Elopements, Portraits, Weddings


In advance of their larger celebration next year, Sammy and David decided to celebrate their marriage and this crazy, wacky year with an intimate gathering in David’s family’s backyard.. and what a backyard space! The family home in Belvedere-Tiburon was a breathtakingly beautiful setting for these two and their vows. The sense of community in this little nook in Northern California was wonderful to behold, and it was so fun to be greeted throughout the afternoon by passing neighbors on paddle boards out on the water!

Sammy and David took many unique steps in putting together their heartfelt ceremony, including offering up personal messages to each and every one of their attending guests. Hearing just how important each and every one of their guests was to the wedding couple was an incredibly special moment to witness. After a poignant hand-tying ceremony and a traditional breaking of the glass, Sammy and David were officially pronounced husband and wife! During the reception, guests were treated to specially crafted cocktails and a mouthwatering display of heavy hors d’oeuvres, with individually plated portions made for easy access. I loved how even in such a tiny wedding gathering, no detail was overlooked when it came to considering the comfort and care of Sammy and David’s guests.

This wedding day was such a wonderful glimpse of what happens when two families who truly love each other come together to celebrate the union of their children. I’m so thankful to have been able to associate shoot this day for Yuliya Jul and hope you all enjoy the photographs as much as I loved being there!

Photographer: Cassie Valente Photography | Associate shot for: Yuliya Jul

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