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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

{ 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

{kate + david are married!} geyserville . ca

Kate and David are perfect for each other – the kind of perfect that makes me want to believe in soul mates. From the moment that they first contacted me, I knew it was going to be a joy to work with them. I absolutely LOVED their philosophy of wedding planning…so much so, that I may need to quote Kate here:” I keep trying to focus on the wedding as a process, not just an end-state, and by that I mean, I want to enjoy each planning trip, interactions with each talented artisan such as yourself, and the process of learning to make decisions together and working together as a couple.  The engagement photo session not only resulted in AMAZING photos that we will cherish forever, but also an evening of fun, sunshine, and good company – discovering new parts of Napa and new things about each other.”


Design & Coordination: Stephanie Cole | A Dream Wedding

Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering

Music : AMS

Cake: Da Bombe Cake Co.

Florals: Fleurs de France

{are you a “WEDDING” photographer} Q&A + myths debunked

I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some questions that I am often asked.  I’m taking some liberty with the phrasing…you get the idea.

Q: So, are you a WEDDING photographer. I see a lot of other work on your site? I’ve been told that I need a photographer that specializes in only weddings.

A: Yes, I am a wedding photographer. I am also a portrait photographer, a travel photographer, an event photographer and I work for non-profits in developing countries. I freelance in commercial photography and play with vintage cameras, Polaroids & Holgas. I also shoot & sell stock photography. I am always confused by this question because if i answer yes, I only shoot weddings, does that make me a better wedding photographer? I find that my global experience with a myriad of personalities, lighting situations, subjects and environments has given me an immense set of ‘tricks & tools’ in my bag to draw from.  For example, after years of photographing children in natural situations, I’m confident that I can help that little ring bearer feel comfortable and smile naturally. I can also photograph your details of your wedding as though I would photograph a beautiful fine art piece.

In addition, I know for a fact that many wedding photographers have a limit. You rarely see a wedding photographer that has been photographing for 10+ years and still loves it. (My apologies if this is you…kudos!) Keeping my subjects & environments fresh feeds my creative spirit and helps my photography remain authentic. I love what I do. I adore my clients & am genuinely excited about photographing my next project;  be it a bride, a bottle, belly or b…b… hmmm… can’t think of any more ‘b’ words… worthy cause.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Thoughts? Please leave a comment. Thanks!

{since you asked…} tips & inspiration for wedding photography

Those of us in the industry affectionately refer to this as ‘the season’…where life is a flurry of inquires for next summer, engagement shoots, pre-wedding site visits & meetings and oh yeah…weddings! It is the race that we all love to run and though harried you will see me with a smile on my face; this is where it gets fun!

During my pre-wedding chats I spend time with couples preparing the steps to make their wedding photography a success. Here are just a few things that I may highlight (Featured on CeciStyle Expert Style Tips/ Wedding Photography)

Wedding Photography Tips by Briana Marie Photography:

  1. Light, light, light: You often hear that location is everything but when it comes to photography, lighting is everything. Amazing light can transform an image from mediocre to magical. Empower your photographer to work with your wedding planner to find that light and schedule your day accordingly.
  2. Trust your choice: Undoubtedly you looked at many photographers and something about your choice spoke to you, whether it was her approach, style or presence. Once you’ve made that choice, trust her guidance and enjoy the experience. I like to plan extensively before the wedding day so that we can simply flow and follow the action on the day of…because we’ve already planned for plenty of time, great light and a reduced number of formal images. With a narrow list of staged shots, I can move freely to capture real moments throughout the day.
  3. Be authentic: Let your photographer guide you to a beautiful location with dynamic lighting and the rest will follow. One of my favorite portraits is of a couple in a sweet embrace in a vineyard row with rich backlit colors sweeping around them; in that one image their love is so apparent and it was a fleeting, tender moment. The best part is that if you look closely, there is a tangled piece of the vine tugging on her dress. If I had taken the time to fix her dress, the authenticity of the moment would have been lost and the image would be nothing like the one created.
  4. Focus on your love: Spend less time fretting about your pose and more time focused on the person you just married – your joy will show. I always tell my couples that I’ve done my job well when they look back at the images and remember every emotion of their wedding day. Kiss, embrace, laugh and enjoy each other and listen for the occasional guidance from your photographer.
  5. Details, details, details: You’ve spent months choosing textures, colors, and designs that represent you as a couple. Make sure to let your photographer know that the details are a priority to photograph. Bring your invitations, programs, rings, and any other sentimental items so the photographer can shoot them in the wedding environment. You will be so pleased you have these images that tell the rest of your wedding day story.

Thanks Ceci for featuring these tips and feel free to comment below if you have questions or other tips to pass along.

{rebecca + mike} timber cove . sonoma coast

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!

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{bliss} best of 2010 weddings

I am so grateful to all of the amazing couples that let me document their wedding day. It was a fabulous year filled with talented vendors, gracious clients & so much joy with each celebration!

{christie & john} solage calistoga wedding photography

You may remember this fun couple from their engagement shoot this past summer! Take this couple’s awesome energy, the modern & beautiful palette of Solage & the fantastic creativity of Duncan Reyes, and this is what you get:

Venue: Solage Calistoga

Design & Coordination: Duncan Reyes

DJ – Randy Harris

Lighting: Got Light

Florals: Asiel Design

Hair & Makeup- The Powder Room

Cake: Patisserie Angelica

String Quartet: Eloquence Strings

Officiant: Kimberly Thompson

{Kim & Sam} Auberge Napa Valley Wedding Photography

A beautiful fall day brought together true friends, true love & an afternoon devoted to celebration. Kim & Sam have been through a great deal together and through it all they had each other.  It was during this time that they realized that their life contained joy, found in the other. It was my pleasure & honor to document this joy & their love.

{Jami & Adam} Solage Calistoga Wedding

Jami + Adam’s wedding was one of simple beauty, close friends & generous love…lots of generous love!

Venue: Solage Calistoga

Flowers: Pat Friday . Friday Flowers

{Lisa & Richard} Auberge . Napa Valley . Wedding

i loved the shoes. i loved her smile. i loved his look when he saw her walk down the aisle. Lisa & Richard – thank you for sharing your beautiful celebration. i loved the shoes. i loved her smile. i loved his look when he saw her walk down the aisle. Lisa & Richard – thank you for sharing your beautiful celebration.  it was a gorgeous day! enjoy.

{annie & scott} wedding photography

You may remember this adorable couple from their engagement photos ealier this summer! Scott and Annie have known each other since before high school and their love story started early on. It was so touching to hear how their friendship evolved and how their love was so true.  I just loved photographing this wedding because there were so many amazing DIY details and tons of sweet emotions! I always feel so privileged  to witness and document such a day!

Venue: Bella Montagna

Cater: Caterman Catering

{destination hawaii: sx-70 polaroids} destination wedding photography- personal work

The last two weeks have been a joyful swirl of travels, beaches, blissful days, beautiful brides & amazing locations. We have just returned from two destination weddings: Hawaii & Aruba!  I have so much to share but wanted to begin with a bit of the personal work that I did while traveling around Hawaii. I bravely took along my SX-70 vintage Polaroid and had great fun experimenting with different shots. It is such a mental shift from a typical day in wedding photography and a breath of fresh air to my sense of creativity. Here’s a few from Hawaii:

{i smile…sneak peek} destination wedding photography . cline cellars . sonoma

Today I smile… I smile  because I may love the image that I’m editing, but it’s more than that. I remember the joy of the moment when the image was taken:  love, laughter & magic.  And then I smile again…because, if viewing that image brings these emotions back for me, as a photographer, then I can only hope it will do the same for them.

These two made me smile all day.  Here’s a sneak peek of a few images from their amazingly beautiful day. I imagine that you’ll smile too.

{Christine & John } Solage . Calistoga . Wedding Photography

Christine & John designed a truly special wedding – one marked with the overwhelming sense of joy … these two couldn’t have been easier to work with. Cool as a cucumber…all day long! Christine had that beautiful contagious smile and John couldn’t keep his eyes off of her.  I loved the series of expressions as he watched her approach!

Solage Calistoga always hosts amazing weddings, but I’ve never seen the party go quite this big before! Their friends knew how to dance, laugh & kept the night super fun to the moment I shot my very last image! I also had the pleasure of having Kara of Miroma Photography second-shoot for me that day! Of course, she rocked it… I will post some of her images soon!

Ah….how do I ever narrow these down?!?!?

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