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San Francisco Bay Area | Destination Wedding Photography

Some times life is just unpredictable. How I came to photograph Mindy and Greg’s wedding is an interesting story.

Mindy + Greg are so IN LOVE and so adorable! I met them while photographing my friend Carlos’s wedding at the Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar. During Carlos and Christine’s wedding, I made a quick snap shot of Mindy and Greg at their table. Mindy told her mom: “Mom, that’s the best photograph of me ever…i want Marc to photograph my wedding.” Thank you Mindy, Linda, Don, Greg, Bill and Sherri. ! It was so much fun spending the day with you and your families. You made Connie and I feel so comfortable. Linda and Don, thank you so much for putting us up in the swank Stanford Park Hotel.

Connie and I toured Stanford University the day after the wedding. Now i can say went to Stanford. I always wanted to be an Ivy Leaguer. LOL!!! If you haven’t gone to Stanford. GO! It was my second time there and the history of (founder, former CA governor and developer of the Trans American Rail Road,) Leland Stanford, his family and the Stanford campus is nothing short of amazing. Be sure to go to the free (world class) museum on campus with a ton of Rodin’s in their sculpture garden. So many that you’d think August attended Stanford. Connie and I took in an amazing photography exhibit contrasting Muybridge, Watkins, and Ansels’ Yosemite photographs. And without a doubt, I saw, what I believe to be the finest print ever by Ansel. The image is a landscape of Yosemite taken after the snow had fallen on the pines. The sharpness of the image and contrast between the deep blacks and the white snow was astonishing. Hat’s off to Ansel’s Zone printing system. I had no idea that Muybridge was a commissioned photographer to the Stanford’s or that he had photographed Yosemite. The Edward Muybridge, I know is famous for his photographic motion studies. E.M. was a passionate outdoors-man and rubbed elbows with aristocrats. I love learning new things!

The guy in the middle was a bit stiff but had really good jokes.Check out the moves on the flower girl below. Its all about her.Tears of joy for Mindy and a look of love from Greg.In case your wondering what venue? This is Greg’s family’s backyard.

For Part 2 of Mindy & Greg’s San Francisco Bay Area Wedding click here .

 

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Destination Wedding | San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographer

Part 2 of Mindy and Greg’s stylish Bay Area wedding. Let’s hit the tented reception and show some details, and some fabulous portraits. To see Part 1 hit the link.

 

For the photograph on the right, I asked Greg and Mindy how they felt about being a married couple. Not hard to guess what they were thinking.Stunning twilight for Mindy & Greg’s wedding portraits.These were the biggest scariest sparklers I’d ever seen used at a wedding. I was so afraid for Mindy that either her dress or hair would catch fire. Neither did. What a great photo opp.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Balboa Bay Club | Newport Beach Wedding Photography

As an Orange County wedding photographer, I love photographing cultural weddings! Vida and Z had an intimate and private Nikah with their immediate family and close friends. In keeping with their Islamic faith, certain traditions are performed during their Islamic wedding ceremony. For instance, the rubbing together of cones of sugar above their heads is a favorite ritual for me. This is done to keep their lives sweet. You’ll notice specific cultural items at their Nikah such as a mirror, sweets {which were all handmade by family members} and their Koran. It’s also part of the tradition for the man to give a type of dowry to his wife. Well, how’s a Rolls Royce and a 3 carat Harry Winston diamond?

Something Borrowed & Something New

When you meet Vida the first thing you notice is her smile and then you notice her rock! Oh my! Z and Vida’s glamorous Orange County wedding was held at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, with a reception for 350. In keeping with wedding tradition, Vida wore something new, her wedding dress from The White Dress in Corona Del Mar and her mother’s wedding dress was her something old. The Cake Studio produced one of the largest wedding cake I’ve ever seen in my life! It was for 350 wedding guests but I think it could have easily fed 600. Vida and Z’s wedding was also published in Ceremony magazine.

Balboa Bay Club | Newport Beach Wedding Photography

The Balboa Bay Club is one of my favorite places to photograph weddings in Newport Beach. There’s an abundance of space and lots of fantastic views. The Balboa Bay Club is many things at once: Located right on the causeway of Newport Harbor, its both a waterfront resort, a private club and its bar and restaurant are open to the public. The Balboa Bay Club has a great bar called the First Cabin to have a cocktail at. Heck John Wayne used to hang out there. The BBC has wonderful waterfront views and its a wonderful make gorgeous wedding photography at sunset.

Love Vida’s dress from The White Dress in Newport Beach.She wanted a Honda. But settled for a Rolls.Vida was so giddy she kept laughing throughout their couple’s session.

The Nikah – Wedding Tradition

Their Nikah a private Islamic wedding ceremony, included just very close friends and family. Their grandmother, pictured left, looked as if she just arrived in America.

Their ceremony was carried out in both Farsi and English. The Khutbah-tun-Nikah begins with the praise of Allah. Part of the tradition of the Nikah is the giving of a Mahr or gift to the bride. Kind of like a dowry. Part of Z’s Mahr was a diamond-encrusted Rolex, a Rolls Royce and a 3-carat diamond ring.
Many of the items on their Nikah table were very special to them. In front of the bride and groom are assorted items called Sufra which consists of fruits, candles,differentt kind of sweets, bread+cheese, rice, honey, and yogurt and other little things. The customary use of the mirror Mooh Dikhai also called “Aarsi Musshaf” has an interesting history. Mooh Dikhai is the ceremony of first time “showing of the face” after the Nikah. The couple see each other in the mirror and the bride unveils her face that she keeps hidden during the Nikah. In the olden days, a covering was placed over the bride and groom’s head and a mirror was placed on their laps. The couple would take a good look at each other for the first time. It is also said that the bride enters the room veiled. She then sits beside the bridegroom and removes her veil from her face. The first thing that the bridegroom sees in the mirror is the reflection of his wife-to-be.Their Qur’an was specially made for their Nikah.During their wedding ceremony, 2 hardened sugar cones are rubbed together over a fine silk cloth to symbolize a sweet life.Praising Allah.Most of the sweets were hand-made by family members.The Grand Ballroom at the Balboa Bay Club. The flower arrangements were prepared by Ed Bellingeri Design and Wildflower Linens supplied the gorgeous chair covers and table linens.The chairs almost throne-like are traditionally used for the Valime or Walima: A party and dinner given by the groom’s family for friends and family after the Nikah.

A wonderful candlelit grand entrance.An amazing cake that looked like it could have served 500 people even though there were only 350 in attendance.

Newport Beach Wedding Photography & Beverly Hills Wedding Contact Info
The Balboa Bay Club & Resort | 1221 West Coast Highway Newport Beach, CA 92663 | 888-705-5427
Harry Winston {diamonds} | 310 North Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210-5106 | 310-271-8554
The Cake Studio | Serving Southern California Weddings | 714.964.7338

P.S. I love wedding cake. We were so busy photographing that I didn’t get to taste this one. So sad. Lately, I’ve been fascinated with the cupcake trend at weddings. I love cupcakes too! Especially coconut and lemon are two of my favorite flavors. I’m also a sucker for real buttercream! I could probably live off of sweets. Truth is I’m a very healthy eater and run and lift weights like 3-4 times a week.

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Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

San Juan Capistrano Engagement Photography

Part 1 The Mission

This is a lovely, relaxed, fun, engagement session I photographed for Jennifer & Steve at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. What’s phenomenal about photographing at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano is the Mission architectural design {an abundance of roof line overhangs,} which creates a wonderful soft and diffused light source all day long. That coupled with the gorgeous backdrop of textured Tuscan/Spanish pastels colored plaster walls, repeating red brick columns, chunky adobe brick and an inner and outer courtyards, well you just can’t go wrong photographing here.


I pride myself on my photographic skills. No special effects here for the sky. Just the correct exposure.

After the Mission we headed down to Laguna Beach to catch a pizza and the sunset at the Montage Resort & Spa for Part 2 Jenn & Steve’s engagement session. Really looking forward to photographing Jenn and Steve’s wedding at the Ritz Carlton next month.

To see Jennifer & Steve’s Engagement Session at the the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach click here.
To see Jennifer & Steve’s Ritz Carlton Wedding click here.

Orange County Wedding Photography Venue Contact Info
Mission SJC 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 949- 234-1300
Ritz Carlton, One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629 949- 240-2000

View my Wedding Portfolio

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Zoo Mars Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano

This e-session with Karin + Justin was smok’n hot. Karin found me on the web, and about a year before this, she commissioned our studio to photograph her e-party, an authentic [candle lit] Chinese banquet in the San Fernando Valley. Karin + Justin will be wed at Justin’s dad’s house…okay it’s an estate, on Mullholand in Beverly Hills.

San Juan Capistrano is an Amazing area for Engagement Sessions

This was a super fun engagement session with Karin & Justin in San Juan Capistrano at Zoo Mars Petting Zoo in the Los Rios district. If you’re looking for an amazingly good time and a gorgeous area to do your engagement photography this is the place. You could even dovetail it with some time at the Mission San Juan Capistrano right down the street. You can see a few sessions at the Mission here and here. We had an awesome time at the petting zoo in SJC, then moved on to have lunch and a bottle of Chardonnay. After lunch we hit the streets again for more fun and photos.

To visit Karin & Justin’s Beverly Hills Wedding cick here.

Orange County Wedding Photography Venue Contact Info
Zoo Mars 31791 Los Rios St, San Juan Cpstrno, CA 92675-3113 949-831-6550

View my Wedding Portfolio

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

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