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{ 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

Abby + Graham {engaged} Bardessono’s . Yountville

Despite the fear of rain dampening our experience, these two know how to enjoy themselves! We had a beautiful shoot at Bardessono’s. I loved their sweet nature and Abby’s laugh was contagious! Can’t wait for their summer wedding!

{mindi + chris are married} st. helena wedding photography

From our first phone call, I knew I was going to love this couple! Mindi shared the details of the day adding that they definitely valued photography and wanted me to sneak them away for a quick sunset photo shoot in the valley! Yes please! It was magical light & we were honored with a  spontaneous visit from a vintage bike &  beautiful horses.

Mindi’s comment at the end of the session summed it up for me, ” This is just perfect – exactly like I imagined it!” Thanks for sharing your day with me Mindi & Chris!!

©  2011 briana marie photographyimages not to be used without prior permission . thank you

©  2011 briana marie photography

images not to be used without prior permission . thank you

Flowers: Tesoro

Catering: Knickerbockers

Hair/Make-up: It’s a Date at the Powder Room

Music: Eloquence Strings

{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.

{happy anniversary } portrait session . napa valley

This beautiful couple celebrated their one year anniversary last weekend at Calistoga Ranch. We enjoyed one of those amazing spring evenings exploring the beauty of Napa Valley. It is such a pleasure for me to turn clients into friends and document their joyous celebrations. These two not only know how to have fun & enjoy the love the share, but they are also incredibly generous… such a pleasure to know them.

{ featured } cecistyle : life more creatively

This week I am honored to be featured as one of Ceci’s experts in CeciStyle Magazine. Thank you for the beautiful feature Ceci! I have such fond memories of the creative days of college with Ceci. She was always just overflowing with energy & awe-inspiring talent. Our little house was always in project mode with the many designers/ photographers who lived there. It felt serendipitous to work together with Ceci again, now as professional women living on opposite ends of the country.

CeciStyle: Expert Style Tips: Briana Marie

“Briana and I go all the way back to college days. Ever since we were roommates, I have admired her sense of compassion towards people and the arts. She was always photographing whatever beauty caught her eye – be it landscapes, still lifes, or people – and had a fine appreciation for unique detail. To now see her channeling that love towards the world of weddings is fantastic! Lucky for us, she is available to document life’s special moments anywhere in the world.” – CECI JOHNSON

If you are in the wedding world, you’ve probably have heard of Ceci New York. But what you may not know is that Ceci Johnson as taken her style to a whole new level. CeciStyle Magazine is loaded with gorgeous tips and takes on invitations, fashion, parties, weddings, décor, gifts and more, CeciStyle is free and full of trusted, time-saving advice. Each week Ceci Johnson sends out her inspirations as a designer, offers expert tips and advice and in turn she hopes to inspire you to live life more creatively. Celebrate more stylishly and live your best life all around!
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{intimate wedding} san francisco city hall

When Stephanie and I first met, she expressed her desire to keep their intimate wedding simple & beautiful. But throughout our conversations, it was obvious that she couldn’t let her creative ideas rest. In the end, it ended up being simple, beautiful & stylish!

They prepared at the St. Regis in San Francisco & rolled in style in a Rolls-Royce down to City Hall. I loved her thoughtful touches such as custom name hangers & the inclusion of their beautiful little Maltese. In lieu of grand affairs, intimate weddings like these can be just the right way to celebrate your wedding day in style.

{lauren + jeff} auberge du soleil . napa valley wedding

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

{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

{aruba images} polaroid sx-70

Here are some more of the images that were shot with my vintage Poloaroid sx-70 on this summer’s destination Aruba wedding!

{Shilo & Mark} Intimate Auberge Du Soleil Wedding

These two celebrated a sweet intimate ceremony on a gorgeous Napa  Valley day at Auberge Du Soleil. Close friends & family joined as a friend married them. Their tenderness for each other was touching & the details were elegant. Shilo wore some fabulous blue heels & Mark wore a handsome Tiffany & Co tie clip. Congrats Shilo & Mark! Enjoy the images.

{Irsay . Foyt Wedding . Calistoga Ranch }

Ok…I tried to narrow down these images…really I did.

This summer I was thrilled to be one of the photographers for Casey Irsay (Indianapolis Colts) & A.J. Foyt IV(Indy/Nascar) extraordinary wedding!  As a photographer, I was in heaven …just so much to capture! Read about all the amazing details below:

Sarah Ghazzagh of A Dream Wedding, was a delight to work with & took on an amazing task of coordinating  multiple events on four different days. Here she writes: The couple was married atop the Lommel Lawn, overlooking the pond at Calistoga Ranch in Calistoga California. The bride was escorted by her father Jim Irsay to a billowing white arch that framed the couple. Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, guests were invited to the wine cave for cocktails and hors d’oeurves where their senses were tantalized. Following the cocktail reception, the guests were shuttled to the Pool Terrace where the visual drama was unfolding to showcase an avant-guard black and white themed reception. What was once a gorgeous pool that overlooked an estate vineyard, had been transformed to a softly light dance floor and a lounge vignette with soaring vases that the guests could mingle about before being treated to a 5-course epicurean delight paired with boutique regional wines. As dusk began to slowly transition to night, the soft illuminations created a romantic and spectacular backdrop for Casey & Anthony’s first dance into cake cutting. Later that evening, guests were transported back up to the wine cave where a big transformation had taken place to turn the formal cocktail reception venue into a chic nightclub. The afterparty was well attended until wee hours of the morning!

My college roommate & designer extraordinaire Lisa Hoffman of Ceci New York did all fine stationery…which were stylish little works of art unto themselves!

The florals were off the hook!! Here Jessica of Fleurs de France describes the vision. “The wedding was themed in Black & White, with an Avant Garde twist. Touches of deep reds accented the sleek styled After Party in the Wine Cave. Towering Silver vases filled with enormous lush florals were placed at each corner of the pool, which was turned into their lighted dance floor, and whose exterior perimeter was lined with several dozen floral arrangements.”

Officiant: Charles Grande

Photographer(s): Briana Marie Photography, Richard Wood Photography, Michael Voorhees Photography

Bridal Gown: Carolina Herrera Veil & Accessories: Sara Gabriel

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Hair & Makeup: It’s A Date

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridal

Florals: Fleurs de France

Table linens: La Tavola

Rentals & Lighting: Classic Party Rentals Afterparty Rentals: Blueprint Studio Collection

Wedding Cake: Sweetie Pies

Entertainment: Davis Ramey Musical Services & Anything She Wants

Videography: Weddings on Film *VIEW THEIR SHORT FILM HERE *

{Judy & Victor – Engagement Session . Napa Valley }


Hello Spring!  Judy & Victor found me through and I knew I was going to enjoy them from the moment we met. For their engagement session we ventured out on a gorgeous Napa Valley day! His smile was pure whenever he looked at her and she returned the innocent glance. They’re planning a beautiful wedding at Sattui at the end of May and I can’t wait…this couple is super down to earth & a pleasure to be around. Enjoy!




{Alish & Red . San Francisco, CA}

Ailish and Neil were married this month in San Francisco…you may remember their engagment session last sumer.   Ailish was a gorgeous bride…no really…look at the photos! Neil didn’t stop smiling all day. I loved watching them exchange glances during the cermony…contigous laughter, and an enormous kindness that they both share. The rain took a brief reprieve…long enough for a fun jaunt to Crissy feild. Their friends all shared in their joy and the band played on…a beautiful day!