Ariana and Jesse are two of the kindest, warmest, most affectionate, down-to-earth people we have met. And they were an absolute joy to celebrate with.

ariana-and-jesse-wedding-bride walking down the aisle with her mother and father towards her groom at her wedding

Ariana and Jesse met during a backpacking trip in Alaska. They love the outdoors and felt their wedding needed to reflect that. They chose to have some of the Jewish ceremony in a Redwood Grove at the Berkeley Regional Botanical Gardens in Tilden Park. Ariana was surrounded by her family and friends as she waited for Jesse to walk towards her. She looked so beautiful and happy.

As is customary, Jesse arrived amidst singing, surrounded by his family and his friends. He couldn’t have been happier when he saw Ariana waiting for him.

groom meets his bride during the ketubah signing ceremony in the east bay, california

The setting was perfect. And the love of all those most important to them engulfed them as they embraced their parents during the bedeken and ketubah signing ceremonies.

bride and groom embrace their parents among the redwoods in berkeley, ca

Following these Jewish customs, we took photos by the redwoods. Here’s Ariana with her friends, enjoying the process.

bride with her attendants during her wedding portraits in california

According to Jewish tradition, once the ketubah is signed, a couple is officially married. Ariana and Jesse were so relaxed after that part of the ceremony and their joy emanated from them.

bride and groom enjoy a moment during their wedding photographs in east bay, ca

groom gazes at bride during their wedding portraits in berkeley cali

After the portraits, we traveled the short distance to the Brazilian Room for the ceremony and the reception. Ariana walked towards Jesse for this ceremony and they met under the huppah.

wedding ceremony at the brazilian room in tilden park, berkeley ca

bride and groom hold hands during their wedding ceremony at the brazil room in berkeley ca

Ariana’s niece and flower girl sat down to enjoy the ceremony.

flower girl relaxes during the brazilian room wedding ceremony in the east bay

One last image, just to give you a taste of the beautiful colors and vibrancy of the day…

colorful parasols are used during this outdoor ceremony at the brazilian room in tilden park, ca

We can’t wait to share the rest. So definitely check back soon.

If you would like to see more of Ariana and Jesse, check out their engagement session with their beautiful girl Athena.