The Villages Golf & Country Club Wedding : Didee + Anthony

It was finally here, the culmination of all those months of planning, buying decorations, designing favors, all of it leads to this moment, right here, today. Didee was so nervous and anxious when I arrive at the venue, I told her “NOTHING HAPPENS WITHOUT THE BRIDE” we will all wait for you, we are all here for you, to see you marrying the love of your life, this is it!

Didee was ready, she looked beautiful in her wedding attire, the perfect hair, and makeup, and witnessing that ceremony was an absolute honor.

There was a special ritual during the ceremony that was really intense, Didee and Anthony did a Unity Sand Ceremony, but they didn't just buy the store colored sand no, Didee flew in a little bag of sand from Mexico and Anthony did the same, from Puerto Rico. And that's how they decided to symbolize the start of their marriage, by blending sands from the places they were born and continuing inseparable the rest of their lives.

The reception was held at the Villages clubhouse in San Jose in a very traditional Latin wedding style, Mariachi included :) wonderful music and a lot of partying.

Montalvo Arts Center Day After Wedding : Jude + Moriah

When Jude contacted me, he told me that they already got married (a few weeks before) but that he wanted to take pictures at the beautiful Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga and I was so excited to photograph this couple. When we got there , we where talking and Jude and Moriah told me that they’ve been planning this session since they were dating!!! OMG, talk about pressure, right??? It was an absolutely beautiful day with a great, gorgeous couple and I wish they enjoy their images for many many years!

Testarossa Winery Winter Wedding : Michelle + Ian : Los Gatos California

There is a lot to say about this wedding, from the start I knew it was going to be an special day, Michelle and I where monitoring the weather and 1 day before the wedding we knew it was going to rain all day, 90% chance, so Michelle was ready for a rainy wedding day. She brought navy blue umbrellas to match her bridesmaids dresses and a clear umbrella for herself. and guess what? It didn’t rain, we where soo lucky.

I love photographing wedding details, there is something special about every dress, shoe style etc. it shows you the style, taste and personality of the bride for her dream wedding and in this case you can see Michelle’s beautiful color Navy Blue scheme depicted in every element.

Michelle couldn’t forget 2 people very important to her that couldn’t be at the wedding, so she wore her Grandmother’s pearls and sapphire ring in honor to her and included a little bit of clover in her bouquet in remembrance to her Grandfather.

The Groom & Groomsmen got ready inside the winery at Testarossa in the man cave, oh yes, the look and feel of this cave is just perfect for this guys.

Michelle is so lucky to have this girls in her life, thought out the day, I saw and listen to this girls talk about her with beautiful kind words, toast her and helped her in anything that she needed, and she told me that she was surrounded by beautiful women, her sister, cousin and her soulmate. I feel so happy to document this moment for her.

Michelle looks absolutely stunning during her bridal portraits. She is ready for the cold and the rain.

The ceremony was inside the main hall of the winery. Michelle & Ian exchange the most beautiful vows and the ceremony was officiated by one of their friends and groomsmen.

After the Ceremony we took some Wedding Party Portraits and Michelle and Ian couldn’t take theirs eyes of each other.

By the time it was time for Bride and Groom’s portraits it was already dark but, that didn’t stop us from getting some night photography done and catching great expressions from them.

The Reception inside the tasting room at Testarossa Winery was epic! The Bride and The groom dancing and signing all the time.

The creative team:

Venue: Testarossa Winery in Los Gatos, CA

Florist: Michelle Johnson

DJ: Elite Entertainment DJ Kevin

Hair & Makeup: Cassandra McClure & Sofia Bee

Second shooting: Vicens Forns

Photography: Andrea de Anda Photography