Old Whaling Station Monterey Wedding

“There are no speed restrictors on merry-go-rounds at U.S. Military Bases” Father of The Bride.

Friends, family and members of the finest military in the world came from all over for this beautiful-energetic wedding at Monterey’s Old Whaling Station – a great fit for U.S. Naval Officers & the like!

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Bridesmaids – I still laugh when I look at this shot. It was absolutely their idea & really fit their personalities perfectly. Easily one of my favorite shots of the year. As any photographer knows, it doesn’t always work when you try to recreate a famous photo, it just doesn’t. In this case, it did & it was damn funny;) – a ridiculously fun, love-filled day!

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The guys were excited to spend an important day with good friends & family. The spirit in the air was felt by all who attended this great wedding.

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There were times throughout the day when the bride & groom remembered those who could not be with them on this special day. This served as a theme, ever-present during the entire day – I’ll never forget having witnessed it;).

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Never pass up a good meal – hilarious!

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This is why you get married in California in the Fall: empty beaches, warm offshore winds, light traffic – it’s perfect!

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Too neat for words;) Congratulations!

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Again, giving credit where credit is due, their idea;) I’ve never understood why some wedding photographers take themselves so seriously. I do not take myself, or my work too seriously & it always helps to make the day better for the couple, always. With that said, I see no reason why a photographer can’t do beautiful work, as well as something that’s just plain fun;)

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The happy couple continued to have a great night well into the wee hours of the morning. Monterey’s Old Whaling Station was the perfect venue for this awesome Naval wedding. It was the right blend of; tradition, fun, love & sincerity. A great time was had by all.

Ahwahnee Hotel Wedding

I was fortunate to be chosen by a wonderful couple to photograph their intimate wedding at the unrivaled Ahwahnee Hotel in California’s Yosemite Valley. Fortunate is the operative word here. Anyone that has ever been to the Yosemite Valley is lucky;) Words can not accurately describe the beauty. The scale of the valley walls, majestic California Black Oaks, Ponderosa Pines & other natural wonders don’t register until you see someone walk out across a meadow, dwarfed by a granite wall beyond.

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The historic Ahwahnee Hotel sits in the middle of all this. It is the quintessential lodge: an incredible facade made of large boulders, beams from pine trees (that look like they are the complete tree) brace expanses bookended by walk-in fireplaces on both sides of the great hall. 20 foot high windows frame picture-perfect views of Yosemite Falls & Glacier Point. The Ahwahnee has played host to Queens & Presidents since it’s opening in 1927. It simply has to be seen to be believed.

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The ladies looked great, pastel accents matched the natural tones throughout the Valley.

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The guys were lookin’ good as well. Ready to have a fun, meaningful day surrounded by close friends and family;)

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Too fun. Beautiful smiles all around.

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Hilarious!

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An awesome entrance.

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The ceremony site at the Ahwahnee Hotel is set in a meadow about 100 yards off the Solarium. Yosemite Falls is framed perfectly beyond. The late afternoon light was absolutely perfect – a really gorgeous day;)

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A private moment for the happy couple. Gorgeous weather, gorgeous day & a gorgeous couple embarking on their new life together. Pretty awesome.

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Overall the wedding was a huge success. The staff at the Ahwahnee did a great job of make sure everything went off without a hitch. If you’re thinking about getting married in Yosemite, I’m sure there’s many ways you can go. Definitely having your wedding at the Ahwahnee Hotel should be at the top of the list!