Category Archives: weddings

Westin St. Francis Hotel San Francisco wedding film

Skylar and Melissa’s wedding was magic. Pretty much a perfect day, and a perfect wedding, at the fabulous Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco, California, right on Union Square. Gorgeous bride, handsome groom, cool family and friends, all the details were perfect. Check out their wedding film:

Thanks for the look y’all!

~Mike

Seascape Beach Resort wedding photography

Seascape Beach Resort wedding

There was a special bit of magic around this wedding. Besides how awesome this couple is, it was a gorgeous Fall day at Seascape beach Resort in Aptos. What a beautiful venue for a wedding, as you can see. I am always so excited when I get to shoot there. The bride and groom, Rachel and Andrew are so cool, and are surrounded by wonderful family and friends. They all made this wedding FUN! Shout out to all the great vendors that helped make this day perfect: Maggie Rawleigh, Bridgette Quartararo, and all the professional staff at Seascape. Seascape Flowers made all of the stunning floral arrangements. The Buttery in Santa Cruz provide the elegant and super tasty cake. And Adrian Cavlan of Sound in Motion was our Master of Ceremonies, he Rocked the house, and had everyone dancing.

Seascape Beach Resort bride and groom sunset

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Seascape bridesmaid dress

Seascape Resort wedding rings

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Seascape Beach Resort cake cutting

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Seascape Resort bouquet toss

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Holman Ranch wedding photography Carmel Valley

Holman Ranch wedding

I absolutely love Holman Ranch! When I drive in through the gates, I feel like I’m entering an enchanted world of beautiful rolling hills, oak trees, gorgeous ranch houses, stables, etc. It’s one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the state. With so much beauty everywhere, and a couple that is totally in Love, like Deirdre and Christian, you get a lot of awesome images. They certainly knocked it out of the park with all the beautiful details that they planned to make their wedding day so personal, and perfect. Their love for each other, and their beautiful families, made for a memorable day. The great staff at Holman Ranch, the fabulous coordinators from Coastside Couture, and a great team of vendors (full credits below), made it all magic! Deirdre, you were gorgeous, and Christian, you are the Man, it was such a pleasure to be a part of your special day. Thanks for having me! Shout out to Julie Cahill for all the help!

Have a great weekend!

~Mike

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Monique Lhuillier wedding dress at Holman Ranch

Wedding flowers by Christine Cater at Holman Ranch

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Fabulous vendor team:

Wedding Planner: Coastside Couture

Florist: Christine Cater

DJ/Band: Rich Martini Orchestra

Guitarist: Gabriel Navia

Cake: La Plaza Bakery

Videographer: James Cohen

InterContinental The Clement Monterey wedding photographer : Kat & Zac

InterContinental The Clement Monterey wedding photographer Mike Danen

I smiled the entire time I was editing these images. THANKS so much Kat & Zac, your wedding was spectacular! This is why I love photographing weddings, what a beautiful day, great friends and family, and a lot of LOVE all around. Special thanks to Kat’s mom Libby for all of your help arranging everything. Followers of this blog, you’ll recognize Kat & Zac from their rockin’ engagement session. As I predicted, their wedding at the beautiful InterContinental The Clement Monterey, was really fantastic. Shout out to Donal Daly and all the great staff! From Kat’s beautiful Carolina Herrera couture dress, to Steve Ezzo’s (guitarist for Three Dog Night in the 80’s) beautiful guitar playing, every detail was really perfect. Melody King of Fleurish Floral Designs designed the gorgeous flowers, Lori Ruedi of Paper and Thread Studio made the beautiful paper goods and that super cool sign. And that awesome Cupcake Cake, by Pastries & Petals, was soooo tasty! Big props to Melissa Attard for assisting me for the day!

Enjoy the pictures friends! Your comments are always appreciated- Have a great weekend!

~Mike

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The Clement Monterey InterContinental wedding photographer Mike Danen

Silicon Valley Capital Club, Hindu Temple wedding photography

Praveen and Ruchi had such a beautiful wedding- so much awesome! Awesome family and friends, everyone welcomed me and made sure I was comfortable and well fed- thanks!!! I heart my clients! It all began with a traditional Hindu ceremony at the Shiva – Vishnu Temple and Hindu Community Cultural Center in Livermore. And I had such a blast at the classy and fun reception at the Silicon Valley Capital Club in San Jose.

Shout out to Jenna Torres, and all of the staff, at the Silicon Valley Capital Club. You were such a pleasure to work with, and did such a fabulous job! Gourmet food, professional service, your attention to all the details, and the beautiful view, made for an awesome reception! And big ups to Rebecca Stark for assisting me- you rocked!

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The Clement InterContinental Monterey wedding photographer : Omar & Julie

The Clement InterContinental Monterey wedding photographer Mike Danen

Love was everywhere! What a beautiful couple, and gorgeous wedding! You might remember Omar & Julie from their fab engagement session a few months ago- we had a blast- literally, we got sand blasted down on Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur! Their spectacular wedding day was held at the beautiful new InterContinental The Clement Monterey. Shout out to Donal Daly and all the staff, it is always a pleasure to work with such professionals! Everything came together to perfection, from the stunningly beautiful and tasty cake by Marina Sousa of Just Cake, to Julie’s sister Megan McDonnell’s creative and original table decorations- you guys really outdid yourselves! Marty Satow of Good Vibrations rocked the reception, and fun was had by all!

Thanks so much for having me guys, it has been truly a pleasure working with you and your families. Enjoy the pictures friends, and your comments are always appreciated! Have a great weekend!

~Mike

InterContinental The Clement Monterey wedding photographer Mike Danen

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Damien and Heidi’s fab wedding at The Perry House in Monterey

The Perry House in Monterey California by Mike Danen

Heidi and Damien’s oceanic themed wedding was absolutely beautiful. A gorgeous bride, handsome groom, great families, and a beautiful day all added up to a perfect wedding day. The scene was the beautiful Perry House in Monterey, California, an elegantly restored old Victorian Whaling Captain’s home, that’s become a truly distinctive wedding venue. The service and catering are first rate, and helped make the day so perfect. Melody King of Fleurish Floral Design made the beautiful flower arrangements, and everything came out so gorgeous! Tammy at Room For Dessert made the lovely and tasty wedding cake and fun cookies. Peter Burkhard from Kelly Productions was a fantastic MC, and rocked the house with his DJ skillz.

There was definitely a lot of Aloha spirit at this wedding. Tons of Love everywhere, and Heidi and Damien are truly meant for each other. Congrats guys, you had an awesome day! Take care and thanks so much for having me!

Cheers!

~MikeCustoms House Plaza Monterey California bride

Engagement ring on bride's shoes

Bridal gown Portola Hotel and Spa Monterey

Bride getting ready

Bridesmaids helping with shoes

Bride and Groom at the Memory Garden Monterey

Heidi and Damien at the Memory Gardens

Groomsmen by Adobe Wall

Bride in Old Monterey

Bride at the beach in Monterey sunny day

Bride and groom at The Perry House Monterey

The Perry House Monterey California

Wedding cake and Cookies by Room For Dessert Monterey

Wedding ceremony chairs and aisle

Bridal preparations at the Perry House

Bridal bouquet by Fleurish Floral Designs Monterey

wedding flowers by Melody King Fleurish Floral Designs

Boutonniere by Fleurish Floral Designs

Wedding recessional the Perry House

Wedding reception tables The Perry House

The First Dance

Reception Dancing

Cake cutting

Garter Toss

Bride and groom

Kennolyn wedding photographer Santa Cruz ::: Tom & Julia

Kennolyn wedding photographer Santa Cruz Mike Danen

Tom and Julia are two of the sweetest people you’ll meet. I had a blast with them on their engagement session at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Everything was perfect at this wedding. They actually first met when they were both camp counselors at Kennolyn Camp. If you haven’t heard of Kennolyn, it’s an absolutely gorgeous spot in the Santa Cruz mountains that’s famous for its awesome summer camp. It’s been around 60 years, one if the best in the West. My son attended camp there, and totally Loved it : )

Kennolyn is also a beautiful wedding venue- a stunning natural setting, beautiful hacienda, and great views. I love weddings there, and Jenn McIntyre and the professional staff provide excellent service. Connie J Moore Floral Design and Eventscapes designed all the beautiful flowers and decorative details. Tom and Julia, thanks again for having me!

~Mike

Kennolyn Hacienda by Mike Danen Photography

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Tim the groom at Kennolyn Weddings

Julia the bride at Kennolyn Weddings

Kennolyn wedding photography by Mike Danen

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Wedding flowers by Connie J. Moore Floral Design by Mike Danen

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Wedding cake by The Buttery Santa Cruz

Recessional at Kennolyn Weddings

Wedding photography at Kennolyn by Mike Danen

Grand Entrance at Kennolyn

Wedding toast at Kennolyn

Wedding cake by The Buttery at Kennolyn

Cake cutting at Kennolyn

wedding toast at Kennolyn Hilltop Hacienda

Bride and groom at Kennolyn

Reception dancing at Kennolyn

Excellent Vendors:
Day of event Coordinator – Jenn McIntyre at Kennolyn
Florist – Connie J. Moore Floral Design
DJ – Santa Cruz DJ
String Trio – Paris String Quartet
Officiant – Fr. Josh Favalora
Cake – The Buttery
Photo Booth – Magnolia Photo Booth
Event rentals – Eventscapes