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Update: We are very happy to see Barbara + Carlos’ gorgeous wedding featured in the current issue of Wedding Nouveau Magazine!

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We met Barbara about three years ago when she was a bridesmaid at Gina and Jason’s wedding at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club. Mike and I were absolutely delighted when she let us know that she’s engaged now and would love to have us as their wedding photographers! My excitement started the second she began talking about her wedding: with Vintage Travel theme this Corinthian Room wedding was promising to be absolutely amazing! It was super fun to watch Barbara plan her wedding throughout the year (we even had a chance to help her a bit with a few suggestions here and there).

Morning preparations are one of my favorite parts of the day – I just love all the excitement and nervousness in the air, love the smell of perfume and curling irons, the giggles and tears that usually climax in a happy exhale from the bridesmaids when they see their friend all ready in the white dress. There’s so much to capture during this part of the day – preparations, emotions, wedding details… We often don’t have a choice where to shoot the preparations and how much time we have for it, but our favorites are bright and large uncluttered hotel rooms with a lot of time on our hands to really get creative. Fortunately, when we arrived at the San Jose Fairmont for Barbara’s preparations we found just that – a huge bridal suite and a bunch of time for Mike to capture the candids and for me to play with Barbara’s stunning dress and shoes.

Fairmont San Jose wedding dress

 

We were excited to work with Edgar Martinez of Flowers by Edgar for this wedding. Edgar was the florist for our own wedding almost a year ago and I knew that there would be nobody better to bring Barbara’s vintage theme to life! I also absolutely adored Barbara’s hairstyle which was in tune with the overall theme. Love those shapes and curls!

Bride getting ready in Fairmont Hotel San Jose

 

I couldn’t get enough of these Loubs! Barbara spiced them up by adding feather clips and they looked stunning!

Fairmont San Jose wedding shoes

 

More details:

Fairmont San Jose wedding preparations

 

Mission Santa Clara groom

 

Loved Barbara’s use of an iPad for her wedding vows:

Mission Santa Clara wedding ceremony

 

This is what we saw running out of the church right after the ceremony – a first hug as a family:

Candid after ceremony photo

 

Barbara and Carlos rented a classic getaway car and we had a ton of fun taking pictures in it, on it and next to it. We love, love using cars as props – they add so much to the photos:

Mission Santa Clara vintage car wedding portrait

 

Mission Santa Clara bride and groom portrait

 

Old car wedding portrait

 

Vintage car bride and groom photo

 

Bride and groom kissing in vintage car

 

Groom with an old car

 

Wedding portrait vintage car Mission Santa Clara

 

Beautiful seating card arragement at the entrance to the Corinthian Ballroom:

Corinthian Grand Ballroom wedding details

 

For their grand entrance Barbara and Carlos appeared on the balcony of the Carinthian in true Hollywood style:

Corinthian Grand Ballroom wedding reception

 

I knew that Edgar prepared something absolutely special for the reception in Corinthian Ballroom, and I couldn’t wait to take a peek inside! As always, he didn’t disappoint. Every guest table had the name of the city Barbara and Carlos visited and the whole centerpiece was themes to that city.

Corinthian Event Center vintage wedding

 

Corinthian Grand Ballroom vintage wedding

 

It was great to see Gina and Jason again – our bride and groom from three years ago! They partied hard and seemed to have tons of fun :)

Fun wedding party at Corinthian Grand Ballroom

 

Their first dance:

Corinthian Event Center first dance

 

Corinthian Event Center wedding decor

 

The light was beautiful during sunset hour and we went outside for more portraits:

Corinthian Event Center bride and groom

 

Corinthian Grand Ballroom wedding portrait

 

Corinthian Grand Ballroom wedding

 

I loved the cake display – simple and beautiful!

Corinthian Event Center wedding cake

 

Dear Barbara and Carlos, we hope you’re enjoying every minute of your honeymoon! Thank you for the honor of documenting your love. – Nat + Mike

 

All the wonderful vendors of the day:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Corinthian Grand Ballroom
Wedding Design: Flowers by Edgar
DJ: Compulsive Soundz
Florals: Flowers by Edgar
Catering: Corinthian Grand Ballroom
Wedding Cake: Cake Expressions
Hair & Makeup: Rose Hill

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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.