Katie and Aaron’s wedding was at Cellar No. 8 in Asti, California. The ceremony and reception was styled and coordinated by Rachel for So Eventful, catered by Rosso’s Pizzeria and it was shot by myself and my assistant Kat Louis.
It was a warm September day under bluebird skies. The day began shortly after noon at the bride and groom’s rental cabins on Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg overlooking the Russian river. After getting ready, the couple met there for a first look and then went with their wedding party to the winery. Once we arrived the decorations were well on their way toward completion and we had plenty of time for some family pictures and detail shots prior to the ceremony.
The ceremony was simple but elegant under a shade tree in the front lawn of Asti’s historic villa.
After the ceremony I quickly grabbed the couple for some intimate portraits. I really love being able to photograph a couple right after their ceremony because it gives them a chance to be alone together for the first moments of their marriage, and a chance to get away from their guests for a short time and concentrate on each other before their party. Every couple is happy, excited, and in love on their wedding day, but they express subtler quieter emotions that are important for me to capture as well. For Katie and Aaron’s portraits we shot around the villa, but it was the few pictures made inside that really struck a chord with me.
The reception was a short walk away at the winery. Toasts and dinner were just before sunset, and we were able to shoot a few extra bridal portraits in the fleeting moments before the sun dipped below the horizon. The evening was finished with dancing, a photo booth, ice cream, and even more dancing.
I’ve shot at a lot of wineries around here, and this is definitely one of my favorites. It is such an authentic place that creates a setting for an event with so much richness and character. The couple, Katie and Aaron from San Francisco, were so accommodating and fun and that it made my day so simple. Definitely one of my favorite weddings of the year.