Sarah and Stefan are married! {Villa Montara Wedding Photographer}

Sarah and Stefan planned to marry on the coast of California, and after their venue fell through they happened upon a perfect location to say I-Do. Sam’s Chowder House (who catered their wedding with their amazing food truck) recommended the Villa Montara. After browsing some photos online the pair fell in love with the location and excitedly choose this private estate to hold their intimate wedding day celebration.

Sarah and Stefan met at work. Stefan was knows for wearing chucks every day. So it was fitting they decided to keep it casual and comfortable on their wedding day in matching his-and-hers converse. Stefan completely captured Sarah’s heart with his wit and soft spoken charm. During his toast he sang praises to her bright smile, her happiness being one of the reasons he has always and always will be in love with her. She is not bashful with her affection towards him and he glows in her presence.

When I first chatted with Sarah over e-mail, I was looking forward to meeting her and getting wrapped up in the small, cozy affair they planned. Once I “met” them via Google Hangout my love for them was forever sealed (something to do with a green screen beach backdrop on our call ;)). It was magic meeting the two of them in person, immersed in their family, watching the calm and love-filled day unfold from the inside. Their group was small in size yet mighty in spirit. Their parents, siblings, and best friend gracefully surrounded both Sarah and Stefan as they all enjoyed pre-ceremoy oysters and wine. During the ceremony, they all sat with shining eyes fixed on the couple as they said their vows. Afterwards their families ate delicious chowder and seafood from Sam’s. Soft laughter filled the air, and Sarah near floated around the property in her beautiful dress. She never stopped smiling. I felt so much joy being there it was like I was part of the family.

I cannot thank Sarah and Stefan enough for trusting me with their wedding photos! I wish them both so much love and happiness as they start this next chapter in their lives.

Venue: The Villa Montara
Officiant: Jeremiah Johnson
Florist: The bride
Caterer, Pre-Wedding Oysters: Hog Island Oysters
Lunch: Sam’s Chowder Mobile food truck
Baker/Cake: Kara’s cupcakes
Wedding Dress: BHLDN

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November 25, 2015 - 2:47 pm

Natalie Phillips - Beautiful wedding photos. Congrats to you both <3

Vanessa and Mitch are married! {Olympia’s Valley Estates Wedding Photographer}

Vanessa and Mitch got hitched at Olympia’s Valley Estates in a country, laid back, charming, rustically elegant, sunny, windy, perfect wedding celebration. Vanessa got ready with a few of her nearest and dearest friends, going back years and sharing a love of softball and cross fit. Her and Mitch planned for the guys to spend the day relaxing and counting down the minutes until they were married. Having Mitch’s uncle perform the ceremony was lovely and after they shared their first kiss he handcuffed them together in his announcement of the new couple, husband and wife stuck together forever:)

I loved their reception, the flow, the toasts, the food (it was delicious), and the glorious sunset walk we took during dinner. Escaping for a few moments in the warmest, golden fall light was beyond words. I was so glad to be there to share in their day. They are a well matched pair, they are best friends and it shows. Vanessa and Mitch share a love for work, their dogs, and being outside enjoying each other. Mitch surprised Vanessa with a horse bridle before the wedding and she teared up thinking about the horse they will soon share. After all of the incredibly touching moments, Vanessa and her dad opened the dance floor and started the night off with a bang. I loved every second of their day. I hope you have years of happiness and joy surrounded by family and ponies. AThank you for allowing me to document your fun-filled day!

Venue: Olympia’s Valley Estates, Petaluma California
Wedding Coordinator/Planner: Danielle Walker @ Kai Squared Events
Officiant: Dennis Dutra, Mitch’s Uncle
DJ: AMS Entertainment
Florist: Vanda Floral Design
Caterer: Lombardi’s
Baker/Cake: Forget-Me-Not Cakes
Hair and Make-up Styling: Christina Dion-Deane
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaids Dresses: All different designers
Tuxedos:  Men’s Warehouse