It could have not been the best day for photography, but it was one of the most memorable, weddings to remember! Neil and Yuka began their day at the Double Tree hotel in Rohnert Park. We had hoped for a slight break from the storm so we can take advantage of the gorgeous backdrop of fall/winter trees however, La Nina didn’t let up. The hotel is beautiful and we were able to get some cool shots inside. They held their ceremony at St. Rose church in Santa Rosa where Neil grew up attending as an altar boy. We had moments of paused rain and the images we got to capture of Yuka before the ceremony were stunning.
The guests headed back to Rohnert Park for the reception, which was held at the Foxtail golf course. They served bacon wrapped scallops, stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta, and my fav~ Jalapeno poppers! Yummmmmm! The reception was filled with over 150 guests and (a reference from Neil’s speech) of people that have impacted Neil or Yuka’s lives one way or another.
Through out the night, Neil and Yuka expressed their gratitude and love towards their family and friends. It was evident that the feeling was mutual in the room as I began to tear up when Yuka’s sister sang her own rendition of “Soul Sister” and bursts of laughter from the room when Neil’s father referenced an open bar numerous times (which then began a trend for the rest that followed). The speeches continued from friends and family who had personal stories to share. The stories were humorous, sweet, and it showed that the people in the room had also been impacted by Neil and Yuka~ one way or another.
Congratulations you two and thanks for sharing your day with us!
Special thanks to Matt, my second shooter and partner in crime~ here’s to a winter-storm wedding under our belts!
Look, feel, remember~ let