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Congratulations Kim & Ryan!

Yosemite, California
Kim and Ryan live in the Monterey area, but their family and friends live all around the Bay area. So they decided to have a destination wedding at the beautiful Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite. Their wedding was absolutely breathtaking!

They put a lot of effort into their wedding details, even building the wedding arch themselves. Kim’s cousin Sara did an awesome job designing all of the stationery from the invites to the programs to the table numbers. The bride’s bouquet was wrapped in her grandmother’s handkerchief.

A backdrop of pine trees listen as Kim and Ryan say their vows.

Kim’s face is so expressive. There were a couple of times when she looked as if she was trying not to cry.

I love the maid of honor’s face in this photo – she looks so happy for the couple!

My favorite first kisses last for lots of photos!

Although I loved the colors, I could see this wedding toned all in sepia tone.

The happy couple!

Kim’s mom (on the left) jubilantly throws rose petals at the newlyweds.

And here’s Kim and her mom right after the ceremony.

While the newlyweds and bridal party hung out in this meeting room I stayed in the background. I love it when everyone forgets I’m there – my favorite photos are the ones with real emotion.

I caught this shot in the mirror.

The girls are ready to party!


Vintage Bride

Yosemite, California
As I was retouching photos from Kim and Ryan’s wedding I kept thinking of all the photos taken in Yosemite. Most people probably think of Ansel Adams and his spectacular black and white photos of the mountains. I kept thinking about old sepia photos of early explorers of Yosemite Valley and gold prospectors with long white beards and families in buggies posing in front of the tunnel tree. Not surprisingly, I thought many of Kim and Ryan’s photos worked better in black and white.

Here’s some of the couple getting ready for their big day. Michael photographed Ryan and the groomsmen.

Kim surprised Ryan with photo cufflinks. They were a special touch honoring the memory of his mother and brother.

Meanwhile I was taking photos of the bride and bridesmaids getting ready. Kim was super organized and prepared – just look at her make-up table!

Kim added many vintage touches to her wedding, including her gorgeous lace veil. I’m not sure if it’s actually a classic piece but it has that look.

Kim’s ring is an antique while Ryan went with a more contemporary style.

I love Kim’s pearls which were originally her grandmother’s.

Kim’s mom and bridesmaids help with the veil.

The bride was a picture of calm. Except for this one moment, when she looked back at her mom…


Love Can Move Mountains

Yosemite Park, California

I’m putting the finishing touches on Kim and Ryan’s wedding photos and thought I’d share a quick teaser pic from their day-after portrait session.

I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

by William Butler Yeats


On the Road Again…

San Francisco, California
Phew! We just got back from the Bay area: 7 days, 6 shoots, 5 brides, 3 grooms and 1 interior designer. Big thank you to all of them – hope you had as much fun as Mike & I did! I’ll post photos in a few weeks. In the meantime, here’s one I liked. First person to guess where this was taken wins a sweet prize.


dianne (dbonnit@stanfordmed.org) - under the golden gate bridge?

Aleks and Mike,

Dominik and I had a really fun time working with you. We’re excited to see the pond pictures =) hope you post a teaser pic

thank you for the opportunity!!

smuah from chittie lounge - Are you at Fort Point – South end of the Golden Gate Bridge?

Polka Photos - Dianne is the winner – in more ways than one. She was just married a few weeks ago. We took photos of the beautiful bride and her lovely husband Dominik in a day-after portrait session. I won’t go into any more detail – but I’ll be sharing teaser pics soon! Thank you both!

And yes, the photo was taken under the Golden Gate Bridge. Smuah you’re right, too – just a few
minutes too late.


Dianne - yay I won! I feel like a stalker .. lurking on your page every time I see a computer =)

Polka Photos - Stalk away Dianne! Your prize is on the way. And your photos will be up in a few days, too.

Congratulations Tiffany & Jill!

Burbank, California
Here’s a quick photo from Tiffany and Jill’s wedding. I love the lens flare and the quality of the light as they’re walking down the aisle. I’ll be posting more photos from their day soon. But now I gotta run – we have some crazy shoots this week on the road that I’ll tell you about next week. And there’s more super weddings coming soon, too.