When it comes to civil ceremonies, San Francisco boasts one of the most striking municipal buildings in the U.S. in which to proclaim, “I do.” Built in 1915, City Hall is a Beaux-Arts beauty with a grand staircase and ornate architecture, and was featured in classic films such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Even Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio tied the knot here in 1954!
One bustling Friday afternoon, we met up with Jayla and Tyler, who had driven down from Davis to elope. Our bride dazzled in a cream-colored, 1940s-inspired dress, navy T-strap heels, and sparkly nails, while our groom rocked a gray suit with a paisley tie.
Jayla and Tyler had booked the last marriage appointment of the day so we had plenty of time to explore the nooks and crannies of the building. By the time it was…
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Tucked amid the rolling hills and majestic redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains and boasting an enchanted forest appointed with napping dragons, a fairytale cottage, a giant chess board, a mini train, waterfalls, and carousel animals, Nestldown turned out to be the perfect wonderland for self-proclaimed wood nymph Becca and her prince Sean. Little did we know how much awesome would be awaiting us on their wedding day!
For starters, our wood nymph transformed into a Grecian goddess, absolutely stunning in a silk gown and a crown of golden laurel leaves (handmade in Greece!) atop her shiny red tresses. Her grandmother surprised her with an heirloom that Becca had been eyeing since she was a young girl—an emerald ring that beautifully complemented her look (and her Art Deco–inspired manicure). Meanwhile, Sean cut a dashing figure in a light gray suit, lavender shirt, and purple paisley tie…
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Renee and Sam live a stone’s throw from San Francisco’s famed Embarcadero and spend a lot of time enjoying its breezy promenade, breathtaking bay and bridge views, and acclaimed eateries. For their engagement session, they thought it’d be fun to capture this important slice of their lives together.
We kicked off the session at Hard Water at Pier 3, a whiskey bar with a diverse array of enticing bites. There, our couple threw back drinks, a half-dozen oysters, and a decadent slab of chocolate peanut butter pie to fuel themselves for the ridiculous cuteness to come. Happily, no one got hurt in the spirited bubble shoot-out in the shadow of the Transamerica Building or the competitive bout of bocce ball, or while dodging bicycles along the wooden pier or chasing down the fleet of antique street cars.
Well, that’s not entirely true. Our cheeks totally hurt from all the smiling…
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It’s not every day that we get to frolic on a beach during the week so we were excited to join Janet and Prentice at San Francisco’s famed Baker Beach on a gorgeous Wednesday in March. The beach boasts not only a mile-long stretch of sand (a small portion of which is often favored by nude sunbathers) but a glorious view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
As a fellow photographer, Prentice knew we occasionally shoot film and asked if we could do so for their engagement session. We were thrilled to oblige and complemented our digital arsenal with a Diana F+ toy camera and a roll of slide film that expired in 2002 for some fun experimentation (you’ll recognize these shots by their square shape). It’s pretty magical developing your film and seeing not only how your double exposures turned out but also how the film has changed over time!…
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