Thea and Jamie, Gundlach Bundschu Winery (Gun Bun), Son...

Thea and Jamie had a beautiful New Year’s winter wedding last January, at GunBun in Sonoma.  Winter can be really tricky for shoots for obvious reasons (cold, short, rainy days), but when the sun is out, and people are bundled up, it’s hard to argue with the light.  Perfect, low, warm light all day?!  I love it!

Venue: - Gun Bun

Event Planner – Lindsey Nickel, Lovely Day Events

Catering – the girl and the fig

Hair and Makeup – Artistry by Danika

Personal and behind the scenes photos, Triple S Ranch, ...

I had such a great team to work with for the shoot we did at Triple S Ranch.  One of the perks of working in the wedding industry is the camaraderie between colleagues – and another is that so many of us are women, and mothers!  So what a treat it was to bring along my daughter (and flower girl model), and to get to meet Courtney’s baby daughter as well.  Isn’t she the cutest?!  Symphony was super fascinated with her (actually, everyone was), and she was passed from arm to arm as we all helped with the setup, shooting, and childcare.  It’s pretty great that everyone there was happy to hold her and help keep her happy and entertained.  I love the example we were setting for my own daughter of strong women working to create beauty, business, creativity, and care for the children.  Symphony had the time of her life, dressed in a sparkly, dreamy dress; playing with grown ups; getting to eat doughnuts and look at cake; helping to care for/ feed baby Everly; performing on the stage; carrying around fancy flowers, and so on.  We are very lucky to have this work in our lives.

A few more with our sweet and beautiful friend, Krista, in her Truvelle gown:

Donuts! Sequined Spectacular shoot at Triple S Ranch, ...

For the last part of this recent, pretty inspiration shoot, which was featured on Glamour and Grace, I’m showcasing: donuts!  Freshly made on site, drizzled and sprinkled by hand with care, and consumed by the fistful by, well, me.  And Symphony, and our model Krista, and I think everyone except for the 6 month old baby Everly.

We were super lucky to have over a dozen amazing vendors who are in very high demand collaborating on this shoot with us.  We had a lot of awesomeness going on!  And although we had a beautiful cake from The Whole Cake, and a delicious spread of charcuterie and snacks from the girl and the fig (who I will never, ever tire of working for/ with.  More on them on my blog soon!), we had the chance to have Harvey’s Donuts come to make fresh mini donuts on site.  Ultimately, I decided to keep the donut pictures separate, so the other posts can flow better, and so that we can have an extra sweet blog post.  So, happy almost-Halloween!  Enjoy (by visual osmosis) these little bitty donuts.

See the previous posts here and here.

Sequined Spectacular shoot at Triple S Ranch, Calistoga...

And now here’s part two of our shoot at Triple S Ranch, as featured on Glamour and Grace.  Here we have an epic, traveling stage (which shoots flames when it needs/ wants to!), outfit changes, beautiful trompe l’oeil backdrop, my sweet Symphony in a flower girl tuxedo outfit (which I LOVE so much!!), and the golden light of sunset at the ranch.  This ranch is amazing, and we only covered a little part of it.  It’s pretty much a dream location, and a great balance of fancy Napa, and laid back country.  Also, there’s a swimming pool for when it’s 100 degrees.

But first…  a little more of that rose gold.  I try not to follow trends too much, because, well, that’s just not me, and because I want my work to be as timeless as possible.  But it’s still fun to see what’s in style currently…  and every once in awhile, it surprises and thrills me.  I never would’ve thought I’d be so stoked on rose gold!  I prefer cold tones; silver and black.  But something about the tones of the rose gold sequins on this dress make me gasp a little bit.  Oooooh pretty.

Flower girls holding bridal bouquets almost as big as they are = adorable.  And this one is especially cute to me, since she’s mine! :)

I repeat: this is a flower girl tuxedo.  It’s totally feminine and so adorable.  I love it SO much.  And with Symphony in it, it may be the cutest thing I’ve ever photographed.

Here, again, are the wonderful featured vendors for our pretty shoot:

Venue: Triple S Ranch, Calistoga

Planning and Design: Courtney Cargile

Floral Design: Daisy Rose Flowers

Cake: The Whole Cake

Rentals: Encore Events

Linens: LaTavola

Catering: the girl and the fig

Donuts: Harvey’s Donuts

Bridal Gowns: Truvelle

Velvet Capelet: Dorothea Couture

Hair and Makeup: Artistry by Danika

Flower Girl Dress and Tux: Doloris Petunia

Stage/ Magic Performance: the Traveling Spectacular