We could hardly contain our excitement when Michele and Adrian told us the theme to their wedding. I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan, so hearing about their fairies and dragons theme really got me looking forward to their May wedding at Saratoga Springs.
The venue was a perfect backdrop, especially with the hidden bridge in the woods and the gorgeous (and huge!) long bridge that is straight out of a fairytale! Michele and Adrian’s decor perfectly fit the theme. The couple’s goblets were dragons that, when put together, made the shape of a heart. The flower girl wore a custom fairy dress, and Michele even wore a mini fairy in her necklace! The couple’s cake was truly stunning, and guests enjoyed gorgeous cupcakes with fairytale designs.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a true fairytale without true love, and that’s exactly what Michele and Adrian have. We loved seeing the way they looked at each other throughout the day, and the little smiles as they held each other close. It was so sweet!
Being a wedding photographer has brought so much to my life, including old friends! Back in high school, I was good friends with Aubrey, but we lost touch when we went to college. Then, earlier this year, I got a message from her – she was engaged! We met for coffee, and it’s as if we never lost touch.
I was so honored to meet Shawn, and I couldn’t help but smile to see him through Aubrey’s eyes. She literally cannot look at him without smiling or laughing!
On their first trip together, they went to Morro Bay and took a drive along Highway 1. That’s when they stumbled upon a small town with a population of 18: Harmony. As they walked around town, they knew right then and there that someday they wanted to get married in the small chapel there.
We loved their laid back and intimate ceremony. It was so personal and fun, and everyone there felt truly special to be one of the few to witness their beautiful wedding. It was the perfect fit for Aubrey and Shawn.
These two are going to have so many adventures together, and we’re so excited to see where they go next!
Wedding Dress: Amazon
Cake: Andrew Fischer, brother of the bride
A flashmob wedding? How cool is that!?! We were ecstatic when we heard Jennifer & Sean’s idea to show up at Cupid’s Span in San Francisco and have a flashmob ceremony. We were literally counting down the days and teasing everyone about a truly unique wedding we had coming up. Well – this was it!
Jennifer and Sean wanted their ceremony to be different and memorable and representative of their home in San Francisco. They fell in love with Cupid’s Span because it was super cute, overlooked the water, and had both the cityscape and the Bay Bridge as backdrops.
After the ceremony, we took advantage of the central location to take photos at other landmarks such as the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero. We even secured permission ahead of time to do a photoshoot on a cable car!
The couple continued the party at a local bar right next to their apartment. They share many happy memories there, including a surprise intimate birthday party for Sean. The bar was such a neat venue! To make it even more personal, Jennifer made the cake herself! Her friend made the bouquets too! As night fell, we even managed to sneak over to their apartment roof for a truly magical night photoshoot.
Congratulations, Jennifer & Sean!
And check out their City Hall Ceremony too!
Wedding Cake: By the bride herself!
Flowers: Friend of the bride, Terren Niethamer
Jennifer and Sean love living in San Francisco, so they wanted their wedding to incorporate their favorite areas. So, they decided on a small civil ceremony during the week followed by a fun and unique wedding day with all their friends and family on the weekend! The iconic San Francisco City Hall was the perfect venue for their civil ceremony – and it was on Pi Day!
These two are so cute together. They really complete each other, and it was evident by how happy they were to finally become Mr. and Mrs.!
We can’t wait to see Jennifer and Sean tomorrow for their wedding in San Francisco with family and friends!
And make sure to view their flashmob wedding!
We have had a wonderful 2017 filled with so many amazing couples, families, and venues. We truly have loved sharing all these memories with you (this video even makes us a bit emotional because it shows so many fun times!), and we can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!
Enjoy this video of our 2017 highlights. Can you spot your wedding or photoshoot?
We first met Keilani and Sean a year ago at their engagement shoot in Downtown San Jose’s Christmas in the Park. We instantly could feel the connection between these two. They make each other laugh constantly, and we love it!
The bride and groom started by getting ready at The Westin San Jose before heading to Holy Family Parish for the ceremony followed by a Samoan reception at the San Jose Police Officer Association Hall. Keilani, a professional softball player, even brought her mitt along!
Keilani and Sean met in American Samoa. Sean was visiting family and Keilani was putting on a softball clinic. So, they incorporated the Samoan culture throughout their reception. Guests were given leis as they entered, Samoan dancers performed, and a full traditional meal was served – complete with a roasted pig! Everyone felt like they were part of the Samoan family – including us! Actually, James here at ShootAnyAngle was actually born in American Samoa, so it was very special for us too! They even made sure that we were gifted leis as well. It was so touching and made the day even more amazing.
Keilani and Sean’s guests came from all over the world to celebrate with them, and they had an absolutely wonderful time. In this day and age, it’s not always easy to get everyone together for a celebration (especially when the bride is a professional softball player and the groom is in the US Army). However, for Keilani and Sean, their family and friends would do anything to come together and make a special day for them. One guest even booked a flight to San Jose, Costa Rica on accident. That didn’t stop him from then turning around and flying out to San Jose, California!
We were so honored to be able to capture their love and to be part of their beautiful Samoan family. Fa’amalo!
Caitlin and Tim absolutely love the outdoors and adventure. After all, he proposed on top of Half Dome in Yosemite after a 3-night backpacking trip! So, when it came time to picking their wedding venue, Sanborn Park in Saratoga, CA was the perfect pick. The park has a stunning redwood grove with a deck built in – perfect for ceremonies!
We always have a wonderful time with wedding parties, but this group was truly memorable. In the middle of shooting their portraits, they all burst into song! They started singing “Make a Man Out of You” from Disney’s Mulan – so of course, we joined in! In true Disney fashion, it was magical.
After the ceremony, the guests headed to the History Club of Los Gatos to start the festivities. We loved Caitlin & Tim’s special touches: the “Just Married” banner on the head table, steins for the groomsmen, and little jam jars as gifts. They even had an ice cream bar instead of cake, which was amazing!
It was a beautiful day, and Caitlin and Tim are sure to have many adventures together. Plus, love is the greatest adventure of all!
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Melanie and Adam seriously give us wedding goals! After a stunning Hawaiian wedding on the beaches of Maui, the couple returned back to the mainland for a harvest winery reception at Kirigin Cellars. That way, friends and family could enjoy the celebration even if they weren’t able to make it out to the islands. This couple is all about including those close to them, and it makes everyone feel like family! They even made sure that their little dog was part of the celebration!
We absolutely loved their fun harvest theme. It was done so beautifully and was perfect for an October wedding. To add to the family feel, the couple even brought in a mariachi band and even a piñata! The bride and groom even got their turn with the bat!
At the end of the night, the couple brought everyone to an after party at a Morgan Hill Bowl! It was a perfect day!
Dress Boutique and Jewelry: Haute Bride
Florist: Maid of Honor, Felicity Jimenez Howard. Flowers from United Wholesale Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Valeria Narciso (Bride’s Cousin)
Cake: Sweetologie (by Bridesmaid Aileen Go Policarpio)
DJ: DJ Julian Quinonez (Bride’s Coworker)
Allison and Thomas’ wedding looked like it was straight out of a bridal magazine! The beautiful and sweet couple exchanged vows at The Westin in Downtown San Jose. The gorgeous hotel was the perfect setting. Their fairytale ceremony site, those beautiful windows, and even a hidden staircase make for great backdrops.
Allison wore an absolutely stunning blush gown from Trudy’s Brides, complete with Jimmy Choo. Inside her shoe was a sixpence, a sweet gift from a family member who had passed away. We always love seeing personal touches added to weddings, and this was the perfect example of how to keep a loved one close. They even had a remembrance table at the ceremony.
One of our favorite moments of the day came during the ceremony. When the officiant asked if Thomas promised to honor and protect Allison, he turned to the crowd and exclaimed, “Oh yeah!!” Everyone laughed, including his stunning bride. We loved it!
Our hearts skipped a beat every time these two lovebirds kissed. They truly looked straight out of a fairytale. It was a beautiful day, and we were so honored to be a part of it!
When we first met Jen and Paul, we talked about how they wanted to do something unique and artistic. We started by planning a special engagement shoot up at Lick Observatory, including nighttime shots! It was great to do something so different and special to the couple, and we couldn’t wait until their big day at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA. The great exhibits made for colorful and fun backdrops, and Jen and Paul did a wonderful job of making their wedding unique to them. It was quite different than most weddings out there – which we love! We also made sure to bring in more nighttime photography. The couple loves astronomy. As a matter of fact, Jen’s ring even has meteorite in the band!
In addition to the great venue, they made sure to incorporate beautiful details. Their flowers were not only utilized in the bouquets and boutonnières, but each table had its own unique display with miniature pieces of art for the table numbers. The bride blew us all out of the water with her absolutely stunning blue necklace. Talk about serious necklace envy!
Jen & Paul were such a joy to watch. They are a perfect match, and there is so much love and partnership between them. They would do anything for each other – even attend sporting events (Paul isn’t a big fan of sports). They are beautiful inside and out, and it was a pleasure to capture their beautiful day!
Coordinator: Jessica Christie