Regale Winery wedding with Harry & Sylvie

June 27th, 2015 No comments

You can tell by a man’s swagger whether or not he’s a woman’s man, and though a man of few words, Harry is exactly that when he woo’ed his wife-to-be, Sylvie. Strutting in a suave tux and shiny shoes, Harry makes his way down swanky Santa Row, with its manicured potted plants, distinct storefronts, and classy dining options. He passes his very own Vintage Wine Merchants on his way to Regale Winery, the setting of their elegant wedding.

Sylvie describes it best in her vows with her French-Canadian sass, how her entrepreneurial ideal man is smart, driven, entertaining, and romantic, all rolled into a snazzy pair of Italian shoes. It’s ok that Harry has chosen to bypass this particular wardrobe requirement; she has come to love him, anyway. Amidst wine glasses red and white, under a perfectly clear summer sky and surrounded by the sweet smell of lavender and loving friends and family, Sylvie and Harry seal their vows as husband and wife. “I feel big, I dream big, and I love big,” Sylvie says, with enough love for this union to last a lifetime.

Rising Duo Haley & Michaels wedding at Mountain Winery

May 14th, 2015 Comments off

Nothing like an amazingly beautiful couple to photograph than this rising country duo Haley’s & Michaels (Shannon Haley & Ryan Michaels), who got married at Mountain Winery in Saratoga

Here’s their exclusive on Country Weekly.

She lights up Mountain Winery

She lights up Mountain Winery

She lights up Mountain Winery

She lights up Mountain Winery

She lights up Mountain Winery

She lights up Mountain Winery

She lights up Mountain Winery

She lights up Mountain Winery

She lights up Mountain Winery

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Riot of a time with Cindy + Louis

April 13th, 2015 Comments off

Party music’s pumping, and bodies give off heat as they twist and sway to the rhythm of the bass. Hands in the air, memories slip in and out of consciousness as the recollections of the day resurface and recede. This is the adrenaline rush that follows a day filled with heightened emotions from orchestrating a wedding, after months or even years of hard work and planning. But let’s back up.

To the beginning. To gentler daytime memories beneath the shade of wisteria blossoms dangling delicately from an overhead trellis, shielding a couple from the harsh rays of the sun. To the Cypress Hotel, to Villa Montalvo in Los Gatos for a wedding ceremony, before we arrive at Dynasty Cupertino for the evening reception and festivities.

Cindy and Louis have known each other since they were kids when, to Cindy’s great surprise, she discovered deeper feelings for her childhood friend. The two have complementing personalities, from her Type A drive to his Type B mellowness, from her career as a math teacher in Los Angeles to his love for medical science. As with all great love stories that must endure the test of time, their relationship has not come without challenges, namely, that of distance; Cindy and Louis have once had to spend 4,000 miles apart (Louis in Grenada for med school), and they eventually cut that distance down to 2,500 miles (Louis in New York), and
the 340 (San Francisco Bay Area), and then to 0 on the day they exchange their heartfelt vows.

“Sometimes I wonder if this is just a dream,” Cindy mused, taking in the ethereal feel of having found love and happiness. A dream of spending forever by each other’s side. May they never have to be apart again.

iStick: Be a Hero

January 5th, 2015 Comments off

You’re giving an important presentation and you’re staking your next raise on it, but despite all they teach you about projecting your voice and owning the stage, all you can think about is hovering close to your laptop to make sure there are no awkward moments of silence every time you need to flip to the next slide. Or you’ve just gotten up close and personal with an audience member, locking eyes for dramatic effect, feeling that they’ve finally understood you on a soul-touching level about the metrics you’ve presented with your awesome pie chart when someone else asks, “Sorry, what are we looking at here?” Back you hurry to the screen, desperate to point out the specific quadrant that you’re speaking about.

It’s the 21st Century! Why deal with mediocre technology? Enter the iPin, designed for compatibility with the iPhone, Android, Mac, and PC devices. This Kickstarter laser pointer allows you the freedom of a wireless presentation, controlling your slides and calling out details with a laser pointer from the convenience of your smart phone.

But that’s not all! iPin also lets you transform into a superhero. Aid people and pets in need. Fight crime. Divert disasters (Really? OK, not really—maybe with a little more practice). Check out our nifty animated video above for more info!

Crafting the Light….beyond natural light.

November 1st, 2014 Comments off

We perceive light in slants, rays, patches of brightness that illuminate textures and surfaces. When Dawn caresses the land with her golden fingertips, the earth awakens. By day, a world basked in natural sunlight is one where colors glow richer and truer. In a beam of sun slanting through window blinds at dusk, a hundred specks of dust come alive, swirling in a unique pattern of dance, a world that remained invisible in the absence of light. By night, the dull yellow of a street lamp can alter colors far from their original shade. Shadows elongate along dark pavement, and sometimes, even the familiar faces of friends can appear ghastly.

Photographers always stress the importance of light. We aim to use natural lighting when possible as it makes for richer, unaltered photos, but the wrong kind of weather or environment can cause light to be too dull or harsh, therefore making or breaking a shot in the hands of the inexperienced. When Mother Nature doesn’t feel like being generous with her infinite beauty, our team adds professional lighting to save the scene.

The photo below was taken at The Mountain Terrace in Woodside, home of giant, rich redwoods, creating a perfect opportunity to stage a fantastical forest scene. Some natural light does filter through the dense canopy. The picture was taken in the daytime when the most light could be captured for the area, but it is still too dark to highlight the facial expressions of the bride and groom.

Many details of the textured redwood trunks are also lost at the center focal point of the image. By applying a simple artificial light from the right, the natural sunlight from above becomes balanced. Skin tones glow healthy instead of appearing dull; the bride’s white dress, veil, and even hair ornament become prominent instead of receding into the background; and—more importantly—the joy on her face can be seen. Shooting the trees at an upward angle also shows off the filtration of sunlight through the forest and gives the bright green leaves a lacey effect—a balance of soft edges to the steadfastness and strength of the redwood trunks.

Natural light photo

professional light photo