A serene and intimate wedding took place on a misty day in November at De Tierra Vineyards in Salinas, California.
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
Tough love time: family photos can take over your wedding...OR or they can be easy as pie — you just have to plan ahead. Here's how to make sure we fly through them on the day-of:
B & G with flower girl & ring bearer (begin with children first – less stress and we can keep their attention better)
B with flower girl
B with ring bearer
G with flower girl
G with ring bearer
B&G with entire family
B&G with grooms family
B&G with bride’s family
B with her family
B with her siblings
B with her parents (2x if separated or divorced (for step parents))
G with his family
G with his siblings
G with his parents (2x if separated or divorced (for step parents))
B&G with grandparents (2x both sides)
B with her grandparents
G with his grandparents
Generational photos (Grandma/Mom/Bride & Grandpa/Dad/Groom)
B&G with God Parents (if applicable)
B & God Parents (if applicable)
G & God Parents (if applicable)
Keep in mind that your wedding day will fly by! That is why it is so important to be prepared so that things run as smoothly as they can and you can do what you're meant to do — celebrate! And, as wonderful as it is for your mother to have a beautiful portrait of the whole fam for her mantel, it's worth noting that if you opt for 56 combinations of guests, a good number of those will never see the light of day when all is said and done. So, choose wisely and remember, it's the experience that counts!
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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.
Another beautiful wedding on the books! But not just another; this mid-summer wedding at Cornerstone Sonoma was large but intimate, formal but fun, and traditional but also a big party. The couple incorporated some elements of Jewish culture into their day, including a separate traditional Jewish ceremony and the best reception dance ever — the Hora. As soon as I found out people were going up on chairs, I got super excited as I recognized these from my own family celebrations! I was a second shooter to Margaret Austin Photography, which is always a great learning experience for me!
Finally, hired to photograph the Golden Gate! Early this month I had the pleasure of second shooting alongside Photography by Vee. With fog rolling in over the bridge, the views were stunning. Here are some of the highlights!
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.
My third wedding of the season was my first as second photographer to Margaret Austin Photography, a legend! Her work is some of the most beautiful I've seen so I can't wait to learn more from her as her second throughout the coming summer!
This spring wedding took place at Cornerstone Sonoma, a gorgeous wine country marketplace and event space. I was mostly on groom duty, so had a lot of fun capturing the dude's side of things. The weather was great, the couple was sweet and the job was fun — about all you can ask!
Katie and Michael have been together over a decade, already with four young children as evidence of their commitment. But they decided it was finally time to make it official, inviting their closest friends and family to an adorable country-themed wedding at Long Branch Farms just off the Pacific Coast Highway.
Instead of celebrating their marriage at a traditional venue, Matt and Sophie-Charlotte decided to do what felt most natural to them—have a party at home! They invited their closest friends and family to their loft in San Francisco's Mission District. What ensued: 12 hours of mingling, eating, toasting and dancing.