The beautiful wedding of Gaby and Ryan Tan cultivated the highest level of sophistication and class. The ceremony and reception came together at The Westin St. Francis in scenic San Francisco. The intimate celebration included forty of the couples dearest friends and family. Both Gabriela and Ryan had impeccable style; the bride in Vera Wang, the groom in Ralph Lauren Black Label. The immaculate attention to detail by Green Lily Weddings glistened in the gilded elements present throughout the nuptials and reception. Floral designer Fleur*t, arranged a soft array of ranunculus, hydrangeas, and roses adding to the air of romance.
Photography: Catherine Hall Studios | Consulting: Green Lily Weddings | Venue: The Westin Saint Francis, San Francisco | Rehearsal Cocktail Hour: Barrique | Cake: Cakework | Ceremony Musicians: Synchronicity Strings | Entertainer/ DJ: Celeste Lear | Catering/CSD Administrative Assistant : The Westin St. Francis | Florist: Fleur*t | Hair & Makeup: Mimi & Taylor Salon, Thi Cosmetics | Gown: Vera Wang | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaid Gowns: Priscilla of Boston | Formalwear: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Invitations: Hello & Co. | Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Patricia | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Cake Linens: Napa Valley Linens
The gorgeous scenery, the exotic unfamiliarity, the myriad of colors and details offered by the natural surroundings all make a destination wedding a dream for any photographer. I’m ecstatic that one of my favorite wedding resources, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons – the definitive guide to weddings away from home – has included me in its A-List of top wedding photographers. Along with esteemed colleagues such as Elizabeth Messina, Mike Colon and Kenny Kim, Catherine Hall Studios is also featured on the magazine’s website. Thank you, Susan and Diane!
My photography of Angela and Jeremy Webster’s gorgeous beach wedding at Lake Tahoe is featured in the June Summer Beach issue of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons. The wedding, held at the beautiful Fairwinds Estate, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, was attended by 110 guests from Taiwan, Japan, Canada and all over the U.S. Stephanie Anderson of One Fine Day was the creative genius planner and Sara Spurlock of Bellissima Floral crafted exquisite floral designs of fresh bursts of yellow, white and green.
Saying “I do” might be a traditional rite of passage, but Tara and Travis’s wedding was anything but. Held amid the vast nothingness of sandscapes at Burning Man, my fellow photographer Tara Arrowood said an emphatic “I do” to her cowboy, Travis Pynn. And I was there to capture it all – their joining of hands under the 40-feet-tall Bliss Dance, a 7,000-pound translucent steel sculpture of a meshed-skin female dancer; the colorful guests clad in a mix of bohemian, hippy and cowboy chic outfits. Jonathan and Linnae Asiel’s inventive artistry created an edgy yet consummate reception crafted with blossoming succulents of dark and pale colors, old-world snuff bottles, ragged ropes with an air of European sensuality meshed with cowboy punk.
As a Burning Man veteran and a photographer, I had a great time documenting the desert celebration. Every shot was bursting with eclectic details and a depth of emotions enhanced by the vintage/retro theme. Burning Man is all about living life the way you want to and affirming your identity through art, expression and authenticity, and I couldn’t think of a better way for two dynamic spirits such as Tara and Travis to begin their lifelong journey together than on the playa with the citizens of Black Rock City as their witnesses. Tara and Travis, thank you for inviting me to be a crucial part of your love. I am honored to share my images of their extraordinary celebration here and in the pages of Today’s Bride.