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I met Vimal and Lena in the crafts village of Oia on the Greek island of Santorini for a portrait shoot. The couple is front India, living in Switzerland, working for a Palo Alto Tech company. With that connection in hand to start things off we met at the break of dawn at the end of the island to capture the spectacular low light glancing off the blue domed churches, and had the whole area to ourselves before the shops and tourists started to bustle about.

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Another post in the “epic adventure” theme, from my last scuba diving vacation out to Palau. I’ve long been an avid scuba diver and when combined with my professional photography business a foray into the field of underwater photography is always a wonderful and highly entertaining (if slightly frustrating) creative enterprise. I spent 2 weeks with family diving the warm waters of the Palauan reefs, known for some of the very best diving in the world. Strong currents from deep water bring lots of nutrients into these small island dots out in the pacific, along with manta rays, sharks, and an innumerable amount of other life both large and small. My favorite may have been Jellyfish Lake, where millions of jellyfish have been isolated from the open ocean in an enclosed lake long enough to have lost most of their singing capabilities allowing you to swim among them in what is truly a magical experience.

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It’s always an honor when another professional photographer asks me to work with them. Meagan is a talented photographer from the Philadelphia area who was traveling through the Bay Area with her wonderful new fiance James. We headed out around the Golden Gate Park area of San Francisco before heading down to the water at Chrissy Field and then the Embarcadero area with the city lights twinkling behind us.

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Tony and Janine were married at the beautiful Healdsburg Country Gardens, a quaint piece of paradise nestled about vineyards in California’s wine country. We were blessed with the first summer rainstorm of my memory, which everyone took in stride and good humor, en route to a wonderful rainbow and an ebullient and authentic evening full of family, fun and laughter.

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Sharon and Andrew were married at the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley, a charming garden centered building nestled in a quiet town just minutes from bustling San Francisco. Spring flowers were blooming, it was a beautiful sunny day and the wedding couldn’t have been any more beautiful.

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It is rare for me to have the chance to photograph the weddings of people I have known for years and years. Peggy and Paul’s wedding at the beautiful Murrieta’s Well, a part of the Wente Vineyards Estate was just such a chance.  I’ve known Peggy for a long time, “before Paul” even, and it has been wonderful to see her career develop, for her to come home over holidays from Washington DC, while catching up with the family and more. Together, Peggy and Paul are quiet, kind, respectful with just a touch of sass from Peggy once in a while to keep things interesting. With great families to back them up, I’m sure that the pair will do well as they head out to start their lives together in Detroit.

For the wedding we spent a beautiful warm summer night nestled among the vineyards in this surprising event venue out in the East Bay. It was absolutely stunning, great food and a perfectly put together affair for the smallish wedding of just over 100 people.

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Wedding Details:

Venue: Murrieta’s Well on Wente Vineyards

Rehearsal Dinner: Benu, San Francisco

Hair and Makeup: Penny Do, PD Artistry

DJ and Catering provided by Venue

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Stanford Memorial Church is without a doubt one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Northern California. I had the privilege of joining two kind, dedicated, and simply wonderful people in Nan and Aaron for their wedding ceremony at Stanford, followed by a wedding reception at the University Club of Palo Alto. The cherry blossoms of Spring were in full bloom, making for an absolutely gorgeous setting!

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Stanford Memorial Church in all its cavernous majesty for the wedding, jointly administered by a rabbi and one of the Stanford staff ministers.

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The University Club of Palo Alto, with wedding guests enjoying a cocktail at sunset.

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