Intimate Italian Villa Wedding | Sonoma

At a friends pool party 2 years ago, Erik and Jeff met. Last fall (on a cascading lemon grove overlooking the Amalfi Coast in Italy) they were engaged. And this weekend (at an intimate ceremony surrounded by their family and closest friends) they were married in Sonoma.

To evoke the romanticism of their engagement in Italy, they rented Villa Montebella (an Italian-style private villa) on a hilltop overlooking the Wine Country. It was a stunning backdrop for a wonderful wedding weekend.

After an emotional ceremony officiated by a dear friend, everyone escaped the warmth of the afternoon sun into the villa's wine caves. A kings-table decorated with candles, succulents (by the uber-talented folks at Tesoro), and lots of lemons(!) was the perfect setting for an amazing Italian dinner created by the wonderful chefs at Elaine Bell. It was a perfect way to celebrate the love of this fabulous couple.

{venue} Villa Montebella
{florals} Tesoro Flowers
{catering} Elaine Bell
{baker} Sweet Inspirations Bakery

Newborn Session | San Francisco

I've had the pleasure of knowing this wonderful family since they decided to tie the knot, photographing their engagement, wedding, and even Ray's dental practice.  I couldn't wait to get pictures of their newest handsome fella.  Colin was ready for his first modeling gig, and Puri the puppy got into the action as well.  I'm excited to keep up with Ray and Jane as their family grows.

A Perfect Day for a Perfect Wedding at Auberge du Soleil

Last weekend was one of the nicest weekends we've had in the Wine Country... not too hot, not too cold... just perfect for this beautiful wedding. Molly and AJ held their nuptials in the historic Catholic Church of St. Helena and then headed up to the stunning Auberge du Soliel for their reception. It was an afternoon of wonderful friends and family, amazing food, stunning views, and a whole lot of love.

{venue} Auberge du Soleil
{florals} Tesoro
{baker} Sweet on Cake
{hair/makeup} Bella Bridal
{dj} Dave Tutton

Mustard and Blue Styleboard!

I love it when Snippet and Ink creates these inspirational style-boards. I love it even more when they include photos I've taken! I'm thrilled to be included on this "mustard and blue" style board - it's one of my favorite color combos...

Indian Wedding at Ramekins | Sonoma

Anita and David are one of the coolest couples I've ever met... both are smart, gorgeous, and super fun. Just take a look at their cross-cultural Indian/Western wedding that we celebrated on the 4th of July. The morning started with a traditional South Indian Hindu ceremony filled with many fascinating traditions... There's not space to list them all, but my favorites were the Vratham (tying the Kappu - the holy thread tied on the wrist of the bride - to ward off evil spirits), the Kanya Dhaanam (where the bride is made to sit on her father's lap and is given away as a gift by him to the groom), and the Saptha Padhi (the bride & groom hold hands and walks seven steps together - only then are they married).

After a delicious Indian lunch prepared by New Delhi Restaurant, Anita changed into another beautiful Sari and the Rev. Peader Dalton presided over a western ceremony tying both into one seamless wedding. It was lovely.

Then there was dancing (including a Bollywood routine by the newlyweds!), a delicious meal by Ramekins, pie, and fireworks! (It was the 4th of July afterall.)

{planner} A Savvy Event
{venue} Ramekins
{florals} Nancy Liu Chin Design
{officiant} Your Ceremony Matters
{rentals} Classic Party Rentals
{hair/makeup} It's a Date at the Powder Room
{pie} Sweetie Pie's