This September, I had the honor of shooting the wedding of my friends, Roseli + Jacob. The two Libras exchanged vows in an intimate commitment ceremony, named Say Amor, on a sunny, serene hilltop at Ocean Song, a farm and wilderness center in Occidental, about an hour from San Francisco on the Sonoma coast.
Set on a farm, the wedding featured the couple's vibrant community of artist friends: performances by their East LA friends Las Cafeteras, La Pelanga DJ's, dinner by Danny Perales, and more. There was Mexican and Filipino food, a wonderful tinikling performance by the American Center of Philippine Arts and live Son Jarocho music, to honor their cultures and community.
Roseli's hair + makeup artist, Heather Boyer, also a yoga teacher, led her through guided meditation and deep breathing in preparation for the ceremony.
Roseli's stunning vintage reception party dress was custom made in the Philippines.
As Heather recreated Keira Knightley's smoky eyes on Roseli, Jacob was in the room next door, practicing his vows.
The bride finalized last minute details with her emcee, Sunny. Then, I took a few more shots of beautiful Roseli before ceremony time.
We made our way to the hilltop, where a band of the couple's friends performed Beirut.
Kawal officiated, as Jacob and Roseli exchanged the most tender, loving vows. To that we say...AMOR!
Las Cafeteras kicked off the celebration with vibrant Son Jarocho music. Hector of Las Cafeteras (below).
A youth Filipino dance troupe from American Center of Philippine Arts performed tinikling, a pre-Spanish Filipino dance, which the couple participated in too.
They danced some more...
...then, friends and family lined up to pin dollar bills on the couple for a "dollar dance."
The couple's community of friends prepped and plated the salad, while chef Danny Perales of Chilmol Catering prepared the main course.
Day of Coordination: Events by Herna and Marissa
Hair + Makeup: Heather Boyer
Flowers: Oh My Clementine
Officiant: Kawal Ulanday
Emcee: Sunny Angulo
The Band: Las Cafeteras
DJs: La Pelanga
Tinikling: American Center of Philippine Arts
Dinner: Danny Perales, Chilmol Catering
Venue: Ocean Song