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San Diego is famous for its warm climate, so why not indulge yourself by having your wedding day photography session in a balmy city that also contains some of the region's most renowned military wedding locations? For the sake of driving convenience, we recommend that you begin your wedding photography session in Fallbrook at the gorgeous Arbor Terrace inside the Grand Tradition Estate. Have your wedding photographer assemble the bridal party on the verdant lawn or beside the beautiful brick and marble fountain in front of the estate. Continue reading "San Diego Military Wedding Photography"
The historic capitol of California, Sacramento offers a large variety of gorgeous locations for your wedding photography session. Begin your excursion into Sacramento at the California State Capitol Museum, located in the heart of downtown. Continue reading "Wedding Photography in Sacramento, California"
The Montalvo Arts Center is a prime location for wedding photography in San Jose, well-known to all of the city's residents and famous for its 175 acres of natural expanse, breath-taking views, and the Villa's singular Mediterranean-style architecture. Continue reading "Wedding Photography in San Jose, California"
Known for its warm climate, sunny beaches, and laidback ambience, Santa Barbara offers a plethora of scenic locations for your wedding photography session. Start off your photo shoot at the beautiful Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara, less than a mile from both downtown and the coast. Your wedding photographer can gather the bridal party for a portrait on the patio, either on its lush green lawn or beside the shimmering fountain. The hotel's immaculate architecture and verdant palm trees can also serve as a perfect backdrop for a photo of the bride and groom. Once you've finished at the hotel, make your descent toward Santa Barbara's famous Stearns Wharf, located only a few minutes away. Stroll down the state's oldest functioning wharf as your wedding photographer captures some fun-filled moments. The wharf's Dolphin Fountain is a great location for a portrait of the bridal party. Finally, the bride and groom can pose for an intimate photo at the end of the wharf, with a stunning panoramic view of Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.
Besides being one of the most prestigious universities nationwide, the University of California, Los Angeles contains a number of picturesque photography locations for the couple that wants to take a walk down memory lane taking a walk down the a Continue reading "Wedding Photography in Los Angeles, California"
Known for its warm beaches, great surf, and unique artistic atmosphere, Venice Beach is a great spot in Los Angeles to have your engagement photography session. Continue reading "Engagement Photography in Los Angeles, California"
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One of the most diverse and exciting cities in the Southern California, San Diego offers plenty of stunning locations for your engagement photography session.
Arguably the most popular tourist destination on the West Coast, San Francisco offers endless scenic locations for your engagement photography session.
Known as 'The Capital of the Silicon Valley,' San Jose is the Bay Area's epicenter of technological innovation and contains many great locations for your engagement photography session.
After the celebration is over, every bride and groom should be able to look forward to the photographs that capture their wedding memories. An essential task for obtaining photos to last a lifetime is choosing the right places to take pictures. We've compiled a list of eight scenic and unique locales for wedding day photos in San Francisco.
San Francisco brings to mind different things to different people. The Knot cites San Francisco as one of the top contenders on its "Most Romantic U.S. Cities" list. Forbes.com gave San Francisco first place honors on its "Best Cities For Singles" list for 2007.
Well, 2009 was an amazing year for us! We had so many beautiful brides!
So, we decided to hold a contest to have our brides and our friends vote for the Bride of the Year. It was a close race, but we're delighted to announce that Trina Higgins, who married Chad Harper at the Korean Bell of Friendship in Palos Verdes, CA was the winner! Here are some of the beautiful photos from their wedding. Thank you all for voting!
We have been doing free portrait sessions in San Francisco since January, which have been a big hit! Here are a few of the beautiful shots. You can use your free portraits for save the date cards, engagement announcements or however you like ' they are yours to keep. Schedule your free portrait session for the month of April!
We have been doing free portrait sessions in Los Angeles since January, which have been a big hit! Here are a few of the beautiful shots. You can use your free portraits for save the date cards, engagement announcements or however you like ' they are yours to keep. Schedule your free portrait session for the month of April!
Andrea and Robert had a vintage style wedding at home in Los Angeles, so we gave their photos a vintage look as well. Visit our planning section to see how you can plan a home wedding!
Tricia and Peter had an amazing outdoor wedding in the Bay Area. Also, check out their engagement photos!
Check out the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel in Marina Del Rey, CA for your wedding or reception!
Kristi and Brandon had a beautiful engagement session in Riverside, CA! Check out their equally beautiful vintage glam wedding photos!
Check out the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco, CA for your wedding or reception!
See what Vivian and David had to say about having their reception at the Argonaut Hotel!
On your wedding day you won't have the luxury of time to crisscross the City looking for those perfect shots of the two of you and your entourage. To make it easier here are three options for wedding photography sessions that will yield fabulous settings for you to capture this special day forever.
San Diego's stunning architecture, historic locations and of course ' the Pacific and San Diego Bay ' lend themselves to wedding day photographs that will always do justice to this special moment in time for you and the love of your life. Here are three distinctly unique itineraries that capture the essence of this wonderful place in the world.
Angela and Tomislav had a wonderful wedding in sunny San Jose. They went the traditional route for the ceremony and were married in a church. For the reception they chose the beautiful Dolce Hayes Mansion which use to be a lavish private estate. Although their wedding was steeped in tradition, their photography was anything but. They chose an artistic style that complimented their wedding aesthetic which was perfect for their big day!
Angela and Tomislav had a romantic engagement shoot in San Jose complete with wine and cherry blossoms. Their photos have a rustic yet exotic feel to them due to the wood, bamboo and mortared bricks accenting their surroundings. If you like their engagement photos, you're sure to love their wedding! Also check out other great engagement spots in San Jose!
Check out The Hacienda in Santa Ana, CA for your wedding or reception! The Hacienda is an original adobe style house that showcases a beautiful garden chapel which is perfect for outdoor ceremonies! Their indoor ballroom stays true to the Santa Fe style with a 2-story fireplace and a Southwestern bar, which lends itself perfectly for your reception.
Check out Stonetree Golf Club in Novato, CA for your wedding or reception! The StoneTree Golf Club is in an amazing location between San Francisco and Wine Country. It's prime location lends itself to scenic views when having your ceremony in their outdoor wedding pavilion. They also have a catering and event team that are there ready to make your big day the one of your dreams!
Krista and John had a beautiful outdoor wedding in sunny Orange County. For their wedding portraits, they took advantage of the gorgeous sunset which resulted in a very romantic shoot. Visit our planning section for more information on planning an outdoor wedding like Krista and John!
Janet and John had a fun engagement session in San Francisco! They used some of San Francisco's most notable landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts as the backdrop for their photos! Visit out planning section to see other notable places for engagement photography in San Francisco!
Today Proposition 8, which was passed last November banning same-sex marriage in California, was overturned and ruled unconstitutional! Bella Pictures was there on the first day gay marriage was legal in San Francisco back in June of 2008 capturing happy married couples as they exited City Hall. We've been photographing same-sex ceremonies since Bella Pictures started in 2005 and continue to be a supporter of Equal Rights.
Check out the Lone Tree Golf and Event Center located in the San Francisco Bay Area for your wedding or reception! Lone Tree can accommodate both small, intimate affairs and large gatherings. They can also accommodate outdoor weddings with their 300-seat theater style setting. They'll even let you take some gorgeous photos on the golf greens!
Check out the El Cortez in San Diego, CA for your wedding or reception! Recently the winner of VH1's bridal Bootcamp, Amberly, and her husband had a lovely summer wedding there! Their terrace is perfect for an outdoor ceremony or pre-reception cocktail party! Check out more of Amberly and Ed's wedding at El Cortez!
Dianne and Chris had a romantic wedding at a winery in California Wine Country. They took advantage of the California sun with their outdoor ceremony and reception at Trentadue Winery. The couple took some romantic photos walking among the grapes as well as some fun shots with the bridesmaids and groomsmen! Check out our planning section to learn more about Wine Country Weddings!
Check out the Westridge Golf Club outside of Los Angeles for your wedding or reception! Their lovely grounds include a gazebo which is perfect for outdoor ceremonies among all the greenery. Your wedding party can then easily transition to their on-site banquet hall for your reception!
Jaret Rieana and Tommy took advantage of the beautiful and urban city of San Francisco. The couple opted to have an industrial style engagement session at Fort Point right below the Golden Gate Bridge. Of course they did not miss the opportunity to take a picture with the bridge itself! Visit out planning section for San Francisco engagement photography hot spots!
Check out Mountain Terrace in Woodside, CA for your wedding or reception! Mountain Terrace boasts a 2-level outdoor patio perfect for wedding ceremonies with 40,000 sq feet of gorgeous meadowland surrounding it! Be sure to check out their menu that serves up dishes like Crab Cakes with Chili-Lime Aioli and Polenta Rounds with Goat Cheese & Smoky Tomato Jam! Yum!
We asked our past brides via Facebook to upload their favorite portrait from their wedding and other Bella brides and fans would vote for their favorite. Congratulations to Erica and Alan who are our October winners. Their beautiful wedding is featured below!
How they met: They met each other in high school but were only acquaintances. "We didn't talk much then, I was a little older and thought I was much too sophisticated at the time to talk to a younger man! A few years ago we kept running into each other out on the town. One night, Alan impressed me with his charms and coerced me into going on a date with him. From then on forward, we were connected at the hip and couldn't imagine life without each other!"
The proposal: Alan proposed on a romantic trip to Europe (London & Turkey). "While we were staying in a hotel in Bodrum Turkey overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, at a cliff top restaurant located at the hotel, Alan got down on one knee and I said yes!"
The Wedding: They had their beautiful wedding at Wente Vineyards near San Francisco! "I wanted an outdoor wedding and my husband and I loved the idea of a winery setting. That area also has a bit of horse country in it and I'm an equestrian so that sold it for me!"
On Bella Pictures: "Our photographer did a WONDERFUL job! We are still having a hard time narrowing down the pictures we want for our album because so many of them are that good! The photographer was thoughtful, reliable and completely professional. They were able to capture the style we were looking for and their shots were intuitive."
Funny story about the wedding day: "At the time this wasn't that funny but in hindsight it is pretty hilarious! After the ceremony, the wind kicked up quite a bit. We were all freezing, especially Alan and I in that photo I submitted on the golf course where im leaning all the way back. We were actually laughing at how miserably cold it was while talking the picture and that is one of the pictures that helped us win the contest! At the time we were definitely imagining the warm beaches of Maui where we departed to our Honeymoon the next day!"
Check out this great Bay Area wedding featured on the Wedding Paper Divas' Blog!
Check out The Cliff House in San Francisco, California for your wedding or reception! The Cliff House offers an amazing terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean which is perfect for outdoor ceremonies. They can accommodate 120 of your closest friends and family and can coordinate a day that is uniquely yours!
Check out some other great venues in San Francisco!
Check out the Jefferson Street Mansion in the San Francisco Bay Area for your wedding and/or reception! This Civil War era mansion is the perfect setting for romantic outdoor weddings. The Jefferson Street Mansion team is there to help you every step of the way from centerpieces to food presentation!
Check out The Claremont Hotel Club and Spa in Berkeley, CA for your wedding and/or reception! This luxurious hotel can provide scenic views of the San Francisco Bay which can serve as the perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding. Their dedicated staff are there to help you plan the perfect wedding, helping you every step of the way.
One of our very own, Elizabeth, got married this past Fall in California Wine Country joined by friends and family (including her Bella Pictures family!). We thought we'd share some of the beautiful photos from her big day! Congratulations Elizabeth and Chris!
How they met: "Chris and I met for the first time at my sister's engagement party in 1998. Chris and my brother-in-law met in junior high school, and eventually ended up living together in college at Chico State where they became great friends with my sister. Nine years after our first meeting, we reconnected at a party that my sister and brother-in-law threw, and the rest was history."
The proposal: "With the help of some of my dear friends at Bella, Chris coordinated a scavenger hunt that sent me to a few stops in San Francisco, before boarding a ferry to Tiburon. He was waiting for me on the deck at our favorite restaurant, and first date spot, Sam's Anchor Caf' on bended knee!"
The Wedding: Elizabeth and Chris celebrated with 130 of their closest friends and family at the DeLorimer Winery in Geyserville, CA. "Both Chris and my parents live in Santa Rosa, so it seemed natural to get married in the North Bay and use Santa Rosa as a home base for our wedding weekend. Shortly after we were engaged, we started making weekend trips to the area to look for venues. One day while driving around the Alexander Valley visiting potential venues, we decided to take a break from our search to stop off at the next winery to have a glass of wine and talk about our possibilities. While standing at the bar in the DeLorimier Winery tasting room, we thought, this place feels good! The laid-back atmosphere (and the glass of wine!) were just what we needed, and our decision was made."
On Bella Pictures: " Since I had been working at Bella Pictures for several years, it was obvious that I would use them for my wedding photography. I was actually quite excited to move through our process as a bride instead of viewing it as an employee. I am proud to say I was the first person to check out on our eCommerce website! The whole process was so simple, which was very important considering all of the other tasks involved in planning a wedding! All of the pre-wedding planning from customizing my own package online, setting up a payment plan, rating my photos for the matching process and filling out my wedding planner were so intuitive. And the end result is by far the best part. Looking back, I can truly say that my photography and video were the most treasured items from my wedding. "
We asked our past brides via Facebook to upload their favorite portrait from their wedding and other Bella brides and fans would vote for their favorite. Congratulations to Victoria and Shawn who are our December winners. Their beautiful wedding is featured below!
How they met: They met on a social networking site! "Shawn saw my profile and sent me a note with a fantastic, observant compliment about my balance of femininity and a firefighter's can do attitude. He asked me if I'd like to get a drink sometime. I accepted. We went to a local pub for trivia night and we have been together ever since."
The proposal: "Shawn took me out to a wonderful dinner at Morton's, a notoriously fine restaurant in Sacramento. When we were finished, we walked over to the State Capitol and sat on the front steps and watched the end of the sunset setting over the Tower Bridge. We were standing up to call it a night when he said 'the night isn't over quite yet', got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was surprised and elated, and said yes, of course. I asked who else might know about this, and he said 'there may be a couple of our closest friends on the other side of the building waiting with champagne..'. We walked over to the east side steps and 3 of our closest friends were there. We all had champagne and then went back to Morton's for a celebration."
The Wedding: Victoria married Shawn in a non-traditional wedding dress by White House/ Black Market. One hundred and twenty of their closest friends and family gathered for their ceremony at the California State Capitol Rose Garden! "Shawn and I both work for the State of California and liked the idea of getting married at the Capitol. We were going to get married on the steps, but it was election week and the permit requirements allowed for cancellation of our permit at any time. It was a safer bet to get married in the garden away from the building should there be a rally or a press conference that day. The Capitol is a special place for us: we sat on the steps of the front of the building on our second date and talked for hours. He proposed on the front steps as well. We used to walk through the Rose Garden and grounds on our way to many shows downtown."
On Bella Pictures: "Working with Bella Pictures was great! The price was very reasonable and for what we received for the money, it couldn't be beat. Our photographer was very creative and accommodating with our requests and the style that we were looking for in our pictures. We are very happy with how they turned out. "
Funny story about the wedding day: "Obviously, there was a fire engine involved. The bride and the bridesmaids rode to the wedding site in it. We kept it a secret from all of the guests and even part of the wedding party until they saw it pulling up with the lights and the siren going. There was a roar of surprise, laughter, and clapping when they saw it! We walked down the eisle to the Red Hot Chili Pepper's " Rollercoaster of Love" and our recession was to "We go together" from Grease. It was a lighthearted and fun day that we planned as something we would enjoy. I shyed away from many of the "traditional" elements because that is not really my, or our, style!Compliments are still rolling in on how it was the best wedding many of our guests had been to!"
We end our journey across this great country with the West coast! We bring you some of our favorite wedding portraits from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle. Check out the beaches of California and the lush greenery of Washington state. Wherever you live, we hope you have a Happy 4th of July weekend!
Check out B.R. Cohn Winery in Sonoma, CA for your wedding or reception! Nestled in the heart of Wine Country, B.R. Cohn is perfect for your dream outdoor wedding among the grapes! They provide you with a Special Events Coordinator, room for up to 250 guests, and of course plenty of wine!
When we first came across Michelle and Justin's wedding, we were instantly enamored by the charm and loveliness found in all of the photos. What was also apparent was all the love they put into each and every adorable detail of their rustic, romantic, sunshiny-yellow-bus, California wedding.
Both elegant and whimsical, it was truly a celebration that was able to mix the best of both worlds. Located at a private residence in Healdsburg, California and catered by Rosso Pizza of Santa Rosa, this wedding was full of pretty flowers, pops of color and big happy smiles. It appears to portray their personalities beautifully. Check out the photos below and get ready to be inspired.
From the bride: We worked so hard on our wedding! That day was so amazing. It's so hard to choose a specific moment as my favorite but if I had to, it would be seeing my husband's face as I walked down the aisle towards him. It was a priceless moment that was captured by our Bella Pictures photographer. We are so pleased with the photographs of our special day! She captured so much of the detail that we worked so many hours on, all of our special wedding moments, as well as catching great candid shots of how much fun all of our loved ones had as well! It is so great to have those memories!
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