As wedding photographers, we know there are so many big moments to document throughout your wedding day. The bride with her bridesmaids, the groom with his groomsmen, the couple with their families, the wedding bands, the bouquets, the first dance, the cake… the kiss! But do you know which photos our couples end up loving the most?
It’s the photos that capture the little moments in between.
The moment your father’s eyes well up as he watches you say “I do.” The expression on your face the first time you look at your husband and think to yourself: “This is real!”
Even the “I probably shouldn’t have said that” cringe on the best man’s face after he realizes the “Remember that Amsterdam trip…” anecdote was a bit out of place, to say the least.
We’re Annie and David, and for us, weddings are all about moments and feelings. We work best with couples who deeply love and care for each other, are down-to-earth and like to have fun, and who wish to look back on their laughter and happy tears with amazement (despite the moans and groans from children and grandchildren) for years and years to come.
What Our Couples Are Saying
— Alisha & Andrew
— David & Stephanie
I can't say enough how happy I am with the results. I look at the photos regularly and am still amazed at the quality.
— Mary & Juno
Kelly & Brendan’s The Highlands Estate Wedding
All year… that’s how long we had been waiting for Kelly & Brendan’s wedding. From beginning to end, their wedding was one of our most fun, exciting, and elegant, not to mention having the absolute sweetest and cutest couple as hosts!
Their love story officially began with an email Brendan sent to his coworker, Kelly, just two weeks before he was to leave his job and move across the country to California. Amazingly enough, it all worked out perfectly, Kelly ended up moving to San Francisco as well, and the two tied the knot last month at the beautiful Highlands Estate!
Their wedding day was an incredible 113°F. Cloverdale is often hot, but this was absolutely record-shattering! It didn’t matter much though — K&B and their family and friends were so cheerful and a real joy to work with. We loved their touching ceremony, fun reception, and all the little details, especially the printout of Brendan’s email that kicked everything off. So cute!
We had such a hard time picking the photos for this blog post because there are just SO MANY that we love! Scroll down and see the lovely couple and their absolutely perfect day for yourself 🙂
Brookelynn & Brandon’s Lake Tahoe Wedding
This July was packed with some of our most memorable weddings ever, and I honestly can’t imagine a better way to finish the month than with a roadtrip for Brooke & Brandon’s Lake Tahoe wedding at The Chateau at Incline Village.
We actually photographed their surprise proposal last year, and we loved the extensive and thoughtful planning that went into making an incredible day extra special. We knew that day that these two were perfect for each other, but it wasn’t until their Lake Tahoe wedding that we witnessed just how in love they were!
For their wedding, B&B had originally planned on having a “first touch” (like a first look, but without the “look”) by standing on opposite sides of a divider, holding hands, and exchanging a few words in private before their ceremony. They decided last-minute to skip it, and I’m glad they chose to keep it traditional. The moment Brooke started to walk down the aisle towards Brandon — the look in their eyes, the tears of emotion — those were the some of the most memorable few seconds I’ve ever spent behind a lens. Those expressions and emotions are something that can only be found within two people truly and completely in love. It makes us incredibly happy not only to have had the privilege of capturing these moments on camera, but also to know that they’ve each found their perfect match.
So much else happened that day, but to spare you my lackluster writing and get to the point (aka photos), I’ll just briefly mention two other things. Their first dance was accentuated by a fog machine, creating a “dance on a cloud” effect with a huge wow factor. Apparently, this was a surprise to everyone, including the bride & groom… certainly the type of wedding day surprise I have no complaints about! And just before sunset, we went to a magically-lit wooded area of the golf course and got some photos of B&B that we absolutely adore. And I should also give a shoutout to the videographers who did an amazing job there with us. They even showed a sneak peek of some footage just minutes later at the reception!
Our trip wasn’t over after the wedding day, though. One of the most rewarding decisions we’ve ever made was to stay an extra day in Tahoe for an adventure session with them the day after. This was a relaxed, stress-free photo shoot, devoid of time constraints and wedding day pressure, when we can just do whatever and go wherever. And that’s exactly what we did! We took a short hike up a trail for a beautiful view of the Lake, then drove over to Sand Harbor for some photos at — and even in — the water.
Congrats to Brooke & Brandon on officially tying the knot. The whole weekend still feels like a dream, but here are some photos to show that it really happened!
Megan & Darius’s Rock Creek Gardens Wedding
We don’t travel for work often, but weddings outside of our Bay Area home have consistently been some of our most memorable. Megan and Darius’s Rock Creek Gardens wedding in Puyallup definitely fit this trend. While putting this blog post together, we kept looking back on this day and thinking, “can we just keep shooting this wedding every weekend forever?”
For us, their story began one year to the day before their wedding, when Darius and Megan were on a trip to San Francisco, and he proposed to her on Treasure Island in front of a beautiful city skyline backdrop. (By the way, Treasure Island is one of our favorite, but also most underrated spots in San Francisco. Check it out if you’re ever visiting!) Fast-forward to 2018, and we found ourselves sitting very excitedly on a plane bound for Seattle, anxious to see them again.
I think what we enjoyed most about this wedding is how incredibly excited Megan was. Obviously every bride is excited for her wedding, but with Megan, it felt like there was this never-ending flood of energy coming out of her all the time. And it was contagious… I think it would be impossible for anyone around her to not be affected by it!
The wedding day itself was perfection. We started off in the morning at Hotel Murano in Tacoma with Megan & her girls in a room perfect for getting ready. Darius wasn’t there in person, of course, but he was there in… cardboard, I guess. You’ll see in the photos.
After lunch, we left for Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup, where M&D had a very cute first look under the stone arch, followed by their ceremony in front of a most beautiful floral decoration. The whole day, we felt like kids in a ball pit made of candy, snapping away at everything we love as photographers. We couldn’t get enough of all the laughter and all the tears, the sometimes emotional speeches, the sunset photos on a rowboat, all the partying, and of course, the sparkler send-off.
One quick thing we just have to mention about Darius: he was made for photos on that rowboat. We’ve done rowboat photos many times in the past, but usually after unloading our memory cards, I find myself deleting photo after photo of the groom looking strained, facing the wrong way, or just flailing the oars awkwardly. But nope, not Darius… as he explained to us, he’s no stranger to rowing. (Or maybe he secretly practiced before the wedding.) He could turn that thing on a dime and maneuver effortlessly, and it shows in the photos!
This post is getting a little long, and I know you’re really just here to see the photos. So scroll down and take a look!