Garden Court Hotel First Look | Erin P & Erin G

by erin on February 9, 2011

It’s a little strange to blog about your very own wedding, but since we are nearing the end of our rainy season weather, I thought it might be appropriate to post images from my wedding this past November since it was on one of the worst days of weather history in the Bay Area and a brides worst nightmare come true!  Thank you to the fabulous talents of Kelvin, Geoff, and Lara I was blessed to have not only the most knowledgeable and talented team of photographers, but professional as well, to cover the very wet day and get me through what could have been a disaster.  I got ready at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto and was married at The Mountain Terrace, at the top of the summit in Woodside and had the best time with the moments in these pictures.  It was pouring rain and even hailing at points but Kelvin was a master at getting this outdoor balcony picture that I had planned throughout the duration of my wedding planning.   My husband and I were speechless when we saw the photographs and couldn’t believe how Kelvin caught our first look moment, amidst the hail as well as rain, and that the dark sky and bad weather added such an element of mood to our pictures.  To say we loved these photographs is a pure understatement in itself!

My husband and I have the exact same first name, down to the spelling, so you can imagine how confusing this can be at times.  I am not sure what the odds are of marrying someone with the exact same first name, spelling an all, but we are living proof that it can occur!  Kelvin and Lara were great at working with us in our first look session by calling us “Girl Erin” and “Boy Erin” as needed and we worked around the rain.  I’m a true lover of the color orange and so I knew that the fall was a perfect time of year to have my orange-peach inspired wedding, which I ran throughout the venue design (coming up next).  I wanted a somewhat retro or vintage inspired theme to the day, to reflect my own personal style, and so polka-dots, sequins, and a more retro-styled wedding gown came to life.  The very talented, Jeeryn of Tanjeeryn Designs, provided the amazing floral arrangements and was even able to find me fresh peach peonies for my hair, bouquet, and venue design that were out of season for this time of year.    We topped it all off with a little champagne toast with my bridal party, and an exchange of gifts, then headed outdoors to take some photographs around the hotel property.

It was wet but we were so grateful to have a few moments where the sky cleared up and we could capture some pictures around the gorgeous fountain area of the outdoor patio of The Garden Court Hotel.  We also enjoyed making use of the parasols I had rented for my bridal party and myself from Bella Umbrella in Seattle. I rented these if, by chance, it rained and we were all so happy to have had them that day since it came in very handy!  My bridal party also enjoyed using them for the photographs and we found that sometimes the unexpected can lead to the best candid moments and images!  Thank you to my fabulous team for getting us through the day and making it so special for both of us!

Hotel:  Garden Court Hotel

Venue:  The Mountain Terrace

Bridal Gown: Martina Liana

Hair & Makeup:  Mimi & Taylor Salon

Flowers:  Tanjeeryn Designs

Bridesmaid Gowns:  Scala Gowns

Parasol Umbrellas:  Bella Umbrella

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Catherine Volz February 10, 2011 at 4:16 am

Geoff White Photographers proved to be an extraordinary team of talented artists. They were definitely the right choice to capture the most important celebration of my friend’s life! Their team spent the day with us, thoroughly and instinctively capturing every incredible moment, while putting us at ease with their professionalism and experience. They suggested ideas to create the best possible results, while embracing the fact that every wedding is a novel and intimate experience, so that we could relax and enjoy the moment. Geoff White’s team showcased the bride’s unique beauty, spirit and her wedding vision, and provided keepsakes that will be cherished for generations.

Stephen Gormley February 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

Erin & Erin you must be thrilled! Geoff, Lara & Kevin captured some beautiful images and the balcony image is gorgeous! Stephen

Lara February 25, 2011 at 10:48 am

Can you believe that is was hailing LIKE CRAZY at that moment? Erin & Erin were real troopers to brave that weather for a shot!

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