What a pleasure this was for me! Traci and Nick, along with their family and friends showed their love and support for one another openly. There is nothing more beautiful in life than that! It doesn't hurt that Traci and the location were stunningly gorgeous. Meanwhile Nick is dashing and funny, so laughter and smiles also had a strong presence throughout the day. For all of these reasons, and more, I don't doubt that these two will enjoy many lovely years together.
As if I could ask for more, the day before the wedding, amazing local photographer, T.J. Salsman, was generous enough to spend several hours showing me around his favorite spots in Napa for photos. This was invaluable and really helped me deliver a gorgeous set of images for Traci and Nick.
And since I was shooting without my usual partner in crime, I was blessed to have another wonderful local photographer, Sara Wilbur, second shoot with me. She was so great that I didn't feel completely lost without my ninja photographer at my side. That says a lot. Yes?!
To top all of that off, I was home. My aunt lives 20 minutes from Napa so I was able to stay with her for a few days and spend time with my cousins. My mom, brothers, grandmother, aunts, uncles and friends are only another 40 minutes from there and I got to spend time with them too!
In closing, California is awesome. I can't wait to shoot another wedding there (soon, please)....
From the bride:
In the presence of God, surrounded by our family and closest friends, with perfect weather in wine country, our wedding was more than we could have ever dreamed. Such an intimate wedding, with only nineteen guests, made everything personal and meaningful! Travel, food and wine have all played a role in our relationship and we were able to incorporate each into our special day: destination wedding in wine country with a reception dinner at the highly acclaimed Bottega under the direction of celebrity chef Michael Chiarello.
Dress Designer: Enzoani- Harmony gown Hair & Makeup Artist: Jocelyn, Bella Bridal Bride’s Shoes: Ivanka Trump Ceremony Venue: Churchill Manor Reception Venue: Bottega Restaurant Groom’s Apparel & Accessories: Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Co. (cuff links) Cake: Sweetie Pie's and Cate & Co (small gluten free cake) Florist: Garaventa's Florist & Gifts