Melanie & Michael’s Fun & Games Cinnabar Hills Wedding

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You might recall the cute engagement session we did with high-school sweethearts Melanie and Michael (and Tugs, their trusty owl sidekick) this past summer, on their 12th dating anniversary. A few months later, we had the pleasure of capturing their lighthearted, fun-filled wedding at San Jose’s Cinnabar Hills Golf Course.

The day kicked off with them getting ready for their big day. Melanie was a knockout in a white, strapless, beaded lace gown with sweetheart neckline and long train; for her “something old,” she donned the same shoes she wore to a high school dance with Michael. Michael cut a dashing figure in a three-piece charcoal suit with eggplant tie. With the help of YouTube, his groomsmen expertly pinned on everyone’s boutonnieres. Michael thanked them with Star Wars Lego watches that featured Stormtroopers (detachable, as Lily accidentally found out when she bumped into one).

Their first look under a…

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Ashley & Ryan’s Awesome High School Musical Wedding

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Ashley and Ryan’s colorful engagement session earlier this year did not adequately prepare us for the serious awesomeness that would be their wedding at Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto this summer. The complex not only features a ballroom but a community theater and a children’s theater, and it turned out that Ryan attended many a summer theater camp there. While he trod the boards in front of the curtain, Ashley literally wrangled the ropes behind the scenes. This, and their long history together (they dated for the first time in 9th grade, before finally dating again when they were college freshmen), would shape their wedding day tremendously.

The day kicked off with door games, a Chinese tradition wherein the bridesmaids block the groom from seeing his bride until he performs a series of tasks to their satisfaction. There was only time for one task, so the bridesmaids demanded…

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Monica & Phil’s Smashing Sequoyah Country Club Wedding

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It’s not every day that Bambi and his mom crash a wedding, but they did just that when Monica and Phil tied the knot at Sequoyah Country Club, a historic golf club in the Oakland hills. Their visit was just one of the many delights that made our couple’s joyous day even more incredible.

Everyone was in great spirits for the ceremony, which featured a canopy (built by Monica’s dad and aunts) set against a verdant backdrop. The ring bearer was especially amped and tore down the grassy aisle (a lollipop awaited him at the end), only to trip, tumble onto his back, and lose a shoe. He was ok but would later repeat the move in the same spot during the recessional!

Unlike their cute yet stoic ring bearer, Monica and Phil managed to stay on their feet and keep both shoes on despite her teary-eyed entrance. Their…

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Erika & Levi’s San Francisco Forest & Sand Engagement Excursion

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We love meeting our couples’ pets so you can imagine how loudly we squealed when Erika and Levi told us that their poodle/bichon mix Chloe would be joining us for their multi-location engagement session. Like her mommy and daddy, Chloe was sweet as can be and an absolute treat to have around as we zipped through AIDS Memorial Grove and Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park before catching the sunset at Baker Beach. She also showed incredible patience, wearing Levi’s meticulously lettered save-the-date chalkboard signs around her neck without a peep. She’ll no doubt do a great job at Erika and Levi’s wedding next spring!

Did we mention that she’s ridiculously soft and it was hard not to pet her the entire time? Well, it’s true! We could also go on about how Erika was a knockout in her magenta dress and how cute she and Levi are together, but…

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