Yesterday was the prettiest day in San Francisco. I took a walk around my neighborhood, got my first ever facial (undecided how I feel about chemical peels), worked WITHOUT WIFI (it can be done y'all), and met up for chia smoothies with the amazing Rachael of @ruby.and.rose. As much as I love traveling for work, there something about the magic and ambition of San Francisco that I want to carry with me wherever I go. There's nonstop wonder here, and also a little sense of feeling incomplete, like we can never rest on our achievements, we cannot take this city life for granted, we must always keep striving, keep pushing. I think this anxious city drives me to work hard and then work harder. I also think this city is testing the limits of my crazy!! Still, I've been loving the intermix of personal and work lately. Looking forward to a weekend of proposals, more flowers with @amandavidmar, assisting @kaylafphoto, and a much needed spa appointment on Sunday. Happy weekend y'all! . . floral design: @vofloraldesign // planning: @cali_smittenkiss // gown: @clairelafaye // makeup & hair: @facesbyemily // ring: @iocollective // silks: @thepoetryofsilk // @melissaziegler @kellen_lehman // host: @tylerrye_ // film lab: @photovisionprints
Planning and creating this travel shoot was such a huge learning epoch for me. I knew I wanted to shoot while visiting Portland. The rainy spring season was just right for an abundance of lush florals. I also knew I wanted to do something indoors on film, outside my typical comfort zone. I reached out to a few local vendors and fate must've guided those first emails, because I immediately discovered the creative talents of @brightnight_design and @solabeeflowers. These ladies took my disconnected visions and transformed them into something that completely took my breath away. Our color play is lovingly featured on @utterlyengaged today. I'm so personally in love with this one and hope you all enjoy! . styling + design: @brightnight_design // florals: @solabeeflowers // hair + makeup: @brintini // agency: @musemanagement // model: @chelsea_malee // dress: @jillstuart for @bhldn // space: @studio_1904 // film: @fujifilm_profilm and @kodakprofessional // film lab: @photovisionprints
From the groom's incredible procession in on a jasmine-wreathed Mustang, to the collective gasp of the entire room as the beautiful bride walked in, Eric and Kavya's wedding had it all. You would never guess that we were staring at weather apps on our phones and dodging downpours all day for some of these outdoor shots! I'm so excited to share PART ONE of this insanely gorgeous wedding on the blog today. Link in bio! Marvelous assistance by @4cornersphoto // film lab: @photovisionprints // hair design: @hairbyrebeccacampbell // makeup artistry: @summatime21 // videography: @elevated.solutions
This sunrise session with Anika and Jonathan meant getting up just before 5:00am to start prep - which was an hour away in weekday traffic 😱 I think it was totally worth it! Fellow photographers, what's the earliest shoot time you've ever had with a morning session? @cyeetheworld is not allowed to respond because all her stories start with driving out the night before 🙈 florals + planning: @julietsgarden // dress: @juleechic // hair & makeup: @facesbyames and @facesbyemily // film lab: @photovisionprints // @anikaks @jonathangrey17
San Francisco's City Hall was completed in 1899 at a cost of $6 million. What took 27 years to build fell apart in 26 seconds during the 1906 earthquake. The only part of the structure that remained standing was the old French dome. The new building design was finished in 1915 and heavily based off of the Church of Les Invalides in Paris. At 307 feet, the Dome of San Francisco City Hall is the tallest in the nation - taller even than the dome at our Capitol building in Washington DC! In the busiest seasons, over 30 couples in a day come from all across the world to say I do, and the entire building rings with the sound of laughter and applause. I have a million reasons to love this place - one particular reason is because Nina and David did the most delightful series of slow twirls up here on the fourth floor balcony, and another reason is coming soon in just two short weeks. So in love.
Today is Gynna and Roy's big day and I can't wait to be a part of their backyard celebration - yes, you read that right! When this amazingly creative couple reached out and told me they had decided to host their closest friends and family in their own backyard, I nearly jumped out of my chair (okay, more like collapsed on the ground. Anyone who knows me well knows that I generally work from the floor). It's always been a little girl dream of mine to get married in my own backyard.. hence all the recent gardening! . In this line of work, I love love love connecting with couples that share such similar values and ideals. I'm so ecstatic to document Gynna and Roy's wedding day today! Also, Gynna told me last week that in lieu of staging a typical exit shot, they'd like photos of her and Roy putting their pet sheep to bed. UHM YES 😍😮🙌🏻✨🐑🐑🐑😭👏🏻 . Another sneak peek from a recent collaboration with @julietsgarden. I just discovered the magic of closeup filters and am kicking myself for this late life epiphany. Calligraphy: @ohhoneypaperco // Ring: @susiesaltzman // Film Lab: @photovisionprints
once again the world has dreamed me. sneak peek at a collaboration with @julietsgarden before the weekend carries us all away. dress: @juleechic // hair & makeup: @facesbyames and @facesbyemily // @itscharpar
Girl 👏🏻 squad 👏🏻 goals. These ladies pulled together a million details and more to get their bestie Kaitlin married, and did it all day with the biggest smiles on their faces. Another one to add to the blog roster.. but first, time to replant the lavender that's starting to sprawl in the backyard, experiment in the how crunchy can I make this salad kitchen zone, and then it's off to Napa for an anniversary session in the vineyards 🍷 SEND HELP my priorities are entirely dictated by the summer California weather. Happy almost Friday everyone! Photo processed by @photovisionprints.
On my grocery shopping bag last night was the quote there's a memory for every footstep you've taken. Deep words to ponder in the Safeway checkout line 🤔 For this couples session, we followed the same line of thought. We wanted to immortalize those little mementos that inevitably come from time spent together - small scraps of paper collected and archived, pressed flowers and saved dreams, the sense of preservation and memory was alive in all these delicate details, styled by @utterlyengaged. Actual moments are so fresh, vivid, alive and fleeting to me. I cherish the photos that help me remember them all. . creative director + stylist: @utterlyengaged // workshop host: @donnyzavalaphotography // film lab: @photovisionprints // florals: @selvafloral // dress: @clairelafaye // hair + makeup: @kate_tuma // hair accessories: @melindarosedesign // ring: @susiesaltzman // calligraphy: @kelseymaliecalligraphy // styling boards: @emma_natter // ribbons: @tonoandco // albums: @priscillafosterhandmade // film sponsor: @fujifilm_profilm // agency: @musemanagement