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Yountville Vintage Estates Wedding Photography | Alison & Nick

So here it is.  If you saw the post on Alison & Nick’s rehearsal dinner at Trespass Vineyards, this is the following day.  The wedding takes us down the road to Yountville’s The Vintage Estate.  The wedding was beautifully planned and styled by Jordan Payne Events, and they couldn’t have been easier to work with.

We knew the day was going to be incredible when we walked into the getting ready room and were greeted by a wall of laughter and excitement.  The rack of stunning dresses along the wall didn’t hurt, either.

The energy of weddings this size is undeniably infectious, and Alison & Nick’s was no exception.  The way Alison glowed and her mother beamed is almost impossible to capture, but I think we did a pretty good job nonetheless.

Congratulations Alison & Nick.  I hope you love these photographs.

By: Gavin Farrington

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Mary Sylvia - Oh I love that one of her holding the note during the getting ready shots!

Alyssa Schroeder - Beautiful storytelling. Love those last two fun exit shots!

ed peers - So many great moments… Super work Gavin.

Luke Hayden - Dude! I’m loving your style

Adam Ward - Really great work, you’ve done so well to capture the essence of the day.

Justin - Nice storytelling, you did a great job!

small - Great ceremony coverage!

Albert Palmer - Love their portrait photos together – they look so happy

tobiah - such a beautiful wedding, you told the story of the day and captured all of the family beautifully which is one of the most important parts of a wedding.

Heather Kanilopoolos - Awww that shot of dad looking at her as they go down the aisle… such a perfect moment!!! Awesome work!

Dodie Avril Foxworth - EVERY picture STUNNING! Gavin totally captured the awesomeness of the evening. Sweet pictures of Alison looking at her new hubby:-) Loved them all. Well done, Dennie!

Anton Chia - Great work as usual! Love the black and whites!

Joseph Hall - Such a sweet wedding. Looks like great fun : )

Fotograf Lublin - Good job, they look very happy

Tassajara Equestrian Center Wedding | Katelyn & Mark

Katelyn & Mark’s elegant and intimate wedding was held at a private equestrian center in the Tassajara area behind Danville & Blackhawk.  Their wedding was full of so much laughter and warmth, sometimes it was hard to know which way to turn next.  Laura at Friache Catering really knocked our socks off with incredible food and service, (and how often does the photographer take particular note of this, so yes it was that good!)

Thank you both for such a beautiful event.  Enjoy these photos, and I hope to see you again soon!

By: Gavin Farrington

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Dominique / York Place Studios - Really lovely work, such emotion in the photographs. Just beautiful x

benj haisch - so classic.

Yolandé Marx - Such a beautiful bride and your images are so classy and stylish. They are sure to treasure these forever!

Michael Wachniak - Crisp, clean, fresh. …so is celery, but these are way better :) Love em man!

Alyssa Schroeder - These are so lovely and she is absolutely breathtaking! I just love the ceremony coverage among all the other special moments!

nicole - Beautiful, beautiful work Gavin!

bryan - such great story telling! Love all of the emotion you were able to capture :)

stefanie - i love the colours in these images! So perfect!

Cam Grove - Beautiful work, the shot of the bride dancing with her father with her husband in the background is a standout!

Sonoma Engagement Session at Ferrari-Carano Winery | Lisa & Greg


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Paul Von Rieter - Killer work dude! love the winery back drop. Great color tones.

shyann - Great session Gavin!! Love the fall colors.

lisa lacroix - What a wonderful engagement session. I love the light and colours :)

Teresa K - These are so soft, romantic, warm, and beautiful…gorgeous as per usual Gavin! Happy new year my friend!!

Will Kim - Great session! Love how you captured them so naturally! Love colors as well!

Jessica Schilling - Beautiful couple, beautiful images. Love the colors and scenery!

Darren Gair - Stunning work, so natural, really well done on these…

Becca Dilley - This set of images is so bright and joyous.

Mary Sylvia - Oh this is making me miss autumn so much, love the colours.

kong wai - Beautiful images, beautiful light

Rachelle - Great light and beautiful fall colors. I love how happy they look – you can tell from the photos how much fun they have together!

Joseph Hall - Very touching and intimate – lovely light – great kissing shot! They’re natural models!

Highland Dell Lodge Wedding on the Russian River | Eleanor & Jason

What do you get when you combine two brilliant people, beautiful weather, and a whole lot of awesome dancers?  Eleanor & Jason held their touching and personal Jewish ceremony at the Highland Dell Lodge along the Russian River in Monte Rio.  Check out Eleanor’s reaction to the surprise flash-mob her friends planned for late in the evening.

Planning was yet again flawlessly executed by Christina of Glow Event Design.  The California Honeydrops rocked the party and kept the dancing going late into the night.


By: Gavin Farrington

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Rachael - Beautiful coulours, love the contrast of the green. Great work!

Brian Kraft - Gorgeous! Very well done. I also love that he played the guitar in his own ceremony!

small - Gorgeous wedding! Both of their wedding outfits are fantastic!

Adonye Jaja - yeah Gavin! you capture moments with ease man. well done!

Sam - Gavin, it’s been a while since I’ve dropped by your blog. I can see from all these beautiful images that you are still kicking butt!

Victor Saidov - Wow! What a beautiful wedding! The couple looks gorgeous and very happy together! Great job!

adam houseman - Moment ninja. Love the way you see all the little bits of joy. Well done sir.

Albert Palmer - Beautiful work Gavin. Particularly fun evening shots :D

Anton Chia - Great coverage Gavin! Nice reception!

John - Great coverage – I love the portraits and reception images especially!

Joanna - You’ve captured some really beautiful moments. Great work :)

JC Page - Such genuinely terrific moments throughout this set of images. I also love the portraits by the river – super Wedding Photography Gavin!

Joseph Hall - Very cool, love this.. love the dancing!!

Cameron Joyce - Stunning pictures! My fiancé and I just booked the Highland Dell for our wedding next April. Would love to know which meadow/field the ceremony here took place in. Is it the one across the river? Beautiful!

Gavin - Hi Cameron! Yes, the field is directly across the river among the trees. Do you have a photographer yet? I’d love to talk to you about it. Jump to my contact page to easily get in touch with me.

Moon Mountain Road, Sonoma Wedding Photography | Michelle & Kyle

When Michelle contacted me, she knew exactly what she was looking for.  Brides who are looking for a photojournalistic approach to their wedding photography fall on a wide-ranging spectrum.  Some want a focus on candids, but also want time for detail shots, dress shots, and room shots squeezed in, too.  Others want less details and even more candids.  Michelle is almost as purely photojournalistic in her style as can be, (with the one exception of the sunset hour photographs.)

“No details, no dress shots,” she told me, “if you see something particularly compelling shoot it, but otherwise focus on the people.”  And she understands the concept of opportunity cost, because she gets why people like the detail shots, but then she goes on to wonder what moments are being missed while hanging the dress in a tree.  It’s a smart approach which insures that decades from now, her photographs will hold memories of the single most important thing – family.

She’s also quite the photographer herself.  Check out the shot below where she borrowed my camera to photograph Grace and I at sunset.  That’s no small feat because the controls on our cameras are so highly customized that she’s the first non-pro to ever get a good shot with them.

Of course the story wouldn’t be complete without Kyle, who brings endless drive and a very particular style to everything he touches.  And grooms who get emotional during the ceremony are my favorite.  Check out his reaction as Michelle comes up the aisle, then later during the vows.  Priceless.

Michelle & Kyle held their wedding at a private vacation property on Moon Mountain Road in Sonoma, CA, just adjacent to the Moon Mountain Vineyard.  San Francisco Mission District fans will appreciate Rosamunde as the caterer.


Michelle grabbed one of my cameras for a quick shot…

…and got this fantastic photo of Grace and I on the job.

By: Gavin Farrington

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sam hurd - wow, how lucky you are to have such an ideal client!

Tim Kelly - So many great photographs. I love the photos of the bride with the camera. She looks pretty happy with the camera in her hands.

Jessica - These are just ultra romantic. Love!

Andreas - Fantastic!

naomi - that dancing shot with the parents is a dream. the brides eyes are a dream. so many moments. and that is a really lovely photo she got of you both.

shari - Such good storytelling you guys! I’m loving that shot of you and Grace too, Gavin!

Sachin Khona - Love the emotion you captured Gavin. Beautiful ..

brie - Beautiful. You did a great job of telling their wedding story.

Johanna - I love that there are still brides there who appreciate the real stuff – people, emotions and moments. The second to last photo speaks to me, it’s beautiful. A true and honest moment, if there’s such a definition. <3

Michelle (bride) - Amazing! Exceeded expectations! A++ would hire again. I even love the composition and contrast of the blog flow – nice touch. Gavin is the best! Several friends commented how hard Gavin and Grace were working throughout the event. It shows in the number of amazing shots they captured!! Might need to wallpaper my house with these. I like how Tim noticed how happy I was with the camera – a true reflection.

Joseph Hall - A very sweet wedding, love the evening shots