headlands center for the arts wedding

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I still remember where I was sitting when Margaret and I first talked on the phone about her wedding with Gavin. Stanford Shopping Center, in the middle of the mall, I had plopped my pregnant self down on one of those cushy armchairs right in front of the Louis Vuitton Store and we talked and talked about my philosophy (have fun) and her wedding (laid-back and also fun and also at my dream venue) and I remember just going on and on hoping that something I said could convince this intelligent woman that somehow I would be the right choice for her day. I always get my hopes up, no matter how hard I try not to. I’m just not that level-headed.

And I prayed that something I said had made sense at all, and that the mall had not been too loud in the background (what was I thinking?!), and that pleasepleaseplease she would book me. I could probably try to be cool right now since I’m sure you’re reading this being like, whoa. But I think it would probably not do me any favors in the long run. I care A LOT about what I do and it’s an  incredibly important task to document someone’s wedding day, so the truth is. I care a lot. I’m not a cool girl no matter how hard I wish I was, and maybe that’s a good thing.

But I guess it was fate and somehow I ended up being a part of the most magical and beautiful wedding at my dream venue, with two amazingly gifted and kind clients and now friends.

Margaret + Gavin – your trust in me was a huge gift to me this year as I navigated the murky waters of being a working mom, and getting things done, and being an artist in the midst of it all.

I am so grateful to you both. Your wedding day was so fun. Even when we didn’t think we’d have an officiant you two were the picture of grace. Everything happened just the way it was supposed to. I will remember that lesson always.

Shot entirely on film. Developed + Scanned by Richard Photo Lab.


Event Styling + Planning by Amanda O Creative.

Floral Design by Studio Choo.

Margaret’s gown by Sarah Seven.

Catering by Katie Powers.

For more vendor information visit Amanda’s site here!


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