Bride groom celebration California wedding photos
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Bride groom celebration California wedding photos

Party time! This seems to be the joyful shoutout of these newlyweds as they raise their hands in front of the crowd. We may not see the guests in front of them, but surely, this couple is signaling to their friends and family, the start of an awesome reception party.

It cannot be denied that the bride and groom here are ready to celebrate. You can see them both holding a bottle of wine in their hands that they will open moments after this photo was captured by a talented photographer based out of Denver. How can they not be any merrier when they are now officially a married couple and all the people they love are present to celebrate this momentous event?

At this California destination wedding, the couple and their guests are looking forward to a great party where everyone will just laugh, sing, dance, eat, drink, and make their touching or funny speeches in celebration of the couple’s love for each other.

A reception in a mountainous and nature-packed venue such as this is something that you will dream to have after you say I do to the love of your life. A celebration of love deserves no less than a perfect reception where the only tears you’ll see are those triggered by joyful hearts.

The story of the wedding day and the couple celebrating it ... One of my very favorite things about my profession is that I get to travel to new and beautiful locations to capture destination wedding celebrations all over the country.  In this particular case, I got to spend a weekend at one of the most gorgeous villas I have ever laid eyes (or lens) on; Villa Montebella in Glen Ellen, CA on the edge of Sonoma county.  It seemed very fitting that this wedding was directly following my own personal first time adventure to Italy, as I had just recently come to appreciate Italian culture including the leisurely (& delicious!) meals, the amazing wine, and the breathtaking landscapes & countrysides all along the northern region of Italian wine country.  Kajsa and Taylor were beyond amazing to work with, top to bottom, left to right and 360 degrees around.  Their warm and welcoming personalities were contagious...not to mention the insane backdrops I had to work with for their outdoor ceremony, their romantic couples portraits around the property, and for the intimate reception/dinner in the wine cave.  Mmmmm....  the wine cave and the hundreds of candles that lit it up were unlike ANYTHING I have ever seen at any wedding, anywhere, ever.  And as if all of that wasn't enough, their love for each other and all of the special people that graced their union was oozing out of them like light energy.  My trigger finger literally couldn't keep up with my eye, but I shot my heart out to it's absolute content with a feeling of joy and satisfaction and absolute connection for two straight days.

Kajsa and Taylor came to me by way of their wedding coordinator, Paige Reberry of Colorado Wedding Company.  Taylor is a long time friend of Paige's and based on her glowing recommendation and my online portfolio, they hired me sight unseen.  I knew I would love them (because Paige said so!), but I had no idea just how far I would fall in love with two total strangers over the course of two days.  This is yet another thing I love about what I do and something that has enriched my life in countless ways over the last ten years.  When I spend time with couples, documenting their love as a celebration, clients cross over into the realm of friends more often than not, and in this case, they made the leap within milliseconds of my welcome and instantaneous observation of their warm spirits and beautiful relationship.  Nothing gives me more satisfaction than giving what I know how to do best to people that appreciate the power of imagery and artistry that is, in my mind, what wedding photography is all about.

When I get a letter like this, I know I have done something special... "Oh my Gawd!  They are absolutely amazing, from the portraits to the candid shots, we just can't believe how amazing the photos turned out. The poses/moments, you were able to capture on film are nothing short of amazing. And to top it off, you also had gorgeous artistic shots utilizing the light/angle/subject... we are over the top thrilled and can't wait to share them with friends and family. Thank you does not convey the gratitude we have for you agreeing to fly to California and spend the weekend with us. You are amazing!  We absolutely love them all and are having trouble even trying to narrow them down for cards and framing. :) Now that's a great "problem" to have, right?   We must find a date to meet up, raise a glass to all the effort that went into this amazing weekend and the new found friendships that emerged!  XOXO  Kajsa & Taylor"

To Kajsa and Taylor, I look forward to a beautiful and long lasting friendship with you both!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me in such a special time in your lives.  It was an honor and a gift.  To Paige Rebbery, thank you a million times over for connecting me to this amazing wedding!  You are simply the best & I love you!  To Kelsy Albright, your execution of this weekend was flawless on every level.  Thank you so much for all of your hard work!! And finally, to Alex Rubin, my CA local associate photographer, thank you for capturing the garden party day for me so that I could red-eye it back to Denver for my last wedding of the season.  Your images are a perfect fit and I truly appreciate your efforts and talents!

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