Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Michelle + Eric: An Elopement from Cityscape to Rolling hills (San Francisco/Nicasio, CA)

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Michelle and Eric love to travel and so they decided to elope in San Francisco. They flew over from Toronto, the city they live in, with their parents and a few close friends, to have their Civil ceremony at SF City Hall. In addition to celebrate in San Francisco, Michelle also wanted to go back to visit a beautiful ranch with horses in Nicasio where she has visited when she was very young. It was not easy to design and plan a wedding remotely, and Michelle did it with amazing details, from the route to the City Hall, the driving machine for Eric, to the celebration in Sausalito and Nicasio. When Michelle told me her plans, it sounded like a romantic movie, and my mission was to capture their day just like one.

On their day of, we started early in the beautiful classic Omni Hotel for the getting ready pictures. Although Michelle has planned to take the cable car to the City Hall, for whatever reason, the cable car driver did not stop for us, and all of us just stood there, watching the cable car passed us by. It was quite disappointing, and we had to use our backup plan and took the cab instead.

The City Hall was especially crowded that day. Of all the times I have been there for Civil weddings, I have never seen that many people, especially wedding couples and their photography/videography crews! Michelle and Eric's ceremony was a short but sweet, and we were able to get a few nice signature shots inside, away from the crowds. After the ceremony, we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and to get some images with the bridge. It has been a while since I've been on this side of the GGB for photos, and it was quite refreshing!

Before we headed out to Nicasio, Michelle and Eric took the group to Scoma's, a nice restaurant in Sausalito on the pier, and we got a lot of nice picture moments too!

The drive up to the Danehill Manor was quite long, but the jaw-dropping scenery was well worth it! It's just like entering a different world, and felt like a dream! It was also my first time being so close to that many horses, which were freely wandering around! The owner, Karin, was very friendly and she kept reminding us how to make eye and body contact with the horses to get close to them and have them follow you. It was a unique experience and a wonderful afternoon at this gorgeous place! 

Congratulations to Michelle and Eric again and thanks for letting me capture this memorable day of theirs!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Nancy + Zack: Meant for One Another (San Francisco, CA)


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Nancy and Zack’s love story began when Nancy, who lives in Vancouver, came to the Bay Area to attend a church youth retreat a few years ago. With the help of modern technologies like Facebook and Skype, their love started to blossom, and the couple came to realize that they are meant for each other. When I took their engagement shoot in San Francisco, I could see why. Nancy and Zack is one of the sweetest and most adorable couple I’ve met.

Preparing a wedding is no easy task, and probably even more so when the bride resides remotely. Nancy had to make frequent trips to the Bay Area to prepare for their wedding. Luckily, Zack’s mom came forward to be their wedding coordinator and made things easier for the couple. And their wedding day was such a success with so many guests, especially those out-of-town. 

Nancy and Zack were crowned and blessed in the beautiful St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in San Francisco. It was such a heart-warming moment with a room full of friends and families to share the happiness with the newly-wed. And that contended smiles on their faces when they walked out the church just said it all! 

The celebration continued at the Roundhill Country Club in Alamo. And of course there were so many touching, joyous, tearful moments the whole time! One of the sweetest and wonderful moment was when Nancy’s father presented the #5 F.Attalla T-shirt to Zack, welcoming him as #5 in the family!

My sincerest wish to this lovely couple for a wonderful journey together. 

And many thanks to my friend, Heidi Sandoval, for shooting this beautiful wedding with me! 

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