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We recently had the wonderful opportunity to travel to the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii with Karen and Tony for their wedding at theTurtle Bay Resort.  We knew Tony through a mutual friend, and were thrilled to get to know Karen through the process.  They live in San Francisco, and most of Tony’s family lives in Korea, so Hawaii was the perfect place to meet up to celebrate!  We’ve travelled to Hawaii several times on vacation on our own, and Malarie spent all her childhood Summers there in her youth with her grandparents, (Lucky! I was sweating it out in Arizona) so we jumped at the chance to shoot there.  We photographed them for three days, the first day being the Paebaek Ceremony to honor Tony’s Korean heritage.

 

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The Hanbok (Karen) and Gwanbok (Tony) might be my favorite ceremonial attire, so ornate and dramatic.
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Tony had an emotional moment during the ceremony with his parents.Turtle_Bay_Oahu_Wedding_Photographer-0011

This part of the ceremony the family throws dates and chestnuts into a part of the Hanbok, and however many are caught is how many children they’ll have.  I think the total was somewhere in the 30’s, so they’d better get busy.:-)

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Tony had to perform a feat of strength to show his marriage worthiness. He looks pretty comfy here, so I’d say he passes.Turtle_Bay_Oahu_Wedding_Photographer-0014Turtle_Bay_Oahu_Wedding_Photographer-0015Turtle_Bay_Oahu_Wedding_Photographer-0016Turtle_Bay_Oahu_Wedding_Photographer-0017

Can’t wait to share day 2 very soon!

We’ve been looking forward to sharing this wedding for a while now, as it combined so many of our favorite elements.  Colleen + Dane were so open and expressive, the venues were both ends of the spectrum, classic and modern SF while both being a bit larger than life, and they know how to party!

We started things off at the Olympic Club in SF.

They didn’t see each other beforehand, so this was Colleen’s first peek around the corner to see Dane for the first time that day.

It’s not often you find someone who laughs with such enthusiasm as Colleen, and as you’ll see, it happened frequently this day.:-)

I caught them practicing for their first dance while waiting to be announced.

 

Thanks so much for having us along!

Cliff

So happy to be posting one of our favorite weddings from this past season, Irene + Devon’s wedding at the spectacular Anvil Ranch near Healdsburg.  Irene is the sister of Arthur, half of one of our favorite couples from a few years back, Janisha +  Arthur.  It’s always great when families pass us around, but particularly so when the families are as memorable as these.  We felt like adopted family members at Janisha and Arthur’s wedding, and we picked up right where we left off with Irene and Devon.

Irene’s father prepared a very touching toast, more of a poem really, and there wasn’t a dry eye to be found.

When the conditions and timing are right I love nothing more than a night portrait, thanks for following me into the dark for a few minutes and having faith it would be worth it to make this one happen.:-)

We’re so happy we were able to share this day with you, thank you for your trust!

Cliff