Monterey & Carmel Valley Wedding Photographer: Connie & Vikram at Nicklaus Pasadera Country Club

Connie and Vikram are one of those rare and lucky couples who met each other and just knew from the very beginning.   From their first meeting at Yale Law School, through Vikram’s decision to switch to a career in medicine and a cross country move to California, they never missed a beat.  It’s easy to see from the way that they look at each other, laugh together, and take care of each other through the small moments of stress that inevitably come up when planning a wedding, that they’re always going to be as happy together as they were on their wedding day – and how could two such totally charming, intelligent, and kind people not be?

They got married beneath an old oak tree on a warm day in May, surrounded by sweeping views of Carmel Valley and friends and family from all over the globe.  Held at the stunning Pasadera Country Club in Monterey, their wedding could not have been a more gorgeous celebration.  Tributes to Connie’s Chinese heritage were found in the small tea ceremony that was part of their wedding ceremony, the beautiful cheongsam she changed into at the end of the night, and the colorful Chinese lanterns strung throughout the trees, while small nods to Vikram’s Indian background were present in their charming invitations, escort cards, and signage.  Karissa from Coastside Couture did an amazing job of planning and organizing their wedding, and gorgeous florals from Laughing Gal Floral filled the tables and aisles.  Monterey String Quartet provided the perfect background for their ceremony, while Jon from Belmont Entertainment kept the dance floor packed to the bitter end.  Their wedding was as fun as it was beautiful, and I can’t wait to hear what is next for this amazing couple!

Many congratulations and all the best to you both!

San Jose Wedding Photographer: Lizzy & Matt at Trinity Cathedral & The Corinthian Ballroom

I knew I was going to love Lizzy and Matt from the first moment I sat down for a glass of wine with them at Vino Vino in San Jose.  A conversation about their wedding plans quickly turned to a discussion of our shared experiences working in fashion design, and then just as quickly to hilarious stories of our misspent youths and our shared love of cheesy 80’s hair metal.   The two of them share the same perfectly timed sarcastic wit, and it is impossible not to be totally taken with them.

They got married just after New Years at Trinity Cathedral in San Jose, with a reception around the corner at the Corinthian Ballroom with its beautiful Art Deco ceilings.  Not at all a traditional bride, Lizzy opted for a gorgeous beaded evening gown and antique jewelry that worked perfectly with the space, and after countless trials found Teri Lacro at www.charismaticbride.com to do her incredibly elegant up-do.  At the end of the day though, it was really a wedding that was all about the party, and I can’t remember having seen such an epic dance floor before or since.  And while it’s hard to imagine either of them putting into words exactly how they feel about each other without laughing at the corniness of it all, the way that they looked at each other all night said it better than any words possibly could.  They’re two people who have found their perfect counterpart, and I can tell that they are going to have an amazing life together that will never be boring, even for one second.

A huge thanks to their awesome wedding planner Erin, whose seamless work let us all relax and enjoy the day, as well as to the always incredible Big Fun DJ’s who never fail to deliver an amazing dance floor.

Many congratulations, you two, and I can’t wait until you move back from Chicago!

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