Sasha & Jafer California Wedding


Winters on the BC coast can be a little bleak and gray at times.  Spectacularly beautiful, serene, haunting, pristine, and awe inspiring,  yes…, but sometimes in a dismal, dreary and tiresomely long sort of way.  With that in mind it took very little convincing for us to accept Sasha and Jafer’s invitation to come down and photograph their wedding in California in December.  We also felt rather honored to be asked instead of the myriad of great photographers already in California.  Sasha and Jafer had been guests at Carley and Daniel’s Victoria, BC wedding that Darshan had photographed in 2012 (see it here).

The ceremony was held in a sweet little church in Sausalito, a super scenic and elegant town that clings to a steep hillside just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.  The preparations and reception took place out on the coast in Muir Beach.  A town that isn’t really a town but does feature a very authentically styled 16th century English inn called The Pelican where we had the pleasure of spending the night and merry making along with the celebrants.  Complete with lead paned windows, inglenook walk-in fireplaces, low ceilings and doors and hundreds of period antiquities, The Pelican Inn veritably transports one to another era and continent while somehow remaining rather plush and comfortable.

Getting ready amid her ‘girls’, Sasha appeared to be truly in her bliss.  She spoke aloud of wanting to slow the moments down so she could savor and be fully aware of the sweetness of the time.  A radiant bride indeed.  It was a radiance of joy.  And joy is an apt word to describe the rest of the day as it transpired.  From the joyous passion of the vows and speeches at the ceremony to the joyous cackles and reddening faces during the ‘roasting’ toasts at the reception.  Late in the evening the small pub area within the inn became the hub of celebration as a duo of musicians steeped expertly in the Celtic tradition warmed and mesmerized us with song, picking, piping and fiddling, all the while furthering greatly the illusion of being transported in time and space to old England.  It was a good reminder in this time of DJ prominence of just how sweet music can feel when real fingers are plucking real strings.

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  • Mike Patterson

    Darshan and Alex…your photos of the wedding are RIDICULOUS!!! You two are so incredibly talented and capture the moments so perfectly and beautifully through the combination of your artistic eye and technical prowess. These are stunning, amazing, perfectly unique…thanks not only for these gorgeous shots but for also being such an integral part of a truly special event. You were the photographers and also cherished guests. Thank you, thank you, thank you… MikeReplyCancel

  • Sasha Papovich Patterson

    We can’t believe how beautiful and special these photos are, Darshan! We love your work so our expectations were high, but you surpassed them–wildly!ReplyCancel

  • Rita O'Brien

    Simply lovely!!! ReplyCancel

  • Cristal Mortensen

    Truly spectacular, magical capturings of a beautiful happening. Congratulations :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan Harter Adams

    Sasha said you are amazing photographers and I truly am deeply moved by the ability to capture each scene with such artistry! As well you were both almost invisibly taking photos because you never interfered with any of festivities; all done with such gentleness and sensitivity! Truly magical photography!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Elia

    Thank you so much for sharing your special day with Aunty Eva and myself!! What a wonderful job your photographer did!!! I actually felt like I was there!! What a beautiful day you had and will always be remembered!!! You both look so much in love and will carry that special love for the rest of your lives together!!! I sure hope someday, You and Sasha can visit us on the East Coast as we would love to meet you Sasha! And you both have a place to stay as long as you wish!! Love you and congratulations on your beautiful wedding. Sure wish we could have been there!! Love you, Cousin Laura and Aunty EvaReplyCancel

  • I feel like I was there and apart of their family. Never felt that way before. Amazing. Lots of silly fun photos too.ReplyCancel

  • Williamrigo

    Awesome forum topic.Thanks Again. Awesome.ReplyCancel