Entries in Wine Country Weddings (7)

Friday
Aug162013

Nicki & David Pogue :: Wedding Portraits

As you might have read in my previous blog entry, Nicki and David's wedding was very family-centric. Their love for their family and intimate friends is heartwarming. Since the wedding was so focused on the uniting of two families, I wanted to show more family photos in the blog entry about the wedding. But, there were so many incredible shots of just Nicki and David that I decided to post a little blog dedicated specifically to the bride and groom. Nicki and David, this one's for you!


Thursday
Aug152013

Nicki & David Pogue's Wedding :: Uniting Two Families as One

This blog entry is dedicated to Nicki and David Pogue who were married at Beltane Ranch earlier this year. Nicki and David are incredible people. Their wedding was a very sweet and humble event focused on celebrating with their children, family and closest friends. It was a beautiful small wedding that was extremely family-focused rather than being bride and groom centric. The whole atmosphere was relaxed and joyful, with lawn games, lounge seating and a photo booth.

Fun stuff that happened throughout the day:

  • During the ceremony, Nicki misplaced her vows and all the guests joined in the hunt to find them.
  • David began speaking his vows and then stopped, saying he couldn’t do it. Next thing you know, he breaks into a dedication song he wrote specifically for his new bride. He planted musicians all around the ceremony to join in. (One was even dressed as a Beltane Ranch employee!) David has a flare for dramatics- you should check out his surprise proposal to Nicki which he produced as a film!
  • Nicki and David’s children passed out butterflies to all the guests for a group butterfly release during the ceremony.
  • It was a windy day at the ranch which worried the bride and groom that the unity candle lighting ceremony would not bode well. Right before the ceremony began, the wind completely stopped! The lighting of the candles uniting the two families went off without a hitch. Meant to be? I think so!

Nicki and David made all the right decisions when planning this wedding. The team of vendors they chose were absolutely perfect for their style and vision. Every detailed element was well-executed. Nothing was over done; every single detail in the wedding represented the couple and their family. From food and flowers to serving the best beer in the world, Nicki and David did everything right! (Not kidding about the best beer in the world. Check out this article). Congratulations to Nicki and David and your beautiful family. Wishing you all the happiness in the world! Thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding day.

{{ Vendor Love }}
Location: Beltane Ranch
Second Shooter: Kevin Meynell
Floral Design: Spiral Hand Design
Cake: SusieCakes
Catering: The Girl and the Fig
Band: Trio Paz
Hair/Makeup: Winc Artistry

Tuesday
Feb122013

Brittany & Dan :: Country Casual at Beltane Ranch

Have I mentioned before how much I love shooting a wedding at Beltane Ranch? I'm such a country girl at heart that it delights me to shoot in this natural setting, amidst grapevines and barns and horses. Brittany and Dan's country-casual wedding was beautiful. When you choose a setting like Beltane Ranch, you've already made a good choice for your wedding theme. It's rustic and charming and full of natural beauty. With the help of designer Kate Stanley, the bride and groom kept the decor classically country with succulent-inspired arrangements boasting white florals and fresh lemons, buttery gold and white linens, seed packets as escort cards and burlap accented vases. And now you get to enjoy all the pretty little details of Brittany and Dan's wedding.

{{Vendor Love}}

Second Shooter: Kevin Meynell (thank you!!)
Officiant: Adrian Diaz
Site Coordinator: Clever Girl Consulting
Floral Design: Kate Stanley Design
Catering, Furniture, Lighting: Alex's Catering
Cake: Crisp Bake Shop
Linens: La Tavola
Music: San Francisco Conservatory Quartet
DJ: Fog City Entertainment
Bride's Dress: Enzoani
Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label
Photobooth: Glass Coat Photo Booth

Friday
Oct052012

Sabrina & Dareyn :: California Wedding Day Real Wedding Feature

I'm happy to announce that Sabrina and Dareyn's wedding was chosen by California Wedding Day Magazine as a Real Wedding Feature in the Fall/Winter 2012 edition! We're very excited for the newlyweds! Special thanks to Sabrina and Dareyn for not only letting us be a part of your wedding day, but allowing us to share the images with the wedding world through the print publication too. Our heartfelt wishes for a long and happy marriage to you both!

{Vendor Love}
Ceremony/Reception/Catering: Madrona Manor
Floral Design: Lavender Country Garden Florals
Cake: Forget-Me-Not Cakes
Mini Doughnuts: Dynamo Donuts
Heart Cookies: made with love by Sabrina's aunt
Biscotti: made with love by Dareyn's grandmother
Stationery: Manda Sutijono
Bridal Gown: Gesinee's Bridal
Hair/Makeup: It's A Date at the Powder Room

 

Monday
Apr232012

Carrie & Gijs :: A Wedding Homecoming 

Carrie & Gijs’ wedding was truly a homecoming wedding. Although already married, it was important for the bride to return to the land where she grew up to share a wedding celebration with family and friends. Her family’s 6000 acre ranch of uninterrupted, rolling hills just south of the town of Sonoma was the setting for the entire gathering. The family home was built in the 1950’s and the interior is true mid-century design. Sweeping views from the property boasted cattle grazing lands rather than vineyards. It was gorgeous. 

The weekend kicked off with a fabulous rehearsal dinner at Carrie and Gijs' favorite Petaluma restaurant, Central Market. You'll see these photos first below, with the brick wall and rustic table setting. The restaurant specializes in "farm to table" cuisine and it's so yummy. (I highly recommend you check out their happy hour from 5-6pm daily, during which they serve free pizza and $1 oysters at the bar!) I also had the opportunity during this time to photograph Carrie and Gijs in their first wedding's apparel, with the trains, barns and rustic countryside setting as our backdrop.

The couple’s vision for the wedding day was to make it feel like a bountiful, rustic farmer's market in your own backyard. One of the goals was to source everything as locally as possible, from to the food, to the flowers, to the bowties sewed for the groomsmen. All of the fantastic beer was from the bride’s brother's local brewery, Uncommon Brewers; the wine primarily came from grapes grown on the family’s Wildcat Mountain vineyard; and even the olive oil on each table was produced on the family’s property. Carrie and Gijs also wanted to incorporate the Dutch concept known as "gezelligheid." As Carrie describes it, “It refers to an environment that is cozy or quaint, or can mean the experience of belonging, spending time with loved ones, or seeing a friend after a long absence. It's one of the hardest words to translate into English, but is absolutely everything that we sought to convey through our wedding, as well as our day to day relationships with each other and with our amazing family and friends.”  

And nothing brings people together like good food, good wine and good music. Aaron Jonas catered the affair and every mouthful was scrumptious. In lieu of a wedding cake, there was an overflowing dessert buffet, complete with cakes, pies, mini galettes, and profiteroles. It was decadent and gorgeous. (Since my own wedding “cakes” consisted of Hostess cupcakes and Twinkies, I love when couples opt for non-traditional desserts!) 

To complement the good food was the music. An impromptu kazoo serenade by the bridal party was a hilarious surprise to Carrie and Gijs. And speaking of hilarious, make sure you scroll down and look at the photos from our photo booth. World travelers Carrie and Gijs met through an international traveler’s network called Couchsurfing and couches were prominently featured at the wedding. For the photo booth, all I needed was a stylish couch and a few chalk boards, and the wedding guests took over from there. From couch surfing and predicting engagements, to pleas for help, the fun just kept on going.cakesTo complement the good food was the music. An impromptu kazoo serenade by the bridal party was a hilarious surprise to Carrie and Gijs. And speaking of hilarious, make sure you scroll down and look at the photos from our photo booth. World travelers Carrie and Gijs met through an international traveler’s network called Couchsurfing and couches were prominently featured at the wedding. For the photo booth, all I needed was a stylish couch and a few chalk boards, and the wedding guests took over from there. From couch surfing and predicting engagements, to pleas for help, the fun just kept on going. 

Congratulations Carrie & Gijs.

Rehearsal Dinner: Central Market, Petaluma
Ceremony/Reception Location: Private Estate, Sonoma
Event Planner: Julie Atwood Events
Floral Designer: Spiral Hand
Table Centerpieces: Oak Hill Farm
Caterer: Aaron Jonas
Cheese Purveyor: Sheana Davis, Epicurean Connection 
Beer Selection: Uncommon Brewers
Calligraphy: Calligraphy Girl
Bridal Gown: Martina Liana
Bridal Accessories: Etsy.com
Lighting: Twilight Design