A Wedding in the Occidental Redwoods

I loved being a part of Freesia & Randall’s wedding!  They chose to marry in a redwood grove (the perfect choice for a warm July day), and then lead their guests in a Second Line Parade through downtown Occidental to their reception site – the historic Occidental Union Hotel. Weddings (at least the good ones) usually have more than their fair share of laughter, hugs and tears, but this one was so chock full of it all that even someone who photographs upwards of twenty weddings a year got choked up more than once!

If the images here look a little different than some of my other work you’ve seen it’s because Freesia & Randall wanted a subtly different feel to the final colors, so we decided to collaborate on getting a more”moody” look. While working on the images I used VSCO filters that accentuate roses, blues and golds and downplays apple greens. Then I added some deep contrast and a faint matted look to arrive at the “dreamy” images you see below.  It’s just one part of the process that can make each weddings final images unique.



Venue: Occidental Union Hotel

Coordinator: Nicki Wolfe

Florals: Natalie Mack of Mack Floral

Second Shooter Extraordinaire:Maria Villano Photography

Camille & Wande at Vine Hill House

“It is such a happiness when good people get together – as they always do.” Jane Austen

Two beautiful people (inside and out), family, friends, brilliant colors against a vineyard backdrop, dancing (such dancing!), and finally…sparklers. A perfect wedding celebration for a couple whose life together  is bound to be as bright, colorful, and full of laughter as their wedding day was!




A Backyard Wedding in Berkeley

I’d like to see the backyard wedding make a comeback.  I sometimes joke that my mother was “practically a socialite”, but she had her wedding reception in my grandmother’s backyard.  I guess it was much more common back then.  So anyway I was thrilled when Sebastien & Rebecca hired me to learn that they were getting married in the backyard of Rebecca’s parents house – the home Rebecca grew up in.  All that family history. All those shared memories. The amount of work that goes into any wedding is mind boggling, but on this wedding day everything felt easy and natural.  Like there really wasn’t room for anything but laughter and love.  When you see the photos, you’ll know what I mean 🙂


Morgan & Asher at home

We love to start engagement sessions at your home. There’s just something about the way people feel in their own space; relaxed, at ease, comfortable in their skin. There’s no plan for how it will go. You can just wear whatever you feel like, hang out together the way you might on a regular Sunday morning when you had no plans and an easy day ahead. Make some food, have a cup of coffee, workout, curl up on the couch. We get a look into your life and get to know you better. You get comfortable having us around.

After a while you can change into whatever you’ve decided to wear for your shoot, and we will head out – but first, we’re all going to relax a bit “at home” and spend some time just taking a look at what makes your life together your own.

Tia & Claire

Eli & Valerie at Chateau St Jean

It takes more than a little rain (okay, maybe it was a LOT of rain) to dampen the spirit of a wedding this wonderful!

Tia & Claire

** A specially huge thank you to Yesenia Beckman of Ooh La La weddings & Events and the team at Chateau St Jean for managing some seriously challenging weather and making our day so much easier.


Some favorite moments from 2016

We took time out this week to look back at some of our favorite memories of 2016. It’s been a joyful, challenging, surprising, and very romantic year. Once again we are reminded of all the reasons we love what we do.

Happy New Year!

Tia & Claire

A sweet and sunny wedding at Soda Rock Winery

The lovely Soda Rock Winery was the perfect setting for this joyful gathering of family and friends. Add a radiant bride and a charming groom, and this was destined to be a classic wine country wedding celebration.


No wedding comes together without a great team:

Venue: Soda Rock Winery

Coordinator: Denise Kramer

Catering: Park Avenue Catering

Hair and Makeup: It’s a Date at the Powder Room

Flowers: Rivertown Florals



A summertime wine country wedding

With a perfectly gorgeous setting at Copain Winery, a radiant bride, and tons of laughter, this romantic summertime celebration had it all.

Congratulations to Ben and Kim!


**An extra special thank you to Leslie of Milestone Events (who stayed so cool despite the heat)  and the terrific folks from Park Avenue Catering. Also,  thanks  to Dominic Egan, second shooter extraordinaire  – and always such a pleasure to work with!


The New York Botanical Gardens

In August Claire and I had the great fun of returning to our old stomping grounds, New York City, to photograph a wedding at the New York Botanical Gardens. It’s a photographer’s dream to photograph with backdrops like these, and working with the team at Starr Catering could not have been a better experience.  John Garrone and the entire staff flawlessly pulled off an outdoor ceremony, despite the threat of rain showers (that thankfully never quite materialized).

Loved our bride and groom.  Loved the Botanical Gardens. Still love New York.


David & Umut at St. Francis Winery

Surrounded by loving families, and with majestic Mount Hood as their backdrop, Umut & David wed this July in a ceremony that can only be described as bursting with joy.  It was one of those weddings where I found myself getting goosebumps during the ceremony and first dance, and I was truly honored to bear witness to their day.  Cheers to a life filled with laughter and dancing guys!   xoxox Tia

Event Planning: Denise Kramer Weddings

Florals: Rivertown Florals

Catering: Park Avenue Catering

Venue: Saint Francis Winery

Music: AMS Entertainment