Rachel and Christopher

Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Underneath a cloudless, azure sky, the jagged mountain range in the Switzerland Alps regally stand, crisp peaks blanketed in snow. The Grand Hotel Quellenhof sits with a bird’s eye view above a quaint Swiss town. By day, crystal icicles drip into the swirling waters below; a turquoise lake shines its jeweled colors amidst a spectacular landscape of pure, white snow. By night, after the last pink-gold glow of a setting sun has eked away, a full moon rises to bask the town in silver, and warm amber kitchen lights beckon home the weathered traveler.

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This is the wintry wonderland in which Rachel and Christopher said their vows. A refined Harvard and Stanford graduate, Christopher became smitten with the elegant, yet down-to-earth Rachel after meeting her through a mutual friend. An avid skier, Christopher has always loved the snow and dreamed of a white wedding. But this sophisticated couple doesn’t hesitate to have a lot of fun, whether from a snowball fight, dressing up their groomsmen in plaid lingerie, making them do the limbo underneath stretchy underwear, and coating their faces in bright-red lipstick. And these guys are game for anything, including doing push-ups for dessert and getting together to rehearse coordinated dances so they could bust a move during the memorable wedding.

For the reception, the Grand Hotel Quellenhof shimmered with lights and color. Flower centerpieces speckle the crisp white linen with a thousand pastel petals of mauve, lavender, peach, and orange, complementing the pale-pink dresses of the bridesmaids. Crystals dangled elegantly on the flower arrangements, reminiscent of the sparkling icicles atop the lake. Mirroring the pristine landscape, Christopher and his groomsmen were decked in monochromatic black, gray, white, and silver.

Wedding Cinema - Nestldown, Los Gatos Mountains | Jean & John

After numerous missed opportunities to meet, Jean and John finally did. With so many obstacles in their way, they fought them off one at a time till such a day where this cinematic highlight showcase their deep admiration and respect for each other.

Photography : Capture The Love
Cinematography : Capture The Love
Venue : Nestldown (180 acres of lush landscape retreat at the Santa Cruz Mountains)
Makeup Artistry & Hair Styling : Tiffany Chiang @ designHERimage
Florist : Nicole Ha
DJ : Big Fun DJ

Love takes flight | Thomas Fogarty Winery | Rosewood Hotel

From high above, Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, CA looks like an enchanted place nestled in a dreamy landscape. Eddie has always dreamed of becoming a pilot, so it’s only logical that his wedding day would reflect his vision of flight, from paper airplane décor to customized cuff links to the light-blue color of the bridesmaids’ dresses, reminiscent of a clear summer sky. “In-flight” menus and passport props made for entertaining pictures.

Eddie and Joanna said their vows at Stanford Memorial Church and booked the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park, but on their special day, they lived in a fantasy world with their heads in the clouds. With their hearts as light as air, surrounded by friends and family, they bound themselves together in matrimony. Hand-in-hand, they walked down a path lined by loved ones waving sparkler sticks, two planes on a runway with guiding lights to pave the way home.

Humans are creatures bound to the earth; we do not come with feathered wings to lift our weighty bodies to the clouds, nor can we feel the carefree buoyancy of winds beneath us. Two things can bring us closer to the heavens—one being the man-made invention of planes; the second, a transcendent force, pure and intangible, when our hearts are lucky enough to be touched by true love.

Venues: Thomas Fogarty Winery | Rosewood Sand Hill | Stanford Memorial Church
Makeup Artistry + Hair Styling by Tiffany Chiang of designHERimage

 

Wedding Cinema - Santa Cruz Mountains Vineyard | Laura & Stroy

A chance introduction by friends brought Laura and Stroy together. Stroy knew from the first day that he wanted to marry Laura. She thought it was weird and a red flag! But by the second or third day, she knew she had to have him too.

Laura, I knew I had to have Stroy too, but for a different reason. After photographing his beautiful work for his construction website, I knew I wanted to hire Stroy to build the addition to my home/studio because of his attention to detail.

It was a compliment likewise when the couple only considered my team for their wedding photography and cinematography needs, especially knowing what a perfectionist Stroy is. We enjoyed spending the day shooting their wedding in Nicholson Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Aptos, California. It was a beautiful Saturday spent under blue skies, surrounded by sunflowers, with a wonderful couple in love.

 

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