Heidi and Mike’s Wedding (Claremont County Club, Oakland, CA)

Heidi and Mike were married a few weeks ago at the Claremont Country Club, in Oakland, CA. The story follows the images.

The girls got ready in an upstairs suite, while the boys got ready in the locker room.

The ceremony took place in the club’s dining room, which was quickly turned into the dinner room during cocktail hour.

The shot below was taken by my assistant, Marvin. That’s me in the background.

A refined ceremony and dinner was followed by a raucous party and reception.

Ya gotta love when the officiant stays to dance.

Heidi and Mike live in Southern California, but Heidi’s parents live up in Oakland and so the wedding was held up there. The couple hired me to travel to Oakland for this “destination wedding”, where I was able to capture the rehearsal and dinner the night before as well. The Claremont County Club is an incredible place; elegant and refined, just like the people who belong to it.

Are you planning a destination wedding? I invite you to take a look at my work here.


Venue: Claremont Country Club
Wedding Stylists: Lisa Cole and Lisa Del’Osso
Wedding Coordinator: Carol M. Leslie Special Events
Hair and Makeup:  Eryn at Calm Salon
Flowers: Iris Watson at Thomsen’s Garden Center
Cake:  Julie at Torino Baking
Dress Designer and Shop: Monique L’huillier
Band:  No Drama
Videographer:  Inti Fernandez at Rootbound Productions
Assistant Photographer: Marvin Tsai

Technical details: I shot with two Nikon F100s and a Mamiya 645AF. Marvin shot with a Canon EOS 1v and a Contax 645. Film used: Kodak Portra 400, Kodak Vision3 500T movie film, Ilford Delta 3200 and Ilford XP2.

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