Sonoma Garden Pavilion Wedding | Micaela and John

There are some destinations that offer a beautiful experience the moment you hit the county roads. Sonoma, California is no doubt one of them. Beautiful hills and oak trees, stunning views, and world class vineyards abound in this quaint location just a short trip out of San Francisco. It’s truly beautiful and one of a kind.

I recently photographed a wedding at a garden pavilion location in Sonoma. The venue was incredible and embodied the very best of wine country in California. The beautiful houses and vineyards reminded me of an amazing bed and breakfast straight out of a Williams-Sonoma catalog. The bride’s family used to travel to Sonoma on vacation, so it’s a very fond memory for her and part of why they chose to get married there. Most of their family and friends are from the east coast, so the event was a destination wedding for the majority of the guests.

Micaela’s dress was simple yet stunning, which was to be expected as she’s a designer with an amazing aesthetic. John is in finance, and there’s a running joke with their friends and family that he is frugal- which made for some hysterical moments in the speech from his best man. They incorporated several east coast touches, including Italian singers at the reception, and cannellonis delivered from friends.

It was a gorgeous day, and a beautiful experience for both the bride and groom- along with the guests who had never traveled to Northern California and experienced the beautiful city of Sonoma. I know it will go in the books with all the other sweet memories from her childhood that the bride holds so dear.

Sonoma garden pavilion wedding

How gorgeous was this Sonoma Garden Pavilion Wedding! What a classic example of the beauty of love I was able to capture on their big day!

Wedding Planner: Patty Steinberg

Hair and Make-up artist: Sandra Manzo

Ceremony / Reception: Sonoma Garden Pavilion

Florist : Selene Farias Spring Flowers

Caterer: Sally Tomatoes

DJ / Band: Celeste Lear

ISPWP Summer 2017 Award Winning Photo

I’m thrilled to see this image from Michaela and John’s Sonoma wedding place in the ISPWP Summer 2017 contest. I am always pushing to get a better perspective to capture the true emotion and story of the day; and, I love everything this says about all the friends and family surrounding these two lovers at their wedding.

Check out all the contest winners here, and get ready to be inspired!


What is the ISPWP?

The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers is an organization of the best wedding photographers in the world. It was created by professional photographers to raise the standards of the wedding photography profession.

We are a resource for wedding clients who know they want to hire the best and the brightest for their wedding. When you hire an ISPWP member, you are hiring one of the most respected, professional and talented wedding photographers in the industry.

There are many online directories of wedding photographers. Some of them have hundreds, even thousands of photographers. That sounds great because there are so many to choose from! But most of these directories have little or no criteria for membership, they are simply paid advertising links that may include photographers with zero experience and unknown backgrounds who have simply paid the directory’s advertising fee.

Each and every ISPWP member has passed a rigorous application process and is recognized by their peers to be at the top of their field.

Membership Requirements

Professional photographers of all styles are welcome to apply for membership: Photojournalists, Traditionalists, Neo-Romanticists, Fashion-Inspired, Fine Art Cinematic style, or whatever label you give yourself. However, no matter what your photography style, the ISPWP maintains high standards for membership based on experience, talent, integrity, professionalism and references:

Experience: Members must have photographed a minimum of 50 weddings as the primary in-charge photographer. Weddings shot as a tag-along, second, or backup photographer do not count. This is the minimum experience requirement, many ISPWP members have shot hundreds of weddings.

Talent: Members must submit a website/blog/portfolio for review by a panel of ISPWP members. Online portfolio galleries must demonstrate artistic and technical ability. The portfolio must display a minimum of three galleries of complete weddings. Galleries that only display “selected favorites” from multiple weddings will be rejected.

Professionalism: Members must operate in accordance with the ISPWP Code of Conduct. This protects both the photographer and the client, and provides assurance to the client they are dealing with a professional who takes their business seriously.

References: Members must submit 2 client references, and 2 peer photographer references, or be sponsored by an existing ISPWP member.ISPWP Fall 2015 Photography Contest Award Winning Photo

Downtown Sacramento Engagement Session | Kayleigh and Chris

I’m always extra humbled when another photographer chooses me to capture their wedding journey!  I was honored to know Chris from the Sacramento community, and his fiance Kayleigh is as sweet as she is beautiful!!

For this session we traveled around downtown Sacramento taking advantage of the natural light and culture.  Chris and Kayleigh wanted to record places that were special to them when they were dating – favorite restaurants where they enjoyed a favorite meal, bustling sidewalks lined with cafes where they stole a kiss and shared a memory, and historic museums where they dreamed of possibilities together.

I was overjoyed to include Chris’ amazing little girls from his previous marriage in their session.  These girls were so fun and giggly all day!  Some of my favorite shots are the ones where Kayleigh and Chris picked the girls up and dangled them upside-down to throw them into laughter!  I know they will blend into a beautiful family, and Kayleigh will offer so much love to these two young girls.

Working with Kayleigh and Chris was so special to me because it allowed me to show the special connection between them as a couple and as a new family. Thank you Chris, for allowing me to capture such a shining example of a family bonded by love. 

Downtown Sacramento Engagement Session