It has been a long time coming and so much energy has been put into making it happen. The interior is not yet complete but I finally got my long awaited front window display up. Yipee. The New Studio is located at 714 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. The nearest cross street is Branciforte Ave. Only 2 doors down from the Buttery, which can be dangerous for the brownie smell is so yummy I have to keep my front door shut when they are baking them.
The new studio will allow me to photograph not just kids, babies pets, boudoir, maternity and newborns, I can now photograph larger family groups in the studio. It is so very exciting to have high ceilings and antique wood floors, it allows for some fun photography.
San Juan Bautista was the setting for Janae and Buck to tie the knot. Their rooms at Posada de San Juan were just across the hallway, but they were both in their own (nervous) worlds before their first meeting. Buck exited the hotel to see his lovely bride-to-be waiting for him at the foot of the stairs. Buck’s room was the epitome of ‘wedding casual’, while Janae’s was a flurry of hairdressers, product and last minute touches. Ok, Buck got some ‘product’, too. We wandered the town with the almost married couple as adults stood aside with smiles, and several little girls whispered to parents and pointed with glee at the lovely bride. The ceremony was in the historic Mission San Juan, and the reception was held at nearby Casa Maria who set out a lovely spread of crab cakes, polenta, risotto and other tasty snacks from their vantage point above the valley. Appetizers included a refreshing and tasty white wine sangria, and were followed up with a scrumptious looking buffet.
We entered the groom’s room to find the boys playing a rousing game of monopoly in between fastening cufflinks and straightening ties (and begging for help in attaching boutonnieres!) Kathryn was all too together in her heart covered wrap before she donned the wedding dress. The ceremony was at the historic Ainsley House in Campbell, which provided a dramatic entry for Kathryn in her flowing gown. But before that we took advantage of the grounds for some fun shots with both the male and female parties of the bridal entourage. Groomsman Phil did double duty as he performed his first ceremony to join the couple in marriage. If Kathryn’s mom played the forbidden-to-be-touched piano in the Ainsley House, you didn’t hear it here. The reception was held at the Freedom Hall and Gardens, which did a spectacular job of providing both a delicious buffet and raucous dance venue. We had heard stories about Andrew, and he and his groomsmen made good on the promise, providing a lively and entertaining focus for the evening’s festivities. This is one of the few weddings we’ve attended where the dance floor was filled from the moment it was opened (ok, folks started even before that!) until the last dance was called out by the DJ.
It was a gorgeous day in Santa Cruz, a beautiful day for a wedding. The Chaminade resort was the backdrop as Nicole and Rob tied the knot in the company of family and friends. Nicole’s mom worked hard to ‘let go’ as she watched her lovely daughter prepare for the wedding. Bridesmaid (and namesake) Nicole was the ultimate assistant, handy with makeup, veils and anything else a bride could need. The couple was joined together on the bluff with the ocean as a backdrop, and after cocktails and hors-dourves retired to the Santa Cruz room, which was exquisitely decorated by Eventscapes with ornate table decorations and mood inducing uplighting. One highlight of the evening was the couples dance, which featured two couples who’d been married for over fifty years! Their secret for a long relationship – tolerance. The couple will honeymoon in Las Vegas before heading to Aruba in November.
This event was a bit of a road trip as we started in Lafayette, then travelled to Vallejo for the ceremony at the couple’s local church. The Lafayette Park Hotel was beautiful, with courtyards on the outside and exquisite architecture and furnishings on the inside. After the ceremony we dashed back to the hotel, unable to keep up with the stylish couple in their ribbon adorned Z4. This was our first Filipino wedding, where we were introduced to the concept of ninongs and ninangs (wedding sponsors) and cassava – a delicious cream cheese/coconut cake. The guests were as gracious as hosts, offering up their homemade appetizers. We were very impressed with the ninongs and ninangs – they were oh so dignified during the ceremony, but their announcement as honored guests was followed by a flourish of dance moves that put younger folks to shame! Another highlight was the best man’s toast, which included a touching and hilarious story about Chinese take-out, with Roselle feeding Arland in the car. Roselle wore one gown for the majority of the evening, then slipped into a simpler (but no less lovely) dress as they carried on into the night.