Breaking the Rules . . .

(c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHS (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHS (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHS (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHSOne of the big decisions for pretty much all the couples I’ve taken photographs of has been whether or not to do a “first look” – where we take posed photos after everyone’s all dressed, but before the ceremony – or to do a portrait session after the ceremony so there’s a big moment of surprise when the bride appears.  Personally, I’m a fan of do what works for you as a couple and don’t worry about the photo schedule – it will all work out.

But, I’d like to let you all know that I think there’s a cool third option — getting ready together, which is what we did for my own wedding.  Since we were going to City Hall, there wasn’t going to be any “surprise” moment as we planned to go there together (had we taken separate cars, I think the “surprise” might have ended up “oh no, I’m stuck in traffic”) and we both wanted to get ready at our home.  I asked Shana to come over early to do my hair and makeup, and Mark went to the gym for a while while this was happening (lucky men and their “just need a shower” approach) but once he got back, we were able to hang out and just relax and talk while we got ready.  It made the day feel special longer – we spent quality time together and have some fun memories of that morning as well as the ceremony.  One of our witnesses, Eric, took a few photos of us at the tail end of getting ready so we could remember that time, and of course, I had to pick up the camera for a minute to capture a couple of things, like my bouquet, dress and Mark’s clothes.  So, if you’re looking to really break tradition further, I recommend getting ready together.

Some additional good advice – Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride recommended finding something pretty to get ready in, like a classic peignoir set, and I found one on Etsy that fit the bill.  As a photographer, I totally agree that wearing something pretty while you get ready makes for better photos and as a bride, I felt dressed up a little sooner.

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Some pretty darn big news, if I do say so myself. . .

You might have noticed I haven’t posted for a little while and perhaps you wondered what was up.  Well, I have some big news – I got married to the love of my life (you’d hope so right?).  His name is Mark and we eloped at San Francisco City Hall at the end of April.  There will be more to come – I’ll share some amazing photos from our engagement shoot/license day shoot with the fabulous Christina McNeill.  We decided to get our marriage license before the actual wedding to minimize waiting in line time on the actual day (after shooting a lot of weddings at City Hall, this seemed like the way to go if you’re in town and have time).  I also have many more shots I love from our actual day taken by the wonderful Cheshire Issacs (who took this photo of course, which is one of my favorites – I love shots coming out of City Hall).  Anna of Loop Flowers made my perfect bouquet and Mark’s boutonniere, Shana Astrachan of Fox and Doll did my hair and makeup, and I found my dress at Amy Kuschel.  Planning an elopement was pretty darn easy (we kept track of things on a post-it), and even easier was choosing vendors.  I have worked with so many great people, but these guys are all local, San Francisco standouts.  Even though we kept our day private, we still wanted it to feel special, and I cannot thank all of these wonderful folks enough for making that happen. xxoo -L

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A little haute boudoir


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Family Photos – Golden Gate Park


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(c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHYThe Castro Theater in San Francisco just showed a restored version of Hitchcock’s Vertigo.  I had forgotten how great this movie is and how much fun it is to see all the different neighborhoods in SF in the 1950s.  When I got home, I decided to look up the locations in the film, and luckily someone already did that for me – here’s a link to a map of all the movie spots.  I was delighted to discover that the opening chase scene took place on top of my first apartment building!  (It wasn’t that exciting when I lived there, though.)

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Sneak Preview – SF City Hall Wedding

(c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHY (c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHYOh my goodness, I’ve neglected this blog lately!  But I’m back (at least for today) with a few images from a recent San Francisco City Hall wedding.  This cute couple came to SF from Texas to get married and we had a great time going to some classic spots for photos.  This is just a little teaser – more to come . . .

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Weekend Links!

(c) eLLe PHOTOGRAPHYHappy weekend, everyone!  Hope you’re off to something wonderful.  Thought I’d resurrect the weekend links here – a few things have caught my attention lately.

*Pantone’s color of the year is marsala.
*Marsala makes me hungry, and this marsala pasta bake sounds delicious.
*For something lighter, chicken stock is a good idea (I made this last weekend and I may never be able to go back to boxed broths.
*Unrelated to food, I love this dramatic look.
* ICYMI – pretty instagrams from the Golden Globes (I only care what people are wearing).
* If you haven’t seen Bad Lip Reading’s Hunger Games snippets, you are in for a treat.  Here’s a bonus track.

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