Sunday, May 27, 2012

Alexandra & Brett's Engagement. San Francisco

A few weekends back I met up with Alex and Brett for their engagement session. Recall me mentioning the Ferry Building as being quite popular? Well, I’m back! They had never explored the marketplace so we walked the long hallway stopping along the way to sample and window shop. There are so many terrific small businesses and food stalls, I’m sure this won’t be their last time here.

Walking from end to end, we found some wonderful light indoors and out! It was a gorgeous day in the City so there were loads of people out enjoying the San Francisco Spring. Bench space along the waterfront was hard to find but opened up after the ferry started loading. Alex and Brett were great together and up for anything. A freestyle bike exhibition occupied Justin Herman so we went with my Plan B location nearby where they danced around a fountain and posed in front of the Transamerica building.

Alex had a couple special requests - cable cars and the Palace of Fine Arts. Certainly can’t miss those SF landmarks and I aim to please so we fit both in before dark. The cable car grips were ever gracious and let us take our fill of pictures. Thanks guys! So many great images, here are some of my faves.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nicole & Jon's Engagement. San Francisco

The ever popular Ferry Building was the first stop on our engagement adventure. This iconic building marks the eastern end of Market Street and has been a San Francisco public space for over a century! Now it is a gourmet weekday lunch destination for FiDi office workers and a bustling market drawing families on weekends. Over the last several years, it's also become a photographer's delight. The Ferry Buildling is a memorable landmark for Nicole and Jon because it played a part in their "coupling" and later, their engagement. Both actually occurred at the nearby art installation space that once featured Bourgeois's Crouching Spider and currently the Raygun Gothic Rocket.

Nicole used to live in the Marina and wanted to make that a part of the day so we hopped on a historic F Embarcadero Line street car transferring to the 30 Stockton Broderick. The Muni is always packed with interesting people and stories. Coincidentally, the subject of one 30-Stockton story was seen waiting at a bus stop on Chestnut. Both Nicole and I instantly recognized him!

This pair is full of laughs! Despite the occasional drizzle and slight chill they were all smiles as we admired the multimillion dollar homes on Marina Blvd. During our walk they told me why Pierce and Chestnut was their corner, which bars to drink at, which restaurants to eat at..., and noodling. Just wait until the wedding ;) Fun times to come!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Emily & Mike's Wedding. San Martin

Ceremony and reception at CordeValle Resort in San Martin.

KKP enjoyed an early start to the season with the wonderful wedding of Emily and Mike. Hello 2012! Despite the mid February date (aka Winter), it was warm and sunny. The unusual dry spell was perfect for the outdoor ceremony they had planned not to mention our ability to photography outside in natural light.

Standard for CordeValle, Emily enjoyed the use of a well-appointed villa situated at the top of a hill as Mike did the same nearby. The guys were wearing custom black Nike sneakers; Emily went with black Jimmy Choo’s. The couple saw each other for the first time at the end of a bright long hallway between the lobby and spa. All smiles and perfect :)

In case people arrived early, Emily and Mike provided a crossword puzzle on the back of their program to help pass the time. Must be the teacher in Emily ;) At mid afternoon the sun was getting low in the sky. Guests took their seats in the Rose Garden anticipating the start of the ceremony. Emily walked down the aisle escorted by her father. She and Mike exchanged vows before their officiant/friend and flanked by the 12 members of the wedding party. The ceremony was punctuated by the song “Grow Old With You” a’la The Wedding Singer sung by two bridesmaids and accompanied on guitar by Mike’s brother. Mike crushed a glass with one hard step and the ceremony was complete. Congratulations!

The rest of the night went off brilliantly as the celebration moved to the Ballroom. Dinner, toasts, cake, desserts, dancing... two little girls loved the dancefloor as the grown ups danced around them.

Event Coordination: Love Letter Events
Cinematographer: Simone Getty
Floral Design: Love Letter Events
Cake: Morgan Hill Bakery
Hair and Makeup: Hair Junction
Music: Big Fun DJ’s
Lighting: Swank
Linens: Classic Party Rentals