Wedding at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg. Sonoma County. Kira and Jeremy.

A truly beautiful wine country wedding at Soda Rock Winery in the Alexander Valley close to Healdsburg.  These wedding images were so dynamic and fun to shoot in the barn with the natural light screaming in from all the cracks and crannies.  Talk about an exquisite rustic backdrop for your wedding photos to be taken.  There were so many emotional photos to take but mostly there was laughter!  Kira’s Dad gave the welcome toast and gave the couple baseball hats to their opposing teams they are fans of.  Then I loved taking the dance photos as Kira just rocked out in true rock star form with Jeremy cheering her on.  You can’t go wrong getting married at Soda Rock Winery with their incredible backdrop of vineyards to take your wedding images and their rustic barn to have your wedding ceremony in. Cheers to Kira and Jeremy!

 

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San Francisco and Napa Valley Engagement Session Ideas

I always get asked is an engagement photography session necessary and I would say a resounding YES! First of all it’s super fun and you get to connect with your fiance in a way you never have. And secondly, it really allows you to get to know your wedding photographer and the way they work. Then, on your wedding day you have that feeling of trust and, “Oh yes, I remember this!” It really helps you relax on the day of your wedding because you’ve done some of these poses and have seen the engagment session photos and know how it came out! So, Yes, Hire a professional wedding photographer for an engagement session before the big day! Here are some photos from engagement sessions I have photographed in the San Francisco Bay area, Napa Valley and Sonoma.

This engagement photo was taken at Fort Point right smack under the Golden Gate Bridge. It has spectacular views of San Francisco and the bay on the rooftop.

Fun and so in love is what this wedding engagement photo says and we took advantage of magic hour in the vineyards close to the Estate at Villagio in Yountville where they were getting married.

A Silhouette kiss under the Golden Gate Bridge when the sun is really golden is a perfect wedding engagement photo and one to frame for sure!

Finding a rustic barn with character and patina is perfect as a backdrop for a wedding engagement photo. I love the ease and casualness in this photograph.

Night time wedding engagement photography on a pier in San Francisco is so dramatic as the lights just add to the allure! I love this emotional engagement photo!

Posing at Fort Point in the many cozy crevices lends for a very creative and artistic wedding engagement photograph!

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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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Marin Art and Garden Wedding Photographer. Ross Marin Wedding. Moana and Al

This was a lovely union of two artistic people whom have been together for a decade.  They chose The Marin Art and Garden Center because of it’s radiant gardens and vibes.  Moana sang french love songs for her husband and they danced together as if they were contestants on a show.  There was much fun and spectacle and these two truly compliment each other.  Wish them the best of life always.

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.

Wedding Photographer Beltrane Ranch in Glen Ellen in Sonoma. Nicole and Martin.

Reviews describe Beltrane Ranch as downright idyllic, the best bed and breakfast in wine country and The LA Times says, “I never could have dreamed up a more bucolic place.”  Now how’s that as an introduction.  So no wonder Nicole and Martin jumped at the chance to have their wine country wedding at Beltrane Ranch.  It’s truly perfect for your wedding portrait photos and there area so many magical haunts around the property to explore so your wedding photography tells “your” story. Nicole and Martin had an intimate wedding with their closest family and friends and everyone couldn’t have had a more enjoyable time.  Bucolic to say the least.

Wedding Photographer at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, CA. Meredith and Jeff.

Meredith and Jeff saw Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, CA and absolutely knew this was where they were going to get married.  They loved the vineyards dressed in all the fall colors are diving in their wedding portrait photography and I loved that they were game to go to the Jimtown Store which is the country mart and take couple portraits at the old Country Mart in front of the tattered truck and around that area.  Meredith got ready at Hotel Healdsburg which also has some stunning backdrops for wedding photography such as the yellow ceramic floral wall and the light that streaks across the staircase.  I love being the wedding photographer at Soda Rock Winery because of their divine rustic barn and the way the light creaks in at all levels.  It’s a photographers dream.  Love Meredith and Jeff to pieces and wish them so much delicious times ahead of them!  xoxo

Wedding Photographer at The Depot Hotel in Sonoma with The Girl and Fig Catering. Sophie and Jeremy.

Loved the intimacy of Sophie and Jeremy’s wedding at The Depot Hotel in downtown Sonoma.  It has the most vintage vibe and it’s perfect for smaller weddings plus it’s right across the road from the park with so many great backdrops for your wedding portrait shots such as this old train.  It was a sweet and emotional wedding and everyone had so much fun dining al fresco with food from The Girl and the Fig which is out of this world delicious.  Hope Sophie and Jeremy continue to have such wonderful family and friends around them for the rest of their lives.

Wedding Photographer at The Landmarks Art and Garden Center in Belvedere/Tiburon, Marin. Theresa and Marc

Theresa and Marc chose the The Landmarks Art and Garden Center which has the most exquisite views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. And they chose, Meren, from A Savvy Event whom is the most inpeccable wedding planner and she never fails to deliver anything less than perfection on your wedding day.  I love being a wedding photographer when A Savvy Event team member is one board as the design details are amazing.  Marc is the most phenomenal chef and used to own the iconic restaurant AQ in San Francisco where they would change the theme and menu according to the season.  He had his staff make the five course meal that was served to thier wedding guests and the food was out of this world.  Hope their life together will always be a grand epicurean adventure as this wedding was.  xoxo