sera + julius: married!

I first met Sera and Julius in person the night before their wedding at a bonfire they hosted for family and friends at their home in Oakland. I had just flown into SFO a few hours prior, but I wanted to make sure I could talk with them face-to-face before being present to photograph one of the most special days of their lives. Call me crazy, but that’s just how I roll.

Sera and Julius welcomed me into their home with open arms and treated me as if I were an old friend. Their friends and family were just as welcoming and I had a great night chit-chatting by the fire until well past my bedtime. I was so glad I went to the bonfire because it made me so excited for the wedding the following afternoon. Nothing makes me happier than shooting photos of people I genuinely like.

The wedding took place at the South End Rowing Club in the Ghirardelli Square area of San Francisco. The small and intimate ceremony was held at the end of the club’s pier, which had a beautiful bay view–perfect for a beautifully sunny afternoon. Sera and Julius planned the entire wedding themselves and loyal friends pitched in to oversee various tasks throughout the day. It was a classically simple wedding with a DIY feel, which I loved.

I looove bagpipers, so I was really excited to see this guy!

Julius really laid one on his bride at the end of the ceremony–what a kiss!

The Mr. and Mrs. and I hung out immediately following the ceremony for some formal portraits. There wasn’t a bridal party, so it was just the three of us, which was so much fun! This is probably one of my faves from the day.

Here are some more from the day…

A friend dutifully handed out programs before the ceremony

These decadent chocolate cupcakes with lime-flavored cream cheese frosting were provided by Jennifer of Oye Cookie! Not only did they look good, but they tasted absolutely divine!

No matter the wedding, there is always at least one pretty girl in a party dress stealing the show. This time, there were two!

The youngest ladies weren’t the only ones hamming it up, though. I loved how fancy Sera’s mother and grandmother looked.

An extremely cool dancing shot

Sera and Julius were so happy and in their element during the toasts from family and friends

The official song of the wedding was Will His Love Be Like His Rum? by Harry Belafonte. While the song was played, shots of rum were handed out to all in attendance. They all sang along merrily and Sera made sure the rum continued to flow.

And, of course, where there’s rum, there’s a bride and groom getting their groove on.

Sera and Julius, I had such a blast at your wedding. Thanks for inviting me to document it. Hope you’re enjoying Wine Country!

  • monique! - These are really fantastic Heidi, I’m trying to pick a favorite but I just can’t decide!
    Congrats on a great opportunity and I know the couple will be happy with their pictures!

  • PM John Mitchell - Thanks for inviting me to be part of your day, this was one of the more interesting services I have performed for.

    All the best

    Pipe Major John B Mitchell

  • jennifer - you totally rawked these pictures heidi. after all the crazy troubles i had with the frosting you would never guess it by looking at the picture you took. that my friend is what a good photographer does. you’re awesome.

  • Courtney Brandt - I want to get married again just so you can take our pictures!!! These are all stunning – your ability to work color is just amazing.

    Seriously, what are you doing July 4, 2013? It’s time to renew some vows!!

  • Sera Young - Man, Heidi, you’re superlative! We completely lucked out with your skills. Like I said to you at the wedding, every time I looked up to hope you were taking a picture, you were! On top of your intuitive sense of being present right when I was hoping you would be, there’s the beauty of the photos you were taking. We’ll be thinking of you for the next 50 years or so. Thanks mate, rock ‘n roll through and through. Sera (the bride) on behalf of the groom, et al.

  • Rebecca Wellman - Hi Heidi,
    Nice work on these! It looks like you had some difficult lighting situations (SUN!) but you did a fabulous job! see you back at the [b]school. ~Rebecca
    BLOG: http://rwellmanphotography.wordpress.com

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