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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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St. Johns Church

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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!

Evangeline and Jason were married at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park – an impossibly beautiful (or perhaps cute would be the better word) church nestled in the Menlo Park suburbs next to Stanford. The reception followed at the beautiful Ralson Hall in Belmont.

Thanks to Peter H. Chang for assisting on the day.

Peter’s photo:

Evangeline wanted to do a Vogue glamor shoot with her and the girls. It’s not my usual style – but breaking out and trying something new is a ton of fun. I really like it!

Dancing through the night at Ralston

This is one of Peter’s photos that I really like. It captures the antique elegance of Ralston Hall, the warm glow, and also the really quiet side of the wedding as well.

Amidst the many standard cake cutting photos, I love this particular one showing the head chef demonstrating the cake cutting. After a hard edit vendors can “disappear” from wedding photos, but once in a while I like to leave a few in, as they can be an important part of the wedding memories and moments as well.

Weddings can be long and tiring events to be sure.

Just a moment of quiet solitude at the end of the evening.

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  • LibbyJames - November 17, 2009 - 4:12 am

    awesome venue

  • Matthias Photography - November 19, 2009 - 8:40 am

    Noah, in this post its evident how aware you are of light. The first and last pictures really set themselves apart in this regard. Inspiring. I just added you to my current list of top ten photographers on my blog. Cheers! Matthias

  • Sandi - November 19, 2009 - 10:46 pm

    Well done, Noah! Love, love, LOVE the image of the Bride and her mom. Beautifully captured expressions and connections!

  • Hooman - November 20, 2009 - 4:04 am

    What a fantastic series of photographs. I love the compositions, the great lighting, and the mood I get from them. The B&Ws are especially rich, and the church shot with the father showing his son the book is excellent! I can’t wait to see more.

  • NickP - November 20, 2009 - 8:15 am

    Beautiful light and framing in these photographs! The Love and Joy really show through from your photography, well done!

  • Juli - November 20, 2009 - 10:47 am

    Super coverage of this wedding. You made the bride look beautiful in so many of the images ! I totally LOVE the image of the bride and bridesmaids !! Competition winner !!

  • Picture Perfect Photography-Dennis Gignac - November 20, 2009 - 3:29 pm

    Great wedding! I love the last BW images. What a sweet moment.

  • Ted Johns - November 21, 2009 - 8:31 am

    That vogue shot with the subdued sepia tone is really a nice touch, Noah. Love it. And getting a shot of the couple alone at the end of the night is always a nice touch.

  • Daniel Sheehan - November 22, 2009 - 8:48 pm

    These pictures are fantastic! I love all the expressions, the candid smiles and photojournalism from this wedding collection. Great wedding photography!

  • Tonee - November 23, 2009 - 7:54 am

    noah! These are so fantastic! LOL @ at the sleeping guy. :D
    and could your bio pic be any more awesome?! I think not!

    The venue was amazing, the bride was amazing! just wow, job well done!

  • Ken - November 24, 2009 - 2:44 pm

    Beautiful images, love the lighting and he Black & White conversion of the girls in the car, your Black & Whites are stunning :)

  • Stephanie Zettl - November 24, 2009 - 5:48 pm

    I love the quiet moments you captured. What lovely wedding photography!

  • Charlotte Geary in Colorado Springs - November 24, 2009 - 9:00 pm

    Really elegant and lovely coverage, Noah. I especially love that last one.

  • d'Soleil - November 30, 2009 - 10:51 am

    I love the shot of the bride and her mom outside the church. Perfect capture and beautiful wedding!

  • Photographick - December 8, 2009 - 11:54 am

    I love the lighting in the post, it is simply amazing, the bride looks beautiful and the bridal party picture is breathtaking. Your black and white images are beautiful, I am sure your couple is extremely happy!

  • Jerry - December 25, 2009 - 1:50 pm

    Great shot of the bride and bridesmaids! It will surely be remembered! Great set!

  • Andy La - July 16, 2010 - 4:24 am

    How I love the 8th photo the angle and the light from the sun really emphasized the moment

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Alison and Will’s wedding at the Durham Ranch outside of St. Helena was a beautiful event after their  rehearsal dinner at the Mumm Vineyard in Napa Wine Country. The Durham Ranch is a beautiful private estate near Lake Berryessa with ample space, golden California hillsides, and huge oak trees throughout the property.

The central barn was beautifully decorated for the reception with hanging globes from the ceiling and tea candles on the floral arrangements. Simply beautiful. The design team from Hartmann Studios did a wonderful job for this wedding.

Below are a few of my favorites – hardly enough to do this wedding justice. Also a huge thank you to Nancy Tsai for her help as my second shooter on this wedding.

Durham ranch wedding portrait with Alison and Will

Will getting ready for the wedding

Durham Ranch wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony under the oak trees of Durham Ranch, St. Helena

Nancy’s photo

A few details:

Durham ranch wedding details

Father of the bride speech

First Dance Durham ranch wedding

Alison and Will also arranged for a fantastic band called the Pop Rocks to come and play. With full stage lighting, the wedding turned into a full fledged 80’s rock concert. Crowd surfing, crazy dancing, and all sorts of fun ensued. It was an absolute blast, and a wonderful infusion of energy for a truly unique reception feel.

Here are the parents enjoying themselves in a cake cutting picture with a different focus. Reactions and relationships aside from just the couple can be really fun to include in the photos.

Durham Ranch wedding and wedding reception at night

Location: The Durham Ranch

Catering: Real Events Group

Wedding lighting and design: Hartmann Studios

Live Band: The Pop Rocks

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  • Sandi - November 19, 2009 - 10:49 pm

    Wow! What a great wedding to photograph! Loved the Picture of the “Paparazzi” around the cake. Your pictures have a wonderful sense of style and whimsy. Great job!

  • Bob D - November 23, 2009 - 6:16 am

    What a beutiful event. Your images make me feel like I was there. Lovely work.

  • Keith - November 23, 2009 - 11:56 am

    Great use of light & I love all the color and emotion in your photography. Great stuff!!

  • Adam Cavanagh - December 7, 2009 - 8:13 pm

    Fantastic images. I’m loving your reception shots!

  • mark - December 27, 2009 - 7:34 pm

    Noah, this looks like it was a great wedding to shoot, lots of fun stuff happening. Great coverage! the older couple dancing, such a riot.

  • Patti Wallington - December 29, 2009 - 1:11 pm

    Your photographs of this wedding are spectacular; I love the shots of the reception and the colors – especially the one of grandma dancing!!

This is the first first of two posts dedicated to Alison and Will’s beautiful wedding in Napa wine country. We started on Friday evening with a rehearsal dinner at the Mumm Winery in Napa. I’ve been enjoying the Mumm champagne for years, but this was my first visit to the winery estate, a beautiful building nestled between the grape vines in the heart of Napa Wine Country. The event was beautifully decorated and catered by Kellie Magna of Real Events Group. The families had a heavy Maine contingent, prompting a fantastic lobster dinner complimented by some great wine, candlelight, and a beautiful California summer evening.

Mumm wedding table settings

Mumm vineyard wedding reception table setting

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Lobster bib

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A nice and honest toast from Alison’s little brother. Isn’t family wonderful?

Mumm winery wedding reception

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  • Keith - November 23, 2009 - 12:00 pm

    I love all the details and that tent shot with the stars is great.

  • Allen - November 29, 2009 - 6:22 pm

    Gorgeous color in the rehearsal dinner location Noah, I love the night time photo with the tent – beautiful :)

  • Jake - December 2, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Noah, what an awesome rehearsal dinner! The whole set is a keeper, but there are some real gems in there. I particularly like the elderly gentleman looking a little afraid of the lobster!

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