Emily and Chris’s Wedding at the Hollins House Golf Club in Santa Cruz

I had met Emily through through Tanya and Paul, who’s wedding I photographed last February.  She and and Chris met over 7 years ago at work and have been together ever since. I had the pleasure of shooting their beautiful wedding this weekend.  I even got to hang out with Chris and the groomsmen at the end of the night for a few drinks and a dance!

The day began at The Inn at Pasatiempo in Santa Cruz with Emily getting ready with her bridesmaids in one room.  Chris and his groomsmen were in a room on the other side of the building.

Emily’s proud Mom got her dress directly from the designer.  As soon as Emily put the dress on in the shop, the designer was brought to tears with how beautiful it looked on her.

Her bridesmaid dresses were from David’s Bridal.  I have to say, they all looked radiant!

Once we arrived at The Hollins House Country Club where the ceremony and reception were to take place, I took Chris and the guys off to take a few shots. They were such a fun group of guys and were up for any ideas I threw at them.

Chris and his brother TJ got matching tattoos for their Grandpa.

How many groomsmen does it take to pour Chris a drink?

"This is the last time you guys get an allowance!"

Emily had a little ladybug broach attached to her garter, which was her “something borrowed”.  Later in the day, her bridesmaid Samantha spotted this little ladybug on a leaf.  We  couldn’t resist taking it to Emily to get this shot!

A quick toast before the ceremony started!

The garden looked beautiful in the summer sunshine as the bridal party entered and the ceremony began.

Once everyone had gone into the garden area, I stole Chris and Emily for a few couples shots.

After the speeches, dinner, and drinks, the couple had their first dance outside in the setting sun.

Emily and her Father danced to ‘I Loved Her First’.  Chris and his mother danced to ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’.

After the dances, everyone ventured inside for the cake cutting, the throwing of the bouquet, the garter toss, and more dancing!


Categories: 2011, emily and chris, wedding

Author:Charles Le

Please support this blog by commenting and subscribing. I love reading feedback and I'm sure the the newlyweds would love to see your comments too! If you have any questions please don''t hesitate to post them or send me an email. I'm always interested to hear what you think! Thanks for your support. Ten years ago, I left the mortgage and real estate business to pursue photography, which is a passion of mine. The mortgage business was excellent at that time but I was tired of it. I had a daughter that was just born and I wanted to do something that would allow me to spend more time with her and at the same time do what I wanted. I knew that I enjoyed people photography and soon discovered that I have a very real and special talent for it. I discovered that I was particularly good at capturing moments and revealing emotions through pictures. This came instinctively for me and allowed me to develop a style that was very comfortable for me to work in. My photography quickly became popular in the bay area and I've earned a large number of referral businesses as a result. In fact, i'd say I most of my business growth is the result of referrals from clients and online sites like Yelp. I currently have a studio in downtown San Jose and photograph weddings and portraits all over the bay area and California.


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