One of the biggest joys we have in our business is getting to meet amazing people from all over — people we would have maybe never met otherwise, and who invite us into one of the most special days in their story and allow us to capture it. We’re so thankful. We’re thankful for their trust in us, and also that we have the amazing opportunity to really get to know people quickly. Who they are, who their families are, what’s important to them, what makes them unique.
Dan and Kara invited us to their story via a video chat. I’m especially awkward via video chat, but they overlooked that, thankfully. :) We were thrilled to get to photograph and film their wedding weekend in San Francisco. Where do I begin describing it? It was about everything they care about: faith, family, commitment, community. And fun things like Dynamo Donuts, food trucks, It’s Its, Instagram prints, and a packed dance floor.
Their rehearsal dinner, which we shot the night before, was at the church where they met: Redemption San Francisco (also the location of their wedding ceremony). Their day-of coordinator was Lisa with And Something Blue. Kara got ready at Dan’s mom’s light-filled home near the coast before they had a first look and portrait time at Land’s End. The sun was shining brightly and it couldn’t have been more beautiful. Before the ceremony, guests arrived to a donut party! I’m not kidding when I say Dynamo Donuts are the best I’ve tasted (and I’ve tasted a lot of donuts…). A very close friend and pastor, Dave, married them in a really heartfelt and personal ceremony.
After the ceremony, everyone headed to a really fun and relaxed reception at the Log Cabin at the Presidio. We passed by the Golden Gate bridge, which was closed that weekend for construction — one of the only times you’d find zero cars on the bridge. Dan and Kara were in a TV news segment about the closing of the bridge a few days prior. According to the news, the bridge closing almost “ruined” their honeymoon plans. :) The reception had food trucks, a cocktail and espresso drink trailer, It’s Its (a San Francisco ice cream treat), an awesome DJ named Wayne who kept the dance floor packed, and just lots of fun and conversation.
Congratulations, Dan and Kara. Thank you for trusting us with the story of your day.