Chrisman Studios https://www.chrismanstudios.com Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:20:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.chrismanstudios.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/cropped-CS-Favicon-32x32.png Chrisman Studios https://www.chrismanstudios.com 32 32 Alex&Greg https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/alex-greg-big-sur-wedding-at-paion-estate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=alex-greg-big-sur-wedding-at-paion-estate Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:20:19 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=35777 Alex and Greg's private-estate wedding in Big Sur.

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This Big Sur wedding was all heart, in one of the most beautiful and sought-after locations on the California coast. 

Alex and Greg met standing in line for coffee, and it was an instant, intense encounter that would change both their lives forever. Read more and check out their romantic Sutro Baths engagement photos by Ryan

Their original wedding date was May. Then around Thanksgiving (six months before their wedding), they received the unexpected news that Greg would be deployed to Afghanistan for six months. So Alex and Greg quickly altered their plans, and a new date was set for September. They gathered a small group of their closest family and friends on a beautiful sunny Tuesday, and joined their lives on the cliffs of a private estate in Big Sur. Alex and Greg were gifted all the natural beauty and light that Northern California is famous for. It was a quiet, intimate day focused on family and love, which are the constants that have guided them since they met. 

This private estate doesn’t allow us to identify it here, but it can be booked through wedding coordinator Diane Allen at Big Sur Weddings

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Yael&Phillip https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/yael-phillip-rock-wall-winery-wedding/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=yael-phillip-rock-wall-winery-wedding Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=35720 Yael and Phillip marry at Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda, CA.

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There was a whole friendship history here before Yael and Phil’s Rock Wall Winery wedding. We dressed up as Santas and went bar-hopping through San Francisco for SantaCon. We went to Giants’ games. We celebrated birthdays. We partied and ate late-night shawarma in Israel at (the other) Yael and Or’s Tel Aviv wedding. We danced and clinked many glasses at Katie and Roman’s Morgan Hill wedding and Lana and Chad’s Burlingame wedding. 

The People

Yael is the one who is ALWAYS smiling, always happy, always enthusiastic and someone who loves her friends like family. She has been a bridesmaid many, many times for all her amazing friends because she is loved so much (and honestly everyone knows the party will be a lot more fun if she’s in the middle of it). We all wondered who Yael would someday find who could hang at her pace, who could let her shine and be able to shine right there alongside her, who could be as uplifting as she is to others. When Phil entered the picture (thanks to some legendary Jewish-mom matchmaking), everyone knew this guy was the one. 

Phil exudes kindness and warmth, and does not shy away from the dance floor. He embraces the joy and hilarity of life, just like Yael. Meeting him for the first time is like meeting an old friend – he makes you feel appreciated and known.

Rock Wall Winery Wedding

Yael and Phil were married in a former airport hangar, which is now the home of Rock Wall Wine Company. It was a day of friends coming together on a beautiful, sunny day in a unique location. It was a day of witnessing two people receive the kind of love they have long waited for and deserved. Ben and I were guests this time, and Mauricio and Ryan were the photographers. Their photos from this wedding blew us away, and did justice to a day that was treasured by so many. 

I’m sure Yael will continue to be a bridesmaid for many years to come, but at least now she has her forever date locked in. 

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Briana&Michael https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/briana-michael-calistoga-ranch-wedding/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=briana-michael-calistoga-ranch-wedding Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:00:11 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=35575 See photos from Briana and Michael's Calistoga Ranch wedding.

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This Calistoga Ranch wedding was full of beauty and happiness, set in one of the most spectacular locations of Napa Valley.

San Francisco couple Briana and Michael were married outdoors, surrounded by the magical light and color of California wine country. The ceremony was emotional and full of smiles as their family and friends soaked in every moment.

After the ceremony, they took a stroll through the sun-drenched property to spend a few moments alone (and with us of course, haha). They then joined their guests under a beautiful sailcloth tent for dinner and toasts. After dinner, musicians from the Lucky Devils Band led the entire group to the wine cave, where the real party began! Wedding guests had a blast tearing up the dance floor, getting a little silly, and celebrating their dear friends Briana and Michael. 

Briana and Michael’s wedding had it all: true love, real emotions, close-knit family and friends, and an idyllic place to begin a new life together. It was an honor to witness their first day as husband and wife!

Before you go, check out Uyen and Ray’s vineyard wedding at Calistoga Ranch, the one that made us fall in love with this place!

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Polly&Collin https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/polly-collin-wychmere-beach-club-wedding/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=polly-collin-wychmere-beach-club-wedding Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:06:05 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=35635 Polly and Collin's wedding at Wychmere Beach Club in Cape Cod.

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This wedding has been more than a decade in the making for us.

Ben first met Collin at Millie and Mike’s Isla Mujeres wedding in 2008. Then in 2010 we photographed Carlos and Dany’s wedding in Los Roques, Venezuela, where Polly and Collin were guests. They had just started dating, but we saw the magic between them was real. 

Polly and Collin first worked together at NBC, as motion-graphics artists. Polly knew the day she met Collin that he was the one. All their co-workers knew it too. But it took a few years of friendship before they finally went for it. We definitely had a moment of celebration when they emailed us to tell us they were engaged! We had been waiting on that news for so long.

A few months later, they came to Charleston for their engagement session (and to see Drivin’ N Cryin’, a band both Erin and Collin grew up on). You’ll see these photos trickle out over time…they are some of our favorites ever. And a few months after that we were all in Harwich Port, MA, for their Wychmere Beach Club wedding! That weekend a Nor’easter just happened to hit Cape Cod, making national news, and bringing rain and cold and lots of fog. But Polly just ran with it, those long legs and all bare to the wind. 

It’s impossible not to be swept up by Collin and Polly’s charisma together, but what we love most about these two is their intellect, their perfectionism, their weirdness, their wit, and the way they can be best friends but still look at each other as if they were on a first date. In their presence, friends are constantly entertained and loved on. Polly and Collin want to make their friends laugh, and they want to surprise them. In lieu of a first dance, they did a first karaoke. The welcome boxes included a “message in a bottle.” The message was a code you could scan with your phone, which lead you to a video of them on the beach welcoming you to their wedding weekend. They also created an interactive multimedia app with maps, stories about each guest and info about the weekend. There were surprises around every corner all weekend, to the utter delight of everyone involved. 

While all these surprises were happening, all we could think was, do their friends and family know how lucky they are? Do they realize that all the hard work that was put into this was just to bring a smile to their guests’ faces? It’s really rare you meet a couple who spends so much time thinking of everyone else, and what they can contribute to life to make it more interesting (like their annual hilarious Christmas videos). We had a blast at this wedding, but what we’re more excited about is continuing our friendship with these two wonderful, unique human beings. And yes, we DO know how lucky we are. 

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Kate&Colin https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/kate-colin-rocky-mountain-wedding-wild-basin-lodge/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kate-colin-rocky-mountain-wedding-wild-basin-lodge Mon, 16 Dec 2019 19:18:53 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=35530 Kate and Colin were married at Wild Basin Lodge in Colorado.

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This Rocky Mountain wedding focused on what was most important to Kate and Colin – each other, their families and the natural beauty of the state they now call home. 

Kate and Colin were married at Wild Basin Lodge in Rocky Mountain National Park. They said their vows in private to each other in their favorite spot in the park, before saying them in an emotional ceremony in front of their families. Afterward, the group celebrated with an intimate outdoor dinner surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. “We wanted time to celebrate our new life as a couple, in addition to celebrating the family bonds we were creating,” Kate said.

When we were first talking about their wedding plans, Kate told us, “We have done a lot of work with each other to craft a relationship that is truly ours, taking cues and ideas from other relationships but never wanting another’s relationship.” The same could be said of their wedding. It was completely, uniquely theirs, with no pressure to be anything other than what they wanted out of that day. 

This was the second wedding Mauricio photographed for this amazing family. Kate’s sister Jenny and her husband, Noel, were married a couple of years prior. Check out their Sonoma wedding photos!

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Tripp&Javier https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/tripp-javier-lost-coast-ranch-wedding/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tripp-javier-lost-coast-ranch-wedding Mon, 25 Nov 2019 16:42:39 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=35493 Tripp and Javier's perfect CA wedding at Lost Coast Ranch.

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This Lost Coast Ranch wedding had it all: spontaneity, adventure, love, celebration and spectacular views!

How amazing is it to start your wedding day with a convertible car ride up the California coast to go play on the beach? Tripp and Javier kicked off their Lost Coast Ranch wedding day getting wet and sandy before heading back to the ranch, where they helped each other get ready for the ceremony. 

They had an idyllic day in the hills with stunning views of Lost Coast Beach and the Pacific Ocean below. After their joyful, emotional ceremony, they dined with their family and friends on the ranch deck under perfect sunny skies.

A quick dinner jacket change, and then the real party began. 

It was so beautiful to witness the pure joy and celebration that comes when two people who were clearly meant to be pledge their futures to each other. Tripp and Javier, we wish you a lifetime of playing on beaches, dinners with the people you love most, and dancing in sparkly jackets. 

Before you go, check out more of our same-sex weddings!

 

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Maissa&Craig https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/maissa-and-craig-chain-of-lakes-wedding-sf/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=maissa-and-craig-chain-of-lakes-wedding-sf Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:32:56 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=35442 Maissa and Craig's SF wedding at Chain of Lakes in Golden Gate Park.

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Maissa and Craig met and fell in love in San Francisco, and it’s where they now call home. Their families are from France and Philadelphia, respectively, but getting married in San Francisco was important and very meaningful to them. 

Their San Francisco wedding took place two months after their first wedding, which was in France. They were married in the idyllic Chain of Lakes Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Afterward, guests boarded vintage San Francisco cable cars to Lazy Bear restaurant, an intimate, 2-star Michelin-rated restaurant. Their reception had the feel of a cozy, candlelit dinner party, with intermittent toasts by their friends and family and descriptions of each course by the Lazy Bear chefs. 

Maissa and Craig spent their wedding day cuddling, spending quality time with the people they love, eating the best meal of their lives, and feeling grateful for finding their soul mates. You can’t ask for a better day than that.

Make sure to check out their San Francisco engagement photos, shot by Ryan. 

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Samantha&Zev https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/samantha-zev-longboat-key-club-wedding/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=samantha-zev-longboat-key-club-wedding Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:00:26 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=35387 Samantha and Zev's beach wedding at Longboat Key Club resort.

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Samantha and Zev waited a long time before they found the one that was the right fit. But they both agree it was well worth the wait. They fell quickly and easily in love and have been inseparable ever since.

Family is everything to these two. They chose to get married on the beach at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, in Longboat Key, where Zev’s grandfather lived. Zev’s father, who is a rabbi, was the officiant. Their sunset ceremony was beautiful and filled with tradition, sentiment and love. Afterward, everyone made their way to the Longboat Key Club ballroom for tributes to the couple, a fantastic dinner, and a legendary hora. 

Unfortunately, Zev’s grandfather, who was the reason they chose Longboat Key for their wedding, passed away just a week before the wedding date. But Samantha and Zev looked at the positive side of things. Because the wedding was in Zev’s grandfather’s town, they took many more trips there than they would have normally, for the planning, which allowed them to spend lots of time with him in his last year.

So, in the end, the wedding was also a celebration of Zev’s grandfather, and what he made possible in his life, including creating a family that led to Zev’s very existence, which was everything Samantha had been waiting for. 

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Robert&George https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/robert-george-bora-bora-wedding-at-st-regis/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=robert-george-bora-bora-wedding-at-st-regis Wed, 22 May 2019 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=35268 Robert and George's destination wedding at the St. Regis Bora Bora.

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The order of things. It was a subject that came up frequently at Robert and George’s wedding at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort.

For example, there is the order of things at a typical wedding: Rehearsal dinner one night, wedding ceremony and reception the next day. But at Robert and George’s island wedding, an impending thunderstorm set to happen right at their ceremony time switched everything around. In the end, we had their wedding ceremony a day early, then celebrated with what was technically the rehearsal dinner. The wedding reception was the following night. And somewhere in between all of that was a jet ski tour, swimming with sharks, and a couple of portrait sessions. And you know what? It was absolutely perfect.

Then there is the order of things in life: Robert and George married while holding sonogram photos of their two babies, due in September. When you are two men using donated eggs and surrogates, and navigating the challenges that come with IVF pregnancy, it’s more important to start the process as soon as possible rather than wait for formalities like being officially married. Having children someday was the top priority for Robert and George. Knowing their babies were already growing and getting stronger, at the very moment they were saying their vows, only made this day sweeter. 

Robert and George’s wedding week in Bora Bora was all about family – biological family, adopted family, chosen family. It was about being strategic to manifest the kind of life you want. But it was also about knowing when to let fate and serendipity alter your perfectly laid plans. I imagine life, for them, will continue to follow that same formula, because Robert and George are two extremely intelligent people who also clearly know how to follow their hearts and trust their guts. 

And it will be absolutely perfect, just the way it is, out of order and everything. 

** Robert and George’s wedding and family story was also featured in a beautiful write-up in the New York Times, which you can see here: New York Times Vows

** One last thing! Before you go, make sure to check out Robert’s sister Kay and Thomas’ wedding at Villa Caletas in Costa Rica, which we photographed almost a decade ago! It’s been so wonderful getting to know this family and seeing so much well-deserved happiness come their way. It couldn’t happen to better people. 

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Michele&Barry https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/michele-and-barry-new-orleans-wedding-at-omni-royal-orleans/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=michele-and-barry-new-orleans-wedding-at-omni-royal-orleans Mon, 08 Apr 2019 13:00:47 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=35272 New Yorkers Michele and Barry marry at the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans.

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It’s always when you aren’t looking that you find the one.

At 52, Michele was happily single and living a very successful life on her own. She wasn’t looking for a partner when Barry stumbled into her path by happenstance.

Over time, she realized “he gave a new dimension to my existence. He gave me the peace and calm I have never had.”

She realized she felt more happiness than she ever thought possible. She realized she had fallen in love. Michele and Barry have a natural chemistry and a mutual respect for one another. And even though they’ve been together more than four years, you’d think they were smitten teenagers.

Michele and Barry, who live in New York, were married in a New Orleans destination wedding at the Omni Royal Orleans. After their candlelit ceremony in the courtyard, Michele changed into a fun reception dress, and they hit the dance floor with their friends and family.  The evening ended with the traditional second line out on the street, and a romantic walk back to their hotel. 

This is one of those weddings, and one of those couples, that will always bring a smile to our faces. Michele and Barry, your love is an inspiration! 

Thank you to Michele Adams of Unique Weddings in New Orleans for flawless planning!

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