This engagement session was absolutely breathtaking. We started in the redwoods at a park in Mill Valley and made our way to watch the sunset at Muir Beach — hard to go wrong. I loved that these two were so game to try things — from jumping into the right light before the sun went behind the trees to scaling a somewhat treacherous rock formation. And the whole time they did it they were laughing! They are in for one fun wedding.
Over Memorial Day weekend I had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful, personal wedding celebration at Triple S Ranch in Calistoga, California. It was a couple whose City Hall wedding I had photographed earlier this year, and this was the big weekend-long celebration with both of their families and their friends. Despite wildfires having threatened the venue in 2017, the scene was idyllic. There were lots of personal touches on this wedding — the florals were done by the groom's family, the groom, a beekeeper, provided honey and honey butter for the cornbread at dinner, and the bride's friends and wine bar coworkers bartended. The delicious food was provided by Ring of Fire, the bride's dress was by Stone Cold Fox Bride, and many more vendors contributed to this beautiful occasion (see bottom of post)! These two were so sweet and fun both times I worked with them, and their love for each other is contagious!
Venue - Triple S Ranch Napa
Coordination - Be Hitched, Planning & Event Design
Bride's Attire - Stone Cold Fox Bride
Hair - Head & Soul Salon
Makeup - Alexis Contos
Catering - Ring of Fire
Bartending - Union Larder
DJ - Heart of Gold DJs
Childcare - Swiss Cheese Childcare
Portable Restrooms + Showers - Honeybucket
Glamping - Anywhere Outpost
This was easily one of the most beautiful weddings I shot this summer as a second for Luke Keegan Photography, despite the fact that it was during one of Northern California's most intense heat waves of the year (I'm talking 110 degrees). An old Victorian mansion, antique furniture among apple orchards, organic autumnal florals and a barn make for a pretty spectacular event.
Fun Fact: every public school kid in California has to do a report in fourth grade on one of the Spanish missions that were built throughout the state during colonization. Mine was Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma. I downloaded pictures off of Ask Jeeves, built a little model out of styrofoam and stucco and called it a day.
I never realized just how beautiful the mission was until I was there shooting Cameron + Steven's wedding last month. The old adobe church created such a unique atmosphere for a wedding, making it feel both historic and down-to-earth. After spending the day with Cameron + Steven — a couple whose reception playlist included Beirut, The Clash and New Order — I couldn't picture it any other way.