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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.




It’s our Wedding Anniversary!

Thirty six years ago today . . . August 24, 1974. We don’t have a lot of photos from our wedding day, only 30 photos to be exact. (No, I did not leave off a zero). I wish we had more! Most of the photos in our little album are formal ones with a few ceremony shots and the cake cutting. It was definitely not the “story telling” wedding photos we do for our clients today but, then again, that was not the style of wedding photography back then. The thing I think I miss the most is we don’t really have any candid photos. It would have been so nice to look back and see our guests and family in a lot more of the photos; in particular, my parents. When we photograph a wedding, formal photos are definitely important but we also focus on the joy and interaction between people along with site photos and all the little details that make a wedding special because having that sort of memory years later, is what really makes your photos even more special.


One more blast from the past!


Looking forward to a nice day today!

Jacquie Eigen - August 25, 2010 - 11:27 am

Too cute! You haven’t changed a bit 🙂 Love the blue!

I want the new, updated, and not on the hottest day of the year, re-creation photo.

Pat, do you still have the dress or a piece of the bouquet? Mark, I am assuming you rented

the blue tux, too bad!, would have loved to see you put that on again.

Congrats, you two! Looking forward to #37!

Linda Gabel - August 24, 2010 - 7:52 pm

Where is the wedding party? such a cute group!

Linda Gabel - August 24, 2010 - 7:51 pm

Cat Stevens… Morning has Broken! Every time I hear that song I think of you guys! I still can’t believe its been that long ago!

Blane - August 24, 2010 - 7:28 pm

You two look as cute now as you looked 36 years ago. More imporantly the genuine sweetness of your souls shines through even more brightly now then it did then.

You are two very special sweet souls who deserve every happiness you can experience on this and every one of your anniversaries yet to come!

May God continue to richly bless you both!

Patricia Uffelman - August 24, 2010 - 5:28 pm

The “now photo” probably won’t happen today as this is the hottest day in Napa for the year! (108 degrees, maybe 110) and I don’t think Mark wants to go outside and set up a tripod to capture the “beautiful light”. Had a wonderful anniversary lunch at Mustards Grill.

Michelle =) - August 24, 2010 - 4:56 pm

Ohhhhh auntie! Happppppppy anniversary!! I’d type out the anniversary song but not sure how many characters this box allows me to type (smile). Wedding anniversaries are the BEST! So what happened to a now picture? Hope you have a great anniversary dinner, love and hugs to you both!!

Patricia Uffelman - August 24, 2010 - 3:49 pm

Wow! You have 36 photos–that’s a WHOLE roll of 35mm. ; ) I wonder what photographers did the rest of the time they weren’t taking any photos? You sure had a cute flower girl at your wedding! : )

Jo Ann - August 24, 2010 - 3:01 pm

What a great day, even though you have only 30, l have 36 of our wedding. I guess back in the day, they only took the standard shots. Let’s hope our memories don’t fade. Love you and Mark.

Kristen & Daniel – Napa Valley Elopement – Vineyard Ceremony

A few photos from a Monday afternoon elopement ceremony in Napa Valley. Ceremony officiated by Rev. Blane Ellsworth of Wedding Ministries.


The ceremony was perfectly intimate with just the bride and groom.


Another ceremony photo with the vineyard softly in the back ground.


I love the bride and groom photos following the ceremony when all the range of emotion of just being married is captured.









The choices are endless for how and where you decide to get married. Eloping is just one of them and a perfect choice for many. If you are thinking of getting married, Napa and Sonoma are destinations well worth your consideration!

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