A winter wedding at Calistoga Ranch

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.

Claire

 
 
 
   
 

Katie & Kyle at Cline Cellars

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

 

Weddings in the Presidio

So many reasons to love Presidio weddings!

Tia & Claire

 

An Engagement in the Mission District

Katie and Brian are getting married next August in the wine country. For their engagement session they wanted a real contrast to the country feel their wedding day will have. I suggested the mission district because I always love working there. It’s a part of the city that is loaded with color, variety, and life  – and a very different sort of beauty than the kind you find  in the vineyards!

Engagements sessions are wonderful because you have no schedule and can really relax and get to know each other better. Katie and Brian were up for anything – even changing outfits right on the street! There was plenty of time to chat more about their wedding plans, get comfortable working together, and wander around exploring. We found alleyways with fantastic murals, checked out a few stores, stopped for coffee, found some great bright pink walls, and a good stoop to hang out on. Just a completely fun afternoon. Can’t wait to see them again in August!

Claire

 

Sonoma Engagement

Molly & Kyle will be marrying this July in Sonoma – a town that is loaded with wonderful memories for Molly.  Growing up in San Francisco, Molly vacationed with friends and family there each summer, and her parents eventually bought a home there.  So when Molly & Kyle fell in love it was only natural that Sonoma is where they would wed.

 I spoke with the two of them about their vision for their wedding day, and I knew how important it was to them to spend the optimum amount of time visiting with their guests, so we quickly realized there wouldn’t be an opportunity for a downtown photo shoot on the actual big day.  Then why not do the engagement shoot there?  Guests traveling from out of state could get a little preview of the what a lovely historic town they’d soon be visiting!  So we met at The Sunflower Cafe (a favorite spot of mine too!) on a cold, windy, January day and then worked our way through the plaza and over to the mission. The duck pond, the Sebastiani Theatre, the town mural – we hit the all iconic spots that meant so much to Molly growing up.  Then, since Kyle had proposed on Christmas, we chose to finish up our session at the Town Hall, right at dusk when the Christmas lights came on!

I hope you like this session as much as I do.  I feel like I won the jackpot getting these two as clients and I am genuinely excited to photograph their wedding for them.

Cheers! Tia

 

Happy New Year!

Around this time of year, we wrap up the last of our holiday weddings and get to sit back, relax, and take a look at the past year. It’s been a great one! We’ve photographed huge, elaborate, city weddings, and small, intimate, country ones. We worked at many of our “old favorite” locations like Calistoga Ranch, Trentadue, Paradise Ridge, and Vine Hill House, and discovered many new locations we love. We shot in the SF Presidio, in the vineyards, at beaches, restaurants, nightclubs, ranches, airfields, private estates, and ballrooms. And as usual, we met some amazing couples, their friends, and families. It is a privilege to document such a high point in peoples lives, and we are grateful that so many wonderful couples trusted us to tell the story of their day. Happy New Year to all of our 2014 couples – we wish you all a fabulous future together!

Here are just a few moments that made us smile in 2014.

Claire & Tia

 

 

 

Senior Portraits

Tia has started doing senior portraits!

* A 60 – 90 minute portrait session in Sonoma County with up to three wardrobe changes

* All final images (approximately 75) are yours to download and keep in high resolution jpegs within one week of the session

* Your choice of three images to have retouched for blemishes or other corrections

$275.

Feature in Sonoma Magazine!

We are absolutely thrilled to have Gillian and Joey’s gorgeous wedding featured in the lush premiere issue of Sonoma Weddings Magazine!  If you’re planning a wine country wedding, this magazine is full of all sorts of great ideas to help you find some of the very best resources. You’ll absolutely want to pick up a copy! (Available at Safeway, Target, Olivers & select Whole Foods Markets.)

Tia & Claire

A Barndiva favorite

The combination of the Hotel Healdsburg and Barndiva was perfect for the wedding of this wonderfully chic and original couple!

 Claire

Jessica & Mike at Vine Hill House

Jessica & Mike got married at one of my all time favorite venues – Vine Hill House.  I’ve shot weddings there for over ten years now and each time it’s a delight.  Take such a beautiful setting as this and put two beautiful, happy people in it, and it doesn’t feel like work at all.

Tia