On July 3rd, 2016, in Oakland, California, the stars aligned as a New York gal embarked on a first date with a California guy. Little did they know that this seemingly ordinary date would mark the beginning of a love story for the ages. After sharing a few beers, indulging in some mediocre BBQ, and weathering a hangry moment with grace, Denise and Steven's connection deepened, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Early in their dating journey, the couple's shared love for cinematic experiences took center stage. Steven introduced Denise to theaters with reserved seating and big, comfy recliners, forever transforming their movie nights. These days, their favorite dates revolve around exploring new restaurants, savoring delightful cuisines, and relishing in the joy of sharing these culinary gems with their closest friends. While they cherish the excitement of travel, at heart, Denise and Steven are true homebodies who revel in the simple pleasures of cuddling with their beloved pup, Lando.

Steven's proposal was nothing short of epic, taking place on the same night the Golden State Warriors clinched victory and secured the 2022 NBA Championships. In a heartwarming twist, they weren't the only ones to receive a ring that unforgettable evening.

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As the sun began its ascent over the picturesque landscape of Pleasanton, California, Denise and Steven prepared for their big day in their respective chambers. Denise and her bridesmaids occupied one room, a flurry of excitement and anticipation filling the air, as they attended to every detail of her bridal look. The soft morning light danced through the windows, accentuating the radiant smiles that graced the faces of the bride and her bridesmaids.

Meanwhile, Steven and his groomsmen readied themselves for the momentous occasion. Laughter, camaraderie, and the occasional nervous chuckle reverberated through the room as they helped Steven put on his dashing attire. Each tie knot and cufflink served as a testament to the cherished friendships that had stood the test of time.

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Groom gets ready for wedding day with wedding party
Wedding party preparations

The moments leading up to a wedding are steeped in emotion and anticipation, and Denise and Steven's first look was no exception. The entrance of the venue became the canvas for their magical encounter. As Denise and Steven locked eyes for the first time that day, their faces lit up with a profound love that radiated through the lens of the camera. Their faithful companion, Lando, joined them too, lending an extra layer of charm to this touching moment.

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First look at winery wedding venue in Northern California
First look at winery wedding venue in Northern California
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The wedding party, comprised of lifelong friends, was a testament to the enduring bonds Denise and Steven had cultivated over the years. Their infectious smiles and boundless joy were contagious, making every click of the camera a moment worth capturing. Against the backdrop of Casa Real's elegant architecture, the wedding party portraits exuded a timeless sense of camaraderie.

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The couple's wedding ceremony was a tapestry of cultural representation, seamlessly weaving together elements that celebrated both Denise and Steven's diverse backgrounds. The exchange of vows, rings, and heartfelt promises unfolded against a backdrop adorned with symbols of their shared love and commitment. Family and friends looked on, witnessing the union of two souls, and the moment was punctuated by cheers, tears, and applause.

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The reception was a spectacle of personalized details that showcased Denise and Steven's unique love story. One standout feature was the personalized illustration of the couple and their beloved Lando, which adorned various items, from their luggage tag wedding favors to the napkins. This whimsical touch added a personalized and heartwarming dimension to the celebration.

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The reception was a night filled with unforgettable moments. The couple's first dance was a mesmerizing display of grace and connection, as they swayed to a song that held a special place in their hearts. Heartfelt speeches from family and friends tugged at heartstrings, evoking laughter and tears in equal measure.

The parent dances were particularly touching, as Denise shared a dance with her mother, and Steven did the same with his mother. These moments were a beautiful testament to the love and support they had received throughout their lives.

The crowning jewel of the evening was the cake cutting ceremony. With an elegant cake adorned with intricate details, Denise and Steven shared a sweet moment as they cut their first slice together, sealing their commitment to a lifetime of shared joys and challenges.

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First dance for ballroom indoor reception in Bay Area
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As the day melted into evening, Denise and Steven stole away for a golden hour portrait session in the vineyard surrounding Casa Real. The setting sun cast a warm, ethereal glow, creating a backdrop of pure romance on the mountains behind. Against this picturesque canvas, the couple's love shone brighter than ever, encapsulating the beauty of their journey together.

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To cap off this enchanting evening, Denise and Steven surprised their guests with a delightful late-night food extravaganza. The horchata and churro bar was a sweet sensation, offering a taste of Mexican tradition with refreshing horchata and warm, cinnamon-dusted churros that melted in your mouth. But that wasn't all—the couple knew that good times called for great snacks, so they also set up a French fries bar, complete with an array of dipping sauces and toppings to satisfy every craving. It was a playful and delicious way to keep the festivities going well into the night, ensuring that the celebration would leave a lasting impression on everyone lucky enough to attend this unforgettable wedding at Casa Real.

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Denise and Steven's wedding at Casa Real in Pleasanton, California, was a true celebration of love, friendship, and culture. Every moment of their special day was filled with emotion, from the heartwarming first look to the personalized reception details and the unforgettable golden hour portraits. It was a day that perfectly captured the essence of their love story, and as their wedding photographer and videographer, we felt privileged to be a part of it, preserving these cherished memories for a lifetime. Denise, Steven, and Lando embarked on a new chapter of their lives together, and we have no doubt that their love story will continue to inspire and bring joy to everyone lucky enough to know them.


Photography/Videography: Trevor and Elisebeth

Day of Coordinator: August of Casa Real Events

Hair Stylist: Liezel Styles

Makeup Artist: Makeup by Ktina - Krystina Eusebio

Dress: David's Bridal

Menswear: Indochino

Personal Florist: PUNIQUE

Decor Florist: Delford West Flowers & Gifts

Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

Cake and Desserts: Sweet Condesa

DJ: DJ JKixx

Photobooth: Fantasy Sound Event Services