Erin and Sean began their wedding day at the Vine Hill House in Sebastopol (where Erin prepared) and at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa (where Sean prepared). Their nuptials were at the beautiful, newly-frescoed Saint Seraphim cathedral outside Santa Rosa.
Per tradition, Erin’s father walked her to the entrance of the cathedral, accompanied by her entourage. Including the first prayer in the foyer, the entire ceremony was conducted in music, in the Greek Orthodox tradition.
They received family and friends in the courtyard and stopped to take in the glory of the cathedral, then moved on by cable car to the Vine Hill House in Sebastopol.
The sun set on the reception, with vineyards on the horizon and a light-hearted celebration of the new union.
And of course everything erupted into revelry by dusk.
Many thanks to Erin and Sean for including us in their fantastic day!
– Tim and Shannon
Open public spaces in the Oakland/Berkeley area are at a premium. Eschewing all suggestions of the morbid or macabre, Mr. M tore down stereotypes and rocked Oakland’s most scenic cemetery. The first photographs I ever took with aesthetics in mind (when I bought my first single-lens reflex film camera) were at Mountain View. Mr. M was more than enough reason to return.
Mr. M’s switched from a beige v-neck to a vibrant red sweater, which gave me pause at first. After seeing it in the photos, though, I wouldn’t have done any different. The vibrant color complements his enthusiasm for running amuck. His mother and I were in the same high school class. Luckily for her, she looks the same as she did the day we gradauted.
Lora and Ty found me through a mothers group in Castro Valley. They introduced me to Mr. T, who took the opportunity to explore the park around Lake Chabot, kick a few leaves, and show us his stair-climibing and stair-descending proficiency. True to two-year-old style, Mr. T made sure none of the geese at lakeside got too comfortable. Lazy geese be darned!
Four months after my first visit, I got to see Miss L with Mum and Dad as well as their pooch Belly. It was a chilly December morning, and L let us know we only had a little bit of outside time before she directed us all back inside. Belly dutifully followed us everywhere, and even got in for a few family portraits. When I called L’s Mum today to get her print order, L was laughing up a storm that Mommy was talking on the phone. When you think of it, it is kind of funny that we hold pieces of plastic to our ears and talk to them.
I got a chance to see Miss S with Mom & Dad again yesterday. Miss S’s father missed out on her first session, so we made sure to capture some quality time between the two of them. Knuckles the German shepherd made a cameo as well. Miss S is a giggle factory, making my job too easy.
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I realize I will run out of letters to signify names rather soon. I will come up with some other nomer device.
Mr. N hit two with a splash, including a bath that went well until one of his neo-playmates joined him. After a judicious exercise of veto power over sharing his bath, Mr. N went on to take down several pieces of cake and chase me around the house. He *loves* to have me jump out from behind a corner and scare the skittles out of him, so we did that for a half hour or so. His parents are hard-partying intellectuals with a flavor for napalm, so he’ll indubitably be ready to take on the world by the time Obama’s out of office, Inshallah.
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Just one week before the nuptials, Mary and Michael braved thunderheads and storm winds with the Golden Gate Bridge in sight to shoot their engagement session. They printed ten images and framed them during the reception, which were a monster hit with their guests.
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