Eric James Photography: Blog en-us (C) Eric James Photography (Eric James Photography) Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:09:00 GMT Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:09:00 GMT Eric James Photography: Blog 88 120 Kellie & John | Yosemite Wedding at Tenaya Lodge Kellie and John's wedding at Tenaya Lodge near Yosemite, CA was one for the ages, filled with the kind of people and moments that make me so grateful and thrilled to be a wedding photographer.  Tenaya Lodge, just outside the south gate of Yosemite National Park, made for a beautiful setting for the entire weekend.  The day after the wedding, Kellie and John rallied into their wedding attire again for a run up to Yosemite's Sentinel Dome at sunset for some more photo fun.  Make sure to scroll to the end to see them all. One thing I love about destination weddings is the opportunity to spend a bit more time with couples and take advantage of the awesome locations nearby.

This was one amazing weekend with one amazing couple!  

(Eric James Photography) wedding Yosemite Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:17:50 GMT
Kanoa & Sara | San Francisco Engagement Session - Shot on Film Some of you might recognize Kanoa here.  He has been my main second shooter at weddings for the past few years and a great friend for many more.  And now...he's engaged!  For their engagement shoot, Kanoa and his lovely fiancé, Sara, had the idea of spending a full day taking photos at some of San Francisco's iconic spots and asked me to take them.  On top of that, wanting something a little different and special and knowing my passion for shooting analog cameras, they asked it all be shot on film, and so of course, I gleefully jumped at the chance.  Almost as high as Kanoa jumps in one of these photos!


With a few location ideas they had in mind, mixed in with some go-to spots of my own, we hit the town.  After starting along the windy shores of Treasure Island we walked the Embarcadero for a bit and paused at The Ferry Building for some delicious avocado toast (and one of my favorite photos of the day).  We then cruised over to North Beach and Chinatown before a surprise stop Kanoa set up for Sara at Bob's Donuts, where a couple special order donuts and some ice cold milk were waiting for us.  


We then carried on to the Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Park where the late day light was really starting to shine before driving out to Sutro Baths to catch a beautiful golden hour and sunset.  A bit exhausted at this point (those Sutro Bath stairs!) and having all worked up an appetite again, we put the cameras away and Kanoa and Sara took me to their favorite ramen restaurant for dinner to cap off a fun day exploring San Francisco.  


Congratulations Kanoa and Sara and thanks for asking me to capture this special moment in time for you!  

All photos shot on Kodak Portra 400 film (and one on Ilford 3200) and developed and scanned by the good folk at Indie Film Lab.

Spot the three pigeons above?!

(Eric James Photography) engagement shoot film san francisco Mon, 28 May 2018 18:00:38 GMT
Allie & Blake | Mexico Wedding at Hotel San Cristóbal, Todos Santos I couldn't wait for Allie and Blake's wedding in Todos Santos, Mexico.  This was my second wedding in the sleepy town along the Baja California coast and so I knew what a beautiful and special place it is.  Home to A & B's festivities was the newly opened Hotel San Cristobal, a spectacular beachfront hotel and restaurant that is quickly and deservedly gaining notoriety. A true couple's (and wedding photographer's) paradise.  Add to that the fact that Allie and Blake, along with their entire group of friends and family, are some of the coolest, friendliest and most generous people I have met, it all made for an unforgettable few days that I am so thankful to have been a part of.   Fun people make for a fun wedding, and a fun this one was!  Congratulations Allie and Blake!  

Huge thanks to Allie and Blake and all those who helped make this day happen!

Venue: Hotel San Cristobal

Wedding Planner and Floral: Lori Losee with Elegant Affairs 

DIY Detail Extraordinaire: The Bride and her gang, including Arsty Blake, who hand drew the map Allie is holding!)

Wedding Dress Designer: Eddy K

Makeup: Natasha Wise, Empa Creative

DJ: DJ Goldfinger

Dress: Leigh-Gown by Eddy K. Purchased from: BHLD

Ring: Tipp and Co

Belt/Garter/Hairpins: DavieandChiyo

Necklace: Hedgehog Project

Bride/Mother Of Bride shoes: Custom Jimmy Choo

Hair Stylist: Aubriel Good

Bridesmaids dresses: Show Me Your MuMu

Grooms Jacket: ETRO

Grooms Pants: Nordstrom (Ted Baker)

Watch: IWC

Grooms Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Groommens Jackets: Indochino custom

Groomsmens pants: Bonobos

Socks (groomsmen and groom): Happy Feet

Shades: Louis Vuitton

Florals: Lori Losee (Elegant Affairs WA) and Judy Morgan (Hotel San Cristobal Baja) 

Food/Cake/Churros: Hotel San Cristobal 

Invitations: Pink by Peach

Welcome Bags/Name Cards: Allie Gibson

Mariachi Band: Trio Tolin

Ceremony Guitarist: Chip Reno

Bridesmaids Swimsuits: Dollstreet 

Guest Favors (fish bottle openers): Fam Waterjet Inc

Flip Flops and Pashminas - Reception Flip Flops

Papel Picado: Mexican Decorations (Etsy)

Ribbon wands: DivinityBraids (Etsy)

(Eric James Photography) beach destination mexico wedding Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:57:37 GMT
Lisa & Paul | Wedding in Chiang Mai, Thailand I recently had the wonderful opportunity to head to Thailand for Lisa and Paul's wedding at the beautiful Sabai Sabai Retreat in Chiang Mai.  I first met up with Lisa and Paul a couple days before the wedding for a few photos (and drinks!) in Chiang Mai's Old City with a small group of family and friends.  The wedding day arrived and began with some traditional Thai ceremonies in the morning followed by a more traditional Western ceremony and reception later on.  Simply beautiful on every level. The entire trip was an unforgettable experience from start to finish and I am so grateful to have been a part of such an amazing wedding with such an awesome couple!

Congratulations Lisa & Paul!

Special thanks to all those involved!

Venue: Sabai Sabai Retreat

Second Shooter: Nikki Ortiz


(Eric James Photography) chiang mai destination thailand wedding Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:54:42 GMT
Moments of 2017 - Part 3 From Tahoe to Thailand, and so many beautiful Bay Area venues in between, the 2017 wedding photography season gave me a lot to be excited about and a lot to be grateful for.  In truth, I could have posted 10 more pages of my favorite wedding and engagement photos from the year.  Every couple, every wedding, every moment is unique and an honor to capture.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to not only document these memories for my clients, but to share in them.

Cheers to health, love, and happiness in 2018!

See Moments of 2017 Part 1 Here

See Moments of 2017 Part 2 Here

See Moments of 2017 Part 1 Here

See Moments of 2017 Part 2 Here

(Eric James Photography) engagement wedding Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:26:16 GMT
Moments of 2017 - Part 2 The good times continue! A few more memorable moments from the wonderful year that was!

Moments of 2017 Part 1 Here

Moments of 2017 Part 3 Here



Moments of 2017 Part 1 Here

Moments of 2017 Part 3 Here

(Eric James Photography) engagement wedding Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:09:16 GMT
Moments of 2017 - Part 1 2017 was a great year and these are some of my favorite moments.  Thank you to everyone that was a part of it all and cheers to the new year ahead!

See Moments of 2017 Part 2 Here

See Moments of 2017 Part 3 Here

See Moments of 2017 Part 2 Here

See Moments of 2017 Part 3 Here

(Eric James Photography) engagement wedding Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:18:17 GMT
Jason & Ivy | Wedding at the Palm Event Center, Pleasanton, CA A few favorite moments from Jason and Ivy's beautiful wedding day at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton, CA.

(Eric James Photography) palm event center pleasanton wedding Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:28:56 GMT
Shannon & Adriano | Wedding in Napa, CA The week before Shannon & Adriano's wedding, it was uncertain whether it would even take place.  Due to the Napa Valley fires the week prior, their venue, the lovely home of a friend, was still in one of the active evacuation zones.  As fate would have it, the skies cleared that week, the wedding went on as scheduled, and the most beautiful, emotional and memorable of wedding days ensued.  It could not have happened to better people.

Congratulations Shannon & Adriano!

(Eric James Photography) napa wedding Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:19 GMT
Hedia & Akhil | Wedding at Viansa Winery, Sonoma, CA Hedia and Akhil had a very special two day wedding at Viansa Sonoma, a gorgeous hilltop venue overlooking the valleys of wine country.  Celebrating both Western and Indian traditions over two days, this was a very fun and unique wedding to be a part of.  The beauty of it all far outshone the heat wave that came through that weekend.  Here are a few of the memorable moments...



Congratulations Hedia and Akhil!


Special thanks to the amazing team of vendors who were a part of making it all happen:


Venue: Viansa Winery

Planner: Quintana Events

Second Shooter: John Wright

Signage: JBG Designs

Rentals : Encore
Drummer – KuKoo G. Singh
Horse : Hackney Horse and Carriage
Shuttles : Pure Luxury
Floral : Wine Country Flowers
Video : Edge Fog
Lighting : Got Light PLD
Officiant: Yasbanoo


(Eric James Photography) indian wedding napa sonoma wedding wine country winery Wed, 25 Oct 2017 19:52:29 GMT
Ben & Christina | Wedding at Olympia's Valley Estate, Petaluma, CA So many favorites from Ben and Christina's wedding day at Olympia's Valley Estate in the beautiful rolling hills of Petaluma, CA...enjoy!

Congratulations Ben & Christina!

(Eric James Photography) olympia's valley estate petaluma wedding Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:35:02 GMT
Madeline & Scott | Wedding at Triple S Ranch, Calistoga, CA A few moments from Madeline and Scott's beautiful wedding day at one of my new favorite venues, Triple S Ranch in Calistoga, CA.

Congratulations Madeline and Scott!

Venue: Triple S Ranch, Calistoga

Event Coordinator: Sugar Rush Events



(Eric James Photography) calistoga napa wedding wine country winery Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:23:30 GMT
Anton & Valeria | Wedding at The Brazilian Room, Berkeley, CA  





(Eric James Photography) berkeley brazilian room wedding Mon, 04 Sep 2017 18:14:48 GMT
Veronica & Kris | Wedding at The Palm Event Center, Pleasanton, CA  


Congratulations Veronica and Kris!

(Eric James Photography) livermore palm event center pleasanton wedding wine country Mon, 04 Sep 2017 18:14:23 GMT
Matt & Karissa | Wedding at the Holly Farm, Carmel, CA  


Congratulations Matt & Karissa!

Venue: The Holly Farm

DJ: DJ Antonio from California Sound Shine

Videographer: Ryan Southwell

Florist: Laughin Gal Floral

Cake: Layers

(Eric James Photography) and at by ca carmel eric farm holy in james karissa's matt photography the wedding Mon, 04 Sep 2017 18:14:08 GMT
Brittany & Dan | The Holly Farm - Carmel, CA  


Congratulations Brittany & Dan!

Venue: The Holly Farm

(Eric James Photography) carmel monterey wedding Mon, 04 Sep 2017 18:13:53 GMT
Alicia & James | Wedding at the Depot Hotel, Sonoma, CA I may have been as excited as Alicia and James were for their wedding at the Depot Hotel in Sonoma, CA.  Since our first meeting over beers in San Francisco before their engagement shoot last year, I knew I liked these two.  One of the most thoughtful, easy-going, and all-around awesome couples I have worked with.  I hope to share a few more beers with these two in the future.  Congratulations A & J! 

Congratulations Alicia and James!
Big thank you to all those involved!
Photographer: Eric James Leffler
Second Shooter: Kanoa Utler
Florist: Sonoma Flowers by Susan Blue
Hair and makeup: Alyssa Taylor @ Tribez Salon Blackhawk 
DJ: NorCalProSound, DJ Tony
Venue: Depot Hotel, Sonoma
Pie: Petaluma Pie Company 
(Eric James Photography) depot hotel fujix sonoma wedding Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:30:06 GMT
Brandi & Kevin | French Quarter, New Orleans Brandi and Kevin's beautiful and unforgettable wedding was filled with the kind of beauty, emotion, and uniqueness that encapsulates only the most special of moments and was the kind of experience that makes me so grateful to do what I do.  From their engagement shoot onward, I got to know B & K in the year leading up to their big day and with every detail I learned of their wedding, I became more and more excited.  Brandi and Kevin are two awesome people and one awesome couple, I could not wait to work with them on their wedding day.  With New Orleans being one of my favorite cities and Brandi's hometown, you could say I was downright giddy.  The day finally arrived and it was all that we hoped it would be.  Led by the amazing ladies at Sapphire Events and an incredible team of professional vendors, Brandi and Kevin's dream wedding was brought to life.  I could not have been more honored to be there to capture it along with my second shooter, Edward August, who traveled out from California with me.  From their rehearsal night at Arnaud's overlooking Bourbon Street, to their getting ready time at the charming Soniat House Hotel, to their ceremony at the historic Beauregard-Keyes House, to the second line march through the French Quarter, to their reception at Muriel's in Jackson Square, to the fireworks at midnight over the Mississippi River, and even their brunch a couple days later at Tableau, Brandi and Kev's wedding in New Orleans had it all and was truly one-of-a-kind.  I am so very grateful to have been a part of it all.  


Congratulations Brandi & Kevin!!!
Thank you to this amazing team of vendors for their incredible contributions:
Sapphire Events - Event Planner
Edward August - Second Shooter
Velare - Videography - Click here to check out their awesome video from this wedding!
Akemi Tamaribuchi - Hair
Jenna Kristina - Makeup
Ashley Sievert Beauty - Makeup
Kim Starr Wise - Flowers
Reven Production - Lighting
Soniat House - Pre-Ceremony Location
Beauregard-Keyes House - Ceremony Venue
Muriel’s - Reception Venue
Luminous Events - Candle Decor
Catering d’ Orleans -  Caterer
The Grand Bevy - Specialty Bar
Brady’s Wine Warehouse
Melissa’s Fine Pastries
Great American Cookie Company
New Orleans' Finest - Musicians
Second Line led by Eddie Selby
Special thanks as well to Rathbone DeBuys, a local musician I met while there, who invited me to check out the rooftop view from his apartment in Jackson Square, which allowed me to get the first shot of this blog. 
(Eric James Photography) destination wedding new orleans wedding Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:20:07 GMT
Annie & Chris | The Holly Farm - Carmel Valley, California I could not wait for Annie and Chris' wedding.  After their engagement session in Capitola earlier in the year, it was easy to see they were meant for each other.  Laid back with big hearts, a silly side, and a chemistry together that shines, these two were a joy to work with.  Their wedding took place at the stunning Holly Farm in the heart of Carmel Valley, a spectacularly beautiful venue that makes you feel like you've been transported to the lush jungles of Costa Rica, run by an incredibly nice and supportive family and staff that make you feel right at home. I could not think of a better place to celebrate the marriage of Annie and Chris.  Congrats to them both, so very grateful for the opportunity to capture their day!



Congratulations Annie & Chris!

Huge thanks and kudos to all of those who contributed to this amazing day:

Photography: Eric James Photography

Second Shooter: Edward August

Venue: The Holly Farm

Hair/Makeup: Kim Larson

Videography: Epic Studios - See their Trailer Here!

Florist: Melody King - Fleurish Floral Design

DJ: DJ Lawrence - Verducci Events

Cake: Icing on the Cake / Cutting Cake by Elizabeth Press, decorated by Florist

Caterer: Le Creme

Officiant: Rob "The Robbi" Press

Ceremonial Music: Rick Quisol and the Frisky Folics



(Eric James Photography) carmel carmel valley holly farm wedding Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:19:34 GMT
Mariam & Robert | Florence, Italy Mariam and Robert's wedding was magical.  From the sun soaked streets of Florence the day before their wedding, to the rain soaked streets on the morning of, to the romantic walk through the olive trees at sunset, and a fireworks show that would have impressed Gatsby himself, it was truly an unforgettable experience, not just for them but for myself and for everyone who came from all corners of the world.  Such a fun and great group of people, all of whom, for one incredible evening, convened together at a medieval castle in the quiet hills of Fiesole, Italy to celebrate the love between Mariam and Robert.   Here is what it looked like...

The Day Before...


The Day Of...




Congratulations Mariam & Robert!

Photographer: Eric James Photography

Venue: Castello di Vincigliata
Wedding Designer/Decor - Parisa Kaprealian
Florist - Francis Flowers Wedding
Wedding Planner - Helga Marcks 
Makeup - Gianna Dimaggio
Cake: Melanie Secciani
Caterer - Galateo
Videographers - Marco Caputo Films and Daniele Lanci - Check out their video from the wedding here!
Hair - Hair By Maritza
Strings - Lorenzo Borneo
DJ - Carlo Nenciarini
dress - Alvina Valenta
Shoes -  Valentino
Photography by Eric James Leffler, of Eric James Photography, specializing in San Francisco Bay Area wedding, portrait and fine art photography.

In addition to San Francisco Bay Area wedding photography, Eric James Photography also serves the Monterey and Carmel Peninsula, Napa wine country, East Bay areas, Walnut Creek, San Jose, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and destinations worldwide.




(Eric James Photography) Castello di Vincigliata Castle Firenze Florence Italy Photography Wedding destination Mon, 17 Apr 2017 06:41:41 GMT