San Francisco City Hall Wedding | Carrie + Dylan

San Francisco City Hall is as beautiful as you can imagine, if not more! If you haven’t had the chance to visit, definitely put it on your SF list. The architecture and design details are stunning. There’s also a bit of history to enjoy. City Hall hosts up to 3 civil ceremonies every half hour, not including private ones. That’s almost 40 ceremonies per day! It’s strange to think that Monday-Friday is just another ‘day in the office’ for some folks. Luckily, I get to partake in some of those days :).

Carrie and Dylan reached out to me regarding their ‘destination wedding’ in SF late last year and, in our initial conversations, warned me about not being as photogenic as others. They could not be more wrong! These are two of *the* nicest people I’ve ever met and their sweet genuity totally shows. Attributed to their Canadian roots? Perhaps! 🙂

Since City Hall can get *very* crowded on a Summer Friday, Carrie & Dylan met me for pre-ceremony portraits a few hours before. How lucky were we to get some of these images without catching the tour groups on the sides!? In addition to City Hall, the two also held a small tea ceremony to honor Carrie’s Chinese heritage. I just love how the red pops and contrasts from the City Hall images! After saying “I do,” the newlyweds celebrated with their closest friends and family at Absinthe down the street. The food hit the spot and that cake! Oh so scrumptious!

So honored to have photographed this special day for Carrie + Dylan. <3.

Venue: San Francisco City Hall
Reception: Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
Hair & Make-up: Anna of Wowpretty
Invitations, Programs, & Cake Topper: Paper Trails Design Co.
Cake: Bala the Cake Maker

Sacramento Senior Sessions | Maurin & William

“Senior” sessions, yay! Congrats to all the 2017 graduates this year! It’s not easy to survive high school while going through the changes of teenage-dom :).

Maurin & William wanted to explore Sacramento for their portraits. Since downtown & midtown are fast developing hot spots, it’s easy to see why Maurin hopes to eventually move into the area. R street, especially, has developments designed especially for artists and has a very eclectic personality – perfectly matches this beautiful girl. Why the quotations in “senior” earlier? Maurin graduated 3 years earlier and just never got around to her session! While she can get away with belated portraits, I don’t quite recommend it for everyone. With that said, if you are 10 years+ belated and asking yourself, “Why do a solo portrait session now?” I ask, why not? 🙂

Unlike Maurin, William *is* a member of the 2017 class :). For his session, we decided to incorporate one of his passions – blacksmithing. William has always enjoyed working with found objects, but a few years ago, he decided to pursue metal work a little more. Interning at a shop near his home, he started creating work not only for himself to hone his skills, but also for charity fundraising opportunities. How awesome is that!? Congrats to William again & I look forward to seeing some of the work around Sacramento :).

UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens Family Session | Castro Family

So excited to share this session! Although the Fall & Holiday season flew by so quickly, family portraits are perfect for any time of year. For the Castro Family, we planned a fun, albeit brisk, morning at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens. This is the perfect place to fit in a little bit of education on horticulture from around the world. It also has the perfect amount of space for the kids to run around and expend some energy :). Enjoy!