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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.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Santa Cruz Wedding  


This is a wedding for a couple whose engagement session we did just a few weeks ago, Sarah & Jason. Their wedding venue was the Sequoia Retreat Center in Santa Cruz. The wedding took place on the same weekend as the Gilroy Garlic Festival , so just like last year we got stuck in bumper to bumper gridlock for over an hour starting in Los Gatos. Fortunately we always giv e ourselves plenty of time just in case, so we wound up being only 15 minutes late...but a lot of people were late. This is a jewel of a place tucked away in the hills. The facility has several different cabins, which many of the wedding party stayed at the night before and the night of the wedding. This makes for a much more relaxed event as people don't have to worry about traveling to get home after the wedding.

The ceremony was held at a really nice grassy area at the end of facility. It is really beautiful as the grassy area is surrounded by giant redwoods. Just off the grassy area are trails that gave us some great opportunities. I really like the shot on this post of Sarah in the the wooded area...what do you think? It was great seeing Sarah's brother Brian and wife Elysia whose wedding we photographed in 2007.

The reception was held on a deck at the other end of the facility. It was a nice mild evening and very comfortable. All in all it was a beautiful wedding and we consider us lucky to have been chosed to capture the images.



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1 comments: to “ Santa Cruz Wedding

  • August 11, 2009 at 7:55 PM  

    What an amazing backdrop!!! This is such a beautiful location. Great job really capturing the beauty of the surroundings!