09 Oct Mission Santa clara | rengstorff house wedding | K&D
Highlight photos of Kristine and Desmond’s Mission Santa Clara and Rengstorff House Wedding
I first met Kristine and Desmond at Arianne and Marcel’s wedding in Tahoe a couple of years back. They were guests then, but now that it was their time to get married they remembered me and reached out! It feels like just yesterday we were planning their coastal engagement session in San Luis Obispo, but the wedding has already come and they’ve been married for over a month!
The day started for me at Kristine’s house, where she, her family, and her bridesmaids were getting ready. It can be sweet to get ready for your wedding in your childhood home – to have your wedding dress hung amidst your family photos next to your favorite piano. For me as a photographer it’s always neat to see these little touches of a bride or groom’s life. I got to capture some details and Kristine finishing getting ready and putting on her regal dress and incredible cathedral veil.
We arrived at the Mission Santa Clara (where Kristine had done her Masters studies) long before the wedding ceremony was to begin. We took some family and bridal party portraits. Meanwhile, my trusty second shooter Hok was photographing Desmond, his groomsmen and family. Kristine and Desmond opted not to do a first look, but they instead did a first no-look. Meaning, they got together to talk and connect before the ceremony, but Desmond wasn’t allowed to see her. Kristine brought a letter he had written to her and read it during that time ( I wish more people would do this!). The ceremony was held in the beautiful historic Mission Santa Clara sanctuary, and was a mostly traditional mass interwoven with some more personal stories and thoughts. I loved catching little glimpses between K & D during the proceedings – they’d periodically smile and look at each other and I love it when people are connecting, even during a formal mass. After the ceremony we got a few more pictures, then headed over to Rengstorff House.
Rengstorff House in Shoreline Park was ready for us when we arrived. The guests were mingling and having appetizers while Kristine, Desmond and their family requested a few more photos in that space with the historic building. Afterwords, the dinner was held out on the lawn, and the weather was perfect. Toasts during dinner had everyone laughing and crying, myself included. During dinner we snuck in some magical sunset photos where Kristine and Desmond got to have a bit of a breather and just enjoy some time together.
Finally, with official events all done, they danced and partied the night away with their friends and family. Congratulations Kristine and Desmond! I wish you guys many years of concerts, dances, and board games together :D.
And so without further ado, the photos!