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

Meredith & Alex at Vintners Inn

I completely ADORED working with Meredith & Alex.  They were so low key, natural and happy. Just fully in the moment, you know?  That’s what I wish for all my couples.


Jennifer and Chris at Catelli’s in Geyserville CA

Jennifer and Chris’s wedding day started off with misty rain and low grey clouds that didn’t exactly look promising.   The whole day was planned as an outdoor event, with the ceremony taking place in Catelli’s sweetly landscaped garden area, and cocktails and dinner to follow on the dramatic circular patio. You’d think a bride might get a little tense when that happens. Not Jennifer. When I arrived at her future in-laws home she was all smiles, relaxed  and ready to go with whatever the day brought. And sure enough, she was right not to worry!  The rain let up for her family photos, then seemed to think about starting up again, and finally gave up entirely and even let the sun peek through as the guests began to arrive for the ceremony. Perfect wedding day serendipity.

After the ceremony, we had time to sneak away and have fun photographing around tiny Geyserville. A special thank you to my sister Carolyn who opened up her tasting room, Locals, so the bride and groom could have a little pink bubbly before we headed off to photograph some traffic-stopping kisses, took a quick trip out to the vineyards, and checked out some classic Geyserville locations.

Back at Catelli’s the party was getting started, and a nicer group of family and friends I can’t imagine. Just a relaxed and gloriously happy event from beginning to end – and that is just how I imagine Jennifer and Chris’s life will be as well!




Jennifer & John at Stryker Sonoma

Jennifer and John were married this April at the stunning Stryker Sonoma Winery. They were both such a pleasure to work with, and I wish them a glorious sun filled future together!




Event Planning: Stephanie Beer from Covenant Coordinating

Floral Design: Maria Philbin of Maria Philbin Floral Designs

Catering: Starks

Make-up & Hair: It’s A Date at The Powder Room

Dana and Ben at Sebastiani Winery

Some weddings are just an absolute delight from beginning to end…and that’s how it was when Dana and Ben were married at Sebastiani Winery on a perfect fall day last October.



A huge thank you to the always fabulous Denise Kramer of Denise Kramer Weddings, and the wonderful folks at Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery.

When the wedding runs smoothly, and the site is beautiful, everything is easier!