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Hope & Jake's Wedding at Retzlaff Vineyards Winery

From top to bottom, this wedding was a dream!  It was just bursting at the seams with creativity and pretty things and I had a heck of a time narrowing down all the photos I wanted to show on this post!  First of all, Hope was a stunning bride.  No doubt about that.  Her gorgeous beaded lace dress, flower crown and back necklace were all so beautiful on her!  Jake, her handsome husband, rocked a tweed vest with a blush bow tie and of course some quirky socks (picked out by the bride herself).  I loved all the details from this day as well.  Hope, a graphic designer on the side, designed all the signs and created a custom logo for the couple,  which was printed on the menu, water bottles, and of course the bottles of beer the couple brewed themselves!  Talk about DIY!  From their doggy ring bearer, to the awesome food truck service to the amazing coordination by Nicole Audrey Events, I was just having the time of my life photographing this wedding.  It was such a smooth, laid back event, which is so rare for weddings these days.  And can I just say, the light at golden hour was perfect shining through the vineyards at Retzlaff Winery.  These two posed like models and I could have just kept shooting till it was completely dark!  Oh I could write a whole essay about this wedding, but from here I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story.  Enjoy! Wedding photos from Retzlaff Vineyards Winery in Livermore, California. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Wedding photos from Retzlaff Vineyards Winery in Livermore, California. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Wedding photos from Retzlaff Vineyards Winery in Livermore, California. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Wedding photos from Retzlaff Vineyards Winery in Livermore, California. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Wedding photos from Retzlaff Vineyards Winery in Livermore, California. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Wedding photos from Retzlaff Vineyards Winery in Livermore, California. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Wedding photos from Retzlaff Vineyards Winery in Livermore, California. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Wedding photos from Retzlaff Vineyards Winery in Livermore, California. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Wedding photos from Retzlaff Vineyards Winery in Livermore, California. Pictures by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.

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Shout outs to all the awesome vendors!

Venue: Retzlaff Vineyards Winery

Second Shooter: Jennifer Mihalyi

Wedding Coordinator: Nicole Luyer at Nicole Audrey Events 

Flower designer: Unique Touch Flowers 

Linens: Fine Linen Creations

Caterer: 333 

DJ or Entertainment: Christina Flamer | SoundsbyC@gmail.com

Videographer: Wedit - videos filmed by guests

Dessert: Rocko’s Ice Cream Taco’s 

Hair/Make-up Artist: Rachel at Classic Images

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero- Verina Marie Dress

Lauren and Alex's Wedding at Valley Presbyterian Church

If you were like me, you grew up watching all the Disney classics...Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White...the list goes on!  As a little girl, you probably dreamed of the day your "Prince Charming" would come and you'd have the rest of your lives to live happily ever after.  I can imagine Lauren was this very girl who fantasized about her beautiful wedding day and dressing up just like those beloved princesses in the movies.  Fast forward years later to the day that dream became a reality!  She wore a gorgeous princess ball gown, iridescent heels that shined like glass slippers, and her mother's wedding pearls.  Needless to say she looked radiant!  The ceremony was held in Portola Valley at the beautiful Valley Presbyterian Church, with a giant window at the alter that looked out into all towering Redwood trees surrounding the sanctuary.   After the ceremony we got some great shots with those Redwoods as our lovely backdrop and headed off to the reception at the Sheraton in Palo Alto. Each table had a different Disney themed centerpiece, each handmade by the bride herself! It all came together so nicely and was a wonderful beginning of a new chapter of Lauren and Alex's fairytale love story!Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

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Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.'

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Wedding ceremony in Portola Valley at Valley Presbyterian Church and reception at Sheraton Palo Alto. Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Hope and Jake's Engagement Session at Henry Cowell Redwoods

What a beautiful day it was in Felton for Hope and Jake's engagement session!  God definitely orchestrated a lovely set for the shoot...blue skies, golden light filtering through the tall trees and the perfect temperature.  I love how Hope and Jake knew right away that they wanted to do the session somewhere with Redwoods and what better place than in the Santa Cruz mountains!  They brought their adorable doggies along as well, Blue and Bunny.  Sweet pups with lots of energy, but maybe a little too much to sit still for pictures!  Luckily we got a few photos to show they made an appearance. ;-) Commemorating their love for craft beer, the happy couple brought their own brewed batch of "Pliny the Elder" complete with a custom label that Hope designed herself!  I love when brides are crafty and creative.   I'm so excited to shoot their wedding in September and I can't wait to see what the wedding details hold!  Happy 3 years of dating you two.  May you have many, many more years ahead!

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Engagement session at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Great Bridal Expo at the Fairmont

"I don't even know where to begin!"  That's pretty much how I felt while trying to prepare for this bridal fair!  This my second time having a booth at a bridal show and my first time exhibiting with the Great Bridal Expo.  Last year, I pulled something together within 3 days because I didn't even know I was going to sign up until the LAST minute.  This year on the other hand, I knew well in advance I was going to this show and I got my butt in gear months before.  I almost don't know which was worse: the last minute booth or the months of planning ahead!  I stressed out majorly for both of them, but one was much more short-lived than the other. :P  In the end, I'm so happy with how everything came together! I owe a huge thank you my sister Michelle Blackshire, who not only designed my handouts and price lists (not to mention all my other marketing materials), but who actually came out to support me and talk with passing brides and grooms!  My dad was such a great help  in the morning as well with unloading and carrying everything up and doing a much-needed Starbucks run for me!  Thank you to Lauren Gallucci for the awesome pieces from Sweet Lauren Rentals. The booth really came together with the vintage dresser, the lacy bistro set and birch wood stand!  Last but certainly not least, THANK YOU to my wonderful husband Nick for all the help before, during and after.  You have always been my biggest fan, greatest cheerleader and such an encouragement to me throughout my whole photography career.  Thank you for all your hard work at the booth and for being my stress relief through all the months leading up to the fair when I thought I was gonna lose it!

The show was packed with people and I got to talk to many, many brides.  It was a great afternoon and I loved meeting so many new people.  I'm looking forward to 2015 and all the weddings ahead.  Now let's just pray all these efforts pay off! :D Great Bridal Expo bridal fair at the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

I think flowers can make anything pretty.  I reused some ideas from my own wedding this year and incorporated them into my booth.

 Obviously I like this style!Great Bridal Expo bridal fair at the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Great Bridal Expo bridal fair at the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Great Bridal Expo bridal fair at the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Thanks mom for letting me use your iPad to display a slideshow of images :)Great Bridal Expo bridal fair at the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Crate and wood pale: Some fun finds at Marshall's!  Vintage camera from a good ol' garage sale.

Great Bridal Expo bridal fair at the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I upcycled an old frame by using it as a business card display.

All I had to do was paint it white, then glue twine to the back so I could clothespin my business cards to it!

Great Bridal Expo bridal fair at the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gotta have an enticing treat to lure those people in!  

Great Bridal Expo bridal fair at the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Michelle made the cutest Wedding Planner for me to pass out to everyone.   Now all the brides have a 1 year planner with all the important "to-dos" to check off as the months count down :)

Great Bridal Expo bridal fair at the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

My unexpected find at Home Depot: A drawer full of succulents!Great Bridal Expo bridal fair at the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Great Bridal Expo bridal fair at the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, CA.  Photos by Briana Calderon Photography based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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