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Sam & Elise | San Francisco Engagement Session

I met Sam about two years ago when I photographed his brother’s wedding (flashback to Nina and Peter HERE ). It’s wonderful to see families come together, people growing up (though it does make me feel older), and it’s even better to have the chance to spend time with wonderful and kind people who can brighten anyone’s day. That must be one of Sam’s biggest talents, and he seems to have met his match with Elise. The pair met at Stanford where Sam is now finishing up a Masters and preparing for medical school. The two will be getting married in Salt Lake City, but took a quick break to come and join me in San Francisco around the Golden Gate Park and Sutro Baths for their engagement shoot. It was a classic overcast foggy day, which made for some bright colors and easy shooting. We had a ton of fun, only got a little wet in the waves and found several new secret spots in the midst of some of my favorites.

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Yas + Dustin | Green Room Persian Wedding

After photographing weddings for more than 6 years, I have seen a huge variety of wedding traditions. However, this past wedding with Yas and Dustin at the San Francisco War Memorial Building’s Green Room was truly a unique experience. First off, it was an extravagant, vibrant and spirited Persian ceremony centered around a hand made sofreh, family baklava and personal touches around the gorgeous room. And in a surprising but touching twist, it just so happens that this couple actually got married more than a year ago. However, their small private ceremony didn’t have the full Persian flair that tradition (and the couple themselves) wanted to enjoy. Take a quick peek at some of the wonderful moments, color, and beauty that was so abundant that night.  Many thanks to Chris Fuzi for his help photographing this wedding.

Green Room San Francisco Wedding

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Green Room San Francisco Wedding

Green Room San Francisco Wedding

Green Room San Francisco Wedding

Green Room San Francisco Wedding

Green Room San Francisco Wedding

Green Room San Francisco Wedding

Green Room San Francisco Wedding

Green Room San Francisco Wedding

Green Room San Francisco Wedding

Green Room San Francisco Wedding

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The Green Room, situated on the second floor of the fabulous War Memorial Building in San Francisco. Beautiful all day, but even better at night.

Green Room San Francisco Wedding

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  • Navdeep Singh - November 16, 2012 - 6:29 am

    perfect shots full of colors good control on DOF.

  • Pervanj mohajer - December 5, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    Super like,,,,,,????????????????

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    Super like,,,,

Zena & Ronak | San Francisco Engagement Session

Zena & Ronak came out from New York City and Tulsa, for a photoshoot around good old San Francisco, the city where they met six years ago.  They will be getting married this March in Houston, with an event-filled 3 day celebration. SF was their first stop on West coast jaunt down the coast with what I’m sure will be lots of romantic stops. Ronak wanted some good tips for Monterey, but I could only get as far as Cannery Row and my favorite tuna at the aquarium. Luckily I have more suggestions in terms of both date spots and photos locations in SF, where we were able to wander through the industrial side of the Central Waterfront and Mission Bay before heading over to Baker Beach for some splashing in the water and the classic San Francisco views.

 

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  • Neal - August 9, 2012 - 9:01 am

    Nice pics! I’m liking the shawl sweater a lot. Nimi says she could have done without the kissing pic.

Julia + Stuart | El Mirador Montecito Wedding

It is rare for me to do “destination weddings” that are still in California. But for Stuart and Julia’s wedding at the fabulous private estate of El Mirador in Montecito, I had the privilege of breaking out of the tradition for a brief weekend down on the Central Coast of California. Normally a private and extensive botanical garden, this wedding near Santa Barbara was immaculately nestled into a Spanish style adobe courtyard, with the reception set up among the trees with floodlights illuminating the natural beauty around for the rambunctious dancing that whirled on throughout the night. It was elegant, emotional, and full of genuine love, affection, and wonderful family.

Many thanks to Julia and Stuart for including me in their special day, and to Ian Balam for his invaluable photography assistance. More photos are coming, but this extensive sneak peak should do some justice to the wonderful event for now.

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Adam & Cathy | Berkeley City Club & St. Leo’s Church Wedding

Adam and Cathy were married at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Oakland, with a reception at the Berkeley City Club. The Berkeley City Club is one my my favorite locations, with sweeping Julia Morgan architecture and warm golden light throughout the building. The couple had a bluegrass band, and waltzed away the evening with a wonderful group of family and friends. Looking through the full set of wedding photos I am again reminded of how lucky I am to be able to share in the wonderful wedding transition for such genuine, warm and kind people.

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Red Epic 3D Wedding Film

My partner for fusion films coverage Peter Chang came along to my past wedding with Julia and Stewart at the El Mirador private estate in Montecito, CA. Peter is getting a great new set of equipment ready for our upcoming IMAX film, and has founded a new high-tech 3D films production company called Golden Gate 3D. As a friend of the couple, and a groomsman in the wedding, Peter brought along some help in the form of Benjamin Casias on Steadycam who came up from LA, and Paul Leeming with the technical setup and focus pulling. I was, of course, shooting the still photos for the event. Below is a fun trial of a few clips Peter put together. It looks great in 3D (and will look funny on a regular 2D monitor). This is likely one of the first weddings to be filmed in ultra high 5K resolution AND 3D at the same time. Of course, in addition to the best of the best technology, you still need to capture wonderful moments in an artistic manner – and that full involved production is still underway for this event. Till then, here’s a taste of some of the visuals that are possible with this great setup! The full film and photos will be coming along shortly.

 

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Salina & Elijah | Valley Presbyterian Church Wedding | San Jose Women’s Club Reception

Salina and Elijah were married at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, a beautiful church nestled in with the redwoods, and wide open windows bringing the trees right to the doorstep of their altar. We then went to the Windy Hills Preserve down the road for a few wedding photos in grass fields just turning into summer gold. The reception was at the San Jose Women’s Club, including Lion Dancing (a Chinese wedding tradition), tea ceremony, and even a first dance set to an operatic “Take me out to the ballgame,” which fit nicely with Elijah’s suave new Toronto Bluejay’s cufflinks that Salina gave him for the day.

Many thanks to Ian Balam for assisting me on the wedding day.

 

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  • Wynham Ku - June 10, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    Congrats to Salina and Elijah!