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Churchill Manor Elopement – Brenda & Matt

Are you thinking of getting married and want a beautiful intimate celebration with all of the details taken care of for you? Then consider inviting your closest relatives and friends and having a Churchill Manor elopement  in Napa Valley!  Or, if you prefer, you may even want to have a private ceremony with just the two of you.  Whether you are considering a large wedding or an elopement,  I highly recommend Churchill Manor as I have seen first hand the excellent quality of service they provide.  The following are a few high lights of Brenda and Matt’s elopement.  Enjoy!


Harvest Inn – Caitlyn & David’s Wedding

When I arrived on site at Harvest Inn, Cait was getting the finishing touches done on her hair and makeup.  She slipped into her lovely street-length wedding dress, which I think was absolutely perfect on her and was ready for her pre-ceremony portraits.  Her something “blue” was her polished toe nails, which I interpreted as thinking outside of the box.  : )   On the way to the ceremony site, we stopped at the Wishing Bridge (or as I know it, the “Ken, Mark, Scott, Dan, Rich Wishing Bridge, named after the mason’s sons).  The intimate ceremony was held on the Vin Rose lawn overlooking the White Hall Lane vineyards.  The white roses, which border the vineyards were in full bloom and added a very nice touch.  Last, but certainly not least, before our departure we photographed Cait and David with their dog, Maddie, (well, a photo of her).  I think it is very sweet that they included her in their destination wedding day celebration!

Tra Vigne Wedding – Lindsay & Derek

If you are looking for a venue for your wedding that has a Tuscan feel to it, Tra Vigne just make be a great choice for you!  Lindsay & Derek’s wedding was held in the court yard with a beautiful iron gate as a back drop.  As you can see, Tra Vigne is surrounded by vineyards, which made for spectacular photo opportunities for the bride and groom.  Attention to detail is exceptional at this venue with beautiful areas everywhere you look.

Sylvan Lake Estate wedding – Sarah & Michael

A Sylvan Lake Estate wedding of Sarah & Michael, which is nestled in Angwin in the hills above Napa Valley.  The event was coordinated by Cristina Heald of Heald Wedding Consulting, who was an absolute pleasure to work with from our first phone conversation thru the end of the wedding.  Very kind and capable, helping the day run smoothly and comfortably.  Catering was by Frontier Bar-Be-Que in Middletown.  Sylvan Lake Estate is a spacious property for an event with a lot of natural beauty.  Sarah & Michael added their own personal touches to make the property their own for the day.  In the evening, the soft light from the lanterns transform the venue into a cozy romantic wonderland!

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El Dorado Hotel Wedding – Jessica & Keith – Sonoma Wedding Photographer

It was a beautiful day in Sonoma for an El Dorado Hotel wedding!  We had just gotten over a heat spell and the weather was perfect for Jessica & Keith’s wedding.  The flowers in shades of yellow, green and white, were by Anne Appleman, who has an exquisite eye for beauty and arrangement.  I will start out with one of my favorite photojournalistic images of the day.  While doing portraits of the bride before the ceremony, I had directed her to look toward the window and I noticed she had an immediate smile on her face.  I quickly panned over to the window to see what she was looking at, which was a group of women that were walking by the hotel, and one of them was giving her a “thumbs up”!  How cool is that?!  I thought it was so wonderful that complete strangers were happy for Jessica, and of course, understood what was taking place.  I knew the minute I clicked the shutter that I would just love  the impact of this image.  The El Dorado Hotel is located on the square in Sonoma and is a lovely venue for weddings!

Sylvia Hernandez-Moreno and - July 23, 2013 - 8:03 pm

The most beautiful bride I have seen love you SO much Jessica!

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