Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photos

I love shooting weddings at Stanford Memorial Church or MemChu as it’s often referred to by the Alumni. The church is situated on the campus of Stanford University.

MemChu is a spectacular church with vivid colors and amazing natural light. This venue offers a lot for a photographer to work with. I have shot over a dozen weddings here in my career and each and everyone came out brilliant.

Below are images from a recent wedding I shot at the Stanford Memorial Church. Enjoy!

Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert Valdes

Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert Valdes

Below, the wedding guests anxiously await the start of the wedding ceremony.

Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert Valdes

Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert ValdesStanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert Valdes

Below, a shot that’s in my regular repertoire, the low angle.

Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert Valdes

The bride and groom were enjoy the choir, who they all knew. Of interest, the groom is a musician and one of the FEW people allowed to play the pipe organ.

 

Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert Valdes

Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert Valdes

I am on the preferred vendor list for the Stanford Memorial Church. The church is very particular with respect to what photographers they allow to film here. Photographers who have not filmed here before will be required to sign a document that illustrates their understanding of the rules…and they are strict.

When I shoot a wedding ceremony at MemChu, I stick with natural light and long lenses, so that I can get close up shots like the one below, without crossing the line. If you cross the line, the officiant will stop the ceremony and chastise you.

Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert ValdesStanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert ValdesStanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert ValdesStanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert ValdesStanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert ValdesStanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert Valdes

The newlyweds sign their marriage license.

Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert Valdes

After the ceremony, the photographer is allowed 20 to 30 minutes for formal portraits on the altar. I am now able to use flash photographer as desired.

Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert Valdes

I always enjoy photographing the bride solo on the altar. I know it’s an old school pose, but I enjoy it nonetheless.

Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert Valdes

For the guys, I try and loosen things up a bit. That is, after I have already shot the standard, formal pose.

Stanford Memorial Church Wedding Photo by Robert Valdes

Contacting Stanford Memorial Church:

If you are a graduate of Stanford University and would like to have your wedding ceremony at the Stanford Memorial Church [MemChu], please contact Melissa Prestinario, Wedding Coordinator for Memorial Church – Stanford University. 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305 MC: 2090 – T 650-723-9531 – F 650-724-9225 – mpresto@stanford.edu

Robert Valdes Photo~Cinema wishes to thank Melissa for recommending us to Brides and Grooms of Stanford Memorial Church.

Author: Robert Valdes San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Author: Robert Valdes San Francisco Wedding Photographer

Robert Valdes is a San Francisco Wedding Photographer and Wine Country Wedding Photographer who shoots many weddings in the San Francisco, East Bay, North Bay, Peninsula, San Jose and Silicon Valley.

Robert Serves the following counties with no travel fees: Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Counties

Northern California Cities Served: Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Oakland, Alameda, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, El Sobrante, San Pablo, Rodeo, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Union City, Antioch, Brentwood, Pittsburg, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Peninsula, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Palo Alto, Foster City, Daly City, Colma, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Redwood Shores, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Woodside, San Francisco, Sausalito, Tiburon, San Rafael, Novato, Larkspur, Mill Valley and Kentfield.