Great photographing as a team on this one. A fantastic couple, a gorgeous church, playing in North Beach, and then a big party at Bimbos. That’s some serious fun!
Tia & Claire
I absolutely LOVED shooting Katie & Daniel’s wedding day! It started off with a peaceful first look at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, and then they just HAD to stop for some gourmet jerky on the way to their wedding destination – Gloria Ferrer. (I’m pretty sure jerky will be a new wedding craze storming the nation soon ;-))
The Fairmont catered an impressive five course dinner (Katie and Daniel are both in the restaurant business so they know how to appreciate fine food and wine) but it was Kate & Dan’s sense of fun, and their generosity of spirit that marked the day for me. Their wedding party and family were equally charming, and if I could clone them all for the remainder of my season I would! Congratulations you two! I know you’ll be very happy on your journey together. xoxo
Catering by Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (Teressa Cooley)
Ceremony & Reception Venue Gloria Ferrer Wine Cave & Vineyards (Colleen Patten)
Bride & Bridesmaids dresses by Anthropologie
Florals by Anne Appleman Flowers
Lighting, Signage, and table decor by Pineapple Planet
Assistant Photography by Dominic Egan
It was so much fun to get to shoot in North Beach with Teresita and Justin. A real San Francisco vibe, a terrific (and great looking!) couple, and a fabulous dog too! That’s hard to beat.
We’re really looking forward to photographing their wedding on the 30th – it’s going to be a good one!
Tia & Claire
Shockingly – not all “real” weddings go perfectly as planned. Sometimes mother nature throws a wrench into the works. I didn’t blog this one right away back in September because …. well, the unspeakable happened. Out of nowhere, on a picture perfect Autumn day the skies opened up and sent down a torrent of rain RIGHT when the ceremony was scheduled to take place! The prettiest outdoor ceremony site had to be abandoned in lieu of a banquet hall. Hardly what a bride envisions. Fortunately though, Aida & Olivier have wonderful senses of humor (as you can tell later by their cake) and they weren’t about to let some rain spoil their day. Besides, we were still able to slip outside afterwards for some vineyard portraits, and the post dinner party was one for the ages.
“Letting go” probably isn’t a quality you would chose to put to the test on your wedding day, but this reminded me that if you can hold on tight to the one you love when you jump, it’s possible you’ll find that it’s not only easy – but maybe even a little bit fun.
Second Photographer: Thanks again to Dominic Egan for assisting and getting such great barbershop shots!
Event Planning: Little Blue Box
Hair & Make-up: April Foster
Cake: Fleur de Lisa Cakes
Band: The Cheeseballs
The Palace of Fine Arts and Baker Beach at sunset – a classic San Francisco engagement shoot!
Thank you so much to the Borrowed & Blue readers for naming us Best Wedding Photographer(s) in the Sonoma/Napa Area!
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“During wedding planning, there are not many decisions more important than choosing who will be trusted to beautifully capture your love story. After all, this is a day you’ll only be able to experience once, so you’ll want to make sure that whoever is behind the lens will be able to authentically capture your story & personalities. Plus, this is all not to even mention the fact that your photographers are one of the only vendors – if not THE only – that you’ll work with after the day has come & gone to order prints, design albums, etc.
So who should you rely on to capture your day? Read on to find out who the local wedding community voted in as the very best wedding photographer in Napa & Sonoma.”
“Tia & Claire studio is comprised of two best friends, Tia & Claire, and they approach weddings as a team. For the client, this means they have two insanely talented photographers who can be trusted to catch each & every moment, never missing a beat. Tia & Claire Studio shoot in a photojournalistic style, capturing the story as it unfolds. That being said, you don’t have to worry about losing those classic portraits – they’ll get those too, just in a manner that never seems forced or overly directed. They’re the perfect blend of styles, & the wedding community is loud & clear when they say that this duo definitely needs to be on your short list.”
Maria & Eric were so swamped with med school that they planned their wedding for the only time they KNEW they would be free – two days before Christmas! They couldn’t have been luckier with the weather though (our two big winter storms had just finished passing through) and it was super fun for me to spend two nights at the luxurious Carmel Valley Ranch. It was a truly touching day with one of my sweetest couples ever. And a special shout out to my dear friend Dominic Egan for coming so far to assist me on this one, getting so many great shots, and always being such a calm and cheerful companion!
I love it when clients ask for a stylized, edgy look that lets me explore the creative side of post processing. These two musicians wanted their singular style showcased, and I was thrilled to indulge their love of strong black and white images paired with some unconventional color processing.
During our busy shooting season we don’t have time to blog all the weddings we photograph. Once things have settled down a bit, it’s really fun for us to take some time to go back and be reminded of what a wonderful season it has been.
Katie & Kyle’s wedding was at the very picturesque Cline Cellars, and was flawlessly overseen by Heather Holliday of Holliday Weddings. Our favorite things about the day were the the vibrant purples against the green backdrop, the flowers by Rebekah, and most of all, the look in Katie’s eyes whenever she looked at Kyle.
Tia & Claire