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Romantic Summer Vineyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 17, 2014


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Aimee and Michael were married at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma, Calif. on September 16. “We were really looking for a place that had all the elements of ‘us,’ and a venue that would allow us to create a bespoke experience for our guests,” Aimee said. “When we visited . . . it was a blank canvas beset among a bucolic landscape that just couldn’t be replicated elsewhere. The owners were incredibly accommodating, and the site was fully customizable, which would allow us to showcase our Italian heritage, our urban side, and our love of all things wine country while maintaining that rustic feel we had been hoping to achieve.” She walked down the aisle wearing a Reem Acra ruched bodice wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while Michael looked handsome in his black tuxedo, accessorized with monogrammed cufflinks. Following the outdoor ceremony, guests were seated at a long communal farm table decorated with vases and vessels filled with dahlias and berries, and burlap runners. “We hired a specialty cocktail service, and they made craft cocktails with fresh local ingredients,” she said. Her favorite memory? “During dinner, there was a moment where Mike and I stood at the end of our tables and looked down at all our friends and family eating, drinking, and laughing,” Aimee said. “It sort of hit me that we had pulled this off, our vision had come to fruition, and it was even better than we could have dreamed of.”

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Photography: Viera Photographics | Venue: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards | Floral Designer: Grant Avenue Florist | Caterer: Park Avenue Catering Co. | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Hair Stylist: Its a Date | Cake: Patisserie Angelica | Lighting: The Lux Productions  

Navy Blue and Yellow Summer Vineyard Wedding

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 19, 2013

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Madeline and Nick were married at Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg, Calif. on July 27. “We were looking for a rustic feeling, yet somewhere that guests could come dressed up and feel like they were at an elegant event,” Madeline said. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look — just wait until you see the groom’s facial expression, so happy! The bride walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown, accessorized with an all-white bouquet, whereas, her bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses, accessorized with yellow bouquets. “Our ceremony illustrated our love for one another and for our community,” she said. “And we had a blast with the BBQ and apple pie dessert at our reception.” The best moment of the day? Nick picking Madeline and holding her up in the air during the song “Time of My Life” like Patrick Swayze did to Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing.

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Photography: Evan Chung Photography | Venue: Wilson Vineyards | Floral Designer: Bloom Flowers | Caterer: Lucy’s BBQ | DJ: Golden Bay DJ 

Intimate Summer Vineyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 12, 2013

Doreen & Chad 

June 6

Paso Robles, California 


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

When we first started dating, my first birthday present to Chad was a trip to Paso Robles to go wine tasting. We’ve been coming back to visit a few times each year ever since, so it felt just right to pick a venue in this beautiful area. We searched for dog-friendly venues online, and Hammersky was the first one we saw. It was love at first sight. We couldn’t have found a more magical place.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The Irish wedding bell bracelets that everyone wore to ring in our marriage and reflect Chad’s Irish heritage.

2. Since I’m German, we did a traditional cutting of the heart. My best friend handmade the heart, and it was so fun to cut it as the first task we had to complete as a married couple and have our family and friends there cheering us on

3. Having every one of our guests be a part of our day. Some created the bouquet and boutonnieres, some helped decorate, Chad’s best friend was our officiant. It just brought it all full circle.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

We are so happy we did the first look. The moment of first seeing each other away from everyone was just so special, and it gave us time to calm down and connect before the ceremony and really remember it. Going down the aisle, I was a crying fool and barely remember it, but the first look moment is unforgettable.


Nat & Mike

September 10

Napa, California 


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We wanted to have a very intimate wedding from the beginning (we had 40 guests). We wanted to find a small and cozy venue where our guests are not going to get lost. In addition, we got inspired by our friend’s wedding the previous year – they rented a villa in Mexico for a whole week. Being wedding photographers, we knew that the wedding day is going to fly by and loved the idea of prolong celebration and being together with our friends and family. And so we were looking for a place that could accommodate at least some of our friends and family. We looked around for a while and when we finally saw the villa in Napa it was love from the first sight.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. We both knew we wanted to see each other before the wedding for the first look, and it ended up being one of our favorite parts of the day – just being able to hug and hold my husband to be took all the tension and stress out.

2. I loved having one long dinner table – it brought everyone together and dinner was so much fun!

3. My wedding dress – it took me a while to find it, but I still cannot get over how perfect it was! I wanted a light dress in which I’d be able to breath (it was an outdoor wedding in a 90 degree heat, and I didn’t want to have a corset ). Also, I really wanted to have a dress that I haven’t seen before on any of my brides (being a wedding photographer makes you so much pickier for your own wedding!).  I went dress shopping with a friend and decided to try on that dress mostly for fun but when I put it on we both saw that that was the one!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Both of us cannot stop thinking about the overall feel of the day. We wanted a wine country wedding at that’s exactly what we had. It was warm, the air smelled of dry earth, ripening grapes, and wine; all of our dearest people were there, and we felt being absolutely surrounded by their love for us.


Purple Fall Winery Wedding in California

Posted by Kim on Jun 10, 2013

Jeniece & Jeffry

October 29

Sonoma, California


Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

I fell in love with the winery when I was in California with my Mom for a girls trip.  When Jeff  and I started to plan our wedding and we went out to California to get ideas and I never thought I would stumble across the same winery considering there are so many out there to visit.  So I knew that when we drove up how much I loved the scenery, the rolling hills in the background, and of course the beautiful vineyard. It was just so peaceful and relaxing when we were there wine tasting and that’s when we just knew this is what we wanted for our special day.  

Which three details from your wedding were your favorite?

  1. The table setting that our event designer Jolene Sullivan helped create was absolutely stunning with the long wooden table set for 18 (just family). It was just so intimate with the candles and flowers and the perfect settings
  2. The vineyard, I enjoyed just having fun taking pictures with Jeff and I and being creative with our photographer
  3. When Jeff and I chose our colors and he picked out his tie, I went and purchased ties for all the men (Father and Brothers) that went along the same color scheme as Jeff’s tie.  They were all different but matched when we took photos. I also chose to wear the same color shoes and then men’s ties – eggplant.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

I loved loved loved that Jeff and I chose to do a “First Look.” Instead of walking down the aisle we chose to see each other before the wedding.  We chose a location at the vineyard that had these wooden doors and I was behind the doors and he opened them and I will never forget that moment.  It was just the two of us, for us to have that special moment that I will never forget.  It was just perfect and we have some of the best photos taken during that time and right after.  


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