Man!  Hieu and Justin BROUGHT IT!!!!  They kept telling me this was going to be a massive dance party, and I guess I kinda believed them, but when the time actually came, and I took a second mid reception to look over at Hieu, and she was pouncing up and down on top of a char with her hands in the air waiving wildly at my buddy Max who was DJing, it all became clear.  Haha.  At one point Hieu decided the dance floor was too far away from the DJ booth, so she weaved through the tables blocking the way and just started dancing in the epicenter of the EDM bass drop. Her ENTIRE wedding party migrated with her and ditched the dance floor in favor of this new found fist pumping, foot stomping, playground.  It was awesome.

What made this wedding even more awesome was the amount of emotion that these two expressed to each other.  Justin, during their first look, totally had an emotional explosion when he first say Hieu that just can not be replicated.  His eyes teared and he lifted his hand to his face and if I could have put words into his mouth I think he would have been saying, “OMG, You are Perfect.”  You need to see the photos… This is why weddings truly are the best day of one’s life.

001 Custom Wedding Stationary at Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

A baller ass watch and custom stationary make for great detail pieces!002 Claremont Hotel Wedding Ring Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Of course the rings were stunning… As well as those kicks!003 Claremont Hotel Wedding Dress Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Simple.  Elegant. Perfect for DANCING!004 Claremont Hotel Bride Getting Ready for a Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Gotta get the hurrrr did005 Claremont Hotel Custom Blue Wedding Suit Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Now thats a SUIT!006 Claremont Hotel Wedding Makeup Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Hieu’s makeup was natural and seemingly effortless.  Nice job ladies! 007 Claremont Hotel Bride before Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA008 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Gotta show off that bussel! 009 Claremont Hotel Bespoke Wedding suit Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Justin had this blue wedding suit totally custom made, complete with purple stitching.  SO DOPE!
011 Groom at Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Yup… Like a BOSS!
012 First look at Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Just take a deep breath013 Bride and Groom First look at Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

So happy!014 Bride and Groom first Look at Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Man… This photo says it all… 015 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Lets do this guys!016 Bride and Groom Portrait atClaremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA017 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA018 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

When you are the 4th wedding of 4 in a row, and all the previous couple show up to see you!019 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA020 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA021 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Hieu’s smile is totally infectious.  She had this on about 97% of the day!022 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Lovin that pink tie!  NOICE!023 Bridal Portrait Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Hieu, youre the BEST024 Bridesmaids at Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Gold sparkly dresses made the ladies look gorgeous!025 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Champs + Giggles = The Way A Wedding Should BE!026 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Grrrrr!!!!  Or is that Arrrggghhhh!!!!027 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA028 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Love Justin’s dad’s smile in this.  Thats a proud papa!029 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

See… Hieu’s smile!!! ;D 030 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA031 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Let’s boogie!032 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Hieu’s family wins for most professional selfie takers.  ON POINT!033 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

NOWWWWW its official!034 Claremont Hotel Wedding Reception Decor Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Reception lighting really changed the brown tones of the Claremont Hotel’s walls into something vibrant and party like! 035 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Cake cake cake cake!!!036 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

When the first thing you do is dance… People pick up on the idea037 Claremont Hotel Wedding Reception Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

I see you! 038 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Hieu’s dad told me “I am so nervous” right before his speech.  I’d say he killed it. ;D 039 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Whadddduuuupppp!!!040 Claremont Hotel Wedding Toasts Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Dodgers what???  Welcome to the Fam! 041 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Sometimes you gotta sing to your first dance song.  042 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

When your mom and dad are ballroom dancers.  Dancing With The Stars here we come!043 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Keith.  Good buddy of mine, awesome friend of Hieu and Justin’s.  Officiant.  He did a great job. 044 DJ Max from Gatsby Entertainment at Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Yes Max.  Bring the BEAT!045 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Drop it drop it low girl… Drop it drop it low girl.
046 Dancing at Claremont Hotel Wedding Reception Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

I feel ya! 047 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Shots shots shots…. Shots shots shots!!!048 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA049 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Who’s having a great time?  THIS GUY!!!!050 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

And dad too! 051 Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

Professional style selfie052 Ballroom Dancing at Claremont Hotel Wedding Hieu and Justins Wedding at The Claremont Hotel and Spa in Berkeley CA

When your parents are ballroom dancing… And 2 Pac comes on.
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And the dip to finish it off!

Man… Top to bottom, beginning to finish, Hieu and Justin just brought the best energy for the day.  Hieu thank you for the gobs and gobs of smiles that you shared with me, and Justin, thanks to you and the fellas for making the day such and easy going and all out ridiculously fun day.  I am so happy for the two of you and am thankful to be a part of such a wildly awesome day!

Get ready for it… After seeing these photos from Ashley and Bill’s wedding, you might just be a happier person.  I’m sorry… If you’re not feeling like you need that today, then don’t bother scrolling down.  The energy is infectious and I would hate to bother you with so much amazingness that you just cant help but smile.  BUT… if you’re down for a little dose of AWESOME… then you’re in the right place!!!

The energy that these two exude is totally unmistakeable.  I can honestly say that every experience I’ve had with these two since we first connected about their engagement session has left me feeling happier.  My cheeks are sore from smiling, my heart is full from laughing, and I am just proud to know such quality people.  Ashley brings a smile to life that could overpower the sun, and Bill’s easy going light heartedness could tame a tiger!!!!

As they told me their story of months and months of flying back and forth to see each other while one was working in one town and another was going to school in another it just made me happy that their lives were finally coming together… Moving in to an apartment in San Francisco, getting married, and finally not just being together, but being CLOSE together.  These were surly reasons to celebrate, and that they did!!!

01 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Yes, we snuck on to the rooftop of the Julia Morgan Ballroom!02 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Getting ready at the Omni Hotel… Makes for a great spot downtown to prep! 03 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Hey oh, HEYYYYY!!!!  (so classy with your paper cups!)04 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Could not be cuter!05 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Bill you are one dapper dude, you know that?06 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Lemme show you something!07 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!08 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

The first of serval dude photos that are gonna make you laugh…09 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Who’s stoked…. THIS GUY!  10 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Bill’s face shows so much anticipation.  Love it. 11 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

And the BIG reveal!!!!12 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Somewhere in the background are the security guards that kicked us out of this spot.  #whoops!13 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Just a classic… 14 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Trolly time!
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Champs for the pre-wedding celebration!17 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Boogie before the wedding?  Yes please!
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This photo is so so Ashley and Bill. ;D20 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Uhhhh, Whatcha doin down there???21 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Whoot Whoooot!!!!
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Gorgeous!23 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Ohhhh oh!!!! Liiiivin’ on a prayer!!!!! (I dont know if that is what was actually playing, but I can totally see that coming out of her mouth)24 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Stunning guys! 25 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!26 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

So cute27 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

We be rooolllliinnnn!!!28 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Bill’s ready!29 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

And so is Ashley.  How gorgeous does she look coming down the aisle with her dad.  Just awesome. 30 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

The Julian Morgan Ballroom makes for a stunning wedding ceremony…31 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

You may kiss the bride!
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I gottchu babe! 33 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Rooftop shot!34 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Hilary Munday did an INCREDIBLE job of bringing the ballroom to life and my good friend Emily Dreblow of Soul Flower Designs took care of the table tops.  STUNNING!35 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

First dance to kick it off!36 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

No shortage of smiles…icon biggrin Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!icon biggrin Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!icon biggrin Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!37 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!38 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Killin it with the toasts!39 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Smitten ice cream came out and did the desserts.  Dry Ice and all!40 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Ice Cream is their favorite dessert, so might as well have ice cream spoons instead of cake knives, right?41 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

I see zero people on the dance floor… zero.  ;D 42 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Haha… Amazing. 43 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

And a dip to finish the night! 44 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!45 Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco Ashley and Bills Julia Morgan Ballroom Wedding in San Francisco!

Ashley and Bill… I couldnt be happier and more thankful to have had the opportunity to work with you guys!  I’m sending you all my best wishes to you up in Portland as you continue your adventures… let’s keep in touch! -Colson

Man… what do you do when you’ve been working with a totally kind… loving… cheerful couple and on wedding day it just starts pouring right as you’re headed to the first look, and you can just see sadness and disappointment in the brides face?  My heart felt for Marie… She’s been planning and planning and planning… She selected this venue, V. Sattui Winery, for the very reason that it has a beautiful outdoor patio, and all of  a sudden her vision just seems to be, literally, getting washed away.  Man, that was a TOUGH moment!!!  I kept thinking, let’s just wait this bad boy out… I didn’t want to say anything to Marie except for, “I’m sorry…”  There’s nothing more to be said.  She was sad you guys!  We all were!  Nick was waiting patiently for his bride to present herself, and we were just going to wing it indoors… and then… AND THEN!  AND THEN THE RAIN SLOWED!!!  What!?!?  Could it be!??!  “Okay, Nick, lets go juuuuuuust outside this awning” I said… we’ll put you guys right there and see what happens… “Marie, come on out”  and then it cleared…. Literally… in the 5 minutes of their first look the rain slowed… thick smudgy clouds turned into light puffy sun kissed cotton balls in the sky and we had ourselves a GORGEOUS day… Man… Mother Nature had us freaked!!!  We ran out to the vineyards and busted out some gorgeousness all while smiling in delight at the turn of the weather.  SO so lucky.  Marie’s planner ran down to the ceremony location and told all of the seated guests… “Everybody up!  We’re moving outside!”  Marie’s face… the sense of relief… could be felt everywhere.  So awesome. ;D

002 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Slightly overcast when we rolled up to the Vineyard Country Inn016 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

All the pretty things!  095 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Despite the drizzle at this point, Marie was GLOWING…. ;D 116 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Isn’t she gorgeous?!?!?154 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Meanwhile… Nick busted out a little disc golf in the morning.  Do NOT get in the way of this man an his disc!!!  lol.  He cleaned up nicely I must say! 192 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Ahh there we go… Just outside the rain229 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Yep!  Gorgeous!271 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

And OMG look at that!  Rain, what rain!!!!?!?!?? 284 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

We had some fog roll through on the tail end of the weather… Made for a dramatic backdrop for us! 386 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

And there’s Marie… coming down to the perfect wedding she had envisioned. I think everyone was excited to see her smile. ;D 397 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

V. Sattui has a special gorgeousness on this outdoor patio for weddings… 431 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

BOOM!  Married! 539 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

And check out this wine barrel reception room! 589 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA768 Marie and Nicks Wedding High Res Final Marie and Nicks Wedding at V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA

Later ya’lls!  (I don’t even say that in real life… it just came out of my caffeinated typing fingers)

Marie and Nick… You guys are awesome.  It’s been so fun getting to know you… Seeing how you two love spending your weekends in Santa Cruz, getting totally treated to a speical dinner in Palo Alto, and now getting to be a part of your wedding, the second of the LaCourte family.  I feel so lucky guys.  Thank you so much for including me in your awesome, special, heatfelt day.  Im so happy for the two of you.  Cheers!

-Colson