One Year Old Baby Photo Session at Crissy Field in San Francisco // Baby John

Baby John is going to be ONE in just a few days and we got to celebrate his fast approaching  birthday with a photo session. How cute is this little dude?! He loved playing on the beach at Crissy Field in front of sweeping views of Golden Gate Bridge. Congrats sweet cheeks! Hope you get to eat lots of cake :)

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

Tahoe Winter Family Travel Guide // Cedar Crest Cottages

Juniper had never seen snow before, and since we have been having a wonderfully wet winter here in California, we decided to seize upon the opportunity to visit Tahoe, blanketed in over ten feet of fluff. Cedar Crest Cottages, in West Lake Tahoe, invited us to stay with them, and put us up in their gorgeous, newly renovated, Eagle Cottage for three nights. The cottage had three bedrooms, heated floors, a cozy fireplace and beautiful natural details throughout, like natural wood coat racks and custom block prints, with the namesake cottage bird printed on it. It had everything we needed for a luxurious home base from the cold, but was also wonderful for a toddler because there was so much to explore and enjoy. With a fully equipped kitchen to get midnight "nummies", a laundry room to make wet sweaters all cozy again, and gas fire to sit next to and read children's books - it had all the amenities you could want. In addition to window views of sunsets over Lake Tahoe, Sam and Babo spent considerable time just walking through the place and oohing and aahing over the superior craftsmanship.

Once we got settled in, we were able to really enjoy the snow with two nearby hikes (as in a 5 to 7 minute drive!) to Eagle Rock Hiking Trail and also Sugar Pine Point State Park. Juniper rode in the carrier, and we strapped on our snowshoes to venture out into the forest. It was magical. Babo (what Juniper calls her grandfather) joined us for the trip. He likes to say he was born for the cold, especially since his mom gave birth to him in a blizzard. We had been prepping Juniper for the trip for several weeks, and read countless stories that take place in the snow. Nevertheless, when the time came to venture out, she just as rather ride along in the carrier than walk on the snow. We recently asked if she liked visiting the snow, and she responded that she liked to "eat it!" Such the gourmand. She did enjoy sticking her finger out and taking a sample here and there. We even brought some inside and made homemade, fresh squeezed snow cones, that were delish! 

We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather and for a more fantastic place to stay on this trip! Thanks for having us Cedar Crest Cottages!

A big thanks to our great fashion partners included in this blog post!

Juniper's Outfits: La Lovie

Ariel's Outfits: Greenmoss, designer Joanne Jiain

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xoxo,

Ariel + Sam + Juniper

Marin Newborn Baby Photography // Baby Nina

One of the biggest privileges we have as photographers is getting to celebrate with families on the most important days of their lives. We photographed Jelly + Avneesh's wedding several years ago and then, when their beautiful baby girl Nina was born, they asked us to come take photos of their sweet little bundle - just one week old! Having spent time with Jelly + Avneesh, we already knew what kind of wonderful love they have for each other, but add in their perfect daughter, and the love was through the roof. It was beautiful to watch them watching their little human -- this here is when time seems to stop -- and we are reminded of what life is all about.

Congratulations lovely family! So happy for you three!!

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

Piedmont Community Hall Wedding Photography // Clio + Evan

Clio + Evan. You are married!!! As we write these words, we are still giddy from the excitement of your wedding day. We savored every moment, steeped as they were in the sacred meanings of love, companionship, commitment, compassionate listening and expression, and family. What a love buzz! Watching you both read love letters was so sweet. We were weeping behind our cameras... and we couldn't even hear what you were saying to one another! But no matter, you can read everything about their day in their expressions - the care in which they look at each other, the radiance of their eyes, the way they hold each others' hands like they are in a dance.

You both know how much we adore you and we are insanely happy that you are now married! Congratulations darling friends. We love you!

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

 

Wedding Vendors

Venue: Piedmont Community Hall

Wedding Photography: Bowerbird Photography

Makeup + Hair: Hair- Shelley Crowley at Glama-Rama Salon

Wedding Dress: Juniper Tree Vintage, alterations by Alameda Sewing Cottage

Suit: Indochino

Caterer: Jasmine Catering

San Francisco Swedenborgian Church & Olympic Club Wedding Photography // Nadia + Matt

Weddings around the holidays are some of our favorites! The weather is an excuse to snuggle up and get cozy (so romantic!), everything is decorated with extra sparkle, and family is so happy to be together. Nadia + Matt had a beautiful December wedding in San Francisco, saying "I do" at the Swedenborgian Church in Pacific Heights, one of the most beautiful and unique historical churches in the city. The church was decked out in red poinsettias and candles were lit throughout. Nadia + Matt's ceremony was sweet and heartfelt, and afterwards we headed to the courtyard for some dreamy couple's photos, capturing the last glimmers of winter light.

Next, we all cruised downtown to the Olympic Club, a classic San Francisco landmark and a perfect location for their wedding reception, for an evening packed full of dancing, cake and even an impromptu piano concert by the groom and his buddy, belting out the classics!

Congratulations on your wedding Nadia + Matt! 

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xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

 

Wedding Vendor

Church: Swedenborgian Church

Reception: Olympic Club

Photography: Bowerbird Photography

Flowers: Chelsea Events and Floral Design