Robert and Melanie were married at the San Jose Mission on a stunningly beautiful day! The lavish reception followed at the Concannon Winery in Livermore, California. Robert and Melanie are a photographer’s dream couple: laid back, fun, respectful, thoughtful, and so very in love with each other! I photographed the wedding by myself, no assistant or second photographer.
I arrived at Melanie’s parent’s home early to photograph the flowers, dress, ring, shoes, other details and the bride’s “getting ready”. Once I arrived I began to scope out the location to see what textures, spaces, backgrounds and lighting I had to best capture the detail shots. It’s always challenging and yet fun to begin to piece it all together.
Kids are usually a big part of most wedding days and I really enjoy capturing their unique expressions and always wonder what they are really thinking.
Time had slipped away during Melanie’s “getting ready” part of the morning and now she would need to rush just to get to the ceremony on time. I captured this shot as Melanie’s dad helped her to the limo. We grabbed a quick shot of Melanie by the beautiful Rolls Royce in the middle of the street and she was on her way to the ceremony!
It was a full house for the ceremony at the San Jose Mission. You could feel the excitement in the air.
Videography was skillfully done by Burkart Studios.
After the ceremony we gathered everyone for this large panoramic group shot.
The reception at the Concannon Winery in Livermore, California was unique and beautiful. Of course one great advantage to having the wedding reception inside the winery’s giant barrel room was that no matter what the weather for the day shaped up to be the reception would be un effected. This makes for an ideal wedding venue! Melanie and Robert had looked extensively in the Bay Area for a suitable indoor reception venue at a winery but were having a hard time finding anything large enough for their near 300 guests – until they visited Concannon Winery in Livermore! The structure is very new and this is sure to be one of the best up and coming wedding venues in the Bay area, especially in Livermore.
That’s Roberts brother singing in the background! What a great personalized touch.
The bride’s father was a real pleasure to be around the whole day and as you can see wasn’t afraid to have a good time on the dance floor!
Fun was had by all. This wedding reception party tops my list!
Late into the reception this little cutie was still going entertained and lit by the light from her mom’s cell phone.
As for this little guy, I think he was ready to call it quits!
Timeless joy and pure emotion!
As the sun began to set we dashed outside for a quick sunset type shot. We didn’t have an un obstructed view of the horizon so we made the bet of what we did have!
A special thanks and congratulations to Robert and Melanie and the start of their new life together. Thank you for allowing me the place to capture so many great memories. Put each other’s needs first and things will only get better and better!
Family and friends you can view Robert and Melanie’s online gallery with all their wedding pictures here! The password is the couple’s last name!