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Winter Wedding at the Palm Event Center

On February 24, Stephanie and Romeo finally married each other after years of dating long distance. They held their beautiful winter ceremony at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, CA. I have had the pleasure of photographing many Catholic weddings, and I love the significance of each element of the service. This wedding was no different, from the verses they chose and the songs that were sung.

After the ceremony, we drove 10 minutes down the road to the Palm Event Center where the festivities continued. The Palm Event Center has some lovely backdrops for group photos, as well as those intimate photos of the newlyweds!

During the reception, Steph and Romeo had the fun entrance, first dances, and as a special surprise, Stomper showed up for the party! (For those among us who are Giants fans like myself…he’s the A’s mascot ;))

Enjoy these photos of the celebration!

*Second shot for Classic Photographers. Thanks for the opportunity!

Getting Ready

I spent the getting ready time with the groom and groomsmen. They buttoned up and then we took some fun group photos in the courtyard at St. Augustine Catholic Church, where they later exchanged vows.

Groom and groomsmen getting ready
Groomsmen portrait in church courtyard
Groom and groomsmen photos with ringbearer
Funny groomsmen photo
Groom with best men

Ceremony Time

St. Augustine has a beautiful interior…lots of white to bounce light off of! I don’t think there was a bad seat anywhere; it has such a great setup to the room.

Wedding ceremony at St. Augustine
Wedding ceremony at St. Augustine; bride and groom stand at the altar
Wedding ceremony, bride smiles at groom
Wedding ceremony, groom looks at bride

Romeo clearly makes Steph laugh a lot!

Catholic wedding ceremony, bride laughs at groom during homily
Catholic wedding ceremony, bride smiles at groom during homily
Catholic wedding ceremony, bride and groom kiss
Bride and groom stand at the altar
Bride and groom kiss at the altar at their Catholic winter wedding

Palm Event Center Winter Wedding Reception

After the church ceremony, we drove over to the Palm Event Center for their winter wedding reception. Of course we had to take some photos outside before the party started…

Bridal party during winter wedding at Palm Event Center
Bridal party during winter wedding at Palm Event Center
Bridal party during winter wedding at Palm Event Center
Bridesmaids under wedding arch at winter wedding
Groom holds bride who is laughing and waving at their winter wedding

What a beautiful couple!

Groom and bride portrait at their winter wedding
Groom holds bride as they kiss at their winter wedding
Groom and bride under wedding arch at Palm Event Center
Groom and bride under wedding arch at Palm Event Center
Groom dips bride under wedding arch at Palm Event Center
Bridal party celebration with champagne toast

Inside the reception space, Romeo and Steph chose to dim the lighting and create a warm, candle-lit atmosphere for their guests.

Palm Event Center wedding cake setup
Palm Event Center wedding decor
Bride and groom share a first dance during their Palm Event Center winter wedding
Bride and groom share a first dance with their parents during their Palm Event Center winter wedding
Bride and groom share a first dance during their Palm Event Center winter wedding
Bride and groom share a first dance with their parents during their Palm Event Center winter wedding
Bride and groom cut the cake at their Palm Event Center reception

And here’s Stomper, showing up just in time for the end of the party dancing!

Oakland A's mascot shows up to wedding reception
  1. Mandy says:

    Such a beautiful wedding and I loved that the A’s mascot showed up – so cool!!

  2. Alissa Moore says:

    What a fun bunch of groomsmen! The mascot was the perfect finishing touch LOL

  3. Cassandra says:

    Such a cute wedding!! I love it!

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