Tiki Themed DIY Wedding [Eva + Ryan] // Oakland Wedding Photographer

Eva and Ryan are two of the loveliest people I got to photograph here in San Francisco Bay Area. I am so happy they chose me as their photographer to do both their engagement session and wedding photography. These two were so lovely to work with. And hip. (Is this still a thing? I’m getting old here.) But really, they were amazing from their Santa Cruz coffee shop engagement session to their DIY wedding in Piedmont.

These two had DIY wedding with conscious choices. Eva and Ryan decided very early on that if they were going to plan a wedding, they were going to do it on their own terms, making no compromises in who they are and what they believe in. They chose to basically build their wedding from the ground up, hand-picking every single vendor and detail. These two believed in supporting: women, local businesses, and being environment friendly.

These two got married at Piedmont Community Hall which is such a lovely place surrounded by redwoods. Also can we talk about how cute every single details that were touched by them? The seat chart they made for the wedding was absolutely the cutest.

They both got little emotional on their first look and during their ceremony and I am so happy that I was to capture these precious moments of their special day. The vegan donuts they had was so bomb. 100% would photograph these two for the donuts! ;)

Oh, and these two decided to change their last name to something completely different from their formal names and it

Dress: Emerald City Gowns

Venue: Piedmont Community Hall

Flowers: Ida Blooms

DJ: Heart of Gold DJs

Donuts: Vegan donut Gelato

Hair and Make up: Ritual

Bartending: Heart and Honey Bartending

South Lake Tahoe Wedding [Alexa + Charlie] // South Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Alexa and Charlie, these two adventurous partners in life first met in Spain (Because Charlie overheard Alexa speaking English!, and let’s be honest — she’s CUTE!) and did the whole long distance before they moved to same location. They have been living all over the world. Spain, Chicago, Argentina and now in San Francisco.

Alexa and Charlie decide to get married in South Lake Tahoe in California where Charlie’s family have a family cabin. Charlie’s grandparents built the cabin for family gathering and celebration like this.

We had an engagement session with Alexa and Charlie last year in their sweet SF home, their neighborhood, and china beach last year. We knew these two were the sweetest people. But we quickly fell in love with how sweet and welcoming their family and friends were on the day of their wedding. And those dance moves we got to see all night was on fire.

Their Lake Tahoe wedding at family property was better than anything we could have imagined. As a couple who previous got married in a backyard at Torian’s mom’s house in North Carolina, we are huge fan of getting married at the place you have history. It’s so intimate and cozy.

It was May in Lake Tahoe and it was windy. But the wind added so much more texture to the photography. Some of our couples worry about how they look with the wind, but truth is you will look even better with wind blowing graciously to you.

We would photograph this sweet Lake Tahoe wedding over and over again if we can. We feel honored to be part of their big day documenting and photographing little and big sweet moments.

This sweet event was helped by Casey from Sasser Events.

Florals: Rise Foral

Mobile Bar: Petite Street