Ember and Dave's Santa Cruz Wedding

For a lot of people, a big part of weddings are celebrating their community. The people who lift you up when you need it. The people who you enjoy spending time with. Your family and your friends. When Ember and Dave decided to get married, they thought they’d elope or do a courthouse ceremony. But then a good friend of theirs reminded them of what an amazing community they had around them. They told them they should see if they can rally those they loved around them so they could all celebrate together. And rally they did. At one point during their ceremony at Quail Hollow Ranch, they turned to their community and made vows to them as well as to each other. That’s one of the coolest things I’ve witnessed.

I am honored I was a part of this community who came together. I have been friends with Ember for a long time. We haven’t lived close to each other in quite a while, but she’s easily one of my favorite people on the planet. 

Here are some of my favorite images from their Santa Cruz wedding that celebrate them and those they love. 

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Shot with: Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mk III

Lenses used: Canon 24mm 1.4LCanon 50mm 1.2LCanon 135 2.0L

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Danielle and Kyle's Downtown Phoenix Rooftop Wedding

Kyle is one of those guys who actually puts together events and weddings for his company. When it came to his own wedding with Danielle, he wanted to make sure it felt different from what he does everyday and that it felt like him and Danielle. Mission accomplished. Set on the top of the roof of the Phoenix Towers, it boasted a view few others would ever get. In addition, if you’ve met Danielle and Kyle, you know there is no way something they’re involved in wouldn’t feel like them. They are completely themselves and that’s so easy to love. Watching their social feeds, they are two people who try new things and push for personal growth. Big things in my book. She impresses me with her aerial yoga prowess and he blows me away as he’s picked up photography and is already killing it. It’s fun to watch these two do life together.

Here are some of the best photos from their Downtown Phoenix rooftop wedding.

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Shot with: Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mk III

Lenses used: Canon 24mm 1.4LCanon 50mm 1.2LCanon 135 2.0L

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Kathy and Kevin's San Francisco City Hall Wedding

What an amazing, fun, and epic day. And it was engineered that way from the start. Kathy and Kevin, two engineers, designed and executed their perfect day. Right down to the mathematical equation their wedding date represented that I’m not smart enough to understand. But it was super personal too. In between their San Francisco City Hall wedding ceremony and their reception at the War Memorial Opera House, they showed me and their closest friends some of their favorite spots in SF. We had lunch at the Woodhouse Fish Company, snacks at Devil’s Teeth Baking Company, and then we did some photo hopping around Outer Sunset, Golden Gate Overlook, and Lover’s Lane. They even had a tea ceremony the day before. We had a blast, made some awesome art, and they celebrated their love with their family and friends. A pretty perfectly planned day.

Here is just a sliver of some of my many favorite photos from Kathy and Kevin’s san Francisco wedding.

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Shot with: Canon 5D Mark IVCanon 5D Mk III

Lenses used: Canon 24mm 1.4LCanon 50mm 1.2LCanon 135 2.0L

Getting married at San Francisco City Hall? Let’s talk about your big day and how we can engineer it to be magnificent and personal to you too. I am a wedding photographer based out of Phoenix, Arizona, I place I love dearly. However, I adore shooting weddings all over and San Francisco weddings are uber close to my heart too.