Apr 15, 2014

Luke and Whitney's Brazilian Room Wedding - Berkeley Outdoor Wedding Photography

It was an extreme honor to capture Luke and Whitney's Brazilian Room wedding. The day was filled with so much joy and love that it was contagious. Both Luke and Whitney have amazing smiles and amazing friends. It was a pleasure spending time with the bridal party and families surrounded by so much beauty and entertained by so much personality! The speeches took us through a range of emotions from side-splitting laughter to heartfelt tears and the dancing was unforgettable!

We met Luke and Whitney at a wedding last year and we were excited to see a few of the same beautiful faces! When we were meeting up with Luke and Whitney during the wedding planning, they suggested we meet at the climbing gym. You can imagine our reply and our excitement at getting to work with this adventurous couple. Their adventurous spirits seem to inspire their friends and family and they certainly inspire us. I was touched by a line in their vows that spoke of keeping both adventure and relaxation in their days. It seems they have a solid vision of what it takes to make one another happy.

Not to mention, Tilden Park is an absolutely beautiful place for a wedding. The ceremony in the redwoods, portraits in the botanical gardens, and reception at the Brazilian Room made for a complete and picturesque day. I hope you enjoy this preview! Congrats!

Congrats to Luke and Whitney and thanks to all of the awesome vendors who made this day possible!

Stylist: Julie from Primp Salon; and Tylar from Bay Area Beautiful
Florist: Hawthorn Flower Studio
Planner: Debbie Cotton from Inspired Honey Bee
Officiate: Jessica Washington
Caterer: Culinary Excellence
Cake: Suzi Cakes
DJ: Fog City Entertainment
Dress: Nicole Miller

We are Marc and Brenda, a husband and wife photography team inspired by your love! We travel throughout California capturing weddings and other adventures. We'd love to hear how we can help tell your story! Thanks for stopping by, it means a lot to us to be able to share our work.

Apr 11, 2014

love adventurously: Spring Cleaning and Mini-Adventures

step 1: spring cleaning for adventure

preparing to add more adventure to your day

We have started posting lately about different things that inspire and motivate us. Books on our nightstands, people we meet, and the things we are constantly learning as entrepreneurs. Since we started Bergreen Photography, we have had quite the adventure. Adventures are a catalyst for growth. Often risky with unknown outcomes, adventures remind us that we are alive. Whether it's starting a business or climbing a mountain we are constantly learning about ourselves and our environment.

Having just returned from our spring vacation, we are still riding the wave of renewal that a trip can give. Marc and I believe that adventure is food for the soul and we realize that we can't always get away when we want to. We need to be able to access adventure sooner, faster, and closer. We do our best to integrate adventure into our daily lives and have been brainstorming more ways to do so. Adventure, or whatever recharges you, is not out of reach on a daily basis. The main reason that we find ourselves stuck is that we don't always make it a priority. We need to start by making room for adventure.

I don't think it's just about not having the time to drive to the mountains, I think we fill every minute of our day with our to-do list and every inch of our house with stuff. Before we can feel the wind in our hair and the sand in our toes we have to de-clutter our minds and our spaces so that we don't have any more excuses. 

Best wishes with your spring cleaning for adventure!

step 2: the adventure mission statement

deciding what adventure means to us in order to make it a priority

Sometimes it is hard to define why we love adventure and why it is so important to us. For me, it helps to know what dream I am chasing so that I can do a better job of making it a priority. Once I make it a priority it becomes easier to reserve time for it.

"And from the mountain we shall get nothing but the truth. It lays bare our weaknesses, while opening to us a source of strength." -Irving

"Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world." - David McCullough Jr.

"Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb." - Greg Child

"Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence." - Hermann Buhl

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as the sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." - John Muir 

step 3: choose your own mini-adventure

a few of our ideas to get you started

  1. Awareness: This principle will be a foundation of many of our ideas about how to bring more adventure to our everyday life. It is easy to find ourselves longing for a picturesque meadow. When we do that, we miss the flowers outside our window and the birds in our trees. 
  2. Set up a sanctuary: We have hammocks hung in our backyard. It sounds so simple but the difference a quick hammock break can have is amazing. Dedicate a space in your house or yard where you can go to decompress. Decorate it in a way that reminds you of vacation and adventure. Use photos, furniture, or plants to create a destination.
  3. Go up: Sometimes it helps to get above it all. What if we climb onto the roof to watch the sunset or star gaze? Is there a tall building nearby or a hill you can drive to the top of? One of our favorite things about climbing mountains is the views, even just getting up in a tree can bring a little of that feeling to your day.
  4. Get outside: For lunch, for a walk, for dinner, or just to sit. Build a fire, hang a bird feeder, soak up some vitamin D. Farmers market anyone?
  5. Perspective: We were boarding the plane that we had deplaned after being delayed by weather, delayed pilots, and a timed-out crew. Most of our fellow passengers were angry, complaining, and taking it out on the staff. We were all tired as many of us had been traveling all day. The lady in front of us smiled at us and said: "Life's an adventure!" Just her perspective allowed her to make the best of a situation that had us landing in Fresno at 3am.
  6. Don't act your age: Act younger. Go outside barefoot, get dirty, and run free. Find a workout that's not work. Play fetch, dance.
  7. There is never "nothing" to do:There is probably a campground, state park, national park, or preserve near you. Have you checked it out?

Thanks for stopping by!

Apr 9, 2014

Spring Vacation Continued - Adventure Photography

We had our birthdays and an anniversary this month and as you saw in our last post we headed to Florida to celebrate! After exploring the Everglades we met up with mom and Elliott to explore the Florida Keys. We stayed in Key Largo, where the diving was amazing! And when the wind was too strong to dive? There's nothing like sailing with our own Captain!

We are back home and ready for some weddings. We are always sad when vacations are over but lately we are excited for work too! That was one of our goals, to set up a life we didn't need to escape from. Don't get me wrong, we love to get out of town and play. Oddly enough our work feels like play too. We have some amazing clients that inspire us and make us smile. Can't wait for the weekend!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to:

Apr 4, 2014

Kayaking the Everglades - Adventure Photography

When we started planning a trip to the Florida Keys we both wanted to include some time to kayak the Everglades. We headed straight from the airport to Everglades National Park and took a two day kayak trip through the Ten Thousand Islands. We camped on Picnic Key with our island mates after paddling against the tide. It was a perfect two days and I left with about ten thousand mosquito bites to remind me of the cost of visiting beautiful places!

Thanks for stopping by! We are just soaking up some spring fun before our wedding season ramps up. Looking forward to sharing more love and adventure with you this year. Bergreen Photography is a husband and wife photography team reminding you to:

Mar 31, 2014

Tomorrow... this one goes out to my big brother!

 I’m turning 28 today.

I’m turning 28 today.

For the past few days I’ve been trying to convince myself to wake up at 6:30 everyday to go to the gym.  Don't you know? Exercise keeps you young. Nighttime Brenda thinks it’s a great idea. Morning Brenda thinks different.

When I was 18, I used to wake up at 6:30 to go to the gym, now I’m lucky if I wake up from my afternoon nap to make it to 6pm.

When I was 18, I never wanted to sleep. I used to take study breaks to go to the beach and wondered who had time for sleep. Now that I’m 28, I take work breaks to lie in the hammock in the backyard and all I ever want to do is sleep.

When I was 18, I only needed coffee as an excuse to see the boy I liked.
Now that I’m 28, my husband has to make me coffee before he can even recognize the girl he likes.

When I was 18, I used to wake up at 6:30 every morning to go to the gym…

Then again, when I was 18 there was a lot I didn’t know.

I didn’t know what it was like to be called “ma’am.” 
I didn’t know what it was like to WANT to be carded. 
I didn’t think I looked like my mom. Now I have the same wrinkles she does. The ones from scrunching our forehead when we are stressed. Yeah, I know, that sucks. But she’s beautiful. She just turned 58 and looks better than ever!

In the past ten years a lot has happened but not much has changed. I still feel lost. Still trying to “find myself.” I still get giddy on a date nights and am in awe of the sunset. I love the smell right after it rains. I still get stressed every quarter, its just work instead of school. I still love seeing my friends, we are just home a little earlier. Sometimes it’s because they have kids to put to bed. Other times it’s because we ran out of things to talk about after we covered mortgages, 401ks, and what the current parenting trends are. That is, of course, when we get to see our friends.

Let’s assume we get to see any of our friends after they spread out all across the state pursing their "dream jobs" that have suddenly turned into "regular jobs." Half of them can’t hang out because they are Doctors or Grad Students or Having Babies. The other half are breaking up, quitting their jobs, and traveling around Europe... in a van... to find themselves… 
or escape themselves… 
or escape their girlfriends. 
I can’t remember.
When I was 18, I would remember stuff like that.

Hopefully those friends aren’t reading this. If they are, they know I’m just jealous! Of the van, the journey, the freedom. When I was 18, I thought that more freedom would come with age. Now that I’m 28, I know freedom was being on mom’s health insurance and not having to pay taxes.

When I was 18, I didn’t hold grudges. I just held back hair after too much tequila or the Kleenex after a breakup. I mean, that’s when I was 21. Now I hold stress in my neck and tension in my low back.

I’m turning 28 today.

But man, I'm feeling pretty positive about it. I feel like it's only going to get better from here. And you know what, I am super grateful for tomorrow and that sure makes me feel better! 

After all, I’m only turning 28.
Tomorrow… big brother’s turning 30!
Happy Birthday Stevie! And to any other spring babies out there. Stay young!