Norah & Chris // Annadel Estate Wedding // Santa Rosa & Napa Photographer

I’m finally taking on the extremely daunting task of catching up on the blog! I have over 50 posts just waiting for me to compose and publish them, so here I go…hope to be sharing more with you on a more consistent basis in the future.

I had to start with this lovely day at Annadel Estate in Santa Rosa, because these two are the absolute sweetest and their day was an extra beautiful one. We loved that Norah and Chris flew all the way out from Washington DC to get married in the sunshine-filled wine country, surrounded by all of their favorite people. You would’ve never known that it was pouring rain the night before. The entire event had such a warm, inviting and intimate atmosphere and every space was designed to perfection thanks to Alicia K Designs who not only did the event design and coordination, but also did all of the floral design and guest lounge areas too. Guests were well taken care of that day, and they got to enjoy so many different areas of the property from the old ruins for the ceremony, to a shady oak grove for cocktail hour to an open field with a view of the vineyards for dinner. I’m still obsessed with the custom structure thatZephyr Tents constructed for the reception. I loved how romantic and elegant the space was while still retaining a down-to-earth, rustic feel that was so fitting for a Napa wedding. It honestly could not have been a more perfect day for a more deserving couple! See more of their wedding published on Carats and Cake here, and find the full list of vendors below.

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Full list of vendors:

Venue: Annadel Estate Winery

Planning & Design: Alicia K Designs

Floral design: Alicia K Designs

Hair and makeup: Misty Spinney

Rentals: Wine Country Rentals

Structure: Zephyr Tents

Catering: Park Avenue Catering

Lighting: Illusions Lighting

Music: Entire Productions

Group for the ceremony music: Mads Tolling String Trio.

Dress: by Ines Di Santo, purchased from Dimitras Bridal (Chicago)

Sash: by Erin Cole, purchased from Dimitras Bridal (Chicago)
Veil: by Lissette, purchased from Hitched Bridal Couture (Washington, D.C.)
Invitations: designed by Bianca Mascorro of Little Miss Press, calligraphy by Samantha Martin of Curlicue
Guest gifts (white peach jam): 3 French Hens
Suits for groom, groomsmen and fathers: The Black Tux
Bow ties for groom, groomsmen, fathers and ring bearers: The Knot Co.
Bridesmaids’ dresses: JCrew
Bridesmaids’ earrings: Whitley Designs
Officiant: groom’s mother: Deborah Davis.

Carmel Valley Ranch Wedding Shoot // Carmel photographer

This was honestly the most inspiring collaboration that I’ve ever been a part of thanks to a team full of such big dreamers and talented, hard-working artists. Carmel Valley Ranch recently built a new redwood platform with views out over the valley and they wanted to put together a shoot to show off the new ceremony site, so they got in touch and there was no way I was going to turn down that opportunity since outdoor ceremonies with grand views and warm weather are totally my jam … and will always be my jam until I can’t hold a camera any more! Christine Cater and her team created the most stunningly unique and inspiring ceremony spaces ever. I loved the hand-painted, art deco-inspired aisle runner full of ombre flowers and the way that it ended in a circular pampas grass altar surrounded by ghost chairs that didn’t obstruct any of the views. The wooden dining table was set to perfection with Christine’s eclectic centerpiece surrounded by hand painted acrylic menus, gold flatware and pampas grass tassels at each place setting. Edith Meyer’s oval cake also had it’s own moment, sitting on an oval table covered in more ombre flowers.

I’m still obsessed with the bride’s beautiful illusion back Amsale gown from Haute Bride, the teal Christian Louboutin shoes and the collection of gold, diamond and garnet vintage estate jewelry from Fourtane that she wore, plus the unplanned but perfect addition of 2 gorgeous horses and a pygmy goat during sunset. From the adorable flower girl, to the couple, to the locations and all of the animals involved, it was a dreamy day full of beauty in every single direction. A huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed their time and talents!

See the full feature and Luke Goodman’s highlight video, (including some epic drone footage) on Green Wedding Shoes!

planning, design + florals: Christine Cater // venue: Carmel Valley Ranch Carmel, California // videography: Luke Goodman // jewelry: Fourtane // bride’s dress: Haute Bride // hair + makeup: Bianca & Kate // bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin // flower girl dress: J.Crew // groom’s attire: Franco Uomo // cake + macaroons: Edith Meyer // rentals: Blueprint Studios

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Liz & Brian // Big Sur Wedding // Big Sur photographer // Anderson Canyon

Words can’t even come close to describing how incredible this wedding weekend was, but I hope that our images do just a tiny bit of justice to it. Liz and Brian are both veterinarians, (Liz actually went to veterinary ophthalmology school together with my brother at UC Davis) who live in the midwest and they travelled out to the West Coast for a magical 2 day wedding in the heart of Big Sur. They are the sweetest, most down-to-earth couple and their weekend was a true reflection of who they are as a couple. They held an intimate ceremony and cliff-side dinner under the stars with only their closest friends and family on the first day and then hosted a larger reception the following day. We experienced all kinds of weather over the weekend and a last minute tent had to be set up for the reception, but it only seemed to heighten the warm and cozy atmosphere of the event. Everything seemed like it worked out just as it was meant to be, as the rain started as soon as we came in from exploring all offer the property and then stopped again the minute their guests arrived. Every single aspect of this wedding, from the personalized vows, to the food and wine, to the trails through redwoods that led to waterfalls, to the epic cliffside views, to the touching speeches and songs were all amazing, unique and beautifully memorable. We were so lucky to get to work with such a stellar team of talented vendors for one of the very last weddings ever held at Anderson Canyon, and every single of one of them brought their A+ game, including our friends Karissa from Coastside Couture, Darcy from Seascape Flowers, Sarah and Melissa from The Hair and Makeup Co and Annie from A Taste of Elegance among others.  It was a special weekend that we will never forget!

Event Design: Coastside Couture // Event Planning: Coastside Couture // Floral Design: Seascape Flowers // Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara // Cake: Edith Meyer // Invitations: Crescent Moon Paper Company // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff // Catering: A Taste Of Elegance // Band: Steve Ezzo // Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss // Transportation: Main Event Transportation // Espresso Station:Travelin’ Joe Espresso // Hair Stylist Day 1:: Karen Nalvarian // Hair Stylist Day 2: Melissa Marie // Location: Anderson Canyon // Makeup Day 1: Shawn Cavlan Beauty Co // Makeup Day 2:: Sarah Nicole // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Tent: Chic Event Rentals

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