Emeline and Coco’s Catholic Wedding at Rengstorff House in Mountain View, CA
When it comes to wedding photography, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to countless landmark locations which are perfect for capturing the essence and emotion of a wedding ceremony. By blending the personal connection of the couple with an iconic location, a photographer can create a stunning contrast between the longevity and history of the location and the excitement that marriage will bring in the future.
One such location is the beautiful Rengstorff House located in Mountain View’s marshland Shoreline Park. Built in 1867, it is renowned not only for its stunning Victorian Italianate architecture, but also for being the oldest house in the entire city. Due to a high demand for the Rengstorff House during wedding season, it is truly a privilege to be able to book it and hold a ceremony there.
When I first met Emeline and Coco to discuss the specifics of their wedding, I was thrilled to learn that they had booked the Rengstorff House for their ceremony and reception. Most of the house would be available to the bride and groom for their wedding preparations, while the reception would be held in the side garden and front lawn area.
On the day of the wedding, the weather was simply stunning provided the time of year. The partly cloudy sky combined with mid-seventies temperatures provided the perfect weather to ensure that everyone was comfortable during the ceremony and the following reception. During the bridal preparations, the atmosphere was one of energy and excitement as the bridesmaids and groomsmen worked their way into their formal clothes. Coco and the groomsmen looked particularly handsome in their formal attire and from a photographer’s standpoint it was a great deal of fun to capture the bride and groom’s individual portraits before the ceremony, since both were bursting with energy and excitement. The Rengstorff House was also beautifully decorated and I was able to take many amazing photographs of the decorations, the wedding cake, and the bridal flower bouquet.
With the last afternoon light was filtering through the glass windows and a warm and beautiful glow about the house, the wedding ceremony was officiated on the side lawn area and I began capturing the bridal party as they made their way down the aisle. Coco was waiting with eager anticipation for Emeline’s appearance, and he was more than overjoyed when Emeline came down the aisle with her mother and father. The open area behind and around the altar provided ample opportunities for me to capture the couple’s special moments: the reading of the vows, the binding of the couple with the ceremonial rope and the lighting of the unity candle.
When the sun began to set on the horizon, the guests lined up for their formal group portraits as everyone else enjoyed the cocktail hour on the front lawn. After a short break, the bridal party and the newlywed couple made their grand entrance and were introduced the guests for the first time as “Husband and Wife”.
As the night progressed, the atmosphere of the reception was one of excitement and the spirit of the party was one of energy and elation. It seemed as if each bridesmaid and groomsman had their own special way of exciting and bringing alive the party. The dance floor was alive as Emeline, Coco, and the guests took to dancing with vivid neon lights and glow sticks. The night was far from ordinary but as it turns out things would take a turn for the even crazier.
The action was at its peak when Coco’s wedding ring slipped off his finger and was lost in the surrounding vegetation. The music was promptly stopped and the entire bridal party was tasked with finding the ring. One can only imagine the commotion of this ordeal, a midnight search for a small ring in what was essentially complete darkness. With the help of the morning sun, the ring was found and all was well.
Emeline and Coco’s wedding photos turned out spectacular and they both loved them. It was a pleasure to see them so overjoyed to have the memories of their special day preserved forever. Congratulations to the couple and I wish them many exciting and happy moments ahead!