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