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{ a week to remember } mexico . wedding photography

putting down roots. giving time and space to grow

Here is the first of a few posts from my time in Mexico. ( All images Contax 645 | Fuji 400H Pro | Richard Photo Lab)

Mexico Fine Art Film Wedding Photography


As this season winds to a close I celebrated by fifth year photographing weddings. It has been an incredible five years full of discovery, excitement, hard work and bliss! I know that I am doing the right thing when I still wake up excited to go to work and leave a shoot with more energy than I started with. Simply put, photography excites me! I celebrated my 5th year anniversary by giving something back to myself- a photography workshop… A Jose Villa Mexico Workshop! But it was much more than simply photography- I walked away re-inspired and motivated to push my art to the next level. I am taking a step back to strengthen my roots by shooting all film( Yes..actual FILM!)  and giving myself space to reach and grow.

I am incredibly grateful for all of the speakers and sponsors who gave so generously of time, talent and experience:

Workshop: Jose Villa Workshop:
Design and Styling: Lisa Vorce –
Design, Styling, Floral and Cake: Mindy Rice –
Cinematographer: Joel Serrato –
Painter and Inspirational Speaker: Karina Puente –
Hair and Make up: Mar of Team Hair and Makeup –
Models: Citro Modelos and Amy and Erich Mcvey –
Gown: Claire Pettibone –
Styling: Mitra Hosseini  –
Workshop Assistants: Lacie Hansen and Nancy Villa
Location: Hacienda El Carmen –
Table Linens: La Tavola Linens –
Tabletop Glassware, Plates and Utensils: Casa de Perrin –
Paper: Wiley Valentine Paper:
Invite: Papel Paper and Press:
Calligraphy: Purabelle Calligraphy:
Calligraphy for welcome cards: Chelsea Petaja and Julie Song Ink : and

Guest Speakers:
Lisa Vorce
Joel Serrato
Abby Larson
Mar of Team
Karina Puente
Brian and Angela of Richard Photo Lab
Shira Savada

Richard Photo Lab
Cypress Albums
Michael Chinn Albums and Boxes
Velet Raptor
Fuji Film
Ryan Malmberg of Finch Designs
Style Me Pretty

{simple truths} Natural Lifestyle Children’s Photography

Simple truths. This incredible time in your life is fleeting. The moments are vivid and the emotions are pure. There is nothing like it and once it is gone you will have these. Images. Images of the simple life that once was. When they were babes and you shared little moments. Moments like these. mahon

{ apple pressing }


{ fall } Children + Family Lifestyle Photography

What is better than fall colors, crunchy leaves and cool crips air???…beautiful families enjoying it together!

{ nancy + pete } marin wedding photography

When I first met Nancy & Pete I knew I would love this couple – they were self-admitted foodies who were focused on having a fantastic time every moment of their wedding. The weekend celebration that Suzy Berberian created with them was a realization of that plan… Our engagement shoot in the Ferry Building, the rehearsal at the St. Francis Yacht Club and a wedding celebration at  Pacheco Ranch – (a nod to her parent’s wedding). Nancy pulled in other sentimental details  as well such as having her dress made from her late mother’s, custom cocktails from their favorite bar and we even re-created a few special moments that her parents shared on that same soil many years ago. The details and design were beautiful as well. Just look at that tent…need I say more!?

But most memorable was the laughter – Nancy and Pete have a way to make each other laugh that is simply perfect. Enjoy these images that hopefully will tell a bit of this beautiful day.

Wedding Planner:
Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events

Briana Marie Photography

Saint Raphael Church

Reception & After-Party Location:
Pacheco Ranch Winery

It’s a Date at the Powder Room

Heidi Johnson, Sew Heidi

Elaine Bell Catering


Fleurs de France

Perfect Endings

Hartmann Studios

Wine Country Entertainment
(Keith Johnson’s All Stars and DJ Tony Sparks)


Classic Convertible Wine Tours/Antique Tours Limousine Service

Dauphine Press

Calligraphy by Carol

{Exhibit} Museo Miraflores . Guatemala City . Guatemala


I’m thrilled to learn that my images taken for Constru Casa (a non-profit focusing on the housing and education needs of Guatemalans in need)  will be used in an upcoming Exhibit in Guatemala City. The proceeds will continue the good work of this amazing non-profit. For more images and information about my experience,  you can read this previous blog post: 

or visit here:

For more information about the exhibit: invitacion exposición CC 041012 or


{Kelly + Joe } Chateau St. Jean Winery . Sonoma

Kelly & Joy- a delight to photograph. Friends first and a love dappled with humor and a sweetness that was admirable.  Their entire wedding was a joy – I feel so fortunate to have clients like these in my life. When you add fantastic colleagues it creates a wedding like this:

Ceremony & Reception: Chateau St. Jean Winery

Officiant: Peadar Dalton

Caterer: Park Avenue

Videographer: Weddings on Film

Music: Eloquence / “Anything She Wants”

Florals: Fleurs de France

Bakery: Perfect Endings

Wedding Planner: A Dream Wedding by Robbin Montero

{Beauty} life + love multiply

This beautiful couple is expecting twins in a few short months so we decided to take this opportunity to photograph her beautiful growing belly in the beauty of a summer afternoon.

{An Exhibition of Place and People } MEMORY BANK II


For me, it is about slowing down and listening. Listening to the stories that soon will be only relayed through memories. In our busy lives sometimes we easily forget. We all know that realization… a moment lost, a conversation that should have taken place, a story that needs to be told. It is because of this realization that I am so proud to be apart of this upcoming Exhibit. But first…a little info:

Memory Bank II is Preservation Napa Valley’s 2012 community preservation project: an annual, intensive endeavor to celebrate and build awareness for the cultural heritage of Napa County. Partnering with the Napa Valley Museum, subjects have been gathered from eight county areas, from American Canyon to Calistoga. Six professional photographers and one filmmaker are capturing the people and places during an era of great transition in Napa’s history.

August 11- September 23rd 2012

Opening night is tomorrow! August 11th 5:30-7:30 Napa Valley Museum, 55 President’s Circle, Yountvillle, CA

I was fortunate enough to work with three subjects, whose stories and lives touched me. I so enjoyed walking with them and hearing their stories all while being given the immense task of telling just a bit of their story on film. It was an honor and I’m excited with the result.

Here are just a few of the images. I invite you to come to The Napa Valley Museum ( to enjoy the rich lives of these history makers in our valley’s heritage.

Thomas May sits in front of his original Napa Valley home

Roy Enderlin

Arnold Enderlin


{ Shu – En + Brian are Married! } St. Francis . Sonoma

I am so happy to be able to share this beautiful and sweet wedding at St. Francis winery.  You may remember this couple from their beautiful engagement shoot set in San Francisco. It was a gorgeous blue skied day, with the vines transitioning into summer and this beautiful woman became a bride. Rich and meaningful words were spoken during the wedding ceremony, poignant gifts were shared during the tea ceremony and many smiles were shared throughout the night.

Coordination: A Dream Wedding by Robbin Montero

Florals : Poppystone

Decor: Classic Party Rentals

Lighting: ATL Events

Cake: Perfect Endings

Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering

Hair + Makeup: Jackie de Joli

Entertainment: California Mobile Entertainment

Transportation: Pure Luxury

Ice Cream Bar: Cold Stone Creamery

Videography: Thomas Hughes Films

{ surprise! } Surprise Birthday Celebration . Auberge Du Soleil

What is more fabulous than a birthday celebration surrounded by a lifetime’s worth of family + closest friends at Auberge Du Soleil? A surprise birthday celebration!

{melissa + brad are married} st. helena . ca

Where in the world do I begin? This wedding was off the charts with thoughtful creativity, artistic touches and boundless warmth from family and friends.The bride is a super talented artist and she married an amazing Chocolatier…what a combination! This wedding was made uber delicious when you add in Melissa’s artistic details, her mom’s floral talent (Garden Party Flowers), their awesome moon photobooth, her brother’s musical talent and homebrew beer… and did I mention Chocolate? But above all what made this wedding the best was watching the look that they share. Brad and Melissa have that kind of love that makes people just a bit jealous…it’s just that good! Enjoy!

Coordination : Joellen Pope

Caterer: Oak Avenue

Cake: Ici’

Music: Eloquence Strings  | DJ Vinnie Esparza

Florist: Garden Party

Decor & Details: Bride and her fabulous friends + family!

{ solage . calistoga } 5th anniversary celebration

It was a hot summer day; perfect for Chef Sharp’s chilled corn soup, cool bubbles and a splash in the pool. Club Solage members enjoyed the 5th Anniversary celebration and I was fortunate enough to document the fun!

{ Dana + Ninos } Calistoga Ranch . Calistoga CA

Classic beauty, true friends & the scent of lavender with every breeze…it was the scene of a gorgeous wedding. Dana & Ninos were married at Calistoga Ranch following a Rehearsal Dinner of Spanish Guitar, Paella & lawn games. Their guests were treated to not one but multiple days of celebration and celebrate they did in true style. The enjoyed the bounty of Napa Valley, old friendships and the generosity of family; but most of all, they celebrated the love that brought them all together. Ninos was smitten with Dana and her gorgeous smile revealed she felt the same. Isn’t love grand.

Coordination: Dana DelMastro {Bride } | Nikki Hauser { Rutherford Hill} | Laura Vaugn { Calistoga Ranch }

Florals : Fleurs de France

Decor: Classic Party Rentals

Hair + Makeup: It’s a Date at the Powder Room

Entertainment: Katrina Wreede | AMS Entertainment

Transportation: Pure Luxury