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1000 Words Photography is husband and wife team Tom & Leona (Lee) Burke based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. We are primarily wedding photographers, but do offer all kinds of other photography as well. We've been working together since 1996 and have photographed hundreds of couples weddings. We don't think you can define our style as anything specific, we use a combination of styles to create what we hope is a uniqe perspective. To see a greater representation of our photography be sure to check out the galleries on our website.
Our personalities are loose and playful, we love photographing weddings and really want our clients to have a great time on one of the biggest days of their lives. We work very hard to come up with images that will make you say "I was there and I don't remember it being like that". Wedding photography is different than most other services at a wedding because for the images to look awesome, there needs to be a good working relationship between us and the couple. We're there all day with you so there needs to be a level of comfort and trust. Over the months leading up to a wedding we typically have developed a close relationship with our couples. We still stay in touch with most of our couples and are through the different stages of life (the wedding, children, homes, job changes..). When we book a client many times we are gaining lifelong friends and that is a pretty cool thing.
Saturday, April 11, 2009

Palm Event Center  


This was a really cool couple to work with. Nick is a police officer and Stephanie is a firefighter. We did their engagement session at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay earlier this year, and that was a lot of fun. Nick brought his motorcycle and we think we captured some pretty cool images. So we had some mojo working between us and felt very comfortable around each other....so the wedding was going to be even better.

We met Stephanie at the Rose Hotel in Pleasanton for getting ready shots. It was really relaxed and calm. Ice from Lumitone was there doing video. He's always great to work with, it's kind of cool to collaborate to come up with different creative ideas that we can both benefit from.
Stephanie and Nick were going to see each other before the wedding and get most of their pictures out of the way beforehand. That is good, but there is a very pure, wonderful moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time on the wedding day. We encouraged Nick to wait at the base of the stairs at the Palm Event Center as Stephanie arrived in the limo. His back was turned away from the limo and Steph came up from behind him. (There is a shot of this that I love on this post). When he finally did see her he was in awe....'cause she's AWESOME....it was a totally genuine and great moment.
The wedding was held outside on the lawn with the vineyards as the backdrop. It went off without a hitch. The reception was a lot of fun with a little twist. We've seen creative first dance's before, where the music starts to a nice song and then breaks off to something like Baby Got Back, but Nick and Stephanie took it to a new level. They incorporated about 10 different songs with choreography for each one. Nick has some serious moves and is freakin hillarious. When they were done the whole crowd erupted into a thunderous roar and standing ovation....it was killer. We love it when couples take the time to incorporate themselves into their wedding....and they surely did.
Nick and Stephanie thank you for letting 1000 Words Photography photograph your wedding. Their wedding pictures will be available on our website in about 3 weeks...check'em out.



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