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Stunning, evocative, gorgeous – Kaisha was all of these things, and so full of joy and laughter.  Dylan was master of the dance floor – boy can that man get down.  These two so obviously inspire each other.  Their energy was great to be around.  When going over details before the wedding, I suggested that we go from the hotel in Jack London Square in Oakland where Kaisha was getting ready to the  produce packing district a few blocks away.  I had noticed a dive bar there, the Merchant Saloon (Poisoning Oakland Since 1916), a few weeks prior while picking up my weekly coffee fix at Bicycle Coffee and thought that it would be a cool place to shoot.  It turned out that Kaisha and Dylan had be thinking the same thing.  We did a “first look” and then strolled around for a bit before the ceremony taking pictures and chit chatting.  They had a blast getting high fives from the usuals at the bar and hoots and hollers of congrats from people who saw them walking around in their wedding day finery.  Their ceremony at the Jack London Aquatic Center was sweet.  Dylan ad-libbed part of his vows and brought down the house.

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Well dang nabit, I am late to the “sum up your 2013” game.  But I figure as long as January is still here, I am good to go.  My 2013 was pretty great I have to say.

In high school, I was always last out of the starting blocks when I ran the 100 yard dash, but once I was up a running, I did nothing but pick up speed.  That pretty much sums up last year for me.  Slow start – strong finish.

I pushed myself to try new things and continue to grow my art and get more artsy.  I made an effort to get out and connect with other people in the photography world.  I tried to shoot more for myself.  I got my work published.  I laughed really hard during few toast.  I worked with fantastic people.

I really wanted to get my new years/ family card done earlier than 2012, which I am pleased to say was achieved.

The images below are a collection of 100 wedding and engagement images from last year.  I hope you enjoy them.  I sure had fun making them.

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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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