We met in September of 2000 in the desert. Yes, it's true, at Burning Man. I had long pink and purple braided hair. He was cute, I mean really cute. A mutual friend introduced us because Matt was the lead photographer for Gap Inc. at the time and I had just been hired by Old Navy to work in their Visual Merchandising department as a graphic designer. Little did any of us know, that from that introduction, our lives would be forever changed. But that's just how we met. It isn't the real beginning of our story.
We went on a first date in San Francisco on a Saturday and on Sunday I was in a car accident that would keep me bed-ridden for two months. It seemed like an unlikely way for two people to get to know each other but that's what happened. We spent those two months talking, emailing and watching movies. We found that we had more in common than we could imagine and the next thing we knew, we were falling in love.
Now, two children and all of these years later, we're excited for this new adventure that we're creating for ourselves. We've both been taking pictures for most of our adult lives so it's seems like a natural progression for us to be working together and I can't complain that each time I photograph a wedding with Matt, I'm flooded with love as I remember our own wedding and my saying "I do" to him years ago.
It feels really good to be in this place. To be in love and happy and able to share that, not only with my husband but with the couples that we photograph. With each wedding, we get to take a glimpse back into our past and hopefully others get a glimpse into their future.
If you’re not familiar with Utterly Engaged, you should be!
It’s a beautiful online “e-zine” dedicated to offering everything you need to plan a wedding. Not only are the articles interesting but their choice of photographs and their design aesthetic is beautiful.
This month, GB Photographers decided to place an ad between the pages and we’re thrilled to be a part of such a beautiful wedding magazine.
When we photographed Jill and Dan’s engagement session, we were so inspired, we photographed them for 3 full hours! Their wedding was just as captivating. Their rehearsal dinner was held at The Beach House at Pebble Beach, their ceremony was at Dan’s parents home in Pebble Beach and the reception at The Beach and Tennis Club. It was a beautiful event and we were honored to be their photographers for the weekend.
This wedding was special for many reasons, but one particular event happened during the reception that was very unique. The San Francisco Giants won the World Series and many of their guests were gathered in a side room to watch the spectacle unfold. Dan, who is a big Giants fan, was front and center as Romo threw the final pitch. The entire room burst with excitement. Dan was as happy as could be, marrying the love of his life on the same day that his favorite team won the World Series. Needless to say, that electricity and joy carried onto the dance floor and into the night. It was an evening to remember.
Laura was able to bring her vision to life by incorporating Denise’s wedding dress fabric into the cover of the album. She has been working on the details of getting this process perfected for months. She has been working directly with Leather Craftsmen and a local seamstress to fine tune the intricate issues of having delicate wedding fabric bound into the cover of an album.
Here is just an example of her vision, research, experimentation and determination to make this a reality:
It was a cold and windy day, but Jill and Dan were troopers to work with us! We first met Jill and Dan at Fort Point, under the Golden Gate bridge. Jill had expressed interest in having a shot with the bridge in the background and we love shooting at Fort Point. As we made it up to the rooftop, we were told that they were closing and we needed to get down. Thankfully, the ranger was very understanding and she allowed us 3 minutes to capture Jill’s wish! We then walked down to Crissy Field, near the Gulf of the Farallons National Marine Sanctuary, where it has a particular ‘East Coast/Nantucket’ feel. Since it was low tide, we were also able to photograph them inside of the dilapidated wood break wall, which had the most beautiful texture. We ended our day at the Palace of Fine Arts, where they walked around the lake together. Although the weather may not have been the warm, sunny atmosphere that we had hoped, Jill and Dan were relaxed and comfortable, the light was beautiful and we had a great time getting to know each other. We are looking forward to seeing them again in October, when we photograph their wedding!