Sun, Sand & Vinyl with Sarah & Ryan

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Exactly one month ago today, we had the great pleasure of meeting Sarah and Ryan, who had flown to San Francisco from North Carolina to elope. (You can read Sarah’s thoughtful piece about their decision at A Practical Wedding.)

Bay Area weather is notoriously unpredictable in October but we lucked out and hightailed it to Baker Beach, a popular photo spot with a classic Golden Gate Bridge backdrop. The light was golden, the weather was balmy. Unsurprisingly, this being San Francisco, the water was freezing (as Ryan unwittingly discovered early on when the waves rushed ashore higher than anticipated). Together we kicked up sand and basked in the sun until it set and biting winds whipped up around us. Ryan and Sarah even had a chance to play with the Diana and Holga cameras we brought along.

Afterward, we checked out the colorful Upper Haight district. Since Sarah and Ryan are both music lovers, a pitstop at Amoeba Music was a must. Luckily, the staff didn’t seem to mind our sleeveface shenanigans. Two days later, this lovely couple became husband and wife. We’ll be showcasing their city hall hurrah soon [it’s here!], but in the meantime, please enjoy some sun, sand, and sleeveface.

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Taken by Sarah with a Holga 120N with a Fuji wide-angle adapter

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Wranglin’ Rooky’s with Wam Bam Ashleyanne

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Deejay Wam Bam Ashleyanne is an architect of handclappin’ good times, spinning a vinyl-only mix of girl group gems, classic soul grooves, and other rump-shakin’ delights at the Bay Area’s luckiest clubs. It only made sense that we capture her at Rooky Ricardo’s, a fine purveyor of dusty soul, R&B, and golden age of rock ‘n’ roll records located in San Francisco’s Lower Haight district. (If you’re a fan of analog photography like we are, you may be interested to know that Glass Key Photo and its stock of new and used cameras, film, and other accessories makes its home in a corner of the shop.)

We tailed Ashleyanne as she dug through the bins, sampled the wares, and danced in the aisles. (Did we mention she’s a winner of New York Night Train’s Soul Clap and Dance-Off? Yes, this girl’s got moves.) Afterwards, we couldn’t resist buying a few singles for our own wedding playlist: Richard “Popcorn” Wylie’s “Wedding Bells” and Ian Whitcomb’s “You Turn Me On” (you’ll find both songs at the end of this post). We had a blast and hope you’ll be compelled to hit your nearest record store or oldies dance party after perusing these photos.

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