Engagement

Sutro Baths Engagement Shoot: Jack + Gloria

March 11, 2017

A sneak peek from tonight’s Sutro Bath’s Engagement shoot with Jack and Gloria. Looking at these photos you can just feel the ocean breeze and delight in the setting sun. It was a treat spending time with two college sweet hearts that got engaged in no other city, but Paris. Jack and Gloria, thank you for your sweet smiles, for all the effort that went into the shoot, and for bearing the not so warm San Francisco beach to capture these memories. Next time I hope to run into you in Paris and I have a feeling I know the backdrop you will choose for your photos! Can’t wait for your wedding in May! Lots of love, Yuliya

The iconic view of Sutro Baths and one very stunning couple.
Sutro Baths Engagement Shoot, San Francisco Photographer

Gloria’s purple dress was perfect contrast to the setting sun.
Sutro Baths Engagement Shoot, San Francisco Photographer
Sunset glow in its perfection.
Sutro Baths Engagement Shoot, San Francisco Photographer

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Weddings

Siena, Italy Wedding

March 3, 2017

Italy has the most charm when it comes to weddings, especially a wedding in Siena. The bright colored stucco walls, the ancient city walls, the pebble stone streets. All add to a beautiful interlay of medieval tones, which are a perfect setting for a modern bride. I absolutely loved working with Hewelin of Marry Me in Tuscany and her team to put together this beautiful shoot. We spent a whole day roaming around the tiny corners of Siena photographing away. Looking forward to sharing more with you guys soon.
Flowers by http://www.agriflorfiori.it
Dress: http://www.vivalasposasiena.it

Siena Italy wedding, bridal shoot in Italy

Siena Italy Wedding

Siena Italy wedding, bridal shoot in Italy

Siena Italy Wedding

Tips for brides: If you’d like a smooth destination wedding, it’s best to go with a wedding planner that is based in the city where you’ll have the wedding. Local wedding planers know all the charming places perfect for your wedding, the small and large flower shops and of course, the catering companies, since you do come to Italy for food!

Engagement

Spring Engagement Shoot

March 1, 2017

Spring is the best time for an engagement shoot, especially if you wear a pink dress. Very excited to share with you Chelsea and Sean’s engagement photos at the Sacramento Capitol. We found a perfect tree with pink blossoms, which complemented the whole shoot so well. Really wish spring would last forever.

Chelsea you’re so beautiful, in and out!
Pink Dress Spring Engagement Session
I absolutely love Chelsea’s engagement ring. Marquise cut is extremely unique and takes a special boldness to wear. I believe it matches Chelsea’s personality to a T! Love it!

Pink Dress Spring Engagement Session

Pink Dress Spring Engagement Session

Pink Dress Spring Engagement Session

I believe in giving my couples lots of directions so they feel confident taking their wedding photos. And I totally let them improvise a little. The pink dress was just perfect blend with the blossoming tree in the background. Too bad spring doesn’t last forever!
Pink Dress Spring Engagement Session

Pink Dress Spring Engagement Session

Fun and beautiful moment at the end of engagement session. I love how couples warm up to the camera by the end of the shoot. It adds certain playfulness to the photos, that is why I love spending extra time with my couples to give them more time to relax and get comfortable shooting!

Pink Dress Spring Engagement Session
Chelsea and Sean, it’s such an honor to witness your love story and to take a small part in it! I absolutely loved documenting this beautiful season of your lives and can’t wait for your wedding in May. After all the planning and details that went into it, I’m sure it will be nothing short of perfection! Looking forward to many more memories made together.

Thank you for watching and can’t wait to share more photos with you from recent shoots in Italy and of course Paris.

Business, Inspiration

Modern Calligraphy for the Modern Bride

February 24, 2017

Sunstone Winery is a perfect place for an intimate wedding and even more so for this short video trailer I’m sharing with you today. Last year my sister Dina wrote couples’ wedding vows for our friends’ Mike and Rachel’s wedding anniversary celebration at Sunstone Winery. I got a chance to film a few behind the scenes and this will now serve as an intro trailer for Dina’s new website Letters by Dina coming soon.

Check out her Etsy shop for any of your calligraphy needs. She does envelope signing for wedding, custom calligraphy for prints, place cards, name cards and of course her signature piece, wedding vows.

A little bit about Sunstone Winery. The winery sits in the rolling hills just above Santa Barbara and enjoys beautiful weather year round. It’s a perfect setting for destination weddings and of course for brides who love a little taste of Italy. The villa is surround by olive orchards and has an iconic oak tree in the middle of the vineyards. It truly is a gem of a place to get married.

Weddings

San Francisco Hotel Wedding

February 18, 2017

Happy weekend everyone!
This Marines Memorial Club and Hotel wedding was nothing short of perfection!

Excited to see Michelle and Michael’s wedding photo included in the last issue of Huffingtonpost Weddings. Michelle’s dress was a two piece by Anne Barge designer. She had a long flowing skirt for the ceremony for her quintessential church wedding. For her reception she changed into a mermaid style dress.

With my love for all things fashion, I fell in love with her attire! If you want to try something different for your wedding, a two piece dress might be up your alley! Stay fabulous, Yuliya

San Francisco