Friday, November 26, 2010

Jamie & James' Wedding. Livermore

Ceremony and reception at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Livermore.

Theirs was my final event of the year and it turned out to be an incredible day! A great couple matched with a very rare warm autumn day, a late afternoon schedule at the picturesque Casa Real, and plenty of time to photograph among the property's fall-color grape vines.

The Amber Room was packed during the ceremony! About 300 friends and family gathered to celebrate their marriage, many traveled from as far as Korea. During the reception Jamie and James went around to each table greeting their guests individually - a nice departure from the "table shot". More people should incorporate this! Their friend and best man Paul sang as they danced their well rehearsed first dance. Shortly afterwards, the dance floor was open!

This evening featured a Korean ceremony known as a Pae Baek. Jamie and James donned traditional clothing as they paid respects to the groom's family. On display are a variety of meats, sweets, soju, and the all important chestnuts and dates. The relatives being honored pass along advice and conclude by tossing chestnuts and dates for the couple to catch - a symbol of blessings and, of course, plenty of children.

Hair and Makeup: Joanne Kim
Floral Design: Roses and Posies
Cake: Copenhagen Crown Bakery

Friday, November 05, 2010

Jennifer & Ramon's Wedding. San Francisco

Wedding and reception at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.

Wow, running behind on my blogging! In early October the Karl Ko Photography team was lucky enough to photograph another wedding at the beautiful St. Francis!

The Bridgeview Suite was bride and bridesmaid central as Marly and Maria put the finishing touches on Jennifer and the ladies. With everyone ready, Ramon and the immediate family arrived for the Ketubah signing. If you haven't seen one, these documents can be quite the works of art!

Friends and family gathered in the Georgian Room for the ceremony. Jennifer and Ramon exchanged vows there under a Huppah with the wedding made official by Ramon breaking the glass. Their reception was held high up on the Imperial Floor overlooking Union Square. As guests celebrated the night away the evening was highlighted by two serenading family members and dancing the Hora. It was quite a blend of the Latin and Jewish cultures. Spirits were high no doubt due in part to the Giant's NL West-clinching win ;)

Makeup: Maria Lee
Floral Design: Hercules Florist
Cake: Elegant Cheesecakes