Sandra has been a dear friend since high school. Our lives have taken us different places over the last 15 years and though we might not see each other all the time, when we do, it’s like no time has passed! When Sandra and Julio got engaged, I had an immediate feeling of “yes!” I am sure there were people that said, “well, about time” (does that comment annoy you as much as it does me?!) but I know that these two have taken their time in life, made smart decisions and have truly built a strong, lasting partnership. I am so happy to have been able to capture their engagement. As much as we celebrate weddings, taking a moment to celebrate being engaged is sometimes just as important! This is the time when there are endless emails with your vendors, decisions on color palette, theme and how many guests to invite and money flying out the door faster than anyone can imagine! I love to encourage couples to bask in the engaged glow and savor this time together before they enter into married life.

I am always searching for new shoot locations and even though I have photographed many times in the Presidio and on the beaches of San Francisco, this shoot was all new territory! Sandra prioritizes her health and being as active as possible, so when I suggested a beach that is a .5 mile hike downhill, I knew she would be up for it! I don’t think I anticipated how hard the trek would be with all my gear but it was well worth it!  We couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque day and were rewarded with a beautiful golden sunset.

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Cheers to 2017! Another wedding season in the books and I couldn’t feel more ready to head into 2018! This past season saw new and unique venues, a few intense heatwaves, the prettiest gowns and some of the sweetest, most memorable couples I have ever worked with.  I can’t thank my amazing clients enough for being so great. I truly love and cherish each experience and relationship I create with my couples, families and vendors. This job can be exhausting, stressful and even sometimes isolating. But it is most of all exciting, inspirational and incredibly fulfilling. I think I teared up more in 2017 listening to the vows or watching the first dances than ever before. I laughed A LOT with my couples, busted a move or two on the dance floor and had way too many bites of wedding cake. It is hard to truly sum up how I feel in one blog post, but perhaps the best word is grateful.

What does 2018 look like? At the end of each season, I tend to take a few weeks and shut off my brain to work. I don’t update my blog or spend much time on social media. I really just breathe and reflect on the past season. How did it go? What brought me the most joy and how can I replicate that next season? Sometimes these questions are easily answered and other times I need to take a little more time to discover how I want to embrace the new year. It is only a few weeks into 2018 and I am already starting to get pumped for the weddings I have on the books! With a few more months of calm and a SoCal road trip, I know I will feel jazzed for spring wedding season!

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I couldn’t be more thrilled with Alexis and Zac being my very first San Francisco wedding! I photograph in the city all the time but it is mostly engagement and family sessions. I have always loved the various backdrops this beautiful city by the bay has to offer and was so excited to have something totally different highlighted in my wedding portfolio. There is certainly a challenge to photographing in the city; parking, lighting, space for formal portraits and traffic are all part of the challenge. But with this gorgeous downtown Olympic Club wedding, most of the potential problems were no issue at all!

The Olympic Club holds a special place for this couple. Zac is a waterpolo player and his family are members of this elite club. When I visited the club with Alexis and Zac before their wedding, I was enchanted by the art deco details, large spaces and tall ceilings. Perfect spot for an elegant evening affair. Probably my favorite part of this venue was the rooftop deck that was just magical for portraits. I couldn’t wait to get Alexis and Zac up here after their ceremony to capture those last minute romantic portraits!

Venue: Olympic Club San Francisco // Planner: Crystal of Coast to Coast Coordination // Photography: Caitlin O’Reilly Photography // Caterer: Olympic Club // Florals: Kay Wolff // DJ: Larry with Extreme Productions // Cake: Bala the Cakemaker // Hair/Makeup: Kelly & Victoria Trono // Wedding Gown: Ramona Kaveza // Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren // Invitation: Alana Cutler

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