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Mexico is one of my favorite places to travel and a simply perfect location for a destination wedding. It has an abundance of beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, friendly people, amazing food, beautiful beaches…ok, you get the idea. I’ve spent lots of time in Mexico, even living in La Paz in the state of Baja California Sur. However before this destination wedding I hadn’t spent a lot of time in Mexico City, Mexico’s sprawling capital city. Interestingly enough, Mexico city is also one of the largest cities in the world, with over 20 million people. Juliane and Emilio wanted to get away from the bustle of the big city, choosing the Desierto de los Leones (Desert of the Lions) monastery for their engagement shoot. This beautiful secluded retreat dates back to the early 1600s, and stands outside the city in a beautiful pine forest, light years away from the city below.

The lighting was absolutely beautiful, and we had the afternoon to wander through the building and the gardens outside. See some of my favorite photos from the engagement shoot below:

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The Desierto de Los Leones Monastary – founded by Carmelite monks in 1606.

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As with any engagement shoot, this was a great opportunity to get to know this fantastic couple. We worked in English and Spanish, had a ton of fun, and I already can’t wait to get back to Mexico for another visit. While this was a local wedding for Emilio and Juliane, it was a destination wedding for me – and I really can’t say enough about how welcoming and open everyone was. Thank you, thank you, thank you! When I get clients who are this fun, loving, and outgoing (and I get to work in such beautiful places) my job really doesn’t get much easier.

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  • Konstandinos Goumenidis - January 14, 2010 - 9:58 am

    These are great! what a nice place for photographs! great job

  • Scott - January 20, 2010 - 5:09 am

    Wow, what an awesome location for an engagement session. Your photography not only captured the beauty of the location but made sure that the love the couple has for each other isnt over shadowed by the venue. Fantastic shots.

  • Jay Hsiang Studio - September 21, 2010 - 9:58 am

    Wow! Great photos. My favorite one is the 4th to the last one. Good stuff!

I’m almost done with the images from my last wedding in Mexico City, where I joined my friend and fellow photographer Ian Balam to shoot the wedding of Emilio and Juliane this past December. We did a portrait shoot at the old monastary Desierto de los Leones, and then had a spectacular full day wedding the following day, with festivities centered at the Hacienda de San Isidro, in Atizapan (part of Mexico City). Here’s a quick, lighthearted moment I captured from the reception. More to come shortly.

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  • Daniel - January 5, 2010 - 4:10 am

    Now there’s a great capture! Awesome photo!

Kim and Jon’s wedding album has just arrived, and I thought I’d share it. This is an example of my digital flushmount album. For this type of wedding album the layout of each page is done digitally, and then printed onto a photograph that is about 12×24 or 10×20 inches (depending on the album size), and then laminated onto the page. Cover options range from a simple single leather color, to photo inlays, to multiple tones and colors at the same time. For this album, Kim and Jon wanted a cover that was a bit more fancy, so we had fun! Each album is designed from scratch with custom layouts and custom covers based on a detailed consultation with each client. These are a work of art on their own, even better with the wedding photos inside.

I also do matted wedding albums, and will post some examples of those come in.

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  • Tim Halberg - January 4, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    beautiful album!!! (finao?)

  • Daniel - January 5, 2010 - 4:11 am

    Such a nice wedding album cover. Love the look of it. I’m sure your wedding clients will love this!

  • Hooman - January 8, 2010 - 5:10 am

    Really nice album! Great cover design and love the square spine and pages.

  • Scott - January 20, 2010 - 5:17 am

    Really nice combination on the cover choices for the couples wedding album. I really like the way this book turned out.

Shirley and Will are friends of mine from back in the Berkeley days. Both are now medical students, and taking their next big step. Their wedding took place at the St. John’s Church in San Francisco, with the reception dinner at the Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Emmeryville. The Chinese dinner was 10 courses of pure delight, with a fantastic view over the bay towards San Francisco. It was a lighthearted and fun day. Will composed a song just for Shirley which he crooned out while playing guitar. Afterwards Shirley had to read an X-ray of Will during the reception to make sure she could take care of him in case of any future accidents. While she did miss the collapsed lung on the film – I think the lighting might have had something to do with it. These are two of the kindest people I know, and I’m sure that they will be absolutely perfect for each other.

Thanks to Nancy Tsai for another set of fantastic images.

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The two sisters getting mom ready.

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This is my favorite shot of the day. A moment of quiet before the ceremony when everything is ready.

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The Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood restaurant, possibly the best Chinese banquet location in the Bay Area (plus it has an amazing view!).

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Mark and Sarit’s wedding at the Muir Beach Community was an intimate, spirited, and completely authentic event. The wedding, initially scheduled to be on the bluffs of Slide Ranch overlooking the Pacific Ocean, had to be moved inside after morning rain threatened. However, we got lucky with beautiful weather, and dramatic skies by the time the wedding arrived. Latin guitar music, fantastic food, and a look out over the ocean combined for a wonderful reception. We were even able to get away for a moment to take some wedding photos at the beautiful Muir Point overlook. I’ve passed by the beautiful overlook a few times, and the first time I saw it I knew it would be a perfect spot for a wedding shoot- and with this event just a few minutes away, it was an absolutely perfect little place to escape.

Mark’s son even brought along his little pug, who absolutely stole my heart away and brought back memories of my own pug and childhood best friend Wrinkles.

Below are some of my favorites. Thanks to Kris Coontz for helping me during the wedding day.

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I love the “have a good wedding sign.” Aren’t kids great?

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  • Keith Simonian - December 8, 2009 - 6:31 pm

    Great shot of the couple walking along the path towards the ocean.

  • Charlotte Geary - December 9, 2009 - 3:49 pm

    Such joy, beautifully documented!

  • Ted Johns - December 10, 2009 - 8:11 am

    What a beautiful location for a San Francisco Wedding Photographer to shoot! A Muir Beach wedding, or anywhere North of San Francisco, would be a dream location for a photographer.

  • Mike - December 14, 2009 - 6:52 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Noah! Love your style, the finishing, and your creativity.

    Happy Holidays!!

    – Mike and Natasha

  • Jerry - December 25, 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Great first shot. The sunlight and water in the background are excellently utilized!

  • Susan Hydzik - December 27, 2009 - 11:21 am

    Love the feel of this wedding. Beautiful lighting and color to your photographs! Awesome job!

  • Ariela - February 28, 2012 - 10:55 pm

    Gorgeous photos! And gorgeous venue, to boot? If you wouldn’t mind telling me…where is this reception? Bella!

From a quick fashion shoot up in the mountains of Patagonia. This is my sister Sierra, who came with my family to meet Nancy and I on our last big trip. I finally got around to retouching a few images and this one came up.

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  • Ted Johns - November 30, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    That is a beautiful image, Noah. Great back lighting. When I look for locations in which to shoot, I am always organizing it around the lighting and time of day. A nice fill light works wonders as well.
    I absolutely love your work!

  • Mark - December 4, 2009 - 9:08 am

    Beautiful photo, Noah! I look forward to seeing more.

  • Adam Cavanagh - December 7, 2009 - 8:08 pm

    Gorgeous capture

  • Photographick - December 8, 2009 - 11:51 am

    Love the image, but we want to see more!