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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!

Another milestone for Chloe

If, as they say, one year of a dog’s life equals seven people years, then Chloe turning 15 on August 17th would make her 105 years old. Like anyone getting along in years, she has had her challenges in the past year which we worked through with a lot of TLC and she is enjoying her golden years. Here are a few photos that were taken today.





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Michelle Bauer - November 17, 2010 - 7:09 pm

Precious moments…. in our hearts forever.

Patricia Uffelman - August 24, 2010 - 3:54 pm

Hey, it worked this time! Hurray! In the last photo, Chloe was laying on my lap and just happened to rest her head on me. She is a sweet old girl. We all need to get together again and continue our “photo story”. Love ya!

Jo Ann - August 24, 2010 - 3:04 pm

Well, this is my second attempt to post my comment, seems my last one disappeared. Just love how you capture the feeling behind the photo, it almost speaks to you. My fave is the last one, reminds me of the one you took of Mom and Tasha. Love you for all you do.

Patricia Uffelman - August 20, 2010 - 8:58 am

Thanks everyone. Chloe really is a sweet heart and she seemed to actually enjoy being photographed again. Haven’t had the opportunity to do photos of her for quite some time but she has been our “model” for many portraits, starting when she was just six weeks old.

Ron & Pam - August 18, 2010 - 10:56 pm

A lot of love…thank you!

Michelle Bauer - August 17, 2010 - 9:18 pm

Perrrrrrrfect 10 beeeeeeautifully done auntie P and uncle Mark! I really like the black and white picture. (hugs)

Andrea Murana - August 17, 2010 - 9:04 pm

Ohhhhh!! What wonderful, lovely photo’s! My favorite is where Chloe has her eyes closed and is resting on your chest. How sweet!



Heather & Andrew

Yes, Napa Valley has it’s lush vineyards and we have photographed many events in and around them. The Carneros Inn and Spa is surrounded by vineyards and mountains, and for Heather and Andrew’s ceremony, they were married in the early evening in what is known as the apple orchard, which you will see photos of below.


Upon arrival at any venue, we photograph our “scene setters” so that you remember the beautiful venue you chose to have your wedding at, along with the details. As photographers, we are always on the look out for new and engaging ways to photograph venues even though we may have been there many times before.


Next, I meet up with the bride and Mark meets up with the groom for some pre-ceremony shots.



Here are some of the details captured at the bride’s suite that have special significance. First up, Heather’s bouquet with Andrew’s mother’s ring secured to it with a strand of pearls.


As the bride was dressing, I noticed underneath her wedding gown were her initials and her future husband’s initials with their wedding date hand-stitched by the bride. I’d imagine that when the bride was stitching this inside her gown, she was thinking about her wedding day along with the start of her new life together with her husband. Nice touch, Heather!


Badgley Mischka . . . pretty in pink shoes. Classy!


Ready to walk his daughter down the isle.


I love this portrait of the bride taken during the ceremony with the beautiful sun on her face and her attentive expression.


Ceremony performed by Rev. Blane Ellsworth of Wedding Ministries.


There is nothing like being showered with rose petals at the conclusion of the ceremony by your guests.


Last, but not least, a few romantic bride and groom together photos.




Congratulations you two!

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