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Christina and Brian’s wedding at the private Menlo Circus Club in Atherton was a day full of gorgeous details, a glowing bride & groom, and quite a large bridal party. There was beauty and emotions to be captured from the moment we walked into Christina’s home for the preparations.

Driving down the peninsula in the morning we saw pockets of rain on our way and it had us a bit concerned about the outdoor portraits we had planned ahead. Not to fear, though, because as soon as Christina was ready to go to the church the clouds parted and the rain had stopped. I can’t even describe how happy we were about that because everyone was very much looking forward to the outdoor wedding portraits at Menlo Circus Club.

Here are some highlights from the day:

Bride getting ready looking in the mirror


Christina was getting ready at her parents house which was just full of beautiful details. Love this dress reflection in a mirror:

Wedding dress reflection in the mirror


When we first arrived in the morning we were greeted by Charcoal – Christina’s gorgeous greyhound! Charcoal was dressed for the occasional and looked very elegant in his tie. There were also two Sheltie pups running around in the house making it very difficult to pay attention to anything but them :)

Bride and her dogs on wedding day


Christina’s grandmas came by a little later and were absolutely mesmerized by the wedding dress hanging in the living room.

Grandmothers and wedding dress


Love it when all the make-up and hair take place in front of a big window with beautiful light. This time we got lucky – Christina was getting ready on the first floor so we were actually able to come out of the house to capture the preparations from outside:

Bride getting ready in her parents house


Yummm! :)

Menlo Circus Club wedding details


Bride getting into her dress on wedding day


Photograph of wedding rings with reflection


Brian was getting ready along with the guys at a nearby hotel in Palo Alto:

Detail of a groom getting ready


I think this one is one of my favorites from the day – Christina and her dad coming down the aisle of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Church:

Bride coming down the aisle Saint Thomas Aquinas Church


These two just could not stop looking at each other:

Wedding ceremony in Saint Thomas Aquinas Church


After the ceremony, when all the guests and family left for the cocktail hour, we we left alone with the newlyweds and this gorgeous old Ford:

Menlo Circus Club wedding portrait


The car was properly outfitted with “Just Married” signs on all windows and a bunch of tin cans behind. I rode with Christina and Brian to the Menlo Circus Club and I got to tell you – we turned quite a lot of heads in downtown Palo Alto with all the clinking and clanking of the cans behind us. It was entertaining to see people get annoyed at the sound at first, but when they turned their heads, they would see the newlyweds’ car and smile and wave.

Wedding getaway car


Did I mention we LOVE vintage cars for wedding day portraits?

Photographs of bride and groom in their car


Bride getting in the car at Menlo Circus Club


Christina looked absolutely stunning:

Portrait of bride with veil


Driving to the reception:

Wedding car


We got so very lucky with the weather because by sunset time even the lawn at the Menlo Circus Club was dry and we were able to steal the newlyweds for a few sunset photographs:

Menlo Circus Club wedding photography


Christina and Brian both looked stunning and the light was so beautiful. It was a pleasure to photograph these portraits:

Menlo Circus Club wedding photographer


Menlo Circus Club bride and groom portrait


Menlo Circus Club sunset portrait


Back at the reception it was time for the toasts:

Wedding reception at Menlo Circus Club in Palo Alto


Wedding reception at Menlo Club


Christina’s dad giving a very nice and a equally funny toast:

Speeches at wedding reception in Palo Alto


The Menlo Circus Club at sunset:

Wedding at Menlo Circus Club


All the vendors of the day:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Menlo Circus Club
DJ/Band: Chad @ Denon & Doyle
Florals: Edmond’s Plaza Florist
Catering: Menlo Circus Club
Wedding Cake: Just Caking It

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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.