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Tim + Jess | Relais Du Soleil Wedding | Glen Ellen, CA

Last weekend I joined Tim and Jess for a heartfelt, multicultural, offbeat wedding at the Relais du Soleil ranch in the Sonoma wine country. There were cute details galore during the wedding day, from delicious lemonade, to bright green sunglasses, smores with a campfire, a candy bar, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and much more. This delightful couple was so much fun to work with!

Thanks to Peter H. Chang for his help during the wedding as a second photographer.

Jess loves shoes. So much that she picked two pairs for the wedding. One for the photos before, and one for the ceremony and reception.

In a somewhat modified version of Chinese tradition, Tim and friends needed to prove his worthiness to marry Jess. This involved a game of “Bridal Pursuit” where the categories were brains, brawn, and bride. Since Tim is a physics faculty member at Stanford, and inronman triathlete, and theoretically knows Jess really well- this game was something to behold. Korean sit-ups, push-ups, a (Monday) NY Times crossword puzzle in under 5 minutes, a periodic table quiz and more made from quite an entertaining start to the festivities.

Meeting for the first time…

Relais du Soleil has a number of amazing sculptures on the property, made by the resident iron worker and artist. Most of these have been made for Burning Man, including the monumental piece below.

Peter’s photo above and below:

Peter’s photo below:

Peter’s photo below:

Jess’ grandmother gave away her ring after the ceremony, for Jess to keep in the family.

Father-daughter first dance was replaced by karaoke.

Thanks so much to Tim, Jess and their families for making me feel so welcome the whole day. It was such a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful wedding.

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  • Jess Dang - September 12, 2010 - 8:36 am

    Best day of my life. Noah and Peter, thanks for capturing so beautifully. I wish I could have you two photograph my entire life!

  • Jason Miller - September 12, 2010 - 11:31 am

    Absolutely amazing photos!

  • Alice - September 13, 2010 - 1:17 pm

    Lovely photos

  • Sam Gellman - September 13, 2010 - 5:47 pm

    Unbelievable shots that perfectly capture that day! Thanks Jess & Tim for a great time and Noah for capturing it so well!

  • Evan Carver - September 13, 2010 - 7:38 pm

    Wow. I think this makes that tortuous session in the sweltering field more than worth it. Tim, you got real air on that glass stomp! Well done, Noah and Peter! (And thanks for not commenting on my sad push-up form!)

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