founder, planner, designer
Saskia Winter founded MOOI weddings when she followed the love of her life and moved from Amsterdam to San Francisco. Saskia has a Bachelors Degree in event production from the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Equipped with a background as a festival and theater producer and having attended numerous weddings as a photography assistant, she could not visit one more wedding without wanting to jump in and make the day’s events run smoothly.
In a way, weddings are small festivals, so the step to wedding planning was easily made.
Besides running MOOI weddings, Saskia works in her studio designing and creating unique home and wedding décor which is for sale at www.birdandwhale.etsy.com
Saskia lives in Alameda, an island in the San Francisco Bay with her husband, photographer Benjamin Winter, and their two girls, Daisy Dawn and Josie Jay.
Besides everything to do with weddings, Saskia loves: sewing, painting, sailing, biking, mangoes, kettle corn, camping, family life, writing her blog, and the smell of salty water.
designer, planner, coordinator
I am continuously amazed and inspired by the variety with which couples express their commitment. Together, we toss out old traditions, make up new ones, and create an experience that perfectly captures their unique personalities. I take great pride and delight in making sure that the bride and groom enjoy their day while I manage the details behind the scenes.
Whenever a couple asks me whether or not something is “normal” for a wedding, I encourage them forget about what everybody else is doing and focus on what is important to them. Let’s make a new normal. Brightly colored linens? Awesome! Have a llama walk down the aisle? Let’s make it happen! A three-day campout? So fun! (All of these and more have happened, by the way)
My journey to wedding planning began in New York City at a boutique graphic design firm when I volunteered to plan the annual holiday party one year. I loved every minute of it—planning the menu, coordinating the set-up, managing the staff. I was hooked! After the party was over, I returned to my design job, but the seed for an alternative career was planted. A few years (and a move to San Francisco) later, I pursued my interests through many facets of the event industry before focusing on a career in weddings.
When I’m not preparing for a wedding, I’m usually in the kitchen cooking up something delicious. Sometimes the cookies go onto a cute plate for fun photography and food styling, and sometimes they go straight into hungry mouths—or both!
I would love to chat about every detail of your plans to see if I would be the right fit to make your wedding day as amazing as you dreamed!
Benjamin graduated from the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Art & Design Program with an emphasis in Photography and has been photographing professionally for 10 years now.
He has a candid and journalistic approach to wedding photography. Ben believes the spirit of the wedding day will take care of itself, and that he 'captures' it beautifully without forcing moments. Ben believes there is a time and place for 'posed' pictures, but in the end, your favorites are going to be the unplanned, honest, joyful moments that just happen..
Ben has lived and worked throughout the Europe for 7 years. This cross-reference of culture has shaped his photographic style and opened his sense of aesthetic possibility. Since every wedding is unique, he is happy to tailor a package that fits your day perfectly.
Contact Ben to talk about your day, budget, and vision. He'd love to celebrate the sanctity of the wedding day via gorgeous images.