Jacuzzi Winery Wedding

Ella and Rick came all the way from Australia to marry at the beautiful Jacuzzi Winery.  It was my first time photographing there and it didn’t disappoint.  Everywhere you turn there is a lovely stone archway or a breathtaking view.  Truly a treat for a wedding photographer!

Tia

 

Event Planner: Denise Kramer

A Day of the Dead themed wedding at Vine Hill House

In January I like to take some time to look back at the weddings I photographed in the previous year. Over the next few months I’ll be putting up blog posts of some of my favorites. Each of these weddings stands out for me as a highlight of 2015, whether for the original decor, the spirit of the day, or the obvious joy of the couple.

First up is Tara and Cliff’s Day of the Dead-themed wedding, shot on Halloween at the always lovely Vine Hill House in Sebastopol.

Enjoy!

Claire  

 
***A special thank you to the talented Rob Snavely who photographed with me at this wedding.

Sonoma Weddings Magazine

We are absolutely thrilled to have four of our weddings featured in the current issue of Sonoma Weddings Magazine. What a great way to wind up a fantastic season!

Tia & Claire

Lily & Eros at The University Club

City weddings have such a different feel to them than wine country weddings.  They often take on a more “photo documentary” look, so I was inspired for this post to go back to my black and white roots.

Tia

 

Meaghan & Ross at Paradise

I couldn’t have wished a more perfect day on a lovelier family.  Thanks Meaghan & Ross – for reminding me why so many of us get married and start families in the first place.

(So sweet the moment below when you saw your dad for the first time that morning!)

xoxo

Tia

A colorful wedding at Vine Hill House

Sunflowers in cobalt blue vases, bridesmaids in the same shade of brilliant blue, and riotously bright bouquets in yellow and orange. This was a wedding of sparkling colors, and even brighter laughter. The weather was overcast, but the bright hues of yellow and blue, and the glow of sweet good humor that infused the day made Jessie and Duncan’s wedding feel as sunny as anyone could wish. There is no doubt that these two will have a life filled with laughter and plenty of fun. Cheers to Jessie and Duncan!

Claire

 

 
**A huge thank you to Dominic Egan who worked with me on this lovely wedding!

A Costanoa wedding celebration

I love Costanoa weddings. Just the drive down the coast from San Francisco puts me in a wonderful mood, and turning off highway one and heading up the tree-lined driveway to the lodge on a perfect sunny day…well, it’s enough to make anyone feel great.  This was the ideal setting for Tara and Michael’s wedding; relaxed, welcoming, and very much in tune with the natural beauty of the landscape. Tara and Michael are travelers (they met in Costa Rica), animal lovers, super close to their families and friends, and very, very romantic. Tara’s dress (made for her by one of her bridesmaids) was pure romance, as was the circlet of flowers she wore in her hair. She had warned me that her father would not be able to keep from crying when he got his first look at her in her dress, and she was definitely right! This was a wedding day full of sweet emotional high points and tons of laughter – a day that held all the promise of a joyful future for this lovely couple.

Claire

 

Jennifer and Charles at Calistoga Ranch

A flawless wedding celebration thanks to great planning, a gorgeous setting, and a truly lovely couple who really knew how to enjoy their day. Wish they could all be just like this!

Claire

A particular thank you to the always wonderful Dominic Egan, second shooter extraordinaire!

No wedding runs smoothly without a fantastic team:

At Calistoga Ranch: Aliya Piotrkowski

Coordinator: Traci Steuteville –Napa Valley Celebrations

Flowers: Fleurs De France

Makeup and Hair: Bella Bridal

Video : Thomas Hughes Films

 

 

Teresita & Justin

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

Coordinator: Lisa Feldman

Katie & Daniel at Gloria Ferrer

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

Tia

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