Andy and Julianne have one of those engagement stories straight out of a movie. Julianne was in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a medical stint at  a children's hospital and while she was due back in the U.S. in a matter of days, Andy simply couldn't wait to ask for her to marry him. With a ring in hand, he flew half way around the world. He pulled off a complete surprise and obviously endeared himself even more to Julianne. They dined at the Khmer Kitchen, a place where my wife and I have also eaten (upon hearing their story) while passing through Siem Reap last December. After dinner, in the back of a tuk-tuk, he asked for her hand in marriage. She said yes and they flew home together a short time later and began to plan the sacred day that they celebrated last April 3rd. They chose a really gorgeous wedding venue, the Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton. It's a wedding photographers delight to work at a place like this, especially when it's coordinated by Alyssia and her team--probably the most accommodating, professional and organized wedding venue in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'll post a wedding venue review soon, which will definitely be glowing in every way.

The wedding was on a warm and beautiful day, which afforded the possibility of using the Casa Real's courtyard for their ceremony. The wedding photography is always a bit tricky when the sun is so high in the sky and casting harsh shadows on faces, but we pulled off a few tricks and got a bunch of snaps that I hope they enjoy for the rest of their lives.

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Andy and Julianne opted to see each other before the ceremony, which I highly recommend to anyone getting married. Unless they believe in the power of superstitions, this moment is a wonderful, intimate moment that couples can have privately before the busyness of the day takes over. It also makes for some great photographic memories, as well as help reduce the amount of time doing portraits after the ceremony when they're anxious to get to the reception.

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Looking for a wedding photographer for your wedding at Casa Real? Dan would be happy to discuss all your engagement and wedding photography needs at a no-obligation chat over coffee near your home or work. Contact him here or check out his Wedding Website for more information.