Los Altos Mehndi Party

This was Theresa & Anupam’s Mehndi party in the Los Altos hills. I loved the Indian musician, She was fantastic and got everyone dancing.  I joined in the festivities and  had Mehendi done on my wrists, so that I could still use my hands, ha. The food was authentic & very tasty. The potted plants outside the tent were a gift, what a great idea!

The authentic Indian food was from Silver Spoon. The talented & fast Henna artist was Rachna of Henna and Beyond. And the Sangeet singer was  Gungun Kapoor.

This party was so much fun to photograph.


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Mt. Tam Engagement

These two…are the cutest couple! Lia & Rainier are such sweet people. It was a gorgeous day in Mt. Tam and overall a beautiful trip.  The rolling green hills were covered in poppies, totally Sound of Music esque. I wanted to picnic, drink wine & eat cheese forever. We did a little of everything from hiking, cooking, eating, watched the sunset, drank hot totties by the fire, and slept next to the ocean.  I can’t wait to go back.

Camping gear: Alite (Thank you Tae!)
Videographer: Charly Nelson
Caramel Apple Skillet Galette Recipe (Tip: Use only half the sugar)
Location: Mt. Tam + Steep Ravine

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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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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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