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Jaron & Andi | San Francisco Wedding Photography

It's always so much fun to shoot with friends, and Jaron (who got me on a helicopter) and Andi (his gorgeous bride-to-be) were no exception! These images are some of my most favorite to date. It's not often that I have couples that want to shoot their engagement session during sunrise (this is the second one, ever). A little back story: we were actually scheduled to shoot their engagement photos the day before but had to be a bit more flexible due to missed flight connections. So we decided - a sunrise session it would be. After enjoying the sunrise over at Bernal Heights Hill, we stopped by a few other favorite locations (Ghirardelli Square) and decided to head home to spend some QT with their adorable fur child, Wesley! Their ear-to-ear grins are infectious and I'm so excited for their fall wedding next year! 

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lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session
lauren jonas san francisco destination film wedding photographer engagement session

San Francisco by Helicopter | California Aerial Photography

Anyone who knows me well knows I'm passionate about travel, and working as a destination wedding photographer offers so many great opportunities to see (and shoot) new places with fresh perspectives. In San Francisco this summer, my sweet friend Jaron Schneider pulled some strings (read: begged Toby Harriman) to get me into an empty seat on a helicopter - we had such a blast - Jaron shot video, while I took stills flying high over the city by the bay. Special shout out to AV Connections for making it happen! I absolutely love California, and can't wait for my next visit! 

Laura & Elliot | Santa Clara Wedding | California Wedding Photography

 

I get to shoot in some pretty fabulous locations as a destination wedding photographer, and love every minute of it. Northern California is a magical place, so it's no surprise that cuties Laura and Elliot came to college, fell in love, and got married here! The combination of ancient trees and Mission-style architecture (not to mention wine country proximity) made for a dreamy natural setting to celebrate their new life together.

Having met as freshmen at Santa Clara, they went on their first date as seniors and have been inseparable ever since. In a nod to their history, the traditional ceremony was held at Mission Santa Clara, with a reception at nearby Saratoga Springs. One of the couple's favorite pastimes is camping together, and it showed in the unique woodland vibe at the reception. Their sweet 10 year old pup Sadie stole the show with her festive leaf lei, and we even got a visit from a turtle! There were some adorable details; the paper heart garland, and a rustic cake (with an American flag inside of course). Everyone had a blast dancing under the twinkling lights and evergreen canopy late into the evening - this happy bunch was a joy to capture, and the scenery has me already planning my next trip to California!