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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

{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!

{ 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



{life flows on} family photography . napa

Such a privileged to watch my wedding clients become families – adding just a bit more joy to the world.  This beautiful momma was one of my brides just two years ago. That day her sister stood by her side and now they will embrace the joys of parenthood together!

{ 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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{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!

{albums} Q & A

I’ve been thrilled that lately so many of my couples are choosing to have me custom design their wedding & baby albums. BUT…many of you have questions so I thought I’d answer a few of them here.

Q. Approximately how many photos should we select?

A. It depends on the album you choose, but around 100 is a great start.

Q. What is the selection process? How does it work?

A. Again, it depends on the album you choose, but I will narrow your images down to approximately 150+ images when I create your slide show & blog post. So, if you loved those photos, you can ask me to design the album with those images and you are all set. Alternatively, if you would like to select the images yourself, you can go to your storefront and click the ‘stars’ and thus create a grouping of your favorites. Once you have selected your favorites, you can simply email me and I can access that group on my end.

Q. Once I select the images, what is the next step? How long does it take?

A. We will design a custom album for you using your selected images. Then we will email you a link so you can view the mockup online. At this point, you are allowed to give two rounds of suggestions & revisions before we get to the final proof. Once you sign off on the final proof, fill out the order form & provide payment, the album will take 4-6 weeks to be made.
Q. I really can’t make up my mind of which images to choose on a computer screen. Is there another option?

YES! Many of my clients elect to print proof prints of their wedding images and then make their choice by looking through actual photos. This process is a bit easier for some people PLUS you get to have prints of your ENTIRE wedding. You can use these images to give to family & friends, make your own wedding book or put in frames.  The cost of printing prints is much less expensive than printing ‘CUSTOM’ prints because I do not assure that every print is ‘perfect’. Proof prints have a small white border on the edges.

Q. What are the album choices?

Every album is made from rich, smooth, heavyweight fine art paper and fabric. Choose from over 18 elegant Japanese bookbinding fabrics and Swiss ribbons. All of the albums are simple, unique and elegantly designed to highlight your images. Please allow 8-10 weeks during the summer season.


  • THE CYPRESS – A classic album with photos custom mounted into matted pages & includes a presentation box to store & protect the album.
  • THE IRIS – A unique, flush-mounted album offering modern design and elegance.
  • THE’C’ Album – A delicate library bound album with photos mounted to the pages


  • A hardbound coffee table book featuring your images printed in a modern, professionally designed layout.

{dan & steve} sonoma . St. Francis Winery

It was my absolute pleasure to photograph these two handsome men’s wedding. Love & excitement was in the air , the sky was a brilliant blue, their friends shared in the joy, and the dancing…well…it was simply awesome! Congratulations to your both!

Venue: St. Francis Winery

Coordinator: Suzy Berberian

Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering

Cake: Laurie Lucov

Music: Davis Ramey / Dave Tutton

Rev. Charles Grande

{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.

{molly & mike . Napa , CA }

What a beautiful day! Mike & Molly’s was my kind of wedding; full of warmth, laughter & amazing blue skies!  Their dog, Jake, brought a smile to all and was a welcome presence during the ceremony and portrait session.

* Enjoy the SLIDESHOW! *

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*View Slideshow *

{Judy & Victor . St. Helena }

You may remember this sweet couple from their engagement session…well their wedding was even sweeter! Darlene & Carli at  V. Sattui always pull together a beautiful day!

*View Slideshow* 

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This light makes these sweet moments truly magical. Yum!

   (Thanks to Jennifer for assisting me…don’t foget to check out her progress at back in Australia)


Holy Moly 2010 Bookings!

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…


{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!




Sunny Spring Wedding at Silverado Country Club

Congratulations Todd & Jenny – What a beautiful couple you make! Thanks for sharing your smiles with me.

Kim &Tony’s Wedding … the season has begun!

Kim & Tony had a lovey wedding day at Sebastiani Winery in Sonoma. Kim’s dress was handmade by her mother…beautiful! Kim & Tony had everyone rolling during an antimated ceremony with Rev. Blaine full of humor and love.  Wedding Planner Laurie Noble presented a seamless, beautiful day. Congrats to you both…here are a few of my favs. Enjoy!