This was definitely my first double-wedding weekend, and my goodness it was tiring, but quite satisfying! I would not have made it through the weekend if it weren’t for my trusty sidekicks, Fahad and Evan, and the heartfelt encouragement from all the wedding guests. On Friday night, I was honestly dreading the two weddings because I was essentially burnt out from 2013’s wedding photo editing and Pacific’s Spring semester of nonstop events. But when Saturday morning came along, I was PUMPED and my energy rejuvenated, remembering how much I love what I do.
The first event was Derek and Sizzi’s wedding. It was refreshing to have a wedding where a lot of time has been allocated for that late cushion, and time allocated especially for the photographer! Thank you Derek for hiring a limousine! Driving around San Francisco, looking for parking, executing photoshoots with the bridal party, and keeping accountable to time can be quite stressful. The bridal party was also very patient with me scrambling about to get the shot- and special thanks to Ryan for assisting at every turn!
The levitation/umbrella photo below was SO much fun. The first challenge was to have everybody pull against the umbrella, and occasionally, we would have [accidental] humping motions, ill-timed jumps, and exposure differences from the infamous San Francisco fog. Here is my favorite from that set:
The venue was at the Asian Art Museum, which was ridiculously gorgeous. Check out that high ceiling, columns, and fluffy flower centerpieces.
A special shoutout to Fahad and Evan for an amazing job: hardworking, no complaining, and always hauling ass. But I hate you both for not telling me to wear purple too.
The second wedding was for Dan and CJ!!!! The biggest blessing of the weekend: I didn’t have to be at CJ’s morning makeup session until about 11am, which meant we could somewhat recover from Saturday’s 17-hour shoot! As I arrived at CJ’s hotel room for the makeup session, I was warmly welcomed by her eight beautiful bridesmaids and their beautiful personalities. We just had a blast crawling over one another. I guess a small hotel room can fit 14+ people, yes? Here is one of my favorite photos from that day:
Talk about a diverse wedding picture, all coming together with commitment, joy, and love.
It was very touching to see how close CJ was to her in-laws, and it almost made me tear. But I couldn’t. or else I wouldn’t have been able to take the picture.
The biggest obstacle of the wedding was the WIND. It wasn’t unexpected because we were on Treasure Island, but my goodness they were like 20 mph gusts… hair and bodies and veils flying everywhere. We were able to sneak in a fun bridal party photo in the wind-protected shelter of the chapel:
Oh and by the way- GO LOWELL!!!!!! *COughLincolnsucksCouGh*
I also have to give Dan and CJ credit for braving the late-afternoon biting San Francisco chills to get the shot!
It was a beautiful successful weekend of weddings, and I am still on a wedding-photography high. My passion for photography has been revived. I cannot feel my body from the neck on down, so I should probably get some sleep.
Another huge congratulations to Derek & Sizzi, and Dan & CJ! Thank you both for having us a part of your wedding memories 🙂
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