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Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog and entering my little world of Wedding and Engagement Photography. My name is Lili Durkin. I photograph weddings mainly in the larger Bay Area, from Napa to Carmel, but have traveled internationally to document love (and would love to do so anytime!). I love what I do- and know how incredibly blessed I am to be able to say that.

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Pacific Oaks Vineyard Estate Wedding Photographer : Crystal and Ty

August 11th, 2013

At Pacific Oaks Vineyard Estate, Crystal and Ty chose the perfect venue for their wedding in Aptos in the Santa Cruz mountains. Vineyards, a spacious lawn, an expansive deck, towering trees, and commanding views are some of the many attributes of this beautiful property. Crystal and Ty used pastels and succulents in addition to nests, quail eggs, bird cages, and lanterns to give their wedding a dreamy feel that went perfectly with their last name- Quayle! Crystal was stunning and glowing the entire day. Congratulations Crystal and Ty! What an honor it was to document your day!

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Photos

I adore the look of a succulent boutonniere.

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Photos

A sweet note from Ty brought Crystal to tears.

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Photos

That bouquet!

Bride's Necklace and bridal bouquet

Wedding rings

Pacific Oaks Vineyard Estates offers a huge lawn as an option for the ceremony. I loved the vintage door that Crystal and Ty used for the backdrop of their wedding ceremony.

Santa Cruz wedding ceremony

Aptos Wedding Photos

Doesn’t she make a gorgeous flower girl? Crystal made the backdrop herself. It was used later as a background for the photobooth.

Flower girl

Aptos Wedding Photos

Aptos Wedding Ceremony Photos

Aptos Wedding Ceremony Photos

Aptos Wedding Ceremony Photos

Ceremony Exit Bride and Groom

Bride with Bridesmaids

What a good looking bridal party!

Large Bridal Party group

Bride and Bridesmaids

Groom with Groomsmen

Bride with Bridesmaids

Wedding gown with pink bow

This cake by The Buttery was incredible!

Wedding cake with succulents

Flower girl head piece

Wedding decorations

Rocks, decorated by Crystal’s first grade students dotted the cocktail hour on the deck.

Bird nest wedding decoration

Wedding Poloroid booth

Pastel wedding table decor

Pink Hydrangea wedding bouquet

Bride and Groom in trees

Bride and groom wedding portraits

Bride and groom wedding portraits

 

Bride and Groom in Vineyard

Bride and Groom in Vineyard

Light pink, white, and green bouquet

Succulents and bird cages, wedding centerpiece

Birdcage centerpiece

lantern centerpice

Wooden table numbers for wedding

The painting on the right was done by Crystal’s first grade students- isn’t it the cutest?

succulents for wedding

Bride and Groom entrance

Wedding toasts

Wedding toasts

Wedding toasts

Wedding toasts

Wedding toasts

Groom and Whiskey

Bride and Groom first dance

Wedding reception

wedding sparklers

Wedding sparkler exit

bride and groom sparkler exit

Here’s to a lifetime of love and laughter you two!!! Congratulations!

 

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The Mountain Terrace Wedding Photographer : Blair and Kevin

August 6th, 2013

Blair and Kevin celebrated their wedding at The Mountain Terrace in Woodside. It was a beautiful day made even more gorgeous by the amazing floral design of Amy Burke Designs.

Wedding dress and flowers in brides hair

Blair looked so lovely in her strapless gown.

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Blair gave Kevin this sweet keychain with the coordinates for their wedding venue- don’t you just love it? The boutonnieres were perfect in every way.

Woodside Wedding Photographer

I do love a first look! It really is a privilege to  witness the quiet and joyous moment when a bride and groom first see each other. Witnessing their sweet whispers, their admiration, and excitement is an honor.

First look with bride and groom

The ceremony site was jaw dropping thanks to the towering trees that stud The Mountain Terrace and the incredible work of Amy Burke.

Amy Burke Floral Design

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Amy Burke Flowers

Now this next part was really special. This is the first wedding I have photographed where the bride and groom walked in to the ceremony together. It really moved me. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a daddy walking his little girl down the aisle – it is a moment packed with so much emotion as a new chapter of life unfolds. But this was so emotional as well… a bride and groom entering into the ceremony together, side by side, starting the next chapter together. I loved documenting it.

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Outdoor mountain wedding ceremony

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Woodside Wedding Photographer

I thought these clothespins were so creative! And the cookies that look like Kevin and Blair?? Too cute!

clothespin bride and groom, bride and groom cookies

Oh how I love chocolate cosmos!

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Woodside Wedding Photographer

Congratulations Blair and Kevin!!

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San Jose Wedding Photographer : Katie and Jeff

July 26th, 2013

Katie glowed as she married Jeff at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose on a glorious July day. Before the ceremony, Katie got ready at the Hotel De Anza in Downtown San Jose. Her best friend and mom helped her into her dress before heading out to The Rose Garden where Jeff was waiting to see her for the first time as a bride.  Towering redwood trees and blooming roses surrounded them as they shared a sweet few moments together.  I love a first look!

Hotel De Anza Wedding Photographer

Isn’t this jade ring amazing? It was Katie’s grandmother’s ring.

Hotel De Anza Wedding Photographer

Hotel De Anza Wedding Photographer

Hotel De Anza Wedding Photographer

Rose Garden Wedding Photographer

Rose Garden Wedding Photographer

Rose Garden Wedding Photographer

Rose Garden Wedding Photographer

Rose Garden Wedding Photographer

Rose Garden Wedding Photographer

The mass and wedding ceremony were beautiful in the stunning Cathedral.

Rose Garden Wedding Photographer

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

Katie and Jeff took a pedicab to their reception- super cute!!

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

I loved how Katie and Jeff transformed this space.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

They had an area just for kids complete with sitters. This made the reception fun for both the kids and parents!

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

I hadn’t seen this before… a kissing menu. I thought it was so sweet. Instead of clinking the glasses to make the bride and groom kiss, guests had to work a little harder. Guests could offer sage advice, serenade the couple, answer trivia about Jeff and Katie, demonstrate a kiss or tell a funny story involving the bride or groom. This turned the reception into a really fun, interactive party. And as it turned out, Jeff and Katie had some really talented singers in attendance!

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph Wedding Photos

Congratulations to Jeff and Katie! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day!

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Featured: Wendy and Mike’s Perry House Wedding

July 25th, 2013

It was a fun surprise to see Wendy and Mike’s Perry House wedding over on Project Wedding. You can see it herePerry House Wedding Photographer

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Carmel Valley Ranch Wedding Photographer : Jen and Mike

July 24th, 2013

Remember this adorable couple that I posted a little sneak peek of a couple weeks ago?

http://www.carmelvalleyranch.com/index.aspx

Jen and Mike were married in July on a beautiful Carmel Valley day at Carmel Valley Ranch. With rolling hills of lavender, stately oaks, sweet swings, and lovely vineyards, Carmel Valley Ranch is an incredible venue for a wedding. This was a destination wedding for Jen and Mike, as they live in New York. Friends flew out from all over the country to celebrate their union- it was a truly special day. Jen and Mike are just the most fun, sweet, and thoughtful couple- true delights to be around. Thank you Jen and Mike for the honor of documenting your wedding!

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Destination Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

Carmel Wedding Photographer

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