Dawn and Ruben: deLorimier Winery Wedding

Dawn's contagious joy and Ruben's huge smile made my job so, so easy. I loved being a part of this day.

Venue: deLorimier Winery

Wedding Planner: Yesenia Beckman with Ooh La La Weddings and Events

Florist: Pat Gibbons Floral Design

Catering: Elaine Bell Catering

Cake: Moustache Baked Goods

Hair and Makeup: The Beauty Team of Sonoma County

Dress: Essence of Australia

Shoes: Betsey Johnson

Bridesmaid's Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Hairpiece: BHLDN

Groom's Attire: Joseph Abbout for Men's Warehouse

Officiant:  Michael McCracken, Your Perfect Moment

Ceremony Musician and DJ: Wine Country Entertainment

Guest Shuttle: Pure Luxury

Inspired

Last weekend, one of my favorite guests wasn’t actually at the wedding. Dawn’s sister (and Maid of Honor) was late in her pregnancy and her doctor cautioned her not to fly. But she didn’t let that stop her. 

Through the magic of FaceTime, Dana was there to watch Dawn and talk to her as she put on her dress, then she changed into an elegant sequined gown to “attend” the ceremony, and even surprised Dawn later that evening with a pre-recorded speech—the kind only a sister could write.

Listen: Weddings can be huge affairs and sometimes it’s hard to not get upset when things don’t go the way we planned. But it’s often the choices we make during those moments that make the biggest memories and shape our paths.

PS: This story wouldn’t be complete without recognizing Yesenia and Sam from Ooh La La Weddings & Events and Joe from Wine Country Entertainment—especially good people who are great at what they do and can make things like this happen.  ❤️❤️

Emily and Jesse: Whetstone Wine Cellars Wedding

A beautifully elegant and perfectly simple elopement at Whetstone Wine Cellars with Jesse and Emily's closest friends and family. Seemed like we were laughing all day long!  So glad they found me and that I got to be a part of this wonderfully personal and heartfelt celebration.

Special thanks to the kind staff at Whetstone who helped the day go so smoothly!  Just a gorgeous venue, hope I'll be back soon!

Venue: Whetstone Wine Cellars

Bride's Dress: BHLDN

Catering: Zuzu 

Florals: Melody Raye Flowers and Design

Cake: Model Bakery 

Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

 

 

Laura and David: Intimate Napa Wedding

Laura and David are so genuinely happy.  You can't help but want to be around them!  Such a great day in Napa with these two and their families. And, yes.  That dress. 

Wedding Coordinator:  Lisa McAdams, Boutique Events

Church: St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Reception Venue: Private Residence

Catering: The Kitchen Door

Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

Linens: La Tavola

Flowers: Sun House Flowers

DJ: Josh Olds, Boutique DJs

Desserts: Bouchon Bakery and 

First Dance: "This Must Be The Place" -Talking Heads

 

Getting Out Of Your Own Way

So often people tell me they hate getting their picture taken or that they don't have any pictures that look like "them."  And so they wait.  And they don't have a picture for their website.  Or they don't start a project they're really passionate about.  I know that feeling and can totally empathize.  You're probably nodding your head along with me.

But...

What if it's possible?  And what if it's even a little fun?  And what if afterwards you have something that helps you see and appreciate your unique spirit and beauty with fresh eyes and even helps you to share it with other people?  

That's what Friday was about, and it was really, really fun.  Huge kudos to Keather for her radiant smile, adventurous heart and Olympic-level abilities to change outfits in her car.  ❤️

I'd love to help more people "get out of their own way" this Summer.  Reach out to me if you're interested!

 

Heather and Johnny: Willow Heights Mansion

Everything about Heather and Johnny’s wedding was big:  Big families.  Big wedding party.  Big hair.  Big Wind.  Even Johnny’s smile is big. This blog post is going to be big--there’s no way around it.  And yet somehow I don’t even feel like I’m getting started on this gorgeous couple, their amazingly beautiful wedding and all the awesome friends and family who came together to help celebrate. 

Thank you Heather and Johnny!!!  I loved being a part of your “big” day.     

Venue: Willow Heights Mansion

Make-up: Kiss and Make-Up Los Gatos

Hair: Kim Summers

Dress: Lihi Hod-San Francisco

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Flowers: Deluxe Design Decor

Videographer: Major Diamond Productions

DJ: Deluxe Design Decor

Special thanks to my good friend Ken Viale who served as my second shooter/wing man and helped to capture some great moments I’m including in this post-I always appreciate working with you and your crazy, fish-eye perspective!  

Mahana and Kanoe: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch Wedding

Mahana and Kanoe's wedding last week still has me smiling!  The couple invited their close friends and family out from Hawaii to share the Napa Valley with them.  Surrounded by Farmstead's beautiful gardens and truly amazing food and wine, this group celebrated with what I can only describe as contagious love and joy.  So grateful to have met all of them and to have been a small part of this day.  Mahalo!

Venue and Caterer: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Wedding Planner: Nicol of Little Blue Box Weddings

Florist: EV Floral Design

Hair and Makeup: Bella Bridal

DJ/Musicians: KJ Allstars

Invitations: Minted