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Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show ~ San Francisco Event Photography ~

So pleased to have been a sponsor at the Gay Vanity Wedding Show in San Francisco.

Last Sunday, Feb 9th, 2014, Sullivan Botello Events was proud to produce the first-San Francisco’s Gay and Lesbian Wedding Show, a fun-filled and informative amazing day full of ideas and inspiration for the perfect big wedding day. Aisles of booths and gallery exhibitors created to provide gays, lesbians and their friends and families with all the essential information they need to navigate into their dream wedding.  ~ Sullivan Botello

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Sullivan Botello’s Gay Vanity Wedding Show

 

Blog by Misti Layne

Backyard Weddings ~ San Francisco Wedding Photography ~

I’m a total San Francisco city dweller.  What is a backyard?  But this wedding was held in the backyard of a wonderful couple for their daughter and new daughter-in-law and was fabulous!  The details screamed Restoration Hardware and everything so warm, inviting and unique.  The team on this wedding was Woodland’s Floral by Catherine, Insalata Catering with Chris Engel (who makes an absolutly AMAZING taramasalata) and A Memorable Event by Ceil Mangelli who oversaw the details.  I am so happy and honored to be a part of this wonderful couple’s day.

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography (1)

Backyard Wedding with Restoration Hardware Details

 

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography (2)

Backyard Wedding with Restoration Hardware Details

 

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography (3)

Backyard Wedding with Restoration Hardware Details

 

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography (4)

Backyard Wedding with Restoration Hardware Details

 

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography (5)

Backyard Wedding with Restoration Hardware Details

 

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography (6)

Backyard Wedding with Restoration Hardware Details

 

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography (7)

Backyard Wedding with Restoration Hardware Details

 

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography (8)

Backyard Wedding with Restoration Hardware Details

 

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography (9)

Backyard Wedding with Restoration Hardware Details

 

Photojournalistic Wedding Photography (10)

Backyard Wedding with Restoration Hardware Details

 

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Backyard Wedding with Restoration Hardware Details

 

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Backyard Wedding with Restoration Hardware Details

 

Pelican Inn Wedding ~ Wedding Photography San Francisco ~ Misti Layne

This wedding was unique in that the bride was French and brought along a few new customs and I got to work barefoot! The day was so beautiful albeit a bit windy but for this couple it didn’t matter.  They brought together their families to start a new life and celebrate with close friends and family.  The ceremony was held at Stinston Beach and Celine Hakoun of Avenue Lesage Events has this place looking amazing.  We then went off to the fun and quaint Pelican Inn near Muir Woods.  I love this place and the rustic feel of it all.  Pico Designs added pops of color and elegance from the flowers to the event.   One of those weddings that just really makes me appreciate what I do and who I do it with…great vendors and of course a beautiful couple.

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

Stinson Beach and Pelican Inn Wedding

 

San Francisco Presidio Wedding~ San Francisco Wedding Photography ~ by Misti Layne

San Francisco locals Adam and Christine really took their guests into account for this really “fun” priority wedding.  We started at their home which was great with the awesome views and a ridiculously funny cat.  I have to admit I did get a little distracted by her.

Then from there we were off to the Presidio Chapel and then the Golden Gate Club.  Not only do these places have great views but they are historical and easy for guests to get to.  If you know San Francisco, this is huge!  But the most unique part of this day was for the first time ever I’ve seen karaoke done at a wedding and it rocked!  The crowd loved it and I have to say it was really entertaining and amusing for me as well.  All the best to you both, I think there are a lot of laughs and much fun in your future together.

San Francisco Presidio Wedding

 

San Francisco Presidio Wedding

 

San Francisco Presidio Wedding

 

San Francisco Presidio Wedding

 

San Francisco Presidio Wedding

 

San Francisco Presidio Wedding

 

San Francisco Presidio Wedding

 

San Francisco Presidio Wedding

 

San Francisco Presidio Wedding

 

San Francisco Presidio Wedding

 

San Francisco Presidio Wedding

 

San Francisco Presidio Wedding

 

Ritz Carlton Wedding ~ San Francisco Wedding Photographer ~

This amazing wedding was truly East meets Midwest!  Amy and Spencer met at Michigan State University.  The wedding WEEKEND was here in San Francisco luckily for me.  In one day, in one amazing location, 300 people came together and celebrated with Indian flair, style and tradition and Western elegance and modern day takes on tradition.  The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay hosted this event and planner Tejel Patel brought it together perfectly.  The florals by De Young Flowers captured all the nuances of both traditions from the traditional Indian garlands to the bride’s bouquet.  This is a wedding I’ll never forget! Living in the Bay Area and all it’s different peoples make me a very happy San Francisco wedding photographer.  It is never the same and often quite unique.

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Western and Eastern cultures come together at Ritz Carlton

 

Western and Eastern cultures come together at Ritz Carlton

 

Western and Eastern cultures come together at Ritz Carlton

 

Western and Eastern cultures come together at Ritz Carlton

 

Western and Eastern cultures come together at Ritz Carlton

 

Western and Eastern cultures come together at Ritz Carlton

 

Western and Eastern cultures come together at Ritz Carlton

 

Western and Eastern cultures come together at Ritz Carlton

 

Western and Eastern cultures come together at Ritz Carlton

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton Indian/Western Wedding

 

 

Beautiful Julia Morgan Ballroom ~ San Francisco Wedding Photography ~

Lisa and Joe had such an amazing wedding that I know no one will soon forget.  There were lots of laughs, many a tear shed and lots of love this day and so obviously in their lives.  Our Lady of Angels church was near and dear to Lisa and her family as life long parishioners and just a beautiful location.  We were then off on “cable” car to hit the streets and do some fun portraits.  This was a fun crowd to be sure.  We were running all over the top of Nob Hill.

The next stop was one of my favorite venues, Julia Morgan Ballroom in downtown San Francisco.  After an amazing dinner the band Pride & Joy really worked the crowd and had them moving.  This band too is just one of my favorites.  People do not want to sit down!

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

San Francisco Wedding Photography

 

 

My First Wedding Photography Assignment ~ San Francisco Wedding Photography ~

Misti Layne “working” her first wedding!

 

I remember this day so vividly it’s amazing.  It was not a good day!!!  For some odd reason I was not happy about this wedding and being in this wedding.  I remember my mom trying to get us both ready and I just wasn’t happy.  She called her DJ friend who was on duty and had him play my favorite song–Seasons in the Sun–which he did.  Yes, I know now it is quite a morbid tune BUT as a kid and you can sing “seasons in the sun” it is quite fun!  So anyway on to the story.  I don’t recall the ceremony but do remember the reception and just being a little pissy UNTIL I was given this camera.  I remember the moment vividly and fortunately someone was there to take a photograph of me.  Now of course there is the ahem, cute factor going on here.  The point however is I guess I was just meant to be a wedding photographer!  The road I took was quite winding and the road less traveled to be sure but I did find my destiny.  I love just waking up every day knowing I’m going to photograph something…anything!

So I guess it just goes to show that some things are innate to us but not always obvious.  Thankfully, I found the right road eventually.  No regrets at all!

 

 

Wedding Portraits ~ San Francisco Wedding Photography ~

My favorite wedding portraits are those that are just simple, timeless, natural and show the love and uniqueness of a couple.   They can be silly and romantic at the same time!  I think Rob and Britney are just that perfect example!

Wedding Photography San Francisco

 

Wedding Photography San Francisco

 

Wedding Photography San Francisco

 

Wedding Photography San Francisco

 

Wedding Photography San Francisco

 

Wedding Photography San Francisco

 

Wedding Photography San Francisco

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding ~ San Francisco Wedding Photographer ~

What a gorgeous and fun day with Jenny and Chad at Julia Morgan Ballroom!

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding

 

San Francisco at Night ~ Engagement Session Photography ~

Engagement Session photography is among my favorite.  It is during this time that the couple and I get to spend some time together with no stress in a variety of places and just have fun.  I learn about them and they get to see how I work.  I find this really important before a wedding to help build trust. If we do an engagement session then when I walk into the room the day of your wedding you are excited and assured that the day will go well when I arrive. The difference is “Misti is here!” and not “The photographer is here.”  I love that!

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

Night Portraits in San Francisco

 

I Do Events and San Francisco Wedding Photography

I Do Events is a great blog and posts often Bay Area, San Francisco Wedding Photography and Photographers.  Here are some images from some of my favorite weddings.

Ceremony Magazine and San Francisco Wedding Photography

Ceremony Magazine recently published its first ever San Francisco edition.  It’s truly a beautiful magazine for wedding planning resources, professional wedding vendors and San Francisco wedding photography.  I’m truly honored to be a part of it and have my images and real weddings within it’s pages!  The magazine has sections for wedding ideas, real wedding’s photography with the couple’s stories, detailed information on venues, photographers, florists and everything weddings you could need.  It’s really a great wedding planning resource guide and beautiful too!

Recently my wedding images of Sara and Todd’s St. Francis Yacht Club  wedding was highlighted in Ceremony Magazine’s blog.  This was an amazing day with an amazing couple.

Ceremony Magazine is about professionals in the wedding industry and what they can do.  Speaking only for photography of course, there are a lot of people who pick up a camera and call themselves a wedding photographer.  Sadly, I’ve heard a lot of bad stories in regards to wedding photographers from brides who were crying because they hired someone who professed to know what they were doing only to be disappointed in the end with their wedding photographs IF they got their wedding photographs.  I recently heard a story of a photographer who wouldn’t go out into the rain to get a new flash card so was deleting images during the wedding to make room for new images.  I always laugh when people come in with their list of questions from a magazine that are recommended to ask a photographer but I’m happy to answer the questions.  It means you’re doing your research and taking this seriously!

When it comes to the relationship you have with your photographer it is important you love their work but also that you love them and trust them!   I hope that when I walk into that room to start photographing your day you know you can trust me, that I will deliver what I promise, that I’m coming with $25,000 worth of equipment and don’t mind getting wet if need be!

So be assured that the people you find in Ceremony Magazine are among the top of San Francisco and you can trust them!

 

Sara and Todd at St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco

 

Special Events Magazine

MODERN MODE

Pat Gibbons Florals

Pat Gibbons Florals

BEHIND THE BLOOMS Serving San Francisco Bay area weddings and special events, veteran floral designer Patricia Gibbons of Pat Gibbons Floral, El Cerrito, Calif., turns out picture-perfect traditional and vintage tabletop arrangements, but her signature style is contemporary.

HISTORY LOOKS For a summer wedding with a Victorian theme, Gibbons plans to incorporate items from the client’s collection, such as antique prints, feathers and shells, “which I’ll be using to create vignettes along with floral displays,” she notes. The centerpieces themselves will include succulents, garden roses and blackberry sprays, gathered in mercury glass — “very popular this year,” she says — in shades of purple and ivory. To keep the centerpieces of a piece with the overall wedding design, Gibbons also will line the ceremony aisle with hydrangeas that start in deep purple and fade to lavender, then ivory — an echo of the ombré wedding cake.

SQUARE DEAL “I’m known for modern designs that have an Asian influence, and I like to bring that aesthetic fusion to my work,” Gibbons explains. To decorate the long, rectangular banquet tables that have replaced standard rounds as a wedding staple, Gibbons likes to “echo the line by using rectangular containers going down the tables. Zinc containers with black river rocks create a bold statement.”

STYLE ON A DIME “Hydrangea is one of the best flowers to use to create a full, budget-friendly display,” Gibbons notes, “while curly willow branches or loops of bear grass can be brought in to add to add height and movement to the design.”

Read more: http://specialevents.com/decor/divine-decor-for-centerpieces-today-all-trends-are-in/#ixzz1t5SAAug1

Intimate Wine Country Wedding in Healdsburg ~Napa Wedding Photographer~

Suen and Jerry are such a loving, adorable couple.  They kind of secretly married just the two of them and because her father wanted to see her in a white dress they did it again for friends and family.  It was an intimate affair at a private home in Healdsburg.  Who poured the wine and made sure guests were happy?  Jerry did!   Who made sure to keep people calm when the officiant was late?  Suen did!  They put the priorities on their guests with great food, great wine and making sure people felt at home in this home!  I love small intimate affairs like this and the images I can get are so endearing and so indicative of that.  The intimate moments are what make a wedding.  Yes, the flowers, the dress, the bride and groom to be sure!  But when it comes down to it…the love and feelings and emotions of all!  This gallery includes some details but I had to include the smiles, the laughs and happiness too.