Nov 19 2013

Jenn and Daniel’s Autumn Wedding at Rengstorff House, Mountain View.

On this gorgeous autumnal day, I think we were party to one of the funniest weddings we’ve ever documented.

The girls’ room was buzzing with lively chatter and the hum of the hairdryer, and the boys were busy completing their attire with fancy super-hero socks.

Moving to Renstorff House, nestled amongst the Shoreline wetlands, our bride, Jenn, completed her transformation…
tobeadored wedding photography. Bride getting ready at Renstorff House, Mountain View

tobeadored wedding photography. Flower girl getting ready at Renstorff House, Mountain View

The flowers…

tobeadored wedding photography. Wedding flowers at Renstorff House, Mountain View

And those super hero socks modeled so stylishly by Daniel and the guys…

tobeadored wedding photography. Groom and groomsmen at Renstorff House, Mountain ViewGroom and groomsmen

Jenn, her bridesmaids, and the twins – Sophia and Antonio, flower girl and ring bearer.

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride and bridesmaids at Renstorff House, Mountain View

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride and bridesmaids at Renstorff House, Mountain View

tobeadored wedding photography. Wedding rings at Renstorff House, Mountain View

I loved the really elegant, but simple way the florist displayed the mums over the bottom of the aisle.
Anyone who knows Jenn and Daniel or read my blog about their engagement session will know this couple is totally sports mad. And of course this was everywhere to be seen from the table décor to the wedding cake!

tobeadored wedding photography. Wedding details at Renstorff House, Mountain View

Jenn looking beautiful and relaxed before the ceremony.

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride at Renstorff House, Mountain View

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride at Renstorff House, Mountain View

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride at Renstorff House, Mountain View

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride at Renstorff House, Mountain View

Jenn and Daniel had a blast throughout the ceremony and the guests were howling with laughter at their antics. It’s the first time we’ve seen guys in a scrum-like stance helping the groom make that all important decision as to whether he takes Jenn to be his lawfully wedded wife!!

tobeadored wedding photography. Wedding ceremony at Renstorff House, Mountain View

Three generations…

tobeadored wedding photography. Three generations at Renstorff House, Mountain View

The wedding party.

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride and groom and wedding party at Renstorff House, Mountain View

We stole Jenn and Daniel away for 5 minutes before the reception began, shooting into the sun to create some dreamy images.

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride and groom at Renstorff House, Mountain View

After bursting through the giant heart proclaiming “Heck Yeah We Did!, the couple were danced around on chairs high above the guests. Daniel’s face was a picture!

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride and groom's introduction at Renstorff House, Mountain View

The speeches and toasts followed as the light faded and the outdoor dining area was bathed in a warm glow of candlelight.

tobeadored wedding photography. speeches at Renstorff House, Mountain View

tobeadored wedding photography. Celebration Champagne at Renstorff House, Mountain View

Then the first dance.

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride and grooms first dance at Renstorff House, Mountain View

Nothing unusual, romantic smooching, looks of love, and then wham!… Elvis singing Hound dog burst through the speakers and so began a medley of hilarious and wonderfully choreographed dance and eclectic music from Thriller to I’m Too Sexy to Ice Ice Baby!

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride and grooms first dance at Renstorff House, Mountain View

And back to the smooching to finish off the most memorable first dance ever!

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride and grooms first dance at Renstorff House, Mountain View

The party continues…

tobeadored wedding photography. Reception at Renstorff House, Mountain View

A few more stolen moments before Mark and I headed home with huge grins on our faces recalling what had been an incredibly fun and beautiful day. Congratulations Jenn and Daniel…and for the record, you’re both as funny as each other:-)

tobeadored wedding photography. Bride and groom at Renstorff House, Mountain View


Jun 11 2013

Justine and Gabriell’s country wedding at The Heirloom Inn

This wedding ticked all the boxes for us – adorable couple, glamourous guests from around the world, and the most darling venue with more than its fair share of vintage flare.

After exploring all the nooks and crannies and labyrinth of rooms, we decided the four poster bed was the perfect place to photograph Justine’s gown and the cute bridesmaid dresses.

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer wedding dress at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer wedding dress at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer wedding rings at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride's shoes at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

The place also had lots of mirrors giving interesting angles and framing to our photographs.

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer groom dressing at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride in mirror at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride applying lipstick in mirror at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride putting on shoes at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

It was almost time for the first look but we stole a few moments to get the girls together for some informal portraits on the balcony.

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and bridesmaids at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and bridesmaids at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

The First Look was just wonderful. On seeing Justine, Gabe was speechless. As his eyes welled up with tears, Mark and I were quietly clicking away in the background capturing this very emotional moment.

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom first look at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom first look at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom first look at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

We loved the balcony at the venue and it worked so well for some informal portraits of the bridal party.

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom and bridal party at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

We were able to get a little alone time with Justine and Gabe before the ceremony and that luscious red sofa was calling…

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom first look at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom first look at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom first look at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

A happy relaxed Justine before the ceremony and time for the finishing touches.

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride having veil fitted at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

Sometimes it’s just about being in the right place at the right time…

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer flower girls  at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer ring bearer at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

The Heirloom Inn is all about twinkly. Everywhere there are crystal droplets, chandeliers, tiny sparkling lights. Lots of attention to detail… Our couple made the table numbers with a collage of old photographs and the seating plan and order of the day were displayed on rustic windows hanging in the trees.

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer wedding cake at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer wedding day details at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

The ceremony was beautiful with words spoken in English and Portuguese.

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer wedding ceremony at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer wedding ceremony at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

Tears and laughter during the speeches…

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer wedding day speeches at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

The first dance…

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom first dance at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

And the cake cutting.

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom cutting their cake at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

A little later in the evening it was magical watching the film Silver Tie Films had produced documenting the couples’ love story, their thoughts, hopes and dreams and also secret filming of the proposal! So glad you said yes Justine!!

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom's love story at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

Towards the end of the evening we whisked Justine and Gabe away for a few minutes into the quiet of the house to take the last photographs. You’ll have to agree, quite a special end to the most beautiful day?!

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom and piano at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

tobeadored san jose wedding photographer bride and groom and piano at the Heirloom Inn, Ione

Venue – The Heirloom Inn, Ione.
Videography – Silver Tie Films


May 31 2013

Jenn and Daniel’s engagement shoot in San Francisco

I’ve got to say this is the most sports mad couple we’ve ever met. They love it all – even football, British stylee. So it wasn’t a surprise when they asked for some of their engagement photographs to be taken in the grounds of one of their favourite teams, The San Francisco Giants. This was a first for Mark and I, and pretty exciting!

Engaged couple outside San Francisco Giants Stadium

Engaged couple at the San Francisco Giants Stadium

Engaged couple at the San Francisco Giants Stadium

Engaged couple kissing at the San Francisco Giants Stadium

Engaged couple at the San Francisco Giants Stadium

Engaged couple at the San Francisco Giants Stadium

Engaged couple at the San Francisco Giants Stadium

Engaged couple outside the San Francisco Giants Stadium

Engaged couple outside the San Francisco Giants Stadium

As the crowds were swelling and the seats filling up we headed for the fabulous Baker Beach and sunset…

Engagement shoot at Baker Beach, San Francisco

Engagement shoot at Baker Beach, San Francisco with the Golden Gate Bridge

Engagement shoot at Baker Beach, San Francisco with the Golden Gate Bridge

Engagement shoot at Baker Beach, San Francisco

Engagement shoot at Baker Beach, San Francisco

Just had to capture those gorgeous eyes…

Engagement shoot at Baker Beach, San Francisco

So OK, I don’t know anything about baseball, but you know, the Giants must have felt the love and broke a three-game losing streak by beating the Washington Nationals, 8-0!