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dancing under fairy lights

I would just like to say I adore these girls. Although I had spoken on the phone to Chelsea during the booking process, I always like to meet my couples before the big day as well. If they haven’t already had an engagement session with me, it’s a great way to break the ice. 

An evening of wine, cats and great conversation only added to my excitement to work with the girls, and my goodness they were so excited to get married!

intimate wedding venue

They chose the unique Rockefeller Lodge in Berkeley for both the ceremony and reception. One of its most famous owners was John D. Rockefeller, who acquired the estate shortly before the 1906 earthquake, and turned it into his West Coast Retreat and Hunting Lodge. I think with the wisteria and fairy lights, it is perfectly suited as a wedding venue.

Both brides were a little nervous, but Carly really made my heart melt. From the second she saw Chelsea, and all through the ceremony, she was in tears. Witnessing such emotion is one of my favourite things about being a wedding photographer.

After a touching ceremony performed by Chelsea’s cousin Dylan, it was time to let loose and party with their friends and family. I especially liked watching the parents dance – they have moves! Although not technically a father-daughter dance, watching Carly dancing with her dad to Lady Gaga made me smile rather than cry, as I usually tend to do.

Chelsea and Carly, your love is so huge that it’s almost ridiculous. I feel so lucky to have been a part of your day. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do!

Special thanks to some of the wedding vendors that helped make this day possible:

Ceremony & reception venue: Rockefeller Lodge

DJ: Jacque

Flowers: Ashby flowers

Photography: Kate Hampson

Shoes for running around in at weddings: Vans

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