My love for pie began with the t.v show Twin Peaks. I’ve dreamed about living, or at least experiencing what it’s like to live in a small town in the woods. Drive a truck with a dog that rides to town with me, and live in a cabin.  And there’s something sexy about a man who loves pie, in this case Cherry pie with black coffee. It’s on my travel list to go to the diner in North Bend WA, and order cherry pie with black coffee like Agent Dale Cooper.

The end of the year is a busy time, I miss cooking. There was a sale on Black berries, so I made my  favorite fruit pie. I used this recipe by chef Marilyn Batali from Food & Wine magazine. It turned out great, not too sweet.


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Mariah & Sean’s wedding was in Muir beach. It was a surprisingly sunny day for the coast. Their friend Zechariah married them at the Muir beach overlook. Such a gorgeous spot! It’s one of the first places Sean took mariah on a motorcycle trip when she came to visit him from Boulder.

I love the story of how these two met. Mariah’s dog Cooper ran from the car after a 13 hour drive from Minneapolis to Boulder, chasing Sean’s dog into his hotel room…Mariah moved to CA to be with Sean 5 months later.

They enjoyed traveling & exploring Nor Cal. Every weekend they found somewhere new. Every off-the-beaten-trail bakery, cheese farm, farm stand, diner, Restaurant, winery, b&b, hiking trail, and campsite they could find.

It’s sweet how much love they both have for Nor Cal. Their adventures here reminds me of all the road trips Tim & I have gone on and wish we could go on every weekend. In Sean’s own words, “being a kid from the flatlands of florida and central michigan, the diverse and epic landscape floored me. I bought a motorcycle and spent the 11 years exploring the pacific northwest and all it has to offer.” I bet he knows some secret spots I don’t!
Mariah & her gals got ready at The Pelican Inn, where their reception was. And enjoyed a moscow mule in matching copper mugs. I had just photographed the same mugs at Magpie & Rye. The Pelican Inn is a cozy spot, with old English country charm. It’s a great place to grab a drink, walking distance to the beach or after a hike in the woods. It is also where Sean & Mariah had their first date after she moved to SF.
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The beautiful rings are Rebecca Overmann, an amazing jewelry designer in SF who works with recycled gold and raw diamonds. They wanted to make sure that their rings were conflict-free and artisan-made, so Rebecca fit the bill perfectly! I love the different warm colors of the stones. It reminds me of the beautiful palette they put together for their wedding party. The backlit sun exaggerated the colors from soft pink, peach, mustard, to rust. Soo pretty, so fall!
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Mariah wore a vintage Badgley Mischka dress for the ceremony & a vintage dotted swiss dress from the 50′s for dancing. Her succulent & air plant bouquet was made by Atelier Joya. From-SF-With-Love-Pelican-Inn-Wedding_0014 From-SF-With-Love-Pelican-Inn-Wedding_0015 From-SF-With-Love-Pelican-Inn-Wedding_0016 From-SF-With-Love-Pelican-Inn-Wedding_0017 From-SF-With-Love-Pelican-Inn-Wedding_0018 From-SF-With-Love-Pelican-Inn-Wedding_0019 From-SF-With-Love-Pelican-Inn-Wedding_0020

They now live in Minneapolis, where Mariah does marketing for Caring Bridge and also teaches yoga & meditation to those who suffer from PTSD and TBI. Sean is a freelance Creative Director & photographer. Love his photos of Scribe winery, soo good! Mariah & Sean intend to move back to Nor Cal, open a bed & breakfast, and never leave. That sounds dreamy!

I really enjoyed being a part of this celebration, seeing the love they have for each other & for Cali was a beautiful experience.

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This is a baby shower I photographed in the crafty Oakland home of Catherine Weis of Local Social. It was such a fun shoot for me & it got published on 100 Layer Cakelet!  Catherine and Terry hosted the party and made all the decor themselves for their friend Amelia. It turned out great & I so wanted to hang out with all the creative gals! I’m inspired to put more effort into my next house party.


•The Welcome garland was made by Terry, using this tutorial from Catherine’s site.

•Olive ice cubes for the bloody mary bar & beautiful flower ice cubes.

•Beautiful tarts came from La Farine, and flowers from the Oakland flower market.

•Catherine made her own seed bomb bags, dip-dyed pink fabrics & invitations.

I’m in love with this dining room wall, so vintage & Anthropologie. It reminds me of the last house I worked on where I removed 3 layers of wall paper underneath many layers of paint. Each layer brought me back to the 70′s, 60′s then 50′s.  I can’t wait to start refurbishing my Oakland house!

You don’t see much of Catherine’s painted floors here. It’s really neat, check it out here, featured on Design Sponge.


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Magpie & Rye is a boutique around the corner from where I live (Nopa,SF). I’ve loved this shop since the minute I peaked in it’s windows while walking around the neighborhood 3 years ago. What struck me was the space they created. This little gem belongs to Annabelle Rey. She’s drawn to raw materials & natural designs. To me her curated selection has a lot of personal touch and comes together in a way that feels like a well decorated home.

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Magpie & Rye was originally part of Prairie Collective, and shared the space with Studio Choo. Though you will no longer be able to get your flower arrangements there, it’s still the same beautiful little space with a unique collection of items. I love the one of a kind pottery, and they have a solid selection of cards/stationary & jewelry.

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While shooting the photos I chatted with Annabelle, who was working on some in house jewelry. I learned that she is originally from Santa Monica, and that she studied Fine Art, and also has a background in floral arrangement. She’s a lovely gal, and it was so nice to meet another local artist/small business owner.

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Angela + Farhad’s wedding was at Sanborn park in Saratoga. Their wedding was really sweet, and everyone was so loving. I am grateful to our mutal friend Lauren, who referred me. One of my favorite moments was when Angela surprised Farhad with a pocket watch with a photo of his mother inside. To help Farhad remember and feel that his mother was close on their wedding day. My other favorite moment was when Farhad surprised Angela by performing the song he wrote to prepose to her. They met at UC Berkeley, and the story goes that she was won over by his stellar lead drumming skills. However, the truth is she fell for him because of his humility, light-hearted nature & self-assuredness.

Their wedding was very unique & DIY. The color scheme was rainbow. The inspiration came from a trip they took to Nepal and India. To Angela the vibrant colors conveys joy and celebration. They had a Persian ceremony. And the backdrop was made from recycled Indian sari, and the pennants strung over the reception area is made from handmade Indonesian batik.

They made each other’s ring at Fitzgerland Jewelry Studio in NY when Angela was in grad school at Columbia. They turned out beautiful! The same day they made their rings they saw the old western swing band, they hired for their wedding called Brian Cloud Western Swing.

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Photo booth by FROM SF WITH LOVE!  Thank you to my husband Tim for running the booth & camping with me, he’s the best!

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