With Azami and Johana we took off to the countryside to take this wedding shoot. It is great to get out of the city, away from the beaches and bustle of San Francisco and stepping out into the countryside.
A wedding with two brides has twice the photogenic beauty and Azami & Johana took this up a further notch by taking a couple of dresses each with them. After all, what bride doesn't want to have the best dress she can? All the dresses today came from Wear Your Love, a fabulous local bridal store.
For any bride, her wedding dress is one of the most important parts of her day. As a bride you might have dreamed for years about it, or never been into wedding clothes until you became engaged. Whatever your thoughts on wedding day outfits, when all eyes are on you, you'll want to look fantastic.
The second set of dresses our brides took are a little lighter and free flowing. You can see Azani & Johana can even jump around pretty easily in them!
The hood veil is romantic, beautiful and even a little whimsical. the detailing on it is as beautifully crafted, as all the dresses here are.
In the next gallery of shots, we have another beautiful dress and style to share. Azani and Johana certainly know how to enjoy themselves with this many dresses! We've tried to highlight the beautiful detailing on this wedding dress by including flowers, grasses and as much of the natural world as we can in each shot. The lace paneling on the open midriff make this dress perfect for mid-summer weddings.
It was a beautifully golden day when we shot these photographs and they fit right into the countryside setting.
What woman doesn't love shoes? These are a great alternative to traditional wedding shoes.
Maggie and David were married on a beautiful summer's day in California. Like brides and grooms around the world, their wedding day was the happiest day of their lives. You can see from their beaming faces! !
For both bride and groom, care for gender equality, and caring for the environment are hugely important. Maggie is a social worker and David works for Greenpeace. Caring for the natural world and people are at the heart of what they believe in and do. Their outdoor natural wedding reflects their caring nature.
Both bride and groom started their day getting ready. Dressing and preparing for their wedding day ahead.
Equality and openness are important to both Maggie and David. So they both wore flower wrists to show their equality in marriage.
As people started arriving, the groomsmen were getting ready and still managed to have fun, despite any pre-wedding jitters.
The natural setting for the wedding ceremony and reception was perfect for David and Maggie. Being nestled away in the countryside gave their day a magical quality.
Under the bough of a beautiful old tree, surrounded by nature and without shoes (for most of the day), Maggie and David came together with each other and the natural world.
After months of preparation, surrounded by friends & family and in a wonderful setting. David and Maggie were married.
It's then time to celebrate with family and friends as they congratulate the couple, before the manage to make a quick escape!
After the wedding under the bough of a tree, it was time for a reception under the canopy of crystal sunlight then a sky studded with pin prick stars.
In many weddings, couples find themselves faced with the decision of whether to have a culturally traditional wedding or a wedding that’s reflective of their own personalities and unique relationships. For Ariel and Jon, however, it was not a question of either or. Their wedding was destined to be a magical affair where culture and tradition blended with the eccentric and artistic community that the couple has surrounded themselves in.
Music has shaped the lives of both Ariel and Jon individually – and as a couple, they have found that music is at the heart of their relationship. Ariel is a singer and songwriter who focuses her music around empowerment, healing, and the strength of community. She uses her music to bring people together and to open hearts in spiritual sound. Jon is a musician and songwriter as well. His music is highly acknowledged within the Burning Man community. In addition, he and his band also travel throughout California performing.
Ariel and Jon are both heavily involved in the Jewish community, so having a traditional Jewish ceremony was extremely important to the couple. During the time of the ceremony, Ariel was a rabbi in the makings. After the wedding, she continued on to Israel to continue her training as a Rabbi.
Throughout the ceremony, you could catch glimpses of the couple’s spirituality and the Jewish tradition. The ceremony started off with the loving and celebratory tish circles for both the bride and groom before the ceremony, where family and friends gave their blessings, laughed, and told stories. Tradition holds that, on the day of their wedding, the bride and groom hold a certain kind of magic and spiritual strength; both shared this with their guests through special intimate moments with individual friends and family members where they gave out their blessings. The ceremony was concluded with the signing of the beautifully designed Jewish Ketubah scrolls, a special agreement between the bride and groom.
The bride and groom put a unique twist on the traditional wedding by encouraging their assortment of friends to display all of their creativity and eccentricity- through music, performances, and fashion. The dress code was described as “outrageous casual”, and their guests showed up dressed to impress, giving the wooded wedding an intriguing, magical feel.
Ariel and Jon's day was filled with music, tradition, love, and laughter. It was an incredible reflection of who they are and the powerful loving communities that they have chosen to surround themselves and dedicate their lives to.
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Villa Vannucci Wedding by Our Wedding Story
Meet Molly and Duncan. The couple met during their freshmen year at Standford when they ended up in the same class. A few days later they had shared a first kiss and become boyfriend/ girlfriend. They haven't looked back since!
Duncan took two pieces of great inspiration for the wedding. He wanted to include Bells of Ireland and other greens around the wedding venue to accentuate the natural surroundings. Molly ended up really pleased with this. Their centre pieces also told their story. Duncan proposed to Molly on the LA beach where she is from. Little touches like this really help to share your journey with guests.
The bridesmaids wore simple,yet elegant free-flowing light grey dresses. Their flowers also had accents of those creams and greens from the centre pieces.
Both Molly and Duncan took a bit more of a laid back approach to their outfits. Molly chose a relaxed dress as she wanted to be the girl Duncan fell in love with when standing next to him on her wedding day.
Father and daughter enjoying a quiet moment together.
Molly and Duncan exchanged plain gold wedding bands with the inscription 'All my love 8/8/15' on each.
Your wedding day can often rush by in a blur. We like to capture every moment we can and from every different angle. It helps you to see things you may have missed on the day, or see it in a new way.
Here we caught a great shot of Molly & Duncan along with the bridesmaids and groomsmen from across the water.
After dating for six years and living together for year and a half Duncan proposed to Molly. The ring carried a diamond passed down through Duncan's family and was work by his Great Grandma and Grandma. After all the planning and the ceremony, Molly and Duncan could finally enjoy being married with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Molly and Duncan included lots of little creative touches and nods to their life together. Tables were named after places which are special to the couple, rather than being numbered. Oxford was where the couple spent time together abroad.
The ceremony and reception were both held outdoors, a great way to take advantage of the beautiful California weather. It also allowed us to get some fantastic shots.
"We are best friends, we have silliness, playfulness, warmth, coziness and snuggles. We have a lot of fun together".
As the sun started to go down, there was still time to get some beautiful pictures of Molly and Duncan together.
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