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)
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: http://josevillaworkshops.com/
Design and Styling: Lisa Vorce – http://www.ohhowcharming.com/
Design, Styling, Floral and Cake: Mindy Rice – http://mindyrice.com/
Cinematographer: Joel Serrato – http://joelserratofilms.com/
Painter and Inspirational Speaker: Karina Puente – http://kpuente.bigfolioblog.com/
Hair and Make up: Mar of Team Hair and Makeup – http://www.teamhairandmakeupservice.com/
Models: Citro Modelos and Amy and Erich Mcvey – http://www.citromodelos.com/
Gown: Claire Pettibone – http://www.clairepettibone.com/
Styling: Mitra Hosseini – http://www.mitrastylist.com/
Workshop Assistants: Lacie Hansen and Nancy Villa
Location: Hacienda El Carmen – http://www.haciendaelcarmen.com.mx/
Table Linens: La Tavola Linens – http://linens.latavolalinen.com/
Tabletop Glassware, Plates and Utensils: Casa de Perrin – http://casadeperrin.com/
Paper: Wiley Valentine Paper: http://wileyvalentine.com/
Invite: Papel Paper and Press: http://www.papelpress.com/
Calligraphy: Purabelle Calligraphy: http://plurabellecalligraphy.com/
Calligraphy for welcome cards: Chelsea Petaja and Julie Song Ink : http://www.ohmydeerhandmades.com/ and http://www.juliesongink.com/
Mar of Team
Brian and Angela of Richard Photo Lab
Richard Photo Lab
Michael Chinn Albums and Boxes
Ryan Malmberg of Finch Designs
Style Me Pretty
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.
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
Wine Country Entertainment
(Keith Johnson’s All Stars and DJ Tony Sparks)
Classic Convertible Wine Tours/Antique Tours Limousine Service
Calligraphy by Carol
This romantic wedding was held at the elegantly rustic Timber Cove Inn, near Jenner on the majestic Sonoma Coast. Mike, a biologist & Rebecca, an artist- both lovers of all natural things & madly in love with each other. Ever since my first conversation with Rebecca, I was looking forward to this intimate coastal wedding. She was so obviously smitten with her love & so excited about all of the thoughtful details that they put into the day. It was a delight to photograph their love on this joyful day!
Lauren & Jeff looked at each other with giddy smiles & joyful glances…it was a pleasure to document their love.
Venue: Auberge Du Soleil
Florals: Jessica Switala / Fluers de France
DJ- AMS Entertainment
Officiant: Tim Mills
waiting for images to export; my mind wanders…here is my ramble.
I once heard a wonderful quote…something to the effect of, “without being deeply rooted, one cannot grow new branches”. Not sure of the exact quote and if anyone knows, I would love to be corrected.
As for me, I love the art of wandering, discovering and exploring. As I sift through recent images from our destination shoots, I get giddy with images fresh & new to my eyes and heart. Then with a strong need to stretch and breath some fresh air, I stroll outside. The breeze gently lifts the leaves and embraces them for a moment before they glide back down. Songbirds call to their loved ones and I glance down at my toes…feeling the childish innocence of being tickeled by cool grass.
I feel rooted. I love my home and my roots in this valley are deep and supported. Ah, it is good to leave. Ah, it is good to return home.
Here is an image from my travels; feeling the earth beneath my toes…graced with the ocean.
A few more Polaroids from John & Lauren’s Hawaii Wedding.
Wow…can I just say that 2010 brides…I love you! In the last two weeks, I have been flooded with 2010 inquires. So far I may be going to San Francisco, Aruba, Central Coast & of course, my home turf of the beautiful Napa Valley! Thank you to those of you who plan ahead. I’m loving hearing about these fabulous weddings and I can’t wait to be a part of them. I am always honored when you trust me with your wedding day and I am thrilled to share my work with you. Keep ’em coming…