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Vanessa + Alberto | Married! – Palm Event Center Wedding

We spent our Halloween shooting a fantastic wedding between Vanessa and Alberto. Vanessa got ready at the Rose Hotel, and the wedding was at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton.

It was a really fun day, although I must admit I was hoping to see someone show up to the reception dressed like a chicken or something. 🙂

Vanessa’s Mom Yolanda helping get the dress all sealed up:

Vanessa was a crazy beautiful bride:

My fav portrait of the day:

The girls:

This was a group of Men’s Men. They needed a shot that fit that:

I’m always a sucker for a cool door:

I loved this room, very dramatic. Also very dark! For you other photo geeks out there, it was ISO 3200 and either 1.4 or 1.2 the whole time.

I had the chance to shoot portraits in a vineyard in pitch black dark for the first time. It was pretty awesome!

The bling:

That’s Vanessa’s Dad Alberto during the toasts. Yes her Dad is also Alberto. So is her brother! Made it easy on me, when in doubt I’d just go with Alberto. 🙂

There were some pretty funny t(r)oasts:

Love these first dance shots!

It was quite the party, it was hard to narrow the fun shots down.

I think she was trying to steal her man away. 🙂

I think this is my personal favorite shot of the day. Yolanda and Alberto on the dance floor during “Baby Got Back”. Awesome.

Congratulations to Vanessa and Alberto. Thanks for sharing your day with us!!

Special thanks to Kiyomi and Lan who referred this wedding to us, and to my friend Josh Johnston who came out all the way from Illinois to shoot along with me! Vanessa and Alberto will get to see the great stuff he got too when they get their complete gallery. In the meantime keep an eye on his blog, and you may get the chance to see some of the killer shots he got that day a little sooner.


  • Linda Quihuiz - This is the best wedding i have ever been to and the whole thing was captured even better.

  • Vanessa Carrera - Clifford you did an absolutely amazing job! Alberto and I are so impressed with the photos, we can’t wait to see the rest. This was truly the best day of my life and you were able to capture so many special (and candid) moments. The vineyard shot looks awesome, but I think the topper is the “Baby Got Back” photo. Many thanks to you, your wife, and Josh for all of the hard work.

  • Yolanda Amezquita - F A B U L O S O ! These photos are timeless and I will cherish them forever.

  • Cliff - Thanks for the comments and compliments!! We had a great time!

  • » California Wedding: Vanessa + Alberto - […] I spent Halloween weekend in San Francisco with our friends Cliff and Malarie Brunk.  Cliff needed an extra photographer for an award gala on Saturday, but I tagged along for Vanessa’s and Alberto’s wedding on Friday as well.  Vanessa and the bridesmaids got ready at the Rose Hotel, and the wedding and reception took place at the Palm Event Center.  I had an awesome time shooting my first California wedding.  Check out some of my favorite images below as well as some of Cliff’s favorites at his blog. […]

  • monica pingol - awesome vineyard shot!!! and love that bulding corner shot! =) funny, we were at those same two venues that SAME weekend. small world! =)

    have a great thanksgiving, cliff!!!

    //ed & monica

  • loiuse almazan - srry i missed the wedding!!! great pics:) luv aunt loiuse

  • manus - i’ve shot at that location too. love the shots in the vinyard… the first dance shots are awesome.

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