This Bay Area wedding occurred in Walnut Creek California at Boundary Oaks Golf Course. We also did the bridal prep and the groom prep at the same location. The ceremony took place out on the First Tee of the golf course at Boundary Oaks. They have a very nice location overlooking the golf course in the trees . The one thing I really like about Boundary Oaks is they have a very large “getting ready” room for the girls. This room also has lots of light available so we can shoot without flash in the room with no problem. The other nice thing is that the girls were not too far away from where the other guys are getting ready so we can move between them both. Once the bridal prep was done we moved onto the ceremony and it was a beautiful day. The only thing about Boundary Oaks is that it gets pretty hot and there's not much shade. So most of the guests wait under the trees until the ceremony starts then they come out. This particular ceremony was relatively short but you can see from the images above that we captured it quite well. This is one of our favorite venues in the San Francisco bay area and we understand that the pricing is reasonable.
Like all San Francisco Bay Area weddings that occur in the summer you can usually be sure it's not going to rain. This day was no different and we were able to get some great ceremony photographs. Once we finished with the ceremony it was time for the family shots. because it was so hot we took them into the shade to do these which everybody appreciated. Normally the family photos take about 25 minutes or so depending on how many groupings they have. Once that was completed all the guests went indoors to have drinks and we took the bride and groom out into the golf course. They have a beautiful oak tree that you have to get to by taking a golf cart. They normally have a person escort you to make sure you don't get in the way of the golfers. Unfortunately the big old oak tree recently came down in a storm, but they still let you out there and there are other large trees and grass. More importantly, there is still sufficient shade to keep our bride from overheating and also allows for better wedding photography. Once we've completed all of the outdoor formal photography we all went into the reception to get ready for the big celebration. The bride had a surprise in store for everybody when she came out in a cute dancing dress. The groom and her did a choreographed dance routine which everybody loved. If you look above you will see some of the photos we captured of the dance. I thought she was going to keep the Dancing dress on, but she quickly changed back into a wedding dress for the rest of the night's festivities.
When we photograph a full wedding like this, we make sure to cover all of the action from start to finish. We will never leave your reception early even if we go over the allotted time. It is certainly important to make sure that you have a realistic timeline and share it with your wedding photographer and guests for any Bay Area Wedding.