The always delightful, hilarious, thoughtful and sweet couple, Jack + Noa, married at the Piedmont Community Hall in Oakland, California.  The couple designed and set up most of the wedding themselves, with help from friends and family on the day.  Jack and Noa received their guests separately, separated by an open field and a few tall bushes. Jack entertained guests in one part of the park and signed the marriage license, while a few in his family made l’chayims in the couple’s honor.  Noa, surrounded by loved ones, delivered blessings to anyone who wanted them and signed the marriage license in front of dear friends and legal witnesses.  Led by the band, Jack was danced toward Noa, and Jack saw Noa for the first time in a week.  Jack lowered Noa’s veil, and the couple separated once again, on their way to the chuppah for the ceremony. Noa’s and Jack’s six siblings held the chuppah poles, and their parents stood by.  Throughout the day, the two love birds never lost sight of each other.

And there was dancing.  Hours and hours of dancing.

This gorgeous Northern California Wedding took me far outside of what I had come to expect from our chilly, foggy area of the globe.  It was dry, dusty, and a bit bleak driving out to The Holly Farm.  As soon as I arrived at the venue, though, the desert gave way to a small but undeniably lush haven.  Quirky nicknacks and quaint and unique details made the location pop with personality and pizzaz.  And the bride and groom were equally bubbly and energetic.  The celebration went on and on, with outpourings of love, and absolutely fabulous dancing.  Dancing dancing dancing.

 

I second shot this wedding with Gabriel Harber Photography.

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Victoria and Vaughn are one of the most energetic, loving, and charismatic couples I’ve ever met.  Victoria laughed and cheered through the entire wedding, and Vaughn looked at her with such admiration, such joy.  And the sentiments were absolutely contagious.

I second-shot this wedding with Anna Wu in the middle of Northern California at the Ruby Hill Golf Club.

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There are moments when Atlanta feels entirely foreign, a brand new planet set for endless exploration.  I am totally in love with its wilderness.  It’s been called a city in a forest, and that feels so true.  Like the greenery could so easily take over the modest homes in our neighborhood, leaving us with nothing but giant, breathtaking woods.  This little spot of forest is near our home, and I can’t help but breathe more deeply when I’m there.  It was especially wonderful to explore with a young, beautiful Atlanta family.

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