Zoe’s Golden Gate Club Presidio San Francisco Bat Mitzvah – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

I was honored to be an associate photographer for Bruce Forrester Photography, with Jennifer Paschal at the Golden Gate Club. It is always a special feeling to be able to shoot for another studio and create wonderful images for them.

The Golden Gate Club is nestled in the hills of San Francisco’s Presidio district. Each and every time I photograph there I am amazed at how the building is transformed so perfectly to suit the special event that is held there. Young Zoe was such an adorable girl. She was ecstatic to have all her friends and family see her mature and celebrate her Bat Mitzvah. Her party was set up like a really cool amusement park. All the windows were covered and black lights were hung throughout the building so that everything glowed. There were so many super duper fun things for all her friends to do – basketball, spray paint party hats, air hockey, giant 4 person pac man, a photo booth, glow stick, party hats, a dj with dancers that choreograph moves for everyone, and a candy room only Willy Wonka would be jealous of. What made this bat mitzvah stand out from all the others, was a special pre entry red carpet. Before guests could even enter the Golden Gate Club there were a slew of photographers and videographers snapping away like paparazzi at the Oscars. This is where everyone was able to strike a pose for the cameras. One cute and quirky part of the party was the entrance to the club. Giant security guards stood blocking the doors so it resembled a VIP event. Each and every kid that went in had to be patted down and every girl was asked for their ID.  I’m sure Zoe will remember this day for the rest of her life. It truly was a phenomenal party that was not to be missed.

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RUSTIC HIDDEN VILLA, LOS ALTOS WEDDING – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

If you’ve never been to this rustic wedding location, Hidden Villa, is pretty much one of the best out there.
It has trails, barns, farms, a lodge, and lots and lots of animals. I highly suggest you check out Hidden Villa in Los Altos California on a day hike or just to pet the chickens, goats, or cows. Yes, that’s right pet the animals. They encourage that. You can walk right into the yards. I was elated to be able to photograph this wedding as an associate photographer for Erin Beach.
How do you make this rustic location more beautiful, well, have a wedding there of course?!!
Susan and Viktor met online and most of their first dates involved walking their sweet pup Charlie.  They bonded over their love of animals and their pup was dressed in a tux and the chosen ring-bearer at the wedding!  Susan made him a suit to match the groom and groomsmen by altering a suit meant for a 3 year old boy. Her sewing skills did the trick because Charlie looked adorable and fit right in.
Susan’s dress and hair were Grecian style. Long, flowing, and perfectly elegant.  The bridesmaids dresses had a gorgeous sway to them following Susan’s Grecian lead. Flowers were a mix of pink, purple, yellow, orange and red, popping out against the lush green backdrop of the Lodge front grounds.
Both families and friends gave the sweetest speeches at the family style dinner toasting and dancing well into the night.
Susan and Viktor chose an amazing Journey cover band that played rock classics like “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Anyway you want it” to let loose to and break out their moves. Any and all who were their took the opportunity to sing along to the power ballads and dance their hearts out.
It is truly inspiring to see a couple that is a perfect match. Their life together will definitely be filled with love and laughter!
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RUSTIC WEDDING AT DAWN RANCH LODGE IN GUERNEVILLE CALIFORNIA – from a top san francisco candid documentary wedding photographer

The all white bridal cabin, the daisy filled meadow for the reception, and the tree lined pool and cabana area for the after party. There are so many wonderful details that Gwen and Cory crafted around their color theme of turquoise and red, it’s stunning to see them all play together.

The Groomsmen’s suspenders and pocket squares, the Bridesmaids dresses, jewelry and flowers, even their nails follow the theme.
The matching does not stop there! Gwen, a clothing designer by trade, created the table runners, candleholders, place cards and succulent displays donned in a different print all in theme. The cake topper, hand made by Cory, was the cutest wood and felt figurines in the likeness of the bride and groom, including a tiny banjo played by Cory and a replica of Mr. Peanut their rescue pup and ring bearer.

This teeny version of the newlyweds stood atop their three layer turquoise lace and red strawberry cake. Gwen’s friends are truly wonderful and helped out with everything from make up, to flowers, to DJing. Gwen’s vintage dress was to die for! Long, flowing with white lace, and embroidery all accented by red Bakelite jewelry and custom-made red suede shoes. Gwen walked down the aisle arm in arm with her parents and accompanied by a single guitarist. It was fitting that bikes were incorporated into their special day as Cory proposed to Gwen at the finish of her epic ride from San Francisco to L.A.

After vows were exchanged they rode off together on a tandem with Mr. Peanut in the front basket for photos in front of the family airstream that was brought up from Gwen’s parents home in Laguna Beach, California. Travel is also a big part of the couple’s lives as Gwen and Cory make it a point to go on an epic trip every year.
Cory’s family made a special trip from his hometown of Mississauga, Canada to celebrate in the festivities of the weekend.

Gwen and Cory created a truly magical atmosphere that paired beautifully with the rustic ranch setting.

 

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