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Napa Valley Elopement at Churchill Manor, Lance + Sara

A few photos from our second to the last wedding of the year at Churchill Manor in Napa . . . starting out with the bridal party.











Congratulations you two!

Patricia Uffelman - December 28, 2010 - 9:32 am

Thank you so much for your kind words. It really was a pleasure working with all of you! Everyone was so happy and excited and it was a lot of fun to capture all the wonderful emotion.

Labs are beautfiul dogs and always keep a smile on the face of those they own. It is nice to hear that we captured the spirit of Chloe in the photos, especially from someone who never met her. Thank you for that.

Wishing you many happy years as you travel on the road of life together.


Sara & Lance - December 21, 2010 - 7:59 pm

Patricia & Mark – we can’t begin to thank you enough for the beautiful and intimate manner in which you captured and preserved our wedding day. Looking at the photos for the first time brought tears to our eyes. We are so glad we have such fantastic photos to remember the best day of our lives. Our family and friends continue to compliment us on the quality of our photos. You both are true artists. It was a pleasure working with both of you and thank you so, so much for working with us.

Additonally, when we were browsing your site, we came across your photos of Chloe. As fellow lab lovers & parents, we were very moved by these photos. They conveyed not only her spirit but also the love you both have for her – – amazing work!

Thank you both, again, for giving us the gift of our photos – – we will cheris them always.

Lance & Sara

Memories of Chloe

To me, memory is like a movie projector tucked away in our minds capable of replaying events in time. Photos can also be an enjoyable enhancement to those memories. With the loss of Chloe, I have poured over mounds of photos and recalled a lot of memories of her with great fondness. Here are just a few that I think just skim the surface of her life but give insight into her 15+ years with us, starting out with one of the last photos taken of her just a few weeks ago.


The first time we saw Chloe she in her whelping box with her litter mates at only two weeks old. She was the most vocal of the group and the breeder told us “she’s a talker”. Those words rang true her entire life as she wouldn’t hesitate to voice her opinion at any given situation. This photo was taken in October 1995, the day she came home to live with us.


Family photo, October 1995.


As a retriever, one of her favorite past times of course was fetching. She loved this flying ring we gave her when she graduated from her “Good Manners” class.


She was always somewhat of an opportunistic mischief magnet and did not hesitate to dig in the sand that Mark was getting ready to use for laying brick in our patio area.


A quick spray of water to clean off the brick patio turns into a party for a labrador. I love the splash of light that filtered through the trees.


On a fun trip to Oregon, Chloe and Cover went swimming in the Applegate River.


“Super Chloe” – Up at Wild Horse Valley Ranch retreiving bumpers. So focused!


“Mustard Chloe” – Field training day at Ornbaun Kennels.


She never questioned all the silly things that I tried with her for a photo.


And, believe me, Mark and I tried a lot of different photo scenarios with these two. We call this one “Party Time”. Chloe showed Cover the ropes; by example she showed him that if we “sit / stay” and “watch” there was probably going to be a cookie in their near future. The studio lights didn’t even phase them.


“Bongo, Bongo” – Chloe in Mark’s Aviator glasses with his bongo drums from when he was a kid.


Justin (right) joined the family when Chloe was already twelve years old. He is so full of energy and youthfulness and a delight to have around. Chloe had her own opinion and would be quick to let us know when his energetic plans conflicted with hers. She really always was a talker!


A sweet photo of Chloe and Cover, 2009. She always watched over him.


Chloe was our introduction into the world of labrador retrievers and handled that role in ways that often exceeded my expectations. It was a beautiful journey and we will miss our pretty girl.

Patricia Uffelman - November 19, 2010 - 3:11 pm

Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts! I did enjoy going back in time and remembering all the fun times we had and had captured in photos.

Jo Ann Murana - November 19, 2010 - 10:23 am

Oh, l was so touched by the pictures, some made me cry and some made me smile. I am glad l got to know Chloe, she was such a good girl. I will miss her, but you made her life so wonderful and she knew it. Thanks for sharing your special memories with us. Love you.

Michelle Bauer - November 19, 2010 - 9:06 am

I loved the family photo and ohhh the bone on Chloe’s nose too. What a nice album to view, thank you for sharing auntie. You can really see her personality in these photo’s. Even though we met only once I feel like I know her through these pictures.

Andrea Murana - November 18, 2010 - 11:14 pm

Auntie Pat, I really enjoyed these pictures and your clever comments too. They all made me smile! My favorite photo is of “Super Chloe”! What a great shot! What a great dog…she will be missed as much as she was loved.

Thank you for sharing,


Carneros Inn Elopement – Napa Valley – Ashley & Sarah

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — October is the new June for weddings. We’ve been so busy shooting weddings that I haven’t had much time to blog but we recently received a nice hand-written note from Ashley and Sarah that I wanted to share. It is so special these days when someone takes the time from their busy schedules to show their appreciation in this way. We love hearing feed back from our couples! I chose a few favorites from their elopement at The Carneros Inn and Spa to share.


The Farm at Carneros Inn receives a lot of rave reviews for their fine cuisine.



The bride was so happy and beautiful. Here is a really dream-like portrait of her before the ceremony.


I love the environmental layers in this photo of the groom.


This was just a few minutes before they walked down the isle together.


An intimate ceremony was performed by Rev. Blane Ellsworth of Wedding Ministries in the Carneros Inn apple orchard.


The ring exchange.


The family shared their joy with the couple.


Brooke Baglietto, the Wedding Specialist at Carneros Inn (who wears many hats) chaueffeured the group to their post ceremony celebration. If you are getting married at Carneros Inn, Brooke will make your experience a wonderful one with her attention to detail and cheerful attitude.



This couple had great flare. ; )


And last, but not least, their kind words of appreciation. Thank you for the note Ashley & Sarah–it really means a lot to us.


Wishing you both the very best!

Juliane - October 11, 2010 - 3:40 pm

So breathtakingly beautiful – you’ve captured the moments as they’d exist in memories. wall art

Napa Valley Wedding / Harvest Inn / Mary & Gerard Teaser

Once in a blue moon . . . two people reconnect thirty five years after they knew each other in high school. This is a true love story of a fantastic couple; we were very pleased they chose us to photograph their wedding day at Harvest Inn.




Venue: Harvest Inn

Coordinator: Amy Bridges Events

Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering

Flowers: Tesoro

Cake: Fleir di Lisa Cakes

Officiant: Rev Peadar Dalton

Entertainment: Mersey Beach

Flutist: Eleanor Farjeon

Lighting: Classic Party Rentals

Napa Valley Elopement Photography / Churchill Manor / Vicki & Stephen

This wedding was a little out of the ordinary for us and really quite interesting. You see, two sisters were married on the same day, same venue, approximately fifteen minutes apart. We photographed the first couple’s nuptials and then photographed them watching the second couple’s ceremony at Churchill Manor in Napa.


When we arrived, the bride was doing a few finishing touches.



The bride wore a heart necklace, which was a gift from the groom.



This shot shows the beginning of the second ceremony with the first bride and groom watching.



Sharing a little Napa bubbly with their friends.




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