I can't believe it's time for another "Best Of" post, which means another wedding season has passed. Time goes so fast, which makes you realize that every moment should be spent doing something you love. I'm thankful to have this job that allows so much flexibility. It lets me to meet new friends with similar interests and have a creative outlet that also pays my bills. This year was extra fun for me because three of my friends got married and I was in and shot two of them. Adam was also in two weddings, so it was a busy year for us! I'm sure you know by know that Adam does wedding videography, and he just finished up his first full season and we shot a handful of weddings together. I couldn't be more proud of him! The biggest news of all is our move to San Luis Obispo. We are in search of property to build a wedding venue and a place to call our forever house. We just felt like this was never attainable in the Bay Area, and in order to live the life we dream of (including a better work/life balance), we had to move back to SLO. This time for my end of the year post, I decided to note some awesome moments, pretty things, and fun places, so take a look :) PS. did you see we changed our name? Goodbye Danielle Poff Photography, hello The Poffs!
// My friends weddings:
Nick & Jess's Biddle Ranch wedding (Adam and I were both in the wedding and we did photo & video)
Alana & Andy's Napa wedding (I was a bridesmaid and photographer, and Adam did video)
// I held my 5th and 6th Danielle Poff Workshop:
And last but not least, we traveled to Joshua Tree for a desert wedding of a long time friend of Adam's and shot a wedding in Petaluma with a Ferris Wheel and donkeys! I was honored to photograph weddings for 2 wedding planners, Morgan of Spreading Lovely and Jen of One Fine Day.
Best golden light at a wedding:
Most unique ceremony backdrops:
top to bottom: macrame by Ballantyne Design and flowers by April Flowers, wood triangle backdrop by DLR Fabrication and flowers by Michelle Lywood, rugs from a warehouse sale and custom wood rug hanger by Adam and flowers by Tumbleweed Floral Truck, IKO space and flowers by Freckled Floral
Best cactus locations (because I love cacti!):
Most unique engagement session/bridal session moments:
Most unique wedding decor:
top to bottom: Courtney and Andrew rented a Ferris Wheel for their reception, Nick and Jess custom cut and put together their seating chart, Stout Tents and an oversized LOVE sign at Reinstein Ranch, Morgan and Dave's free standing seating chart, Briegan made her own macrame backdrop for photos, Jen and Mark's tassel seating chart, custom made reception tables by Adam, Nicki and Andy's woven seating chart.
Best golden light at an engagement session:
Best dancing moments:
top to bottom: Father of the bride having the best time on the dance floor, masks from the photobooth made their way to the dance floor, best man lifting up the groom to dance on his shoulders, the bridal party all had heart sunglasses, tWitch (the DJ from The Ellen Show) was amongst other famous dancers and choreographers at Chantel and Michael's wedding, Becca and Josh dancing in their lifted chairs to the hora, brother of the groom doing a traditional greek dance, Courtney and Andrew jumping back into the dance floor crowd.
Favorite dogs at weddings/engagements moments:
Best groom reactions to seeing his bride:
The best part about these, is that all the grooms who cried watching their bride walk down the aisle, already saw them during their "first look," and it still brought on this much emotion!