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I met Carlos & Rebecca at the Bliss Wedding fair last year.
They already knew what they wanted. I heart that kind of self-assuredness.
Their vision for their day was to have a modern wedding with pops of color & surprises.
They had already booked their venue, the spacious Winery SF.
Sitting on Treasure Island, the quirky neighbor of the metropolitan San Francisco, Winery SF has stunning backdrops of the Bay Bridge and the Downtown San Francisco skyline.
Hashtag yes to existing decor!

Their close friend officiated their ceremony.
His anecdotes of Carlos & Rebecca’s travels, of Carlos’ love for movies, and of Rebecca’s adoration for her niece and nephew endeared me to this couple more and more.
I get the “is-this-real-life?!” privilege of sitting in on these stories with my camera almost every weekend during wedding season.I still cry with almost every bride that walks down the aisle.
(I’m always like, “Praise, get it together” and “Praise, you have the best job ever”) And it was no different with this one.When this stunning bride pulled in with the Delorean (how can you not hear, “where we’re going, we don’t need roads” haha), my eyes watered.
I turned to Carlos and his eyes were moist too.
Gosh, weddings – they are the bestest.

Bride seeing herself for the first time San Francisco

Wedding rings on handlettered card

First look in San Francisco along the EmbarcaderoFirst look in San Francisco along the EmbarcaderoFirst look in San Francisco along the Embarcadero

Portraits at Treasure Island with San Francisco in the backgroundPortraits at Treasure Island with San Francisco in the background in the Bay Area DeloreanPortraits at Treasure Island with San Francisco in the background in the Bay Area Delorean

BRide enters ceremony on Bay Area DeloreanBRide enters ceremony on Bay Area DeloreanBRide enters ceremony on Bay Area Delorean

Bride and Groom on Treasure Island with the Bay Bridge in the background

Bride and Groom on Treasure Island with the Bay Bridge first kiss in the background

Bride and Groom on Treasure Island with the Bay Bridge in the background - they did it!

Reception at Winery SF

Modern, colorful name cards at Reception at Sf Winery

Reception at SF WineryReception at SF WineryReception at Winery SF

Reception at SF Winery

Reception at SF WineryReception at SF WineryReception at SF Winery

Bride and Groom's Modern Wedding Treasure Island with San Francisco in the background

Photographer: Praise Santos, ComePlum
Coordinator: iEmaginate
Venue: The Winery SF
Makeup: Janesa Simmons Beauty
Hair: Brooke Zingarelli
Car: Bay Area DeLorean Rental
Caterer: Hugh Groman Catering
Florist: Huyen Flowers
DJ: Ryan Stubbs
Hotel: Hotel Griffon

p.s. Another dynamic of being a wedding vendor is being aware of anxiety and learning creative tactics to ease it. Reading Rebecca’s review of her modern wedding day, I smiled at her kind words about my team’s (hollah to my bomb second-shooter Joseph Ilustrisimo!) DJ/emotional intelligence skills, “As we drove from our first look photos to the ceremony site, they calmed our nerves by blasting our favorite pump up music in the car – K-Pop! It was perfect and they took song requests!”

K-Pop. Photographer friends, make sure to pack that one in your kit.

I met Carlos & Rebecca at the Bliss Wedding fair last year.
They already knew what they wanted. I heart that kind of self-assuredness.
Their vision for their day was to have a modern wedding with pops of color & surprises.
They had already booked their venue, the spacious Winery SF.
Sitting on Treasure Island, the quirky neighbor of the metropolitan San Francisco, Winery SF has stunning backdrops of the Bay Bridge and the Downtown San Francisco skyline.
Hashtag yes to existing decor!

Their close friend officiated their ceremony.
His anecdotes of Carlos & Rebecca’s travels, of Carlos’ love for movies, and of Rebecca’s adoration for her niece and nephew endeared me to this couple more and more.
I get the “is-this-real-life?!” privilege of sitting in on these stories with my camera almost every weekend during wedding season.I still cry with almost every bride that walks down the aisle.
(I’m always like, “Praise, get it together” and “Praise, you have the best job ever”) And it was no different with this one.When this stunning bride pulled in with the Delorean (how can you not hear, “where we’re going, we don’t need roads” haha), my eyes watered.
I turned to Carlos and his eyes were moist too.
Gosh, weddings – they are the bestest.

Bride seeing herself for the first time San Francisco

Wedding rings on handlettered card

First look in San Francisco along the EmbarcaderoFirst look in San Francisco along the EmbarcaderoFirst look in San Francisco along the Embarcadero

Portraits at Treasure Island with San Francisco in the backgroundPortraits at Treasure Island with San Francisco in the background in the Bay Area DeloreanPortraits at Treasure Island with San Francisco in the background in the Bay Area Delorean

BRide enters ceremony on Bay Area DeloreanBRide enters ceremony on Bay Area DeloreanBRide enters ceremony on Bay Area Delorean

Bride and Groom on Treasure Island with the Bay Bridge in the background

Bride and Groom on Treasure Island with the Bay Bridge first kiss in the background

Bride and Groom on Treasure Island with the Bay Bridge in the background - they did it!

Reception at Winery SF

Modern, colorful name cards at Reception at Sf Winery

Reception at SF WineryReception at SF WineryReception at Winery SF

Reception at SF Winery

Reception at SF WineryReception at SF WineryReception at SF Winery

Bride and Groom's Modern Wedding Treasure Island with San Francisco in the background

Photographer: Praise Santos, ComePlum
Coordinator: iEmaginate
Venue: The Winery SF
Makeup: Janesa Simmons Beauty
Hair: Brooke Zingarelli
Car: Bay Area DeLorean Rental
Caterer: Hugh Groman Catering
Florist: Huyen Flowers
DJ: Ryan Stubbs
Hotel: Hotel Griffon

p.s. Another dynamic of being a wedding vendor is being aware of anxiety and learning creative tactics to ease it. Reading Rebecca’s review of her modern wedding day, I smiled at her kind words about my team’s (hollah to my bomb second-shooter Joseph Ilustrisimo!) DJ/emotional intelligence skills, “As we drove from our first look photos to the ceremony site, they calmed our nerves by blasting our favorite pump up music in the car – K-Pop! It was perfect and they took song requests!”

K-Pop. Photographer friends, make sure to pack that one in your kit.

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