Holman Ranch, Carmel, California. Jen and Gene have a TREMENDOUS story that goes back decades where they first met. Their story added a perfect chapter this past weekend when they were married. Surrounded by family and friends at the gorgeous Holman Ranch, it was a truly wonderful , emotional, funny, and relaxed wedding that showed off the love of these two people and everyone that surrounds them. Congratulations Jen and Gene. . . can't wait to watch the story continue.
From the Claremont Hotel to the top of the Berkeley Hills at the Lawrence Hall of Science, Christine and Ty have started their story together.
The scientist couple chose this unique venue to get married to represent who they are. Friends, family and guests all had an amazing time and incredible views.
Here are a few from the evening. . .
I had worked with Milly on a previous wedding as she was the event planner. She was dedicated, sharp, and funny. I hoped that I would get the chance to work with her again. And then, one day, I got an email from her about my availability for another wedding. I took that as a compliment because when a wedding planner/coordinator likes you, that's says volumes about you as a vendor. She liked my work, she liked me as a person, she thought I delivered to my clients. . . all those great things. We went back and forth a few times, and then , in her last email, she wrote : "oh yeah, by the way. . . it's for MY wedding". I was floored. Out of all the photographers she deals with from all of the events she puts on, she thought of me.
Well, getting to shoot Milly (and Jeff's :) ) wedding gave me the opportunity to get to know Milly even better. What a wonderful person. And this was my first time meeting Jeff. . . again, incredible guy. There are, unfortunately, wedding I've shot that I wonder why the two people are going through with this. Milly and Jeff are NOT one of those couples. They play off each other, are intensely in love with each other, and have so much fun together. It was such a pleasure to watch unfold.
Here are a few images from their wedding that I hope captured all that makes them so perfect for one another.
There are times in the life of a photographer that you are faced with challenges. The Mitchell | Munch Wedding had it's share, but also lent itself to some spectacular imagery. The beautiful bride and handsome groom were not the challenge. . . the challenge was how to capture the ceremony. The rules are VERY strict inside San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. I was not allowed past the last piew , nor was I allowed to go down the outer sides of the church during the ceremony. No flash, no noise, no chance. . right? Well, knowing that 99% of the ceremony was going to look the same, I took a chance on the bride's walk down the aisle. Sure, I could have gone for the "typical" or "traditional" shot of her and her dad coming towards me, but since the rest of the ceremony wouldn't lend itself to being creative photographically, I decided to take a chance now and get a shot that was different from the norm.
This was an all day wedding with getting ready shots beginning at 2pm and the wedding didn't end until after midnight. But what a wedding it was. From the earlier mentioned Grace Cathedral to the gorgeous Fairmont blocks away, it was a true fairytale wedding.
There was even an old Rolls Royce to take the couple from the church to the hotel.
The bridesmaids were stunning, the groomsmen all good looking nice guys, this was a wedding to remember.
A phenomenal touching speech by the father of the bride, a crowd that danced all night, and a fantastic band.
My 2nd challenge , as gorgeous as it was, was the fairmont reception. With styled lighting, comes a very dark place to take photographs. Having done a scout and planning ahead, I used my first "assistant" to help me with some off camera lighting (thank you Megan!).
Here are some of the results . . .
Since posting the free LGBT Wedding Photography giveaway, I've received a lot of incredible entries. One thing I'm learning is that I have NO idea how I'm supposed to pick one couple over another that is more "deserving" of winning. Every single entry that I received is "worthy" of getting the free photography shoot for their wedding, but I simply HAD to narrow it down. That's why I'm turning to you. . .
Please fill out your name and email (and optionally a little something about why your couple should win) and cast your vote for whom you think should win.
Below are the four couples (in no particular order) that I've narrowed it down to and their responses to the question "How did you know that your partner was 'the one' " (I've changed names to maintain a little privacy)
Voting will end at 11:59pm on Thursday, July 24th, and the winner will be announced on Friday, July 25th.
The votes will be tallied and go "towards" the final decision, but the vote alone will not determine the outcome. So share with all your friends to make a push for the couple of your choice.
Thank you everyone for your support for these incredible couples.
Couple 1: Spouse 1 & Spouse 2
Couple 2: Spouse 3 & Spouse 4
Couple 3: Spouse 5 & Spouse 6
Couple 4: Spouse 7 & Spouse 8
Thank you for helping me make this very difficult decision.
(none of the information collected will be used for anything other than this vote)
In honor of Pride Week I am giving away a FREE wedding shoot to one LGBT couple. Yes, "Free". No gimmicks, no hidden fees, NO MONEY!
I will be there the day of the wedding to shoot the couple getting ready, the ceremony and reception. Afterwards, the couple will get an online gallery with all color corrected images , a download link for all the digital files, and a professional video slideshow.
There have been so many positive strides made in recent times, that I wanted to keep the momentum going and simply do something nice for a loving couple.
Please fill out the form below and answer two simple questions:
- How did you know your partner was "the one"?
- Why do you feel I should choose your wedding to shoot?
If you are reading this and you're not an LGBT couple, and/or you're not getting married, please send this to someone who is!
Deadline to enter is 11:59pm on July 7, 2014