This Sonoma estate wedding celebrated the marriage of Sabrina and Derek. This hidden venue in the California Wine Country is called Sonoma Garden Pavilion. It is tucked away in the lush and rustic Sonoma valley, a secret just a few know about. The brambling vines and untamed gardens make for an authentic Sonoma experience. The couple first held a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to honor the parents. It got very emotional, as the parents expressed their pride and joy for their children. This ceremony is an official ritual to introduce the newlyweds to each other’s family, and it’s a way for newlyweds to show respect and appreciation to their parents. The newlyweds kneel in front of their parents, serving tea to both side of parents, as well as elder close relatives. Parents give their words of blessing and gifts to the newlyweds. During the tea presentation, a “Good Luck Woman” would say auspicious phrases to bless the newlyweds and the parents. These auspicious words of blessing are almost a lost art nowadays, that are designed to bless and amuse the family and make the occasion filled with fun and joy. The western festivities began with Sabrina changing into a lovely white gown and sharing a “first look” with soon to be husband, Derek. The ceremony took place near the pool, with a lovely pavilion covered in roses and blooms. I was inspired by the natural tunnels on the property made with vines. It was an incredibly rustic and romantic atmosphere. The guests enjoyed the wonderful food, warm evening and unforgettable party. Make sure to watch the Wedding Film we created for them, at the end of the post. A true tearjerker. Congrats to Sabrina and Derek!
This San Francisco Presidio wedding features Meghan and Chris. When I think of their names, laughter, joy and smiles come to mind. They are mad for eachother and they so enjoyed their beautiful San Francisco Presidio wedding. They both got ready at the Inn at the Presidio. This is an historic inn in the heart of the Presidio. The pillars and porch were truly romantic. Their ceremony and reception took place at the San Francisco Film Centre. I had never photographed there before so it was a real treat. The architecture is clean and Californian, with white walls and palm trees. The guests even had a peek of the Golden Gate Bridge from the ceremony lawn. We traveled throughout the Presidio for some beautiful portraits. I adore the light spilling through the eucalyptus trees. Here’s a fun story from the bride: “We met back in 2010 at a Conan O’Brien live show in SF where I was waiting in the lobby. Chris came up to say hi and started asking me questions, but I had couldn’t hear anything he was saying. Somehow I interpreted that he was either looking for tickets for the show or meeting a blind date and had mistaken me for that person. Really, he was just saying hello because he recognized me from the building we both worked in. Needless to say, it was an awkward exchange. Several months later, our good friend Marty arranged a happy hour where we got to officially meet and that was that!
As a couple, we both have a love for movies, studied film in school and Chris actually co-owns a video production company. We knew we wanted something in the Presidio because it’s so quintessentially San Francisco and the area is beautiful. Choosing the SF Film Centre in the Presidio was a no-brainer!”
Congratulations to Meghan and Chris on their San Francisco wedding!
Qiava and Jonathan’s downtown San Francisco engagement session can be summed-up simply as “glamorous.” Their good looks, timeless styles and unforgettable love for one another truly helped me to create these memorable photographs. I was jumping for joy when I saw Qiava’s magenta dress with the full skitrt. And then I was howling in delight when I saw her change into a tulle skirt! This is just eye candy for a photographer. We began in downtown San Francisco, using the beautiful architecture as props and the dramatic afternoon light to our advantage. We ended up at the Marin side of the Golden Gate Bridge for an iconic view. For this blog post, I decided to Qiava to describe her choices for this engagement session and what she thought about it.
From Qiava: “Jonathan and I wanted to do the shoot in San Francisco since it was the city in which he proposed. We love how romantic downtown San Francisco looks and feels. The beautiful structures are timeless and made a wonderful backdrop. The photos that Christina took represented us more than I ever imaged. Jonathan always makes me laugh and smile and she was able to capture those precious moments. We are best friends that fell in love and you could totally see that in the film. As far as our wardrobe inspiration, we were going for a classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” look- well I was Jonathan just wanted to look and feel comfortable. We wanted something that would pop on camera and at the same time show our romantic and whimsical sides. I am a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn and Carry Bradshaw of Sex in the City. As my wedding day approaches, I am feeling both excited and eager to start the next chapter of my life with Jonathan. I am anticipating the moment I get to walk towards Jonathan as we see each other for the first time. I plan to hold that visual in my heart forever.”