Old St Hilary's Chapel Wedding Overlooking San Francisco Bay

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Old St Hilarys Chapel Wedding

Mary and Eric call the Bay Area home, and after visiting Tiberon to photograph their Old St Hilary’s Chapel Wedding, I can see why. The area is stunning! In complete contrast to Georgia pine trees and greenery, the hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay are covered in neutral tones and filled with soft California light.

I met Eric and Mary last Christmas when Mary reached out to me about capturing her family at Christmastime. She apologized for how late she was planning, but it was perfect timing for me! I had a few open days on my calendar leading up to Christmas. So I said yes, and I got to meet the Crofton Family on Christmas Eve.

At their session, Mary mentioned that she and Eric were getting married the following year in San Francisco. I’d like to say that I was subtle about it, but I’m pretty sure I almost knocked them off their feet with my immediate response “I travel!!” And because Mary is a graceful soul, she actually considered bringing me along. A few weeks later, we were official!

A  morning in Tiberon, California

Getting to be a part of the Crofton and Schwab families over their wedding weekend was an incredible experience. They pulled me in as one of their own and made me feel so loved and valued. On a wedding day, it’s easy to jet past people and let the day run as it should, but Mary and Eric and their families constantly sought me out to say thank you, and ask if I needed anything. Selfless, compassionate, kind. That’s just who they are.

On the morning of their wedding day, I met Mary at her aunts house in Tiberon. The house is gorgeous, with views overlooking the bay and the Corinthian Yacht Club where they would have their reception later that evening. Getting to the house is a windy road full of swift turns and tight corners. I felt like I was back in Nice, France!

I walked into the home to an incredible spread of fresh food and charcuterie. Fresh salads, meats, cheeses, muffins, quiche, I felt like I could find anything and everything on their brunch table! While Mary was upstairs getting ready with her mom and maid of honor, her bridesmaids relaxed on the porch and enjoyed ocean views with a side of coffee. I found a corner of perfect light in the living room and began styling Mary and Eric’s details. Every now and then, the sound of laughter would drift in from the porch with the California breeze, and I’d become overwhelmed with gratitude that I got to be a part of such a wonderful day.

 Old St Hilary’s Chapel Wedding

Mary and Eric decided to share their first look in the tall grass by their wedding chapel, Old St. Hilary’s. Let’s be honest, I wasn’t complaining (and you won’t either when you see these views!) They shared a sweet, emotional moment together. And once they saw each other, I swear I could see the stress melt away from their shoulders. Everything was going to be fine. It was their wedding day.

We continued our afternoon in the bright, California afternoon light taking portraits of the two of them and adding in their wedding party once they arrived. The gentlemen pulled in with a stunning old-school car. If I was a car person, I’d tell you the make and model, but that’s not my forte! So you’ll have to just scroll for the photos and see for yourself. We had some fun hanging with everyone, then grabbing a few quick family photos while guests arrived.

Soon it was time for Mary and Eric’s Old St Hilary’s Chapel Wedding! The ceremony was beautiful, simple and memorable. The little chapel hosted us perfectly, and my favorite moment was the trio of gentlemen playing their strings as Mary and Eric exited after saying “I Do!”

We finished off the day with more family portraits and then left for their Corinthian Yacht Club wedding reception. I spent evening capturing their enthusiastic guests, dancing the night away and staring out at the San Francisco cityscape. It was the dreamiest way to end a perfect day!

Thank you

Mary and Eric, y’all know that I love you! Thank you for asking me to capture these moments for you and for trusting me with the beginning of your marriage. I’m so honored that I got to be there to celebrate all weekend! Cheers to a lifetime of love and a continued enthusiasm for your loved ones!

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  1. Kathryn says:

    Laura! I have tears of joy in my eyes ! Your words and beautiful photographs have just brought me back to the unbelievably joyful day that Mary and Eric were married. Thank you for sharing your feelings with all of us! You are a gifted photographer not only with light and the perfect moments but also you have the rare gift of a spiritual connection to your wedding couple and their wedding. Mary and Eric were under that beautiful light on their wedding day and you were an angel photographer capturing the spirit of their love. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us…. sending you my note with love and deep appreciation. ✨💕✨
    Kathryn Kleinman Schwab

    • lwatson says:

      And now you’re making me tear up! Thank you for leaving this sweet message. I hope you and your wonderful family are enjoying the holidays and doing well!

  2. Great job, everyone! I wasn’t at the wedding but I’m weeping anyway, as I read your words and see the gorgeous photos. Beautiful captures of love and youth and utter joy. And you nailed the family—kind, considerate, exquisite taste, love, love, love!

    Nicole Katano

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