Family Fun at Mt. Diablo

Every year I have the opportunity to photograph a family photo session for my good friend Jennifer. A family photo shoot is a great way to capture those precious moments-in-time forever. My studio manager asked Jennifer about the shoot and here's what she shared with us:

"We love doing our annual family photos. We have done it every year since my oldest son was born. Kids change so fast, it’s amazing to look back over the years at the photos. We recently moved and I went through all the images that we’ve taken and used them to put around the new house. I have received so many compliments and I am so happy to have them to share and enjoy."

Special thanks to the Brown family for letting me capture your family moments so that you'll always be able to look back at past shoots and look forward to the next year's photo shoot. 


Marissa & Matthew :: Vivi Bene Ama Molto :: Part II

{See Marissa & Matthew Vivi Bene Ama Molto Part 1 here}

The Italian phrase, 'Vivi Bene Ama Molto' translates as 'Live Well, Love Much.' This family motto served as the guiding inspiration for Marissa and Matthew's Tuscan-inspired wedding celebration.

All charming details that went into making this wedding a true celebration of Italian heritage and family tradition right in the middle of California's wine country. Wedding Planner and Designer Joyce Scardina-Becker of Events of Distinction executed every little detail with the utmost perfection. From the coat of arms on the invitation to the color palette, the flower choices, the seating areas, and the scrumptious dinner and dessert, this wedding was absolutely lovely.

Wedding Venue: Annadel Estate Winery
Flowers: Michael Daigian Design
Invitations: Union Street Papery
Rentals- tables, tableware, chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola
Lighting: The Lux
Tent: Zephyr Tents
Barn Furniture: Wine Country Party Rentals
Bars and Furniture: Blueprint Studios
Catering/Desserts: Elaine Bell Catering
Bar Service: Bartender's Unlimited
Cake: Fleur de Lisa


Marissa & Matthew :: Vivi Bene Ama Molto :: Part I

The Italian phrase, 'Vivi Bene Ama Molto' translates as 'Live Well, Love Much.' This family motto served as the guiding inspiration for Marissa and Matthew's Tuscan-inspired wedding celebration. Let me pause right here to tell you that this wedding is so full of beautiful little details and Italian charm that it was challenging to choose which images to share in this blog entry! Thus, I decided to split the wedding into 2 blog entries so that I could include more images that I usually post. (And if you're reading this on your smartphone, the images should load quickly.) So, to Marissa and Matthew as you begin your journey together, may you live well and love much. 

{Much LOVE to the following Wedding Pros who made every part of this wedding beautiful}

{See Marissa & Matthew :: Vivi Bene Ama Molto :: Part II here}

Event Planner and Designer: Events of Distinction
Wedding Venue: Annadel Estate Winery
Flowers: Michael Daigian Design
Officiant: Rev. Peader Dalton
Invitations: Union Street Papery
Rentals- tables, tableware, chairs: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola
Lighting: The Lux
Tent: Zephyr Tents
Barn Furniture: Wine Country Party Rentals
Bars and Furniture: Blueprint Studios
Catering/Desserts: Elaine Bell Catering
Bar Service: Bartender's Unlimited
Cake: Fleur de Lisa
Wedding Gown: Amy Kuschel
Hair/Makeup: JS Makeup Artistry


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