Alyson + Jonathan :: Engagement Session in Wine Country

Today's blog features two San Francisco natives, Alyson and Jonathan. Both are passionate wine afficianados and prefer to spend their free time exploring wine country (because let's be honest, Napa Valley is pretty darn amazing), so we staged the photo shoot there. You may recognize Maisonry in Yountville, the site of the big proposal, and the couple's favorite place to spend time in the valley. And in case you're wondering about the classic car in the photos, that's a genuine 1958 Porsche Speedster that has been in Jonathan's family for over 30 years. Thank you Alyson and Jonathan for choosing me to photograph you in your favorite location and I'm looking forward to your upcoming wedding at another great location, the Westin St. Francis



Vicky + Chris :: A Nautical Wedding Celebration

Vicky and Chris planned a beautiful celebration in Sausalito last year. The location, Ondine, is a spectacular spot for waterfront views of the San Francisco bay area. I've always loved Sausalito (I had a studio there awhile back) so it was fun to be there on the water, catching gorgeous views.

The wedding decor was nautical inspired, which is fitting because the bride and groom's last name happens to be Blue! My studio manager loves all things nautical, so I let her choose the detail images for this blog entry. The cute little details do complete the wedding theme but it's the bride and groom and their love for each other that tells the real story of the wedding. Congratulations Vicky and Chris. We wish you many happy years together as husband and wife!

Location: Ondine, Sausalito
Florist: Connie Hubbell Arts
Cake: Branching Out


Jennie & David :: Love in Sonoma

How did I not yet blog this wedding?! Jennie and David's awesome wedding definitely needs to be shared with you! The bride and groom are so much fun. They were totally game for all kinds of photo sessions which makes my "job" super fun and easy. (Photography is my art and my passion so I don't really consider it a job but you understand what I mean here.) The decor was 1920's inspired, there were a lot of DIY details and even the photo booth was custom-made by the bride and her family for this occassion. Check it out!

Location: The Lodge at Sonoma
Second Shooter: Kevin Meynell
Videographer: Sheffield Multimedia
Florals: Flaxx Floral Design
Cake: Fleur de Lisa 
Cookies: Pacific Cookie Co.
Music: Larry Lynch and the Mob
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting: Enhanced Lighting
{{To see Jennie & David's Engagement Session, click here.}}


Mandy & Seth :: Wedding in the Vineyard

Hello Readers. Today's blog post features Mandy and Seth's wedding at Thomas Fogarty Winery. Nestled among the rolling hills of Woodside, California, this venue built of redwood and stone overlooks the vineyard and boasts lots of natural light throughout the building. It's beautiful during the day with blue skies and sunshine and at night when the moon settles over the hills. This wedding was designed and coordinated by San Francisco's MB Wedding Design & Events and the floral design was beautifully executed by Michael Daigian Design


Catey & Paul :: Landmark Wedding in Sonoma

Catey and Paul were married at Landmark Vineyards in the heart of Sonoma, California. Their wedding day combined their shared passions of food, wine and entertaining into one celebration. Catey graciously composed a narrative for us to share with you about the planning and inspiration for the wedding. It's a great added bonus because you can read about the details and see the results... all in the same blog post! Thanks, Catey! 
Catering: The Girl & The Fig
Floral Design: PoppyStone
Musician: Lori Carsillo Weddings 

From the Bride:

When Paul proposed a few days before Christmas with a ring featuring my Grandmother’s engagement diamond, I knew instantly when the wedding should be: August 24th – the same day my grandparents got married 73 years ago. Lucky for us, it fell on a Saturday. Since we had less than a year to plan, I got right to work on the details. 

We decided early on that we wanted a small wedding surrounded by close friends and family. Next up – the location. With a small wedding, we discovered that you have a lot more options when it came to venues. A few years ago, Paul and I took our first vacation to Sonoma, CA and instantly fell in love with the area. Our life is spent in the kitchen: cooking, entertaining, and of course enjoying wine. Between the downtown square, vineyards and restaurants, it brought together some of our favorite things and made it the ultimate wedding destination. After scouting out a few locations, we decided to have the ceremony and reception at Landmark Vineyards, where we could have the entire evening spent outside under draped Italian lights surrounded by the picturesque mountain views.

The ceremony was short and sweet and took place on the lawn overlooking the vineyard. For the reception we envisioned a fabulous backyard dinner party, complete with delicious food, stunning wine and some jazzy, dinner party music to cap off the night. Of course it was going to be something a bit more elaborate than what we could pull off alone, so we found some local experts to help our dreams become a reality.

Claire, from Poppy Stone Designs, to execute my vision for the flowers for the tables, bouquets and boutonnieres. I knew I wanted local, fresh flowers in various containers, boxes, and vases featuring my colors for the wedding: pink, white & green. She even incorporated our love for food by adding sprigs of rosemary and a few apples to the arrangements. It was better than I could have ever imagined. 

The food was catered by our favorite restaurant in Sonoma- The Girl & the Fig. They also did our welcome dinner, by closing The Fig Cafe to the public and welcoming all 40 guests for small bites, individual pizzas and of course, more wine. For the reception, each course was handpicked by us and paired with corresponding Landmark Wines. 

All in all, the night was perfection. The evening was beautifully captured by our amazing photographer, Tara Arrowood. Every time I look through the pictures it takes me back to the best day of my life.