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When Ella and Chris told me about their vintage inspired Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland themed wedding that was to be held at Ella’s grandparent’s house near Stanford University… I did the happy dance (I’m not proud).  As someone with a flair for theatrics, a love for dressing up, and an appreciation things done differently, I was so stoked to be invited to tell the story of their wedding.

And their wedding was pretty extraordinary.  Ella’s mother insisted on bee’s wax candles, which perfumed the dining area with their aroma.  Ella and her mom scoured yard sales, estate sales, and thrift stores for months before their wedding and collected a miss matched and gorgeous selection of vintage plates and saucers.  The instruction to their florist from Flora Grubb, was to make the flower arrangements fun, weird, and a little creepy.  The flowers were amazing.  The appetizers, from Le Papillon, were like little pieces of art.  Lowe House Creative rocked the event coordination and made sure that everything ran smoothly.  My buddy Hardy Wilson shot the extravaganza with me and we couldn’t help but dust off some fancy pants and dashing duds for the big event.

At one point in the evening, I found myself chatting with one of the guests, and I asked him what kind of work he did.  He said he said his father was a clown (one of my secret dream jobs) and that he was training to be a clown himself.  Of course… a clown.

Once the dancing began, the energy and joy that Ella and Chris shared with their guests flowed onto the dance floor, and the celebration rolled into the night.

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When I first started talking with Molly and Jake about photographing their wedding, it was a good sized affair that they were planning.  At a certain point in their process, they decided that the wedding that they had been planning was not the wedding that they wanted… so they shifted their focus.  They decided that they wanted to get married somewhere hilly with beautiful views.  They wanted just a small group of friends and family, killer food, and to keep things simple.  So when I got to Fort Mason to catch the shuttle to Trojan Point on Mount Tam, I was not surprised to see a school bus pull up to take us to the top of the mountain.  With smiles on our faces, we all boarded the bus.  Jake did roll call.  Once we arrived at Trojan Point we walked out to the point and were greeted by views of Marin, San Francisco, and the Pacific Ocean.  The cool breeze balanced the warmth of the day.  Molly and Jake’s ceremony was bursting with heart.  After the ceremony we travelled back to Fort Mason to the restaurant, Greens.  The staff there was absurdly nice, and the food exquisite.  Elizabeth Clayton of Lowe House Creative made sure that all the details of the day were taken care of.  Belle Flower of Oakland did the flowers.  And Molly made the chocolate chip cookies.  It was a beautiful, intimate, and personal wedding.  I feel so honored to have been apart of it.  Congrats Molly and Jake!

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Samantha and Hamilton’s family and friends were kind, sincere, genuine, and heartfelt – a true reflection on these two radiant people.  Their wedding was held at the Garden Pavilion in Sonoma, a little gem of a place that I had never heard of before, but very much hope to return to.  The grounds there are beautiful and the architecture and decor is eclectic.  Samantha and Hamilton tore up the dance floor, and even inspired Hardy and I to join them at their after party.  The amazing floral design was done by Melody Raye Flowers and event guru and design by Lowe House Creative.  Congrats Samantha and Hamilton!

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