Check out Priscilla and Andrew’s wedding at Casa Real in Pleasanton! I started the day at the hotel where the good vibes were flowing as soon as I arrived. Priscilla and Andrew were both getting ready in their separate rooms, and I started by capturing Priscilla in her makeup chair surrounded by her lovely bridesmaids. The shots here were perfect because of that gorgeous window light! They were all buzzing with excitement, looking absolutely stunning in their robes. Meanwhile, over in Andrew’s room, he and his guys were getting suited up. I snapped some solo shots of Andrew with his jewelry before Priscilla surprised him with a thoughtful gift—a Spotify record with a scannable link to their song. After some group shots and a quick toast in the guys room, it was time to head to the venue.
Once we arrived at Casa Real in Pleasanton, we kicked off the formal group shots with each bridal group. We had to keep them separated, so the guys were out front, and the ladies to the side of the venue. The guys went first while Priscilla slipped into her gorgeous dress. Then came the funniest moment of the day—the first look prank! Andrew’s best friend dressed up as Priscilla, and Andrew’s reaction when he turned around was priceless! The pics do not do justice how surprised he was in the moment. After the prank, it was time for the real first look, and the couple’s happiness upon seeing each other was palpable. We followed it up with some full bridal party pictures, and the elegant door in front of the venue made for the perfect backdrop. I decided to whip out my super wide to exaggerate the length of the door!
Despite the rain, the indoor cellar room provided a cozy atmosphere for the ceremony. I worked my magic with the lighting, bouncing it off the walls to create a soft glow. The highlight of the ceremony? Definitely the vows—funny, sweet, and utterly heartfelt.
Before the reception kicked off, Priscilla and Andrew stole away for some sunset photos in front of the venue’s beautiful fountain. The winery’s Italian-inspired aesthetic, combined with the cloudy overcast, made for some truly magical shots.
And finally, the reception! It was a whirlwind of speeches, outfit changes into traditional clothing, lion dances, and, of course, plenty of dancing on the floor. The evening ended with a light exit into a mini cooper—a nod to the start of their relationship in college. What a day to remember!