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Olympic Club Wedding Photography- Alyse & Daniel!

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“He was my older brother’s college roommate.”

Now that is an answer I usually do not hear to my question of how the couple met! Instantly I knew that Daniel must be a great guy because how many guys let their roommate date their little sister? Not very many!

Alyse and Daniel’s wedding was rich with traditions and filled with so many moments of great laughter and fun!

 

Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0249Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0250Beautiful roses from Daniel!  See, nice guy!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0251Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0252The ladies all got ready at Alyse’s parents’ house.  I love the fun of girls getting ready, always lots of laughing!  Alyse showered her ladies with so many presents including matching monogrammed button downs, sandals and jewelry!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0253Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0254Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0393Alyse’s dress was created by Amy Kushel out of San Francisco.  The dress was truly so unique, I had never seen a dress like it and fell absolutely in love with it!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0256The guys got ready at a hotel and did what guys do, which as you know from my past blogs takes all of 3 minutes I think!  I do love the use of the lint brush on the beard- brilliant!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0257Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0258Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0263Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0264Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0265Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0260Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0388Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0389Once the girls had done their thing and Alyse was all dressed perfectly, Dad was invited in to see his little girl!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0267Alyse and Daniel got married at St. Gregory’s, just down the block from Alyse’s parents’ house.Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0268Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0269Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0270Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0271Those cheeks!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0272Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0273Alyse was proudly escorted down the aisle by her father.Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0390Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0275St. Gregory’s is a gorgeous church! The rules of this church are quite strict compared to other churches so we were not able to get our usual wedding ceremony images. The rules were that I had to stand behind the very last row of people, which was quite far back, these two are popular! The other place I was allowed to stand was the far right corner near the exit towards the front. I was grateful that Greg was allowed on the balcony so we were able to capture some images from up above. We did our best to be creative working within the rules!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0276Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0278Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0277Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0279Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0280Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0281Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0282When communion was being given out I noticed a room where someone was with a baby off to the side.  Sooo I took a little walk. I love this image of Alyse and Daniel looking out at all their family and friends taken through a window!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0283Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0284Kiss the bride!!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0285Married!!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0286Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0287So adorable!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0288The bridal party ushered them to the back of the church so we could do some family formals!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0297It was then off to the historical Olympic Club!  It was very special for Alyse to have her wedding reception there as it was where her parents also had their wedding reception!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0291This bridal party was so much fun!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0290Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0292Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0293Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0294Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0295Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0289Daniel shows off his cuff links which were a gift from Alyse.Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0296Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0299Inside the scene was set for an elegant night of celebrating!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0300Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0301Alyse and Daniel so cleverly created table numbers that also showcase an image of both of them at that particular age!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0298Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0303While everyone else was off at cocktail hour, we headed out onto the golf course area for some portraits.Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0302Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0304Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0392Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0391Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0308Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0307Practicing for the dance floor!  This is not the last dip you will be seeing!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0309It was then time for Alyse and Daniel to be announced.  The other main room of the Olympic Club is a huge room with a glass ceiling that is perfect for the dance floor!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0311Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0310Alyse and Daniel danced to the full song THEMSELVES!  So often now the band announces for family and friends to join the couple on the dance floor.  While that is sweet and all… I do love having the full song of the first dance to capture this precious time!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0312Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0315Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0313Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0314There’s the dip! Love it!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0318As everyone began to move into the dining room for dinner, Alyse showed Daniel his surprise. His groom’s cake!  And what a cake it was!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0317Ahhh, nothing like a little baseball rivalry to start off a marriage! (My Greg, a die hard Yankee fan had to steady himself when he saw a Boston logo on a wedding cake but hey at least they were losing pretttttty badly on this cake!) Got to love those bobble heads!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0319The main cake was so beautiful and very elegant!  It fit perfectly into the essence of their wedding day!  Both cakes were created by the talented team at Studio Cakes in Menlo Park.Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0320Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0321Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0322Alyse’s father welcomed everyone and certainly tapped into the hearts of all those present. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0329Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0324Alyse’s brother and future sister in law said grace.Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0327Toasts were started off with Daniel’s brother, Alyse’s brother and sister-in-law and last but certainly not least Alyse’s little sister!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0323Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0330Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0325Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0326Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0332Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0333Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0335Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0328Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0334Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0336Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0338Tradition trumps all, they just had to cut those amazing cakes!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0339Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0340Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0337Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0341Alyse receives a sweet little hug from her nephew!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0342Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0345Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0316Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0346Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0347Another tradition, one that always pulls on everyone’s heart strings (mine included) are the parent dances.Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0348Then it was time.  Time to get the party started!  The Lucky Devils Band didn’t need much help as they were INCREDIBLE- but they were gracious enough to let one of my favorite groomsmen add to the sounds!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0349Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0350Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0351Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0344This photo booth had the best props EVER! Everyone had so much fun goofing around!! Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0343Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0352Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0354Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0355Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0356Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0357Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0358Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0359Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0360Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0353Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0361Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0362Who needs a video team when you have a GoPro on a stick capturing it all! I’d love to see the footage, everyone looked like they were having so much fun passing it around!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0363And by the end of the night Alyse’s nephew had it!!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0369Time for the bouquet toss!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0370Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0371A nice grab by Dan’s Grandmother!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0372I love this image!  The expressions on their faces CRACK ME UP!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0373Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0374Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0375The men usually don’t line up as quickly but a nice group gathered to try to catch the garter, which you all know signifies they are getting married next!  And we had another overzealous catch!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0376What a match!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0377To fuel the dancing, the most scrumptious grilled cheeses were set out- accompanied by little desserts, cookies and treat bags!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0378Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0379Alyse danced with her Grandfather!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0381Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0382Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0383Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0385Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0380Then all too quickly is became that time. The last dance, perfectly surrounded by family and friends!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0386Whoot! Whoot!  And one more dip!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling-Olympic Club Wedding Photography_0387Alyse and Daniel we wish you so much love and happiness for your life together! It was an honor to document this day for you!

 
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Arista Winery Wedding Photography in Healdsburg CA- Laura & Kyle!

When I finished reading about Laura and Kyle’s love story on their wedding blog I let out an “Ohhhhhh” so loud that my 3 year old ran into the room and said “What’s wrong Mama?” I then explained to him that nothing was wrong and that sometimes girls make funny noises like that when they read great love stories!

What I loved about Laura and Kyle’s love story is that they met under unusual circumstances.  They did not go to the same high school.  They did not grow up in the same town.  They did not get set up by friends that felt they were a match. They met in the Spring of 2008 both campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Kyle was from Arkansas and Laura from California. But it was in Montana that their paths crossed and 2 weeks later Laura was calling her friends to say she had met her husband!  And 5 months later that winter Kyle moved to Connecticut to be with Laura.  When you know- you know. They knew.

I first met Laura in San Diego.  Greg and I were photographing Rachel and Mike’s wedding and Laura was a bridesmaid. I left Rachel in the room for a minute or two while she got undressed before she put her wedding dress on.  Laura approached me to let me know that Rachel was getting dressed thinking maybe I was missing the moment. Now I instantly liked her too. Organized and on her game!  I quickly explained that I was giving Rachel a minute to get undressed.

Later when I heard Laura was engaged I was secretly hoping she would hire me to photograph her wedding… when Laura contacted me I couldn’t have been more thrilled.

Enjoy the story of their lovely wedding day as viewed from our cameras!

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The invites and the signage you will see through the day were designed by the creative Bobbi Beito! This is the 3rd wedding we have photographed that has used Bobbi- we love her work!

Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0001The day started off at the Hotel Healdsburg in the middle of quaint Healdsburg.  If you haven’t been to this part of the world put it on your bucket list. It is a little pocket of paradise.

Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0003Laura’s exquisite gown was created by Anna Maier. Laura’s Micheal Kors wedges were perfect for a wedding at a winery. Wineries are no place for heels!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0004Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0005Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0009Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0006Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0008Kyle got ready with his buddies. Guys getting ready doesn’t take very long- good thing they had Rocky on the tube to occupy some time!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0010Laura’s little cousin from Israel was the perfect age to be a flower girl.  She was full of wonder and awe as the ladies prepped for the wedding!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0007The medal on the left was a family heirloom, Kyle’s grandfather’s from his U.S. Army uniform. Kyle wore it on the inside of his suit jacket. In Laura’s family, it is a tradition for the bride’s family to present a watch to the groom. Kyle was given this incredible one on the right.
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Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0026Laura and Kyle’s wedding was held at Arista Winery. Though there are many wineries in this little town- Arista is one of the most lovely and has a great set up for weddings.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0027Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0028Laura’s Dad escorted her to the wedding and was so overwhelmed with emotions, he said to me, “It’s not every day your little girl is getting married.”  It was adorable to see.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0032The site of the wedding ceremony was so spectacular.  I loved how the chuppah was very natural and simple- adding to the scenery not competing with it.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0033The chuppah was created by Laura’s Mom and Kyle’s Grandmother. Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0034Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0029Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0030The programs and menus you will see later were created by Hyegraph.

Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0038The wedding ceremonies started off with a Kabbalat Panim for Laura and Kyle to greet their guests. During this time the men and woman are separated.

Laura was with the ladies at the top of the hill. The ladies were shuttled up!

Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0043Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0041Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0042Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0044During the kabbalat panim, the bride, surrounded by friends and family, is greeted by guests before the ceremony, who often offer hugs and well wishes. Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0045Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0040Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0046Kyle had his Tisch at the bottom of the winery. Traditionally at a Tisch, the groom is surrounded by his friends and family singing songs and toasting to the groom and his future.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0049Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0047Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0050Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0051Then Rabbi Jim Ponet prepares the men for their parade up the hill for the Bedeken.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0052The men jubilantly start to parade!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0054Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0055Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0056The energy in the air at this time was amazing. Seeing the men come up over the hill- I loved watching Laura and Kyle as they began to look for each other. It was a wedding moment I will never forget! I’m sure Laura, Kyle, their families and guests feel the same way.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0201Laura sits with her Mom, Kyle’s Mom and Grandmother and is ecstatic to see Kyle!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0058Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0059Kyle’s last few steps….Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0060So much happiness!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0061Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0062Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0063The emotions, the energy, the tradition of it all- such an honor to document these moments for Laura and Kyle.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0064Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0065Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0066Kyle veils his bride before the wedding ceremony.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0067The parents are asked to come up and be part of a blessing.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0068Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0069Laura and Kyle head into a private room to sign the Ketubbah, the marriage contract, with their immediate family.  I love the smiles on their faces in those first few moments alone!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0070Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0071Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0072Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0073Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0074Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0075Contract signed, it was now time for the ceremony!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0076Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0077Love it Kyle!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0078Could you find a cuter ring bearer or a flower girl???  I think not!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0080Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0079Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0081Laura is escorted down the aisle by her parents.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0082Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0083Kyle and Laura circle each other.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0084Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0085Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0086Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0087Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0088Kyle’s uncle came up and spoke.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0091Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0094Laura and Kyle both spoke from their hearts to each other.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0089Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0093Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0095The wedding rings were exchanged.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0096Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0098Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0097Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0099Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0101The Rabbi covered Laura and Kyle with his prayer shawl and then invited the parents under the chuppah to be part of blessing Laura and Kyle’s marriage.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0100Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0102Oh I love this moment! Mazel Tov!!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0103Now that’s a kiss the bride!!

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Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0104Married!!!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0105The guests headed back down the hill for cocktail hour while we did portraits.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0106Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0109One of the great things about Arista winery is that there were so many different little places to photograph.  We started in the winery and the grapes were full- making the images even more picturesque!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0110Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0107Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0111Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0112Next we headed off to where the goats were!  Kyle grew up on a farm and they asked to included some furry friends in the photographs!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0113Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0114Laura was brave- they went inside!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0115Then Laura got even braver- she climbed onto this rock which was mossy and actually quite high up. So worth it- thanks Laura!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0124Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0116Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0117Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0118While the wedding ceremony was more steeped in Laura’s cultural traditions, the rehearsal dinner and cocktail hour tipped it’s hat to the south! 3 words: fried chicken fritters! YUM!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0122I love when a wedding includes pictures from the past- such a beautiful way to pay tribute to your families.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0123Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0124Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0119Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0120Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0121Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0126Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0125A special note to all their guests.

Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0128Stunning!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0129Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0130Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0131Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0127The flowers created by Flowers by Rebekah were just perfect. They were touches of beauty throughout the day.  All the flower arrangements for the wedding were so elegant.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0132Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0134Laura and Kyle’s wedding reception started off with traditional Israeli folk dancing-  the Hora!  I have never seen such a large group of people involved- it was so much fun! AND long!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0135Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0136Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0137Ahhhh, the chairs!!!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0138Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0139Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0140Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0141Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0142Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0144Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0143Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0145Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0151Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0146Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0147Kyle brought in a little country twist to the Hora!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0148Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0150And then          Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0149Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0153Alright, back to the Hora!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0154Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0152Whew! Ended with a dip and a kiss!  Now that’s a Hora!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0159Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0166Kyle’s best man Garrison started off the toast. His toast was the perfect combination of good humor and emotion- well said!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0162Laura’s maid of honor Navi was up next. Navi had us all smiling with stories from their childhood and also recounting the phone call Laura made saying she had met her husband!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0160
Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0163Kyle’s Dad was next and spoke some beautiful words about marriage.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0164Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0165Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0167Next up was Laura’s dad who asked everyone present of all faiths to bless his daughter and Kyle’s marriage.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0168Last up the newlyweds- thanked everyone for coming from near and VERY far to celebrate with them!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0203Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0202Laura and Kyle went non-traditional and cut the pie! The yummy yummy pies were from Mom’s Apple Pie!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0170Laura and Kyle then shared their first dance as husband and wife.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0171Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0172It didn’t last long as they invited their guests to join them on the dance floor, but even amongst the crowd they were still in their own little world.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0173The party started off quickly, this crowd did not need to warm up! I love how the ring bearer found the smarter way to limbo!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0175As their guests started the dancing off- we whisked Laura and Kyle away for a few more portraits during the golden hour. The golden hour is the last 30 minutes before sunset and the first 30 minutes after sunset.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0174What was amazing to me was that we moved Laura and Kyle around facing the light in different ways and we were able to capture images that look so different all within 15 minutes of time. Sunset light is wonderful that way!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0177Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0178Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0179With the sun a little lower we were able to use it to light the couple from the back, giving this glow that adds to this already incredibly romantic scene!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0176Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0180Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0181And then with the sun over the hills, the sky put on a show for us and allowed us to create a silhouette of the Mr. and Mrs. Taylor!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0182Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0185When we arrived back the sky was dark, the cafe lights were glowing and guests were having a blast dancing!  Great job done by Alex from AMS Entertainment!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0193Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0186Now THAT is an awesome dance move!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0184Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0183Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0194“I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want… So tell me what you want, what you really really want” Spice Girls circa 1996!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0187Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0188Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0189Then the boys got their sing along on. “Whoahhhhh, we’re halfway there. Whoahhhhh, livin’ on a prayer… Take my hand and we’ll make it – I swear Whoahhh, livin’ on a prayer” Bon Jovi circa 1986!

Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0190Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0191Laura joined in the fun!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0195In addition to the yummy pies, a table of Middle Eastern desserts were out for guests to enjoy.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0133Favors for the guests were layed out as well. Laura and Kyle love pickles!  Laura’s grandfather who passed away a few years ago always made pickles in a very traditional way, and her mom used his recipe to pickle a bunch of vegetables (including okra, Kyle’s favorite)!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0192All great celebrations sadly must end.  Laura and Kyle’s guest gathered around them for the last song of the night.Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0196One last lift for the night!!!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0197And a kiss!Arista Winery Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0198And a big hug! Such an incredible wedding full of traditions new and old, filled with laughter, singing, dancing and LOVE.  Thank you so much Laura and Kyle for the great honor of photographing your wedding day!  We had a wonderful time and now like you two are in love with a little town called Healdsburg!

A special thank you to Heather Holliday, Laura and Kyle’s wedding planner who was so much fun to work with and kept everything running smoothly and on time!

We also were thrilled to work with Grover Films.  Please check out their video of the wedding here!  This dynamic couple creates unique wedding videos that capture the emotion of the day without being intrusive.

Other amazing people who worked hard to make this wedding so magical were:

 

Catering by Park Avenue Catering

Hair done by Artistry by Gabrielle

Transportation by California Wine Tours

 

 

 
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Heather - September 2, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Wonderful photos and an amazing location, loved all the photos

Rachel - September 2, 2014 - 3:56 pm

So in love with these photographs, Susannah & Greg!! It was such a beautiful day, and looking through these pictures brought back so many memories of all the fun and love we witnessed between Kyle and Laura!!

Tenley Clark - September 2, 2014 - 4:50 pm

What a gorgeous and FUN wedding!! So many beautiful images, details and moments!! I think it’s so cute that Jax asked you what was wrong and their love story is super sweet! As I was looking through the post I definitely was making the same kind of sounds (awww.. gasp.. wow.. haha.. ). Those dancing images are so awesome and really show how much fun they all had! And I just LOVE the image of the bride and the little girl in the hallway! So beautiful! Gorgeous work! =)

Paige - September 3, 2014 - 8:01 am

What a fun wedding this must’ve been! I love all their little personalize details. I specially love her hair and those adorable goats . Wonderful work

Andrea - September 3, 2014 - 4:26 pm

What a gorgeous couple. They look like movie stars from the glamour 50′s in some of the black and white shots. I love all the details you captured.

Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Rachel & Ben!

Rachel and Ben’s wedding was held at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. What a perfect little pocket of paradise!  EVERYWHERE you look there is something to feast your eyes on!  Come take a journey with me through their wedding day, you won’t be disappointed!

First stop, a little bit about the duo!  Why try to put into words what someone else has so cleverly done already? The next two paragraphs are taken from Rachel and Ben’s wedding website.  I was all smiles reading it so I thought I would share a portion of  it!

A 21st century romance, Ben and Rachel met online.  Approximately one hour after creating and posting a profile on OKCupid, Jewcy Couture received a message from Kung Fu Jew introducing himself.  Rachel and Ben went out the very next day! 

 Their first date involved dressing up as a warden and prisoner and running all throughout the streets of SF on a giant scavenger hunt.  Though they literally came in LAST place in the race out of 503 teams, due to being disqualified for stopping in the middle to eat at Chipotle, it was all worth it as the date ended with a peanut butter sundae at Ghirardelli and first kiss on the beach overlooking Alcatraz.

Adorable right?!  I had met Rachel and her lovely mother once before but after reading that I knew I would instantly like Ben too! What a fun and adventurous couple!

Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0269Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0268Created in 1929, the Allied Arts Guild has been an environment for working artists and support for critically ill children at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0271Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0275Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0273Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0279After following beautiful little paths, we came around the corner and saw the chuppah, surrounded by big beautiful trees, amazing flowers and rows and rows of perfectly set up white chairs- it was a site to see!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0280Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0272Rachel’s late grandmother Frances made for each of her grandchildren a wedding quilt to be used on their wedding day as the chuppah.Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0270Ahh the dress! I had no idea what the dress was going to be but let me tell you, the second I saw it I knew it would be perfect on Rachel! And it was! This twirly fun thing was created by Mori Lee.Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0274And well, when your dress shows off your shoes you better have shoes to show off!  Nothing like a little red on your shoes for your wedding day!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0277Ben and Rachel got ready separately but nearby, allowing us to jump back and forth between the two of them.Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0281Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0282I love getting picture of iPhones. I really think one day when their kids are looking at their wedding pictures this will be of great humor to them!  I can only imagine what phones will be like in 30 years or so!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0283Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0284Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0278First Look time!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0285We set Ben up in the garden, cleared everyone out and let the romance begin!  Greg had a great viewpoint from a balcony!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0286Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0287Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0288Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0289Ummm, I thought we cleared everyone out;)Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0290Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0291Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0292Like a typical wedding day, we were running a little late on time with lots of important things ahead of us.  We decided to do little pockets of portraits through the day of the bride and groom.   I’m so glad we did as we were able to photograph them in different locations and light and it was never stressful!
Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0293Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0294Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0295Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0296The awesome bridal party!!!!!  I love the colors of everyone’s outfits!!!!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0297Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0298Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0299Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0300Rachel popped back into the bridal suite to prepare for the Ketubah signing… and of course we just happened to find some gorgeous light for her to stand in! Rachel you look stunning and so so so happy!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0301In a garden away from the ceremony location, a small group of family and friends circled around for the Ketubah signing. The Rabbi was Ben’s uncle, it truly was a family affair!
Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0305Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0303Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0304Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0306I can hear Rachel clearly when I look at this image saying, “Does this mean we are married?”Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0307The answer was YES!!!  Of course they still had the wedding ceremony!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0308Rachel’s maternal grandmother lead off the procession.Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0309Ben was escorted by his parents.Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0310The bridal party.Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0311Then the bride, escorted by her parents, I love the look on Ben’s face!!!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0312Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0313Ben and Rachel both took turns circling each other and then… BAM…. Rachel kissed Ben!  And this wasn’t the last time, she kissed Ben 3 other times during the ceremony before the actual kiss the bride moment!!  Ha, ha, love it!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0314Gorgeous couple, amazing location but there was one request that broke my little photographer’s heart. The Rabi had requested that the ceremony not be photographed, only the major moments such as procession, rings, kiss, resssion. We get it, we really do.  I have seen some photographers turn a wedding ceremony into a photography circus. Their images becoming more important than the beauty of the tradition happening. We were asked to stand in the last row or some place we could not be seen and shoot from there. The Rabbi’s last words to us were that he didn’t want to see or hear us! Mission accepted, we always try to respect the officiant’s requests. So the following selection of images were taken with very long lenses from behind trees, in bushes and from the last row of the chairs.Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0315Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0316Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0317Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0318Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0319Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0320Rachel and Ben looked out, soaking in all the love for them on their wedding day!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0321Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0322The exchanging of the rings.Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0323Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0324Ben’s little sister sang in Hebrew, it was so wonderful on this 93 degree day that I had goosebumps!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0325Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0326Both families were asked to enter into the Chubbah for the blessing of the marriage.
Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0327This 21st century couple, like stated above, broke the glass together!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0328Married!!!!!!!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0329Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0330Rachel and Ben paraded the full circle moving through bubbles and giving love and high 5′s to all!!!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0331Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0332The newlyweds headed off for some alone time…Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0333…while everyone else enjoyed cool drinks and delicious food on the lawn!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0334Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0335Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0336Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0337Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0338Oh to be a kid!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0339Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0340Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0341When I first met Rachel I had no idea she was an interpreter for Deaf and Blind people!  Talking to Rachel about this brought me right back into my past job as a teacher of the Deaf. I had never seen someone sign with a person who is blind before- watching her sign as her friend holds her hands was fascinating! Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0342Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0343Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0344Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0345Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0347

The bouquets and boutonnières were made and designed by Rachel and her bridal party.  They all worked together to make them!!

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The broach was from Rachel’s grandmother Frances’ pin collection.

Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0348That’s right, a jade ring for Ben! Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0352How clever- we love how Rachel and Ben used oranges to let their guests know where to sit!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0353Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0354Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0356Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0357Rachel and Ben got announced into their reception for the first time as wife and husband!  What proceeded next was an incredible Hora followed by other traditional Israeli folk dances!  It was amazing!!!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0358Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0359Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0360Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0361Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0362I love the look on Ben’s face- Rachel was quick to protect herself during this wild and fun dance up on chairs!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0363Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0364Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0365Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0366Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0367Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0369Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0370Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0371Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0368Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0349While everyone was thoroughly enjoying themselves inside dancing, outside on the patio awaited tables so artistically set up by Ben’s Aunt Cezanne! Rachel, her Mom and Cezanne spent an entire year collecting all the Spanish pottery and vases used in the centerpieces from consignment shops.

Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0350Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0351Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0372With the guests all now seated for lunch, Rachel’s parents welcomed the guests.Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0373Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0375Followed by Ben’s parents!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0374Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0376Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0377Grandma then blessed and shared the challah!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0378While everyone was busy settling in, we pulled Rachel and Ben outside for another 5 minutes or so of pictures!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0380Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0379Then one by window light….. the dark rooms of the Allied Arts Guild really made for a stunning contrast with the window light. Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0381Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0382Toast time!  Ben’s Best Man lead off!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0383Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0384Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0385

Allied Arts Guild Susannah Gill_0424Followed by Rachel’s Maid of Honor who carried out one of Rachel’s family traditions of making songs and singing them joyfully!

Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0387Everyone signed, “I LOVE YOU” in sign language!!!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0388First dance…. which didn’t last long as the new couple waved everyone to join them on the dance floor!
Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0389Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0390Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0391Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0392Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0393Sibling shenanigans!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0397Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0398Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0399Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0400This wedding and its personal touches didn’t stop… the “guest book” was little tiles that the guests were asked to decorate that Rachel and Ben will one day use to decorate their home.
Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0355Rachel is a HUGGER!!!!!!! Like a hold on tight kind of hugger!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0401Wanna see another pocket of portraits?  Me too- one of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0402Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0403Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0404Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0405Ben really wanted a unique cake! So he picked orange, why not!?Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0406Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0415Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0407Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0417Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0408Bouquet toss, the lucky one who caught the bouquet? The one who was getting married in 2 weeks, I guess she really wanted to make sure!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0409Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0410Parent dances!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0411Love these images, Rachel and her Dad dance with Ben and his Mom in a circle!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0412Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0413Party time!Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0395Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0396Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0394Notice the sunglasses?Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0419Last dance… notice Rachel’s left foot on Ben’s shoe- isn’t that so sweet?  Allied Arts Guild Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0420Ahhh, what a great ending to an incredible wedding! Rachel and Ben thank you for giving us the great privilege of being your wedding photographers!

 

 
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Kim E - August 6, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Wow did they do all the design/creative themselves?I It’s amazing! I love all the detail that was put into the wedding plus that you captured. The location is gorgeous and just everything about the day. Plus a jade wedding ring?! Awesomeness!

Shhivika - August 6, 2014 - 9:29 pm

Such a beautiful wedding captured perfectly! Susanna, I love how you are able to set tone to the wedding, and tell a story. And, how about that awesome orange cake! Loved all the little moments you captured.

Tenley Clark - August 6, 2014 - 9:50 pm

I totally liked them before even seeing how fun and amazing their wedding was. I mean, how awesome is that story of how they met!? I absolutely love all of the beautiful moments and details you captured! Even with having to photograph the ceremony in the bushes you managed to get amazing timeless portraits! I adore that she kissed him several times before the official kiss! Says so much about how fun and in love this couple is. Oh and the decorated tile guestbook is genius! That will be such a fun piece to have in their home to remember this day! Beautiful work as always!

Rebecca and Rushab’s Wedding at the Observation Post in the Presidio in San Francisco

After doing such a fun engagement session with Rebecca and Rushab, we were so excited that it was their wedding that was kicking off the 2014 wedding season!

These two share a love of adventure, fun and most importantly- each other! Their chemistry is amazing to be around and well, awesome to photograph!

They decided to get married at the Observation Post at the Presidio in San Francisco. They just fell in love with the view and knowing that their wedding guests were coming from all over, they really wanted to share this special part of SF with everyone! They certainly were rolling the dice though as often this time of year that view would be under a blanket of fog. As you will soon see, these two lucked out and had perfect weather for their wedding day!

Rebecca and Rushab were guests at a wedding I photographed last year in DC. (So amazing that they learned from the DC bride that I was now living in California! I’m so grateful when my past brides refer me!) Funny enough, now just 3 weeks after their wedding they have moved to NYC! Back in our old stomping grounds as Rebecca is attending Columbia University’s Teacher College- where I got my MA from. Rebecca you will love that school and I’m sure you two will love starting your marriage off in NYC!  Such an adventure, which stated above, we know you guys love!

Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0135The girls got ready at Rebecca’s parent’s house. I always love the buzz in the air as the girls get ready!  So much fun! Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0136Hair and make up was done by the lovely Kim Guiley and her talented team! Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0137What a treat to photograph such a beautiful Amy Kushel wedding dress in such a colorful room, love the contrast it created!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0138Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0139Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0140Rebecca put on her dress with her main ladies- her Mom and her 2 sisters!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0141Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0142Gah, the look on Mom’s face! Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0143Rebecca doing a final check before she heads downstairs!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0144Love this moment before a Dad see’s his daughter as a bride!
Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0145Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0146So sweet!!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0147Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0148The last touches and Rebecca is ready to head out!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0149Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0150Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0151While the ladies were doing their thing, the guys and a special lady were getting ready at the venue!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0152That’s right, Rushab had a best woman amongst his groomsmen- love that!!!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0153The groom’s gift to his friends!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0154Since guys getting ready does not really take very long, they have much more time for socializing! (I’m sure the best woman arrived “ready”)Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0156Rebecca and Rushab decided to have a first look! Rebecca, Greg and I met a few weeks before the wedding to pick out the best spot for the first look.  We wanted something private but also pretty- we found the perfect place!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0157Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0158Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0159Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0160Look at that happiness!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0161Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0162Rebecca you look stunning! Rebecca is wearing her maternal grandmother’s veil.  Her mother wore it on her wedding day as well. Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0163Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0164Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0165Off to get married! Love those smiles!!!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0166Back at the venue, the wedding party was ready to take some pictures!  The ring bearer had arrived and Rebecca, a teacher, has so much love for the little people!  They love her right back! I can imagine she is an incredible teacher!
Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0167Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0168Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0169Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0170Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0171The ladies!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0172The guys and one lovely lady!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0173Rebecca and Rushab’s flowers were really beautiful but interestingly enough were created under a very specific request.  Rebecca is very allergic to flowers and for her not to be sneezing all day the florist had to use a combination of succulents and flowers that do not have allergens. The end result masterfully created by  The Cutting Garden (Part of Flora Grubb) did an incredible job! Keep your eyes open for the table decorations too, very unique work!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0174Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0175As guests were being seated, Rebecca and her ladies hid away in the bridal suite!  Rebecca was enjoying every second of it!!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0176It’s so special if you can incorporate family heirlooms into a wedding. These are Rebecca’s paternal great grandmother’s pearls and her grandmother also wore them! Isn’t that amazing!?

Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0177Each bridesmaid was gifted one of these adorable clutches!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0178And then they had a visitor, one very excited groom…. Rushab stopped by to give Rebecca a huge hug and kiss- SO SWEET!!!!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0179Rushab was escorted by his brother. Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0180The adorable ring bearer!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0181Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0182The beautiful bride escorted by her parents!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0183Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0184Look at that view! Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0185Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0186Rebecca’s dad had the great honor of marrying the two!  He told a story of when his 3 daughters were younger that he imagined he would open a convent for them all to live in one day… away from boys! And here he was marrying his daughter and he couldn’t have been happier or more proud!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0187Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0188Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0189Rebecca’s cousins read a childhood book called ” Your Personal Penguin” by Sandra Boynton that perfectly summed up Rebecca and Rushab’s love and devotion for each other!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0190There were so many beautiful things said at their ceremony that made it SO special.  One of them, when Rushab simply stated, “I’m so excited to get married because I know we are going to be awesome together.”  There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd- even mine, which always makes taking pictures a little bit harder!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0191Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0192Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0193Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0194The rings are exchanged….Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0195Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0196Kiss the bride!!!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0197Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0198Married!!!!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0199Happiness!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0200While the guests were at cocktail hour, for a brief moment I was able to capture the room with no one in it.  It was amazing how they had transformed the space to something  so perfect, unique and personal to Rebecca and Rushab for the reception!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0201I loved the SF street signs to designate the tables!

 

Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0265Such a cool idea to have wooden boxes filled with special allergy free flowers and succulents.

Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0202Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0203Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0204Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0205Such a great idea! Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0206Cocktail hour!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0207I love this picture taken by Greg of the young man playing Rubik’s Cube while the adults are busy catching up. I used to spend hours trying to figure out my Rubik’s Cube, glad to see it’s still around!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0208Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0209Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0210Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0211Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0212Guests were invited to sit and the fun and socializing continued as everyone was treated to a delicious meal. Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0213Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0214Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0215Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0216Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0217Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0218Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0219Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0220When you are THIS adorable, well you get a close up! It’s hard for me to resists a little boy with a bow tie!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0221Time for toasts, one of my favorite parts of a wedding day!  How often in this life are we toasted by someone you truly know and love that is publicly wishing you the best for your life!  Savor those words!  Rebecca’s Mom started off the toasts!

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Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0224Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0225Rebecca’s sisters!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0226Rushab’s best man!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0227Rushab’s best woman made a bet with her boyfriend that she wouldn’t cry.  And then she did and I’m SO glad she did as they represent the love and happiness she has for him and Rebecca! Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0228Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0229Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0230Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0231Lastly a toast by Rebecca’s grandpa and a big hug for Rushab!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0232Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0233Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0234We quickly pulled Rebecca and Rushab out for some golden hour pictures when the light is so lovely and soft!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0235Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0236Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0237Inspired!
Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0238Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0239Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0240Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0242Cake cutting!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0243

Cake smashing…. Rushab played it nice!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0247

Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0244First dance! Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0245Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0246Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0248Father daughter dance to an original Andy song!

Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0250Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0251Beautiful moment between a grandfather and his granddaughter!!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0252Rushab then danced with his mom!  They laughed the whole time as they both tried to lead the dance!!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0253Now that all the formalities were over it was full on party time!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0254Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0255Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0256Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0257Love this image of these newlyweds!  Great job capturing their love Greg! Sadly cannot take credit for this image!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0258Although Rebecca and Rushab had a wedding that was not pointed at any religion in particular, everyone loves a Hora! Too bad Rushab’s chair bucked him in seconds!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0259

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Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0260Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0261Added to the party was an incredible photobooth with amazing props for everyone to have fun with!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0263As if wedding cake AND cupcakes weren’t enough…. these two treated everyone to doughnuts as well!!! Yes, DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!Observation Post Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill_0264One last shot of the extremely happy newlyweds with the Golden Gate in the distance!  Congratulations Rebecca and Rushab!!

To see their photowalk adventure we went on in their Bernal Heights engagement shoot click here!

 

All the incredible vendors that made this wedding so spectacular!

Wedding Coordinator: Events by Satra

Caterer: Presidio Foods

DJ: Jason Mitchell

Florist: The Cutting Garden

Cake and Dessert: A Spoonful of Sugar

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Lighting: Got Light

Photo Booth: Tomfoolery SF

Hair and Make Up: Kim Guiley

 

 

 
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Aptos Newborn Family Photography- Baby Josiah!

Aptos Newborn Family Photography!  Aptos is a tiny little town south of  Santa Cruz where we now live!  Most people just say Santa Cruz but I thought I would give Aptos a little love for this post! Ready to meet an adorable Aptos family who just welcomed a second son?Santa Cruz Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0173Meet Baby Josiah, big brother Evan and the parents! What’s cuter than a family all cuddled up in a big bed? Not much- especially when there is a new little member to the family!

When I do a newborn/ family photo shoot I always like to start with the family pictures first!  In my opinion sometimes it is the hardest photograph to take but also one of the most important!  It’s nice to have it checked off the list and then move on to the other  images.

Aptos Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0174One thing I love doing is giving the older sibling some attention!  It’s hard for them sometimes to share the attention they have been used to having all to themselves!  Nothing like jumping on the bed to rev up the energy levels! Aptos Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0175What a great kid- so full of fun!!! His smile and laughter is so contagious!
Aptos Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0176Aptos Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0177While I was running around with Evan, I had a space heater warming up a small room to prepare for Baby Josiah’s portraits. To me a newborn shoot should be a combination of images of the family in their home but also a few posed studio-like images of the baby sleeping- you know the ones that make your heart melt when you look at them!  That newborn “look” does not last much longer than a few weeks so its important to get these images within the first 2 weeks. Aptos Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0180Mama nursed Josiah giving him a full belly and then a gentle massage on his head to lull him into dream land. The room was now at a balmy 85 degrees allowing the baby to be without clothes and not feel a chill. Babies this age cannot retain their body temperature so it’s important for the room to be warm enough. Aptos Newborn Photography- Susannah Gill_0178And viola, there he is sleeping like a little angel! I have some images of Jax when he was this age and they are still some of my favorites. I always try to reproduce something like that for other new mamas knowing how much I love my picture of Jax sleeping like this! Aptos Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0179Aptos Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0184Aptos Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0182Afterwards we brought Josiah back out into the living room for some pictures with Mom and Dad.  I love photographing the love on the faces of new parents as they admire their new child.  It’s such a beautiful time filled with so much joy and wonder. Aptos Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0183Aptos Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0187Aptos Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0185This was a bonus! Everyone on the couch for one more family picture!  Santa Cruz Newborn Photography- Susannah Gill_0181As their shoot was coming to an end, Baby Josiah was ready for another nap and big brother Evan was in toddler mode- still running around full of energy!Aptos Family Photography- Susannah Gill_0189Baby Josiah, it was a privilege to document your tiny little self full of newborn sweetness and your adorable family!!

 
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liza - June 25, 2014 - 11:11 am

Aw, love this! The interactions between mom + baby are my faves – they’re even making the same face :0). Love the way the light looks, too.

Paige - June 25, 2014 - 11:55 am

I love the mixed style in this post. Also, I LOVE that you focused on big brother too. It can hard for older siblings when the focus is 100% on the new baby. Very well done.

Annie - June 25, 2014 - 11:55 am

you can never beat real expressions and real interactions! :) Love this family session!

Ewa "Mom Photographer" - June 25, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Beautiful session. Love how natural it was. And The Big Brother’s smile is so playful! Great job!

Rachel - June 25, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Beautiful shots, Susannah! So much love in these pictures!