I owe these two lovebirds a sneak peek  of their San Francisco City Hall wedding.

Heather & Igor, you have two of the cutest sons ever and it was a pleasure and an honor to be part of your weekday afternoon City Hall wedding ceremony.

Even though we spent less than 2 hours together, these images will serve to remind you of the day you made it official.

When your boys are taller than you…well, Heather at least… these images will remind you how small they were.

Sharing sneak peeks like this with couples still basking in the glow of Newlywed-dom, is the best part of my job.

City Hall wedding

 

City hall wedding

 

City hall wedding

 

City hall wedding

 

City hall wedding

This is a perfect example of the classic simplicity of a San Francisco City Hall wedding. Now I can’t wait to share the rest.

Have a margarita or two for me today, guys!

xoxo, B

Introducing: Personalized ABC books from Mischa Photography!

We have been so excited about  this project and now that we have the books in hand and get to look at them with the boys, we’re even more excited to offer them through the studio.

Mischa has been talking about making an ABC book using photos with items and themes representing the alphabet since our first born was tiny. As so often happens, we missed the best window of time for this with Kai (the newly-sitting-but-not-crawling-super-fast-yet period that often happens around 6-9 months) and Mischa was determined to make it happen with Nico.

The shoot was a lot of fun! We collected a ton of props and timed it for the sweet spot between Nico’s naps when he’s the most playful and content.

We made two sizes of Nico’s book with wraparound photo covers. The big one is 14″x 11″ and the small one is 7″ x 5″

Both have the same rigid pages that make them durable for little hands to turn.

personalized ABC books

The same layout is easy to incorporate into many sizes to give as gifts.

personalized ABC book

The customization of the alphabet is so much fun and planning the props allows for lots of creativity.

Of course we thought of “camera” for the letter C and it was a special treat to pull Mischa from behind the camera to stand in as “D for daddy”.

personalized ABC book

With 26 letters, we get to include a range of emotions and interactions with the props.

personalized ABC book

Our friend Isla got in on the fun and started by showing her team loyalty with the letter A (as Giants fans, we don’t discriminate)

personalized ABC book

Isla’s book features both her Mom as the letter “M for momma” and her big sister as “S for sister Stella” as well as her mom’s harp as the letter H.  Nico even makes a brief cameo as the king to her “Q is for queen”.

To see Isla’s personalized ABC book from start to finish, watch this video:

 

Our studio is the perfect place to make this kind of project go from a “we should totally do that!” to an “it came out awesome!”

If you or someone you love would like to have one of these personalized ABC books of their baby, contact us today.

 

 

A while back, we posted a sneak peek of Stephanie & David’s Napa wedding on our blog and today we’re delighted to share some more of our favorites.

Stephanie, the stunning bride (Hair & Makeup by Deanna of It’s a Date at the Powder Room ; Wedding Dress: Casa de Novia, Houston, TX.)

beautiful bride with bouquet

Dave, the handsome groom

Napa valley groom

This unplanned moment when Stephanie’s father ran into her in the hallway.

emotional father of the bride

 

This moment from their first look

Napa valley first look

This dip during their first married kiss

Napa wedding

The bride & groom taking a walk through the vineyard – so timeless in black & white.

Black & White Bride & Groom

 

A romantic moment during their first dance ( DJ: DJ Dennis Anderson – Anderson Entertainment)

romantic first dance

 

Even our photos can’t tell the entire story, so we asked Stephanie & Dave to give us some insight to their experience and here’s what they had to say:

MP: What was the best part of your wedding day?
S & D: Getting married in such a beautiful setting!

Stephanie & Dave live in Texas, and chose Chateau St. John in Sonoma, California as the location of their ceremony and reception.

 Venue: Chateau St. Jean 707-265-5219

 

Chateau St John wedding

 

Chateau St John wedding

 

Coordination and planning by Echo Wright of A Dream Wedding

Chateau St Jean wedding

 

Chateau St Jean wedding

 

Chateau St. Jean wedding

 

Chateau St. Jean

 

MP: Describe some of your favorite wedding details and how you came up with them.
S & D: We wanted a modern sophisticated wedding, which was somewhat unique being that rustic has recently been the hot style. We had a lot of discussions with our florist on our ideas, although our vision was a bit scattered. We sent her a lot of pictures that we loved, and she amazingly created the perfect flowers! Everything was beautiful!

Florist: Meredith Law (M Design) 828-545-5575

Meredith Law design florals

 

Meredith Law design florals

 

Meredith Law design florals

 

Meredith Law design florals

 

Meredith Law design florals

 

Meredith Law design florals

 

Invitations: Vivian Jade, Houston, TX

wedding Invitations: Vivian Jade, Houston, TX

 

Another cool detail we loved was the table names. Each table was named after an 80’s band because we met at an 80’s prom themed fundraiser party, and we wanted to work the 80s theme in somehow. We thought the table names were a fun touch and our florist designed the signage that still looked classy.

wedding table number details

 

wedding table number details

 

MP: What was unexpected that you loved?
S & D: Stephanie’s dad surprised her with a hip hop dance and she was so shocked. He’d been taking dance lessons and at the end of the father daughter dance, the music changed and he started to break it down with the music. It was so much fun!

father daughter surprise

 

father surprise dance

 

father surprise dance

 

 

 

MP: Any advice for those planning their wedding now?
S & D: There are lot of details and a lot of things to think about, but don’t stress and just have fun with it! It’s your day, so make it want you want.

Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom

bridesmaids

 

Groomsmen Attire: Bonobos

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Catering: Park Avenue Catering

wedding appetizers

 

Cakes: Krumbs Cakes

wedding & groom

 

fun bride & groom

 

fancy wedding dancing

 

mason jar smores

 

glowstick exit

 

MP: What did you like the most about working with Mischa & Brie
S & D: Their pictures are absolutely incredible! In addition, they were so much fun at the wedding. They were light-hearted and made the picture-taking so much fun. 

 

Napa wedding at Chateau St John

 

Napa Valley wedding party

 

Napa Valley wedding party

 

Napa Valley wedding

 

Chateau St. Jean wedding

 

Napa Valley wedding kiss

Bride & Groom running through vineyard

 

nighttime kiss

 

During the ceremony, we didn’t even realize Mischa and Brie were there. They just blended in, so the ceremony was about the ceremony, and the pictures turned out amazing!

here comes the bride

 

here comes the bride

 

Napa wedding

 

Chateau St Jean wedding

 

MP: What is your favorite image from the day and why?
S & D: There are so many amazing photos, it is difficult to say. But one of the last photos of the night with the lights drawing the word “LOVE” is practically iconic.

Napa light painting

MP: What would you change, if anything?
S & D: Absolutely nothing. Everything was perfect and a dream come true. Given more time or money, we wouldn’t change a thing.

Now that’s what we call a success.

Congratulations and continued thanks to Stephanie and Dave for including us in your day!

Weekends for photographers, especially in the fall, are usually our busiest days.

This past weekend for us was a whirlwind of faces, details, and celebrations and it was our job to capture it all. If I haven’t mentioned it yet, or enough, to get the point across… I love my job. (Mischa does too, he told me). Being photographers is what we’re meant to do.

On Friday, Mischa started his day photographing a commercial headshot on location at Cal Berkeley, swung by Wunderlich Park in Redwood City for a family session with former wedding clients and their adorable 9 month old, and ended the day with a 2017 wedding couple for their engagement session in San Francisco. (I drove our kids to my mom’s house in Santa Cruz which wasn’t so much a paid gig, but totally necessary to accommodate our schedule – on the way, our toddler got a haircut and I posted an instagram pic, but that was pretty much the extent of shooting for me.)

On Saturday, I was the second shooter for a dear friend and fellow photographer at a lovely event at the Faculty Club in Berkeley, while Mischa photographed an event at Mondavi Winery

On Sunday, we finally got to rendezvous and shoot a wedding together at the Los Altos History Museum. Honestly, when the kids are with a sitter and we get to put on nice clothes, it’s like a date, even when we are working – because we very much love what we do and when we get to spend time together doing it.

While we did take time out to watch the debate together, it’s Monday night now and once again, Mischa is one place (putting the kids to bed) and I’m another (downloading cards, getting a blog post up…and half-watching a couple of episodes in my streaming queue {John Oliver & The Simpsons if you’re wondering})

Such is the expectation we have for the days that most people consider relaxing days off, weekends for photographers are busy. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

There are SO. MANY. MOMENTS from this weekend swirling in my head. I wish I had the time to cultivate thoughtful ways to share more, but tonight, I am just going to post this one. The very last photo from a very long series of shoots. Straight out of camera *no photoshop, no filters* Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too, enjoy

weekends for photographers

 

Mischa posted a version of this on our Instagram page from the back of the camera.

To all of our clients, past, present and future, we love spending our weekends with you!!

On a gorgeous Saturday in May, we took a drive down the Monterey Bay coastline to the Seaside golf course wedding of Janet and Pedro at Bayonet and Blackhorse. Seaside is a small town nestled between big-name coastal favorites: Big Sur, Carmel, and Santa Cruz and it shares their famously temperate weather and views of the bay. The ceremony was held on the golf course with a stunning panoramic view of the coast, and the reception was held inside the dining room, with windows facing the same breathtaking view. Chantal of Forma weddings was on hand to help make sure the details were perfect and the day ran smoothly.

Seaside golf course wedding

 

Angelina

 

wedding at Bayonet & Blackhorse

 

Janet got ready at a nearby home

makeup by Sarah

 

Pedro got ready in one of the offices at Bayonet & Blackhorse.

groom getting ready

We asked Janet & Pedro to help us spice up their blog post by answering some questions about their wedding experience and here’s what they had to say:

What was the best part of your wedding day?

Hard question! But our best part of our wedding was definitely the ceremony, so many emotions and honesty was seen in our eyes. It was a very special moment that will always be with us as well as the rest of our wedding day!

Seaside golf course wedding

Bayonet & Blackhorse wedding

 

Janet & Pedro ceremony

 

Bayonet & Blackhorse wedding

 

When we asked what their favorite images were, Janet answered:

“This is truly a hard question!!! All the images were so amazing!! Too hard to choose!! But if we must chose one of them all it would be one of the ones were we are surrounded by trees and the light of the sun is seen through the branches and we are right under it…”

Seaside golf course wedding

 

Seaside golf course wedding

 

Seaside golf course wedding

We also asked, “What was unexpected that you loved?:
We were surprised on how beautiful the sunset looked and how amazing the picture were able to capture it! We both have always loved the way the Sunset looks and we were happy to have been able to take some pictures during that time of the day

 

Seaside golf course wedding

 

Seaside golf course wedding

 

Seaside golf course wedding

 

Seaside golf course wedding

Last, but not least, we asked them to describe their experience working with us….

Mischa & Brie were wonderful! This is the couple you want photographing and enjoying the wedding with you! They were professional and very casual, they listen to our opinions, they are funny and work well with each other. They were very creative together as well! Very kind too! Flexible with times too which we really appreciated it.

Here’s the last shot of the night:

light painting

The fantastic vendors involved in this Seaside golf course wedding were:

Venue & Catering: Bayonet and Black Horse

Florist: Betty’s Flowers & Gifts

Wedding Planner/coordinator: Chantal Forma, Forma Weddings

Hair: Socorro: 831-359-2997

Makeup: Sarah: 831-710-0992

DJ: Andre Higuera

Cake: Angelina’s Bakery

Wedding Dress: Diamond Bridal Gallery