Weddings

Mountain Winery Wedding

March 26, 2017

Today’s Mountain Winery Wedding was all I could dream about and reminded me of just how much I love my job. First of all seeing my couple completely in love. Walking hand in hand. Mingling with their guests. Constantly smiling . . . all of these just made my realize how wonderful of a job I have. And then finally spending a day with people who radiate happiness and kindness is a job perk that will make anyone jealous.

And because posts are better with a picture here is one from Italy. The Mountain Winery reminded me so much of the lush green hills of Tuscany. First of all, the winery boasts two Italian inspired facades. All of which make for amazing backdrop for your wedding photos. And when I photographed by one of the large rustic doors of the winery, all I could think of is the beautiful doors all around Italy. And because I’m just as happy as this bride in this photo, it suits the post perfectly.

Here is beautiful Italian soul, the lovely Vittoria twirling in her wedding dress. Taken at the stairs leading up to the Basilica in Siena and that light was just perfect! Happy weekend world!

mountain winery wedding

Mountain winery wedding, Italian inspiration

In addition, to see more photos from Italy go here.

Weddings

Auberge du Soleil Wedding: Ariel + Steve

March 23, 2017

Auberge du Soleil wedding is an intimate and luxury wedding venue in the Napa Valley and Sonoma area. The windy turns through ancient oaks will lead you up the hill to this hidden gem. Only when you pass through Auberge courtyard and restaurant, will you find the breathtaking view that’s worth all the travel. First of all, I love watching guests taking photos on the balcony of the gorgeous view. Rain or shine, the miles of vineyards and lush green hills below make it a spectacular view! And today, I want to share a very sweet and intimate destination wedding.

Ariel and Steve came all the way from Chicago with their guests for Auberge du Soleil wedding. The Friday afternoon predicted rain, but we had clear skies all day long! First off the beautiful bride herself!

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A day that start with a little bling from Jimmy Choo is a good day.
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Auberge Du Soleil Wedding01

Auberge Du Soleil Wedding01

The couple stayed at a cute airbnb just around the corner from Rutherford and  it offered great backdrop for their photos. In addition, the lush courtyard with trees and foliage didn’t hurt either!

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And this is what happens when the bride and groom get ready together! Love this sweet moment of Steve helping Ariel into her shoes!

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And this lovely bird cage veil perfectly complimented Ariel’s attire!

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Auberge Du Soleil Wedding01

Auberge Du Soleil Wedding01

Another timeless classic! The father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle! Love all of the cedar wood beams of Auberge balcony.

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Another perk of Auberge is this shot from the restaurant balcony.

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And finally, married!
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Auberge Du Soleil Wedding01

Auberge Du Soleil Wedding01

Finally, Auberge is unique in that it has a secluded olive orchard that the couples get to enjoy after their wedding! Photos here are some of my favorites!

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Auberge Du Soleil Wedding01

Auberge Du Soleil Wedding01

In addition to all the planning by bride and groom and the Auberge Staff, here are all the people that made the day amazing:

Creative Team:

Flower: Tesoro Flowers
Cake: Fleur de Lisa Cakes
DJ: AMS Entertainment LLC
Makeup + Hair: Allison Wu
Wedding Dress: Lazaro
String Quartet: Eloquence Strings
Officiant: Natalie King

Finally you can see more Auberge du Soleil Weddings here.

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Business, Engagement, Personal

Who do you want to be when you grow up?

March 22, 2017

Who do you want to be when you grow up? This question was asked so innocently and with a sweet smile on her face. My friend’s daughter is nine and while waiting for her mom to arrive we chatted in the car about school, dreams, and of course the one day career path!

“Well, I kind of, sort of . . . grew up,” I started to answer. And then my tiny friend rolled into laughter. “I forgot,” she said, “You’re already a photographer.” And then she proceeded to tell me how she wants to be a police officer and of course she wants to sleep when she grow up ;).

The truth is, I couldn’t get her question out of my head. Yes, by thirty I hope someone is already grown up and knows what they are doing. But with the ever changing technology, possibilities, could it be that we need to keep on dreaming? Is my life all that I dreamt it to be? Did I allow the “grown up” status to keep me from becoming even greater and better at what I do. Am I stuck with doing what I know, and in my comfort zone, fearing the things that could really push me to greater heights?

If you’re anything like me and wondering the same thing, perhaps today is a good day to ask yourself this and many other good questions? Perhaps today we can take a small step to writing down our ideas on paper? What we want our life to look like? Where we want to make a difference? And take the small steps to making that happen? And in case you need more inspiration, “A year from now, you’d definitely wish you started today!” Let’s do this friends, and let’s not stop growing! Thoughts? Comments? Would love to hear them in the comments field.

And because posts are better with a photo, how about a photo shoot in Paris?
career path, paris elopement

career path

career path

And in case you’re interested you can read about how I started in photography here.

Weddings

Chalk Hill Estate Wedding

March 21, 2017

Chalk Hill Estate Wedding is everything you need if you love Spanish style chapels, olive orchards, miles of rolling hills with vineyards. It truly is a luxury wedding experience. First of a all, very few venues among the Napa Sonoma wineries offer such a variety. In addition to the vineyards, Chalk Hill boasts different ceremony and reception buildings.

Today, I want to share a favorite image, or actually two ;). Right after Caroline and Dane’s wedding ceremony was over, they walked around chapel to get a few minutes of privacy. Soon family and friends started to empty the tiny Spanish chapel. At the same time, I walked around the couple catching the sunset light that perfect illuminated them. When I saw the shadow created by their silhouettes I was ecstatic. Finally, I simply asked the couple to lean in for a kiss and here you have the first image!

Congrats Caroline and Dane on your bid day and thank you for letting me leave timeless pieces to pass on to your family!

Chalk Hill Estate Wedding Photographer

Chalk Hill Estate Wedding Photographer

Chalk Hill Estate Wedding Photographer

Chalk Hill Estate Wedding Photographer

See more of this beautiful Chalk Hill Wedding at this link yuliyam.com

Weddings

Auberge Du Soleil Wedding

March 15, 2017

Auberge du Soleil has all the charm of Napa and the wine county with a luxury appeal. Whether you’re coming from the East Coast or abroad, or simply escaping the San Francisco hustle, Auberge appeals to everyone equally when it comes to finding a serene spot amid the rolling hills of the wine country. Auberge du Soleil wedding is an intimate and truly timeless affair.

Excited to share today Brandon and Jaime’s Auberge du Soleil Wedding.

Starting off the day with Jaime’s gorgeous emerald cut diamond the the MRS box.

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Jaime was so amazing to work with! When we first met she just finished law school and was in the middle of taking the BAR. She’s amazing to plan the wedding in between the prep.
Auberge du Soleil Wedding

The couple chose to do a first look at the beautiful courtyard of the Napa Valley Marriott.

Auberge du Soleil Wedding

Auberge du Soleil Wedding

Amazing florals by Rion Designs

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Auberge du Soleil Wedding

Auberge du Soleil Wedding

Auberge du Soleil Wedding

Auberge du Soleil Wedding

Auberge du Soleil is unique because of its quiet Olive Orchard just at the foot of the ceremony and reception venue. Couples love escaping there after their wedding vows. And these flowers add just the perfect pop of color to the greens of the orchard.

Auberge du Soleil Wedding

The natural cedar woods in the rooms create warm feeling to your reception, but adding this chandelier made the room look even more luxury!

Auberge du Soleil Wedding

Auberge du Soleil Wedding

I wanted to end with this photo, since this truly captures what we do as photographers. Jaime really wanted to capture three generations and her sister’s wedding rings, and this photo is very special to her.

Auberge du Soleil Wedding

 

Thank you to the creative team for making this wedding a dream to work on:

Flowers: Rion Designs www.riondesigns.com

DJ: www.amswinecountry.com

Makeup and Hair: Christi Reynolds Beauty  ChristiReynoldsBeauty.com

Bride’s Dress: Bliss Bridal

Made of Honor Dress: Bride To Be Couture

Paper goods: Honey Paperie  www.honeypaperie.com

Photography: Yuliya M. Photography

See more of this wedding on our Website