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Old Town Sacramento engagement photo shoot – Leyla and Steve

Leyla nd Steve in an alley in Old Town Sacramento.

Leyla and Steve in an alley in Old Town Sacramento.

Leyla and Steve wanted to do their engagement photo session in two different locations so that they could have a wider variety of settings to choose from. The photos from the first part of the engagement photo session in Capitol Park are here.

For the second part of the engagement photo shoot we headed over to Old Town Sacramento on a Saturday evening… It was quite crowded and there was no parking to be found, but we managed to ditch the cars and make great use of the wonderful fleeting evening light. I love shooting photos at this time of day as the light can be quite magical.

One of the many building doortways that offer great backdrops for engagement photos.

One of the many building doorways that offer great backdrops for engagement photos.


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Capitol Park, Sacramento engagement photo shoot – Leyla and Steve

Leyla & Steve

Leyla and Steve chose the rose garden in Capitol Park as one of the locations for their engagement photo session

Leyla and Steve chose the rose garden in Capitol Park as one of the locations for their engagement photo session

I am really looking forward to photographing Leyla and Steve’s wedding in early September. The couple is getting married at the Viansa Winery in Sonoma and it is going to be a fabulous affair.

For their engagement photo session we first met at the rose garden at Capitol Park in the shadows of the building’s rotunda. We had a great time getting to know each other and making some wonderful pictures. Leyla’s red dress adorned with roses was perfect for the occasion and made for some great engagement photos.

We also spent some time taking engagement photos as we wandered around Old Town Sacramento. You can see these awesome images here….

In the rose garden at Capitol Park in Sacramento.

In the rose garden at Capitol Park in Sacramento.


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The purple theme – Vintage Inn wedding reception photos, Yountville, Napa Valley – Part 2

Camille and Radu kiss in the glare of a purple spotlight at the Vintage Inn of Yountville in the Napa Valley

Camille and Radu kiss in the glare of a purple spotlight at the Vintage Inn of Yountville in the Napa Valley

Camille and Radu had their wedding reception at the beautiful Vintage Inn in the Napa Valley town of Yountville. The dinner was held in a tent on the grounds with dancing and more activities after dinner in the Barrel Room also on the grounds of the Vintage Inn. There was a five course dinner with a wine paired with each of the courses. A foodies paradise! As you can see from the photos the color for the dinner was purple. Although I can color correct these to remove the purple cast, these images capture the essence of the colors that were at the dinner that evening.

The first course was was a “Seafood Trio” of Ahi tuna poke with soy ponzu vinaigrette on crisp lumpia, Dungeness crab cake with tarragon aioli and seared scallops with a fig relish. This was paired with a 2006 Mer Soleil “Silver” Unoaked Chardonnay. The second course was “Butter Lettuce Salad” consisting of Del Cabo tomatoes, feta cheese, crispy basil, brioche croutons with a tomato basil vinaigrette. This was paired with a 2007 Farella-Park Sauvignon Blanc. The third course was a “Harissa Marinated Beef Short Rib” with creamy orzo and a Caponata duo. This course was paired with a 2007 Robert Foley Charbono. The fourth course consisted of a “Roasted Spring Lamb” served with carrot polenta and a salsa verde. This was paired with a 2006 Dovetail Pinot Noir. The fifth and final course was a desert called “Trio of Pot de Cremes,” the trio consisting of chocolate, butterscotch and tiramisu. This was served with a 1994 Quinta Do Buceiro Port.

Well, if that doesn’t make you hungry I’m not sure what will (vegetarians excepted)…

Camille enjoying herself in the purple glow of the reception at the Vintage Inn of Yountville in the Napa Valley

Camille enjoying herself in the purple glow of the reception at the Vintage Inn of Yountville in the Napa Valley


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First Congregational Church of Sonoma wedding photos – Camille & Radu

Wedding flowers adorn the Sonoma Congregational Church before the wedding ceremony (left). A wedding portrait of Radu and his groomsmen outside of the Sonoma Congregational Church just before Camille arrived for the wedding.

Wedding flowers adorn the Sonoma Congregational Church before the Ceremony (left). Radu and his groomsmen outside of the church just before Camille arrived (Flowers by Lush Floral).

On Friday April 24, 2009 I photographed the wedding ceremony of Camille and Radu at the First Congregational Church of Sonoma on Spain Street in Sonoma, California. I photographed the wedding with Alain Martinez, an outstanding wedding and lifestyle photographer from Miami, Florida. The ceremony was held at the First Congregational Church of Sonoma and the reception followed at the Vintage Inn in the beautiful Napa Valley town of Yountville.

I’ve broken the photos up into a few blog posts since there were so many nice images that I wanted to share on my blog. This post has the images from the wedding ceremony and there are posts for the “Purple” theme of the wedding reception, the party in the “Barrel Room” at the Vintage Inn, detail photos of some of the fabulous touches that made this wedding unique… so enjoy the photos…

Camille puts the wedding ring on the finger of her soon-to-be husband as Reverend Nathan Miller looks on at the Sonoma Congregational Church in Sonoma, CA.

Camille puts the wedding ring on the finger of her soon-to-be husband as Reverend Nathan Miller looks on at the Sonoma Congregational Church in Sonoma, CA.


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The Barrel Room – Vintage Inn wedding photos, Yountville, Napa Valley – Part 3

Camille and Radu

Camille and Radu are all smiles as they see the guests in the Barrel Room as they arrive for their first dance

Camille and Radu are all smiles as they see the guests in the Barrel Room as they arrive for their first dance

Following the delicious five course meal the wedding guests headed over to the Barrel Room at the Vintage Inn for dancing and more celebrations. Camille and Radu arrived after all of the guests had a chance to get settled and had their first dance.

Camille and Radu arrive on the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple.

Camille and Radu arrive on the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple.


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The details – Vintage Inn wedding photos, Yountville, Napa Valley – Part 4

Wedding flowers at the end of the pews of the First Congregational Church of Sonoma

Wedding flowers at the end of the pews of the First Congregational Church of Sonoma (Flowers by Lush Floral).

The details at a wedding are important to capture photographically. So much goes into planning a wedding that the bride and groom want to remember the little touches that made their wedding day special.

Wedding flowers on the alter of the First Congregational Church of Sonoma where the ceremony was held (Flowers by Lush Floral)

Wedding flowers on the alter of the First Congregational Church of Sonoma where the ceremony was held.


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Old Town Sacramento engagement photography session – Amanda & Josh

Amanda & Josh

Amanda and Josh having some fun during their engagement photo session in Old Town Sacramento.

Amanda and Josh having some fun during their engagement photo session in Old Town Sacramento.

I’ll be photographing the wedding of Amanda and Josh a little later this year at David Girard Vineyards in Placerville. They chose Sacramento’s historic Old Town district as a backdrop for their engagement photography session. All three of us had a wonderful time and the photos came out great!

We picked a time during the evening hours because the light is much better early and late in the day, and this day was no different. Amanda and Josh wanted to start out at the Tower Bridge and then we worked our way through old town looking for some fun settings for photos. The also brought along a change of clothes, so we got a variety of shots that don’t look like they were all taken on the same day – that was smart!

Amanda and Josh on the Tower Bridge above the Sacramento River.

Amanda and Josh on the Tower Bridge above the Sacramento River.

I love this photo - Amanda and Josh later told me they were trying to form a heart with the outlines of the hands a legs.

I love this photo - Amanda and Josh later told me they were trying to form a heart with the outlines of the hands a legs.


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Forest House Lodge, Foresthill, CA – wedding photos

Dee checks out her dress in the mirrors at Forest House Lodge

Dee checks out her dress in the mirrors at Forest House Lodge


Sam and Dejonnee got married at Forest House Lodge in Foresthill, California in late December.

For me it was a last minute wedding. About two weeks earlier I received a frantic email and phone message from Sam’s sister who was in a panic because the photographer that Sam and Dee had lined up for their wedding canceled on them at the last minute.

Fortunately, I was able to squeeze them into my schedule and put off shopping for Christmas presents until the last minute.

It was a small, family oriented wedding that was both fun and emotional.

Dejonee gets ready at the Forest House Lodge

Dejonee gets ready at the Forest House Lodge


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Sacramento engagement photography – Capitol Park – Katy and Dan

Katy and Dan

Capitol Park in Sacramento offers a variety of outdoor settings for engagement photography

Capitol Park in Sacramento offers a variety of outdoor settings for engagement photography

Katy and Dan are getting married on June 13, 2009. For their engagement photography session they picked Capitol Park in Sacramento because it was the location of their very first date. Capitol park offers a wide selection of locations for engagement or family photography. The gardens around the park contain trees from around the world. In one section there is a Civil War memorial grove planted in the late 1800s with saplings from famous Civil War battlegrounds.

A beautiful couple in a beautiful setting.

A beautiful couple in a beautiful setting.


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Getting ready – Glenbrook, NV – Lake Tahoe wedding photography

Jillian & Brian

Jillian's bridesmaids adjust her necklace in preparation for her wedding ceremony.

Jillian's bridesmaids adjust her necklace in preparation for her wedding ceremony.

Jillian and Brian got married in the Lake Tahoe town of Glenbrook on the Nevada side of the lake. They were married at a private home in the Glenbrook community on a hill overlooking Lake Tahoe. There are several buildings on the property as well as a tennis house and tennis courts, where the outdoor evening reception was held. The wedding ceremony was held on the lawn in front of the house with a cocktail reception following the ceremony in side the home.

The bridesmaids and the bride prepare for the wedding in one of the rooms in the house.

The bridesmaids and the bride prepare for the wedding in one of the rooms in the house.


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