Bring On The Party – My Top 10 Night Wedding Photos

Being one who finds mischief to be one of the best forms of entertainment – I can’t help but love some night/reception photos at weddings – let’s face it – you add some music, some alcohol, and some really happy people and mischief is sure to abound.

This is a collection of just a few of my favorite nighttime reception photos from my weddings in 2014.

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And for the more adventurous souls – a night hike with available afterglow and/or moonlight sometimes makes for the best photos after sunset without adding any extra lighting.night-wedding-photos17

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The best photos may be the ones I can’t share – but hopefully these give a taste of the party the way I see it.

Arista Winery Wedding Photos with Caleb and Wade

Arista winery is one of those wedding locations that begs you to explore for hours on end. I could have spent the full day hiking around finding new and different spots to create epic images with Wade and Caleb (they got engaged while doing an 18 mile hike in the Marin headlands!)

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You couldn’t ask for a more dapper group of groomsmen down for the cause of celebrating.03-arista-winery-wedding    10-arista-winery-wedding    11-arista-winery-wedding  13-arista-winery-wedding

Congrats Caleb and Wade – your smiles are infectious and your friends/family some of the happiest I’ve seen. Thanks for reintroducing me to oysters and sharing your day with me.

The wedding pros who made it happen:

Coordinator: So Eventful

Location: Arista Winery/Meredith

Catering: Tasha Deserio

Band: Belle Monroe and Her Brewgrass Boys

Florist: Dragonfly

String Trio: Skyline Ensemble

 

Choosing the Right Watch For Your Wedding

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How to Choose a Watch for Your Wedding Day

Long past is the time where it was okay for a groom to wear a tux and be done. You need to think about your accessories too. And, for most grooms, that mainly consists of shoes, pocket square, tie, cufflinks and watch. The watch is one of the most important parts of your wedding outfit – how will you tell whether your bride is late if you don’t have a watch to wear?

Deciding on which watch is for you can be a difficult one. There’s one rule however, whatever you’re wearing, that you should look for luxury in your watches. Stick to the big names, such as Patek Philippe, and you know that you’re getting a watch that will last you a life time.

The Morning Suit

If your wedding is of the formal kind, then only a smart, formal watch will do. Your morning suit will consist of a morning jacket, waistcoat and trousers, and if you’re going for the most formal of formal, a top hat too. You should choose a watch which matches this level of attire. Stick to leather straps, and choose a face with clean lines, without gadgets or (too many) complications for a simplistically beautiful look. Take a look at these images on Pinterest for inspiration.

The Classic Three Piece

If you’re sporting a slightly less formal suit and have opted for the classic three piece suit, then a formal watch might be too much. Wearing black? Spice it up with silver accessories (provided this matches with your bride of course) such as a white gold or silver watch and a silver or grey pocket square. With your watch you can get a little bit more extravagant with the complications or the colour. Go for an ultra shiny, sporty watch that says Bond, James Bond and you’ll have the ideal watch for your wedding.

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Casual Cool

With a more casual wedding, you can play with pattern, print and colour, as well as with your accessories. Think colored suits, patterned waistcoats, check shirts, braces and neckties (though perhaps not all at once). Have fun, but keep yours and your groomsmen styled perfectly, i.e. don’t go overboard. This means that you have free reign with the watch that you wear. Nothing too flashy or over the top, and you’ll match the tone of the whole do perfectly.

Another factor to think about while buying a watch for your wedding is that not only should it match your wedding outfit, but also your style. You want to be able to wear your big investment after the wedding too.

 

Harper’s Bazaar India Feature

In case you’re not up on your fashion magazines, Harper’s Bazaar’s claim to fame – it was America’s first fashion magazine – and they happen to be in India as well! When the publishers contacted me about possibly including an image for this issue, I pitched them Lisa and Shantanu’s complete wedding from BR Cohn Winery in Kenwood, CA (just outside of Sonoma).

I was blown away when I received my copy of the magazine and saw that they had given us a full 4 page feature!!

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Can’t wait to share the rest of this wedding on the blog soon!!

Thanks to an awesome team that made it all happen:

Catering: Amber India
DJ, Dhol: Music Mantra
Bridal Henna: Ravie Kattaura

Josh and Tia – Stryker Sonoma

Josh and Tia’s Styker Sonoma wedding was done right – Tia wanted white on white on white all in the midst of a vineyard (we’re talking on the dirt, in between rows of grapes ripe for harvest)

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Every detail from the dress, to the shoes, to the reception amongst the vines was over the top perfect!!

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How can you argue with a perfect pair of Jimmy Choo shoes! (if I were a girl – or if I wore girls clothes…. I’d definitely have a pair of Jimmy in the closet)

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Tia and Josh were total class acts and it was a ton of fun spending the day with them and seeing how happy they were around each other and with their guests!

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Literally in the middle of a vineyard, eating dinner!

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