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Wedding Proposal at Hall Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley, CA. Pierce and Kaia.

It couldn’t have been more perfect….Pierce proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kaia at Hall Winery in Napa Valley, CA.  They were with his parents for a wine tasting and afterwards went for a walk around the lavender infused grounds.  He then proposed on one knee while I snapped away from afar with a long lens so they had that moment all to themselves.  She immediately said yes and was overcome with emotion.  Pierce’s parents were up in the tasting room and could see the proposal from afar.  Then as if that wasn’t enough for surprises for the day, Pierce’s sister, Paige, drove up from Los Aneles to be there as well.  It was a wonderful day and everyone couldn’t have been happier to have Kaia a part of the family now.

Sebastopol Wedding Photographer at Merry Edwards Winery. Sybil and Adele.

Wow!  So much love and kindness were abound this day.  Sybil and Adele have been together for thirteen years so it’s about time this beautiful couple made it official. They decided upon Merry Edwards Winery in Sebastopol for their nuptials and flew all the way from Atlanta, Georgia. Both of their mothers and sister’s were in attendance and when Adele walked down the aisle there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere.   She was flooded with emotion as well.  Their friend and wedding planner, The incredible Peter of Leave it to Peter made sure everything was the best for his long time friends.  And when I say he was incredible….really there are no words for how far his imagination and his unparalleled energy goes!  The cake by Costeaux in Healdsburg was assembled with a motorcycle cake topping because when Adele and Sybil first met they would ride together. It was really the perfect day and everyone was so filled with gratitude and love.  I am honored to have been the wedding photographer at this glorious union between Adele and Sybil. Many blessings!

Sonoma Depot Hotel Wedding Photographer. Sonoma, CA. Carol and Rob.

Carol and Rob are from my hometown of Petaluma, CA and were taken aback by the charm and quaintness that The Sonoma Depot Hotel has for their wedding venue.  It’s french joie de vivre sparkles through and everyone feels like they have been transported to France for the day.  And the staff!!  They really couldn’t be kinder or more accomodating. Their services and reception were just lovely and we had the best time taking their couple photographs in field of grain and on the historic Sonoma County train.  Hoping these two have the most wonderful lives together.

Petaluma Family and Children’s Portrait Photographer. The Low Family.

I love shooting family portraiture in my hometown of Petaluma.  There are so many great backgrounds for family portraits and children’s portraits around this historic town.  The Low Family is a very artistic and theatrical group so we had fun doing different set ups in various areas around town.

Chalk Hill Winery Annual White Party in Healdsburg, CA. Sonoma County event Photographer.

Chalk Hill Winery of Foley Family Wines in Healdsburg knows how to throw a party!  It was their annual white party and everyone came donned in their best white apparel. There was the most incredible food stations from paella, to halibut, to trout petite fours to fresh fried doughnuts.  And let’s not forget the wine!  Wine was being poured and everyone was imbibing on this Sunday Fun day.  Bill Foley, the owner and proprietor of Chalk Hill Winery along with 22 other wineries in the region and now proud owner of the Las Vegas Knights was in attendance with his wife and children.  The Stanley Cup was there in all it’s glory and guests were taking selfies with it.  It was a splendid affair with all the right ingredients for a wine country fete on top of the world.

Prime Minister Costa of Portugal visits Sausalito for a commemoration of sister cities, Cascais, Portugal and Sausalito. Celebrity Portrait photographer in San Francisco.

It was a beautiful afternoon in Sausalito where two sister cities, Cascais, Portugal and Sausalito were commemorated by a square titled Rosa Dos Ventos which means Rose of The Winds Calcada.  This beautiful mosaic tile square is located in downtown Sausalito and the Prime Minister Costa of Portugal was there as well for the celebration.  Mayor Joan Cox of Sausalito and Mayor Carlos Carreiras of Cascais were also in attendance and both gave beautiful speeches saying we should build bridges not walls.  I was proud to be the photographer at this commemoration as it was a beautiful example of kindness between two countries across the Atlantic.

LGBT Wedding Photographer in Castro Valley, San Francisco Bay Area. Stacey and Laura.

If you are lucky enough to know Stacey and Laura then you know you are among the kindest people around.  They have twin girls and were beyond elated that that their moms could finally be married in the eyes of the state of California. And believe me they had some rocky times.  They had been married during the brief time period gay and LGBT weddings were legal but then the Supreme Court ruled them not legal and they had to go through that emotional hula hoop. BUT….this time it was LEGIT.  And it has since stayed.  And from the emotion of their twin girls…this is one happy family.  Love you all and hope your life is filled with this much love until the end of time.

Wedding photographer at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley. Corrine and Shaun.

Corrine and Shaun were so darn adorable and she even pulled a camera out of the pocket of her wedding dress to take a photo of her guests after she walked up the aisle.  Definitely a stellar moment.  Then during the reception Shaun surprised Corrine by flying out one of her favorite musicians who serenaded her with a song.  Tears.  Such beautiful tears.  All this took place in the wine cave at The iconic Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley. An extraordinary night with a beautiful couple.  I hope they continue to come back to Calistoga ranch for post wedding celebrations in years to come.  Such fun being a wedding photographer at events such as these in Napa Valley.

Wedding Photographer at The Julia Morgan Ballroom in the San Francisco Bay Area. Emily and Steve.

Emily and Steve loved The Julia Morgan Ballroom with it’s grand lobby and architectural details.  We even got to steal to the roof for a gorgeous sunset portrait.  The ceremony was very elegant at St. Peter and Pauls Church in North Beach and then Emily and Steve along with their bridal party  hopped on a trolly car to take them to The Julia Morgan Ballroom for such a fun and fantastic evening of incredible food and dancing. I hope these two have the most wonderful time for the rest of their lives.