Katie and Ru’s Wedding in Sebastopol, California on July 20th, 2013

Katie and Ru looked at many different wedding sites in Sonoma County before deciding on this beautiful place outside the little town of Sebastopol for their wedding in July. Tall redwoods and lush meadows made for a beautiful backdrop for a very sweet and intimate wedding with family and close friends.

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Zach and Lucy’s New Year’s Eve Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco

Zach and Lucy were married at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve, 2012. We were able to drive around the city for several nice portraits prior to the ceremony. My favorite location was at Crissy Field on a pier with a view of the city in the background. The light was fading fast, but were able to get some great shots.

I shot this panoramic shot of the Fairmont in the morning by stitching nine vertical images.

I shot this panoramic shot of the Fairmont in the morning by stitching nine vertical images.

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Blending flash and available light

One of the biggest challenges when photographing a wedding is working with the light available during the limited time I have with a couple. Often it’s not possible to steal people away from the party or ceremony when the light is perfect just as the sun is setting, so I’ve learned to work with Nikon’s latest and greatest little flashes and my lightweight and very portable softboxes.

These two portraits were taken at the same place at different times. The first was shot immediately after the wedding ceremony when the sun was blazing hot and bright. I was able to photograph Kristin and Dave facing away from the sun. And in the second shot I made use of the richly saturated colors of the sky after the sun went down. Both were shot using only two remote flashes:

And these two were shot using a softbox with flashes, blending perfectly with the dusk light and moon.  It’s always my goal to make any use of flash invisible:

Miriam and Rob’s Wedding at Barn Diva, Healdsburg, CA

On August 18th Miriam Seifter and Robert Yablon were married at Barn Diva in Healdsburg, California. Their wedding was a big news event for the small town when Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice officiated the wedding of these two exceptionally bright San Francisco attorneys who met while serving as law clerks to Ginsburg in 2008 and 2009.

Ken and Kara Wedding at Vine Hill House

Ken and Kara’s wedding took place on July 27th, 2012 at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California.

The amazing backdrop of Mt. St. Helena as well as the wine barrel and wine ritual completed the ceremony.  The wedding had a local, rustic California wine country theme and much of the décor was handcrafted by the bride, her family and her bridal party. Rustic old wooden barn signs welcomed guests as they arrived on site.  The wood was gathered by the bride’s engineer brother who does a lot of work on houses and the signs were beautifully painted with the help of one of the bridesmaid’s mothers.

The wedding party was stunning and was complete with a natural tux-wearing pup!  The bride and her bridesmaids carried green and purple bouquets of cala lilies and orchids pieced together by the florist, Heather Hendrickson.  The bride wore green and purple Kate Spade heels which added some pop to the pictures.  She wore a satin and lace A-line dress to which she added fabric buttons and a jeweled belt.

Reverend Peadar Dalton, born and raised in Ireland, officiated Ken and Kara’s wedding. His humor and insightful words made Ken and Kara’s ceremony sacred and inspiring for everyone.

Venue: Vine Hill House

Caterer: Park Avenue

Oysters: Hog Island Oyster Company

Florist: Heather Hendrickson

DJ: AMS Entertainment

Officiant: Peadar Dalton, Your Ceremony Matters