Kelly & Jesse | Santa Cruz wedding photographer | Bay Area Wedding Photographer

Kelly found me on the internet and booked me without even meeting in person. Since Kelly was in Oregon at the time and the wedding would be in a park in Santa Cruz beach area in California, it was not possible for us to meet. So we exchanged a few emails and phone calls before finalizing everything.

Kelly & Jesse got married in the scenic Aptos Village Park, Aptos, CA. The park is only 0.5 mile away from my favorite Santa Cruz beach– Seacliff beach. So it was no surprise that we decided to take some photos on the beautiful Santa Cruz beach after the wedding ceremony. As always, the wedding took longer than planned and we ended up taking photos in the park instead. But the photos turned out great since the park itself is very beautiful. There are some big trees in the park and I got several of all-time favorite shots in the area.

Kelly got ready in the same hotel as Sara did in Santa Cruz. I knew the place so well and took a few shots with Kelly in the hotel area after she was ready. Then we drove down to Aptos Village park for the ceremony and reception. There is limited parking place in the park and I really appreciated the gentlemen who gave his parking spot to me when I mentioned that I am the official wedding photographer and need to park ASAP. With his help, I had plenty of time covering everything in ease. After the ceremony, I worked with Kelly & Jesse alone in the park for about 1 hour and a half. There is a stone in the park and we took the ring shot over there. The ring on Jesse’s hand is so tight that he couldn’t take it out. So I took the shot with Kelly & Jesse’s hand together over the stone. I really love the photo and I am using it as one of the introductory shots at the main homepage.

Since Kelly & Jesse ordered a wedding album, I will use some photos directly from the wedding album.  One can see the layout of the wedding album from the following photos. When Kelly & Jesse saw the initial design, they were totally “wowed” by it. I hope that they are going to enjoy the real album when they receive it!

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The following photo is also a snap shot from the wedding album that Kelly & Jesse ordered.

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Congratulations to you, Kelly & Jesse!

Sara & Ryan|Santa Cruz, CA|Bay Area Wedding Photographer

Sara was the maid of honor when I took photos for Calli & TJ’s wedding last year. Sara & Calli are best friends. Since I did an excellent job at Calli’s wedding in Santa Cruz, Sara booked me last year. And this time, Calli is the maid of honor. Sara & Ryan got married again in Santa Cruz, CA. They got ready at Best Western All Suites, Santa Cruz. The wedding ceremony location is Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz. The reception is in Hollions House, Santa Cruz. Many thanks to my fellow photographer Sophia who helped me on the photo shooting! She did an amazing job!

Holy Cross Church is a Catholic church, where no flash is allowed. That is not a problem for me since my Nikon pro gears can take care of the low light conditions easily. After the wedding ceremony, we rushed to Lighthouse beach in Santa Cruz and took a few quick photos. Because it was a hot Saturday, I had to use emergency parking for the photos.

Sara and I communicated frequently about what photos she want. Sara even prepared some umbrellas for the wedding party group photo. The results turned out great.  Here are the comments directly copied from Sara’s mom after she saw the photos:

“Oh Sara, Wow!!!! Loved the slide show. You guys rock in those pictures. What a gorgeous, fantastic couple you are!!! I want that photographer for our 50th anniversary celebration in 9 1/2 years.
these are the most beautiful wedding photos I’ve ever seen. He really did a great job!!!”

Here is a sneak preview of some wedding photos.

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The ceremony site is in the beautiful Holly Cross Church, Santa Cruz, CA.

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Aerial view of the church during the ceremony.

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Congratulations to you, Sara & Ryan!

bayphoto - November 14, 2010 - 11:19 am

Thanks Shirly. You comments made me work harder as a wedding photograher!

David

Shirly - November 4, 2010 - 9:17 pm

David,

You have done such a great job on capturing these classic wedding photos! I wish that I hired you for my wedding!

Whitney & Kris | NAPA Wedding photographer | Northern California Photographer

This is one of the weddings that were booked more than a year before the ceremony. Early booking gives us plenty of time to prepare and iron out the wedding photography details. I communicated with Whitney throughout the whole year and had some great ideas on some fun wedding party photos.

The wedding preparation is at Whitney’s grandma’s house in NAPA valley, CA. I visited the preparation site, ceremony location and wedding venue two weeks before the ceremony. They are about two hours away from my home studio in San Jose. The ceremony site is the beautiful St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, NAPA. Kris and Whitney grew up in this church since they were five and attended kindergarden through the eighth grade together. They have spent many long years together in the halls of the parish school located next to the church.  Their plan was not to leave the grounds, but to take photos of them in the school after the ceremony. The wedding venue is right beside the church, which was decorated gorgeously. In all, this is one of my favorite weddings of all time.

The following are some of my favorite photos.

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The two flower girls are so so so cute!

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The following pose is from Dragon Ball Z. Can you guess what characters are they? 🙂

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The following are some creative and fun group photos that we did after the wedding ceremony. It was so hilarious!

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Congratulations to you, Whitney & Kris!

Rich & Linda | San Jose wedding photographer

Rich & Linda got married in the beautiful and cozy Sainte Claire hotel, San Jose, Ca. The hotel is located in the center of downtown San Jose. Marriott, Hilton, San Jose Convention center are just one or two blocks away. This is one of my favorite places to go and I have done lots of model photo shoot there.

This is a small intimate wedding with less than 50 guests. We started from the wedding preparation, which is in the hotel suites. Then the ceremony is in the hotel also, which is very convenient. After the ceremony, I worked with Rich and Linda alone inside the hotel. There is a big mirror in the first floor and I nailed a very classic shot using the mirror reflection. During the reception, I had chance took a few more photos with Rich & Linda outside the hotel. It was lots of fun working with Rich & Linda and I was totally relaxed during the process.

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The following is the last photo taken in the end of the ceremony. Rich and Linda took the elevator down the sainte claire hotel and I snapped this photo by asking them kissing before stepping out.

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Congratulations to you and wish you the best, Rich & Linda!

Petersou - August 17, 2010 - 10:18 am

This shot is so romantic. I love your photojournalistic style!

LaShanni & Jose Wedding | The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento, CA

I had the honor taking pictures for LaShanni and Jose at one of the most gorgeous churches in San Francisco Bay Area — The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento, CA. It was a long day and it was hot. When I say “hot'< I mean both the weather and the couple are hot. LaShanni is gorgeous and Jose is very handsome. We started from the preparation site in Holiday Inn at Sacramento. Then a limo took the bride and bridesmaids to the church. I pre-visited the ceremony site a week ago so that I had total control of the lighting and photography angles. I can feel the love and joy throughout the whole day.

The reception venue is in the Alumni center, Univ. of Sacramento, CA. It is the place where LaShanni and Jose studied. The reception site was nicely decorated with flowers and silks. There are two special occasions for this reception:  Jump the broom and the sparklers. I captured the two exciting moments successfully.

When it was completely dark, we went to the Capitol park in Sacramento to take more night photos. Though everybody was exhausted, I still managed to create some magical shots with the backlight from the City hall.

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Beautiful wedding shoes photo

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Groom

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Silhouette photo of kissing

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wedding sparklers photos during entrance

wedding photo of jump the broom

night photo of bride and groom at capitol park, sacramento, ca

night photo with romantic light at capitol park, sacramento, ca

Congratulations and best wishes to you, Lashanni and Jose!

Jennifer - August 17, 2010 - 10:16 am

These are some of the best wedding photos that I have seen.