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!
A photograph of the newly married couple in front of a wine cave in Glen Ellen, CA at a private estate
Wedding couple photograph of the ivy climbing the walls of a private estate in Glen Ellen, CA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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