We had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at Wente Winery in Livermore this past August. Karen & Gavin found us in Sacramento and were pleased to find that we photograph weddings all over the Bay area without charging a travel fee. Please enjoy this Wente Winery wedding.

 

The gorgeous floral arrangements are by Kimmie’s Floral Design (Contact Kimberly Mar – Phone (510) 303-9691) 

Barrels topped with large arrangements flank the head of the ceremony aisle

 

Wente Winery wedding florals

 

Each table round had a perfectly sized arrangement in a glass column vase, wrapped in a gold ribbon.

Wente Winery wedding florals

 

In the golden light, the color palette was both crisply put together and warmly inviting. An incredibly classy yet comfortable combination.

Wente Winery wedding florals

 

The food was AWESOME. And I’m just speaking from the vendor meal perspective. Easily the most delectable & memorable vendor meal I can recall. I can only imagine what it was like to be a guest and have the opportunity to savor each course individually and without any time constraint….and with wine!

Wente Winery wedding details

 

Here’s the groom, Gavin, getting ready in an upstairs room on the Wente Vineyards property. All his groomsmen were getting ready in the same room. Goofing off, dancing, and helping him prepare for his big day.

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This is Karen, the blushing bride, getting ready with help from her bridesmaids. About to see her betrothed for a “first look” in the vineyard in her white lace gown.

Wente Winery wedding Bride

Here’s their first look…

Wente Winery vineyard first look

 

And then we followed them around for a while asking them to kiss now and then…

Wente Winery vineyard first look

 

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Trying to stay out of eachother’s frames.

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We took a break from the Summer heat in the wine cave. Mischa brought out a small string of lights to add an artistic touch to some of the cave portraits.

Wente Winery wedding

 

Wente Winery wedding

 

The same string of lights added interest to the background of this ring photograph.

Wente Winery wedding rings

 

After we left the wine cave, Karen quickly changed into her red dress to greet family for their traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

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Wente Winery tea ceremony

 

Wente Winery tea ceremony

 

Though we always try to frame our shots to avoid getting other people taking photos in the background of our images, sometimes… it just can’t be avoided.

Wente Winery tea ceremony

 

With lightning speed, Karen changed back into her white lace wedding gown and made it down the aisle to be married.

The officiant was Pastor Joseph Chiu.

Wente Winery wedding ceremony

 

Wente winery wedding

 

Following the ceremony, guests were invited to be seated at tables surrounding an outdoor dancefloor lit with market lights. The bridal party was introduced by
the MC/DJ team from Prolific Pro 

Wente Vineyards wedding

 

Wente Vineyards wedding

 

Lion dancers from Hung Sing Martial Arts entertained the guests.

Wente Vineyards wedding

 

Wente Vineyards wedding

 

Lion Dancers

 

Lion Dancers

 

Lion Dancer Bride

 

Then, we stole the bride and groom for a few portraits in the last light of day.

Wente Vineyards sunset portraits

 

Wente Vineyards sunset portraits

 

Wente Vineyards sunset portraits

 

Wente Vineyards sunset portraits

 

Wente Vineyards sunset portraits

 

Wente Vineyards sunset portraits

 

Wente Vineyards sunset portraits

 

We got them back in time for toasts, dinner, and their first dance as husband and wife.

 

Wente Vineyards after dark

 

Wente Vineyards after dark

 

It was a warm and wonderful Summer day at Wente Vineyards, Karen & Gavin’s families were kind and accommodating to us and we hope you enjoyed this peek into their beautiful event.

We loved celebrating along with them and look forward to the next opportunity to photograph a Wente Winery wedding.

When we think of Winter weddings, we think of beautiful bride and her handsome groom in front of a snowy wonderland. The past couple of Winters have been less than cooperative for those of us in California who dream of a white Christmas. This year, the snow returned; and with it, our perfect vision of a Winter wedding.

Our first wedding of 2016 was at Squaw Creek Resort in Lake Tahoe.

We’re delighted to introduce our first bride & groom of 2016, Tonica & Richard.

Winter Wedding

 

Her accessories are straight out of a dream. How perfect is that fuzzy white hooded cape?!

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Winter Wedding

 

The way the scenery frames the couple, the soft gradient to the sky, the cool tones of the shadows and the snow, warmed by the beam of sunset light, their faces and her red bouquet; this is one of my very favorite images.

Winter Wedding

 

Winter Wedding

 

And a little light painting to end a perfect evening at Squaw Creek Resort. We hope you enjoyed this sneak peek at Tonica & Rich’s winter wedding.

Winter Wedding Squaw Creek Resort

Looking for bouquet inspiration? or know someone who is?

Our Bouquet Inspiration photographs are featured on Real Weddings’ blog today:

Florists from all over the Sacramento area provided stunning bouquets to be included in the Real Weddings magazine feature: Something Blue.

We photographed over 20 unique designs by these awesome florists:

Accents by Sage Floral Design | 916-799-6242 | accentsbysage.com

Ambience Floral Design | 916-786-6851 | ambiencefloral.com

Bella Bloom | 916-498-8588 | bellabloomflowers.com

Bloem Decor | 916-447-2001 | bloemdecor.com

Flourish | 916-212-5179 | flourishdesigns.com

Morningside Florist | 916-635-9891 | morningsideflorist.com

Placerville Flowers on Main | 530-622-1121 | placervilleflowersonmain.com

The Posh Posey | 916-337-3215 | theposhposey.com

Relles Florist | 916-441-1478 | rellesflorist.com

Visual Impact Design | 916-489-3746 | visualimpact-design.com

Whole Foods Market | wholefoodsmarket.com/service/weddings-folsom

Be sure to check out the floral arrangements we photographed and the rest of the Something Blue feature in Real Weddings magazine.

 

Jacinta & Ben are a gorgeous, recently engaged couple that needed San Francisco engagement photographs to capture their fine selves, their sweet love, and to use on their save-the-dates. When we got the inquiry to do their engagement session I was SO excited, I’ve known Jacinta since we were teens and have been following her and Ben’s love story via Facebook. These two are always posting images of their adventures, whether it’s riding bikes around their own urban backyard, or exploring exotic locations abroad. I knew they had gotten engaged because I saw the obligatory ring pictures on Facebook when they announced it (and I cried a little – true story – maybe it was my pregnancy hormones, but I am SO happy they found each other). We wanted to do their romance justice and give them some photographs of the city that they love. Mischa ended up photographing their session solo – as I was a week from my due date and taking as much maternity leave as is realistic when you’re a business owner (basically taking it easy with office work & blog posts, and not shooting more than 30 minutes drive from the birth center). I think he did a wonderful job.

These are their favorites, minus the ones that will appear on their save-the-date. Congratulations, Jacinta & Ben!

San Francisco Engagement photography

 

San Francisco Engagement photography

 

San Francisco Engagement photography

 

San Francisco Engagement photography

Did I mention the weather? It was mid-December and a storm had been threatening to “rain on our parade”. But Jacinta & Ben bravely faced whatever the weather would be and embraced the wind & cold, keeping each other warm as much as possible.

San Francisco Engagement photography

 

San Francisco Engagement photography

 

San Francisco Engagement photography

 

San Francisco Engagement photography

 

San Francisco Engagement photography

 

San Francisco Engagement photography

 

San Francisco Engagement photography

 

San Francisco Engagement photography

 

San Francisco Engagement photography

You can see the rain starting in the puddle

San Francisco Engagement photography

 

San Francisco Engagement photography

It’s really raining, and she is really that graceful.

San Francisco Engagement photographs

 

San Francisco Engagement photographs

We hope you enjoyed these San Francisco engagement photographs of Jacinta & Ben. The rain is real, the love is real. All the beauty was done “in camera” (I didn’t “Photoshop” anything before posting these, just resized them and added our logo). Let us know what you think!

 

Mischa Awards

**please note: this photo is of Mischa accepting other awards & accolades, back in 2013, when I was only wrangling a couple chihuahua mixes and not a toddler or a newborn, so we actually went to awards banquets and accepted things in person. Someday, we hope to accept more awards in person again, but today, our babies are getting the attention that the folks in Atlanta, Georgia at Imaging USA are missing out on this week.

 

Official Press Release:

San Francisco / Sacramento Photographer, Mischa Purcell, Earns Photographic Craftsman Degree

Mischa Purcell of Mischa Photography recognized for helping to advance the photography industry

Sacramento, CA— Mischa Purcell of Mischa Photography – with studios in both San Francisco and Sacramento – has earned the photographic craftsman degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to Mischa Purcell by PPA president Michael Timmons, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, F-ASP, at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, held January 10-12, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.
This degree is not merely a piece of paper. It means that Mr. Purcell has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. He has been awarded the photographic craftsman degree in recognition of his service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor.
Mr. Purcell’s degree—and all the expertise it requires—illustrates his accomplishments and talent as one of a select few.

About PPA
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA’s roots date back to 1869. The nonprofit assists more than 28,500 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at PPA.com.



 

 

PPA’s website has more to say here:

PPA degrees help prove the effort that photographers put into their art.
Photography is not a static industry; new techniques and technologies always appear. The actions photographers take to earn PPA degrees help keep them abreast of the changes. If a photographer has reached this status point in the photographic industry—the receipt of a PPA degree—he or she has pushed beyond the norm.
Is not this the type of person you want to entrust your memories to?
PPA’s Merit & Degree program recognizes photographers’ achievements in the profession. Created in 1937, this is the oldest PPA educational program. It is run on a point system, with merits standing as points that member photographers earn for various accomplishments. Merits are earned towards the degrees. After 25 merits, the photographer is eligible for a degree, depending on the types of merits earned (whether they were speaker, exhibition, and so on).
A PPA degree is not the completion of a university curriculum; it is a representation of the oldest and largest professional photography organization’s standards of excellence.

 

What are the different PPA degrees?

Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.)
One of the highest recognitions for speaking, writing, or mentoring on photography; positions the photographer as an authority in the industry.
Awarded in recognition of service to the profession as an orator, author, or mentor.

 



 

So, what does this all mean? Basically, Mischa has been going above and beyond since he earned his college degree in Fine Art Photography to continue his education, educate others, and serve as an outstanding example of a Professional Photographer.

…and now he can add “Cr.Photog” to his fancy email signature.:)

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  • January 12, 2016 - 4:34 am

    Mindy Newton - Congratulations – quite an accomplishment!