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.

Wedding photographer at Meadowood in Napa Valley. Rehearsal dinner for Kristina and Matthew.

Kristina and Matthew thought that Meadowood in Napa Valley would be perfect for hosting their all white rehearsal dinner party complete with golf on the putting green.  It was such a delightful day reminiscent of a scene out of The Great Gatsby as everyone was exquisitely dressed in their perfect white wardrobe.  Weddings or rehearsal dinners at Meadowood are reign supreme as the grounds are just to die for.

Wedding Photographer at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley. Wine Country Wedding with Sara and Tyler.

Sara and Tyler had their wedding ceremony and reception at Calistoga Ranch in Calistoga in the Napa Valley. I mean look at those gorgeous sunsets deep in the vineyards with the sun highlighting Sara’s hair in her wedding photography.  I love being the wedding photography at Calistoga Ranch as there are so many beautiful settings for wedding portraiture such as the bridge at the entrance or between the magestic aspen trees or up by the pond. Calistoga Ranch is a magical place and I hope Sara and Tyler continue to return in the years to come to reflect and just be.

 

 

 

Wedding Photographer at Sonoma Renaissance Lodge and Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma County. Meghan and Jake.

Meghan and her bridal party got ready at the always accomodating Sonoma Renaissance Lodge and had her outdoor wedding ceremony at the very cool and kitsch Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma County where their reception was also al fresco under the napa valley stars.  Gorgeous!  And look at their wedding photos as Jake drives a green motorcycle so the groom’s cake was designed to be it’s replica.  And when the newly married couple were announced as husband and wife to dinner at the reception they arrived on the green motorcyle!  Very dashing.  Love being a wedding photographer to this awesome and adventurous couple. Such a treat to shoot at Gunbun Winery too as I love to go to their summer concerts and sit in the big barn or on a blanket in the vineyard listening to their amazing music acts.  I also loved shooting the couple’s wedding portraits in the wine cave with tall the fabulous light and wine barrels.  Such a cool wedding and hope they have this fun for the rest of their lives together.  xoxo

Wedding Photographer at Cornerstone Winery in Sonoma, CA in wine Country. Selena and Ian.

Cornerstone Winery in Sonoma in the heart of wine country is the most artistic and creative winery you have ever seen and just perfect for your wine country wedding.  It has everything you want.  A barn, a tent, vineyards, art, pathways adorned with Sunset Magazine planted gardens, a pond, and twinkly lights everywhere.  I love being a wedding photographer at Cornerstone Winery Sonoma because there are so many art and garden sculptures for you wedding couple portrait photography I can’t even begin to get to all of them.  It’s like every time I go there’s something new and incredible.  Ian and Selena are both cyclists so they had a bicycle them throughout their wedding details.  They even gave their guests a metal bike keychain with their wedding date on it. So beautiful and fun and I hope both Selena and Ian both ride out their days together into the sunset. xoxo

Wedding Photographer Napa Valley at Private Estate in wine country. Christina and Bradley.

Napa Valley Wine Country weddings are what dreams are made of and when you have Traci Steuteville of Napa Valley Celebrations as your wedding planner that dream will reach farther than any expectation you could have.  She plans beyond gorgeous weddings and I love working with her as a wedding photographer in Napa or Sonoma at private estates.  I wish Christina and Bradley the absolute best for years to come. xoxo