Amalia and Eliot, Point Reyes Seashore Lodge and Toby&#...

Amalia and Eliot were married at the Point Reyes Seashore Lodge, and then took the party to Toby’s Feed Barn, which is becoming one of my favorite venues.  It’s funky and rustic, pretty, low key, and fun.  Plus, everyone who works at events there seems relaxed and like they’re truly enjoying their job.  It’s a North West Marin kind of feeling, and, being a Petaluma girl who grew up going to Stinson Beach many weekends to visit grandparents, I LOVE that.

Plus, these two were so beautiful, with their unique but classic taste, bright and colorful florals, and powerful love for each other.

And they hired Small Blue Planet Events, who I love, so that didn’t hurt either!

Sari and Nathan, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael

Sari and Nathan got married at Falkirk Cultural Center.  It’s a beautiful old home and gardens, owned by the City of San Rafael, and I’d never been there before.  Nathan had an elegant old fashioned groom’s look.  And Sari?  What stood out to me the most about Sari on her wedding day was her huge, beautiful, joyous smile.  She was so happy!  And although I always love photographing a wedding’s pretty shoes, veil, dress, flowers, jewelry, etc etc, I think that joy is the most beautiful, photogenic detail.

(That’s sounding dangerously close to “you’re never fully dressed without a smile”, but that’s okay.  I don’t mind being a cheeseball from time to time!)

Maggie and Jeremy, San Francisco Engagement Session

For their engagement photos, I got to capture Maggie and Jeremy doing their weekend kind of stuff in and around their San Francisco neighborhood.  Coffee, laundromat, park playing with their sweet and tiny pup.  And, of course, dramatic sunset smooching in the street while a cable car rattles toward them.  Standard Sunday evening, right?

Oh, how I love this photogenic city!


Sidenote: This was back in late summer or early fall, and after our shoot was done, I realized I’d be getting to the Golden Gate Bridge right at sunset.   How luck am I, that my drive home is always over this phenomenal landmark?!
One of my best friends was also in SF, before heading home to the East Bay, and because she’s awesome, she was easy to convince to meet me at Crissy Field, where I waded into the dark ocean, splashed wildly just because it felt good, and enjoyed our time together, overlooking the twinkling city light.

I am always awestruck when I approach this bridge, and this city.

Liz and Braz, Quivira Vineyards and Winery, Healdsburg

(Liz and Braz’s slideshow is here)

Quivira is a winery that’s also a biodynamic farm.  I think that basically means: it’s bee and critter friendly, and it’s freaking gorgeous!  I loved shooting there, and I’m adding it to my mental list of places to visit with my family.  Beautiful flowers, vegetable gardens, and, oh yeah, gorgeous and fun people getting married!  The longest farm table ever in between the vines with lovely vegetarian food, the most moving first look, vineyard-dusty boots, legal same sex marriage, and beautiful wine country genderqueer realness!!  My heart is filled with joy just remembering this wedding.  Enjoy!

Planning and coordination by the lovely Pilar, formerly of So Eventful, who’s now opened her own wedding planning shop, Flutter Events.

Catering was Dovetail Events.