Victoria & Matthew

The last couple of months have been beyond busy for us at IQphoto since we were shooting back-to-back weddings every weekend. Here is one of the most beautiful weddings we’ve covered recently.

And there are more weddings to come. Stay tuned.

Although Victoria and Matthew were work colleagues for three years it was only after he moved to another job that Matt asked Victoria out. Maybe the fact that Matt is an endurance athlete contributes to his taking the time and going the distance.

Matthew’s surprise for Victoria sent her on a citywide San Francisco scavenger hunt–and beyond. The hunt included many of their favorite San Francisco locations. Victoria’s search ended with a ferry ride across the Bay to Tiburon. There she found him, seated in one of their favorite restaurants. We’re not sure if Victoria knew that this special scavenger hunt would end in a proposal but it did!

We’ve been asked not to disclose the location, but let’s just call it The “B Club.”

Enjoy the photos. The library was a really special setting for sumptuous photos. After the ceremony we went outdoors to shoot with some wonderful–as usual–San Francisco backdrops.

Gloria + Nick

According to Nick, Gloria has been the boss from the beginning.  Especially when it comes to food. She usually chooses the restaurants to suit her particular palate. If it’s salty, spicy, or there is shellfish on the menu, she’s there.

Their shared interests include travel, watching movies, golf, and long runs.

Nick had to fret through some anxious moments when he thought that the engagement ring he had purchased online didn’t arrive. He had had it sent to his work under his legal, and not usually used, first name. A trip to the mail room to sort out mail for the several people with his name eventually located the ring. He was sweating that it might become some other guy’s lucky day.

Nick consulted his son for an idea for the proposal. Mario Brothers and putting a ring on the controller figured in his idea. In the end, Nick landed on another approach.

Nick decided on a walk near their house. There was nothing unusual about that for this family and Nick was sure he could surprise Gloria. Nick and Tyler thought a lookout point was perfect but when they got there, there was a jogger doing pushups, taking up the spot which was intended for something much more important. This guy did pushups, and more pushups for an agonizing fifteen minutes or so while Nick and his son waited. While Gloria was off looking at something else, Nick got on his knees to propose.

When Gloria turned around and saw him, she at first thought he was doing a yoga pose. As she came closer he brought the ring out from his pocket.

“No! No!” she kept saying and she began to cry. The no’s were just cries of disbelief and she happily agreed to marry him.

The Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, California’s wine country, was the perfect setting for their wedding.

Nick’s first sight of Gloria in her wedding gown both stunned and surprised him. According to Nick, her dress was somewhat revealing yet she looked perfectly beautiful. This was also one of those weddings when the ring doesn’t quite fit. Nick’s finger was sprained but they finally managed to slip it on—with a little grease. This is the kind of moment in an otherwise perfect ceremony that’s a slight oops. It’s actually not such a bad thing since the guests have a chance to have a small chuckle and empathize with the wedding couple.

For their first dance and husband and wife, Gloria pushed Nick onto the dancefloor, (yep, that’s how he recalls it).  As she started to dance the Hustle, Nick joined in, synching with her moves. Soon the guests joined them, all doing the Hustle too. Some dances are just too much fun not to do!

After their fabulous wedding dinner at Auberge du Soleil, Nick’s family got on the dancefloor, group by group. They put together dances to some of Nick’s favorite music, especially New Edition. The entire show was topped off with Nick’s nine-year-old son, Tyler, who led everyone through an energized and hilarious Gangnam style dance. Everyone was spilling over with laughter as the older folks tried to keep up with the nine-year-old.

Gloria and Nick had a wonderful time with Joseph and Mark from IQphoto who shot through the entire wedding and into the night and gave them artistic and memorable photos from their big day.

Jackie & Ryan | San Francisco City Hall

Jackie was in her third year of Medical school at UC Irvine and Ryan came there for residency. Ryan’s younger brother Steve was a good friend of Jackie. They first met in a birthday party of Jackie’s roommate. Ryan asked about Jackie and Steve decided to set them up. “Zombie land” was the first movie they watched on their first date.

Ryan and Jackie have a very equal, loving, and supportive relationship. They were able to get through long distance for two years during their medical training. As professionals, they respect each others’ careers and needs. They both like to cook and stay active. Traveling is also one of their passions, and they have been to Europe, Africa, Central America, and the South Pacific for both work and fun.

Ryan was doing an anesthesia rotation in Lyon, France. Jackie flew out on her vacation to meet him in Paris. On the first night of their trip, they had dinner and walked around the Eiffel tower afterwards. He proposed underneath the stars and the sparkling Eiffel tower – and of course Jackie said yes.

The best man and the maid of honor’s joint speech had hilarious moments. A part of the speech also involved the imitation of their dance moves on the Pitball song, “Timber”. They did so because they love dancing with each other. They had both Chinese and Jewish elements in their wedding with complete cooperation and balance. That included a Hora Dance which was fun for everyone. Jackie’s brother is inclined to music and he played the Lumineers song, “Ho Hey” during their reception which was amazingly beautiful. They believe it was the most perfect wedding day they could wish for.

More of our San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography


Their wedding ceremony and reception site was San Francisco City Hall. The catering and floral was done by Taste Catering. Lighting was by John Keenan and draping was by Everything Audio Visual. Photography was by IQ photo and videography was by Martin Films. Officiant was by Mike Watson. Bridal gown was by Vera Wang and the rings were by Tacori.

Elaine + Jeff

Few weeks ago we had a chance to photograph Elaine & Jeff amazing wedding at Silver Creek Valley Country Club. They have such a positive vibe and we had a great time being around them on this special day.


Venue was Silver Creek Valley Country Club, San Jose. Videography was done by Chriz Photography. Flowers were by Ivy Flowers. Day of coordinator was White Carpet Events. Make and hair were done by Joli de Jackie. Rentals were by 1000 Fine Events. DJ and lighting were by Spintronix. Musical Heart Strings were the musicians and cake was by Maria’s Dream Cakes. And last but not the least; Photo Booth was by Impressions Photo Booth.

Urmika + Neil

Last week we have covered an absolutely amazing Indian destination weddding. Urmika & Neil’s. We really had a great time. Wedding took place in Los Angeles and Tucson.

Mika and Neil first connected while online dating. Their relationship is just like” opposites attract”  as they are both Indians but their families are form two very different regions. Mika is from west Bengal and Neil is from Gujarat.

On Neil’s 30th Birthday, Urmika was vacationing in Brazil and he said he wanted to celebrate his 30th birthday in Iceland, so they got together and flew to the place where Neil wanted to propose. Urmika grew suspicious that Neil might propose her but because of the rain Neil couldn’t do that until day 5 of the trip. Later they flew to the Arctic Circle, north of Iceland to a small island, and above a Puffin cove Neil proposed. She said “yes”.

Their wedding was a blast because families with such rich cultures wouldn’t trade their most cherished occasion’s values for anything.  So their parents decided to go for extremely traditional outfits, and that includes a very heavy dress for the Bride. Mika’s was over 20 lbs. it looked beautiful but made her day quite tough. So for the choreographed finale dance, they decided to change the dress.

So here are some highlights of this beautiful wedding.