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!
We absolutely love seeing couples that make each other laugh. A simple look will send the other one giggling, and it’s not only incredibly sweet to witness, but it also makes for great photos! Megan and Ray were laughing the whole time, and it made the shoot so much fun!
Megan and Ray chose the gorgeous Durst Winery as the backdrop for both their engagement shoot and their fall wedding. Not only was it a great location for photography, but it was a wonderful spot for their kids to hang out with Grandma until they were ready to join us for photos. We love that Megan and Ray chose to include their adorable little ones in their engagement shoot. After all, the wedding will be a big day for the whole family!
We can’t wait until October!
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
We are huge fans of Disney (I don’t even want to think about how much money we’ve given Disneyland over the years!), so when we heard that Kristina and Jirayr wanted to incorporate some Aladdin inspiration to their engagement shoot at St. Vincent School for Boys in San Rafael, we were totally onboard! Kristina emailed me a few days out from the shoot and said that though they knew it was a long shot, they were curious if we happened to have an “Aladdin’s lamp” that they could use in the shoot. I have a few props that were Beauty and the Beast themed, but nothing Aladdin themed. That’s when I walked in the other room to tell James. He very casually replied, “Oh, I have one.” Sure enough, we looked through some old boxes and found the perfect Aladdin’s lamp!
Since they live in Marin County, they suggested St. Vincents as a backdrop, and we are so glad that they did! The site had so many beautiful spots, and the rain cleared earlier in the day to give us perfect conditions.
We are so thrilled for Kristina and Jirayr. They were holding hands everywhere we went, and it’s clear that they love being together. They are so happy to be tying the knot, and we can’t wait until the big day! Congrats, you two!
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
Sheila and Chris woke up to heavy rain the day of their engagement shoot, but even that couldn’t put a damper on the day! The rain cleared just in time for the photoshoot, leaving behind puddles and rain droplets to make a sweet rainy day session.
These two can make each other laugh with just a word or even a look. As photographers, we absolutely love when couples have that. It makes each moment fun and an absolute joy to capture!
We can’t wait until their big day!
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