Kristen and Bryan’s Harry Potter–infused engagement session did not prepare us at all for the jaw-dropping amazeballs extravaganza that would be their New Year’s eve wedding.
“We knew from the beginning that we wanted to incorporate our nerdy side and make our wedding feel personalized,” says Kristen. “We wanted our guests to arrive at the wedding and think ‘this is Kristen and Bryan’s wedding.’ We wanted it to have our personality and not take it too seriously. New Year’s eve seemed like the perfect night for us to get married because we could have a wonderful over-the-top party.”
Judging by all the “wows” and gasps we heard at every turn, from the fairy-dusted candlelit ceremony chamber to the glittering enchanted forest reception to the glamtastic dancefloor, they succeeded.
Their day started at the Galleria Park Hotel, where a dinosaur attempted to inhale Kristen’s sparkly shoes, mischievous Harry…
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A collection of our best wedding and engagement photos of 2015!
What an epic year for love 2015 turned out to be! On a national level, the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26th landmark ruling declared that same-sex couples have the right to marry. On a personal level, we were honored to join incredible couples on one of the most significant days of their lives together.
Our whirlwind year was marked by weddings on Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and New Year’s eve. We maneuvered around trains, planes, and automobiles, as well as buses, scooters, skateboards, and bikes. We even boarded a few to travel to Malibu, Chicago, Louisville (KY), Japan, and Taiwan. We befriended dogs, squirrels, gophers, sheep, horses, and 2000 cranes (the latter albeit of the paper variety). Our mouths dropped in awe when our couples shared their many talents: singing a cappella, swing dancing, Irish dancing, breakdancing, wiffle balling, levitating, frontside grinding, frolicking gleefully. Most importantly, we witnessed honest, unbridled laughter and…
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When Diana and Jerome told us that their Lake Merritt wedding would be inspired by Up, we’ll admit we were a tad concerned. We were a blubbering mess within 10 minutes of watching the Pixar animated film—how could we possibly photograph anything through a torrent of tears and snot? We made sure to stock up on Kleenex just in case.
Happily, just like the film, there was plenty of laughter to offset the misty-eyed moments. Their day began at the Oakland Marriott City Center, which offered stunning panoramic views of San Francisco, the Port of Oakland, and the Oakland Tribune building on that gorgeous summer day. Diana’s beaming smile and frequent bursts of glee reflected the buoyant mood as her bridal elves helped her into a lovely, white, strapless gown and veil. Our groom had his own set of elves that made sure he rocked his…
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