Fogarty Vineyards Wedding: Amanda + Mike

       Sometimes love is next door, and sometimes love is found over 7,000 miles away.  Little did Mike know that after stepping off the plane in Taiwan from America, he would go to a friend's birthday party the following night, and meet the love of his life, Amanda.  The story of love is so simple and beautiful: two people meet, and know they want to spend the rest of their lives together.

       Mike and Amanda tied the knot last Friday, surrounded by friends and family who traveled from Asia and all across America to celebrate the occasion.  The venue could not have been more perfect.  After a ramble through the forested hills of the Santa Cruz mountains, the guests arrived in private shuttles and a limo at Fogarty Vineyards, stepping out to a stunning panoramic view of the Bay and San Francisco twinkling in the horizon.

       Each element of the wedding was so beautiful, amounting to a truly breathtaking day.   We're excited to share photos telling the entire story of the wedding sometime soon, but as for now, we can't wait, and have to share some of our favorite moments - there were so many!  Here's a little sneak peek for your enjoyment.

Amanda's stunning wedding dress. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.  

Amanda's stunning wedding dress. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.
 

Amanda's gorgeous Badgley Mischka wedding shoes. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

Amanda's gorgeous Badgley Mischka wedding shoes. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

The beautiful bride prepares for her big day! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

The beautiful bride prepares for her big day! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

The handsome gents. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

The handsome gents. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

The lovely ladies. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

The lovely ladies. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

Amanda with her beautiful flowers by Honey Pear Floral Design . © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

Amanda with her beautiful flowers by Honey Pear Floral Design . © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

Wedding bling! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

Wedding bling! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

Amanda and Mike tie the knot! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

Amanda and Mike tie the knot! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

And they are married :) © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

And they are married :) © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

Such a perfect couple. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

Such a perfect couple. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

The bride feeding her groom some juicy grapes fresh from the vine. Tooo cute! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

The bride feeding her groom some juicy grapes fresh from the vine. Tooo cute! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

Happy love birds! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

Happy love birds! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

A sweet kiss of wedded bliss. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.
A sweet kiss of wedded bliss. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Wedding Photography at Fogarty Vineyards, Woodside.

       Thank you Amanda + Mike for letting us take photos of your special day!  You are so perfect for each other and we're so happy that you found each other!  Congratulations!!!

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

p.s. More photos to come featuring the friends and family of the bride and groom as well as all the fabulous vendors.

Photography by: Bowerbird Photography

Venue: Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards

Wedding Planner: Events by Libby

Flowers: Honey Pear Designs

Hair/Makeup: Elizabeth Chang, Skyla Arts

DJ and Music: Raffi Nazarian, Sound in Motion

Caterer: Le Papillon

Dessert: Sweet Tooth Confections

Original GIANTS Fans

       1991, Candlestick Park, the SF Giants vs. Montreal Expos. My dad took my friend, Pearl, and me to the baseball game, to cheer on our home team.  As a native San Franciscan, the Giants have always been a part of my personal history. When I was a kid, every summer the SF Public Library held a summer reading program.  When you finished reading a certain number of books, you got a prize: either a paperback book or tickets to see the Giants. I always picked the Giants tickets.

       It became a tradition for my dad and me every summer to head down to Candlestick park, bundled up in a few extra layers since it was always freezing at the ballpark. We'd munch garlic fries and order my absolute favorite, malted ice cream, eaten with a wooden spoon. And somehow, it seemed that every game we went to, Barry Bonds would hit a home run and the Giants would win. It was baseball magic.

       Last night was no different, when the Giants won their second World Series game in just three years. Sam + I chose to listen to the game on the radio (what can we say, we're old school) and when that last strike was called, we grabbed each other and started jumping around the living room. Again, baseball magic! So excited and so proud to live in The City of the World Champs!

1991, Candlestick Park, the SF Giants vs. Montreal Expos. Photo by Robert Soto.

1991, Candlestick Park, the SF Giants vs. Montreal Expos. Photo by Robert Soto.

1991, Candlestick Park, the SF Giants vs. Montreal Expos. Photo by Robert Soto.
1991, Candlestick Park, the SF Giants vs. Montreal Expos. Photo by Robert Soto.
1991, Candlestick Park, the SF Giants vs. Montreal Expos. Photo by Robert Soto.

1991, Candlestick Park, the SF Giants vs. Montreal Expos. Photo by Robert Soto.

1991, Candlestick Park, the SF Giants vs. Montreal Expos. Photo by Robert Soto.

1991, Candlestick Park, the SF Giants vs. Montreal Expos. Photo by Robert Soto.

Photo by Robert Soto.
Photo by Robert Soto.

       Oh -- and that game in 1991, the Giants won, 10-3.

       (Can't wait to see more wedding photographs? We'll post more soon - we just covered a beautiful wedding in the Santa Cruz mountains a few days ago.)

xoxo,

Ariel

Blackberry Jam on Toast

       This summer was full of so many weddings, picnics, rooftop parties, and trail rambles, and it whipped by especially fast this year.  How is it over so quickly?  It reminds me of when J.K. Rowling was still releasing new Harry Potter novels, and even though they kept getting thicker, they never seemed to take longer than a day or two to finish.  For me, each installment could as well as been called, Harry Potter and the ... "Lost Weekend."  (Yikes!  How did Harry Potter crop into this photography blog?  Well - we're trying out a new writing approach.  In addition to the two of us blogging together, we're taking turns writing personal entries.  We'll see how it works out, because, as you know, we are inseparable, and we do almost everything together - so hopefully we don't just end up just jabbering on about the same things.  Of course, there are differences.  I can nerd it up with a sci-fi book now and then while Ariel goes straight to the travel memoir/romance section in the bookstore (e.g. right now, she can't tear herself away from The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger.))  But I digress.  This is another example of how, just after sitting down at the desk, a paragraph is already written, and time has just flown. 

      What I really wanted to write about was how I love blackberries, and how I love summer the more for them.  Although summer streaked by this year, we managed to find a few of these black jewels to enjoy.  We picked a handful after a photo shoot with two sisters in Glen Park this summer.  We found a few others (the last survivors on a withered vine) walking on the Tennessee Valley Trail, on assignment for a 3D magazine issue we're working on devoted to wild fennel.  However, we never got the chance, as is our annual custom, to bring along our tubs and leather gloves, wrestle the prickly bushes down, and come home to celebrate our purple victory with friends by making fresh blackberry parfaits, pies, or ice cream.  And that's ultimately why summer seems to have gone by so fast.  No blackberry feast.

      And that's when our clients saved the day.  We recently went to Natalie and Tyler's home (congratulation again to the newlyweds!) to show them the layout for their fine art album, handmade in Italy, and they cooked us a lovely meal on their grill.  They are the most wonderful couple, and we share so many of the same interests, in addition to being alumni of the same law school.  We are lucky to have them as friends, and look forward to many more dinners parties together (we get to host next time :)  In addition to cooking dinner for us, they also sent us home with something totally unexpected: a gift of homemade, organic blackberry jam - made in Bolinas.  Check out this article on Creekside Gardens and Susan Martenelli, who picked and canned our jam.

      Ariel and I have been cherishing Natalie and Tyler's gift of a little love of summer on toast and with tea these past few weeks.  Blackberries hold such a wild charm, that even in a jar, the summer shines on through.  We're preparing and gearing up right now to shoot another wedding tomorrow in the Santa Cruz mountains, and it seems like the perfect time to break out the jar, take a little break,  and enjoy some blackberry goodness.  Thanks Natalie and Tyler!  You are the best!

       Hope you all have a chance to savor summer this fall too.  Enjoy this song (one of my favorites) by Greg Brown called "Canned Goods."

Taste a little love of summer in a jar.  Image © Bowerbird Photography, 2012 

Taste a little love of summer in a jar.  Image © Bowerbird Photography, 2012

 

With love,

Sam

       

San Francisco Family Photography Session: Crissy Field

       The weather report said there was a 50% chance of rain, but the coin must have landed in our favor, for when we arrived at Crissy Field in the afternoon the sun was out and shining on the Golden Gate Bridge, which otherwise has a tendency to hide itself in a blanket of fog.  Olivia and her beautiful family were just finishing up their picnic with friends, and after a few moments of packing up, tucking in shirts and changing the baby's outfit, we made our way down to the beach for a wonderful family photo session.  

       What child doesn't love the beach?  Those tiny shoes came off in a jiffy, and the cousins took off running or crawling on the sand down to the edge of the water, dipping their feet into the Bay. (It's funny how the ocean never feels cold to children.)  We took some beautiful posed photos of the whole family in front of the Golden Gate bridge, and also caught candid moments as they played together. It was so much fun! Julia, her adorable daughter, and Grandpa had flown out from Swaziland, Africa to visit their family in the Bay Area, and it was a great opportunity to commemorate their trip. With all the smiling, laughing, and goofing around going on - it was a simple matter to document this family's playful, warmhearted spirit.

Cute cousins! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Cute cousins! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Baby feet! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Baby feet! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Giving hugs in the sand. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Giving hugs in the sand. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

This family shared so many great laughs. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

This family shared so many great laughs. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Aunties are the best when you want to play airplane! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Aunties are the best when you want to play airplane! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

True love. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

True love. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

What a gorgeous family! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

What a gorgeous family! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Relaxing in the grass. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Relaxing in the grass. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

A pro in action at rolling down the hill :) © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

A pro in action at rolling down the hill :) © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Such beautiful eyes! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Such beautiful eyes! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Big grandpa hug! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

Big grandpa hug! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

So happy and so classic with the Golden Gate Bridge. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

So happy and so classic with the Golden Gate Bridge. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

And after a long day at the beach, it was time for a nap. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.
And after a long day at the beach, it was time for a nap. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Family Photography at Crissy Field, San Francisco.

       Family reunions are so important and we are honored to be able to photograph this wonderful family, living on two different continents, but reconnecting on this perfect day for a family photo session on the beach in San Francisco!

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam

San Francisco Engagement Photography Session: Sara + Nick

       In the latest photo session that Annie Leibovitz did with Rihanna for Vogue , she used large fans to create glam breezes.  Walking through Lands End in San Francisco, with the newly-engaged couple Nick and Sara, we had no shortage of wind, giving some nice, natural movement to these photos.  While gusty at the top (we used hand warmers to produce heat on demand), at the bottom of the hill near the Sutro Baths, the sun came out, and all of a sudden it felt like summer again.  San Francisco: you confuse and delight us with your weather.

       Nick and Sara are a perfect couple, and they have such fun and easy-going personalities that we almost had to remind ourselves that we were on a photo shoot with them.  It felt like another hike by the Bay with friends.   Of course, looking at the pictures it is easy to see why they are so likeable.  Nick and Sara were eager to explore all the different ecosystems at Lands End from a wooded forest, to a grassy riparian habitat, and even into a cave.  We also caught a few photos of them goofing around in the the stone remnants of the Sutro Baths.  (It's actually no surprise that we had such a great time with them, as we are also good friends with Nick's sister, and coincidentally, just did a maternity photo session with her and her husband.  We've also had a photo session with Nick's other sister earlier this year.  We feel privileged to get to know their entire family so well and to be able to document all the wonderful milestones in their lives.)

       We're so excited that Nick and Sara are getting married.  Congratulations to the happy couple!

Nick and Sara look out over the Bay and the Sutro Baths.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Nick and Sara look out over the Bay and the Sutro Baths.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Snuggling among the reeds with a backdrop of the Bay.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Snuggling among the reeds with a backdrop of the Bay.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

The couple peeks out of the "windows" at the Sutro Baths.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

The couple peeks out of the "windows" at the Sutro Baths.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Sharing a kiss.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Sharing a kiss.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Emerging from the cave at the Sutro Baths.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Emerging from the cave at the Sutro Baths.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

You know where this is heading!  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

You know where this is heading!  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

A romantic San Francisco postcard - a beautiful couple kissing in front of the Golden Gate Bride. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

A romantic San Francisco postcard - a beautiful couple kissing in front of the Golden Gate Bride. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

The waves crash below, but all that exists for them is each other. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

The waves crash below, but all that exists for them is each other. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Catching a moment as the wind whips through Sara's hair.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Catching a moment as the wind whips through Sara's hair.  © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Glam-o-rama! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Glam-o-rama! © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Congratulations love birds!  We are so happy for you. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

Congratulations love birds!  We are so happy for you. © Bowerbird Photography 2012; Engagement Photography at Lands End, San Francisco.

       It is no secret that we love our jobs.  We had so much fun with Sara and Nick last Sunday, both taking their photos and getting to know them better.  We hope you enjoy these selected photos from their engagement session!

xoxo,

Ariel + Sam