Darling Wedding at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto

I photograph all kinds of weddings, big and small, lunch time weddings, or dinner receptions, interfaith or non-religious, multi-day celebrations to last-minute elopements! I probably sound like a broken record, but every wedding and every clients' needs are different, and what stays the same and constant is my verve and steadfast desire to capture the day exactly the way it looked and felt. Julia & John’s wedding is a great example of what it’s all about to me; the unity, the celebration, the family, the things that matter. They opted for an intimate fifty-guest wedding held at Gamble Garden, a venue with significant meaning as Julia’s mama has been a member since she was a little girl.

I love that Julia & John exited the wedding in her father’s truck that he bought just before he met her mama in 1966. I love that her cousin’s folk band played for the couple and guests and included many impromptu moments (they didn’t officially plan on having a first dance). I love that Julia’s mother’s caregiver introduced her own family’s tradition by gifting traditional Tongan leis to the couple. I love that they included plantable seeds as wedding favors, a nod to the venue and Julia’s mom’s love for flowers, and a symbol of remembrance of their special day. I loved her wedding veil! But most of all, I love that Julia & John let go, stopped planning and just enjoyed the day as it unfolded. No fluff or fuss here. Just a good ole’ time.

Below are some of my favorite moments from their wedding day. You can also see it featured over on Snippet & Ink!