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What a pleasure it was to be commissioned to create a wedding film for Susan and John’s Palace of Fine Arts wedding. For those who aren’t familiar with the San Francisco landmark, it is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there. One of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition, it is still situated on its original site. It’s a gift to the City, for sure, and photographing there is always a pleasure. It has played a special role in their relationship so it’s rewarding to have it featured in their wedding story.

But, this darling elopement was bound to get a bit hairy. I think I found soulmates in Susan and John with their love of dogs! Their beautiful pooch Ozzy joined them at their intimate wedding in San Francisco. The couple wanted a small yet memorable ceremony so headed to the Palace of Fine Arts for the celebration. Afterward, we made our way around neighboring Pacific Heights for memorable portraits as well as the Presidio. I loved the relaxed attitude Susan and John had and wish them the best!

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This was my first experience photographing a UC Berkeley wedding! And I look forward to so many more after the wonderful experience of photographing Gabriela and Abe’s wedding. The ceremony and reception took place at the Faculty Club. The club building is an architectural gem of Craftsman design, by architects Bernard Maybeck and John Galen Howard. It’s listed internationally, as one of the finest examples of the style. The carved beams, the fireplaces, the stained glass windows all reflect Maybeck’s awareness of a special northern California aesthetic that still arouses a warm response. The takeaway for me from this wedding was love for family and tradition.

Jewish Wedding

This was a Jewish wedding with all the traditional elements. It began with the badeken, the veiling of the kallah by the chatan. The veil symbolizes the idea of modesty and conveys the lesson that however attractive physical appearances may be, the soul and character are paramount.The procession of the groom and his men was dramatic and joyous. The women welcomed them with joyous song and dance. The ketubah (marriage contract) was signed by two witnesses and guests then proceeded to the lawn for the ceremony. The chuppah was beautifully adorned by flowers from Laura Miller Design. When the couple first enters the huppah, the bride circles the groom seven times, representing the seven wedding blessings and seven days of creation, and demonstrating that the groom is the center of her world. To make the ancient ritual reciprocal, many couples opt to circle each other. Nothing says “Jewish wedding” more than the sound of breaking glass. And Abe nailed it. This is the representation of the fragility of human relationships; and a reminder that marriage changes the lives of individuals forever. It’s also the official signal to shout, “Mazel Tov!” and start partying. No Jewish wedding is complete without the Hora, or chair dance. In this tradition, a few strong and brave guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the infectious sounds of “Hava Nagila”.

Congratulations to the happy couple! Wedding Planner: Simply Elegant Weddings & Events, Floral Deign: Laura Miller Design Music: Ben Brussell

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Samantha and Tony’s Murrieta’s Well wedding was filled with laughter, tears and happiness. They traveled all the way from Pennsylvania for a destination in the California Wine Country. It was an extraordinarily beautiful Fall day which allowed for a perfect outdoor ceremony. Later, the party went inside the rustic yet elegant barrel room. Hugs were shared for hours and lively dancing lasted late into the night. Congratulations again to Samantha and Tony! Venue: Murrieta’s Well  Floral artist: Bloomies Gown: Martina Liana Cake: Wente Catering Entertainment: Amos Productions

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  • Tomasz Adameczek - February 12, 2017 - 12:45 pm

    Cheers Congratulations, great photography!

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