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Heather & Chris | Brazil Room Wedding | Tilden Park, Berkeley

I love working at the Brazil Room in Tilden park. The little building nestled among the trees in the huge open space is a world apart from the bustling bay area just outside. It’s wonderful to roll out my front door and 5 minutes later be ready to take pictures. Of course, it gets even better with clients like Heather and Chris. I have known Heather’s family for years, since I played clarinet with her sister Lindsay in the 4th grade band, and babysat her younger brother Joel. A decade later, we’ve all grown up- and it was such a treat to see the family again. Chris and his family were a wonderful addition to the group, and a joy to meet as well.

We braved the summer heat and harsh sun for an early Sunday wedding after getting ready at the Hotel Durant in downtown Berkeley. The day was simple, but genuine and absolutely wonderful. Below are a few of my favorite shots. Thanks also to Peter H. Chang for his help during the day.

Peter’s photo:

Peter’s photo:

Thanks to the coordinator Leah Bertoli for her help during the day, and for the loan of the great parasols. Beautiful, and they made a great diffuser for photos in the bright high-noon sun.

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  • HD Wedding Videographer - January 17, 2011 - 7:47 pm

    Cool pics! I was the videographer at this wedding. I knew you were going to take some great photos!

Julie & Jeff | Relais du Soleil Wedding | Glen Ellen, CA

Julie and Jeff were married last week at the Relais du Soleil ranch in Glen Ellen. This secluded and rustic ranch in the middle of Sonoma wine country makes for a spectacular wedding retreat. The couple’s chow Agnes made another special appearance as the ring bearer, while the wedding took place underneath the huge spread of an oak tree. The wedding was completed with an on-site BBQ, a bluegrass/folk band, and then a raging dance party to 80′s pop. It was an intimate, personal, and absolutely beautiful wedding. Thanks to Nancy Tsai for her help as a second photographer as well. See some of my favorites below.

Nancy’s photo

2 more great shots from Nancy

The couple also ditched the traditional wedding cake in favor of a candy bar. It was a bit hit, with a line of enthralled adults and children all night waiting for their fix. Even I was even able to rekindle my own long dormant relationship with Jelly Bellies. Fun!

Nancy’s photo:

Nancy making good use of the new 5D II camera with a little break dancing:

One last huge congratulations to Julie and Jeff, now also my new neighbors in SF!

And a final thank yout to the other vendors who did a spectacular job with the wedding…

Wedding Coordination: Lisa and Adriana from Aloe Events

Flowers: La Fleuriste

Catering: LVCC Catering

Music: Suzy and Eric Thompson (bluegrass and folk music)

Band: The Poprocks (80′s cover band)

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  • Mandi - June 28, 2009 - 5:48 am

    Nice images. Looks like a fun wedding.

  • Becca - July 15, 2010 - 10:10 am

    Love these photos! What time of year was this? I’m considering Relais du Soleil for my own wedding.

  • Noah Hawthorne - July 15, 2010 - 5:29 pm

    This was a June summer wedding. Lots of fun and very pretty!

Billy & Arah | Berkeley City Club | St. Mark’s Church Wedding

Billy and Arah were married this past weekend at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, followed by a beautiful reception at the Berkeley City Club (one of my regular favorites). I met Billy and Arah over a year ago while they were looking for a wedding location designed by the famous architect Julia Morgan. Her beautiful buildings include the monumental Hearst Castle, and a few local gems as well, such as the Berkeley City Club. Since we first met, Billy and Arah have been a joy to be around. Ten minutes into our engagement shoot in San Francisco last week, I was already falling in love with this couple myself. They are such wonderful and kind people…perfectly meant for each other.

Special thanks to Peter. H Chang for his help second shooting this wedding and for helping me get set up with some new equipment. You’ll notice that this wedding has sharper, brighter, cleaner pictures than ever before- thanks to my new camera system with the Canon 5D Mk II and a set of fantastic prime lenses.

Peter’s photo:

Peter’s photo:

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  • Emily - June 19, 2009 - 11:54 am

    Noah, these are beautiful! Of course, I already thought you were great, regardless of your equipment :) Are you totally loving the 5D? I just got one myself (the Mark II) and am having a blast with it. I can’t wait to shoot my weddings at the end of the summer!

  • Linda Kakes - June 19, 2009 - 2:44 pm

    It was wonderful meeting you, Noah. These pictures are incredible. We’ll treasure them forever. No one could ask for better keepsakes of her son’s wedding.

Alex & Emily | Madrona Manor Wedding

Alex and Emily were married at the Madrona Manor in Healdsburg. This beautiful wedding venue is in the middle of wine country, and of course has an amazing 5-star restaurant included as well. This particular wedding carried a bit of a cultural theme, with Alex bringing his clan’s pattern all the way from Scotland and putting it on display with the groomsmen for the day. I was joined by Peter H. Chang who helped with a second photography perspective. It was a beautiful day, for two very special and wonderful clients. Congratulations!

Madrona Manor wedding venue

Madrona Manor groom photo

Madrona Manor wedding in Healdsburg, CA

Bride getting ready at Madrona Manor

And of course I have more cute children photos from this wedding than I know what to do with…

Flower girls before ceremony at Madrona Manor

Wedding ceremony at Madrona Manor in California wine country

Peter’s photo:

Speech during wedding ceremony

Bride and Groom after the wedding

wedding cake

The Madrona Manor has an abundance of beautiful gardens that fill with late afternoon sun. It made for some great portraits, and of course a wonderful venue quietly tucked into a secluded portion of wine country.

Bride with flower girls and ring bearer

Kids playing with wagon at wedding reception

relaxed bridal portraits at Madrona Manor

Father daughter dance with off camera flash

Night photo at Madrona Manor

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Author Portraits

Rosalind Creasy is a pioneer in the field of Edible Landscaping- namely the art of turning over your lawn in favor of a lush and tastefully arranged garden full of vegetables, fruits and other unlikely edibles. More than just growing food though, Ros is most likely the nation’s expert on the landscaping aspect of this art- using edibles to make a truly beautiful garden that is also wonderfully functional. She has published innumerable garden books, and is working on her biggest to date, the updated  Edible Landscaping (Sierra Club Books 2010). Ros asked me to take a number of author photographs to be used in this book and her other upcoming publications. We came away with a nice mix that she can rotate through for the next several years. Below are just a few, concentrating on the author- but check out the edible nasturtium flowers and cabbage in the backgrounds. Everything has a purpose!

Be sure to check out Ros’ new book next year, and if you haven’t already, think about gardening! I can’t wait for my group of Early Girl tomatoes to come in this summer. Should be about 4 weeks!

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Billy & Arah’s SF Engagement Shoot | Mission District | Crissy Field | Grace Cathedral

With Billy and Arah’s wedding just a week away, we slipped an engagement shoot just in time. Arah wanted an urban look for a few photos, so we took a stroll through some streets in the Mission District of San Francisco. The couple’s new baby Layla came along as well, an 8-month-old ball of furry energy who may not have the best leash manners, but brought some wonderful good humor to the day. After a bit of time on the streets we went to Crissy Field to let Layla stretch her legs while we enjoyed the sunset. We finished the evening at the monumental Grace Cathedral- the site where Billy proposed to Arah more than a year ago.

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