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We always talk about how much we love it when a couple chooses to see each other before the ceremony – it’s always an emotional and beautiful way to see each other for the first time in wedding clothes. Melissa and Arvin chose to see each other for the first time in a serene setting at the Hakone Estate and Gardens. Hakone Gardens are 13 acres of perfectly designed and manicured Japanese gardens in Saratoga. There’s incredible scenery behind each and every turn at this place: a picturesque wooden bridge, lush bamboo forest, ponds full of Koi fish, Zen gardens, and beautiful waterfalls. Hakone Gardens have almost limitless opportunities for pictures and Melissa and Arvin were awesome to work with. I’m pretty sure we could have photograph there forever, but eventually it was time to prepare for the ceremony :)

Melissa and Arvin’s ceremony and reception took place at another stunning venue – the Silver Creek Valley Country Club. I think it’s one of our all time favorite golf clubs for photographing a wedding. The Silver Creek Valley Club has everything you might want for a wedding – a waterfall backdrop for the ceremony, a beautiful ballroom with a marble dance floor, floor-to-ceiling windows for the reception, and an open terrace for the cocktail hour! The main clubhouse looks like an Italian villa and has stunning views of the golf course and the waterfall. Needless to say that this wedding was just beautiful, with a super sweet ceremony and a reception full of toasts, fun, and good times.

Here are some favorites from the day:

Bridal portrait at Hakone Gardens

Bride and groom at Hakone Gardens

Kissing portrait at the Hakone Gardens

The ceremony setup for the Silver Creek Valley Country Club wedding was just breathtaking:

Silver Creek Valley Country Club Wedding Ceremony

Bride and groom portrait in Silver Creek Valley Country Club

Silver Creek Valley Country Club wedding photo

This shot was taken from the back of a moving golf cart on our way back to the reception hall:

Silver Creek Valley Country Club Landscape

This has to be one of the coolest and most hilarious cake toppers we’ve ever seen! Arvin is a great snowboarder and everyone at the wedding enjoyed this original wedding detail:

Silver Creek Valley Country Club wedding cake

First dance at the Silver Creek Valley Country Club

Wedding rings at Silver Creek Valley Club

Dancing at the Silver Creek Valley Club

Portrait of a bride at a Hakone Gardens Wedding

Congratulations to this awesome couple!!! We enjoyed being with you on this great day.

All the credit for the day goes to:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Silver Creek Valley Country Club
Wedding Coordinator: Janece Shelloe
Hair & Makeup: Athena U
DJ/Band: Big Fun DJs
Florals: Gingerleaf Floral
Catering: Silver Creek Valley Country Club

4 Comments October 18, 2010
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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.