What a delightful Legion of Honor ceremony!

What an evening! Congratulations Alison and Andrey on a lovely Legion of Honor wedding!  Having flown in for the wedding from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the nuptials, our fair city sure showed you a grand time!

mbstarz - July 7, 2013 - 11:47 am

Absolutely glorious!!! What a photographic eye to find this exquisite expression.

Courtney and Spencer

Courtney and Spencer found me from Provo, Utah and I couldn’t have been more giddy!  The were married at the LDS Oakland temple, which is utterly magical!  Although it was different to be at a wedding without attending the ceremony, for I am not a member of the church, we made up for it taking lovely portraits around the grounds.  What a beautiful couple! ❤ ❤ ❤ 

Melissa and Mike … ❤❤❤ …Wedgewood San Ramon

 

Well- there was a special energy in the air on Melissa and Mike’s wedding day.  I don’t know if it was because I was so star-struck at how stunning Melissa looked- and get this- her heart is just as beautiful on the inside!  I found myself singing the song, “Sweet Melissa” by the Allman Brothers all day long!

They hand-picked their guests with the upmost finesse, (hey- that rhymes!) but their family was what truly stuck out as gold for me that day.  The feeling of a loving and devoted Italian family was so present, it was palpable and I was so thankful to be been included!  I spoke with Michael’s mother on the way out and told her how struck I was at how close their family was and she was so gracious- I felt honored, moved and wholeheartedly included.  It was a lovely day.  ❤❤❤

What a year so far!!

Gosh- what an amazing few weeks 2013 has been for me!  I’ve been knocked over with such great news, and for a person who loves weddings more than anything else- it’s made my whole year!

First of all, while traveling in New Zealand with my wonderful boyfriend over the holidays (he’s a Kiwi!) I got the news at the local library (free wifi!) that I had finally won a gold metal with WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association), but not just for second or third place, but for the mother of all places… first, a FIRST place, for one of my photos!!  It was so exciting mostly because I’ve been trying in earnest for 6 years and there are thousands of entries in each category, so I busted out in tears there in the tiny library in the middle of nowhere!  WPJA is the premier organization for wedding photojournalism, so it’s indeed such an honor!

http://www.wpja.com/contests/55-2012-q3-contest/09-scene-setters.html#1

And the second thing is that I was awarded with WeddingWire’s Bride’s Choice for 2013!  Woot woot!

http://www.weddingwire.com/brides-choice-awards

Number three is that I was chosen to be the only photographer at the Gump’s Bridal Fair, February 10th!! Yes- Gump’s- San Francisco’s most prestigious shop ever!

http://www.gumps.com/s/Bridal?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-Multi-_-Bridal+Event-_-bridal

And number four just arrived today- my second greeting card with Palm Press Inc.!!! http://www.palmpressinc.com    They chose this photo below from another contest I had won with WPJA and asked to use it for a greeting card!  Heck ya!

Thanks Meagen and Anthony for letting Palm Press use your photo!

Thanks for sharing my joy of 2013!  It’s been quite a ride!  😀

 

Danielle + David! Engaged!

What might just be the most fun I’ve ever had on an engagement session happened a few days ago in San Francisco with Danielle and David!  We had such an epic time, and thanks to them and their ‘can-do’ attitude, we got awesome photos!  A handful of people asked if they were models, and I said, “Well, yes!  Look at them!”   ; )

Introducing HDR!

Well….  tonight sure was fun!  My very first attempt with HDR wedding portraits!  I’d have to say, it looks pretty fun in its unnaturalness!  Is that a word?!?!  Hmm.  And it was supposed to be totally raining today- Michelle and Sean sure must’ve danced their toes off with their ‘non-rain-dance’ to give us such blue skies.  A perfect blessing for the beginning of their lives together.  May we all have such fair winds and following seas.