San Francisco Bay Area | November, 2017

November! What a joyful month filled with wonderful gatherings with different groups of friends and the warmest sense of community.

We start with a peek inside Brothers and Sisters, an adorable flower shop in Oakland.

The Aesthetic Union, a shop next door to Tartine Manufactory.

Sun and Elliot and their new baby boy visit San Francisco!

So sweet. And unrelated, my newest batch of silk ribbons Frou Frou Chic.

My friend Kat had me over for homemade Taiwanese beef noodle soup. So good. My favorite comfort food.

Thank you Kathy & Zach!

November’s craft day: Bri carves her own monstera leaf stamp! And I make yet another styling board. I do plan to blog them all and let you know the best and worst methods I’ve tried for making these little photo backgrounds… someday.

And Do-Hee continued to knit the same beanie from the last couple months too. :)

Happy Birthday to my friend Pamela! I was so happy to be a part of her intimate dinner party at her home. She and her friends made such wonderful dishes for us all.

A few of them are glassblowers and work for Glassybaby in Berkeley, where they create these gorgeous candle holders! The glass pictured above was also handmade by Pam’s husband Ryan.

Beautiful setting, delicious food, and amazing company. Couldn’t ask for anything more.

The next morning I headed up to Napa to meet up with Neil and Tom who were in town for an art opening that featured one of Tom’s paintings. They live in Cincinnati but are often jetsetting around the world.

Then I made a quick pit stop at my friend Stephanie’s pot luck and only got this photo of the food before I had to head back in to San Francisco for a shoot that afternoon.

And the first of my three Thanksgiving dinners this year! Friendsgiving with our creative entrepreneur friends and significant others, hosted by Courtney & Jackson in their beautiful new house.

The foster kitties were a definite hit with the party. Here is Eileen’s reaction to seeing them.

The Fletchers! And Do-Hee eagerly sitting like a house cat, watching and announcing as guests arrived.

Jackson and his seafood pasta.

Here’s my bread baby that I made.

This is only a tiny fraction of the food that we had.

Cheeers! Such a wonderful friendsgiving! I didn’t know most of these people this time last year, and now they feel like family.

As an extra bonus, we all drooled over Amanda’s amazing monstera shoes. Third monstera appearance this blog post, if you’re keeping count.

A fundraiser event at Wild Bride to support the fire victims in Northern California.

Surprise! A semi-surprise baby shower for Ben and Amber! With some baby booties that I knit.

Apparently Ben had already ruined the surprise for Amber, unbeknownst to us as the surprisers. Oh well, it was still really cute!

After a series of wrong guesses with strings that were way too long for Amber’s belly, Jon pulls a phone charger out of the wall and goes, “here, try this.” Uh, perfect match. How did you know?!

Baby shower crew! And since we are here in the future, I am happy to report that Amber and Ben have since welcomed their new baby girl into the world. Congratulations!

Last but not least, we close out November with a nice family dinner with my cousins, my brother, and my aunt (whose birthday we were also celebrating)!

Cheers to November!

Anna Wu is a wedding and portrait photographer based in San Francisco but often traveling and working around the world. See more of her museum, opera, and symphony exploits under #awculturetime on instagram and view more of her professional work at annawu.com.

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