Francisco

Rayko Photo Center

Claremont Resort

Vinter’s Inn

Solage

The Lodge at Sonoma

Flood Mansion

Ramekins

Meadow Club Fairfax

Mill Valley Outdoor Club

The Brazillian Room Berkeley

Paradise Ridge

Chileno Valley Ranch

and the one and only Launch For Hire

Thank you to the venues for being just gorgeous and stunning places to photograph as well as the staff being completely sweet and lovely people to work with.

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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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Stone Tree Golf Club Novato California Wedding – from a top san francisco wedding photographer

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What a gorgeous wedding and blissful day with Kelsey and Jon at the Bay Club Stone Street in Novato, California. It was such a pleasure to be able to photograph this fantastic event. With views of the San Pablo Bay to the east, Mount Tamalpais to the South and the Sonoma wine region to the North we were surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty to accentuate Kelsey and Jon’s unforgettable day.

Kelsey and Jon are a match made in heaven and their touching ceremony amplified their special day of celebration. They exchanged vows on the Sunset Terrace, an abounding patio marked by trellises and exquisitely crafted stone walls. Kelsey looked so beautiful in her floor length, strapless embroidered gown, standing next to the dark wood trellis. Her glamour was equally matched with Jon’s handsome charcoal gray suit and charming smile. The look on his face when Kelsey walked down the aisle into his arms was beyond heart warming.

After vows were exchanged and Jon and Kelsey shared their first kiss as husband and wife the party moved into the Stone Street Clubhouse. The tables were lusciously decorated with deep maroon and green flower arrangements that complemented the fabulous faerie-like bridesmaids’ dresses and dapper elegance of the groomsmen. The reception was so much fun! The bride and groom surprised their guests by dawning a pair of matching old school Nike high tops for their first dance; a symbolic gesture for this loving couple’s unshakable bond. The enjoyment continued with a wonderfully choreographed dance by the Mother of the Groom and her friends for the Father of the groom and all the guests.

Congratulations Kelsey and Jon!! You are a wonderful couple and I wish you all the best in your love-filled, healthy and prosperous life together!

 

 

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Photographed as an Associate Photographer for Bruce Forrester Photography by Jennifer Paschal.

 

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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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Log Cabin Presidio Wedding: Christine and Hasan’s big day!! – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

The Log Cabin in the Presidio Park, San Francisco offered stunning views of the Presidio for Christine and Hasan’s wedding day! I was privileged to be part of the proceedings as an associate shooter with Erin Beach.

 

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You may be forgiven for missing this hidden gem! And what a gem! The Log Cabin is located on the western shore of the Presidio Park. Built in 1937, it was originally a non-commissioned officers’ club. It’s now repurposed to support weddings, receptions and all other joyous occasions. I was wowed by the stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge!!!  It’s just a short walk from the Cabin and it provided a grand backdrop for Christine and Hasan’s day!

The ceremony was held on the large lawn in front of the Cabin – a wide, visually appealing expanse. Christine and Hasan had met at college in France. Hasan’s birthplace is Turkey and Christine’s is the US and the wedding guests had travelled here from all corners of the world. Love has no boundaries or borders and this couple proved it!!!

After the ceremony the guests retired back to the Log Cabin for the speeches. I was so impressed by the layout and intimacy of the space. The cabin walls gave a rustic charm and were complemented by the floral arrangements. The speeches were delivered with grace and love, with a fair few jokes thrown in there too!!! There was also an interesting twist to the wedding cake. Rather than sticking with tradition, the couple opted for a cake made from cheese! In almost a blink of an eye it was time for the first dance. It never ceases to amaze me how much fun can be had on the dance floor at a wedding! The men performed a traditional Turkish dance – both young and old coming together to celebrate the union of two very special people! I even joined in at the end from behind the camera, the energy was so infectious!

Congratulations Christine and Hasan!!

 

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Top Two Tips of the week from a Top Toronto Wedding Photographer – Top Toronto Wedding Venues

Congratulations!!! You’re engaged!! Now what’s next? Choosing the venue! There are so many choices. Church, Temple, Golf Club, Art Gallery, the beach?

Here’s a few of my favourite venues.

1. Hart House
7 Hart House Cir. (at Queen’s Park Cres.), 416-946-7196 http://harthouse.ca/weddings/

The entire University of Toronto campus is pretty spectacular. You have modern and classic architecture side by side and gardens galore. Hart House’s architecture is gothic and stunning. It doesn’t get much better than getting married in a castle if that was your dream as a little girl or boy. I can attest to the food being out of this world as I would frequently eat at the Great Hall many moons ago as a student of the University. This location can hold up to 250 people and has all wood flooring, perfect for dancing. Get married here and then walk around the grounds for some of the best photos you can imagine.

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2. The Berkeley Church

315 Queen St. E. (at Berkeley St.), 416-361-9666 http://www.berkeleyevents.com/

Is it hard for you to choose what you want for your wedding venue? Well The Berkeley Church has it all – it’s a church, it’s an outdoor venue, and it’s an indoor venue. All three venues are beautiful and have a modern and romantic feel to them. Go to their website to see all the photos and options this place has to offer.

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Top wedding photographer toronto, The Berkeley Church

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3.  Soooooo…. I couldn’t really decide what art gallery to recommend because I’m pretty torn between the AGO and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Why so tough? Well, the Group of Seven of course. These two galleries house my favourite Canadian artists and I couldn’t imagine a more spectacular place to get married.

The AGO

317 Dundas St. W. (at McCaul St.), 416-979-6634 http://www.ago.net/venue-rental

Recently renovated this building has touches of Frank Gehry’s mastery. A tower that looks out onto the city, a swirling staircase and a long hall that feels like the inside of ship. Within the galleries are so many of the Thomson collection of art you really need multiple trips to see it all before being oversaturated. Art from all over the world are in the salons and there is even a space where children can interact and create their own.

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Top wedding photographer toronto, AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

10365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg, 905-893-1121, ext. 2536  http://mcmichael.com/about/facilities.cfm

Not only can you have outdoors and indoors at this venue, you can have it all with the most Canadian of themes. First Nation art as well as hundreds of Group of Seven works are housed here. There is in house catering and accomadates all food requests.

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Top wedding photographer toronto, McMichael Canadian Art Collection

4. Steamwhistle Brewery

The Roundhouse 255 Bremner Blvd. 416 362 2337 http://www.steamwhistle.ca/events/roomsAndRates.php

If you like fun and modern weddings, it doesn’t get much better than this. Steamwhistle is one of Ontario if not Canada’s most well known boutique brewing company. This placed kicked off micro brews in the province and hundreds of breweries have sprung up and followed suit. The venue is the Roundhouse that has high ceilings, rap around windows, and Steamwhistle on tap. It has a rustic and modern feel and could be decorated any way you desire.

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Top wedding photographer toronto, Steam Whistle Brewery

5. The Rectory Cafe

102 Lakeshore Ave., Ward’s Island, 416-203-2152 http://therectorycafe.com/

My final recommendation is The Rectory Cafe. This little gem is in a unique location in Toronto. It’s on the Islands!! Ward’s Island to be precise. How fabulous would it be to married on one of the most relaxing and fun places the city has with the backdrop of downtown. The venue is fairly inexpensive to rent and can accommodate about 150 people. What a romantic location that ends with a ferry ride.

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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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