D and S are adventurous souls; it was only natural that they would have a romantic, adventurous wedding in Alameda, Ca, their home town. For now. In less than two weeks after getting married, they are moving to China to begin their new lives together. The two met while S was studying law in California, but lived apart for more than a year when her program ended and she had return to China. Every day they were apart, D called S first thing in the morning for a chat before he went off to work (and she went to sleep), and the couple spoke again before D went to bed (and S left for work). Now they wish to no longer spend another day apart!
The pair had a clear vision of what they wanted for their wedding photography: A series of portraits taken in their favorite locations in Alameda. I followed them through peaceful, historic neighborhoods full of resplendent Victorian homes to their first stop, Alameda town hall.
However, once we parked our cars and walked over, a surprise was waiting for us that put a serious snafu in their plans: there was a festival going on right in front of City Hall, blocking the entire building from view. A group of Mexican dancers performed for the crowd, skirts swirling in unison. D+S looked at each other and laughed. We carried on with our plan, working around (and with) the festival. All part of the romantic, adventurous wedding in Alameda, Ca.
Next, we traveled to their favorite palm-tree lined street, a ubiquitous sight in Los Angeles, but a rare and precious thing in Northern California. Passing cars and pedestrians honked and called out well-wishes to the couple as they danced in the middle of the street.
The honking and joyful comments continued as we moved on to Crowne Park to D + S’s favorite copse of trees. The weather suddenly shifted, and a brisk wind swept the area as the sun started to poke through the clouds. Gusts of wind played along the edges of S’s wedding veil, which made for some great moments in their wedding photography.
We moved on to the more industrial areas of Alameda, the streets grew wider and empty of all traffic, which was both peaceful and eerie. We found a wonderful spot to create wedding portraits with a San Francisco city view in the background, something the couple specifically wanted to remind them of their time here in the Bay Area.
Lastly, the two asked for a quick visit to the loading docks, where they opted to clown around a bit before settling in for some traditional wedding portraits with a view of the shipping cranes behind them, a view they both cherish.
After a short ceremony, the couple celebrated with an intimate group of family and friends and lots of great Italian food. D’s best man and another friend (who also officiated) gave moving toasts about what a wonderful friend D had been to them, and they were able to get the crowd laughing, without saying anything disparaging, much to their credit.
The day ended with a gorgeous, jewel-studded cake, and dancing. Watching the couple together on the dance floor, it was obvious how much fun they have together.
D+S, it was so wonderful to be a part of your romantic, adventurous wedding in Alameda, Ca. Wishing you all the best as you embark on a new adventure in China! As my young assistant said, you are so lovely together, and this is a marriage that will bring you both much joy throughout your lives. 祝福 Zhùfú!
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