Devine Ranch Wedding Photography – Abby + Chuy

DevineRanchWeddingPhotography-0110It started with a warm day.  Warm sunlight hammering through the windows of the main house at Devine Ranch.  Lighting up everything in a way I’ve never really seen before.  Everything was new.  And not just because of simple but oh-so-important things such as that.  It was new because it was Abby and Chuy’s day.  100% their day.  And, as such, the entire event filled with love, joy, passion, romance, tears of happiness, hugs, tender kisses, and laughter to stop you in your tracks reflected them.  I could talk about the hay bails their family sat on during the ceremony.  Or the floral arrangements that bought the perfect amount of color to the warm day.  I really could talk about these things for weeks and never grow tired.

But ultimately, the way that Abby looks at Chuy is the thing that caught me most off gaurd.  She melts into him when he’s around.  Not in a helpless, hold me kinda’ way, but in a “I trust you with my everything” way.  Abby and Chuy bring a sense of old married souls to life.  They have a bond and connection that is far beyond most newlywed couples we’ve had the opportunity to work with, and yet they keep the energy level and young spirit of children – playful, always smiling, and the way they touch to say “I love you” without actually saying a word.

. . . sigh . . .  This is what it’s all about.  This is what dreams are made of.  This…  This is the perfect day.  For two perfect people.
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Planner/Designer:  Katarina Devine – http://www.devineranch.com/   @katarinadevine
Rental Company:  Alexis Party Rentals – http://www.alexispartyrental.com/
Bridal Hair:  The Hair  + Makeup Company – http://thehairandmakeupcompany.com/     @thehairandmakeupco
Bridal MUA:  The Hair  + Makeup Company – http://thehairandmakeupcompany.com/     @thehairandmakeupco
DJ/MC:  Trevor Williams – http://www.santacruzdj.com/     @santacruzdjcompany
Catering:  Feast for a King Catering – http://www.feastforakingcatering.com/     @feastforakingcatering
Florist:  Gavita Floral –  http://gavitaflora.com    @gavitafloral
Cake/Pastries:  Buttercup Cakes – http://www.farmhousefrosting.com/      @scbuttercupcakes
Videographer: Family Friend
Officiant:  Mark Toback – http://www.lifetogether.org
Beverages: Mills Wine Group – http://www.millswinegroup.com     @millswinegroup
Paper Goods – Bright Room Studio – http://www.brightroomstudiodesign.com    @brightroomstudio
Restrooms – OES Luxury Mobile Restrooms – http://luxurymobilerestrooms.com

Jon - September 30, 2015 - 4:08 pm

Great shots! Love this wedding’s vibe!

liza - September 30, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Oh man Michael – this is SO beautiful! I love your attention to the little details that really help to bring the feel and atmosphere of the day, the portraits are amazingly classic but warm and natural at the same time, and the moments you captured are so sincere. Love it all.

Maryam - September 30, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Beautiful! And you have such a way with words!

Pamela J McBroom - October 1, 2015 - 9:46 pm

Abby, a beautiful bride, lovely couple, and a memorable wedding……also, your photographer did an awesome job!!!! Congratulations to you and Chuy!

Mark Toback - October 5, 2015 - 8:42 pm

Michael, You certainly captured the beauty, joy, love, and intimacy of this exceptional wedding. Abby and Chuy are an wonderful couple and your amazing photos will now be a part of their family history for generations to come. It was great to partner with you, Kat Devine, and all the others who worked to make Abby and Chuy’s dream come true. Thanks!

St. Ignatius Church San Francisco Wedding Photography – Stephanie + Andrew

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One of my favorite things about Stephanie and Andrew is their simplicity.  Don’t let my words fool you – Stephanie went wide eyed when she saw the Louboutin shoes Andrew gave her as a wedding gift, and Andrew grinned from ear to ear with the Coach watch Stephanie gave to him.  They appreciate the finer things in life, and they work extremely hard to do so.  By simplicity I mean just this: If there were no shoes, and there were no watches, and even if there were no roof over their heads, they’d still be in love.  They’d still be holding hands and gently touching.  And they’d still be laughing – hysterically.  Because that’s just who they are.  They laugh.  They love.  They whisper funny nicknames.  They laugh some more.  And on a day like their wedding, it was all about laughing so hard that Stephanie’s nose would scrunch up in the cutest little way, and Drew…. well, he’d just turn and look at her, and in complete silence you could actually “hear” him saying, “I love you, and I’ll love you forever.”

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Cesa Piczon - October 7, 2015 - 4:51 pm

BEAUTIFUL WORK,BEAUTIFUL SUBJECT!!!!!

Northern California Family Photographer – The S Family

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My boys are 4 and 11 months already.  WHOA.  I still can’t believe it.  You hear it all the time, but you never believe it – how fast time goes by.  And seeing a baby so fresh and new as this little guy is a reminder just how fast time flies by you.  You blink and the time is gone.  You breath and they’re walking.  You sigh and they’re in school.  You tell them you love them and they’re driving.

So after this session with the S Family, the joy that filled my heart and the reminder it gave me caused me to run home and hug by boys a little tighter and a little longer than normal, and tell them I love them 11 times instead of just 10.  Because sometimes life reminds you to slow down a bit, and enjoy the crazy toddler moments, and the wonderful smell of a new baby.  So that’s exactly what you do.  And that’s exactly what I did.

Thanks for the reminder, S Family.  I definitely needed it.

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Fort Funston Engagement Photography – Stephany + Phillip

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San Francisco is one of those places that by 9am, often times, any part of the City is so crowded with people that if you want clean and simple backgrounds, it’s near impossible.  So we typically meet our couples insanely early.  And let me tell you – it’s worth it.  100%.  Stephany and Phillip were even more brave, getting up at 3am, driving to San Francisco, and Stephany getting her hair and make-up done at 5am.  If that’s not called “being being dedicated to your photography”, I don’t know what is.

After caffienating at Java Beach Coffee Shop (one of my favorites), we drove down Highway 1 to Fort Funston.  We wandered throughout the sand with JJ, their sweet and loveable Corgi, we got sand in our shoes and stuck between our toes, and Stephany and Phillip stayed close in the early morning coastal breeze to keep warm.  If I had to pick my ideal San Francisco morning, this would be it.  Early morning fog and chilly air, followed by warm sun that absolutely lit up the coast.  And, most importantly, spending it with two people like Stephany and Phillip.  That’s the most important part, indeed.

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Mission San Juan Bautista Photography – Dulce + Armando

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Often times, a few months or a year after a wedding, we get a call.  “We’re pregnant!  We need pictures – STAT!”  But not so often, and slightly more original, is the anniversary session.  And while we’ve done a few sessions like that recently, this one had me at “hello” for so many reasons, the least of which is how much we truly love Dulce and Armando.  Their kindness, gentle demeanor, and just overall sweetness is to be captured on a daily basis – but I’ll settle on once a year for now.

San Juan Bautista was the city, and the Mission was the location.  On what should have been a beastly hot afternoon, we enjoyed cooler temperatures, a beautiful sunset, and amazing smiles – just as it should be after celebrating your first year of marriage.

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