Monday, August 20, 2007

Veronica & Allen's Wedding. San Francisco

Ceremony and reception in the Green Room at the War Memorial Veterans Building in San Francisco.

Cool people and incredible venues make a rewarding career. Veronica and Allen are self ascribed Food Network aficionados. Guests were served some of the couple's favorite dishes - recipes which they provided the caterer - as well as apple martinis, oysters, and V. Sattui wine. Topping it off, they had the balcony lights gelled to match the wedding colors.

I discover a lot about my clients during our meetings, on car rides, over dinners, etc. This evening I learned something more as - during his toast - Veronica's stepfather shared a touching story about the couple and their dedication to one another. It was great tribute and the room filled with hearty applause when he was finished.

Veronica and Allen first met at 1015 Folsom (one of my favorite clubs) through the Maid of Honor. To footnote the wedding day they and dozens of their friends headed over there for an afterparty. I think someone spiked the champagne with RedBull. Though offered, I had to decline the invitation as I skipped my Geritol that morning. If you know anything about 1015 you know you might not be home by 7am. How would I explain that to my family?

Floral Arragements: Flowers By Yip
Catering: Union Street Catering
Cake: Satura Cakes

Friday, August 17, 2007

Kalaya & Daniel Prewedding Shoot.

I stepped off the plane from Hawaii right into the early 1960's!

This couple pulled out the stops for an awesome themed shoot which kicked off in San Francisco's retail district, Union Square. They looked to Breakfast at Tiffany's and Dr. No for inspiration. "Holly" and "James" were complete with little black dress, gloves, tuxedo, hair styling, etc. The rendition was pretty accurate as we even attracted some fans outside the famous boutique. A group of ladies gave Kala their signature blue bags to hold for a few shots too. How cool was that! Please, no autographs. We walked around the block and stopped for some quiet moments in Maiden Lane.

Finishing at the St. Francis, we packed up and headed off for Baker Beach where Commander Bond relived his old Navy days perched atop a decommissioned artillery canon in the fortifications overlooking the mouth of the Bay. Too cold for a From Here To Eternity series we played on the beach, instead. By the way, if you hire me for your Hawaii (Oahu) wedding, I can take you to where the famous beach scene was filmed to perform a re-enactment.

It was an incredible afternoon. Can't wait for the wedding.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Angela & Steven's Wedding. Honolulu, Hawaii

Ceremony at Lanikai Beach and afterparty at Paradise Cove in Ko' Olina.

Angela is from Oregon and we met online. No, not like that! In late 2006 Angela and Steven decided they wanted to be married on Oahu. While planning online, she found me. This past weekend, it all came together.

Sunday, August 12, 2007 forecast: sunny and hot. Luckily the wedding beat hurricane Flossie to the Islands! It might have been difficult to keep hair in check and people in one place with 100+ mph winds and driving rain. But then, I could just have everyone leaning like Michael Jackson - Annie are you OK? Are you OK, Annie?

"That's right, lean in. Lean more... more... good. Now look over here. Smile!"

Lanikai is next to the famous Kailua Beach on Oahu's windward side. Both are spectacular and frequently crowded. As with any public beach, one has to expect curious onlookers. The late morning sunlight was strong but the clouds were gorgeous against the deep blue sky. Angela and Steven looked great! They spent the week getting acclimated and did not seem to even break a sweat. The ceremony began as Pastor Kermit blew the conch shell which, in Hawaiian tradition, announces the beginning of an event.

Angela chose to end the evening at Paradise Cove, a place she enjoyed the last time she was on Oahu. What is Hawaii without a luau? There were many demonstration areas describing the Hawaiian culture and showcasing its past. Everyone dispersed to take it all in. The highlight of the evening is the show, of course. Hula from all over the South Pacific and performers singing and chanting in Hawaiian.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

On The Road 8/10 - 8/14.

Hi All. For current clients and others interested in contacting me, I will be out of town for a few days shooting a wedding in Hawaii. Tuesday, August 14 is when I will be back in the office. Until then, thank you for your patience.