29 Nov Saratoga Wedding | Kirsti and Doug
Kirsti and Doug’s wedding incorporated some of the iconic locations in Saratoga, CA, where they grew up. Kirsti got ready at the Inn at Saratoga, downtown. The wedding ceremony itself was held at Saratoga Federated Church where Kirsti’s parents met and married, so it was a sentimental spot and centrally located. Incidentally, my husband Sean’s family went there and he used to work there when we met, so it was sentimental for me to shoot there as well! Finally, the reception was at the Saratoga Country Club. which the couple felt was a good way to honor Kirsti’s grandfather who designed the building and had passed earlier this year.
Getting ready at the Inn at Saratoga included Kirsti, her bridesmaids, her mom and other family members. I tried to stay out of the way of the hustle and bustle while capturing those fun moments of preparation and anticipation. My second shooter Hok, meanwhile, hung out with the guys. It wasn’t long before it was time for the first look at the local park. We didn’t have a ton of time, but I’m so glad Kirsti and Doug took this moment to spend together.
Then, of course, it was off to the church! We got there early with plenty of time for guests to arrive, so we snagged a couple quick portraits of Kirsti while everyone was meeting and greeting and finding their seats. Finally, Kirsti walked in, Doug met her at the altar, and they did the thing and got hitched. As an aside, church weddings are in a lot of ways similar to our door weddings, but there are some ways in which they are distinctly their own thing. There are usually more restrictions on where you can go and how you can photograph, and the whole event is a mixture of solemnity and joy.
After the ceremony and the requisite group portraits, we had only a brief few minutes for portraits of the bride and groom. We used a lovely chapel at the church that had some really pretty light and got some gorgeous images in a short amount of time. Then, it was time for the reception! Everyone was ready to let loose at this point – the food was eaten, toasts were said, and dances were had. But now I’ve written a lot and I’m sure you’re all ready to see the moments of love and joy from the big day, so I’ll just say one last – Congratulations you guys! – and leave you to the photos :D.
Flowers: The Wild Geranium
Video: Weddings and Motion
DJ: Los Gatos DJ