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11 and 13. That’s how old Stephen and Megan were when they started “going out.” Fast forward 15 years and the couple tied the night at Ruby Hill among a lively gathering of family and friends. Many aspects of the day stood out, but the surprise dance Stephen and his roughly 100 groomsmen performed at the reception may have been the highlight. As Megan said in her vows, love is a struggle and it’s a matter of choosing who you are going to struggle with. I think the two of them chose wisely. We had a lot of fun with the Eguilos family.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Tony Santoro
Photographer: Orange Crush weddings.orangephotography.com/
Venue: Ruby Hill www.rubyhill.com/special-events/weddings
Music: “Lions” – Cameron Ernst; “Best Day of My Life” – American Authors (licensed through Song Freedom and Music Bed)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Rode Smartlav, DJI Osmo X3, Rhino Evo Slider, GoPro


Saratoga Springs is the perfect blend of fun and beauty, which is also a pretty apt description of Michael and Lisa. On May 29, the Liens tied the knot among the picturesque trees and a creeks of Saratoga. Prior to their sparkler exit, the couple (along with their friends and family) danced the night away under a canopy of lights. Weddings don’t get much better than this.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Tony Santoro
Photographer: Duy Ho Photography duyhophotography.com
Hotel/Prep: The Inn at Saratoga
Venue: Saratoga Springs saratoga-springs.com
Music: “Lucky Day” The New Velvet; “Neon Dreams” – Tyrone Wells (licensed through Song Freedom)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii (2), Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Rode Smartlav, DJI Osmo X3, Rhino Evo Slider, GoPro


Darby and Joe are big soccer fans. In fact, it’s where they met. The two were married on February 13 in Napa in front of family, friends, and former soccer coaches and teammates. Before they headed off to their England honeymoon to see their beloved Manchester United play, they spend the night dancing and partying. The sunset was beautiful and the couple couldn’t stop smiling. We love these types of weddings.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Tony Santoro
Photographer: Brian Macstay Photo brianmacstay.com
Location: Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa http://meritageresort.com/
Music: “Something Beautiful” – Tim Halperin; “Good Company” – The Cabin Kids (licensed through The Music Bed and Song Freedom)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Rode Smartlav, DJI Osmo X3, Rhino Evo Slider


In terms of the weddings we have shot in 2015, this one is pretty unique. You see, the groom (Tyler) happens to be my wife’s little brother and I have known him since he was 5 years old. I’ve watched him grow up and had a front-row seat as Tyler and Brittany began dating and moved toward marriage. Technically, as a groomsmen, I also had a pretty good vantage point at their wedding as well. It is always fun putting someone’s wedding video together, but there is something extra special when you know all of the guests at the wedding, your kids are the flower girl and ring bearer, and the bride and groom are family. October 24 will always stand out as a special day for our family and I hope that this video will help commemorate such an amazing event.

Details:
1st Shooter: Travis Bell
2nd Shooter/Editor: Dan Bowen
DJ – DJ-X https://twitter.com/michael_djx
Musician/Emcee – Lee Koch http://leekochmusic.com/
Flowers: The Bloom Bar Co. www.thebloombarco.com
Photographer – Nicole Renee Koch http://nicolereneekoch.com/
Location: Crooked Vine, Livermore http://www.crookedvine.com/
Music: “Generator ^ First Floor” – Freelance Whales; “Life In Color” – One Republic
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark II, Canon C100 Mark I, Canon 5D Mark III, Sony A7S, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Rhino 48″ Pro Slider, Rode Smartlav


There’s something pretty magical about St. Mary’s. Whether it’s the location at the base of the Moraga hills, which always seem to have these perfectly fluffy clouds resting on them or the gorgeous architecture of the campus’ church building, this place is pretty much the best. Brent and Gina (a St. Mary’s grad), picked a perfect October day to tie the knot among a festival gathering of family and friends. Gina let us know that her guests would be ready to dance at the reception and she was correct. It was a party.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Grant Woodburn
DJ – http://djmikeparent.com/
Photographer – Elliott Rosette http://rossettiphotography.com/
Location: St. Mary’s College, Moraga
Music: “Life is Beautiful” – The Afters; “You Lift Me Up” – Mikey Wax (Licensed through www.songfreedom.com)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark II, Canon C100 Mark I, Canon 5D Mark III, Sony A7S, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Rhino 48″ Pro Slider, Rode Smartlav


You know those weddings that you see in the movies? The ones where the bride dresses like a princess, wears glass slippers, and arrives at her ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage? You know those fairytale movies where the couple gets married on the cliffs overlooking the ocean? Turns out, this happens in real life as well. On October 4, David and Sandy made their love official in front of friends and family at the beautiful Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay. It was a day steeped in tradition and rich in love. It was also pretty dang pretty.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Tony Santoro
3rd shooter: Johnny Lee
Photographer: Jay Hsiang jay-studio.com/
DJ – DJ Chris Webb californiadiscjockey.com/
Coordinator: Tami Corday
Carriage Rental: vintagecarriage.com/contact/
Location: Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/HalfMoonBay/Default.htm
Music: “Best Part of Me” – Landon Austin; “Tonight” – Secret Nation (Licensed through musicbed.com)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Rhino 42″ EVO Pro Slider, Rode Smartlav


John and Mesalina are in love. Like really in love. Their love began long distance, but neither oceans nor thousands of air miles could keep them apart. On a lovely September day in Northern California, the Barbuto’s shared their vows. The festivities were a fun blend of Australian and American sensibilities against the beautiful backdrop the Blackhawk Auto Museum provided.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Tony Santoro
Photographer: Stefan Stifter stefanphotos.com
DJ – DJ Jon Carino mixcrate.com/djjoncarino
Reception Location: Blackhawk Auto Museum blackhawkmuseum.org/
Music: “All This Time” – One Republic; “Without You” – Ben Rector (Licensed through songfreedom.com and musicbed.com)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Rhino 42″ EVO Pro Slider, Rode Smartlav


Livermore Valley’s wine country is really underrated, when it comes to wedding locales. Luckily the Wierdas know about the East Bay’s best kept secret and made Martinelli Event Center their location of choice for their September 19 nuptials. Andy and Stefanie enjoyed the beautiful scenery among family and friends on this warm later summer afternoon. From the lovely outdoor ceremony to dancing in the courtyard under the stars, their wedding was one to remember.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Adam Hillyer
Photographer: Brooke and Bryn Photography http://brookeandbryn.com/
Location: Martinelli Event Center http://www.garrewinery.com/martinelli_event_center.html
Music: “Running Around In My Dreams” – Tyrone Wells (Licensed through www.songfreedom.com)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Rhino 48″ Pro Slider, Rode Smartlav


The only thing more unpredictable than the weather is love. Luckily for the Evans, their love was solid and apparent on an unseasonably stormy September day in Glen Allen. At one point during the ceremony, things got so windy that all the couple could do was take a moment and have a good laugh (along with their audience). Amidst the blowing leaves and occasional drizzle, Justin and Jessica had a lovely wedding in the beautiful Napa Valley. We have filmed at many wineries, but BR Cohn definitely stands out among the rest. The place is beautiful. We’re certain that the Evans’ love will remain consistent, despite life’s many unpredictable elements.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Tony Santoro
Photographer: Kevin Mora http://kpmora.com/index2.php#!/HOME
Event Planner: Ooh La La Events http://www.oohlalaweddings.com/
Location: BR Cohn Winery brcohn.com/
Music: “The First Time” – Michael Castro; “Until You” – Dave Barnes (All songs licensed through musicbed.com)
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Rhino 42″ EVO Pro Slider, Rode Smartlav


If you are going to get married, get married at a lake. Simply put, lake weddings are the best. Matt and Bri’s September 5, 2015 wedding at Lassen Meadows Ranch (near Lake Almanor) was among the prettiest weddings we have ever shot. After meeting at the Pleasanton Dairy (there is nothing cuter than that) the couple have been together for over 10 years and decided to get married at the place she dreamed of as a child. From canoe rides to walks through the forest, the Klein’s wedding was pure magic.

Details:
Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Tony Santoro
Photographer: Kelly Boitano (our BFF) www.kellyboitano.com
Location: Lassen Meadows Ranch, Chester CA http://www.lassenmeadows.com/
Music: “All My Days” – Alex Murdoch; “Fake Empire” – The National; “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Camera/equipment specs: Canon C100 Mark ii, Canon 5D Mark iii, Sony A7S, Canon 6D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.2, 16-35 2.8, 24-105 f/4, Nebula 4000, Rhino 42″ EVO Slider, Rode Smartlav