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Kohl Mansion Wedding Photography

Kohl Mansion Wedding Photography

Every once in a while a wedding comes along that’s such a great fit for our studio that we’re blown away. Maryam and Jean-Marc had one of the most intimate weddings we’ve ever attended, and it was intimate even with 140+ guests! The day was a beautiful blending of their family cultures: Persian, Spanish, French, and American. This made for some beautiful traditions, contageous dancing, and so much love you could wring it out like a honeycomb.

What we found so special at this Kohl Mansion wedding was how inclusive it felt to be there. The friends and family were warm and you could just feel the intimacy between them. It was like people truly came together to pour all of their love and happiness out onto Maryam and Jean-Marc.

We met Maryam at her sister’s wedding that we photographed in 2009. (Zahra and Ryan’s wedding at The Ralston Hall was one of our favorites as well). It was a pleasure to be reunited with their family for another great celebration.

The problem with weddings that are so natural and intimate is that we end up bringing home SO many photos that we get attached and editing becomes a real challenge. It’s a good challenge to have and we are happy to share our favorites:

Kohl Mansion Burlingame

Kohl Mansion Burlingame Wedding

Bridal Portrait Kohl Burlingame

Maryam looked absolutely stunning and we loved her wedding dress:

Outdoor Portrait Kohl Mansion

First Look Outdoor Wedding

The emotions were rolling in from the beginning of the day and throughout. Here Maryam and Jean-Marc share a moment during the First Look:

Bride Groom First Look

Bride Groom Outdoor Portrait Burlingame

Black White Kohl Mansion

A sneak peak into the ceremony room as Maryam’s father is about to give his daughter to the groom:

Indoor Ceremony Kohl Mansion

Father Daughter Persian Ceremony

SO many special moments took place during their Sofreh ceremony:

Ceremony Sofreh Kohl Mansion

Kohl Mansion Persian Ceremony

Jean-Marc’s parents were emotional and overjoyed:

Indoor Wedding Ceremony Persian

Wedding Ceremony Indoors Kohl Mansion

Sometimes the best shots are from unusual angles:

Sofreh Persian Ceremony Kohl Mansion

First Kiss Ceremony

Family Photo Kohl Mansion

Some of our favorite parts of Kohl Mansion wedding photography are the beautiful details:

Wedding Table Decorations

Table Decorations Indoors

Table Layout Kohl Mansion Dinner Reception

We were really digging the elegant and simple style of the reception and cake rooms:

Table Setup Cake Room

Maryam’s dance with her father was touching and beautiful:

Natural San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Wedding Guests Kohl Mansion

There was flamenco dancing, Persian dancing, salsa dancing, and then we lost count of the different styles. The outdoor courtyard made for the perfect setting on this warm evening:

Outdoor Dancing Kohl Mansion

Outdoor Dancing Courtyard Kohl Mansion

We were in LOVE with the people, the moments, and the style that took place at this wedding:

Wedding Venue Kohl Mansion Burlingame

We want to give a big thank you to Carolyn of Carolyn Wilson Events for doing a wonderful job with planning this celebration. The day was spectacular and went off without a hitch.

Congratulations to Maryam and Jean-Marc!!! We were absolutely thrilled to play a small role in your celebration.

Mike and Nat

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September 23, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Carolyn Wilson Weddings & Events - Amazing photos of an amazing couple and their friends and family! Wishing you all the best in the future! Thank you Mike and Nat of Choco Studio Photography for the awesome photos and kudos/recognition!

Wedding Anniversary Portraits in San Francisco: Jamie and Ben

We recently had a very special opportunity to retake a couple’s wedding day portraits. Their original wedding photographer did not show up and we were so honored when we were asked to retake those photos (and replace the past memories).

Jamie and Ben scheduled their session with us over half a year ago so it happens right on their two-year anniversary. It was a great pleasure to create these natural portraits and we had a blast getting to know this lovely couple.

Some favorites:

Wedding Anniversary Portraits in San Francisco

We had the chance to use a 1950′s Morgan for this portrait session.

Wedding Anniversary Portraits in San Francisco

Morgan Anniversary Portrait San Francisco

And yes, the car also drives :)

San Francisco City Hall Anniversary Photo

San Francisco City Hall Anniversary Portrait

Baker Beach made for another great setting for these anniversary portraits:

Natural San Francisco Wedding PhotographerBaker Beach Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary Portrait

Baker Beach Sunset Anniversary Portrait

Baker Beach Anniversary Portrait in San Francisco

Thank you, Jamie and Ben! We had a blast taking your wedding anniversary portraits in San Francisco.

Mike and Nat

UPDATE: We love hearing feedback from our clients and it’s always a great feeling when they’re happy. We just received the following from Jamie:

Dear Mike & Nat,

Ben and I are both OVER THE MOON HAPPY and in love with these pictures! You guys did a phenomenal job!! Thank you soooo much! Ben and I can’t thank you both enough! You guys are sooooo talented and captured so many beautiful moments between us in such natural and beautiful ways – simply WOW! I am so so grateful to you both for making this dream of ours come true and really righting a wrong that was done to us with respect to the photographer who didn’t show up to our wedding. Now we have these incredible memories and moments properly documented and couldn’t be happier! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Love,
Jamie & Ben

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Natural Wedding Photos at The Mountain Winery and Dynasty – Lori and Alex

Lori and Alex’s wedding day was full of great stories and intimate moments. One of the first things we usually hear in the morning of is that the bride and groom didn’t sleep very well – they’re so anxious. When we first saw Lori, we found out that she actually overslept a bit and there was even a small delay with starting the makeup :) We were glad to see them so relaxed and to allow the day to just happen naturally.

Lori and Alex were really psyched about their portraits and picked out some amazing locations for their wedding photos. We started off at the Cypress Hotel, headed to the Hakone Gardens, and continued to The Mountain Winery for the ceremony. Posed and unposed, it was awesome to see them having fun and really enjoy being intimate in front of our cameras.

Nat and I were both digging the light during the preparations:

Mountain Winery Wedding Photo with Bridal Preparations

Mountain Winery Picture with bridal preparations

Mountain Winery Photography with groom getting ready

Lori couldn’t wait to see her groom in the morning:

Dynasty Restaurant photo peeking bride

After some door games, Lori was revealed to Alex and everyone was ready to grab the tissues:

Dynasty Restaurant morning wedding games

The Hakone Gardens were just lovely on this day:

Dynasty Restaurant natural wedding day photography

Dynasty Restaurant intimate wedding portrait

Dynasty Restaurant wedding photography

Dynasty Restaurant bridal portraits

Kids added plenty of laughter to the ceremony:

Mountain Winery wedding photography

It was especially touching to see Alex get emotional during the ceremony vows. We could just feel how much these moments were affecting both of them:

Mountain Winery wedding photographer

Mountain Winery wedding ceremony

I DOs!

Mountain Winery wedding candid

The family enjoyed a fun private celebration at the tea ceremony:

Dynasty restaurant wedding photographer

Dynasty restaurant wedding tea ceremony

Followed by more natural and intimate portraits at the hotel:

Mountain Winery wedding intimate portrait

Natural San Francisco Wedding Photographer

We were SO happy to be a part of your day, Lori and Alex. It was a lovely day and we feel blessed to have been a part of it!

– Mike and Nat

P.S. We adore winery weddings and recently had a chance to capture beautiful Thomas Fogarty Winery Wedding Photos. Check them out!

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