I got an email from David while I was in Mongolia asking if I was available for a wedding later that year back in San Francisco. So I did the natural thing and gave him a call when he and his fiancée were free at 8 pm, which just so happened to be 4 am my time (the night before I was leaving for a week long road trip into the Gobi Desert). So there I was outside my guest house just before dawn getting to know David. I usually get clients who sound excited to work with me, but David sounded REALLY excited, which actually made me a little nervous. “Why?” came to mind, and he said all the right thing. I couldn’t ask for more from a client when they tell me exactly what they see in my work and it matches what I try to convey. +1 for David. I agreed and told them I’d send out a contract when I was back, if I don’t die in the desert.
Flash forward to that fall and I meet David and Daphne for the first time at their rehearsal dinner. Before I took my first photograph that night, we toasted with a glass of whiskey. What an awesome couple.
The next morning, I met up with David and his groomsmen at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA. David was all ready to get ready, until he realized that his suit was not in the room. So Dad came to the rescue and took off to their apartment just a few blocks away to retrieve it. And what a pimpin’ suit it was. Top to bottom velvet with a vibrant feather pattern on the inside of the jacket. Damn, I wish I could pull that off.
Back at the apartment, Daphne was so nonchalant about the whole affair (in the best way). Already in her dress (completely non-traditional and utterly perfect for the occasion), she offered me a drink and we captured some moments of her setting some final decor details in order with her mom and sister. We moved to the rooftop where David met us for the first look.
From there, we moved to the SF Museum of Modern Art (card-carrying members) to do our shoot there. With her dress, Daphne fit right into all the contemporary art and we actually incorporated that into a shot of David sitting on the bench looking at his bride-to-be. Shooting right up until the closing time of 5 pm, we took a casual stroll through the Yerba Buena center and finished off with one of my favorite shots outside the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Still within walking distance, we did a quick family shoot at the Palace Hotel and then headed over to the Mourad restaurant where the rest of the evening would take place.
Going with the non-traditional theme of the day, the couple married at one end of the restaurant in the most casual of manner. Simple and beautiful. Incredible Moroccan cuisine, tasty drinks and speeches rounded a warm evening amongst friends and family.