You may remember Elana and Saul from their Noe Valley engagement session. They had a gorgeous wedding at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco. Family and music are very important to Elana and Saul, and you could definitely see this expressed in their wedding. After getting ready, Elana’s family walked her next door to the Bently, and they sang to her the entire time, literally from inside the hotel room til we reach the Bently! How fun is that? When Elana arrived at the Bently, she was greeted by the female guests, and their were two friends who sang songs and invited all of the ladies to line up and give a blessing to Elana, or just say hello and greet her. This was a beautiful time, very emotional and I was really teary eyed and moved by all of the emotional. What a beautiful way to be greeted before your wedding!
Ray photographed Saul with all of the male guests in a private conference room, and there was lots of singing there as well, in preparation for Saul to see Elana before the wedding during the bedekken ceremony, where the groom views the bride and he places the veil over her head before the wedding ceremony itself. Accompanied by Saul’s dad and Elana’s father, Saul arrived, the crowd parted, and he saw Elana for the first time after spending an entire week apart!
Elana and Saul’s ceremony was lit by candlelight, and they were married under a gorgeous chuppah decorated with orchids and other white flowers. After the ceremony, there was an insanely fun hora where all of the guests danced together to celebrate the wedding of Elana and Saul. Congrats to Elana and Saul!
Venue: Bently Reserve | Floral Design: Amy Burke | Lighting: Got Light
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You may remember Aurora and Jason from their fun engagement session in Potrero Hill and at the beach.They were married at Stern Grove which is an amazing slice of nature smack dab in San Francisco. It’s a bit of a hidden jewel and a nice little oasis of calm and stunning nature. For this wedding, I was luck to have my buddy Jennifer Longaway join me, and she caught some wonderful moments.
Aurora and Jason’s wedding was a true reflection of themselves, very warm and epically fun. Some of their friends built the most amazing branch and floral canopy with a love altar below it, complete with a candle, feathers, beeswax, and dust from the playa at Burningman! Their friends and family were so sweet and ready to have fun and get down to the live band. Congrats to Aurora and Jason!
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Ray and I are so excited! Today we have the honor of photographing Vanessa and Mike’s wedding at the chic Hotel Vitale here in San Francisco. Vanessa and Mike are the winners of the 2010 San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway! Vanessa and Mike met in the Air Force and have had to endure many challenges from living thousands of miles apart to Vanessa’s diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. We are so happy to take part in the giveaway and make Vanessa and Mike’s wedding day dream come true.
Here’s a quick peek at Vanessa and Mike at their rehearsal dinner last night at 1 Fort Mason.
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