Cheyenne and Rebecca of Docuvitae had the honor of documenting Kim and Eric’s very special wedding day at the insanely beautiful and historical Ralston White Retreat Center, nestled in the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley, CA.
from Rebecca …
Kim & Eric are the type of couple you swoon over, the kind of couple Hollywood has been trying to write stories about for decades. It’s events like this and couples like Kim and Erik who provide so much inspiration and joy in the work we do at Docuvitae. As journalists, artists and documentarians, it is so rewarding to be invited into our client’s lives and to be privy to some of the most emotional moments they’ll ever have. After we presented the photos to Kim and Erik, I got a truly heartwarming note from Kim that read, “OH MY GOD are those beautiful pictures! I’ve been looking at them for hours and hours. There are so many amazing moments. There just aren’t words. Thank you thank you thank you for capturing so many amazing moments and the true essence of the people at the wedding and of us. You guys are incredible. We really couldn’t be happier. Thank you again.”
When Kim & Eric’s guests arrived, they were escorted down a hiking trail into the redwood grove where the ceremony took place. Once everyone was settled in, Kim and Erik made their grand entrance into the ceremony … and what an entrance it was! In the midst of a quiet forest, with warm sunlight streaming through the trees, the musical score from Lord of the Rings began to play. Suddenly, Kim appeared above the ceremony site on a part of the hiking trail that was about twenty feet above where the guests were seated. Erik walked up the trail to greet his bride with an incredibly passionate embrace and the couple continued down to the site to be married in a ceremony officiated by Kim’s father. Kim and Erik both work in the film industry and had choreographed this incredibly cinematic ceremony together. Their dog, Chloe, made a wonderful flower girl and ring bearer with a simple pearl necklace around her collar that had the rings tied to a flower.
After the ceremony, Kim and Erik enjoyed a private moment together and took a walk through the majestic redwood forest while their guests hiked back up to the retreat center to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Kim and Erik joined their guests after their walk and all sat down for a beautiful dinner on the porch of the incredible craftsman style mansion designed by the noted San Francisco architect, Willis Polk, in 1910.
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Kim and Erik were introduced to the retreat center by a dear friend of theirs. Little did Kim know, this would be the site where Erik would pop the question and where, about a year later, they would be married. The retreat center’s grounds are expansive and filled with extraordinary redwood groves and hiking trails. It seemed only natural to return to their engagement site for the actual wedding as words cannot describe how beautiful and spectacular the redwood forests are.
Kim and Erik invited 40 of their closest friends and family members to celebrate the day with them. Included in the guest list were Erik’s son and daughter who served as the Best Man and Maid of Honor. The day was not just a celebration of the union of this very special couple, but the beginning of a new family for Erik, Kim and the kids. The kids both gave the most heartwarming and genuine toasts that I have ever witnessed at a wedding. Cheyenne and I were so touched by their words that we had to hide behind our cameras to disguise our tears! I’m actually getting choked up again just thinking about it!
Kim is incredibly creative and talented and made all of the decorations herself. She and Erik wanted an ‘Elfenkind’ themed wedding and she added wonderfully charming details to the table settings and the already beautiful location.
After dinner, the couple and their guests went into the charming ballroom inside the house and danced the night away. As a special surprise, Kim hired a karaoke machine so that she could serenade her new husband (with the help of her dad) with ‘Unforgettable’, by Nat King Cole. At this point, Cheyenne and I didn’t even bother to hide our tears. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
Wow! Our thanks to Rebecca and Cheyenne for sharing the details and these gorgeous photos of Kim & Eric’s truly magical day! And our BEST WISHES to Kim, Eric & the lovely family!!
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Docuvitae is an incredibly talented team of photographers and film makers. Their work has been recognized in scores of prominent magazines, newspapers and on film. The women and men in their organization are truly some of the top names in the industry.
For more of their fabulous footage, take a look back on Style Me Pretty at Kisma & Jonathan’s Wedding, Ana & Kevin’s Wedding, Clair & David’s Wedding … to name just a few! Pretty obvious that we LOVE their style, right!?! And of course, for so many more examples of the fabulous photographers and cinematographers who compose the Docuvitae team, check out their website!