Eric James Photography: Blog en-us (C) Eric James Photography (Eric James Photography) Fri, 09 Jul 2021 13:44:00 GMT Fri, 09 Jul 2021 13:44:00 GMT Eric James Photography: Blog 80 120 Mel and Eric | Wedding at The Luminary Farm


Thank you to all those involved in making this beautiful day happen!

Venue: The Luminary Farm

Greenwood Catering
Smokin Jays - Band
Unica Rentals
Kayla Weaver - Wedding Coordinator
Bella Bridal - Hair and MU
The Wild Bunch Flowers
Danville Bakery


(Eric James Photography) Mon, 21 Jun 2021 21:36:07 GMT
Morgan & Joey | Sayulita, Mexico - Wedding One word kept coming to mind while in Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita, Mexico for Morgan and Joey's wedding: "celebration".  The entire time felt like a true celebration of life, love, friends and family.  So much joy with so much to be grateful for. Here are a few moments from Morgan and Joey's beautiful wedding week.  Huge thanks to this awesome couple, both families, The Dazzling Details team, and to all those involved for making everything such an enjoyable, special and unforgettable experience.  Congrats Morgan and Joey!



Congratulations Morgan and Joey!


(Eric James Photography) Mexico wedding Mon, 23 Mar 2020 16:12:41 GMT
Memorable Moments  



(Eric James Photography) Thu, 02 Jan 2020 16:16:56 GMT
Memorable Moments  

(Eric James Photography) Thu, 02 Jan 2020 16:16:47 GMT
Wedding at the Flood Mansion, San Francisco | Summer and Misha Venue: James Leary Flood Mansion, San Francisco, CA

Wedding Planner: Sees Lam, Two Perfect Events

Florist: Poppy Cart Floral Design


Congratulations Summer and Misha!

(Eric James Photography) San Francisco wedding Tue, 09 Jul 2019 18:15:18 GMT
Stinson Beach Wedding | Rebecca and Kent  



Congratulations Rebecca and Kent!

Venue: Stinson Beach Community Center & Chapel

Second Photographer : BJ Del Rosario

(Eric James Photography) beach Rainy Day Stinson Beach wedding Wed, 29 May 2019 16:02:10 GMT
Wedding at El Chorro, Paradise Valley, AZ | Candice and Drew  

Venue: El Chorro, Paradise Valley, AZ

Wedding Planner: Tessa Kalhoun 

Second Photographer: Ed Szczepanski / Beauty: Phoenix Makeup Collective / Florals: Flower Studio / Entertainment: Beer Burro, JH Soundscapes, Sweetwater Strings / Officiant: Jeff Howard / Rentals and Decor: Glamour and Woods, La Tavola / Videography: Love Story Films




(Eric James Photography) Arizona Scottsdale wedding Thu, 09 May 2019 18:59:26 GMT
Memorable Moments Scroll down for a few memorable moments from another amazing year!

Click here to browse the full set!



Thank you for all of the love and support!


(Eric James Photography) elopement engagement family wedding Sun, 30 Dec 2018 14:56:21 GMT
Brenna & Grant | Wedding at Beltane Ranch, Glen Ellen, CA Venue: Beltane Ranch, Glen Ellen, CA

Wedding Planner: Lindsey Nickel, Lovely Day Events


Congratulations Brenna & Grant!

(Eric James Photography) Glen Ellen Napa Sonoma wedding Wine Country Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:03:07 GMT
Katia & Steve | Wedding at The Holly Farm, Carmel Valley, CA Katia and Steve's wedding at the beautiful Holly Farm in Carmel Valley, CA...

Venue: The Holly Farm

Florist: Sarah's Garden Design

Makeup and Hairstyling: Kim Larson Bridal

Caterer: Le Creme Monterey

(Eric James Photography) Carmel Holly Farm Monterey Thu, 22 Nov 2018 18:24:18 GMT
Kylee & Nic | Wedding - Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Mexico A few sneak peek's from Kylee & Nic's beautiful wedding at Casa Dorada Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Event Planner: Lori Losee, Elegant Affairs


Congratulations Kylee and Nic!

(Eric James Photography) Cabo San Lucas Mexico wedding Wed, 21 Nov 2018 20:00:26 GMT
Lexi & Ruairi | Wedding at La Cuesta Ranch, San Luis Obispo It was such a treat to head down to the beautiful town of San Luis Obispo for Lexi & Ruairi's big day.  I arrived in town the night before, just in time to catch the sunset at Pismo Beach.   The wedding day venue, La Cuesta Ranch, was even more beautiful.  Tucked away in the hills not far from town, this charming rustic setting made the perfect backdrop for Lexi and Ruairi's ceremony and reception.  One of the highlights was definitely the exciting ride to the top of the hills just before sunset in a high-powered AWD ATV... thank you for the ride Gabe!  One of many memorable moments on an all-around beautiful and incredibly fun day with this awesome couple and their guests. Thank you L & R for the chance to be part of it all!


Congratulations Lexi & Ruairi!


Venue: La Cuesta Ranch

Wedding Planner: Amanda Beazley - A Perfect Day Wedding and Event Design

DJ: Javier Montes - Central Coast Premier Entertainment

Hair and Makeup: Bluebird Salon

Florist: Brooke Edelman Floral Design 

Caterer: Phil's Catering

Videographer: Snowwood Films

Cake: Arroyo Grande Bakery

Cookies: Cowboy Cookie N' Grub


(Eric James Photography) Ranch Wedding wedding Mon, 29 Oct 2018 20:36:04 GMT
Irem and Adrian | San Francisco Engagement Shoot - Exploratorium and Embarcadero  

(Eric James Photography) Embarcadero Engagement Shoot Exploratorium San Francisco Mon, 29 Oct 2018 18:03:24 GMT
Jaime & Andrew | Deer Park Villa Wedding Take an awesome, down-to-earth couple, a fun loving bunch of family and friends, a ceremony under the redwoods, a hilltop sunset, and a dream team of have yourself one heck of a wedding day.  Thank you Jaime and Andrew for the opportunity to be a part of it all!

Here are a few moments from their wedding day at Deer Park Villa in Fairfax, CA...


Congratulations Jaime and Andrew!


Special thanks to the entire team!

Venue: Deer Park Villa

Second Shooter: BJ Del Rosario

Wedding Planner: Alex Barranco - Mandy Scott Events

DJ: Jason Mitchell/Gatsby

Band: Hush Crush Band

Hair and Makeup: Jasmine Chan

Florist: Terri Baldocchi

Caterer: Culinary Eye

Videographer: Gusto Lopez

Photo Booth: Vanity Portrait

Cake: The Cakery Burlingame

(Eric James Photography) Deer Park Villa Fairfax wedding Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:09:17 GMT
Stephanie & Eric | Wedding at the Claremont Club and Spa, Berkeley Just a few sneak peeks from Stephanie and Eric's beautiful wedding day!


Venue: Claremont Club and Spa, Berkeley, CA

Ceremony: St. Mary's College of California, Moraga 

Wedding Planner: L&L Design

Second Shooter: Kanoa Utler


Congratulations Stephanie & Eric!


(Eric James Photography) Berkeley Claremont wedding Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:32:04 GMT
Katrina & Garrett | Wedding at Palm Event Center, Pleasanton, CA It was difficult to narrow down my favorite photos from Katrina and Garrett's wedding at the gorgeous Palm Event Center in Pleasanton, CA. From the first getting ready moments at their AirBnB, to chasing the sun at golden hour, to the final dance floor moves, this day was full of love, laughter and life.  I would challenge anyone to spend some time with K + G and not have a blast!  Here are just a few faves from their special day...


(Eric James Photography) wedding Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:43:42 GMT
Jaime & Michael | Edgewood, Lake Tahoe Wedding Jaime and Michael's wedding at Edgewood in Lake Tahoe was as fun as it was beautiful, as I hope these photos will show!  Thank you to this amazing couple and their entire group of family and friends for the opportunity to be a part of it all!

Special thanks as well to the amazing vendors who helped make it all happen!

Wedding Planner: Liane McCombs

Second Shooter: Kanoa Utler

DJ/MC: Sawyer C,
Video: Dax Victorino,
Florist: Terri Henderson,
Cake: Sarah Lofgren,


 Congratulations Jaime & Michael!

(Eric James Photography) LakeTahoe tahoe wedding Mon, 10 Sep 2018 20:54:42 GMT
Michelle & Chad | Santorini, Greece - Elopement Michelle and Chad's elopement in Santorini...

From chasing the sunset on our first night together, to adventuring around the island on scooters and ATV's on day two, to their magical wedding day in Fira Stefani with the softest and most beautiful light, and to all the moments (and gyros!) in between, it was an unforgettable experience with one of the nicest couples I have worked with in one of the most stunning locations I have seen.  It was such a treat to have so much time to hang out with an awesome couple who were always down to get the shot.  We joked that I was like their traveling selfie stick. Best job ever if you ask me. :) 


Special thanks to my good friend Anjuli who originally referred me to Michelle and Chad, who I am now grateful to call good friends as well.


I hope these photos capture the love, fun and beauty that made this week so special!


Congratulations Michelle and Chad!

(Eric James Photography) Destination Elopement Santorini Wedding Tue, 28 Aug 2018 21:25:47 GMT
Talia & Ty | Wedding at Quail Hollow Ranch, Felton, CA One of my favorite days!  An early Sunday morning start in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  The most fun-loving, laid back couple.  A mariachi band.  Homemade tortillas.   A groom making his own desert for guests in the kitchen. A bride and nephew playing chase through the fields.  Just so much to love about this couple and this day.  

Extended slide show below followed by a few faves from this wonderful day...

Talia and Ty

(Eric James Photography) ranch wedding Tue, 14 Aug 2018 23:50:18 GMT
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. One thing I love about destination weddings is the opportunity to spend a couple more days with couples to capture those extra moments and awesome locations. 

Slideshow followed by photos below from a fun-filled three days...

Kellie and John

(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 this little 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
Memorable Moments  

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
Memorable Moments 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

(Eric James Photography) engagement wedding Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:09:16 GMT
Memorable Moments  

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.