San Francisco Wedding and Engagement Photographer

I’m back at it here as your San Francisco Wedding and Engagement Photographer. I’ve been a little busy these past few months with my brand new little baby girl, but I’m back in the blogosphere and ready to be your photographer for your wedding day.

Well guess what?!!  I’m so excited to announce that I have a brand new video!! Wow! I’ve never had a video made about me before, but now I do. The good folks over at magisto asked me to share how I work with my clients. They made several videos in fact, but this is the first one that’s ready to watch. So.. yep… I’m stoked.

If you like this video and you want to know more about me or know more about my pricing head on over to my website. Here it is http://www.lizcaruanaweddings.com

 

Booking with Liz is easy. Check out how to book your Candid Documentary San Francisco Wedding and Engagement Photographer session here. Or just contact Liz here.

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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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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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Rios Lovell Winery Livermore Wedding – Josey and Ian – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

This was such a beautiful wedding and an absolutely astounding day with Josey and Ian at the Rios-Lovell Estate Winery in Livermore, California. I’m so grateful to have been their wedding photographer and to have shared in their fun-filled celebration!!!

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The flower arrangements, the decorations, the local wines, everything was just so exquisitely prepared and displayed. It all added so much to this fabulous day! Of course, you can never go wrong when getting married in one of Northern California’s magnificent vineyards. The Livermore Valley’s scenery was an amazing compliment to Josey’s stunning dress and Ian’s dashing tuxedo. The lovely green foliage on the vines and the warm sunlight gave us some divine colors to use as a backdrop.

It was a day filled with colorful themes. Josey’s red and gold garter symbolized the university both she and Ian attended. Can you guess where they went to school? Hint, hint it’s right next to downtown Los Angeles! These two were so playful through out the entire day, and the fun continued after the reception with a really sweet toast from both the maid of honor and the best man. One of my favorite moments was the money dance, it was entertaining, everyone had a chance to dance with the bride and groom and I’m pretty sure the love and generosity of this phenomenal wedding party will help get these two started on their great adventure together.

Congratulations Josey and Ian!! You’re a wonderful couple and I wish you all the most incredible experiences together!!

 

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Top Two Tips of the Week ending Sept 19, 2014 from a Candid Documentary San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Top Two Tips of the Week ending Sept 19, 2014 from a Candid Documentary San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Tip 1

Help your friends. Yes, this may seem obvious, but there are times they need you and it really feels good to help them out.

My good friend Nader needed some help on a photoshoot he was doing for the San Francisco Travel Association. Little did I know this shoot was going to be as exciting as it was. Nader was producing all the imagery for a 17 page brochure to advertise the city of San Francisco. Our day started chasing cable cars up and down California. We were shooting right at the top of the hill where the cars crest over Mason St by the Mark Hopkins Hotel, The Fairmont Hotel, Grace Cathedral and the Freemason building. What spectacular views there were down the street. We could see all the way to the Bay Bridge and Beyond. After photographing and chasing down model releases from tourists we were off to Chinatown. Here we took the in all the sights, the lanterns, the food, the murals, and all the shops. Next stop, North Beach. Here we went to Cafe Trieste and photographed delicious pastries and coffees, then to Al’s Attire where we actually got to meet Al himself. That’s right he really exists and has been working in this North Beach shop for 30 years. I was particularly excited because so many of my couples get their custom suits and shoes and dresses made. We followed all around through the many stations that he works at and boy does he know how to work. Our last stop was the famed The Slanted Door, a restaurant I had only heard of but never been to. The restaurant is right on the water and is at the back of the ferry building. It has the most stunning views of the bay bridge’s light show. Here we photographed cocktails and appetizers and then patrons enjoying their dinner. What a spectacular place. The day was pretty amazing and at the end of it I was able to teach Nader one of my lighting techniques to balance indoor and outdoor light. He was thrilled and hopefully you’ll be able to see all the imagery when the publication comes out.

 

Tip 2

Keep on Trucking. Well, in my case that’s keep on shooting. San Francisco is experiencing some pretty stellar weather these days and I can’t just sit inside on my computer every day. I’ve got to get outside and shoot. So that’s just what I’ve been doing. I also shoot lifestyle fashion photography and have just started a blog for that company. Well, right after Nader’s shoot I went to Treasure Island for a spectacular day of shooting models. James and Kaitlyn Ann were just the sweetest two models. Followed by a wedding on Bar Mitzvah on Saturday. Some people would be tired after all of this shooting, but I am invigorated!!! I feel like all aspects of my photography make me a better shooter and better with all of the people I encounter day to day.

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