Salma and Jamal are getting married today and we couldn’t be more excited for them! We weren’t available to shoot their wedding this evening, but I was able to spend a few hours with them around San Francisco for their engagement session last week. Congrats, Salma & Jamal!
We started off at the Palace of Fine Arts…I’d never shot here before, but dang! It’s beautiful, despite the cloudy day.
It was windy and pretty cold at Palace of Fine Arts, but a few blocks away, Crissy Field was bright, sunny, and warm. Oh, San Francisco weather, you’re such a tease!
Catherine and Aaron are two of the most kind-hearted people we know. Their love for each other and faith in God was so apparent and abundant, and it was such an honor to witness their first moments as husband and wife.
Cat & Aaron, thank you so much for trusting us to be a part of your big day!
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Kate is a senior at UC Davis, and she asked us to take photos of her around the Arboretum there. We had a great time walking around, basking in the sun, and Kate can work the camera! I love how the color of her dress really pops out against the greenery. Here’s a quick look into her session!
The first time Soraia and I talked on the phone, I didn’t expect to talk to her for over an hour about everything from our obsession with Pinterest to her love for all things Tiffany blue. She educated me on the most important parts of a Middle Eastern engagement ceremony and told me how she met Ali…and in between, we laughed hysterically about that Kim Kardashian/Shamu meme. When we hung up, Chris said it was like I was talking to an old friend, rather than someone I had met (via text!) a couple of days before. What can I say, there are just some people you connect with like that! :)
In their culture, Soraia and Ali weren’t considered engaged until this very ceremony– someone from both sides stands up and states their intentions, then the ring is presented to the fiancee-to-be (yes, in front of everyone!!). It was such an honor to witness something that usually only family and close friends get to see, and an even greater honor that Soraia and Ali chose us to capture their ceremony.
Soraia and Ali, congratulations! We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you both!
The ahhh-mazing dessert table styled by Carol at Petite Pomme Design, with goodies baked by Kitty Wong Pastry Shop, in all its Tiffany blue glory!
Here comes the ring…
I think Soraia is pleased :) Ali did a GREAT job…the ring is gorgeous!
Afterwards, Ali’s family gave Soraia jewelry to welcome her to the family. Love the look on Ali’s dad’s face here…
…and Ali’s reaction to his dad putting a ring on his new fiancee!
Hugs from her mom…