La Soie Bridal is a leading bridal salon in California. They have six locations including, Valencia, Torrance, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Sacramento and the recently opened Walnut Creek Store. Our studio has been sharing a new relationship with La Soie, starting with sponsoring the grand opening of their beautiful Walnut Creek location (see the photos here).  We recently had an opportunity to work with La Soie on an amazing editorial shoot featuring a handful of their new 2015 collections! The shoot features five gowns from La Soie and Enzoani lines. If you are in the market for a gown for your wedding I encourage you to contact the store and make an appointment.

We had the privilege of working with some amazing talent for this shoot, including the outstanding stylist, hair and makeup artist Armando Sarabia of Get Your Do Up. Armando is incredibly talented, and is one of our studio’s preferred vendors recommended to all of our brides looking for the best artist and service in the business. We take great pride in recommending Armando!

We also had an outstanding professional model fly in from New York to help us create these beautiful images! Anelisa Durham was outstanding.  She has a gift, and is a true professional!

Special thanks to Shadowbrook Winery in Walnut Creek for giving us a beautiful backdrop for our photographs! This winery is celebrating their 100 year anniversary this year!

Also, thank you to Vicens Forns Photography for coming and assisting!

Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.  I hope you enjoy!

 

La Soie Bridal Walnut Creek Editoral Shoot 2
La Soie Bridal Walnut Creek Editoral Shoot
La Soie Bridal Walnut Creek Editoral Shoot 1
La Soie Bridal Walnut Creek Editoral Shoot 8
La Soie Bridal Walnut Creek Editoral Shoot 5
La Soie Bridal Walnut Creek Editoral Shoot 4

Brian serves the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey and Carmel Peninsula, Wine Country including Sonoma County and the Napa Valley, the East Bay,  San Jose, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and wedding destinations worldwide.

We also frequent weddings in the Denver, Colorado area.

BACK TO TOP

Melanie gave us lots of time for bridal portraits during her wedding in Nebraska this weekend. While stuck on the runway for over an hour in LA on my way home I edited up a handful. Here are some of my favorites.

Melanie’s wedding gown was purchased at Kinsley James Couture Bridal in Walnut Creek, CA.

Full blog post from this wedding coming soon!

McCool Wedding Photography at Stone Creek Event Center

McCool Wedding Photography at Stone Creek Event Center5

McCool Wedding Photography at Stone Creek Event Center 3

Behind the scenes photo by my second shooter Scott Mosher

McCool Wedding Photography at Stone Creek Event Center 4

Brian serves the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey and Carmel Peninsula, Wine Country including Sonoma County and the Napa Valley, the East Bay,  San Jose, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and wedding destinations worldwide.

We also frequent weddings in the Denver, Colorado area.

BACK TO TOP

I often get the question “Can I see the color version of this photo?” Most of the time we do not provide the color version of a black and white photo.  The reason is MOST of the time there is a very good reason why the image has been converted to black and white.  As you can see from my work I LOVE vivid color in my imagery! After all my favorite color is RED! I like the excitement and drama that it provides! Bold and beautiful color works really well in certain images.  However, I also have a huge love affair with the story-telling nature of  beautiful black and white imagery. My goal as a wedding photographer is to capture and preserve the beautiful emotions and story of your day.  With that, the goal of a portrait (being wedding or otherwise), is to tell the story behind the person though their eyes and/or in their body language, and preserve the essence of their character at this brief moment in their lives. I think that often times color in an image can distract from the story or personality behind the person(s) in a photograph. There are times when I am creating a portrait that I am lighting it and posing in a way that I know before hand that the image will later be converted to black and white to complete my vision. Take a look at the example images below of a couple who’s wedding I photographed this past weekend. For the purpose of demonstration I have provided both a color and black and white version of the photos. I think you will agree that in first two examples black and white is clearly the best choice.  What do you think?

In this first image I think that the color just gets in the way of the love and emotion this couple is sharing with each other. As you can see I added a bit of grain to the black and white photo as well to give it a bit more of a romantic feel.

Black and White Wedding Photography
Being that a wedding is not just a mobile portrait session wedding photographers don’t always get to choose the circumstances that they are given to shoot in. Creating or modifying our own light source is not always an option when time is of the essence. Grabbing a quick portrait of the groom next to a window provides a easy, yet beautiful quality of light.  However, when shooting indoors balancing the color of window light with the ambient light in the room can be a challenge. Although I think this portrait is beautiful as a color image, I have decided to convert it to black and white because of the red lighting spilling on to the left side of the groom. This is a case where color has become more of a distraction than a compelling feature in the portrait. When color places a bigger role than that of the subject, in this case the personality found in the eyes of the groom, we remove it.

Photo below taken by my second shooter Scott Mosher

Black and White Wedding Photography 2

In this next example I think you will agree that the harmony of the COLOR version of this portrait is much better at telling the story about where the couple might have been married, and what the environment looked like at their garden wedding reception. So in this case, we will deliver the color version.

Black and White Wedding Photography 3

Often times I can go either way in terms of color or black and white for an image, as in this portrait of Kathryn below. Both to me are compelling images that draw me to the story-telling nature of her eyes. I guess if I were forced to chose, I would remove the color and go with the classic black and white.  But in this particular case I will provide the bride with both versions and then let her choose.

Black and White Wedding Photography 4

The truth is there is a variety of reasons an image may be converted to black and white. Some photos, although beautiful as a color version, may simply be converted to black and white so as to be paired with other black and white images on a spread in the couples wedding album. Rest assured, if the color version of a photo is beautiful, we will provide it for you!:)

To me there is a certain timeless quality to black and white imagery. Removing the color from a photo can often times remove anything that might be distracting from the story, the emotion, the personality and the romantic nature of a photograph. The beauty of today’s digital camera’s is that in the end we have a choice; color, black and white, or both!

Brian serves the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey and Carmel Peninsula, Wine Country including Sonoma County and the Napa Valley, the East Bay,  San Jose, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and wedding destinations worldwide.

We also frequent weddings in the Denver, Colorado area.

BACK TO TOP

Home to Chicago, Illinois Stef and Matt dreamt of a wine country destination wedding, and their dream came true this summer at the amazing Gunlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma! An outstanding group of wedding professionals helped us create these beautiful images, as we could not have done it without them! The wedding was planned and designed by the amazing Duncan Reyes of F. Duncan Reyes Events by Design, along with his team of rockstars, including Jason Mitchell of Gatsby Entertainment, who killed it on the dance floor (as alway), Stefania Contreras of Atmosphere Lighting, who created the beautiful evening ambiance, Jeeryn Dang of Tanjeeryn Designs, who did the outstanding floral design! Plus many, many others (listed below)! 

Stef and Matt’s wedding was very intimate.  Just a small group of family and friends that flew in from all over the country to celebrate with them.  Make no mistake though, this wedding was fabulous! A beautiful couple, two beautiful families, at an amazing wine country wedding destination that was decorated by an outstanding wedding planner and his team, great food and wine, and sunshine; lots of it, gave us all a day this couple and their family and friends will always remember!

Here are just a handful of my favorite moments that I was honored to be witness to!

Gundlach Bundschu wedding in Sonoma
Gundlach Bundschu wedding in Sonoma 1
Gundlach Bundschu wedding in Sonoma 3
Gundlach Bundschu wedding in Sonoma 4
Gundlach Bundschu wedding in Sonoma 5
Gundlach Bundschu wedding in Sonoma 6
Gundlach Bundschu wedding in Sonoma 7
Gundlach Bundschu wedding in Sonoma 8

My face hurt for three days follwing this wedding after watching these two dance with their parents!  This was by far the most beautiful Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dance I have ever seen! SO beautiful how much they all love one another!

Gundlach Bundschu wedding in Sonoma 9
Gundlach Bundschu wedding in Sonoma 10
A quick story on this last image… I was walking through the wine cave at Gunlach Bundschu Winery and came across Jason Mitchell and his crew setting up the lighting for the cave.  They had all the lights piled into a nice little pile. I quickly asked Jason if we could have a moment for an impromptu bridal portrait! Stef simply stood over the top of the lights, we placed a few behind her, changed the color of the lights a bit, and created this rather unusual portrait of this amazing bride! Thank you Gatsby Entertainment for the loaner on the lights and helping us make it happen!:)
Gundlach Bundschu wedding in Sonoma 11

Wedding Vendors

Wedding Planning & Event Design: Duncan Reyes of F. Duncan Reyes Events by Design, and his Associate Heather Vaughn

Photography: Brian MacStay Photography, with second and third photographers Scott Mosher and Barbara Jacqueline

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hosted by Brooke Morella with Gundlach Bundschu Winery

DJ Entertainment, Cave Lighting & Ceremony Sound: Jason Mitchell with Gatsby Entertainment

Lighting Design Stefania Contreras with Atmosphere Lights

Floral Design: Jeeryn Dang with Tanjeeryn Designs

Wedding Cake: Andrea Koweek with Crisp Bakery

Catering: Laura Dunn with The Girl & The Fig Caters

Hair & Make-Up: DeeAnna Reese with It’s a Date at the Powder Room

Chef’s Table Dinner, Hotel Accommodations & Post-Wedding Brunch: Judith Perkins with The Westin Verasa Napa

Event Rentals: Julia Wojciechowsky with Wine Country Party & Events

Event Rentals: Toni Hill with Classic Party Rentals Napa/Sonoma

Shuttle Transportation: Christina Wall with Beau Wine Tours

Welcome Reception: Jonathan & Fiona Wendorf with Torc

Brian serves the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey and Carmel Peninsula, Wine Country including Sonoma County and the Napa Valley, the East Bay,  San Jose, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and wedding destinations worldwide.

We also frequent weddings in the Denver, Colorado area.

 

BACK TO TOP

It was a gorgeous sumer afternoon in San Francisco for Abby and Redd’s Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square wedding! As you will see from the photos the day was filled with joy and a lot of emotion as these two beautiful families became one.  I was so very privilaged to be a part of this spectacular event planned and designed by my friend, the incredibly talented Duncan Reyes of F. Duncan Reyes Events by Design! Everything was perfect! The couple, the details, all so perfectly appointed, the food, the cake, the lighting and music, all played in such a wonderful melody for this amazing couple! All of the couples family and friends were so warm and welcoming to me and my staff! I look forward to photographing 100 more weddings just like this one!  Contrats Abby and Redd!  Love you guys! Best of luck to you both on your new lives together!

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Wedding Photography 10

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Wedding Photography
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Wedding Photography 1
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Wedding Photography 2
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Wedding Photography 3
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Wedding Photography 4
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Wedding Photography 5
Grand Hyatt San Francisco Wedding Photography 6

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Wedding Photography 7

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Wedding Photography 8

Grand Hyatt San Francisco Wedding Photography 9

Wedding Vendors

Wedding Planning & Event Design: Duncan Reyes from F. Duncan Reyes Events by Design with Associates Alex Barrenco & Heather Vaughn
Photography: Brian MacStay Photography and associates Jim Vetter and Ashesh

Cake: Chef Bala Subrahmanyam  with The Cakemaker 
Catering
Hotel Accommodations & Venue: Christine Calace, Catering Sales Manager & Victoria Vandergrift, Sales Manager with the Grand Hyatt Union Square

Chair Rentals: Bev Yip with Especially Yours Chair Covers & Chivari Chairs

Entertainment: Superstars DJ Eugene Macala & DJ Mark Macala of Macala Entertainment

Floral Design: Mrs. Soledad Ruiz  & Uncle Herman who came all the way from Hawaii and provided stunning florals!

Hair: Anissa Guerrero

Make-Up: Anne Greening
Hula & Tahitian Dance Entertainment: Dane Revue and Nene Nemenzo of Nemenzo Polynesian Dance Company
Lighting & Drapery: John Woods, Megan Woods, Crystal Howell and their entire Lighting Design Team with Enhanced Lighting and Audio Visual
Photobooth: Alex Vow with Say Ya! Photobooth
Rehearsal Dinner: Andrea with Roy’s San Francisco
Tree Rentals (Japanese Maple Trees): Vince Kilduff with Interior Plant Design
Transportation:
Carl Payne with Carl Payne Rolls Royces
Jonathan Adams with Classic Cable Car Charters
Mannie Diaz with C&M Limousine Services
Tuxedo Rental & Sales: Michael Davenport with Black Tie Tuxedos
Videography: Inti Fernandez with Root Bound Productions
CLIENT REVEW
“Hi Brian MacStay Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for executing flawless photos during our special day. We know that some of our demands were outside box, but you delivered 10 fold. Some of our friends have given us horror stories of other photographers they used for example, having to wait months before getting prints, chaos during the photo shoot, and not capturing what was discussed during the consultation. These are variables that any couple needs to consider before choosing the man for the job. And, you my friend HANDS DOWN..DA MAN! I asked you for a 50s hollywood timeless style with my grooms men, Slam Dunk. My wife requested you capture the emotion of the day, double check. You delivered timeless, elegant, and beautiful pieces that we will cherish for the rest of our lives…Speechless. Any couple is lucky to have you and worth every single penny. Everyone needs to know that Brian MacStay photography delivers more than what is in dollars and cents. Thank you again for being the instrument to allow us to relive the best day of our lives.”
- Redd Reyes
Special Thanks to my friend and amazing event planner who planned and designed this wedding, Duncan Reyes of F. Duncan Reyes Events by Design!
Blog Collage-1405052598048
Check out this amazing same-day-edit from Root Bound Productions!

 

Brian serves the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey and Carmel Peninsula, Wine Country including Sonoma County and the Napa Valley, the East Bay,  San Jose, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and wedding destinations worldwide.

We also frequent weddings in the Denver, Colorado area.

A&R SDE from Root Bound Productions on Vimeo.

BACK TO TOP