northern california wedding photographer

Michaela + McCann's Pastel, Floral Print Carmel Wedding //

Venue: Holman Ranch // Wedding coordination: Engaged & Inspired // Floral design: Michelle Lywood // Hair & makeup: Lindsay Dabalos // Rentals: Forage Vintage Rentals // Invitations: Minted // Cake: I Do Wedding Cakes // DJ: Jon Belmont Entertainment // Catering: Paradise Catering // Calligraphy: Grace Line Art // Film scans by Photovision //

From the Bride, Michaela: There were so many special aspects to our day. From little details, our ceremony uniting us as one, the amazingly touching and hilarious speeches made by our maid of honor, best man and my dad — everything was so memorable and important to us. It was equally important to us to honor a very special person who sadly didn’t get to see us be married. My husband’s father passed away last January, so we wanted to honor his memory. We had my grandmother sew a heart-shaped piece of one of his favorite shirts onto two hankies. One for me and one for McCann. The hanky I carried was my great, great grandmother’s hanky that she used on her wedding day many, many years ago. My grandma embroidered McCann’s dad’s initials on them and he carried his in his pocket, while I tied mine around my bouquet. It was our something borrowed and something blue. A way tangible to remember his dad and how much he meant to us.

Our ceremony was another important part of our day. We chose to wash each other’s feet, showing one another that we promise to love and serve the other person, just has God has loved and served us.

Some other fun touches included customized cornhole bean bags with our monograms, our delicious apple raspberry jam favors (we met in an apple orchard!), the comfy vignette seating we created outside of the dancing barn complete with blankets and pillows, our amazingly talented DJ who kept the beats rollin’ all night (the dance floor was literally never empty!) and the glow sticks we passed out at our reception, and our interactive polaroid camera guest book. What a FUN day, which we will remember for years to come.

Advice for brides: Once the day has arrived, just rest. Know that you’ve done everything you can to plan your beautiful celebration of marriage. Relax and let the professionals (and your bridal party!) take it from there. The only thing that truly matters is the fact that you are getting married! So celebrate that, take time during the day to take deep breaths and take it all in. I did lots of “this is my wedding day!”while just looking around the reception taking in the joy and beauty.

Practical advice for your wedding: hire a planner or coordinator. Just do it! It makes your life SO much easier. Our wedding flowed so well because of this. Also, find an amazing photographer and videographer. These are the only tangible memories of your day, so be sure you love the work of whomever you choose.

Check out their engagement session that was featured on Style Me Pretty!

And their wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty too!

Carley & Daniel's Anniversary Session // San Francisco, cA

Calligraphy by Carley Rose Calligraphy // Film scans by Photovision //

Betsy & John's SF Anniversary Session //

Betsy and John celebrated their wedding anniversary in San Francisco last month! I loved documenting their love and roaming around the Marin Headlands with them.

Film scans by Photovision //

Nicole & Justin married // Kenwood, CA

Venue: Villa Pietra (private estate) // Wedding coordinator: All Set // Videography: 618 Studios // Hair & makeup: The Hair and Makeup Company // Florist: Catherine Scott Flowers // Wedding cake: Michele's Corner Cakes // DJ: Franco Finn // Black Market Orchestra // Caterer: Stag Dining // Rentals: Wine Country Rentals // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Invitations: TruInvites // Film scans by Photovision //

Check out their Kenwood engagement session!

Check out their wedding feature on Style Me Pretty California!

Danielle Poff Workshop

Danielle Poff Workshop

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in Livermore, CA I will be hosting my third #daniellepoffworkshop. I started my business at age 19, transitioned from digital to film, and learned how to balance life and work. Want to know more? Come hang with me for a full day and we will discuss anything and everything. We will cover branding, social media, finding & seeing light, networking, attracting your ideal client, organizing styled shoots, getting published, a portfolio review, shooting film & hybrid & how to transition, editing & workflow and being efficient with your time, client interaction, how to shoot to get what you want, lots of film talk, and lastly, a styled shoot before sunset

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine

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I am currently in this latest issue of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine! Check it out :)

The bouquet picture on the top right is from Claudia & Tony's wedding:

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And on their California destination wedding page, there is an image from Kristen & Greg's Los Alamos wedding as well as Isabelle & Bryce's Big Sur wedding:

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Featured on Grey Likes Weddings!

Robin & Ryan's wedding is featured on Grey Likes Weddings today!! I know how much effort & love they put into this wedding alongside Robin's best friend/wedding planner, Laura Wright Events! Check out their full wedding here!

 

Courtney & Pat engaged! San Francisco, CA

I met up with Courtney & Pat on Sunday for their engagement pictures in San Francisco!! It's been about 1 year since I've been to this city for an engagement session, & I was so happy to be back. I LOVE doing engagement pictures there, so much fun!! We explored Crissy Field as well as the Ferry Building area & we had an awesome time together. I adore this couple & cannot wait for their wedding at Spanish Oaks Ranch next June!! :)

Courtney, you are beautiful!!!

Literally so in love with her ring!!!

One of my favorite pictures from this shoot!