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San Francisco Magazine’s “Best of San Francisco” // Best Wedding Photographer 2017

so much has happened in my life over the last 10 months, i don’t even really know where to begin. all i can say is that when something happens to you — whether it breaks your heart in a million pieces or makes it feel like it could burst from overwhelming gratitude…

YOU SOAK IT UP. YOU FEEL IT. EVERY LITTLE BIT OF IT.

in this case, my heart could burst from joy and gratitude. why? because the july, “BEST OF SAN FRANCISCO” issue of san francisco magazine is out and I was named best wedding photographer. me?!?! little ol’ glady?!? i cannot believe it. sometimes, life throws you a real nice surprise and you think, “WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?” but i’ve also learned the last 10 months that you cannot question so much. you accept it.

i am overwhelmed with gratitude for this recognition. honestly, i thought it was a prank when the editor first reached out. i still can’t believe it. i am completely blown away and honored. all i can say is THANK YOU. i know how much talent there is out there. and to be recognized with incredible, extremely talented people in the industry — i could burst. from the bottom of my heart, i am grateful. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

here’s a peek into what’s written inside…

gladys allen makes it her mission to document weddings with the intimacy of a family member or friend. she defuses the staginess of the whole situation by making it a policy to scrap that first round of awkward, just-getting-warmed-up photos and asking questions that get the pair focusing on each other, not the camera. the result: effortless, fly-on-the-wall photos of people wearing their feelings on their faces, not a superglued smile in sight. 

:)

honored. grateful. blown away. thank you.

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photo below is from the best of san francisco party :)
my husband, sister, and best friend made me stand in front of the wall of “best of” covers and took what felt like hundreds of photos. it brought me so much happiness to see how proud they are. love them so.

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Marin Headlands Engagement Session: Yadira & Michael

spent a clear, sunny afternoon wandering the headlands with yadira & michael!
these two lovers live in LA, but came up to san francisco for their engagement session. shortly after, they had an incredibly gorgeous wedding at san francisco city hall w/ a reception at china cabin. you guys. it was INSANE. i cannot wait to share their wedding. until then, here are some of my favorites from their engagement session…

happy wednesday! xoxo

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Christina and Charles: A lovely wedding under the trees

below are a few favorites from christina & charles’ wedding.
it rained all morning, but cleared up just in time for the wedding. and the rain? it gave us the loveliest light all afternoon. see below. i could have bottled it up!

thanks for including me in your special day, c & c! x

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Paradisus Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Wedding: Theresa & Markos

you take me over you’re the magic in my veins…

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What an amazing celebration of love, joy and togetherness…

It’s simple and pretty dang obvious — I adore these two.

When we met to talk about their wedding, we clicked right away. What was supposed to be a meeting to chat about photography & their wedding plans turned into conversations about life & adventures. To say I wanted them to book me for their destination wedding was an understatement. Not because I wanted to go to Punta Cana, but because Markos & Theresa are great people. And I wanted them in my circle.

It all made sense when it was time to document their wedding. Their friends & family, the people they surround themselves with — they were great too! Warm, loving, and the list could go on. It felt like we were on a resort with friends we’ve known for years.

Side note: My husband came along with me on this trip. The schedule aligned with our 5th anniversary and it was perfect.

Anyhow. Theresa & Marko invited him to their wedding so that he didn’t have to hang out alone while I worked. If that isn’t proof of just how wonderful they are, I don’t know what is. Big hearts I tell ya.

The best part is — we’ve become friends with them. And I couldn’t be happier about it.

<3

So much love to you Marko & Theresa. Thank you for choosing me to document your most special day, welcoming us into your circle, and for simply being awesome.

xo

Venue: Paradisus Punta Cana

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One frame: Aileen & Robert

I mean…

C’MON!!!

Such a sucker for images like this. Big laughs are the best!

More to come of these two cuties soon.

x

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