Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hilda and Nicholas's Wedding. Palo Alto

I can't believe it's been over a week since they were married! I got a little behind.

Ceremony at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto and reception at the Decathlon Club in Santa Clara.

Hilda was getting ready in San Carlos. Her sister kept a very neat house which provided a great backdrop for the dress, shoes, rings, and veil. (Note to future brides, if you want
great images of yourself getting ready, cleaning the rooms up a bit and concealing the clutter will help your photographer out a lot.) There was a great backyard and large paned windows that I enjoyed taking advantage of. Hilda looked great and her highlights photographed well.

Off to the church to meet the guys. It was yet another pleasant day in the Bay Area; we took the opportunity to photograph outside. Across from the church was a well-maintained neighborhood park - a perfect setting for the groomsmen. With 9 guys, I needed lots of space! A few quick shots and it was time to get married. The church was built in 1901 and featured some beautiful stained glass!

When we arrived at the Decathlon Club for the reception, the mariachi band was already playing. I haven't photographed a wedding with a mariachi band in a while - I love mariachi bands! I like the silver details on their pants and skirts, their coordinated clothing, and the great music of course. The group serenaded guests during dinner. It was a great celebration and ended with one of my wedding favorites - a fine cuban cigar. Yes, hecho en Havana. My humidor of Cubans are beckoning me too... Maybe after the last wedding of the season I'll celebrate a year of great clients, weddings, and new found friends.

Thank you Joaquin and Michele for thinking of me when you heard Hilda and Nicholas were getting married!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Pearl and Kevin's Reception II. Honolulu, Hawaii

This past July I photographed Pearl and Kevin's wedding in San Francisco. The last week of August we celebrated a second time in Hawaii with many of Kevin's extended family. Another big party complete with a Hawaiian music trio and hula performance!

It was great to be back in Hawaii! The day before the reception Pearl, Kevin, Maile (his sister), and I wandered around Oahu for their Portrait Session. We visited a few beaches and even tried a brief after-dark session at the Hilton. Things always appear a little more mysterious after the sun goes down ;)

Here are a few of my favorites from the trip.