Thomas Fogarty Winery Wedding
Matt & Tracy

Matt and Tracy were married at the beautiful Thomas Fogarty Winery set amongst the rolling hills of Northern California.

It may have been a bit windy, a little foggy, and kind of chilly, but Matt and Tracy were all sunshine and smiles and warm inside. The team at Thomas Fogarty made it all possible for Matt and Tracy to have the outdoor wedding of their dreams. With incredible views of the vineyard below, Matt and Tracy promised their lives to one another. Love and beauty were on display all around.

Matt and Tracy, you are officially married!!! Matt – that custom suit and tie couldn’t have been more perfect! And Tracy, those Valentino’s definitely had their own moment on your wedding day. There were so many great details including those stunning florals by Posy Design. Thank you, thank you for inviting us along to document your life and love. It truly was an honor and a pleasure. And a whole lot of fun! Congratulations! Love to you both!

We also previously shared Matt and Tracy’s engagement photos in San Francisco and shared how they met and fell in love.

Many thanks to the following team for bringing this wedding to life…

Ceremony: Thomas Fogarty Winery

Reception: Thomas Fogarty Winery

Dress: Jin Wang Bridal

Shoes: Valentino (Bride); Ferragamo (Groom)

Hair & Makeup: Jasmine Choi, Grace Collindres, Frances Torres

Cake: Cake Coquette

Flowers: Posy Design

Catering: Thomas John Events

Invitations: Paper Source

DJ: Big Fun DJ

Car: Corinthian Transportation

Custom Suit: The Artful Gentleman

Calligrapher: Addie (Hunt) Thurston

Photo Booth: Show of Life Photo Booth

Officiant: Bill Wilson

Photographer: Pictilio

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Date Idea: Find The Best Burger

I’m sharing this idea a little prematurely because it’s that good and I want you to enjoy it right away. And I don’t just mean tasty good, although it is that too!

Vitaliy and I recently shared our Summer Bucket List. On there, we said we wanted to find the best burger in San Francisco. Well, we’ve actually been using our date nights as part of our search and they have been some of the best dates since having Rose. Don’t get me wrong, our other dates have been great and reflective and absolutely necessary. But these dates have turned out spontaneous, adventurous, and a ton of fun. And when you are being stretched and often feel exhausted, sometimes fun is exactly what you may need to get through a difficult week and stay connected.

We took a poll on Facebook asking our local friends for their “best burger” suggestions. We tallied those in, with a few we wanted to try, and just started pulling from the list when we had a burger craving and a babysitter on hand. During our first taste test, we drafted the categories we believe every burger should be tested for and now we scribble down our rankings as we munch. I’ll share all of these yummy details and more once we have officially selected The Best Burger in San Francisco. But until then, let me share 5 reasons this is the perfect date idea for couples.

  1. You discover something you have in common. For us – burgers! Surprisingly enough, for some couples finding something in common can prove challenging. This takes the hard part out of the equation each week.
  2. Life can be exhausting, especially as new parents so one less meal to think about and prep is a win-win in our book.
  3. Deciding on a restaurant together can leave some couples in a disagreement before the date has even started. Knowing that you’re both going to be ordering the same dish will keep you on the same page when deciding on a restaurant.
  4. Finding new topics to talk about, outside of our responsibilities, can sometimes be difficult. This gives us a new topic to chat about right away. We’re sharing our critiques, taking down notes, and getting to know each other more in the process.
  5. Speaking of conversation, if you’re going through a difficult time as a couple, you might be avoiding date night because every conversation ends in an argument. You are, as they say, in between a rock and a hard place. You desperately need time together but it always ends badly. This idea allows you to connect while avoiding those touchy topics you might need a break from. A little fun and mutual connection might help put you back on solid ground to re-engage the difficult subjects the following day.

The best part about this idea is that it’s interchangeable to fit your passions. We happen to have a love for burgers. But you can fill in the blank to suit you and your city, “Find The Best ____________ in ____________.” Find the best pizza in New York City. Find the best tacos in L.A. You get the point! After burgers, I’m requesting we find the best chocolate chips cookies in San Francisco. I’ll start taking suggestions now.

Hope this gives you a new spin on date night! Enjoy!

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Matt & Tracy
Lifestyle Engagement Portraits

Our first engagement session post-baby!

Matt and Tracy were referred to us by the lovely Nikki and Gabe, previous clients who we now call friends. And it’s just more proof that awesome clients bring along more awesome clients. We are constantly blessed each wedding season to work with such sweet and fun couples.

Here’s a little Q&A with Matt and Tracy.

Q. How did you meet and what first attracted you to one another?

A. We met at work in 2010 but sparks flew 2 years later at an office golf party where we were drawn to each other the whole night. Even with everyone around, we somehow managed to find our way back to one another to continue our conversation.

Matt: Her beautiful smile and her contagious laugh.

Tracy: His bay area “swag”.

Q. When and where did you first say those three famous words “I love you”?

A. We had been dating for 3 months and Tracy said I love you first before bed (a first for her!)

Q. Can you share a favorite date idea you’ve enjoyed together as a couple?

A. We did dinner and a movie at the Grove in Los Angeles, took a walk through the LACMA light installation and stopped by a local Irish watering hole – Molly Malone’s for a night cap.

Matt re-enacted our first date while Christmas shopping back at the Grove where he proposed at LACMA with friends and family hiding around. For old times sake, we walked over to celebrate at Molly Malone’s.

Q. What are you most excited about for your future as husband and wife?

A. Traveling the world together and starting a family (our next adventure!).

Matt and Tracy, we are so thrilled to start our 2015 wedding season with you! Congratulations on your engagement! It was a cold one in San Francisco, but you guys were total troopers. We had so much fun! It was an honor to document this special time in your lives. Thanks again for choosing us to be your wedding photographers! Enjoy!

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