Wedding photography POint reyes – Hannah + Michael

Hannah and Michael have been together since high school and they wanted Hannah’s sister to marry them on Tomales Bay in an intimate ceremony. They will do a bigger celebration next year but this was so touching and they had their dog Shorty and even a boat of excited fisherman cheering them on! I am honored to have documented their commitment to each other!

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WEdding at Montage Healdsburg Caitlin + Nick

Caitlin and Nick chose the Montage Healdsburg for their wedding reception as they loved the swimming pool and view–You can’t argue that as it’s pretty stunning! I took their wedding portraits around the pool as the reflection was pretty dramatic! They were surrounded by close family and friends wishing them the best for their life together and after the wedding portraits were finished they all changed into their bathing suits and enjoyed the Sonoma County sunshine and took a dip in this beautiful swimming pool.

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Wedding Engagement Party Lauren + Marcela

There are just NO words how much love Lauren and Marcela had not for just each other but for everyone who came up to the party to congratulate them. The love was so big that I found myself smiling from ear to ear as I photographed all the beautiful happy moments! And there were SO many I couldn’t stop snapping away. These two are absolutely stunning inside and out and they are over the moon excited to have met and start their lives together as are both of their families. I am so honored to have captured this beautiful engagement party complete with a Coachella style tent, incredible desserts, pizza oven and the most delicious paella you can taste. Everyone was so HAPPY to be there to celebrate at Marcela’s property in St. Helena which was nestled on a hilltop between vintage olive and oak trees. It was a magical evening and Arica of Events by Arica Grace turned the hilltop setting into a bohemian wonder of comfort and eye candy! What a night under the stars it turned out to be and I am so happy that this last year which was so hard to connect somehow Lauren and Marcela still found their way to each other. The proof is in the pudding they say and you just don’t get smiles bigger than these two have for each other. Big Congratulations and Love!

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The Julia Morgan Ballroom San Francisco. Krissy and Max

The Julia Morgan Ballroom is a perfect place for a wedding in San Francisco. It has the most incredible art deco architecture so your wedding photos have the most stellar backgrounds and the lighting is spectacular to capture your wedding reception photos at sunset. The light comes in through the windows just in time to highlight your first dance as husband and wife. It’s an honor to be a wedding photographer and I will always try to do my best as being the best wedding photographer in San Francisco means to keep exploring and being curious.  I know these traditions are so important to be captured in an photojournalistic way but to also keep them artistic and beautiful.  Krissy and Max did a first look at Omni Hotel where they were staying before they hopped across the street to the Julia Morgan Ballroom for their ceremony in the lobby. The wedding reception was upstairs on the penthouse floor with the glamorous San Francisco City skyline peeking in through the windows.  Fabulous wedding and such a great venue for beautiful San Francisco wedding photography with such a fun and sweet couple!  Here’s to lots of wonderful times together, Krissy and Max!

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Wedding at Mont La Salle Chapel in Napa Valley, CA. Briana and Matthias

A lovely wine country wedding ceremony and reception at the historic Mont La Salle Chapel in Napa, CA. Briana and Matthias know how to pick a location.  This little chapel in Napa Valley is divine for wedding photography and when you want to be the best wedding photographer in San Francisco a beautiful venue doesn’t hurt.  It’s nestled into the vineyards on top of a hill and has European architecture to make your wedding images have a vintage antiquity to them.  The gardens are so beautiful as well to take your formal wedding photographs or the couple portraits.  Beautiful magic hour light comes in around sunset highlighting all the traditions so your wedding images reflect the magic of your wedding ceremony and reception.  I love taking artistic photos on these grounds and the twinkle lights add the ambiance.  Such a beautiful day for Brian and Matthias to tie the knot and their wedding photography in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Lucky me to get to be their wedding photographer in Napa Valley, no less!

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Glen Ellen wedding Sammie + Josh

Sammie and Josh decided not to wait to have their wedding day and instead opted for renting an estate in Glen Ellen overlooking all of Sonoma Valley. They had a small and intimate ceremony of just close family and friends and of course Sammie’s Dog whom she loves more than anything! He was up there for the entire wedding ceremony and walked the mother of the bride down the aisle as well. It was such a special day with views that out of this world. And when Josh said his vows, tears welled up in everyone’s eyes including Sammie’s as she tried to wipe it away without smearing her makeup which made for a funny moment where everyone laughed. I wish this couple much love and success in the future and many more moments filled with laughter!

The bride and groom with the beautiful leaves climbing the private estate for their wedding ceremony in Glen Ellen, CA.
Father of the bride walks Sammie down the stairs to the private villa of their wedding ceremony in Glen Ellen, CA
Sammie and Josh join each other as the officiant welcomes everyone to their wedding ceremony in Sonoma Valley
The small intimate ceremony or Minimony overlooking the sonoma county canyons
Josh the groom gets teary eyed as Sammie reads her vows to him during the wedding ceremony
Sammie the bride tries to catch her tear before it smears her makeup and makes a joke that she never wears this much makeup so she doesn’t know how to do it. It was a pretty funny moment!
Father of the bride reads his well wishes to his daughter and his son in law during the wedding ceremony in Glen Ellen, CA
The First Kiss during the wedding ceremony with sweeping views of the canyons below in Glen Ellen, CA
Toasts at the Reception dinner wishing the bride and groom the best on their new journey together as man and wife and dog!
Husband and Wife and their dog after their wedding ceremony in Glen Ellen, CA
A kissing wedding Couple photographed in the pampas reeds in Glen Ellen, CA

A photograph of the newly married couple in front of a wine cave in Glen Ellen, CA at a private estate

Wedding rings photograph details on a rosemary sprig at at private estate in Glen Ellen, CA

Wedding couple photograph of the ivy climbing the walls of a private estate in Glen Ellen, CA

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Napa and Sonoma Wedding photography Moments

These emotional photographic moments are what make your wedding day authentically yours. They embody deep relationships over time that are so overwhelmingly filled with love and raw feelings. When I photograph a wedding I hone in on these moments and give them a life of their own to live on through a photograph for your family and your family to come. These organic moments are happening and I intuitively see it through my lens and frame it so it’s artistic and beautiful. I love these wedding moments of pure joy displayed through tears of letting go or new beginnings. It is my art and mission to not miss these but to bring them to you in your wedding photography images. I live for it.

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The Mother/Son Dance at the wedding reception is so rich with emotion as she is so happy her son found his person and is marrying his wife but it represents the feeling of a new era and letting go of her baby boy. Such an organic wedding image that is so deep in meaning.

This bride listening to her groom say his vows filled her with such raw emotion I zoomed in through my lens and you can see the love in her eyes. She was so present and there with him even though their 100 + eyes on them.

Putting the ring on her fiance during the wedding ceremony just hit this bride with an organic feeling of love and the gratitude of being his wife. I saw this through my lens and I went in to capture this image to live on for years to come.
This bride was so caught in emotion listening to her Maid of Honor’s speech that she just burst into joy and laughter. This photo at the reception shows the rich history she and her best friend shared over decades.
The father of the groom is totally caught up in emotion listening to his son’s speech depicting a time where he saved the life of the groom whom was his brother. Words can’t possibly capture the overwhelming emotion he felt.
The first dance at the wedding reception. The joy these two experience together in their first dance as husband and wife was so intimate and happy that it was infectious. This reception photo tells the love they have for one another and speaks volumes.
This Father/ Daughter Dance photo is so poignant and special to me as Alicia the bride’s father passed shortly after her wedding. She loved him so much and was so grateful he gave her this beautiful wedding in Napa Valley. He had given her a diamond necklance while she was getting ready and you could see how much love the two had for each other. Capturing these wedding moments with my photography is one of the things that matter most to me as wedding photographer. They stand the test of time and it’s a gift for me to give these to my brides and grooms.

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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.

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 Hotel Villagio in Napa Valley. Meaghan and Dave.

There was such a beautiful show of emotion at The Hotel Villagio for Meaghan and Dave’s wedding.  Their family all flew in to support them and everyone had a lot of laughter through tears as they were so happy they had found each other.  I love being a wedding photographer in Napa Valley especially when two families are brought together like these two.