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Kim & Jon | The Bridges Golf Club Wedding | Marriott Hotel | San Ramon

Kim and Jon’s wedding took place at The Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon after getting ready at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel. The wedding was a multi-cultural affair to say the least- combining American, Israeli, Chinese, and Vietnamese traditions all into one packed day. Kim changed between three beautiful dresses over the course of the wedding reception- the usual white dress, a red Chinese one, and a pink Vietnamese dress rounded out the selection.

When I met up with the couple for their engagement shoot at the Monterey Bay Aquarium they were training for a triathlon together. That event successfully completed, they were both in tip-top wedding shape, ready to get down and have some fun. Thanks to Ian Balam (who came all the way from Mexico to help assist) and the talented Nancy Tsai for their help with this huge and very fun wedding.

Ian’s photo:

In wedding photography it can be the fashion to take long walks looking for amazing/unique locations. However, in my experience simple can often be the best. In the middle of the day, with harsh light all around, we found a beautiful nook on the balcony outside of Kim’s suite with soft light and a wonderfully clean background. It made a beautiful place for some simple, classic bridal portraits.

Simple bridal portrait with Kim

Kim and Jon set up a beautiful huppa for the ceremony, adorned by a spectacular array of orchids. Kim’s favorite flowers were on display all over The Bridges throughout the night.

Ian’s photo:

Crying at wedding ceremony

The Bridges Golf Club wedding ceremony kiss

Bridges Golf Club San Ramon exit from wedding ceremony

Rabbi and kids at wedding

Bay Area wedding at sunset

Bridal portrait at The Bridges Club in San Ramon

Wedding celebration with bridge and groom

Ian’s photo:

The father of the bride making his speech…

Nancy’s Photo:

Hora dance or "Chair" dance

Cutting the wedding cake

The Bridges San Ramon wedding

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Ben & Courtney | San Luis Obispo Wedding

Ben and Courtney’s wedding on Courtney’s family ranch in San Luis Obispo was a fabulous affair, with more personality and heart than I could have imagined possible. The wedding took place under a grape arbor in the middle of the family garden, with all the flowers in full bloom and the summer harvest about to come in.

Almost everything at the wedding was handmade. The wedding flowers were grown in the garden, and the wedding desserts were made by the Courtney, based on beloved family recipes such as “Fern’s berry cobbler” and “Grandma Betty’s snickerdoodle cookies”. Quaint decorations dotting the barn reception, where twinkling lights and the San Luis Obispo Jazz Band added the final bit of flair to the evening. This was a classic California ranch wedding that I wouldn’t have done any other way.

And of course we can’t forget about the dogs. Perhaps my favorite bridal portraits ever?

Sometimes couples provide their own inspiration. My simple “let’s take a quick break. No need to smile!” turned into this wonderful frame. American Gothic meets Bay Area young professionals on the family ranch. Hmmmm.

A few details

Food by Cattaneo Bros. Catering, with live music by the San Luis Obispo Jazz Band.

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  • LibbyJames - August 31, 2009 - 6:23 pm

    I adore this wedding…so darn cute. I love all the details and sunflowers

Will & Shirley | UC Berkeley Engagement Shoot

I’ve known Will and Shirley from back in our days at Berkeley. They are now on to medical school (and getting married!) while I of all people happen to be taking a lot of photos lately. We met this past weekend to take their engagement photos around the UC Berkeley campus. After driving over from the city, all three of us took a few moments to marvel at how quiet and peaceful the campus seemed after the fast-paced rush of city life. Getting over our nostalgia, we continued to stroll through campus for a set of photos- visiting Doe Library, campus lawns, and even the incredible building I found during a biostatistics class (which was finally open after hours)! Take a look below:

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  • LibbyJames - August 27, 2009 - 5:28 pm

    Love the last image, that sun flair is fab!

  • Mackenzie - February 26, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    Which building on campus are those photos from? They’re beautiful!

Jen & Josh | The Holly Farm Wedding | Carmel, CA

Jen and Josh were recently married on the Holly Farm in Carmel. It was a beautiful event full of beautiful and fun-loving people, a gorgeous location. And yes- the photos turned out ok too. See a few of my favorites below. Thanks so much to Nancy Tsai and Sierra Hawthorne for helping me with the photography for this wedding.

The bride’s brother put his skills from band camp to good use, with a very “Love Actually” sendoff after the ceremony. A rather unique compliment to the “All you need is love” being played by the string quartet in the background.

I rarely post details on my blog, but I always take them. It’s great for wedding albums and a way to record the feel of the wedding day. Here’s a try at a collage from various little bits I found around the Holly Farm throughout the day.

A toast from Mom.

And believe it or not, this is my past roommate. Party on Dr. Larry.

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  • Jennifer & Josh - August 23, 2009 - 6:26 am

    Noah, Sierra, and Nancy-

    Thank you so, so much for all of your hard work. The photos look amazing! You captured our wedding day so well. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Josh said he put the hat on the little rooster in your photo board, and so we are so glad your attention to detail caught that one. We love your style- we are so glad we picked you for our wedding.

    We thank you SO much for all of your work!!

    Jen & Josh

  • william and anne - August 23, 2009 - 3:30 pm


    we love your photos and the wonderful mood and lighting. These are great… love the high dynamic range of some of the shots..
    Topaz perhaps.

    Bill and Anne Grisaitis

Jen & Josh Rehearsal Dinner | The Holly Farm | Carmel, CA

Here is the first of two posts for Jen and Josh’s beautiful wedding at the Holly Farm, in Carmel, CA. I arrived on a Friday night to cover the rehearsal dinner- a relaxed affair where guests built their own pizzas to be cooked on the wood fired oven that the Holly Farm puts to good use. The food was delicious, and when the sun went down the lights in the trees turned Holly Farm into an absolutely magical little oasis.

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Photos from the wedding are coming shortly.

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  • Marilena Santiago - September 17, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    Hi,I’m a photographer from Brazil, I’ve just found you site internet and a loved you photos

Sam & Jason | The Green Room, SF War Memorial Wedding

Sam and Jason came in from the East Coast to get married in San Francisco, starting their whole move back to our side of the country. The wedding day was full of spirited celebration, emotion, excitement, and of course lots of love as well. The wedding took place at the Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco. The ceremony location was fantastic, with a view of the church buildings that could have been from old Europe, with the towering buildings of San Francisco peeking in over the top. From there we went to one of my favorite wedding locations for the reception- the Green Room at the San Francisco War Memorial Building. After some photos downtown around City Hall and Davies Symphony Hall we settled in to dance the night away in style. My assistant for the day was Peter H. Chang, who also brought along the new Canon 200mm f/2.0 telephoto lens, a beautiful piece of equipment for capturing weddings.

Congratulations to Sam and Jason!

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Mark & Andrea | South Lake Tahoe Destination Wedding | Lakeland Villiage Resort

Mark and Andrea had their beautiful destination wedding at the Lakeland Villiage Resort in South Lake Tahoe, with the reception following at the Riva Grill, just a few hundred yards down the beach. Both Mark and Andrea have been coming to the Tahoe area to ski for years, so it was only natural that they come back to this beautiful place in the summer for their wedding. The ceremony was held on the beach, complimented by a few Canadian geese in the background, and a bit of a High Sierra thunderstorm to make the ceremony even more interesting. We had some absolutely beautiful light and clouds that came with the rain, and had SO much fun running out to take photos. I love the mountains, and this was a wedding were I really got to engage with that genre.

A few favorites are below. You can tell how much fun Mark and Andrea had!

The slideshow is below, or just click HERE.

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  • Emily Fehr - September 21, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    I love the pictures of this wedding. Can you tell me where in Lake Tahoe this wedding was at.