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Rachel + Jesse – Purple Orchid Resort Wedding Photos

A photo of Rachel and Jesse out in the olive orchards as the sun was setting on their wedding at the Purple Orchid Resort in Livermore.

Rachel and Jesse were married in October at the Purple Orchid Resort and Spa in Livermore. The weather was threatening to rain and it rained my whole way to the wedding… By the time I arrived in Livermore the weather had cleared and we were all in a great mood for a wedding.

We had lots of time with Rachel and Jesse and were able to get some great portraits of them and the wedding party after their first look and before the wedding ceremony.

The rain managed to stay away until around 7pm and everyone was glad that they had a tent when the rains finally came. In some cultures, rain on your wedding day is a sign of fertility and spiritual cleansing.

Congratulations Rachel and Jesse!

And thanks to Carl Mahoney, who helped as a second shooter on this wedding!

A wedding portrait of Rachel and Jesse in the olive orchards at the Purple Orchid Resort in Livermore.

Rachel and Jesse in the olive orchards at the Purple Orchid Resort in Livermore.

Rachel and Jesse during their wedding at the Purple Orchid Resort in Livermore.

A wedding portrait of Rachel and Jesse in the olive orchards at the Purple Orchid Resort in Livermore.

A portrait of Rachel and Jesse’s wedding party in the olive orchards at the Purple Orchid Resort in Livermore. So glad that they rented a bunch of furniture for their wedding.

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San Francisco Engagement Photos – Kristina + Liam

One of the engagement photos from Kristina and Liam’s Engagement shoot. This one was shot on Pier 7 in San Francisco with the San Francisco Belle paddle wheel boat in the background.

Kristina and Liam wanted some fun engagement photos in San Francisco that weren’t from the usual places, Palace of Fine Arts, Legion of Honor, Golden Gate Bridge shots were not on their list of places they wanted to shoot. They wanted more of neighborhood feel and then some photos on Pier 7 at dusk.

We started out shooting a few photos at The Grove coffee shop in Fillmore and then headed over to the Lyon Street steps in Pacific Heights for some photos there. Our final destination was Pier 7, where we arrived just before dusk to shoot some photos when the lights on the pier turn on. Lots of fun photos!

I’m excited to being photographing their wedding at Ramekins in Sonoma this spring.

Congratulations Kristina and Liam!

Another engagement photo of Kristina and Liam, this one on the Lyon Street steps in Pacific Heights in San Francisco.

We started off the engagement shoot at a cozy (and crowded) coffee shop on Fillmore Street in San Francisco.

Kristina and Liam on the steps of a home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood in San Francisco.

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Ramekins Sonoma Wedding Photos – Tori + Michael

A wedding portrait of Tori and Michael among the vines on Syrah Hill above Cline Cellars in Sonoma.

Tori and Michael were married at Ramekins Culinary School and Inn in Sonoma. We started out the day at Cline Cellars and did some photos on the grounds as well as a trip up to the top of Syrah Hill for group photos and a spectacular view of the Sonoma Valley below. The leaves were turning colors as fall was upon us. Another beautiful Sonoma wedding – Congratulations Tori and Michael!

Tori and Michael’s first kiss as husband and wife.


Tori and Michael being announced as husband and wife.



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Jacobs Family Berry Farm wedding photos – Molly and Adam

A wedding portrait of Molly and Adam at Jacobs Family Berry Farm in Gardnerville, NV.

A few photos from a wedding that I shot a week ago at the wonderful Jacobs Family Berry Farm. I was helping out my pal Stephanie Secrest of Secrest Weddings, who I studied photography in grad school with!

These photos of Molly and Adam were shot on a Mamiya RZ67 (a beast of a camera) on Ilford HP5 black and white film. The film was then scanned resulting in these beautiful black and white images!
 

Molly and Adam at their wedding at Jacobs Family Berry Farm in Gardnerville, NV.


 

A wedding photo of Molly and Adam at Jacobs Family Berry Farm in Gardnerville, NV.


 

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Award winning Northern California wedding photography

Big Sur wedding ceremony

A windy wedding ceremony on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean provided this interesting ceremony photo.

I excited to announce that I had three winning photos in the most recent Wedding Photojournalist Association contest.

The image above, of a windy wedding ceremony in Big Sur, won second place in the “Weather” category.

Here are the judge’s comments:

The light and color enhanced the windy moment in this photo. Everything came together to give this frame energy and whimsy.

I really like all the faces and the four blonde heads…

One hardly knows where to begin or end with this whoosh of wind whipping hair to and fro, left to right and beyond to dreams and mirth turning all to a magical gust of wind – nature’s hairstylist at work.

Bride and Groom portrait, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.

This image won fourth place in the Bride and Groom Portrait category. It is a portrait of Daniela and Miguel at their wedding in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.

Judges comments:
I was drawn to the playfulness in this image. The groom has a great expression. Again, it’s a picture I want to linger on.

This final image won an award in the Kids portrait category.

If you are interested in seeing more of the winning contest photos follow this link to the WPJA web site.

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Old Sugar mill wedding – Jess and Jon

Old Sugar Mill wedding portrait, Clarksburg, CA

Jessica poses for a wedding portrait at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA.

A few quick photos from Jess and Jon’s wedding at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA. I was preparing these for the brochure that the Old Sugar Mill uses to hand out to prospective brides and grooms when they visit the Old Sugar Mill to find out more about their weddings. I figured I would share a few of them with you here – enjoy!

Interested in a wedding at the OSM? Get in touch with Marnie Stiles at 916-275-8719 or send her an email to Events@CarvalhoFamilyWinery.com

Old Sugar Mill wedding portrait, Clarksburg, CA

Jess and Jon pose for a wedding portrait after their wedding ceremony at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA.

Old Sugar Mill wedding ceremony, Clarksburg, CA

Jess and John walk up the aisle as a married couple following their wedding ceremony in the barrel room at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA


 

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Legion of Honor wedding photography – Michelle and Marshall

Michelle and Marshall's Legion of Honor wedding (1)

Michelle and Marshall outside of the Legion of Honor following their wedding ceremony on the lawn there.

Michelle and Marshall held their wedding ceremony and reception at the beautiful Legion of Honor in San Francisco. The ceremony was held on the lawn area outside of the Legion and the reception was inside the Museum. What a wonderful venue for a wedding! Congratulations Michelle and Marshall.

Vendors included Grace Street Catering for the food, DJ Brian Fitzsimmons of 21st Century Sound and flowers by Three Sisters Custom Flowers & Events.

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Vine Hill House wedding photos – Kelsey and Aaron

Kelsey and Aaron at their wedding ceremony right after Aaron crushed the glass and the crowed yelled Mazel Tov!

Kelsey and Aaron were married in a wonderfully intimate ceremony at the Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California. The Vine Hill House is a lovely place for a wedding, complete with an historic farm house, outdoor wedding area and an outdoor area for dancing after dinner.

I also photographed Kelsey and Aaron’s engagement session at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco… those photos are here…

Congratulations and Mazel Tov to you both Kelsey and Aaron!

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