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First of all, how on Earth is this the first Fisherman’s Wharf Shoot I have done!  I usually try and steer clear of this touristy area, but hitting it up at 9am with this cute couple has opened my eyes to a world of possibilities!  It was like we had an entire amusement park to ourselves for an hour!  The bright colors, interesting street acts, and early rising seals were practically all for us!  It was amazing!  Even better is the fact that Travis took Sara on their first date to this very spot.  They started out as just friends, meeting at an amusement park they both worked at.  It wasn’t until they both attended a Valentine’s Day party together that he broke through the ‘friend zone’ and asked her out on a real Valentines date!  The rest is history!  We had so much fun on our shoot!  Fisherman’s Wharf…I’ll be back!  Maybe I could come up with a street act as a side job?  After all, I am just a stones throw away from it all.  Oh the possibilites!

This Musee Mecanique is a special place for them as they spent much of their first date goofing off here!  All the games date back to the World’s Fair and the prices are old world too!

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Alissa, born and raised in the Bay Area had always loved Paris.  She took French classes in Bordeaux and accepted a job as an English teacher in Lyon (France) then returned to the US to get her Law degree.  Paris was calling her back, and she knew she had to return.  Years later in Paris she would meet the person she was destined to be with…Emmanuel, who coincidentally was born on July 4th!

It all began on July 7, 2012 (the middle mark between Alissa and Manu’s birthday) at a friend’s wedding in France (clichés are sometimes true!). During the cocktail hour, he saw her, she saw him, they saw each other…both wondering how they could find a way to speak to the other. It just so happened they were placed next to each other at the dinner table (coincidence?) and spent the night getting know each other, playing with confetti, laughing about everything and nothing.  As the clock struck 12 midnight, each went back to their normal lives without exchanging an email or number…Nevertheless, two months later, Alissa and Manu’s paths crossed again at a Hillsong church worship night. Manu arrived late (shocking!), thankfully a place was reserved for him…three seats down from where Alissa happened to be sitting. A couple days later, Manu finally decided to contact Alissa.  Alissa wanted to learn the guitar, Manu humbly offered his services as her first (and final) guitar teacher, just to spend a little more time together…After a couple friendly “dates”, the relation evolved and on New Year’s Eve, they declared their feelings for one another.

This couple is just amazing!  They are bursting at the seams with creativity, musical talents, and personalities that are magnetic.  When I met Alissa and Emmanuel during one of their trips back to California, I knew Alissa and I were destined to be friends.  We literally had a laugh attack that left us both in tears and breathless.  Laughter is the way to my heart and she sailed right in!  During their wedding ceremony I learned so many more wonderful qualities about this couple that had me wishing I lived in Paris.  Their wedding was filled to the brim with unexpected twists and turns including hired dancers, surprise serenades, flash mobs, of course a surprise performance by all the guests dancing in full costume to “What Does the Fox Say?”  UMMM.  I need to be friends with these people.  Right NOW!  Halfway through the reception I started to wonder if I should have bought a ticket to this wedding…it was that good!  Here is a little preview of the creativity, the fun, and the beautiful love that brought together France and the United States.

Holy Cow, did this shock me!  I did not see this coming when they all dropped their pants as a shout out to the US!  Hilarious!!

After Emmanuel’s vows, he surprised Alissa with a song he wrote…not unlike how he surprised her on their favorite bridge in Paris with a serenade right before he proposed.  So Romantic!!

Right in the middle of their first dance, the record changed and all the groomsmen burst out in a choreographed dance for the bride!

But wait, there’s more!  Alissa and her girls fired back with a little booty shaking as well!

And, back to conclude the first dance:)

Little did Alissa’s mom know…The Harlem Shake would soon break into their first dance complete with horse heads and acrobats!

This is where it got even more awesome than I ever could have imagined!  Totally unexpected and a complete surprise to the bride and groom, all the guests got in full costume and danced to “What Does the Fox Say.”  I thought I had died and gone to Wedding Heaven!

As a token of her love for her new husband, Alissa surprised him with a serenade!  It was beautiful!

Hey Single Ladies!

Married 61 years and they couldn’t be happier!  This is what it is all about.

A magical ending to the most magical night.

Venue: Wildwood Acres Resorts

Wedding  Coordinator:  Tiffany Francies Wedding & Event Planner

Caterer: Wildwood Acres Resort

DJ: Mark Welch Entertainment

Photo Booth: Photoboof

Florist: Megan Haney Designs

Videographer: CineMatt

2nd Photographer: Meghan Faith

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I absolutely loved my time with this family!  Although they probably belong in a J.Crew magazine, I was more than thrilled to photograph them! They are here for a little getaway from Vancouver and strange enough they found me because the concierge at Argonaut Hotel recommended me!  We played on a small beach that happened to have a row boat docked on the sand!  Perfect!  I had so much fun with you guys and capturing the precious smiles of your kiddos!

Born on opposite sides of the globe, Melissa & Sayanan found each other at UCSD.  They had become good friends, but it wasn’t until Sy came to visit her during her study abroad in Argentina that she realized there was more than a friendship brewing.  Four years later Sy brought Melissa to the bridge in San Diego where he first told her “I love You”, but this time it was to ask for her hand in marriage!

It was a celebration like non other!  Two families brought together by their children could not get along any better!  Their was so much love in the air and I could tell that these two families coming from different cultures had become one that night at the wedding.  I just loved seeing the Armenian and the Sri Lankan dance moves come together in pure awesomeness on the dance floor!  Such a blast!

They did everything as one that day, including walking down the aisle.

Best cake cutting ever!  I did not seeing it coming at all!

Venue: Saratoga Springs

Wedding Coordinators: Mimi & Diana

Flower Designer: Blossoms Flower Shop- Denise Barnett

Caterer: Saratoga Springs

DJ: Alex Wrigley

Cake Designer: C’est Si Bon Bakery

2nd Photographer: Meghan Faith
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From the Groom: Growing up in the small town of Gilroy, it is not hard for your paths to repeatedly cross. We both went to the same elementary school and high school, but ironically did not meet until we left Gilroy. Our paths crossed once again in the hallways at San Jose State. Recognizing a familiar face from the past, we exchanged numbers to start a friendship. Within a year of myspace conversations (hahahah), texting, concerts, and movie nights, a spark was lit.

Finally realizing that there was something more than friendship going on between us, I mustered up the courage to ask her out on a dinner date. IT WAS THE MOST AWKWARD TIME EVER!!! Even though we had been casually hanging out, there was something different about this night. Nervous laughs, sweaty palms, and general first date jitters filled the air that night. Although we had already built a solid friendship, we both knew that this date was the start of something deeper.
Eight years of more movie nights, dinner dates, and deep conversations, I knew I had found my soul mate.

Christina and Steven have a spark to them.  I just love being around them because they are so happy!  I love their energy and the way they don’t take life or each other too seriously.  It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of their celebration and witnessing all the amazing love that filled the barrel room that special night.  Cheers to You!!

Looking at Steven at this very moment caused a tear to fall down my cheek. He was just taken by the feeling of seeing his Love walking toward him.

I loved that the veil flew up and over her face just perfectly leaving her smiling face to be highlighted!


There was a definite brotherhood between all the groomsmen…the kind you just look at with envy.

So. Much. Fun!  Love you both!

Wedding Venue: Leal Vineyards

Wedding Coordinator: Kendra Saenz with Leal Vineyards

Flower Desginer: Geiselle with Leal Vineyards

DJ: Mario Tavares with Leal Vineyards

Cake Designer: Icing on a Cake

2nd Photographer: Wade Tanev