This wedding was SO FUN, I loved every bit of it. S+T are a cute couple with amazing friends and family. These two met when they were young in France, and came back together years later. This is my 3rd French union, and I have to say they have been such fun loving people. I have always loved French culture, food + wine. We got married at thePhilo apple farm in Mendocino owned by the original owners of the French laundry. Food & Wine is a serious love of mine. Pretty sure that it’s not just an Asian thing, I’m half and I’ve been obsessed with food since I can remember. And I love spaces that are effortlessly beautiful, where you don’t need to bring in much decor. That’s how Stable Cafe and the apple farm are, effortlessly gorgeous and cozy.
Now let’s talk about these french dudes. I mean damn, they had me at colours, let alone the accent. The groomsmen entered the ceremony snapping their fingers to their own beat. It was cute. AND the officiant sang a chines song, that I recognised by Deng Lijun, whom my grandparents loved. In fact, I have a photo of my grandpa with Deng Lijun!
We started the day off right with some music-less group photos, and the rest just got better and better. After the ceremony, we went to Potrero hill.
I get to do a good amount of city hall weddings these days with receptions in the city, and I never get old of city hall, it’s gorgeous, and it’s nice to stay close to home.
2016 was a challenging year for me due to some not so great family stuff. And my ex-office assistant who was the best assistant ever also left to take a full-time job. Trying to find an equally good assistant has proved challenging. It was my most booked wedding season with 30 weddings, plus other portrait & small advertising jobs. I tend to deliver a lot of photos per shoot, so without the extra help of an office assistant, it’s been a bit gnarly. BUT I loved loved loved all the wonderful people I photographed & collaborated with this year.
One of my kid lifestyle shoots was featured in a cool German publication, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin. And my co-photo company Gather West was named best of 2016 weddings! Woot! Usually, I work on getting a good number of weddings published, but I didn’t get the chance to do any of that last year. Love Inc Mag found me.
I’m lucky that I get to work with lovers surrounded by their loving families all year round. Not to mention the people in my life who love & care for me. Tho tough times suck, it has shown me how much love people have for me, and who I can depend on for anything or a little extra TLC. I will miss my loved ones dearly & forever. It comforts me to know that the love we have for our loved ones lives on.
My last shoot of 2016 was in mid Dec. I’ll be busy processing photos, starting engagement shoots & meetings with more 2017 inquiries for the next couple months. And my wedding season starts up again in February.
Here’s a mash-up of a few more 2016 weddings with couples from all over the world, Spain, France The Philippines, China, India…more to come from Germany, Netherlands, Japan…
This Spanish & French fusion of families was so fun! How cool that they can speak each others language and combine their cultures so easily.
Today is my grandpa’s bday, he was a WWII hero and commercial pilot. My grandparents raised me. I was born in the Bay area, but we lived in Hawaii & Taiwan until I was 7. I traveled often with them, flying first class, and getting special treatment from the crew. It was awesome obviously! I remember being in snow in Japan, meeting my first beautiful tranny in Bangcock, and shopping in France. We settled back down in Belmont for my middle and high school years. My grandmother worked for the American embassy, then as a secretary in the Science department at Stanford University. They were the parents who made me who I am. Because of them and my upbringing, I think that is why I love different cultures and the satisfaction I get from working with all different kinds of people.
I got to whip out my mandarin with this cute couple from China. My mom’s side of the family is Chinese. Their roots are from China, but my grandparents escaped communism to became refugees of Taiwan in 1949. I don’t get to practice my mandarin much these days, but I’m technically fluent. 😉
Got to work with the amazing Nicki Wolf, planner, for this sweet wedding at Triple S ranch in Calistoga. Nicki is awesome, she is soo nice, soo there for not just the couple and their family but me too. I want to work with her as much as I can, I want her & her beautiful energy in my life. Bouquet from Ampersand.
This kind couple is from the Phillipinese, the bride Tati is a stewardess, and they offered me a trip to the Phillipinese. Amazing cuz of my family’s airline history. And they brought me all sorts of dried mango treats.
Preethi is so pretty. I love Indian culture they are so affectionate. And absolutely love her subtle hippie dress that has peace, love & daisies.
I can’t wait to make some amazing things happen this year, try to live a simpler life, spend less time on the computer & finish more home renovation projects.
Here’s to a good 2017! Let it be a good year, a happy year, a fulfilling year.
This was just so sweet! Jaime & Alex had a lovely wedding at SF city hall. I do cry at weddings sometimes, I can’t help it. I don’t always know what people’s tears are about, but I know it’s about love and happiness. First it was Jamie who made me cry, with her Wynona Ryder eyes. Then it was Alex, when Jaime proposed to their daughter Izzy, which was beyond adorable. Izzy being a smart cookie took the opportunity to negotiate on a puppy, while Jaime was making her promises, ha. Jaime gave her a lovely gold monogrammed ring. This little girl is soo loved!
I love that we got to use this geometric mural, I’d been wanting to use for some time. It’s a simple design with a lovely calming color palette. The reception was at Cala in hayes valley. If you haven’t been there, the food is to die for. I love the rustic elements in the space & the ceramic light fixtures.