Gillian & Joey Wed at Toboni Family Vineyards

Gillian & Joey may have hosted over 300 at their July 12th wedding, but it still felt like an intimate family affair.  Probably because it took place at Joey’s family’s vacation home, amongst a community of people many of whom have known each other all their lives.  After saying their vows, they led family and friends in a procession through the vineyards to the perfect farm to table setting.  We feel so honored to have been able to capture these memories for such wonderful families!

Tia & Claire

Lindsey and Geoff at Gloria Ferrer

It’s not every day we get to do a first look at an airport. In fact, we had never done one before! But if the groom flew himself to the wedding, what could make more sense? So that’s what we did. A deep blue sky, just enough of a breeze to set the red wind sock flying, brightly colored airplanes, and a playful and enthusiastic wedding party made for a truly original first look.

Then it was on to Gloria Ferrer, where huge pans of Paella were being prepared on-site, Jenga sets were out on the cocktail tables for the guests to play with, and the cake was an exact replica of the plane the groom flew in on.

This was a fun, unique wedding, imbued with the spirit of an adventurous couple.

Tia & Claire

It was a joy to work on this event with the following vendors ~

Event Planning: Megan Shuler & Anita Young of Enjoy Events Co.

Reception Venue: Gloria Ferrer Winery

Catering: Gerard’s Paella & Neal Ahern Oysters

Florals: Laura Miller Designs

Cake: Occasional Cakes

Makeup: Audrey Candrell of Glowing Bridal

Hair: Stella Stevens

DJ: Trevor Williams from Santa Cruz DJ

and a very special thanks to the people of Sonoma Sky Park for letting us shoot on their runways!

 

 

The Berkeley campus, a violin, and a visit to Top Dog.

Tiffany and Chris met as undergrads at Berkley, so what better location for their engagement shoot than on campus.  Tiffany brought her violin, and helped Chris (who is just learning) to sound like he’s been playing for years. We wrapped it up with a visit to one of their favorite places, Top Dog. I may be a vegetarian, but the dog’s smelled so good I was almost tempted to try one myself!

Claire.

Keeping it simple at Jack London State Park

Charles & Yuka were wed on May 18th at Jack London State Park. Couldn’t have been simpler or sweeter!

Nargues, Christian, Mina…and Belle!

In case you’re wondering, Mina is the gorgeous 3-week-old with the wise eyes, and Belle is the big furry one…also with wise eyes.

Claire

Lisa and Mark at Trentadue

Lisa and Mark were lucky enough to get the ideal wine country wedding day. Trentadue looked gorgeous, with all the roses in bloom, the ceremony site picture perfect under a bright blue sky sprinkled with fluffy clouds, and the Geyserville Hills providing a storybook backdrop. Add to the mix a nice as can be bride and groom, a totally charming wedding party, and wonderful families and friends, and you’ve got one fantastic wedding!

Extra thanks to Heather of Holliday Weddings who worked her magic and made the day run perfectly, and to Dominic Egan, second shooter extraordinaire!

Claire

 

 

 

 

 

Bodega Bay Wedding

It’s easy to get caught up in those big, fancy, detail rich weddings.  Absolutely – they can be a lot of fun.  But sometimes it’s important to remember that all you really need to pledge your love to each other, is each other.  Yes, the state of California requires someone to make it official and that you have a couple of witnesses, and it doesn’t hurt to have a breathtakingly beautiful day in a spot that is special to you, but literally, that is ALL you need.  And it was all that Elizabeth & David wanted.  They didn’t even know a photographer would be there. (I was hired by a dear friend of Elizabeth’s to surprise them – a first for me!)  There is a lot of talk of simplifying our lives these days, paring all the noise down to the core elements that matter, and this is really it folks.  The sea air and the arms of the one you love.  Congratulations Elizabeth & David!  It was an honor documenting your vows!

Tia

A new day for Clos Pegase

Last week Claire and I took a foray over to Napa to visit our friends Alyssa and Mary who are now heading up weddings and special events at the amazing Clos Pegase Winery.  Designed by renowned architect Michael Graves, it is a striking group of buildings that adopt elements of classical architecture, while still feeling entirely modern.  Clos Pegase is one of the few wineries in Napa permitted to have weddings, and Mary & Alyssa are working like mad to make it a premier destination event spot.  We caught them in the middle of renovating the bridal room and they were sweet enough to take time out to show us around.  From the new ceremony lawn (surrounded by vineyard on four sides!), to the dramatic wine caves, and then up to the private estate which will also be available for small, exclusive events, we were impressed to say the very least.  We can’t wait to photograph our first wedding there!

Cheers,

Tia

A small Sea Ranch Wedding

Many of my favorite weddings are the intimate ones that happen in someone’s home or backyard.  No one has to get a 2nd mortgage on their home to have a beautiful, meaningful wedding day surrounded by those you love most!

Tia

Portfolio series #1

This is the first post in our new Portfolio series. From time to time, Tia or I will post one of our favorite images and tell you just a little bit about why we have chosen it.

This image is from a wedding I photographed at the St Joseph’s family shelter. I loved the grace and serenity of the bride as she fed  her daughter just moments before her wedding ceremony was due to begin.

Claire.