Oakland Wedding Photographer

Oakland Hills Backyard Wedding // Sheilan + Levirt

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Sheilan and Levirt had a thoughtful, mellow backyard brunch wedding to celebrate their love. Her brother graciously opened his home for their wedding and it couldn’t have been more perfect for them. I could probably say that about all my couples… but it’s so true! When planning your wedding, do what represents YOU as a couple and what feels right to you and your partner is so freaking important.

Their wedding was truly a collaboration of friends. Sheilan is an amazing artist and did all the lettering, designs and prints for their decorations. Three of their talented musician friends sang and preformed for their ceremony. Two friends co-officiated their wedding. Brunch was cooked by the moms and Sheilan, including many different types of quiches, hand pies and the yummiest spread. Decor was set up in a group effort with florals and greenery crown done by a friend. It really takes a village to make even a backyard wedding come together. But knowing all the love that was put into their day makes it even more personal and special.

S+L started their wedding morning by just the two of them exchanging personal vows in the redwoods. They wanted this to be private, so once I started my coverage we went up the hill and did about 10 minutes of portraits so they could have at least a few photos amongst the redwoods. We may have had to dodge a few mountain bikers, but no one was ran over! ;)

Thank you so much for including me in your lovely celebration. It was such a meaningful day to capture <3

Introducing Chelsea Dier Photography Albums

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Let it be known that I actually LOVE designing albums. Putting together the whole story of your wedding day, adding in all the elements and moments of your day that you may have missed, because there is so much happening, brings me great joy.

Having a tangible collection of your BEST photos that you can look back on time after time has to be the best thing. With my albums, you are getting your photographs off your computer and created into a work of art. You'll be able to pick up your album at any moment you have a yearning to (which would be all the time for me) and re-live your freakin' WEDDING DAY! <3

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I am requiring, okay highly recommending, all my clients to order albums because I want to design them for you! With your album, you may enjoy your photographs for years and years, along with passing the album down to your lil' ones if that's in the cards for you.

Ilan + Lauren // Wedding // Oakland, CA

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Oh Ilan and Lauren, the couple who had permanent smiles on their face the whole day. These two are so rad, so themselves and focused on having FUN alllll wedding day! I mean, their first dance started classically, and then transitioned into a choreographed dance set to THE Bieber (as in Justin Beiber). I definitely said multiple times to their guests, "you have the best friends!" Thank you so much for having me along to capture your day! And Happy Birthday Lauren :)Cater + Florals: Culinary Excellence // DJ: Berkeley Squares // HMUA: Hair by Simone at Vine Street Salon // Men's Suits: Menguin // Lauren's Dress: Novella Bridal // Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew // Photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography // Second Photographer: 43rd Ave Photography

Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA Wedding Photographer // Shauna + Manuel

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Shauna and Manuel got married at the Oakland Courthouse in the morning, and then I met up with them and their daughter for their portraits. I have visited the lake many times, but never shot a session here so I was a little nervous for how they would turn out. But, turns out the lake during golden hour is beautiful!! And it was so fun to hear all the "congratulations!" from people running and walking by them. These two also crushed their portraits and I am so happy with how they turned out! Congratulations you two, and cheers to many happy, love filled years ahead!(Manuel's first love, his restored car, so of course we needed to get some portraits with it as well)

HMUA: Girl with a Curling Iron // Photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography

Daniel + Lauren // Redwoods Engagament Session // Oakland, CA

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It was so great to explore new trails up in Redwood Regional Park with these two and they were such troopers with the hills and still looked this good!

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George +Julieta // Berkeley, CA Wedding Photographer

George and Julieta's wedding kicked off my 2016 Wedding season!! Their wedding day was the only sunny day in the surrounding weeks, as it was meant to be. I kept watching the weather hoping for the best, and viola, the day was amazing! They were married in Berkeley at Saint Ambrose Church and then had their reception at the Mira Vista Golf & Country Club in El Cerrito (which has amazing view of the Bay!) After their ceremony they had a receiving line that I thought was such a sweet way to be able to say hi to all their guests and give them their love for being in attendance. Then their reception was where the party started! Starting with their first dance beginning with a classic song to transitioning into an upbeat choreographed dance, they started if off right. From their it was all about having a great time and letting loose. I believe their dance party lasted AT LEAST 3 hours! So many dancing photos!

Thank you so much for having me along G+J! <3

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photographer: Chelsea Dier Photography // Venue+Caterer: Mira Vista Golf & Country Club // DJ: Denon & Doyle // Florist: Katharina Stuart // Baker: True Confections // Dresses+Suits: David's Bridal // MUH: Alisha, Vine Street Salon // Second Shooter: Emily Jean Images (thank you so much for rocking this wedding with me!)

Ingrid + Julian // Berkeley Engagement Photographer

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Tara + Javier // Canyon, CA // Pi Day

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Rob and Cody // Wedding // Oakland & Napa, CA

   

 

These two got married and had me along to document it. Rob and Cody had a Courthouse wedding on Wednesday and then a friends and family party up in Napa on Saturday to celebrate their love!

Being this was my first solo wedding, a small courthouse ceremony was just alright with me. Then the light was amazing on Saturday and all I really want to post are the portraits I took of them during the golden hour :)

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