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Intimate Bay Area Wedding & Day After Session

Intimate Bohemian Bay Area Wedding

Usually, my brides and grooms book me weeks, months or even years in advance. Yana booked me the day before her wedding due to a last minute change in plans. This is the first time it’s ever happened to me, but I feel like we were all super lucky!

Scroll down to see Yana and Roman’s intimate bohemian wedding and day-after Bay Area wedding photography session, or scroll down to read their full story.

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Ukrainian ties and tradition

Yana, Roman and their families are part of the sizable Ukrainian population of Sacramento. Before shooting their wedding, I was unfamiliar with the traditions or customs of this community, but I can tell you that it was an absolute delight to be a part of their day. Their families were incredibly welcoming and warm, the ceremony was intimate and emotional, and everyone surrounded them with love and happiness.

The Day After

Their beautiful bohemian wedding ceremony took place in the truly charming Heirloom Inn in Ione – a cozy and romantic historic inn in the Sierra Foothills. Their obvious and loving connection was a pleasure to see and capture, while family and friends helped make their day unforgettable.

I was super happy when they chose to do a Day-After Bay Area wedding photography session with me. I highly recommend Day-After sessions to all of my couples, when it’s feasible of course. They told me about and ethereal and magical cloud forest where we could shoot…right in the middle of San Francisco!

Mt. Sutro Forest is one of the most beautiful places in the city – the nearly constant fog on the mountain top keeps the whole forest green year round and the giant trees make for a dramatic and yet intimate backdrop for a wedding photo session!  We finished up the shoot at the interesting and unique Sutro Baths and beach. I am so happy we were able to make this adventurous shoot something magical together!

A Happy Accident

Yana and Roman had been planning their beautiful family ceremony for months. Due to a last minute change in plans, their original photographer wasn’t able to make it and Yana was understandably a bit panicked! She called me in, and I reassured her that everything would be fine. Thankfully it went beautifully and I think we’re all happy about how their images turned out!

Here are a few words from Yana:

“It’s incredible how I accidently got this photographer and it turned out to be the best thing that happened at my wedding. My photographer canceled on me 2 days before the wedding, she sent me some references of which included Sebastien. After looking at his work we knew he was our top choice. He went above and beyond to make it work with his schedule and literally booked us the day before our wedding.

He was so friendly, easy going, kind and funny. SO easy to work with. I have no idea how to pose etc…but he makes it easy and is so good at directing, yet taking pics which look naturally beautiful instead of just set up shots which look “cheesy”.

He’s truly a hard worker and got all the pics to us much sooner than the contract date, they are all amazing photos consistently. He did a great job capturing all aspects of the wedding. I couldn’t be any happier with Sebastien’s work and Sebastien himself.”

Thank you, Yana and Roman! You’re truly a beautiful couple inside and out and I hope to work together again soon.

Looking for intimate Bay Area Wedding Photography? Hit me up and let’s make it happen!

Gown Designer: Catherine Deane – Anya Dress
Videographer: Epic Studios
Florist: Esmae Event Floral Design
Wedding Venue: Heirloom Inn, California


Sebastien Bicard is a wedding and portrait photographer based in California. He specializes in international travel and intimate weddings worldwide.

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