100 images from last year. Still stoked about this work. So many good people and fun time. Had a blast making these pictures. Enjoy.
Sometimes all the pieces fall into place and things just flow as they are meant to even though it feels like it isn’t going to work out the way you wanted. Life is funny that way. Weddings can be funny like that too. Hayley and Sandy’s 20 person intimate family wedding in Bolinas was a fluid and harmonious collaboration, with all the players working together to make it happen. The location of the ceremony and reception had to be changed the morning of the wedding, but by the time I arrived to take getting ready pics in the early afternoon, things had been sorted out and alternate plans solidified. A new location had been decided upon and vendors alerted. Hayley and I talked about the flow of the day and timeline and further sculpted the outline as I photographed her doing her own makeup. Once we arrived at the house where the wedding was to happen, we did a first look and family pictures, and then Hayley and I walked around the property and figured out the best spot for the ceremony. The best spot close to the house happened to be in the middle of a small street with an epic vista. The ceremony was brief and beautiful. Katie Powers (one of my favorite caterers) was unfazed by the last minute changes and came through with incredible locally sourced, absurdly good, real food. Desserts by The Bovine Bakery (another favorite of mine) were mmm mmm good. The wind and the sea air added to the sensory feast of the day. The Town Howlers, a local bluegrass band, provided excellent background music. At the end of the day, though not exactly as originally planned, this tiny wedding was just right.
As chance would have it, the number of close connections I have with Faith and Dan are numerous and varied. They very much support my notion that when you do the work you love, the right people will find you.
Their wedding vision was pretty clear. They wanted to have a weekend of fun and food (and amazing beer and wine) surrounded by their friends and family in an environment that resonated with them. Dan and Faith are super active people. They love to bike, run, and be in the great outdoors. Their VW Van is awesome.
Since they spend a good amount of time around West Marin and Point Reyes Station, they decided to rent out Toby’s Feed Barn for their wedding reception. Their ceremony was in front of the Oldest Barn on the former Giacomini Dairy Ranch a couple minutes walk from town. The welcome dinner the night before the wedding was at the Old Point Reyes Schoolhouse with fresh Pizza from the Bovine Bakery.
On the morning of their wedding, a bunch of the guests went on a short 50 mile bike ride with Dan while another group went for a run with Faith. I went into town with Loretta and our kids for pastries. Later that day, while Dan was getting ready, he told me that he had a super secret surprise for everyone. He had discovered that there was a bluegrass band playing at the Old Western Saloon across the street from the Feed Barn. He contacted the band and asked them to come by and play for a little before their gig that night. They sneaked over to the barn, tuned their instruments in the back, and at Dan’s signal entered and accompanied him as he sang “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers to Faith and their guests. They played some bluegrass music too. It was pretty profoundly sweet. In my images, I hope to have captured a touch of the joy, fun, and awesomeness of their wedding weekend. It was so good.