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Ways to cut costs for the wedding day

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Everyone knows that weddings can be expensive and according to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding nationally is more than $27,000. There are always solutions for the wedding couple to cut down costs, some better than others. SFGate had an article today covering some suggestions that may provide some suggestions that I thought I would share. The topics covered include catering, cake, flowers, dress, and venues.

I was happy to see that photography was not listed because making sure you get good photos of the big day is the most important aspect of the wedding. All the topics mentioned minus the wedding dress are significant only for the wedding day but photography is something that the bride and groom can cherish for the rest of their lives.


Heather and Kurt Wedding at the Brazilian Room in Tilden Park Berkeley

Heather and Kurt’s wedding took place at the Brazillian Room in Tilden Park. I second shot for Kate Harrison and had a great time. It was a gorgeous day and it was an awesome place to have both the ceremony and reception. I never knew that there was such a beautiful tea garden in Tilden Park. It was a great area to capture images.

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I love this shot of the groom

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Mother and Father of the bride

Filoli Gardens

This weekend, we went to the Filoli Gardens to check it out for the first time. The historic site is located in Redwood City/Woodside and is a mansion with a huge beautiful garden. The garden was gorgeous and the whole place is maintained really well. Unfortunately, I did not really like the place because it was too touristy. The place surprisely had a ton of people and was basically a museum and a tourist attraction. From looking at the website, I did not expect so many people and thought it would be a nice place to have a picnic and do some hiking. However, the trails outside of the garden are all closed to the public, and there is no picnicing or food/drinks anywhere in the garden. I felt like the place was not very welcoming at all. The house and the garden also looked like it would be an awesome place for a wedding, but unfortunately, they do not hold weddings there. It might have also been a good place for an engagement session, but I am not sure if that is even allowed as any commercial photography is not allowed and requires a permit.

The house and garden is 16 acres and the whole estate is 654 acres. The house was originally built in 1915 for the William Bowers Bourn II family. Bourn was president of the Spring Valley Water Company, which owned the Crystal Springs Lake and surrounding area. The estate was later sold to Mr and Mrs William P Roth, who owned the Matson Navigaton Company in 1937. The Filoli botanic gardens was built by the Roth family and in 1975, the estate was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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