Thursday, September 18, 2014

Flora Grubb Gardens & Fort Funston Engagement Photography | Mai & Phu

Mai and Phu are one of the most dedicated couples that I have ever met. They are photographers themselves and went above and beyond to find the perfect locations for their engagement session. They spent their free times on weekends scouting locations and I am so glad they did because they found some amazing spots!

The first location they decided on was a spot in San Francisco called Flora Grubb Gardens and it was an incredible pick! Some of the treasures there included vintage cars and bicycles, succulent wall planters, rustic doors and colorful chairs hanging on walls. I had the hardest time leaving to go to our next locations because I just wanted to keep shooting! It was a photographer's dream.

Once I pried myself away from Flora Grubb Gardens, we headed over to Fort Funston National Park. We trekked down the very step trail to the beach where I finally witnessed my first, San Francisco sunset since July. That's right, no clouds and the fog was nowhere to be seen. It was beautiful! Of course, just because the sun was out, didn't mean in was warm! Mai was such a trooper, running around on the beach and getting her legs wet in the waves. She was just so dedicated and wanted the perfect photos. That's my kind of lady!

Returning back to the top of the hill was a real battle. It was a vertical climb, but Phu and Mai were in such a good shape, they managed to carry all the props up and still made it to the top before me! The last photo we took was one of my favorites from the session. You can see the beautiful coastline during twilight time and you can also see just how far we had to walk down and up to get the perfect photos. It was well worth it!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kohl Mansion Wedding Photography in Burlingame, CA | Ann & Erik

Ann and Erik were married at Kohl Mansion, a beautiful 100 year old tudor with a sprawling lawn and gorgeous gardens. We could not have asked for a more picturesque location to shoot! The "Morning Room" was one of our favorite spots with it's elegant black and white marble floor and huge windows. The library was another of our favorite spots and it's where we started their wedding day with a sweet and intimate tea ceremony. It was a great way for the couple and their close relatives to celebrate the marriage before all of their guests arrived.

Their marriage ceremony took place out on the lawn overlooking the mansion. We have to mention how much we love it when a groom isn't afraid to get a little emotional so naturally it melted our hearts when we saw some tears from Erik as he watched his bride walking down the aisle. We also have to mention how awesome it was that they both brought their pups to the wedding, as we are big dog lovers ourselves! They were a really fun addition.

During their reception, one of Ann's bridesmaids opted to do a special dance for the couple to express her love for them, rather than a traditional toast. It was beautifully done and such a fun change from what we are used to!

It's so wonderful to have such vast variety of backgrounds to use for photos, especially when they are all in one place! It gives us more time for photos and really eases the stress of the day. Ann and Erik's wedding will be one we won't soon forget. Thank you two for having us and we wish you the best!

Venue: Kohl Mansion
Florist: Pico Flowers
Hair and Makeup: Glamour by Kary Li
Cake: P.S. I Cake You
Caterer: Toast Catering
DJ: Spintronix
Photography: Blueberry Photography