Gump’s bound!!

Oooh- I have to tell someone! Gump’s just called- they want me back as the only photographer again at their exquisite bridal fair, February 23rd! Swoon!

Gump’s Presents, Wedding Chic
San Francisco’s Most Elegant Bridal Event

And, earlier today, I got a note from Adobe asking me to be a Pre-Selection Panelist again for their 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards! What a day! 🙂

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Charming last wedding of the year.. ❤ ❤

Gosh- how far behind I am on posting weddings!  I think there must be 25 I haven’t written about this year.  Alas, but it’s always been my priority returning wedding photos to couples 2-weeks after their wedding day instead of writing the blog and doing marketing!  As it should be!

Kristina and Scott had a charming, holiday wedding yesterday at the Piedmont Community Church and Guild Hall.  The alter was covered with poinsettias- it was utterly gorgeous!

Anyhow, my very best wishes for fulfilled dreams to us all and a lovely 2014!

Piedmont Community Church and Guild Hall wedding photos

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!

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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!

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

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!

And number four just arrived today- my second greeting card with Palm Press Inc.!!!    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!  😀