Sarah & Nate in Napa Valley, CA

Prior to Sarah & Nate's wedding at Hans Fahden Vineyards outside Calistoga, Matt & I had never been to the Napa area before.  I was aware that quite a few wedding photographers from Southern California had held their own weddings in NorCal wine country, and upon arriving, I understood why. It is gorgeous up there, especially in the springtime. We weren't in Calistoga for more than thirty minutes before I decided I wanted to move there, haha!I ought to also give a shout out to our airline, JetBlue. We had a super laid-back, comfortable flight. Low-key Long Beach airport and the über-accommodating JetBlue is what air travel ought to normally be like, or from what I hear, air travel used to be like back in its heyday, before security got tight and First Class was created and luxuries removed from us peons who normally sit in the back.  And it's phenomenally less expensive than other about that??But I digress...

^ This is my "Andrew Wyeth" shot.

Such a fun time, and such a beautiful area.  I can't wait to go back!

Andrea & Zach at Weins Winery

Andrea is like my one-woman fanclub. I've known her since college, and if there is one person who heralds nothing but praise and admiration for what I do, it would be Andrea---she must be the hands-down the most supportive person I know. Zach is a lucky duck to have nabbed a gal like her...and he knows it!Location: Weins Family Cellars (winery) in Temecula, CaliforniaFlowers: Allison Stevens of Magnolia Flower ShoppeAdditional photography by Matt (of course), and Temecula native Amy Boring.

Weins Winery on a BEAUTIFUL April afternoon...perfect for a wedding!Amy got this lovely shot of Andrea's dressAndrea decided to put a sixpence in her shoe...because as the rhyme goes, "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue...and a lucky sixpence in her shoe!" Did you know that?Her "something old" was her grandmother's handkerchief.She also had her lucky gator!I always get comments about how Andrea and I could be sisters, we look so much alike. All I can say, if I look half as drop-dead gorgeous as Andrea did on her wedding day, then I'd be thrilled!!Zach lookin' pretty spiffy, too! Image by Matt.Zach's father; Image by Amy.MANLYZach and Andrea opted to do a 'First Look' before the ceremony and it was brilliant! Image by Matt.Seeing each other in their wedding finery for the first time.Ye gods, what a beautiful day to get married!GOOFIES!Couples who are down to have some fun in front of the lens are THE BEST!Andrea in the Weins barrel roomHEY. (Image by Amy.)CAKE SMASSSHHHHHHH!!!Why do you need a second shooter? This is a shot Matt got of the observers of above cake-smashing! This is why it pays off to have two lenses in opposite directions at the same time :)GIT DAAAOOOOWWWNNNWhat the--?? I've seen loads of guys duck the garter, but girls ducking the bouquet? It must be a new century!Andrea's grandpa goes to funkytown with the ladiezzzzI love this shot for some reason. It makes me feel like I'm right there.Bringin' sexy back? Yeaaaaah!

The artistic trio!

[38] Wedding images: Rachel & Joel

Last Saturday Matt and I joined Rachel and Joel at Tivoli Too in Laguna Beach. Rachel is the daughter of my parents' neighbors, I've known her for a long time!Rachel, Joel, and their bridal party were nice enough to meet us a couple hours before the ceremony to get in some quality photo time. It really is awesome what we can turn out with just some extra time devoted to photography.

Rachel with the gals; one is her sister, the other two, her sisters-in-law. How's that for family bonds!Rachel & Sarah, sisters. Stay tuned for Sarah's awesome Napa wedding next May!ZOMG IT'S ME!!The gangDowntown Laguna's famous red phone boothI love love love LOVE Rachel's haircut. SUCH A CUTE LITTLE BOB!!I know, right??Couldn't resist. Gorgeous shot by Matt.Joel is a big sweetie pie. I think he liked the "Blue Steel" poses better, though. =)Silly bridal party...and this is pre-champagne!Love this one by Matt.One of my all-time favoritesAnother fave of mineRachel making her way down the aisle with her paTrue tears of joy!I think Tivoli Too is my favorite Tivoli location.Pretty svelte dress, no?Dancing with dadOne of Rachel's three older brothers getting beckoned to the dance floor!My folks were invited, too ;-)

[16] wedding images

About a month ago my friend Xuong asked if I would take a wedding of his that he was unable to cover, and so I grabbed Matt and we headed to Meadowlark Golf Club for Donna and David's big day. It was kind of nice because this venue is in Huntington Beach, so there was hardly a commute :-) I love that! I got some pretty fun reception images from this one, too.

David's mom sees Donna in her dress for the first timeAnd again as Donna heads down the aisle... ;-DImage by MattPaparazzi!Hi fives all around! Look how happy Donna is!!The maid of honor and best man specifically requested thisFunny storiesCAUGHT!! I saw that!Did this guy NOT want a shot of him mack-daddying out on the dance floor?RawkAnd more for the Series of Flying Hair

Also, my friend Ross brought my attention to this amazing new photo technology the other day. It's genius....I bet landscape/panorama photographers are just going to go bananas over it! What do you all think?