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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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Nestldown wedding photos – Alison and Jonathan in the Santa Cruz Mountains

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Alison and Jonathan in the back of a 1958 Chevy Bel Air following their wedding ceremony at Nestldown in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Alison and Jonathan were married at the beautiful and historic Nestldown Estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains outside of Los Gatos. Alison got ready in the cottage on the property with her bridesmaids and some family. The wedding ceremony at Nestldown is held in a beautiful outdoor chapel down a hill from the main part of the property. It is really quite a beautifully special place to get married.

They held their cocktail reception and dinner on the grounds outside of the main barn. The festivities moved inside for dancing and cake following dinner.

What a fun place for a wedding – congratulations to Alison and Jonathan!

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MacCallum House wedding photos – Stori and Bill in Mendocino

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The cover of Stori and Bill’s wedding album was a canvas wrap with these two images – one on the front and one on the back.

In my last post I shared some photos from this wedding that were taken using film cameras and black and white film.

In this post I am going to share the album spreads from the wedding album I made for Stori and Bill – these are a combination of digital and film images. If you did not read the previous post, the wedding ceremony was on the Mendocino Headlands overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the reception was held at the historic MacCallum House in Mendocino.

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Mendocino wedding photos – Stori and Bill at the MacCallum House

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A wedding portrait of Stori and Bill on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino, California.

Stori and Bill got had their wedding ceremony on a bluff overlooking the quaint town of Mendocino on California’ North Coast. It was a wonderfully romantic place for a wedding and something that made their wedding photography a little bit different was that Stori had asked me to shoot some of the wedding on black and white film.

I was really excited about Stori’s request since I started out in photography by playing in darkrooms, developing my own film and dunking my hands in toxic chemicals for hours at a time while making prints. I had not shot any film for about 10 years before this wedding and was really looking forward to going back to my roots for a bit.

Taking photos with film is a really different experience that taking photos using today’s modern digital cameras. First of all there is no instant feedback loop since you cannot review your images on the back of the camera. Secondly, you need to be much more thoughtful and patient with your photography since film and processing are both expensive. Twenty rolls of film will give you about 700 exposures, which is a lot less than most wedding photographers shoot when they are shooting digital.

Here are a selection of the photos from the wedding that I shot along with my second shooter, Bob Durell. We used Canon EOS 1V cameras and a selection of films from Ilford, Fuji and Kodak. We also shot digital and I will follow up in my next post with some of the images from our digital cameras.

Stori and Bill held their wedding ceremony on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and held there wedding reception at the historic MacCallum House in Mendocino. Congratulations Stori and Bill.

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Placerville engagement photos – Casey and Ryan

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Casey and Ryan pose for an engagement photo by a vintage airplane at the Placerville Airport.

Casey and Ryan decided that they wanted to do an engagement photo shoot that was a little bit different than your usual engagement photo session. Casey told me that she felt awkward in front of the camera, so she wanted to be doing something for her engagement photos that would make them feel real. She and Ryan came up with three different shoots for their engagement session.

Casey and Ryan both grew up in Placerville and met while they were both in the same third grade class, so they decided to have their engagement session (and later their wedding) in their hometown, even though they have moved from Placerville since college.

The first mini session was at the Placerville Airport. It was complete with a vintage plane (I think it was from 1947), some vintage luggage and a few maps and passports. I decided to process these in a way that would give them a vintage look from the era they were depicting with their props.

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Big Sur wedding photography – Kristina and Jonathan

A portrait of Kristina and Jonathan at Pfieffer Beach ofter their wedding ceremony on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Big Sur.

Kristina and Jonathan were recently married on a bluff along the Big Sur coast in a small ceremony that included close friends and family. Kristina and her family got ready at the Big Sur Lodge while Jonathan got ready at Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn. Before the ceremony all of the guests gathered at the Big Sur Inn for a bus ride along the coast to the spot that Kristina and Jonathan had selected for their wedding.

Big Sur is a special place for Kristina and Jonathan as they were engaged there and have spent many weekends exploring the coast and camping in the area.

Following the wedding ceremony the guests boarded the bus and made the trip along the coast to the Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant for a wonder intimate dinner.

Kristina and Jonathan wanted some photos at Pfeiffer Beach at sunset, so as the sun was about to set we took the short drive to the beach for some beautiful photos.

Congratulations Kristina and Jonathan – it was an amazing day and a wonderful way to start your lives together.
 
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San Francisco engagement photography – Michelle & Marshall

Michelle and Marshall got engaged at the Point Bonita lighthouse, so naturally they wanted to do a few engagement photos there during their engagement shoot...


 
Michelle and Marshall got engage at the Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on the coast in Marin County. We started our engagement shoot there and were met with overcast skies and a fair amount of wind… As we walked up the hill towards the parking lot the sun started breaking through the clouds and soon the weather was stunning.

We made our way from the lighthouse to the Palace of Fine Arts – always a fun place to shoot some photos… Then it was off to Market Street to find a classic San Francisco Trolly. We were lucky enough to get on this one before it picked up all of the passengers who were waiting for their ride… Off to the ferry building for a few photos and our session was complete.

What a fun afternoon!

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Vizcaya Pavilion & Mansion wedding photography, Ashley & Joe

Some wedding portraits of Ashley and Joe at the Vizcaya Pavilion and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Ashley and Joe were married at the Vizcaya Pavilion and Mansion in Sacramento last June. The bride and groom got ready in the Mansion with their friends and family and had their wedding ceremony on the patio behind the Mansion. Following a cocktail hour, the party move indoors to the Pavilion for dinner and dancing. Music and Emceeing was provided by Larry Burow at Extreme Productions.

A very fun wedding! Congratulations Ashley and Joe.

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Vintage Estate wedding photography, Yountville – Sally & Tim

Sally and Tim pose for some pre wedding portrait photos at the Vintage Estate and Villagio in Yountville, CA

Sally and Tim got married at the beautiful Villagio and Vintage Estate in Yountville, California. The bride and groom got ready at the luxurious Villagio Inn & Spa and had their wedding ceremony in a tent at the Vintage Inn and Estate, which is part of the same property.

Following the wedding ceremony, guests had a cocktail hour and dinner in the tent following by dancing and deserts in the famed Barrel Room at the Vintage Inn. They also had a cigar roller on hand making handmade cigars for guests.

Congratulations Sally and Tim!

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Ramekins wedding photography – Julia & Tom – Sonoma, CA wedding

Some photos of Julia and Tom having some fun following their wedding ceremony at Ramekins in Sonoma.


 
Julia and Tom were married at the beautiful Ramekins Culinary Institue in Sonoma, California. They were a super fun couple and had a really wonderful Sonoma wedding with lots of friends and family. The day started out looking like rain, but the wedding gods showed up and kept things dry for the lucky couple.

Ramekins has a beautiful European styled courtyard that is just a gorgeous setting for a wedding – just a few blocks from downtown Sonoma. The folks at Ramekins could not have been more professional and great to work with – thanks for having such a great venue.

Congratulations to Julia and Tom, who are now expecting their first child! So, congratulations again for that!!

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