Snow Touched Sierra at Tahoe Wedding

Julia and Mike’s Sierra at Tahoe wedding was cold, windy, and touched with snow. While the weather was certainly remarkable, it was not what made this wedding special. Julia and Mike specifically chose Sierra at Tahoe for the gorgeous ceremony site, the great views, the mountains, and the outdoor reception area. It was 75 degrees … Read more

Your Complete Guide For Planning a Roberts Regional Recreation Area Wedding

Intro For folks looking to get married at Roberts Regional Recreation Area in Oakland, here is the most comprehensive guide to help you plan your wedding. The information below should give you most of what you need to figure out onsite storage, load in and load out, lighting, audio, dance floor, ceremony, food and beverage, … Read more

Russian River Wedding in Monte Rio at the Highland Dell Lodge

Lunarosa and Leo’s Russian River wedding in Monte Rio was a sweet, intimate, and fun affair. They got ready in rooms that were about 10 feet away from each other and had their ceremony in a park within walking distance of their reception venue. Just like Dawn Ranch, the Highland Dell Lodge was also affected … Read more

Unique SF City Hall Wedding and Presidio Reception

I have done a good number of SF City Hall Weddings over the years. Since the new six-person rule went into effect, I have gotten several calls from people assuming that they would be able to bring more than six guests to their City Hall civil ceremony. Since the County Clerk has started enforcing their … Read more

Big Family Hacienda de Las Flores Wedding

Emma and Charlie are two sweet, outdoor lovers, who had a Catholic wedding at St. Mary Magdalen in Berkeley, followed by a rockin’ reception at Hacienda de Las Flores in Moraga. There were tons of family, kids, good food, drink, and lots of dancing. In a break from the usual my preferred timeline, we did … Read more

Tips for Getting Married at San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall Wedding Guide Intro. Here is a quick guide with some helpful tips on getting married at San Francisco City Hall and information about the six guest rule. So, you want to get married at San Francisco City Hall. Congrats. It is a great venue. The architecture is incredible and the light … Read more

Camp out wedding in The Los Gatos Mountains

Rachel and Will had a camp out wedding in the Los Gatos Mountains on the property they purchased with a group of friends. It was beautiful, fun, and personal, but it was not the wedding they had originally planned. Guerneville to Los Gatos. Flooded venue leads to creative problem-solving. Sometimes we plan, research, and make … Read more

Stanford Memorial Church / Allied Arts Guild Wedding

Getting Ready Alyson and Tim had their wedding ceremony at the Stanford Memorial Church and reception at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. They rented a big house close to Stanford where the entire wedding party, all 10 of them, stayed. There are so many logistical advantages to having the whole wedding party in … Read more

Rainy Wedding at Triple S Ranch

Noelle and Fred’s rainy wedding at the Triple S Ranch in Calistoga was unhampered by the weather. With good planning, a tented eating area, and plenty of indoor space, the rain added to the intrigue of the day. The Triple S Ranch has a lot going for it. Antiques and curiosities adorn the buildings from … Read more

A Photographer’s Guide to Planning an Awesome Wedding

Intro Welcome to my photographer’s guide to planning an awesome wedding. Read it. Love it. Share it with friends. Leave me a comment at the bottom with any questions or thoughts. To readers in the LGBTQ community and folks who use non-binary pronouns, note that I use the words bride and groom because I haven’t … Read more