Philly & Nick got married in Burlingame

So finally! Philly & Nick tied the knot at the Khol Mansion on July 4th. Yes, on Independence Day. Beautiful day on South Bay and happy people everywhere. These two put an awesome party for their family and friends, who came from all over the place: from Argentina to England! It was a lovely day. 

It all began in San Francisco. Nick got ready at one of is groomsmen's apartment and Philly at her own place. We started early and we had so much fun. Leandro Navall from Navall Cinematografía de Eventos was filming the entire day. You can see the video here. After shooting some of the preparation we all moved to the Koh'l Mansion. And this is where all started to get really serious. 

The sun was out, it was a warm day and just perfect for a wedding. A beautiful wedding. Philly was radiant and Nick looked super sharp. Their wedding party was a riot and we all were having such a great time. Everything went smooth thanks to Cait McRea from Kaella Lynn Events. These girls really know how to plan a wedding day and make sure it goes according to plan. Flowers were by Huckleberry Karen Designs and all the desserts by Delish Designs. They were actually... delicious!

I can only end up saying to you guys, Philly & Nick: Thank you. It was an honor to document your wedding day. My team had a great time and can't wait to hear from you soon.


A Love Grows in Brooklyn: Lina & Challie

Williamsburg has been home to Lina since she was a child, she grew up right around the corner from where the couple now lives. And it's also the neighborhood where they had their first date – they went to neighborhood hot-spot Marlow & Sons (apparently it still is a hot spot because we saw Adrian Grenier waiting for a table when we shot there!). Because the neighborhood is such an important place for the couple, we decided to center the engagement shoot around all the important places in their corner of Brooklyn. We started off at their house, which is filled with nods to Lina's Columbia heritage and testiments to Challie's love of design, we swung by the site of their first date (where they had a glass of champagne), and ended with a walk over the bridge, where Challie goes running a few times of week. And of course, we had to include their Vespa – the best way to get around Brooklyn! (Oh and the other member of the family is sweet Tomasito!) If the laughs we shared at their engagement shoot were any indication, the wedding is going to be a blast!

A rustic Connecticut engagement shoot with Heidi & Scott

Whenever possible, I love the opportunity to bring the engagement story into the engagement shoot. It adds another layer of meaning when we can be at special place or incorporate things that are unique to a couple. In this case, we had to include the Vespa that Scott gifted Heidi the same day he proposed. A teal Vespa had been on the top of Heidi's wish list for years – ever since she lived across from a Vespa store. Scott likes to say that the Vespa was the other carat. And when they were tallying up their list of important things, the couple's rescue dog Homer topped the list. So of course, he had to make an appearance. I enlisted my favorite stylist Amy Azzarito fromDesign*Sponge to bring along some cool props and help me style the whole shoot. She brought along paper props by Michelle Bablo and the perfect dress from one of my favorite bridal shops, Lovely. We met, bride, groom, Vespa, bike and dog at the Nathan Hale Homestead. The trees didn't seem to realize that it was already April, but even though there wasn't a leaf in sight, the red barn, setting sun and open meadow made up for it.