Palm Event Center Wedding Photographer
This was a fantastic wedding with a great bride and groom at the Palm Event Center in the beautiful Livermore Valley wine country. The couple booked us for an engagement session and we also included bridal prep in their package.
Bridal Prep at Home of the Bride
We started our day at the home of the bride to get candid photographs of her getting ready for the wedding. Whenever we do bridal prep, we try to keep this part of the event natural and not posed. The idea is to tell the story of the bride and groom's wedding day through pictures. We capture just a few make-up and hair images and then focus on the dress and other accessories important to the bride. Once the bride has her wedding dress on we take pictures of it getting zipped or laced up. This provides a great opportunity to place the bride near a window and get some beautiful natural light pictures as the bride gets ready for her big day. We also include pictures of the bride with her bridesmaids or attendants and of course some nice individual portraits. As mentioned, we try to keep this part relatively short so we don't stress out the bride with too many formal poses before her wedding at The Palm Event Center. We even captured some images of the bride heading towards her car. The best wedding photography at Bridal prep is unobtrusive and quick, but we still must capture the important shots.
Wedding Photography at the Palm Event Center
Prior to the ceremony we took both the guys and the girls on separate photo tours around the property of the Palm Event Center. There are so many great places here to do these types of photos so it make the wedding photographer's job easy! Just to be safe, however, it was requested that we take pictures of the groom and his groomsman mostly in the back of the venue and off to the side. This was to avoid the possibility of the bride and groom seeing each other before the ceremony. Once it was time to take the bride and her attendants out we had to rush a little to be done in time, but as any professional wedding photographer will tell you, this is quite normal.
Ceremony in the Barrel Room
Their wedding ceremony took place in the barrel room which is frankly a spectacular spot for a wedding. The light is golden and the barrels in the background make for a very elegant celebration. The best Palm Event Wedding Photographers understand that photos come out much better in this room using the available light. So we try to only use our on-camera flash units when the bride is coming in at the beginning of the ceremony. Once the groom sees bride, the flashes are turned off and we cover the ceremony in a natural way that really highlights the golden colors and barrels in this room. After the ceremony and quite a few family photos, we took the happy couple around the grounds for formal shots. We used the barrel room for this purpose also, but then spent time wandering around the venue and of course out by the Palm trees!
Wedding Reception at the Palm Event Center
It is so convenient for the guests when the couple can have their wedding ceremony and their reception in the same location. The Palm Event Center is definitely one of our preferred wedding venues in the San Francisco Bay Area where we do most of our wedding photography. Just the fact that the reception and ceremony locations are walking distance apart already makes this Venue one of the best! From what I understand, it is also quite affordable, especially for what you receive for your money. This reception included all of the typical events we see at most weddings. We were able to take pictures of the first dance, the toasts and bouquet and garter toss. We feel that the reception room at the Palm Event Center is one of the best we have experienced. Plenty of room and super clean facility.
One More Word about Engagement Sessions
We spent quite a bit of time with this couple including a fun Engagement center that was photographed in Clayton, California. We really encourage our couples to do have us photograph their engagement session before the wedding. There are a quite a few good reasons for this, listed below are some of the best!
- It helps us to get to know how best to photograph the couple
- It makes us more familiar with the couple and helps create rapport
- We may find out some quirks and issues with the bride or groom (like closing eyes, etc)
- Engagement sessions provide the bride and groom with some nice images to display at their wedding
- They are fun!
The Palm Event Center is one of our favorite wineries in the Livermore Valley to photograph weddings, for more information about having your wedding here click the link. We are a leading San Francisco Bay Area wedding photographer and have covered events here for over 15 years!