Did you just accept a marriage proposal and are beginning the new year with planning your big day with a Napa Valley wedding? If so, congratulations! So many things to consider including the dress, venue, flowers, photography and the not-to-be forgotten wedding cake…a tradition you will find at most weddings. Couples may spend hours deciding on what the perfect one is for them. Clue: tasting is the best way to narrow down your choices; after all, don’t you want a cake that is not only visually-pleasing but tastes good to you? But, have you ever thought of how you should actually consume this tasty creation? Should you take tiny bites or big bites? The flower girl below demonstrates a variety of ways to approach the situation. In my opinion, there is no right or wrong way…just enjoy it! Cake supplied by Sweetie Pies, Napa.
Beautiful summer wedding at Harvest Inn, Napa Valley. A few favorites…starting with the bride’s gorgeous long flowing veil.
Patty and Paul celebrated their 25 years of marriage with a trip to Napa Valley and a stay at Auberge du Soleil. Although we really enjoy photographing many weddings and the start of a couple’s life together, it was s a pleasure to have a part in documenting this couple’s long-time commitment to each other! I truly wish all couples this kind of love on their 25th wedding anniversary and beyond.
Even though I have shared my life with dogs all of my life, I can remember how my fascination with the “big cats” formed many years ago when I read the book by Tippi Hedren called “The Cats of Shambala”. Tippi Hedren is probably best known for her starring role in the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds”, however, the book tells of her sanctuary for big cats where they can live out their lives in dignity.
I like to keep a camera close at hand for my own satisfaction and creativity, as opportunity can knock at any given time. As a busy wedding photographer, creativity is not only something that I do for a living but something that I feed on a continuous basis with many bodies of personal work and varied interests. Below is a recent portrait of my cat who provides me with hours of unexpected creative outlets.
I have been wanting to go and visit the Iris Garden in Napa for several years now so when the Napa Register had an article in the newspaper with the dates that they are open to the public (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 27th – May 20th), I checked our schedule and finally was able to make the trip to see this place for myself. It is simply beautiful with rows and rows of colorful irises with equally colorful and interesting names for each variety. Upon our arrival, you could see folks walking through each row with pen and paper in hand marking down which of these delicate-looking beauties they couldn’t live without. Even I, an iris newbie, found my favorites which all were in shades of pink (my favorite color). This first iris is called “Happenstance” and, to my delight, bloomed within a couple of days of bringing it home. I chose two other irises to bring home that day called “Pink Champagne” and “Wedding Belle”. As a wedding photographer, they seemed very appropriate.