This was such a fantastic San Francisco engagement photo shoot. We went to both the Palace of Fine Arts and Lands End. Palace of Fine Arts is a Ranalla Photo & Films top location for engagement session. The second location, Lands End, holds so many different looks all in one place, as long as you are willing to go on a little journey. Check out the photos below to see how amazing San Francisco is for your engagement session.
Mindy and Kenny's Wedding
We cannot express how honored we feel to have been able to capture Mindy and Kenny's wedding day. How much they care and love for each other shows in all the photos. It is amazing to us how unique every couple is, and we can genuinely say we are honored for every couple that allows us to be a part of their story.
Mindy and Kenny chose Butte Creek Country Club for their wedding venue. There was a good chance of spring rain on their wedding day, but the weather changed last minute and it was a beautiful and sunny day. For those who haven't heard of a first look, it is when the couple chooses to see each other privately for the first time before the ceremony, rather than the walk down the aisle. Mindy and Kenny chose this for their wedding day and it suited them perfectly. They were able to be emotional and have some time together privately without all the surrounding guests.
Mindy and Kenny have some of the biggest hearts we have met, and are always lending a helping hand. They go out of their way to work with those less fortunate and we are inspired by their kindness and love for others. Stay tuned for a little community project we will be working on with them.
Take a look below at some of our favorite shots from the day!
Wedding Venue: Butte Creek Country Club / Wedding Photographer: Ranalla Photo & Films / Wedding Florist: Lavender Blue / Wedding Cupcakes: Cupcake Obsessions / Hair: Styles By Dawn / Wedding Dress: Simply Elegant Bridal /Wedding Rings: DeVons
Elizabeth and Brian's Chico Wedding
Elizabeth & Brian's wedding day was a perfect start to our spring weddings. They chose Patrick Ranch in Chico as their reception venue after a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. John's Church. All of the blooms and citrus trees at the ranch really set the tone for the celebration. With spring weddings there is always a chance of rain, but Elizabeth hoped for sun, and she got it! These two and their crew were such a fun group to be with and the day was filled with all kinds of funny and sappy moments. Elizabeth and Brian chose to do the traditional first look as Elizabeth was walking down the aisle. I love both (pre-ceremony vs. aisle) equally, but there is something about waiting the whole morning and the groom seeing the bride for the first time on the aisle, that just gets me. It's one of my favorite moments during the day, and one of the few surprises you get in life.
We had so much fun witnessing Elizabeth & Brian's special bond and funny faces. The way they talk through their eyes (and noses!) is so cute and something I noticed from the beginning about them. It's like they don't need words to talk to each other and they seem to have this type of relationship with all those closest to them. They were truly grateful for everyone who attended their wedding and had quite a big list of guests. To us, it just goes to show how loved they are and how important they are to those around them.
We feel honored to have been part of their journey and can't wait to witness the future ahead of them.
Take a minute to look through some of our favorites from the day!
With devotion - Tyler & Mayela
Check out the slideshow above, and the photos below!
We had so much fun with Alie and Brian shooting their engagement photos in San Francisco! We chased the sun all throughout the city to find the perfect locations in able to capture the perfect photos. We started around Crissy Field, then made our way towards Baker Beach. Along the way, we stopped multiple times wherever we noticed the light was good! We even went through Main Post in the Presidio Area. It was quite an adventure and we can't wait to be a part of this couple's special day. Check out a snippet of Brian and Alie's engagement photos below!
Wedding albums are one of our favorite tangible products you can receive from your wedding day. They often become family heirlooms and we like to envision our clients taking out the album on their 10 year anniversary to relive their day. This can be done on Facebook, on a computer, or maybe on an electronic water TV screen, who knows what the future will be like, but we don't think anything compares to holding a tangible photo. It makes you stop, and look at every corner, and brings you back to that exact moment. We picture our couple sitting down for hours, going over the photos, talking about that special day. If they have children, maybe it is the first time they really talk about their wedding day with them, who was there, what it was like, etc. It can also be used as a coffee table book. When you invite guests over to your house, this is something they are able to look at while sitting on the couch.
Photographers can make a variety of dimensions and pages that best fit your needs. We offer a 10"x10" album with 20 pages or a 12"x12" album with 30 pages. We also have a selection of material swatches which consist of genuine leather, suede, and linen in different colors so you can pick the one that will best fits your home decor. We make sure your wedding album is of the highest quality and built to last, so it can become a family heirloom and have the ability to be passed down for multiple generations. Every page is 1mm thick so they are not easily bent. Also, there are no seams, so the photos are able to be printed across the entire spread which makes for a beautiful and unique design. On the cover, we will engrave you and your spouse's names to give a final touch.
It is important to ask your photographer how they go about the design process of a wedding album. For us, we first let you choose which photos you want in your wedding album (about 70-100 photos). We then create the layout of the photos. We like to do a clean, modern layout because it is easier on the eyes and flows nicely. We will send you a rough draft of the design layout and make sure it is exactly how you want. There is no limit to the amount of changes you want because we want this to be absolutely perfect for you. This wedding album is going to become a family heirloom that will last for lifetimes to come.
The amount of time that it takes to design your wedding album, and the bare costs are what makes them a higher ticket item. If you find that a wedding album is very important to you, but it is outside of your wedding budget, ask your photographer if that is something you can do after the wedding! We know how hard it is to plan a wedding and all the decisions that go into the process, so we hope that this has been a helpful guide for you.
Weddings are one of the most important days of your life. You spend months planning and preparing for this one day and before you know it, it flashes by. One way to look back at this magical day is through your wedding photos, but what if there was another way to relive the moment? Wedding photos are only a snapshot of one specific moment, whereas a video is the entire moment. A video gives you a whole new way to relive your wedding.
With a video, you are able to experience things that you would not be able to do with just a photo. You get to hear the vows and witness them as though you are a guest at your own wedding. You also are able to hear the toasts which hold so much emotion that a picture just cannot capture. Not only is it a different way to view your wedding, but it can also collects moments you may not see. For example, imagine a picture of your guests laughing at your reception. With a photo, you only see them laughing. However, with video, you understand why they are laughing and have the chance to be a part of that moment. A video captures the entirety of that point in time.
Not only can you see different times in your wedding of you and your spouse, but you also get to see your guests. Some brides have said that their wedding video is the last moment they have on film with some of their elderly relatives. You get to see how your guests celebrate your special day!
We also shoot wedding videos with a drone, which gives a unique perspective that not everyone gets to have. Drones offer a view point that takes your breath away. Check out the link below to see some of the wedding videos we have shot! Maybe this will inspire you to have your own wedding video.
We were lucky enough to start off our 2017 year with Kim and Emmett's wedding. It was a cloudy, rainy day, which for us, always sets the tone for all kinds of romantic moments. I cannot express how beautiful and heartfelt Kim and Emmett's wedding was. The ceremony was sweet and intimate and they were surrounded by their closest family members. It took place in a beautiful home outside of Chico, California. In earlier talks, Kim and Emmett shared with us how important family is to them. They have two children each from previous marriages, and the bonding of their family of 6 was a tremendous part of their ceremony. Both the bride and groom spoke vows to each other's kids and I wish I had the words here. The vows spoke about how much love and support they have for their children, how they promise to take care of their "mom" or "dad," and how excited they are to be their parent. Even through all the hard things a parent must do, both Kim and Emmett shared that they would always be there for them. I know I saw Mayela shed a few tears across the room as we documented this, as our own family dynamic is similar.
This wedding was cozy and intimate with less than 20 people present at their ceremony. We have learned from being at over 100 weddings, that everyone has their own special day, with their unique focuses. If I could give one focus to Kim and Emmett's wedding, it would be the focus they had on their friends and family. They didn't wish for anything more. Mayela and I are so happy to have been able to capture Kim and Emmett's wedding day. Here are some of our favorites from the day. Enjoy!
-Tyler and Mayela
This was one of the most unique experiences I have had as a photographer. It was an absolute privilege, and I have so much more to share! I met the Bride & Groom in an unconventional way, they didn't simply send in a generic photography inquiry, but that's a whole other story for another blog post.
Here are some of the highlights from this unforgettable, spectacular, and breathtaking wedding adventure. 4 days in Paris, 3 in Venice.
Here we go! Enjoy!
P.S. Make sure to click on the images to see them full screen.
Engagement photo shoots are a great way to kick off excitement for your wedding!
Here are a few key reasons why you SHOULD take Engagement Photos:
When you have engagement photos on top of wedding photos, you have more of a variety for your home.
Engagement sessions are more casual, have different settings, and are often in a different season from your wedding.
It is a great way to show how it all started and you receive more photos since, for us, an engagement session is included in each of our photography packages!
The biggest reason why it is in all of our wedding packages is because it makes the wedding day much smoother.
You know what to expect from us, how we work, and you have gotten used to being in front of the camera.
It is our chance to really work together and understand what to expect on the big day.
3. get comfortable
It is important to get comfortable with your photographer since your wedding photographer is one of the few vendors who are there the entire day, and having someone you are comfortable with is huge!
A good photographer can really add to your day and an engagement shoot is often where you really get to know your wedding photographer and feel more comfortable with his/her style.
4. wedding displays
Engagement photos can be used on the day of your wedding for displays at the venue. They are more professional, but can be mixed with the more home-y feel of personal candid photos.
These displays can be cute and romantic ways to tell your love story to your guests.
5. save the dates
Photos from your engagement shoot are also the photos that you will use for your save the dates, invitations, guest books, Facebook and Instagram posts, etc.
It is a great way to promote your wedding!
Ask your photographer if they offer save the dates, as these will be more personalized and customized.
If you use Basic Invite for your save the dates or invitations, you can receive 20% off your order as well as free shipping by using the CODE "ranallaphoto"
Considering doing a sparkler exit at your wedding? GREAT! We love sparkler exits, they add so much excitement and make for a perfect ending to your already perfect day. Here's some tips and tricks to keep in mind if you decide to have a sparkler exit:
1. We recommend purchasing your wedding sparklers from buysparklers.com (use discount code "Ranalla" for 10% off) We love #16 Gold Sparklers! The #16 sparkler is 36 inches in length and has a burn time of 4 minutes.
2. There are other options for sparklers, we recommend your sparklers last/burn for at least 2 minute so that everyone is able to light their sparklers and still have enough time for the actual exit when you run through the sparkler aisle, made by your guests. The longer the burn time, the more time you have to enjoy the exit, and possibly even run through it twice if you choose! We do this often and get even more photo opportunities.
3. Plan out the perfect time for your sparkler exit on your wedding day. It is easiest for both the crowd and the one ensuring the crowd is having a good time, your DJ, to have the sparkler exit be the last thing that happens. If your sparkler exit is your last event, then you can leave, and it truly is an exit. However, depending on how long you have your venue for, and how long you have your photographer and or videographer for, it may be necessary to have a sparkler run mid reception. We have done both options, both have been a success. It is important to communicate with your wedding vendors to ensure they are all on the same agreed upon timeline.
4.Make sure you have enough lighters. These wedding sparklers are not as easy to light as the ones you had as kids. So get one that burns more like a torch. Something similar to this should work great. Once a couple are lit, have everyone use the lit sparklers to light the other sparklers. It is easier to light a sparkler with an already lit sparkler, rather than with the fancy lighter you purchased.
5. Have a cute dispay for your wedding sparkers, a nice bucket, lighters, etc. Check out Pinterest for some really cute ideas.
6. Don't do it over dry grass. Find pavement, gravel, or green grass. They are made to not light fires, but don't chance it.
7. Have everyone line up and form an aisle for you and your new husband/wife walk through. Make sure they are spread out enough so you are clear of sparklers.
8. Walk through slowly. It is dark, and cameras have a harder time focusing, so the slower you go, the easier it is for the camera to focus, and more images you get. Also, you get to have a longer exit!
9. Kiss during the exit! It makes for an amazing photo. And hold it, you just got married! Give the photographer time to grab the image just like your first kiss during the ceremony. Hold it!
10. Tell your guests before the sparkler send off to put the sparklers in the bucket of sand!
11. Have the bucket with the sand you promised, near the end of the aisle. These sparklers are made specially to not have large slag, so it won't light anyone on fire, bonus! However, the design uses wire instead of wood, so you will need to dispose of the left overs. The sparklers will be hot and need to be put in sand or water to cool down, and a bucket to keep them together. You don't want to leave sparklers all over your venue for them to have to pick up. Especially in a lawn, they will get caught in the lawn mower (so we have been warned).
12. Check with your venue. Tell them you have special sparklers, with wire, that don't let off small sparks to avoid fire hazards, and you'll have the necessary bucket of sand to clean up.
13. You want all the guests to have sparklers but you don't want 100 extra sparklers. We recommend getting 25 more than your guest list. Some people may leave by the time you have your sparkler send off, so consider this as well. Save the extras for another fun and amazing celebration! Be legal..
If wedding sparklers are not an option for you, that's okay! There are many other options you can consider to make your wedding send off special, see Pinterest for great inspiration!
Sparkler photos can be amazing and unique photos to have from your wedding day!
PRO #1: They often turn out to be the most popular and favorite shots of the day!
PRO #2: They are a unique way to turn a beautiful photo into something with a little *sparkle*
PRO #3: Sparkler photos add variety to the rest of your Wedding Day photos!
CON #1: In order to capture sparkler photos, it must be at least an hour after sunset.
CON #2: You may not have planned for your photographer to be at the wedding this late.
This could mean you need to add time for your photographer.
CON #3: You will have to sneak away from your guests for 15 minutes closer to the end of your reception.
We believe the pros completely outweigh the cons for these types of photos!
They add so much variety and excitement to the rest of your wedding photos and will likely become one of the few photos you print or add to an album!
To purchase your wedding sparklers we recommend buysparklers.com. To get 10% off enter: 'ranalla'.
Sparkler exits are such a memorable and fun way to exit your wedding day. Not only is it a stylish and exciting way to end your wedding, but it makes for some beautiful photos! We've shot many wedding exits, but a sparkler exit is definitely one of our FAVORITES. Here's 3 top reasons why you should consider having a sparkler exit at your wedding:
1. Fun for Your Guests
Providing sparklers to your guests for the big exit makes your guests feel involved and excited. Weddings are amazing to attend, and when you give your guests an opportunity to participate it's even better!
2. Exciting Way to Exit Your Wedding Day
After your perfect ceremony and reception, what makes for a more perfect ending than having your guests line up in rows, holding sparklers to send you off? Yes, of course, a wedding exit without sparklers will still be sweet and genuine, but is so much more exciting with sparklers! As the night ends, having sparklers illuminate your exit will add to an already perfect day!
3. Makes for Memorable, Unique Photos
On top of all the other reasons, look at how amazing the photos turn out! Photos from a sparkler exit are some our clients favorite shots from their wedding day. Sparklers make for the most romantic and unique wedding photos that will leave you speechless!