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Carol & Joe // San Francisco City Hall

November 1, 2019


To the moon & back a million times over. This is how much my husband and I love Gretchen and her impeccable work! Her style is refreshing, romantic and like nothing else we’ve seen in the wedding photography scene. From the first e-mail, to numerous phone calls and endless questions we asked, Gretchen was warm, genuine and like an old friend ready to help and guide us every step of the way.

On the big day, she was able to help my husband and I stay focused on each other while she took care of the timeline and details. Gretchen was able to tell the story of our wedding day from start to finish the way that our guests and we remember it: lively, joyous and full of love. Every photo was exactly how we pictured it and so much more!

A candid moment caught in time exuding so much emotion and intimacy – that’s what every photo showed. She didn’t miss a thing and even caught some surprise moments! Our first date was at a Starbucks in San Francisco, and Gretchen snapped a few shots of us walking in front of one (we didn’t even know – thank you for this gem!).

There are so many wonderful things to say about Gretchen and could go on and on forever. Having her on our side for the wedding day is something we won’t forget or ever regret. We hope to work with Gretchen again in the future for other milestones!

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In my house I print everything. I have stacks of prints that have yet to make it into albums but to me, the organization isn't what's important, it's having the prints to spread out on the floor and talk about with my two children. We've been doing that since they were tiny and the stacks just grow and we share more about what they remind us of and laugh together and sometimes cry a little too.

My son Dorian is 16 and my daughter Hazel is 18 and when they were 3 & 5 their father, my husband Igor, died of suicide. I hesitate to share this with you all because it's kind of heavy but I want you to know where my value in photographs comes from. My prints, those ones that we spread out on the floor, are the stories that they have left and are what keeps my memory fresh. We get to see his happy grin, his dance folly and the hugs he gave his loved ones. There are no possessions I treasure more than those images and there is no gift greater for Hazel and Dorian.

As we print new photographs of our lives, our story unfolds before us. We can map our journey as a family now of three. We can see where the images that include him stop and where our smaller team began and we have hand held evidence of our joys and our adventures reminding us always of the meaning and humor, regardless of loss, in life. 
Wedding days are such precious crowns of tenderness and hope. They bring people together that might otherwise never see one another. They can build bridges and mend broken hearts. I want the experience for you, of spreading out your images, picking each up and being reminded of that moment's joy and the people you shared it with over and over again. 

I photograph weddings because when memories fade, as they eventually do, what you have left are the photographs; physical, celebratory and lasting evidence of what was a magnificent coming together. Wedding days are for laughter and promises and gathering and they are an example of all things good in the world. If that's not worth documenting with full heart I don't know what is.

I'm eager to learn about you, your journey here & your wedding day dreams.


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