Oceano Hotel & Spa Half Moon Bay Wedding | Grace & Gabe

About a month before a wedding, I send out a questionnaire to my couple asking them for details about logistics and pertinent information. For my own curiosity, I also have a question that asks “What part of the day is most important to you photographically?” Most couples say portraits or ceremony. Grace and Gabe’s answer? “Reception Dancing” Heck yeah! I knew this was going to be fun.

Grace had made us sous vide salmon and rice as we chatted in her home about the wedding, which was coming up in just a few short weeks. Besides the usual advice I gave about timing and reception events, Grace and Gabe asked me how I could make the dance party even better. Most people choose glow sticks, I told them, but photographically speaking they don’t always make as big of an impact. So I told her about these light up foam sticks I saw once at a Las Vegas night club. Get a bunch of those, I told her, and they will definitely help make more of an impact.

Needless to say, their dance party was one of the craziest, most memorable wedding dancing I’ve experienced. (Also big shout out to my one of my favorite DJ companies Big Fun DJ with their amazing lights!)

Venue: Oceano Hotel & Spa Half Moon Bay
Florist: Alena Jean
DJ: Big Fun DJ
Cake: Dianda’s Bakery
Hair & Makeup: The Traveling Stylist

Renee & Efrem | Saints Peter and Paul Church and Intercontinental Mark Hopkins wedding in San Francisco, CA

I truly enjoyed photographing Renee and Efrem's celebration. From the moment I stepped into their suite at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins to witness Renee's excitement and vibrant smile all the way until the end of the night. With the help of A Monique Affair and all the wonderful vendors, this wedding day went by so smoothly. 

Wedding Planner: A Monique Affair //
Transportation: Hornblower Classic Cable Cars //
Reception: Intercontinental Mark Hopkins //
Wedding Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes //
Hair & Makeup: Macelle Nguyen
Florist: Flower Outlet & Gifts //
DJ: DJ Dave Tutton

Natalie & Gabe | Disney Inspired Mission Santa Clara & Four Seasons Silicon Valley Hotel Wedding

During the start of our wedding planning, we were not completely sure what to look for in a photographer. Sure, we were able to differentiate between sample photos we liked and disliked, but did not come to elaborate and understand the style we desired until meeting with multiple photographers. Over time we became confident that a photojournalistic approach was ideal for our wedding and looked for Bay Area vendor that shoot in this style.

After stumbling upon Annie's website, we were quickly enamored with her portfolio and knew we have found the right person! All of the engagement, wedding, and family photographs looked like timeless pieces of art, ones that we knew would retain their elegance many decades after our wedding. The final decision to go with Annie Hall came after meeting her over a video call and realizing that we had a lot in common in terms of temperament, age, and activities. We were certain that we could easily work with this person on the day of our wedding.

This was further simplified with Annie's hands off approach -- we did not verbally interact with her during most of the events as she has the vision to capture natural moments of family members laughing with joy, a sneak kiss between the bride and groom, or a playful brawl at the cocktail bar between excited guests.

What truly made the day spectacular was that Annie did not feel like a vendor to us; we saw her as a friend. Both Annie and her second photographer Tyler took the time to get to know us personally prior to the wedding, the first time on an exciting trip to a redwood forest for the engagement shoot, and again to go over final logistics before the wedding.

We wholeheartedly recommend Annie Hall Photography for anyone looking for a photojournalistic approach to their wedding. Not only were we greatly satisfied with the experience but are also extremely happy with the quality of the final photos. Annie is professional, funny, polite, and responds quickly to customers!


Natalie and Gabe, you are both such amazing (and absolutely adorable!) people! I'm so happy you chose me to document your day, and thank you for putting your trust in me!