Sonoma Engagement Portrait { Alana + Tony }

Sonoma Engagement Portrait { Alana + Tony }

Photographing engagement portraits is probably one of my most favorite sessions! I just love the season of the couples lives during this time as they look forward to their future. Planning a wedding can be stressful at times and all-consuming so when they take time out for their engagement portraits to be with each other, play around and go to amazing places this is very special to be a part of it for me.

Alana and Tony are very special to me because they are my friends and I have been a part of witnessing them coming together since the beginning. I had the pleasure of hearing about their first date, watching their relationship bloom and I even photographed the proposal, which was secretly set up by Tony.

The portraits were amazing to photograph as we spent the day in the amazing city of Kenwood in Sonoma County. The leaves on the vines were yellows and oranges which gave a beautiful fall look – not to mention photographing at the right time of day for warm softness. Alana and Tony added their own flair, personality and playfulness with each other to really convey their relationship. My goal and passion in my work is always for NATURAL and REAL photographs which represent YOU!

I want to thank the following places for allowing us to use the property and even supplying us with champagne and wine:

Muscardini Cellars

Paradise Ridge Winery

{ Jessica + Greg } – Castlewood Country Club

{ Jessica + Greg } – Castlewood Country Club

Jessica + Greg had a spectacular wedding day at the amazing Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton!

The details wouldn’t have been complete without the talented crew painstakingly working together:

Florals: Katharina Stuart, Floral Art and Design

DJ/MC: Turner Hayes, Elite Entertainment

Bakery: Cake Delight

Wedding Coordinator: Kristy Moul, Senior Catering Director, Castlewood Country Club

Photography: Angela Gail Banchi, AGB Photographics

Brazilian Room Berkeley Wedding { Cynthia + Steve }

Brazilian Room Berkeley Wedding { Cynthia + Steve }

Cynthia and Steve’s wedding day was absolutely gorgeous and the setting was in Berkeley’s amazing Tilden Regional Park at the Brazil Room.

The day began with bridal preparations at a nearby hotel, DoubleTree Hilton (Berkeley Marina). I love photographing this part of the day as it eases the bridal party into being documented all day and I get to “warm-up” as well getting into the mood and emotional setting of the bride. Plus, details are so important to capturing the day and photographing all of those specially picked details are ever so special to the service I give each couple. My favorite photo from this time was the bride,  Cynthia walking to the car and capturing her dress billow out with the wind along with the fantastic expression on Cynthia’s face!

The ceremony was beautiful and we had PERFECT conditions. Sometimes at this location you get fog in the hills or it is just too sunny on the faces. However, today all was perfect!

In choosing photos which captured the spirit of the day as well as the photos that speak most to me, I loved the “selfie” group photo and the photo bombing groom photo (look closely behind the photo of the bride and her ladies!). These are those totally spontaneous moments that can never be “posed” but only captured by a photographer who is constantly observing and ever ready to whip her camera up to document it!

The day could not have been complete without the efforts of some wonderful vendors. Kudos to you, guys:

Florals: Laura Miller Design

Baker: Indie Cakes & Pastries, Anastasia Widiarsih

DJ/Music Services: Quantum Music Event Planners

Sonoma Wedding { Josh + Yvonne }

Sonoma Wedding { Josh + Yvonne }

What an absolutely GORGEOUS wedding day for Josh and Yvonne! The day began at the lovely and picturesque Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn for dressing and the couples first glance at each other in their wedding attire. I love this moment! It is full of emotion & excitement and I am so blessed to capture the expressions which they will treasure forever. What a job I have!

The ceremony and reception were held at the Sonoma Golf Club. This venue is gorgeous with its hacienda style architecture and warm tones. I love the ivy covered outside hallway/pathway. Perfect for leading lines and dramatic portraits!

A special shout out to all the vendors who made the details and the day go so smoothly:

Florals: Flowers by Rebekah,  Rebekah Saunders

Video: Thomas Hughes Films,  David Rogers videographer

DJ: One Final Touch, Ron Reduta

Rabbi: Rabbi Miriam Senturia, Jewish and Interfaith Rituals with Heart

Berkeley Rose Garden Engagement {Josh + Yvonne}

I am blessed to photograph this wonderful couples wedding this coming Saturday! In honor of their upcoming wedding day,  I am showcasing their engagement session portraits. We had a wonderful time together at the Berkeley Rose Garden. Yvonne and Josh brought some fun trinkets along to their shoot to represent them as a couple and some of those “inside jokes” they share!