I get lucky.
Which happens to be the album that I listened to while editing a lot of the images from this amazing wedding. Maria and Barre emailed me a long time ago about their wedding in Portland, Oregon in 2011. 2 years later I’m in San Fransisco working with the same awesome couple from Chicago. How did this happen? Really? I have someone that loves me? Wow. I did get lucky.
I catch myself smiling, reliving the memories. I dreamed about this shoot many times over in my head. In fact, I went to sleep with earplugs and found inspiration by looking at wedding images from around the world before this wedding. When walking around I found myself in a zen like state looking for places to shoot. The light was on my side. The weather was perfect. May, San Fransisco and it was sunny and absolute perfection. My first time there and I was fresh off the plane carrying around thousands of dollars in gear and working with amazing people and places that just happened to be equally as amazing.
The amount of laughs we shared together is awesome. I wish Maria and Barre lived closer because they are both just awesome people. It’s so cool – it shows in the images. The connection. The genuine look of letting your guard down and just being yourself. Their energy is contagious and they find a way to light up a room. The stories, the jokes, the sarcasm, the chill vibe of just being in a space and accepting what happens. It’s a silent love story and the thousands of images I have aren’t even enough to truly capture it.
I don’t write reviews for clients.
Maria and Barree have changed the way I look at on-location shooting, they just get out there do whatever and don’t care. They are the most outgoing, do-whatever-we-want-and-have-fun because-we-love-each-other attitudes I can think of. The support of the large family and friends shows it. It’s incredible. Such a great amount of people to have the privilege to be around.
Maria and Barree for not just being clients but for being friends. For taking me in. For being so incredibly cool. You both are just awesome. Cheers to you and your images for capturing just a spark of who you both are. God, I love my job. I am so blessed.
Aaron Potter, Owner OneBloom Photography | www.OneBloom.com
THE PROPOSAL: I guess it was my fault the way the proposal turned out. I asked him to surprise me. Randomly during our courtship, he would turn to me and blurt out “Marry Me!” Barree went out one morning, I assumed to get coffee, and came home frantic calling out my name. I thought that he had gone gotten himself hurt or something. Frantic turned out to be excited. He pulled out the ring which he had gone to pick up and knelt at the side of the bed. He said some really sweet things and asked me to marry him. I was in shock. To this day, I still can’t remember what he said, which still annoys him. I thought it was another one of his jokes and I could not believe it was actually happening. After numerous “Are you joking?” questions, the disbelief finally wore off and I said “Yes”.
WHERE WAS THIS: San Fransisco, California / Piedmont, California / Oakland Zoo, California
VISION FOR THE DAY: Vintage with the steampunk-esq accents.
THE PLANNING PROCESS: Everything seemed fine until I got to California, then the logistics of having to set up decor hit home. Thank goodness for my super wonderful and supportive family and their fabulous friends, it turned out great.
THE VENUE: Corpus Christi Church in Piedmont, California and The Snow Building at the Oakland Zoo
BRIDE’S DRESS: Mon Cheri purchased at Filene’s Basement’s Running of the Brides.
BRIDE’S SHOES: Payless Wedding Line hand painted and embellished by the bride.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: A vintage necklace purchased at The Antique Mall in Michigan City, Indiana. Earrings purchased at Distractions on Haight made from 100 year old watch parts. Bracelet from an Asian jewelry store at Woodfield Shopping Center
GROOMS ATTIRE: Distractions on Haight
WEDDING FAVOURS: In Lieu of favors, a donation was made to Brides Against Breast Cancer in honor of Mary Ann Panlilio Librojo.
THE FLOWERS: Table decor made by the bride from romance books, lavender from the bride’s family’s yard and from the Oakland flower Mart Bridal and Maid of Honor Bouquets are fabric and button flowers made by the bride. Mixed Metal Boutonnières made by the bride with assistance from her uncle Rolando Domingo.
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Hand made by the bride
FOOD & DRINK: Small Thyme Catering
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: Standing on the Embarcaderon Pier looking at the Bay Lights thinking how blessed we were to be there at here at that moment.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: Do what feels right for you as a couple, regardless of outside pressures and opinions.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: To Auntie Fannie and Uncle Noel for letting us use their house as base camp and for numerous other things. To Aunties Adel and Jane and my Man of Honor Victor for wedding planning and coordination. To my Maid of Honor Thelma for not giving up on my crazy ideas. To my wedding mafia for bringing all the wedding stuff from Chicago to Cali. To our families and friends for their constant love, support and generosity which never ceases to amaze us. There were so many people that helped make this day memorable for us in so many ways that I can’t mention every single thing. Thank you All!!!!
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