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Los Gatos Wedding Photography- Laina & Evan!

Nothing like a good love story! In fact out of all the kinds of stories to be told, love stories are my favorite! Here’s Laina and Evan’s told through the words of Laina:

“In December of 2011 I was living in Boulder, CO going to school for holistic nutrition. I had flown out to Santa Cruz to visit my family for Christmas, and was also going to meet up with an old friend who was visiting Santa Cruz with her boyfriend for New Years. She called me up in the afternoon and enthusiastically invited me to come meet her at the house where she was staying. I just HAD to meet this amazing family, she told me. She and her boyfriend were couchsurfing with them for a few days and she assured me that they would love to meet me. A little reluctantly (these were perfect strangers after all) I drove over to the house to meet her.

When I got there, the family was home, but my friend was nowhere to be found! A very jovial man opened the door and welcomed me in saying “You must be Laina!” (this turned out to be Evan’s stepdad Mike.) When I walked in, I saw this handsome man sitting on the floor playing blocks with his little nephew and I knew I was a goner.

As we got to talking, we realized we had a lot in common including a love for travel, languages and good food. We discovered that we had even gone to the same high school (at the same time!) but never knew each other.

My friend finally showed up and we convinced Evan to come out for New Years with us. We talked all night and spent the next day together talking and walking around town. After 18 magical hours, he drove me to the airport and promised to come visit me in Boulder (it was love at first sight after all!)

A few weeks later, he came out to see me, abandoning the trip to Colombia he had previously planned. We spent 3 weeks together (he flew back to San Francisco for 1 day in the middle for his uncle’s wedding and then came BACK to Boulder a second time!) The day after he flew home I quit my job and moved back to California two weeks later.

It was such a whirlwind, and many of our friends and family thought we were crazy, but it’s 3 years later and we’re more in love than ever. Sometimes you just have to follow your heart no matter how crazy it may seem!”

deerDeep in the beautiful hills of Los Gatos on a perfect sunny day, Laina and Evan with the help of family and friends held a wedding celebration to be remembered by all for years to come!

John Steinbeck

“As soon as we got engaged, the first thing we knew we had to pin down was the location, and there was only one place we could imagine having our celebration. My aunt and uncle’s AMAZING property up in Los Gatos, which was once owned by John Steinbeck. Part of the reason we love the space so much, is that it is a little wild and spread out. There’s lots of fun nooks and crannies to explore and we were sort of going for a summer camp vibe since people were camping out overnight.”

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“I have been collecting colored glass since I was a teenager. Thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets. Anything I could get my hands on, I would squirrel away, imagining having dozens of eclectic flower arrangements at my wedding someday. This was long before I met Evan, or any boyfriends who might have been marriage material. When we got engaged, I ramped up my collecting, and ended up with nearly a hundred pieces of all different colors. We probably only used half of it, but I love that we now have these pretty glass pieces to display in our home.”

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“My uncle Dave, who is an amazing artist, drew up the incredible map of the property that we used during our obstacle course before the ceremony that culminated in all of our friends and family looking for the rings which had been hidden in a bird’s nest.”

Kim Guiley make up artistIf you follow my blog this makeup artist is no new face!  Kim Guiley the make up artist I will always referer first met Laina wayyyy back in Kindergarten. They have remained friends ever since. Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0769custom wedding dressAbout Laina’s beautiful Meg Ryan dress!! “I have always loved to sew, and used to make my own patterns and make dresses for my girlfriends for school dances and such. When Evan and I first got engaged, I thought about making my own dress, and drew up some sketches of exactly what I had in mind. A few months into planning, I realized that making my own dress was way too much pressure, so I started looking into wedding dresses online. With such a clear image in my mind though, nothing I could find was quite right. I considered going in a totally different direction and looked at dresses that looked nothing like my original sketches, but I just couldn’t get that imaginary princess dress I had dreamed up out of my mind. Thankfully, a friend of mine was getting married just a few months before me and took me to one of her dress fittings with her amazing seamstress Meg Ryan who had designed and made her dress from scratch. When I went in to meet with her on my own, and described what I had in mind, she drew a sketch that looked exactly like the one I had drawn so many months before! Having my custom-made dress brought to life, exactly how I imagined was so special.”

mom watches daughterI love the emotion on Laina’s Mom’s face as she watches her daughter get ready on her wedding day. Kim Guileyguys get readyUp the road, the guys were getting ready.  Usually I don’t get to see this part of the day but since I was shooting solo it was fun to see what guys do to get ready!  Let’s just say it took about all of 20 minutes and involved lots of joking around!
Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0774Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0775Evan’s style was amazing, I loved his wedding outfit! Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0776Some of the guys struggled a tad bit figuring out those bowties…Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0777…except for this guy who then had plenty of time to excercise and hydrate himself!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0778The guys decided to head out and ceremoniously cut down a tree.  Well that was supposed to be the plan til it was decided it was wrong to cut down a good tree so instead the guys just found a tree already down. groomsmenLos Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0780And then doing what guys do best they sawed at it!  The whole time I was cracking up over the idea of getting dressed up, bow ties and all and then getting sweaty. I will toss this wonder up to me being a woman and not fully understanding the male species. All that being said, it was great hanging with the guys! Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0781Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0782Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0783Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0784Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0786Meanwhile back in the house, the girls had their own ceremonies going without getting sweaty!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0785Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0787Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0788Big hugs to her kindergarten buddy for the amazing job on her hair and makeup!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0789Laina switched to her robe to get dressed but stopped to give Evan’s Mom and huge hug. mom and bride look at dressThen took some moments to reflect with her Mom.  I adored observing Laina, her hugs, smiles and kind words- this bride pours out love and gratitude onto everyone. Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0791Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0793Look at all those approving faces!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0795Laina’s ready and she headed out the door to go meet Evan in the garden for a first look!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0796Patiently anticipating…Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0797first lookLos Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0799emotionLos Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0886

first lookdancingAfter the first look Laina, Evan and myself went on a little walk in the woods. People were setting up the reception area and playing amazing music which lead to some impromptu dancing!  These two were on cloud 9 and for an hour I simply moved around them as they gallivanted through the woods!  I honestly could just follow these two around forever, they are so funny, lovely and their admiration for one another was so inspiring.
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Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0812Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0813Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0810While Laina and Evan headed off their separate ways to prepare for the wedding ceremony, back at the house the pre-wedding activities had ended and everyone had gathered to find the last item!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0814Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0815Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0816Everyone listened carefully… the last item to be found, the rings of course!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0817Found in a little bird’s nest!!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0818Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0819The moment had arrived and everyone was all smiles anticipating the ceremony!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0820Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0821And then these two started singing and oh my I couldn’t take my eyes off of them! The music they made together was so alluring and thankfully I heard the laughter of the crowd to cue me that a little ring bearer was doing his thing… their name is TATATEO and you can check them out here. Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0822The ecstatic groom!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0823And the adorable ring bearer!backyard brideThe stunning bride!Los Gatos Wedding Photography- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0825Laina and Evan chose one of their best friends to marry them.

“We met our amazing friend and officiant, Melanie just about 2 years ago. She had just quit her high-powered job on the East Coast and was finishing up a 6 month stint of road tripping across the country. She couchsurfed with us for a few days, and we absolutely fell in love! Then she moved in with Evan’s mom Heidi, and we all loved her so much that she ended up staying for 6 months! She now lives in her own house on the West Side of Santa Cruz, but she has been all but adopted into the family. It was so amazing having one of our closest friends perform our wedding ceremony (even though both Evan and I could hardly hear what she was saying because we were in our own little bubble!)”

Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0826backyard weddingI’m fond of this image for so many reasons but it is the colors that blow me away. It’s as if all their friends and family plus mother nature got together and picked out the perfect combination of colors for everyone to display. The palette of the whole scene was just magical!

“The backdrop for the ceremony was definitely a labor of love. My mom and I went to an army thrift store in Montana and bought up all of their sheets and tablecloths and then shipped them to California. Then Evan’s mom Heidi and I dyed all the fabric in different colors. Evan’s grandma, and his brothers’ wives helped to rip all the fabric up into strips while Mel and I tied them onto a long piece of wood. Finally, my uncles rigged the backdrop up between two trees. In the end, it turned out beautifully and made for gorgeous pictures!”

Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0828The rings were passed around for everyone to give their blessings. Although the ring bearer looks deep in concentration doing just this, between you and I… I heard him saying that he saw a worm inside the nest! A perfect little boy’s blessing for some wedding rings!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0829Laina and Evan then each spoke from deep within their hearts, I do not think there was a dry eye present.Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0830Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0831Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0832Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0833And then it was that time, time to kiss that gorgeous bride!backyard weddingLos Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0836Married!

backyard brideLaina and Evan headed off to have some time alone after their ceremony.  I later joined up with them to take this sweet image of the newlyweds!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0838Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0839Laina and Evan headed back to the reception site and were greeted by friends playfully bringing back the wedding arch from the 80s! And then it was BIG hugs, laughter, smiles and lots of goofing around!!!!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0840Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0841Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0884Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0842Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0843diy bouquetLaina’s bouquet creativity created by her friends. Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0845Everywhere you looked there was something for your eyes to admire, even more than the gorgeous views, such as the old fence or the fuzzy fruit on the trees. Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0846And of course, a giraffe statue standing in lavender!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0847Is having musical talent something you have always secretly dreamed of having?  I have. The ability to sing and play music  is something I have always greatly admired!! (Though I have to tell you when I’m driving by myself in the car I’m a total rock star.)

When Laina and Evan mentioned they were going to be having an open mic I was greatly intrigued. And in the end I was BLOWN away by the talent of their friends!  Not everyone sang, some recited poetry and one lady just clowned around! My images here will not do this justice, if only these images had audio!

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 “Evan’s family has strong Italian ties, and also love making things from scratch, so a few years ago we decided we would try our hand at making our own limoncello, a traditional lemon liqueur in Italy. After a few different batches trying to perfect the flavor, we came up with something that tasted (to us) just like what you could get in Italy. Our limoncello became something special that we would bring out after dinner parties, and send home with friends. It seemed like the perfect thing to share as our wedding favors, and it also made for a super fun project to bottle and label with my closest friends, and sisters to be at my bridal shower.”

Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0875Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0871The sun had set and it was time for the California Honeydrops to start off their set with Laina and Evan’s first dance!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0872backyard weddingwedding bandAnd then it was time for the band to do what it does best, make everyone go crazy!!Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0877bandsLos Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0881Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0879Los Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0878loveLos Gatos Wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0883Kissing on the dancefloor… that’s how I left them as I headed out.  I have no doubt in my mind that these two continued to have the best night of their lives celebrating their love, marriage, family and friends!  Laina and Evan, it was such an honor to be there!  Your magnificent ways as two individuals and as a couple is truly inspiring!

 

 

 

 

 

 
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San Francisco Wedding Photography- Amy & Kevin!

Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0575On a sunny San Francisco day, Amy and Kevin got married!  Even though they live in NYC, the couple decided to get married in SF since they love the Bay Area so much!  On their wedding day I felt like I knew Amy and Kevin like old friends already. We had done an engagement session last fall in NY where I got to meet their adorable puppy Smiley and I have also had the pleasure of Amy being in 2 bridal parties from my past weddings! These two are perfect for each other and it was of no surprise to me when I heard their engagement story and smiled from ear to ear over the sheer sweetness of it!

Amy had always noted to Kevin that they didn’t have any pictures of the two of them in their apartment.  So, Kevin went out and got six photos of the two of them from various points in their relationship printed out and framed.  On Tuesday July 2, 2013, Kevin came home from work early and lined the back staircase leading down to their patio with the pictures and roses.  When Amy got home she noticed Kevin was wearing cologne and their dog Smiley was running excitedly all over the apartment. Amy still had no idea what was about to happen. But then Kevin led her to the back patio and walked her down the staircase looking at all of the pictures.  When they got to the bottom of the stairs, Kevin confessed that he bought a seventh photo frame that he really liked, but he didn’t have a picture in it yet. He showed Amy the frame – it said “Mr. and Mrs.” on the top.  Kevin got down on one knee, and Amy said yes!

 

Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0576Amy’s gown was stunning and was the perfect choice for this elegant city affair!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0577Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0578Amy and her ladies were in great hands with the talented Kim Guiley and her team.  I love working with this team, they make everyone look their best!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0579Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0581With less hair to worry about, the men had time for other activities!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0583Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0584Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0585I just love this image and how Amy and her mom are both smiling so genuinely from sheer excitement and happiness of dressing Amy in her gown!!  In case you’re wondering, it was shot through a mirror!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0586I love this shot too taken by Greg of Kevin helping his dad with his cufflinks!  Such special family moments!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0587Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0588Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0589Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0590Amy was then handed a gift from Kevin via Kevin’s sister Amanda!
Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0591Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0592One last look…Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0593One final touch up…Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0594And they are on their way for the first look on the rooftop garden of the Fairmont. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0595Greg set Kevin up in position with his back facing Amy. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0596Amy then approached Kevin and tapped him on the shoulder!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0597

Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0598Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0599Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0600Wayyyy up above on the balcony of the room where everyone was getting ready, there were tons of tears of happiness flowing!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0601Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0602Gah!  Amy you look so radiant and the dress is incredible!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0603Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0604Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0605Such a handsome couple!  I’m a huge fan of Kevin’s white bow tie on the white shirt- very classy!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0606Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0607Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0608We then headed around the hotel to find some more portrait locations. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0609Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0610Then hit the streets!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling_0611Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0612Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0613Loved that these two were up for anything- so much fun!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0614We were then joined by the super fun bridal party that was also up for anything… including shooting IN the MIDDLE of the street!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0615Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0616Amy and her ladies!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0617The celebration moved on to the Hotel Whitcomb for the ceremony and the reception. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0618We started off with the signing of the Ketubah. I loved how the Rabbi had everyone singing, it was very emotional. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0619Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0620Kevin celebrated as he grabbed the pen signifying his willingness to move forward with this contract!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0621Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0622Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0623Look at all those beautiful smiles!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0624Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0625Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0626The Rabbi then had the family join in on blessing Amy and Kevin. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0627Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0628Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0629Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0630Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0631It was then time for Kevin to veil his bride.Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0632Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0633Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0634Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0635The stage was set- such a stunning setting for the ceremony. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0636Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0637Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0638The Rabbi started off the procession. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0639Followed by the grandparents and cousins.Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0640Kevin was escorted down the aisle by his parents. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0641The bridal party!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0642Love the look on Kevin’s face as he anticipates the big moment!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0643The lovely Amy escorted by her parents!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0644Balconies!  LOVE THEM!  How cool is this shot taken by Greg of Amy walking down to Kevin! I love seeing the whole bridal party, the train of Amy’s gown and Kevin’s beaming smile!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0645Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0646Amy circles Kevin 7 times. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0647Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0648Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0649Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0650Rings are exchanged. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0651Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0652In the audience, someone was being incredibly adorable!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0653Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0654Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0655Amy and Kevin are wrapped in a prayer shawl for a blessing on their marriage. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0656And ta da- KISS THE BRIDE!!!!  How cute is it that right beyond Amy, her parents are kissing too!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0658Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0660Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0659Married!!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0661Amy and Kevin’s cocktail hour showcased a table of pictures from both their families.  I simply love seeing these images, such a wonderful way to honor both families. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0760Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0663Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0664Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0665Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0666Kevin and his best guys showing off their fancy socks!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0667Amy and Kevin’s Ketubah was so beautiful.

Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0668Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0669While the guest were mingling in cocktail hour, I was able to photograph the reception room and the cake!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0670Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0671Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0672Look at this cake!!!! It was literally a work of art, it looked like a present wrapped in icing!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0673Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0674Amy and Kevin were announced as husband and wife and ran down the line giving high 5′s to their family and friends- it was amazing!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0675Amy and Kevin share their first dance as husband and wife and it was done beautifully!  These two took some dance classes and it paid off- the dance was wonderful!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0676Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0677Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0678Classically ended with a dip and a smile!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0679We all know what’s next- perhaps the most anticipated part of every Jewish wedding- the Hora!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0680Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0681Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0682Amy sees the chairs coming!!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0683And up they go!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0684I love the way Amy’s dress filled with air from the momentum of the dance!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0685Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0686Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0687Next up, Amy’s parents!!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0688Then Kevin’s parents!!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0690Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0691Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0692Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0693Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0694Whoot!!! Whoot! What a Hora!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0695Amy and Kevin’s grandparents offer a blessing and serve the challah bread to their grandchildren.Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0696Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0697Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0698Amy shares a dance with her father. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0699While Kevin shares a dance with his mother. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0700Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0701
Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0704Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0705Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0706Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0707Amy’s mom and brother!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0708Kevin’s sister and his brother-in-law!  They were just recently married too!  As newlyweds they were so helpful all day- they knew just what was needed at every moment!  Thanks guys!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0709It was then time for the anniversary dance….Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0710…didn’t take long for these brand new newlyweds to be booted off the floor!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0711Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0712Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0713Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0714Finally we have a winner, Kevin’s grandparents!  I love how she even celebrated with a fist in the air- 64 years of marriage!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0715Kevin’s best man Simon started off the toast with a little diddy, it was so clever one wishes this image had audio!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0716Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0717Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0718Next up was Rachel! Rachel’s dad and Amy’s dad are best buds. How sweet that their daughters came to be as well!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0719Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0720Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0739Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0759Kevin’s second best man Jeff was up next! Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0721Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0726Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0722Kevin’s Dad spoke next, it always tugs on my heart-strings to hear how proud the parents are of their children!
Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0723Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0724Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0725Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0727Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0728Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0729Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0730Last but not least, Amy’s Dad with her Mom thanked everyone for coming from near and far and coming together to celebrate Amy and Kevin!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0731Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0732Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0733Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0734Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0735Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0736Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0737Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0738Not everyone found the toasts so interesting!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0740Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0741Since Kevin’s parents had the honor of both their children married (and very close to each other- busy year!) Mom was given a wreath and then they shared a special dance!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0742Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0702Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0703Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0743Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0744Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0745Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0746I sometimes wish cakes could just stay perfect forever, they are so pretty- especially this one! But hey, at least there is yumminess inside them!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0747Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0748Twice as nice!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0749Just to up the ante- there was a sundae bar!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0750Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0751Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0752Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0753Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0754Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0755How cute is Kevin and his sister dancing?Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0756Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0757Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- Fairmont Hotel Wedding Photography_0758We left with the dance floor in full effect and Amy and Kevin smiling and kissing… perfection.  Amy and Kevin, we really loved being part of your wedding day!  We wish you all the best and lifetime of love and happiness!!!

Check out these amazing vendors that brought this wedding to life!

Flowers: Michael Daigian Designs

http://michaeldaigian.com

Band: KJ All Stars

http://www.kjallstars.com/

Cake: The Cakemaker

http://www.cakemaker.net

Hair and makeup: Kim Guiley 

http://kimguiley.com

Officiant: Laurie Matzkin, Congregation Kol Emeth

Ketubah artist: Jerise

https://www.etsy.com/shop/jerise

 

 

 

 

 
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La Selva Beach Wedding Photography – Alyssa & Rodolfo

Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0468On a day that started a little foggy and windy, Alyssa and Rodolfo got married on the bluffs at La Selva Beach. It is one of their favorite places and they couldn’t imagine a more wonderful location to tie the knot. I also fell in love immediately with La Selva Beach when we first moved here and was over the moon to photograph a wedding in such a unique location! Friends and family started to gather wrapped in jackets and talking about the wind but then like out of a movie… when the limo pulled up with Alyssa the sun started to shine through! Suddenly it was like a whole different kind of day.  An even more perfect day for getting married!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0469Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0470Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0471All the details of the ceremony were perfect, from the driftwood arch, to the metal heart scupture that hung down, to the creatively written out chalkboard to the lollipops! Alyssa and Rodolfo, parents of two little ones know exactly how to keep the kiddos happy and busy!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0472Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0473The happy groom!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0474Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0475In bright sunshine the officiant, Rodolfo, family members and bridal party danced down the aisle!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0476Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0477Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0479dancing bride-Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0480Then Alyssa escorted by her Dad did the same, dancing with a smile so bright it was amazing!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0478Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0481Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0482Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0483Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0568Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0484Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0485Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0486Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0487I love how the bridemaids had pin wheels!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0488Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0489How cute is that? I love how their son sitting in the front row was listening, while enjoying his lollipop of course! Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0490Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0491Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0492Those smiles!  Those are the smiles of two people who were just announced married and can now kiss each other!!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0493Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0494Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0495So much joy and happiness!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0496Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0497This bridal party was so much fun!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0498Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0499Two years ago when we first moved here and came to these cliffs I saw this image(above) in my mind and hoped one day it would come to fruition. Thank you Alyssa and Rodolfo for making one of my photography dreams come true!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0500Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0502Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0503Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0501Alyssa’s Nicole Miller dress was just stunning!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0504Honestly, what a perfect location for a wedding.La Selva Beach Clubhouse Wedding -Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- 0506It was then off to the Clubhouse which is located in the tiny little La Selva Beach town, right next to the library which is right next to the Fire Station.  Yeah it’s that sweet of a little town!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0513Alyssa & Rodolfo planned a wedding reception for their guests like none other I have seen before! They made it into an old fashioned fair- with a kissing booth, cotton candy machine, popcorn and games!  Everyone was so delighted, especially the children!  No bored kids at this wedding! Wedding Kissing booth Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0514What a beautiful family!!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0507Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0508I love these wooden heart-shaped bowls!carnival wedding Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0516Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0510Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0509Making all these games was a famly effort, I love how they were custom painted too!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0511Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0512Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0515Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0457While everyone was outside enjoying the cocktail hour and the games, the inside was beautfully set up for the reception! I was amazed how Alyssa and Rodolfo personalized the space with their pictures, quotes that they love and even a caricature of themselves!  Alyssa’s Mom and wedding coordinator Erin did a great job preparing everything!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0458Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0459Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0460Oh I was swooning when I saw their tables with the lace!  So pretty and quaint, it was just perfect!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0461Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0569Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0463The cake was just perfect (and yummy too) and I thought it was brilliant that they had candied apples for everyone!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0464Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- candy apple wedding treats 0465Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0466Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0467Advice for the newlyweds on little wooden hearts! These two thought of everything!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0519Alyssa and Rodolfo got welcomed into their wedding reception and had their first dance as husband and wife. Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0520Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0521
Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0522Sisters with tears of joy and happiness!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0523Alyssa then had a touching dance with her Dad, followed by her parents having a dance!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0524Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0525And then everyone joined in!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0526Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0527One of my favorite parts of a wedding is the welcome and the toasts.  It’s such a beautiful part of the day where people share stories and speak from their hearts!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0528Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0529Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0530Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0531Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0532Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0533Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0534Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0535Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0536Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0517Alyssa and Rodolfo hired a family caterer that cooked the most delicous Mexican food! mexican food wedding- Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0518Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0537Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0538Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0539Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0540This little cutie was borrowing some props from the photo booth!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0541Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0542The party started to get going just as the light started to turn into golden hour… it was time to pull the love birds for 10 minutes to grab some more photographs of them in the beautiful California light!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0543Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0544We just had to take advanatge of the cool mural outside the fire station!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0545Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0547Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0548Alyssa and Rodolfo you two are so much fun to take pictures of!  I love the way you look at each other- so much love and happiness!  And yes- we hit the road, literally….Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0549…you can take the NYC girl out of NYC but I still love taking pictures in the street!  There is a little urban that can be found everywhere, even when you’re surrounded by beaches and palm trees!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0559Throughout the reception I’m always looking for a way I can photograph the rings  that connects to the theme or “feel” of the wedding. I thought the popcorn bag was perfect- also you can see their venue in the reflection!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0550Back to the party for the money dance!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0551Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0552Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0554Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0555Look at this little sweetie dancing with her Mama!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0556It was time to cut that lovely cake and not only did they cut it they….Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0557REALLY fed each other!  Love it!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0560Time for all the single ladies to line up!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0561Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0563Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0562And then the single guys!Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0564Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0558Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0565Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0553Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0566I left the party with everyone having so much fun, that always makes me so happy.  I love weddings!  As I passed the advice box on my way out I noticed that the advice had started to pile up. On the right you can see a heart that says KISS KISS… I agree, can’t go wrong with giving kisses!wedding kissing booth Susannah Gill-Photographic Storytelling- La Selva Beach Wedding_0567Speaking of which…. how about one more of the happy newlyweds in the kissing booth?!  Congratulations Alyssa and Rodolfo!!!

 

Team of Vendors!

Wedding Coordinator- Erin Laird

DJ and Photobooth- DNA Entertainment 

Caterers – family caterer (the couple’s names are Josefa Rojo and Luis Rivera) – we also got some food catered by Whole Foods and my mother made the rest (such as the ceviche and special drinks).

Decor – tables and chairs M&M rentals in Watsonville

Cake Pure Bliss Baking Co. 

Flowers – Ace Flowers in Aptos

 
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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.