San Francisco Jewish Wedding Photographer: Lisa & Zach at Westwood Country Club in St. Louis

I first met Lisa and Zach at Lisa’s brother, Jeffrey’s wedding a few years ago, and when I heard that they were engaged, I could not have been more excited.  Even though I only got to spend a few moments with Lisa herself that day, I knew she would be a total stunner – I mean, the whole family is so gorgeous it would be kind of annoying if they weren’t also the kindest, most gracious, and warmest people you could ever hope to meet – but even more than that, I have always remembered Lisa’s parents, Jan and Rand, as the kind of couple that we all hope to to be when we grow up.  Even though the months leading up to the wedding were not easy for their family – broken bones, car crashes, and a battle with cancer – when you see the way they look at each other after more than 30 year of marriage, all you can think is “so this is what happily ever looks like.”  And I suspect that one day the world will be looking at Zach and Lisa and thinking the same exact thing.  

The two of them met on their very first day of college and had an instant connection.  In the ten years since, they’ve travelled all over the world and survived moves from Madison, WI to New York City, to Columbus, Ohio and are as madly in love as ever.  Lisa’s eyes were brimming with tears as she read Zach’s note to her on the morning of the wedding and while he made a noble effort to contain his tears… well, the effort it took was obvious.  And when they finally saw each other for the first time that day, they both just lit up.  They look at each other with undeniable spark of not just love, but also of total joy.  Guests were commenting on it all night – electric, magical, and contagious – we heard it all.  

These two could not possibly be more in love.

I am sure that it will surprise no one who saw her gorgeous wedding to know that Lisa is a professional stylist.  She looked stunning in her custom designed wedding gown with a sweeping train and a cathedral length veil (I mean come on – that figure!).  Makeup artist Emily Miler used natural tones, while hair stylist Valerie Brown created the perfect half-up, half-down style with loose waves.

She and her mother came up with the vision for the luxe white and gold palette and meticulously executed it with the help of their amazing florist, Tony Montano of Buds St. Louis and their wonderful planner, Kathleen at Cosmopolitan Events.  It really could not have been a more beautiful wedding.  An entire wall of Westwood Country Club was covered in flowers with the bride and groom’s monogram in greenery, and the huppa and Lisa’s bouquet were dripping with orchids.  Rentals from Grand Rental transformed the room and dramatic lighting from The Aries Company gave their dance floor a warm glow not unlike the dreamy California golden hour I love so much.   The JB Project, a band they flew in from LA, kept the dance floor packed well past 2am, and it was the kind of party I live for.  It was pushing 3am when I got back with an ache in my feet but a smile on my face.  All in all, the perfect day.
Congratulations you two – may you always be as much in love as you were on your wedding day!

 

Napa Valley Wedding Photographer: Mallory & Matt at B.R. Cohn Winery in Sonoma

Mallory and Matt got married on a warm June day in Sonoma at B.R. Cohn Winery, surrounded by sweeping views of rolling vineyards dotted by oak trees and their incredibly kind families.  Beautiful from beginning to end and understatedly elegant, their wedding was the perfect fit for the two of them.  They met while doing research in the same lab, and Mallory’s friends immediately knew that she had found The One when they saw the change in her – normally very reserved, she completely lights up in Matt’s presence.  And from the way he looks back at her, it’s easy to see that they’re going to have a long and happy life together.

A huge thank you to their amazing planner, Kristen from Sugar Rush Events who did such an wonderful job of putting together the perfect day.  With gorgeous florals by Poppystone Designs, a darling cake by Sweetie Pies Bakery, catering by Elaine Bell, and vintage inspired furniture from Wine Country Party Rentals it couldn’t have been lovelier from start to finish.  Many thanks also to Missy Craig who did Mallory’s stunning hair, to Stacy McClure who did her make-up, to Tony of NorCal Pro Sound who kept the dance floor packed all night, and of course to Ashley from B.R. Cohn for being such a pleasure to work with and helping the day run so smoothly!

Congratulations, you two and all my warmest wishes for the years to come!

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