Did a family shoot for two siblings and their beloved this past Fall.  Its always fun to photograph people and their dogs. Since San Francisco is such a dog-friendly city we had a lot of options for locales. We had a fantastic session at Baker Beach, Washington Square Park in the North Beach neighborhood, and Pacific Heights.

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This San Francisco wedding took place at St. Dominic’s Church and Terra Gallery.  It was a pleasure and great fun to photograph the wedding of my friends Rosi and Eddie. In spite of the threatening clouds in the sky that day, it did not end up raining.  Rosi and Eddie held their ceremony at the beautiful St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in the Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. With English Gothic-style architecture, the arches and carved marble provided a great setting to the ceremony.

After the wedding, the entire wedding party did a shoot at Fort Point, located in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. A lovely, iconic location to use for a backdrop. We also took shots near the San Francisco City Hall.

The reception was a fun and beautiful experience as well. It was held at the San Francisco event space Terra Gallery, where high ceilings and floor-to-ceilings windows provided a beautiful ambiance for celebrating. The caterer for the event was from the same place Eddie works, and made enough food to feed 500+ people! Rosi and Eddie also had a Mexican mariachi band that provided great music and atmosphere for the celebration while DJ Mixtec also kept the party going as the night went on. Everyone had the opportunity to let out their creative side with a one of the best Photo Booth in the Bay Area from SnapFiesta.

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Destination weddings are one of my specialties, and I write a lot about them on my blogs. I’ve also written articles in such publications such as Destination I Do MagazineCeremony Magazine and Destination Wedding and Honeymoons Magazine . Villa weddings in the Dominican Republic are some of the most romantic and intimate ways to tie the knot. As far as Caribbean weddings, Villa Flor de Cabrera located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic is one of my favorite villas.

Located next to the town of Cabrera, Villa Flor de Cabrera is a fantastic choice for couples looking to get married in an exotic Dominican locale. Heike and Stephen are a lovely and quirky couple from Seattle who chose to have their close family present for their destination wedding.  They and their families were the exclusive guests of the villa for the entire week, and I had the privilege of being immersed in family life for several days while I took photos of all the festivities. Different activities were arranged for everyone to enjoy, from beach picnics to outings to the local cigar maker, Babanuco. Martha Cabrera, was the officiant for the wedding and did a fabulous job as always. The villa chef, Lubin, is a master at creating delicious creations from the local food supply, as well as procuring rare spices, high-quality meet and hard to find seafood. He did not disappoint for this occasion! The staff at the villa are all top notch. For more information on Dominican wedding villas, check out our Dominican Republic destination weddings guide.

Congratulations Heike and Stephen!

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dominican republic villa wedding008 Dominican Republic wedding at Flor de Cabrera   Heike & Stephen

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One of my favorite spots for engagement sessions in San Francisco is the magnificent Ocean Beach. With the Great Highway running alongside the exquisite expanse of the Pacific Ocean, it is by far one of the most picturesque natural settings in all of San Francisco. Because of its strong current, the waves of Ocean Beach draw local and visiting surfers alike, including our groom, Travis and his fiance, Stacey. Travis is an avid surfer and since Ocean Beach is near their home it was a meaningful and beautiful choice for their engagement shoot. In addition to the awesome shots in the dune grasses, we were able to take advantage of having a Beach Patrol truck nearby and I took some sweet shots of the couple. I really enjoyed this working with this couple, and their love for each other and their beach came through beautifully in these images. Be sure to keep your eyes on the blog for their upcoming wedding photos!

Congratulations Stacey and Travis!

 

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I had the privilege of shooting a session with with former two-term Michigan governor, Jennifer Granholm who’s new show The War Room will be premiering on Current TV in January 2012. Ms. Granholm has received much acclaim for bringing life to Michigan’s economy during a particularly troublesome period. During  a promotion video shoot for the upcoming nightly series, I captured behind-the-scenes shots, and afterwards did a portrait session with Ms. Granholm.

More information about the series, its premiere and Jennifer Granholm, is available at the website for theThe War Room.

portrait shoot Jennifer Granholm Behind the scenes shoot with Jennifer Granholm

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