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.



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!)



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!



**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.



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!


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


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


A North Beach Engagement

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


Olivier & Aida at Vintner’s Inn

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

Florals: Stems


Reina and Bryan’s Engagement session

The Palace of Fine Arts and Baker Beach at sunset – a classic San Francisco engagement shoot!