So excited to share my best of 2013 show! I can’t believe how fortunate I am to photograph such happy couples and gorgeous locations. Reviewing this made me weepy. So many beautiful couples and emotional moments. I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I do. A big thank you to all of the vendors and locations for giving me such gorgeousness to photograph and a super big congratulations to all of my 2013 clients. I hope you all have many happy years ahead!
With love, Julie
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Posted on 2/07/14 in Best of, Church Weddings, City Hall, City Weddings, Destination Weddings, Outdoor Weddings, Unusual Locations, Wedding, Wine Country Weddings | 1 Comment
I’ve always loved this little gem of an east Bay Area wedding venue! Piedmont Community Center has it all — convenient location, redwoods, gardens, lawns, a lovely courtyard and a beautiful indoor hall for the cooler months or dancing. I was thrilled when Catherine and Eytan contacted me and also told me that Svenya of Chestnut and Vine Floral Design referred them to me. I love working with Svenja! Her work is gorgeous and so original. She created the most beautiful chuppah for the ceremony beside the redwoods. Blue Heron Catering also created a wonderful buffet of food and made sure the day went smoothly for all. And who could miss the beautiful cake by Masse’s Pastries?
Catherine and her family had a huge hand in the details of the couple’s big day. For their handmade programs, Catherine designed a ”Catakshy” family seal, a name that combines Catherine’s first name with Eytan’s last name. Her mother also designed and sewed traditional Vietnamese gowns for the bride and family members to wear during the reception!
Catherine and Eytan and their families were an absolute joy to work with, and I was so pleased when I got this thoughtful note from Catherine:
“We can not thank you enough for your consummate professionalism and astoundingly beautiful work. It was such a true pleasure to work with you before and during the wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer and will recommend you to all our friends!
Looking at the photos is such a joy. It’s like reliving the joy of the day each time, for which we thank you!”
What a thrill to get this note from Catherine and Eytan. I could go on and on about what lovely people they are, and am so happy that they have found each other. What a wonderful couple!
Vendors involved in this wedding included:
Venue: Piedmont Community Center
Floral Design: Chestnut and Vine Floral Design
Catering: Blue Heron Catering
Bakery: Masse’s Pastries
Posted on 1/01/14 in Unusual Locations, Wedding | No Comments
Oh how dreamy! Lindsay and Andy’s intimate wedding at Atwood Ranch in Sonoma was such a gorgeous affair. I just love Julie Atwood‘s incredible styling and Atwood Ranch is one of the absolute best in Napa and Sonoma valleys. Simply one of the most gorgeous wedding venues in wine country.
Despite having fewer than thirty guests, Julie managed to make this large property a gorgeously intimate venue with her magical styling. The property was in all its fall glory and the barn was magically lit with hundreds of candles. Gott’s Roadside served up burgers, fries and onion rings from it’s food truck and Anne Appleman Flowers & Plants did such an amazing job with the rustic and stunning floral arrangements.
Oh and Lindsay and Andy! What a darling couple! Loved their style and their passion for each other. The day was filled with excitement, loads of love and lots of emotion. I especially loved the idea of the Bible guest book. Set with the backdrop of the chalkboard claiming “love is eternal”, guests were asked to write an inspiring passage for Lindsay and Andy and sign it. What an incredible way to start your family Bible! I also loved that in lieu of a cake, the couple opted for a milk and cookie bar by Model Bakery. How adorable!
Congratulations, Lindsay and Andy!
Vendors who participated in this wedding included:
Venue: Atwood Ranch
Event Coordination: Julie Atwood
Florist: Anne Appleman Flowers & Plants
Caterer: Gott’s Roadside
Bakery: Model Bakery
Posted on 12/09/13 in Wedding, Wine Country Weddings | No Comments
Fun at the Vera Wang Trunk show event last night! Melia of Wedspring organized the event and asked me to set up a photo studio setting for a self portrait station. Guests had a blast getting “styled” by the ladies of Vintage Box 1947 who provided gorgeous custom headpieces. The photos are available at www.pictage.com/1526826 for viewing and ordering!
The Gang from Wedspring
The Vera Wang Crew
Myself wearing one of the Vintage Box headpieces!
The Vintage Box 1947 girls doing their thing!
Totally darling guest!
Cropped and retouched versions available with print orders of 5×7 and larger (when subjects appear within pink backdrop)
Posted on 12/05/13 in Events, Wedding | No Comments
Always lovely shooting at Mayacama Golf Club which is nestled in the Mayacama mountains of Sonoma Valley just south of Healdsburg. Stephanie Beer of Covenant Coordinating and Maria Philbin Floral Design did a stunning job with this classic look in Mayacama’s luscious Tuscan courtyard. Karen and Mike and their families were all about the love at this wedding and all had such a great time. The ceremony outside the wine cave and overlooking the golf course was stunning, followed by cocktails on the terrace with a BACON appetizer (gotta love that) and then as the light faded, dinner in the stunning courtyard with candles hanging from the trees. But let’s not forget the beautiful cake by Fleur de Lisa Wedding Cakes! Truly magical.
Vendors involved in this wedding included:
Venue: Mayacama Golf Club
Event Coordination: Covenant Coordinating
Florist: Maria Philbin Floral Design
Bakery: Fleur de Lisa Wedding Cakes
Posted on 11/23/13 in Fall Weddings, Wedding, Wine Country Weddings | No Comments
I’ve been wanting to photograph a wedding at the fabulous and intimate Sonoma wedding venue The Kenwood Inn ever since doing a photo workshop with the incredible wedding and lifestyle photographer Elizabeth Messina. I was thrilled when I booked Holly and Tosh’s intimate wedding and couldn’t wait to photograph it!
I could not get enough of this gorgeous, intimate and classic wedding — and guests surely knew they were in for an elegant affair when they received beautiful letterpress invitations from Invitations by Ajalon. And my BRIDE! Holly was pure beauty itself, in her Jasmine Bridal wedding gown. It took all I had to not completely take over her wedding day with photos of just her. But, Tosh was adorable to photograph, too. He had so much fun and was so besotted by his bride — who can blame him — and the ceremony site and table styled and decorated by Fleur Essence were stunning. I loved the greens with splashes of color.
The dinner was an incredible multi-course meal created exclusively by Chef Snook of The Kenwood Inn. The chef even came out of the kitchen to pass around a plate of truffles! It was a fabulous meal and long and intimate dinner filled with toasts, great food and wine, capped off with a delicious cake by Patisserie Angelica. I think Holly and Tosh got their exact dream wedding. Oh, and then vavoom! Holly changed into her sapphire green evening gown and I went bananas all over again!
The following vendors participated in Holly and Tosh’s wedding:
Venue and Catering: The Kenwood Inn
Floral Design: Fleur Essence
Bakery: Patisserie Angelica
Invitations: Invitations by Ajalon
Bridal Gown: Jasmine Bridal
Posted on 11/10/13 in Wedding | No Comments
I just had to share some if this fabulous wedding as I still put it together for Chelsey and Mark! Look at this gorgeousness! I so loved the coral colors paired with the stone of the Palace of Fine Arts. And just look at Chelsey’s DRESS! There’s so much more to share so take a look back within the next few weeks!
Posted on 11/07/13 in Wedding | No Comments
Last year, a friend contacted me with questions about becoming a wedding photographer, and I had the pleasure of mentoring her most of last wedding season. She was a terrific second-shooter, and I wanted to give credit where credit is due for some of the gorgeous images she captured while working beside me. I directed some of the images while some were all her own. Either way, each is incredible! Thank you, Olivia!
Posted on 11/01/13 in Thoughts, Wedding | No Comments
Yowsa! Julie Atwood of Julie Atwood Events and the folks at ISES really know how to throw party! Julie Atwood, already a talented stylist, worked with Meredith Law of M. Design on flowers and La Tavola Linen to create the feel of this lovely garden and barn event. Back to Earth Catering prepared such yummy food, including roasted harvest veggies and beef shank. YUM!
Atwood ranch is a glorious Sonoma valley wedding planner that organizes events at elite wineries and estates in Sonoma Valley and the North Bay. ISES is a membership organization that provides training for event planners.
Planning: Julie Atwood Events
Catering: Back to Earth Catering and Sage Catering
Rentals: Encore Events Rentals and ATL Events
Linens: La Tavola Linen
Floral Design: M. Design
Lighting: Twilight Design
Wine Tour: Out in the Vineyard
Posted on 10/18/13 in Thoughts, Vendors, Wedding | No Comments
Yowsa! What a stunning bride! Jenna was picture perfect in her gown and tiara! The Mayacama country club was the perfect backdrop for photographing Jenna and her very proud groom, Chris. I just LOVE those wine cave doors and wall of vines and that courtyard is such a gorgeous setting for dinner. Lanterns hanging from the olive tree branches were a special touch as the evening light progressed. As always, Stephanie Beer of Covenant Coordinating did a heroic job of keeping everything on track, including a VERY large family! Congratulations to Jenna and Chris!
Vendors who participated in this wedding included:
Coordination: Covenant Coordinating
Posted on 10/08/13 in Wedding, Wine Country Weddings | No Comments