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I couldn’t be more excited than to have my couple’s luxurious Merchant’s Exchange Club, Julia Morgan Ballroom wedding featured this month on Smashing the Glass! See the wonderful post HERE.

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Some highlights from the post: “Anyone who’s had the good fortune to have visited San Francisco will know that it’s one mighty city, and certainly worthy of having a whole wedding theme dedicated to it.

That’s exactly what brilliant couple Rachael, a pediatrician, and David, a scientist, did – their beautiful Jewish wedding was a total love letter to the Golden City, which is their hometown, and the beautiful backdrop to their romance.

We are all hearts for eyes over the amazing floristry, particularly the gorgeous and colorful bridal bouquet, and matching centerpieces and chuppah arrangements – simply stunning.

Family participation was integral to the celebration, with the wedding party comprised of family members, and special family heirloom jewelry worn by the bride. In fact, family played such a crucial role that all the guests were gifted one of the bride’s mom’s famous cookies, which sound absolutely delicious. We’ll wait for ours in the post!

We hope you’re as head over heels for the beautiful images by Nightingale Photography as we are, and that you enjoy Rachael’s wonderful, sparkling write up of her and David’s wedding day, particularly her anecdote about kiddush wine, which had us chuckling at our keyboards.”

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Sarah and Joe celebrated their gorgeous Lake Tahoe wedding in the woods of Lahontan Golf Club, in Truckee, CA. Sarah and the girls got ready at the luxurious spa and I had a ball photographing them with the incredible views on the deck. Everywhere you look, another spectacular visual opportunity presented itself. It was so moving to see Sarah’s Grandmother help her get on her gown and help with the jewelry. The ceremony was surrounded by tall pines with a peek of the Sierra mountain range. Joe could not have been more handsome in his white, Navy uniform. It was so emotional when his friends gave them a military sword salute after the ceremony. Friends and family celebrated through the evening as this beautiful couple shared their vows and took the next step in their lives as a married couple.

A little about this luxe Tahoe wedding venue: Lahontan Golf Club is located in the spectacular Martis Valley. The unspoiled meadows here are rich with wildfowl, painted sagebrush, and mountain pines. Martis Creek winds throughout the property and leads to Gooseneck Reservoir. Both the Gooseneck Meadow and Gooseneck Reservoir are encompassed by the Lahontan Community. Inspiring forested mountains surround the meadow on all sides and the most commonly seen mountains are Lookout Mountain, which is the mountain visible directly behind the meadow . Sawtooth Ridge runs to the right of Lookout Mountain and its trawling stretch all the way to Bald Mountain, which is above Gooseneck Reservoir. Directly South of Lahontan lies the Martis Valley Wildlife Area, featuring 1,050 acres of walking trails and wilderness observation. Congratulations to Sarah and Joe!

Wedding Coordination: Sarah Thayer, Destination Tahoe, Venue: Lahontan Golf Club, Cake: Cindy at Eldorado CasinoFlorist: Hattie Reed with Art in Bloom,Gown: Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture

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An urban engagement session is a fun twist on couples’ portraits. Max and Marian were up to anything and let me take them to some of my favorite locations in San Francisco for their engagement session. We began at City Hall where we played with the beautiful natural light and architecture of this grand landmark. Marian wore a beautiful crimson lace cocktail dress which popped against the marble tones of the building.  We then did a wardrobe change and headed to the Italian section of town, North Beach. This is a wonderful neighborhood with colorful alleyways and classic “mom and pop” shops. Not only do I feel that composition and light are important, but also including street life into my engagement images. This creates dynamic elements to the images which only become more interesting over time. They were such a good sport and I had a wonderful time eventually photographing their Vineyard wedding at Murrieta’s Well in the Livermore Wine Country. Congratulations to Marion and Max!

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