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They’re married!!! I’m so thrilled to share Christina & Wesley’s beautiful Palo Alto wedding with you guys because I’m truly still #OnCloudLIN!

I absolutely loved Christina’s bridal look with her incredible ball gown and sparkly shoes, and Wes’s classic tuxedo look. These two had such a heartfelt and meaningful ceremony and got to celebrate the evening with all their closest friends and family. My favorite part of the day was walking through Palo Alto with this fun bridal party! Hope you all enjoy these images!

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credits

Photos | Jess Onesto + Shannon Zurawski for Cheers Babe Photo

Venue | Lucie Stern Community Center, Palo Alto, CA

Florals | Design with Flowers

Catering | The Carvery

Cake | Susie Cakes Bakery

HMUA | Ann Ho for A-List Makeup

Dress | Madeline Gardner

Veil | BHLDN

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Palo Alto Wedding Photographer | Christina + Wesley

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Welcome back to your course, Weddings 101: The Road to “I Do”! This monthly series will provide you with a whole lot of clarity, destroy myths about how you’re “supposed to” plan a wedding and all the things you should know before your wedding day. I’m so glad you’re back. If this is the first lesson of the course you’ve read, I’ve linked parts 1 & 2 below so you can access those & get caught up!

part i: all things coordination

part ii: what to expect pre-ceremony

Today, we’ll be diving into the ceremony & talking about some wedding industry lingo that you may not know that can make or break the most important part of your wedding day – you know the part where you get married!!

Having an Unplugged Ceremony

Unplugged Ceremony by Cheers Babe Photo

You may or may not have heard of an unplugged ceremony. It’s a term coined by wedding planners, but has now been adopted by couples everywhere! Essentially what does it mean to have an unplugged ceremony? It’s a kind & gentle way to ask your guests to refrain from using their phones during there ceremony – for texts, calls, but especially for photos & videos.

As a wedding guest, it’s super tempting to think about how great a pretty wedding would look on your instagram story — however, in reality, you’re disrupting the clean look of your friend’s professional wedding photos. See — people taking phone pics & videos (and iPad ones – ugh, the worst!), even using their own digital cameras, aren’t paying any attention to anything besides what their eye sees on their screen. That means, they lean into the aisle, stand up in their seats and end up blocking the professional photographer’s beautiful image of whomever is walking down the aisle.

Another bummer about guests using their devices during the ceremony is that they are not fully participating as your witnesses of your marriage … which is kinda the point! Am I right? If you want your guests to be present and your professional photos to come out spectacular, I highly recommend opting for an unplugged ceremony & having your officiant announce it before it begins.

The First Kiss

La Playa Carmel Wedding by Cheers Babe Photo

Now, we all know what the first kiss is at a wedding ceremony. However, one little fact about this tradition is not widely known or practiced. It involves your officiant, the person marrying you – no, I promise this is not about to get weird! Bear with me.

When I have the time to, I speak with the officiant before the ceremony and direct them to take one step to the side during the first kiss (left or right, either works). Otherwise, the photo of the moment you’re about to kiss and even the moment your lips touch, can look pretty weird if there’s another person’s face right at the same height! By stepping to the side, this allows for a clean backdrop for the kiss shot!

Next Time at Weddings 101

Next month we’ll be chatting about what to expect and look out for at your reception and what happens when the big shebang is all over. Stay tuned!

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Weddings 101: The Road to “I Do” Part III | The Ceremony

Inspo, Wedding

I just loved Ryan & Dan’s East Bay Wedding on Cinco de Mayo this year! If you haven’t heard this couple’s incredible meet cute story, click here first and read that, then come back. Done? Yes, I know, they are unbelievable adorable and all kinds of hair goals!

These two had a gorgeous brunchy wedding at the Ranch at Little Hills in the east bay. Let me just say that this wedding just felt so warm – their friends and family were all so kind and so excited to celebrate Ryan & Dan’s love story. Their minimalist style showed through in their all white & mostly greenery floral designs and they really allowed the beautiful grounds of the ranch to take center stage. This was one heck of a dance party y’all, from 90’s hip hop to Persian pop, the dance floor was LIT! At the end of the day, Ryan & Dan’s guests sent them off with an incredibly memorable exit – Cheerios!! As in, they lined up, threw cheerios (the cereal) at Ryan & Dan and shouted, “Cheerio!”. What!? Amazing. Loved every second and I hope you enjoy the images!

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Credits

Venue | The Ranch at Little Hills, San Ramon, CA

Photography | Cheers Babe Photo

Video | CineMemories

Floral | LLiang Floral Design

HMUA | Super! Artistry

Cake | Cakes by Elaine Lau

DJ + Photobooth | Justintertainment

Dress | Essence of Australia via Novella Bridal

Rings | Brilliant Earth + Padis Jewelry

Suit | Topman

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Little Hills Ranch Wedding | Ryan + Dan

Wedding

Michelle & Kyle’s Sonoma wedding story began about 4 years ago. The two met at a St. Patty’s Day pub crawl in the Marina in SF, when they & the 2 friends that had invited them out were the only few people in the pub – Kyle asked for Michelle’s number & the rest is history, babes!

I still cannot get over how stunning this day was, from the clean navy invitation suite the bride designed, the slate blue bridesmaid dresses from Weddington Way, the perfectly coordinating dark blue suits from Generation Tux and of course, white garden roses & eucalyptus bouquet from Vanda Floral Design. I was so thrilled to work alongside sooooo many talented vendors (all listed below!) on this day, truly lucky.

Scroll & scroll to re-live Michelle & Kyle’s gorgeous Sonoma wedding and take in all the gorgeousness!!

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Vendor Credits

Photos | Cheers Babe Photo

Video | Betsi Ewing

Venue | Sova Gardens, Sebastopol, CA

Planning & Coordination | Maryssa Stovall for Hannah Smith Events

Florals | Vanda Floral Design

HMU | Beauty by Tiffany Boyce

Rentals | Encore Event Rentals

DJ | NorCal Pro Sound

Dress | Pnina Tornai

Bridesmaids | Weddington Way

Tuxes | Generation Tux

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Sonoma Wedding at Sova Gardens | Michelle + Kyle

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Okay we all know that you can drool for days looking at the gorgeous architectural wonder that is SF City Hall. But first, we gotta chat about this couple! Where do I begin with Jessica & Brenton!? I was SO lucky to meet Jessica at the San Francisco chapter of the Rising Tide Society – an awesome group of creative entrepreneurs killing it and supporting each other along the way. She really is the embodiment of the groups motto, “community over competition”. Like … before I ever took one photo of her and her love, she was referring me left and right to her friends and co-workers, advocating on my behalf. Do you guys know how rare it is to have someone do that? It’s insane.

These cuties actually just had a big bash wedding in San Diego, but they wanted something special to commemorate their San Francisco love story, so naturally an SF city hall ceremony was a must! Enjoy these pics of their precious giggles, the city hall grandeur & their chic personal style!! Give them all the love and heart eyes in the comments! Xo

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Vendors

Photos | Cheers Babe Photo

Photo Assistant | Renee Isabel

Dress | Rent the Runway

Floral | ACME Floral

Jacket Calligraphy | Romey Marie Design

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SF City Hall Wedding Photographer | Jessica + Brenton

Wedding

Welcome to Lesson II of Weddings 101 with Cheers Babe & Hand and Heart Events! If you missed Part I, be sure to read and gather some great insight about how weddings are coordinated and what your expectations of your coordinator can and should be. In today’s lesson we are diving into all things Pre-Ceremony. I’m talking the day of your wedding, & all that time before the big sha-bang where you and your bridal party are getting ready.

Weddings 101: The Road to "I Do" All Things Pre-Ceremony & Getting Ready

Lesson 2: Pre-Ceremony

First we’ll chat from my perspective – your photographer. There are a couple crucial things to keep in mind for your pre-ceremony time that will profoundly affect how your photos during this time will turn out.

  1. Choosing your getting ready location is EVERYTHING.
    • Look for a room or even airbnb (or a family member’s home) with great light. This is THE single most important thing that will determine how great your images will turn out. Specifically, try to find a wide, open room with a huge window or windows! It becomes limiting to me, your photographer, if you choose to get ready in a dark and cramped hotel room and leaves me with few options for detail photos and even candids of you and your bridal party. Consider a room with great light for the groom too! Many times I’ve had a bride with a wonderfully lit room to get ready in and the groom is across the hall on the “dark side of the hotel”. You can always (and should) request rooms that have the most natural light.
    • Also keep in mind the cleanliness of your getting ready space. Often times I have to take time away from photographing the bride & her details to move water bottles, tissues, bridesmaids luggage (girls. have. so. much. stuff.), and things of that nature out of the photo’s frame. Pro tip would be to designate a side room for everyone’s personal belongings and keep food and beverages off of tables in the main space.
  2. Be sure to have the following items in the room so your photographer doesn’t miss a detail! Read this in-depth post for more details on why each of these are important and their nuances.
    • The invitation suite and any/all other paper goods
    • Your dress, veil & a photogenic hanger
    • Rings — engagement + both bands
    • Any other jewelry you’ll be wearing
    • Your shoes
    • Bridesmaid gifts and gift from the groom
    • Bridesmaid dresses + a spot to hang them
    • Your Bouquet + a few extra loose sprigs and buds from your florist for styling
    • Something bubbly to toast the bride!
    • For the groom, his jacket, tie, cufflinks, shoes, watch, & any other accessories

So, those are the main concerns I have as your photographer about your getting ready space. Now, let’s hear from expert Kellyne of Hand & Heart Events on the coordinator’s perspective for all things pre-ceremony!

Hi Cheers Babe Brides, I’m Kellyne – your coordinator extraordinaire. Below I’ve broken down all the services that I provide to my brides during their preparation time – keep reading to take a massive burden off your shoulders on your wedding day.

  1. Prior to the day of your wedding, I will have shared a very detailed timeline with ALL of your vendors. This timeline will typically include:
    • WHERE everyone will be getting ready (including hotel room numbers, addresses, gate codes etc.). I will be the point of contact for all vendors and will deal with any last minute timing issues (traffic jams, questionable directions, etc.).
    • WHEN certain things should be happening (starting hair+makeup, finishing touches, zipping into dress, groomsmen putting on suits/tying ties). This ensures that your photographer and videographer will be present to capture all those special moments throughout your day. I will also be in contact with your florist to make sure your bouquets are delivered to your room in time for pre-ceremony photos/first look and will know where to go to pin bouts on the guys!
    • When you choose to hire a coordinator, you do not have to worry about answering phone calls, text messages, giving directions, or managing time! You get to enjoy getting ready, sipping champagne, and relax before all the excitement begins!
  2. Coordinating Lunch + Beverages
    • As coordinators, our goal is to make your day as relaxing and stress free as possible. If that means having bottles of champagne on ice, fresh fruit cut, or healthy lunch items delivered to your room, your coordinator will make sure that happens! We want to make sure that you’re hydrated and well-fed on your wedding day.
  3. Set Up!
    • So you’ve spent the last year collecting decor, making DIY projects, coming up with the perfect guestbook alternative, scouring the internet for the ideal table numbers … who is going to set it all up? While it seems like easy enough tasks to hand off to your bridesmaids and family members, remember that this is a big day for them, too! They’re watching their best friend/sister/daughter/niece/etc. marry the love of her life and they deserve to be just as present. Leave these tasks to your coordinator! We will make sure that all the votives are put on tables, the guestbook has the correct pens and signage to go with it, the table numbers are on their respective tables, ceremony rows are roped off and reserved for family members, and all the other tiny details that you’ve poured your heart into over the past months (or year) are executed flawlessly. We relish those moments to bring your vision to life and see it all come together!

That’s it from me! I’ll be back next month to share some more knowledge with you!

Stay tuned for the following installments of Weddings 101 – next month we’ll be chatting about how to prepare for all things ceremony & I cannot wait to share the goods with you!

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Weddings 101: The Road to “I Do” Part II

Inspo, Wedding

Lauren & Shakir’s wedding in Pleasanton was just breathtaking! This sweet New York couple chose the bay area as the backdrop for their big day and I was so thrilled to capture it all. Lauren looked absolutely stunning in her lace Pronovias gown. My favorite part of the day was Shakir’s sweet vows – brought me to tears!! Take a peek at all my favorites – enjoy!

Also check out their engagement session HERE too 🙂

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Credits

Venue | Palm Event Center, Pleasanton, CA

Florals | Jinger Leonard of The Flower House

Hair & Makeup | Any Occasion Beauty

Music | JustINtertainment

Dress | Pronovias

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Lauren + Shakir | Wedding in the Vines

Wedding

I just love these two & their gorgeous Presidio wedding! I met Annie & Ross through one of my lifestyle photo clients and was so thrilled at the intro – it’s so fun when my wedding photo world gets to collide with fashion and lifestyle stuff.

Their February day was a tad chilly (typical SF winter), but so so gorgeous. Erin of Your Event by Erin coordinated the day seamlessly and Poppy’s Petal Works provided the coolest tropical elements to the design. The Makeup Dolls perfected Annie’s hair & makeup and you guys just wait until you see Annie’s fitted, backless Elizabeth Fillmore gown. I die! You have to check out all of the talented artists involved in the day, scroll down for credits. One of my favorite parts of the day was their “fireside chat” style toasts, such a special moment full of love for these two.

Annie & Ross are more than just a stunning couple – they are unbelievably kind & thoughtful, effortlessly chic and are 100% head-over-heels, madly in love. They truly radiated on their wedding day (even Ross who was still getting over a cold!). I hope you love their images as much as I do!

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Venue | Presidio Officers’ Club, San Francisco, CA

Planning + Coordination | Your Event by Erin

Floral | Poppy’s Petal Works

Hair + Makeup | The Makeup Dolls

Catering | Arguello SF

Cake | Susie Cakes

Paper Goods | The Creative Clique

Invitation Suite | Minted

Photo Booth | Project Photobooth

Dress | Elizabeth Fillmore

Shoes | Aquazzura

Earrings | Lizzie Fortunato

Suit | Isaia

Rings | Sethi Couture

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Annie + Ross | Presidio San Francisco Wedding

Wedding

Oh hey there, engaged couple! When you think about planning your wedding do you feel lost? Overwhelmed? The vendors you’re contacting are speaking a language you don’t understand? Well, let me welcome you to Weddings 101 : a course all about the road to “I Do”! This monthly series will provide you with a whole lot of clarity, destroy myths about how you’re “supposed to” plan a wedding and all the things you should know before your wedding day.

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Lesson 1 : Coordination

Before we dive into the actual wedding day, let’s talk about coordination. Coordinators play an essential role at a wedding. Think of them as the conductor of an orchestra, leading your vendors to play their parts perfectly without a hitch. (They also take a lot of pressure and stress off of me, your photographer!)

Now, I’m gonna let you in on a little insider secret. Not all coordinators are created equally (gasp!). Here’s what I mean. There is a significant difference between a “Day-Of” coordinator (a.k.a. wedding planner) and a “Venue Coordinator”. Let’s break it down.

A Venue Coordinator is just that — at your wedding on behalf of the venue, not the client. They are employed by the property to make sure your ceremony and reception begin and end on time, and that dinner is served according to schedule so that they and their staff can clock out at the end of the night at the same time they do each weekend. (Other responsibilities include creating a very basic timeline, setup, breakdown, day-of logistics, and facilitating the wedding rehearsal.) Now, these are necessary players in the game, I’m not hatin’! However, the use of the word “coordinator” in their title is a bit misleading.

In contrast, a Day-of coordinator (or month-of, or partial/full wedding planner) is there on YOUR behalf. To make sure you are having the best day of your life and that it runs smoothly. A few key differences in responsibilities include:

  • creating a comprehensive day-of timeline that details everything including your hair & makeup schedule, your photo schedule (hallelujah!), all the way through your event breakdown
  • will actually take the time to check in with you multiple times during the final month of planning
  • communicate and confirm with all of your vendors weeks before your wedding so you can relax and be present for all the big and little moments leading up to your wedding
  • handle all day-of logistics – setup, breakdown, safe storage of personal items, distribution of final payments/tips, etc.
  • facilitate wedding rehearsal
  • arrive at venue when first vendor arrives to oversee every moment
  • make sure you and all your guests are taken care of from start to finish– whether that is keeping your champagne flowing, checking in on grandparents,  relaxing the nerves right before toasts– they notice and take care of all the little details
  • ensure the day runs smoothly from start to finish so you can relax and enjoy! (seriously, these people are like ninjas – you barely see them and somehow they make everything happen)
  • they do all this & can do more if you add-on (i.e. styling, signage, design, emailing vendors for you, the list is endless)

For all these reasons, I always recommend my clients hire at least a day-of coordinator even if their venue provides an on-site coordinator. You will never regret it!

Stay tuned for the following installments of Weddings 101 – next month we’ll be chatting about how to prepare for all things pre-ceremony and getting ready & I cannot wait to share the goods with you!

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Ready Part II – What to Expect Pre-Ceremony

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Weddings 101 : The Road to “I Do”

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