Nayomi and Whit said their vows on the Lake Merritt Bandstand, in the middle of the Oakland city park.

Right before the ceremony, for about 30 minutes, the sky opened and it rained pretty heavily.  The families went out to buy umbrellas, and what at first seemed a disappointing turn on their wedding day suddenly seemed like a bright spot of meaning.  The bride and groom quietly chatted to each other about what a great omen this must be.  California is suffering a severe drought, after all, and it hasn’t really rained in months.  Rain on their wedding day was an incredible gift, they decided, and a marvelous beginning to their marriage.

The rain stopped just as the ceremony began, and it left the city in a cool, glowy haze.

The ceremony was so love-filled, so honest.  It was intimacy, poetry, family and friends.  Everything you want a wedding ceremony to be.

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I believe this wedding speaks for itself.  So much heart, so much love, so much gentleness.  I loved photographing these people, this setting, this event.  Julia and Dale have been, from the day I met them, grounded and happy, and so open-hearted.  Their wedding was perfectly intimate, and so representational of who they are.

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