Aly and Casey called me about a week before their wedding to let me know they were sneaking off to Napa Valley for their elopement and wanted to see if I would tell their story.
Being a bit of a spontaneous person myself, I fell in love with the idea and couldn’t wait to sneak off with them without anyone else knowing!
Their emotions were so real, and I think heightened even more knowing that no one else knew what they were doing, this was literally a day just for themselves – really an epic adventure in itself.
We took a good part of the afternoon to explore some spots around Napa and create some beautiful and secret photos! (I’m just thankful that they have now shared with their friends/family and now I get to share with you!)
Thanks Aly and Casey for letting me be a part of your day!
The first time I talked to Kayla and Nick on the phone I knew they were my people. With stories of bird hunting, boat building and all around good fun – there wasn’t a question we’d get along.
When it came time on their wedding night to do portraits, I knew they would be down for the cause to hike up the beach a ways to a private dock (ask for permission later…?) and it ended up being a GREAT call:
I will never question myself about sneaking somewhere I’m not supposed to be – sooo worth it!
Kayla got ready for her West Shore Cafe wedding on property which allowed for a relaxing morning creating images of Kayla and her closest friends laughing and goofing off as the boy got ready next door.
Nick spent his getting ready time sipping whiskey with the boys – but when it came time to clean up, he did so in style and with ease.
Tahoe is all about adventures and one of those is boating. While they didn’t go for a ski session after their ceremony, Nick and Kayla did take a wood boat ride after their West Shore Cafe wedding.
Did I mention Nick’s buddy’s brought some whiskey? (yes, I tried it, it was good!)
About that dock and not asking permission? Yeah.
Sometimes asking a couple to dangle their feet off a dock 20+ feet above the water is just what you need for an epic series of photos.
Thanks so all the awesome wedding professionals who came together to make this a perfect wedding:
Bonnie with Summit Soiree
We had an amazing day yesterday photographing Evan and Emma’s wedding at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg.
Can’t wait to get a full blog post up about their wedding day!
Laurent and Thomas’ passion for wine has taken them on adventures around the world exploring Bourdeaux, living in London and having their wedding in Sonoma Wine Country at Soda Rock Winery. Soda Rock Winery is a gem in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma Wine Country and boasts views, history and details perfect for intimate weddings.
When choosing which couples to photograph for my wedding photography, I’m seeking those who share my sense of adventure and gregarious nature – Lauren and Thomas are exactly that fit. How Lauren constantly smiles when she is around Thomas, their love for wine and travel, it’s all there and seeing them together you know they would be the perfect travel/adventure buddies.
Lauren’s sister Katie was so happy for her sister and was in tears during the first look. How much she cares for her sister was abundantly obvious throughout the entire wedding.
Soda Rock winery gives wedding couples the perfect location for their first look – a rustic wedding barn on property provides seclusion and amazing light.
Elegant and charming – Lauren and Thomas had style to envy at their Sonoma wedding.
Thomas and Lauren could easily be models for my next styled shoot.
Sometimes I ask my couples to do silly things, this time I was having Lauren spin around in her dress when Thomas decided to mimic her in action with his suit.
This barn!! Rustic barn weddings are always for the win, but at Soda Rock Winery, even if you don’t want a barn wedding, you can still use their barn for formal and posed wedding photos.
Lauren and Thomas’ ability to relax and enjoy the day and share in some laughter with their siblings/bridal party made the day breeze by. (I don’t trust those who don’t smile, thankfully there was a lot of trust going on here)
Soda Rock offers several wedding ceremony sites at their wedding venue in Sonoma.
Not only did Lauren and Thomas smile the whole way down the aisle at their Soda Rock winery wedding, but they danced down the aisle!
It’s the small details, the little moments that set each couple apart for me – in their own world having a moment all to themselves yet immersed in family and friends.
Ssshhhhhh – don’t tell anyone, but we snuck into a nearby winery for some beautiful wedding photos and a mini adventure nearby to Soda Rock winery.
The ability to goof off and be playful together is a trait I value in all of the couples I choose to work with.
By this point I’m pretty sure I was laughing as much if not more than Lauren and Thomas with all their goofing around.