Your knight in shining armor has asked for your hand in marriage…what’s next? Wedding Planning, although exciting, can be a daunting task with so many details and wonderful choices to consider. That said, a big wedding may not be your idea of the perfect choice for you. If you have ever considered eloping, you are not alone! Napa Valley is a fantastic choice for an intimate elopement; it could be just the two of you getting away for a romantic ceremony. How does that sound? Amber and Eric made this wonderful choice and were married in an intimate ceremony at Churchill Manor and, I must say, it was perfect! The bride’s walk down the isle was quite impressive and dramatic with Churchill Manor as the backdrop. Amber chose a lovely white street-length wedding dress and her flowers of choice were yellow roses by Garaventa’s Napa Valley.
Spring…a time for new beginnings, opportunities and time to contemplate the future. My favorite time of year! I always look forward to the display of new plant life~flowers, the vineyards of Napa Valley shooting forth their tiny grape leaves and I especially enjoy the cherry blossom and dogwood trees. And, as in nature, it is a new beginning for the graduating seniors of 2012. Rachel wanted to do some senior photos on location at various sites in our beautiful valley. Here is a taste of some of the photos we took on our photo adventure. Congratulations and best wishes to you Rachel~you have a bright future ahead!
Capturing real moments in time is something I never tire of ~ in fact, it is a driving force in the work Mark and I create together. I love it that people have a comfort level with us to reveal their true emotions, no stiff or forced expressions, just be themselves! Reiko and Malcom traveled from Japan for their destination wedding at Churchill Manor, which speaks volumes for this fantastic venue. We have photographed many weddings at Churchill Manor for couples that have traveled, not only from out of state but from out of the country. If you are looking for a Napa Valley wedding venue where all the details are skillfully taken care of for you (with your input), you really owe it to yourself to check out Churchill Manor.
The photo of Reiko and Malcom in this series during the recessional is one that I particularly like because it is like a two-part story. Part one is the joy of the bride soaking up every delicious moment of her ceremony by taking a glance back at her clapping guests and enjoying the rose-petal celebration. Part two is the obvious look of pure joy on the look of the groom with his new wife.
It is always a delight to make a memory for this family each year with a series of portraits. I love it when the family pet(s) is included ~ they are, of course, a part of the family!
Another fantastic winter destination wedding at Churchill Manor in Napa! The weather has been so mild this winter that even the roses are blooming! This intimate gathering for seventeen was a perfect way to celebrate their marriage. The guests enjoyed dining at a beautifully-adorned, candle-lit table beneath one of the many chandeliers that romantically light up Churchill Manor. A toast by one of the guests included a “Big Hunk” candy bar, making reference to the groom.