Thomas & Sara’s 1920s-Inspired Fairmont Hotel Wedding Bash

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When Sara and Thomas first contacted us to photograph their wedding reception, it was exactly two days before their San Francisco City Hall wedding, three days before the new year, and four days before the reception in question. Due to unforeseen circumstances, a week before their date, their original reception venue was no longer available so we all crossed our fingers as they scrambled to find a new location. It wasn’t until the actual day of their reception that we learned it would be held in the Presidential Suite on the eighth floor of the grand Fairmont Hotel.

Sara and Thomas told us they did a happy dance in one of the bathrooms when their guide left them alone for a second during their first visit. And why wouldn’t they? Although the hotel itself was erected in 1907, the 6,000-square-foot penthouse was added in the 1920s and is absolutely…

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Kelly & Mark’s Merry Manhattan Beach Wedding

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Having an outdoor wedding just a few days before Christmas probably sounds like a nightmare waiting to happen, but not if it’s held in Southern California! High-school sweethearts Kelly and Mark live in Manhattan but wanted to tie the knot in Southern California, where they both grew up. When they came across Verandas Beach House, a chic, split-level space located just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean, they knew it was the perfect place for their winter-solstice nuptials. Plus they fully enjoyed picturing their guests’ confusion upon learning that they’d be getting married in Manhattan Beach, California, not Manhattan Beach, New York!

Kelly slipped into her stunning, strapless beaded gown at the stylish Belamar Hotel, in a spacious room that boasted a giant portrait of a chihuahua and a bed that practically begged to be jumped on (her bridesmaids happily obliged). When we arrived at…

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Azin & Chad’s Redwoods & Waterfront Wolf Moon Engagement Session

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Shortly after the dawn of the new year, we had the pleasure of witnessing the rise of the Wolf Moon with Azin and Chad. Also called the Old Moon, it could be viewed in its full orange glory from the moment the sun set that day, which was an unexpected treat.

But before we jump ahead, let’s start at the beginning! The engagement session kicked off at Mather Redwood Grove at UC Berkeley’s Botanical Garden, where we found ourselves chasing the waning sunlight across the five-acre swath of silent, majestic giants. From there, we headed over to Marina Park in Emeryville to catch the colorful sunset and watch San Francisco and the Port of Oakland twinkle. Little did we know we’d experience a simultaneous moonrise!

For the finale, we captured our couple at Berkeley’s California movie theater, which, fittingly, was showing Into the Wild, Interstellar, and Wild

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Christy & Yohei’s Epic Treasure Island Karaoke Wedding

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We didn’t quite know what to expect when Christy and Yohei told us they’d be having karaoke at their wedding reception but, judging by their colorful rainy-day engagement session earlier this year, we had a feeling it would be a blast. And they totally delivered!

On their special day, Christy slipped into a gorgeous mermaid-style gown at Le Meridien, in a room that boasted sweeping views of San Francisco and the bay. Meanwhile, Yohei got ready in their SF home, where he, his brother, and friend watched ridiculous music videos for karaoke inspiration. In a spiffy, off-white striped suit, Yohei made his way to The Vista, a sleek event space on Treasure Island.

Amid flocks of pelicans, seagulls, and tourists, Christy and Yohei saw each other for the first time that day on the blustery waterfront. Huge gusts of wind whipped around them and we feared they’d whisk Christy and her…

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