Monthly Archives: January 2014

Monterey wedding photographer :: Kat & Zac’s engagement session

InterContinental The Clement Monterey wedding photographer Mike Danen

What a fun shoot, with such a fun, cool couple- totally in Love. Bet their wedding this weekend at the beautiful new InterContinental the Clement Monterey won’t be much different. They were up for anything, were super chill, and I think it shows in the shots- Check these out! Leave these guys some blog love in the comment section ; )

Thanks for having me guys- you rocked it! See you this weekend!

~Mike

Cannery Row wedding photographer Mike Danen

The Clement InterContinental Monterey wedding photography Mike Danen

The Clement Monterey wedding photographer Mike Danen

Monterey wedding photographer Mike Danen

InterContinental The Clement Monterey wedding photographer Mike Danen

Fishermans Wharf Monterey wedding photographer Mike Danen

Monterey Wedding Photographer Mike Danen

InterContinental The Clement Monterey wedding photographer Mike Danen

Lovers Point wedding photographer Mike Danen

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Monterey Bay Area wedding photographer Mike Danen

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InterContinental the Clement Monterey wedding photographer Mike Danen

Point Lobos Ridge House wedding photography : Matt & Tia

Carmel wedding photographer Mike Danen

One of the things that I love about what I do is the cool people that I get to work with and get to know. Matt & Tia will be getting married at a gorgeous private estate overlooking Point Lobos and the entire Monterey Peninsula. What a location for pictures. 2011 is shaping up to be a fantastic year! I can’t wait to show you the fab weddings I get to photograph this year : ) Shout out to my colleague Melissa for her help, and thanks guys for having me- it was a blast!

I’m off to WPPI in Las Vegas for the giant photography convention. If you’re going to be there hit me up, let’s get it on!

Have a great Weekend!

Carmel Valley wedding photographer Mike Danen

Point Lobos Ridge house Carmel wedding photographer Mike Danen

Point Lobos Ridge Vacation Home wedding photographer Mike Danen

Point Lobos Ridge House wedding photography Mike Danen

Point Lobos Ridge house Carmel wedding photographer Mike Danen

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Point Lobos Ridge House Carmel wedding photographer Mike Danen

Mission Ranch Carmel wedding photographer Mike Danen

Mission Ranch Carmel wedding photographer Mike Danen

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Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photography

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Hey guys, meet Vy and Frances, up on the blog! Sorry for the hiatus peeps, I was on vacation in Hawaii, and then busy with beautiful Fall weddings- like this one! What a pleasure it was to work with these guys. They rocked their engagement session. Their wedding was super fun! The beautiful Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club hosted the nuptials- L.T. Beaton and her staff always provide awesome service, DJ Spencer Sutherland packed the dance floor and this party was off the hook! There was a lotta Love in that room, and I know these two are gonna live Happily Ever After! Frances & Vy, thanks for having me!

Thanks for the look everyone, and have a great week!

~Mike

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Four Seasons hotel Palo Alto wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Four Seasons wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club wedding photographer Mike Danen

Fun and Fashionable Foods for Weddings

When it comes to wedding planning, one of the main concerns is what food and drinks to serve to your guests and how to serve them. Luckily, contemporary weddings have menus and formats that fit all budgets and tastes. Beyond the budget, there are a few factors that affect your options, such as the space where people are going to eat, the number of people attending, the time of the reception, and having a varied menu that encompasses diverse preferences and dietary restrictions.

Tapas, the Elegant Finger Foods

Yes, what you have heard is true: mini is where it’s at. According to The Wedding Café, bite-sized foods with beautiful presentations are the elegant alternative to the sit-down dinner. Add some spice to the occasion with Spanish-style tapas such as bits of Manchego cheese with marinated olives, Serrano ham croquettes, stuffed mushrooms, and pint-sized empanadas. Over at Offbeat Bride, the buzz is over a couple that had an inventive reception with a tapas bar followed by an open cupcake bar.

Photo: “Frittata” by Nathalie Dulex

Photo: “Frittata” by Nathalie Dulex

Food Truck Fiesta

Go on-trend by hiring food trucks to serve your wedding guests. You can either arrange for a food truck catering service with traditional entrees and appetizers or reserve the hippest trucks to serve gussied-up street food to your loved ones. Pop Sugar recommends broadening guests’ horizons with some fusion foodie choices, such as Korean tacos, Cal-Asian cuisine, or Caribbean crab cakes.

Photo: “Street Vendor” by Noladoc30

Photo: “Street Vendor” by Noladoc30

Afternoon Tea

While some couples opt for afternoon tea receptions due to price concerns, others go over-the-top with a decadent afternoon repast worthy of royalty. In the mood of the latter option, British purveyor Careys Manor hosts a vintage afternoon tea that is smashing, opening with canapés and champagne, proceeding with tiered stands filled with sandwiches and cakes, and closing with a round of croquet on the lawn and a slice of wedding cake. Less formal is the tea described in Boho Weddings, consisting of cucumber sandwiches, cream scones, lemon tarts, carrot cake, and tea in mismatched cups.

Photo: “Black Country Museum, Birmingham UK” by Lettieb

Photo: “Black Country Museum, Birmingham UK” by Lettieb

An Unbeatable Brunch

Are you a morning person? If so, an intimate midmorning to afternoon wedding is the ideal opportunity to host a classy brunch reception. JET Magazine recommends a midday Waffle Bar, complete with toppings such as fresh fruit, dark chocolate chips, dried fruit, jams, and Nutella. Another inspiring idea, described by Wisconsin Bride, is to start with hot cider, doughnuts, and coffee and then serve a full brunch of mimosas, quiche, roast beef, fresh fruit and pastries.

Photo: “Bakery” by Vina V.

Photo: “Bakery” by Vina V.

Go Local

Napa Valley wine. New York cheesecake. New Orleans jambalaya. Wherever you are having your wedding, there is bound to be a local tradition or specialty that can make the reception shine. This is also true for international destination weddings, so serve up some spring rolls at your Thailand beach reception or pour the mezcal for your guests in Mexico. The Washington Post describes this locavore reception as a marriage of sustainable and trendy. Guests will describe it as delicious.

Photo: “Spring Roll” by Salsa Chica

Photo: “Spring Roll” by Salsa Chica