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We are proud to share Rajan and Pavan’s Wedding Film from their luxurious Ritz-CarltonHalf-Moon Bay wedding.I love when we are commissioned for both the wedding video and still photography as it allows us to their our couples’ stories in the richest possible way.  This Indian wedding at the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay was an extraordinary celebration of joy, affection, beauty and family. We were especially excited that the couple invested in a Nightingale Wedding Film (below) to capture all the beauty of this day. Raj-Ann and Pavan started the event off right with the Friday night celebration called a Sanjeet. This welcome party heightens the excitement of wedding festivities, with song, food and hours of dancing. The Sangeet is a time for celebrating, singing, dancing and joking. It can include some good-natured ribbing of the couple’s soon-to-be in-laws and it’s also a perfect time for wedding guests to meet and get to know each other. Traditional Indian instruments, like a dholki (a two-sided drum), are often used in the ceremony as well. The morning of the wedding, the male guests were treated to professional turban tying. The yards of fabric was a rich berry, imported directly from India for the occasion. Next came the baraat. The baraat is a bridegroom’s wedding procession in North India and Pakistan.In North Indian communities, it is customary for the bridegroom to travel to the wedding venue (often the bride‘s house) on a mare, accompanied by his family members.This baraat included a white horse and a fabulous view along the Pacific Coast. The groom and his horse are covered in finery and do not usually take part in the dancing and singing; that is left to the “baraatis” or people accompanying the procession. The groom usually carries a sword. The term baraati is also more generically used to describe any invitee from the groom’s side. Traditionally, baraatis are attended to as guests of the bride’s family. The baraat, accompanied by the rhythm of the dhol, reaches the meeting point, where the elders of both the families meet.  The Sikh ceremony then took place in the grand ballroom, with an elaborate canopy. The musicians sang low and rhythmically while the couple completed their wedding rituals. Before the reception, Raj-Ann changed into a gorgeous aqua gown. Their portraits took place on the stunning grounds of the property and local beach. The reception was epic thanks to Anaise Events. Congratulations to Raj-Ann and Pavan on your new life together.
Venue: Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay  Event producer: Anaise Events Hair/Make-up: Laenka by Myrium Bridal Gown: Varun and Nidhika   Reception Gown: Gaurav Gupta Live music and DJ: DJ Wicked Cake: Studio Cake

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Ruben and Wayne decided that they were going to have a Ritz-Carlton wedding, and the location in Half Moon Bay would do just fine.  After spending so many wonderful moments there over the years, it was an easy choice when they thought of a perfect venue. After being together for decades, this dynamic couple decided they wanted to commit their lives to each other in front of their family and friends. The day began for Ruben and Wayne on the white sandy shores of the Pacific in Half Moon Bay. The skies were bright blue and they had the beach nearly all to themselves. They had previously had a commitment ceremony in Hawaii and wanted to capture that aloha vibe in the morning with shorts and flip flops. There are some funny images which show how our California waters are not quite as warm as Hawaii’s. It was a great way to start the day. They went on to get dressed in custom tuxedos and designer shoes and gave each other gifts of silver engraved cufflinks from Tiffany’s. These two are huge fans of that Tiffany’s and Co. and even flew me to New York City so we could portraits in the NY location! The ceremony took place outside the beautiful Ritz, with the elegant building on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Ruben’s sister walked him down the aisle in tears while Wayne’s parents were honored to do the same for him. There was not a dry eye in the audience. This wedding was a long time coming and friends and family were truly ready to celebrate. The reception was elegant and sophisticated with hundreds of white orchids and candles. Their cake even had a Tiffany blue ribbon. I told you they loved that store! Speeches were given and dancing went on for hours. What an incredible day. Congratulations Reuben and Wayne!

Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Floral design: DeYoung Flowers Cake: Mary Micheler Entertainment: Denon & Doyle Custom tuxedos: Hickey Freeman

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding


Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Wedding

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As a San Francisco photographer, I relish the variety of commissions I receive. One of my favorites being the “proposal session.” The first thing that usually happens is that the soon to be fiancée will call me and ask how this is done. It’s so rewarding to lead him through the process and create a fun plan together. I will suggest landmarks in San Francisco that I feel are romantic and easy to get to. Then, we will decide on a plan to get his girlfriend to the spot looking her finest. Usually, that entails saying that a fancy dinner reservation was made. Usually that does hapen, a perfet celebartion dinner. Then, my client and I will  share photos so we can identify each other on the day of. We always make eye contact before he goes down on one knee and the rest takes care of itself. After the actual question is asked, tears are shed, embraces are made and we will go on to make some fun portraits around the location.

Allan and Lucy came from Los Angeles on an extended weekend vacation to San Francisco. He told her that there was a big art exhibit he wanted her to see. Instead, he asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. The location was Cupid’s Span on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. I love the ferry building in the background all the textured walls, the Bay Bridge and the streetcars. Lucy was adorable to photograph, with a with a beautifully wide open smile and warm eyes. Allan could not have done a better job and kept his cool the whole time. Lucy had no idea this was coming and I could not be happier for them. Congratulations on your engagement, Lucy and Allan.

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San Francisco Photographer

Nightingale Photography
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San Francisco Photographer

Nightingale Photography
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San Francisco Photographer

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