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Mawage and Bowling… of Course

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“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam… And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva… So tweasure your wuv.”

Mawage and bowling were the bookends of this amazing day in Sutter Creek. There really is no other way to describe it.

Every now and then, I am lucky to have the most incredible couple at a destination wedding… hired over the phone with a fair idea of the temperament of one or both parts of the couple, I am still coming in kind of blind. Open to all the nuances about to confront my camera, I have been delighted more often than not. This particular couple and their wonderful crowd pulled out all the stops and we had the best time!

The setting, the beautiful Avio Vineyard in the rolling foothills of the Sierras, was perfect. Kenrick sang to his Lindy during the ceremony… there were heartfelt readings by the dearest of friends. The cocktail hour, around the pool, was quite elegant… the food to die for! Dinner was announced and the guests wound their way up to a sumptuous feast, specially lit by Kenrick’s brother, Chris. Dancing after dinner was beyond the usual fare… some of these people really knew how to command the floor! At this point, most weddings are about done, right? Well, rumors were circulating that the bowling alley in Sutter Creek was the next stop. At this point, the bowling alley was the only thing still open. Never in my life have I said no to shooting a couple in their wedding duds who were going bowling. ;0)

A Bicycle Built for Two

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A bicycle built for two requires a very special teamwork… these two people have that teamwork in spades! Lindy and Kenrick have an anniversary coming up soon and I always think of this image from their rehearsal dinner. This was a true destination wedding with most everyone flying out from the east coast and me flying down from Portland… Sacramento was the airport and then there was a fabulous drive east to the foothills of the Sierras. The destination was the town of Sutter Creek. The rehearsal dinner and the wedding were held at Avio Vineyards just on the edge of town.
Avio is a delightful blend of rustic and classy with peacocks roaming the grounds and views out over the soft hills. Dinner was set with this view in mind and everyone was having a fine time. Before dessert was served, Lindy’s dad took Kenrick for a walk ostensibly to give him some advice… meanwhile, Lindy was pulling this red tandem bike out of the shed, making sure the bow was secure. You can probably imagine the surprise on his face when he came back! They took the bike up to the parking area immediately and took a spin in the fading light… perfect teamwork!

Destination weddings also require teamwork. As a photographer available for travel, I have a few pieces of advice about the process. Plan on bringing in your photographic team a day early at least… it offers some very real insurance that they will be there on time and rested for your wedding day. It will also give them a chance to deal with possible lost or damaged equipment… these days, rental gear can usually be overnighted if necessary. As a perk for bringing me in early, I always offer a couple of hours at the rehearsal to get to know the immediate crowd and to check out the venue as much as possible.

Your professional photographers will no doubt talk to you about all of these things in the planning sessions… if they don’t, you’d better do the asking or risk having things go sideways. ;0)

Lush Life

One of the best parts of Kenrick and Lindy’s rehearsal dinner was the view… Avio Vineyards is tucked into the beautiful hills of Sutter Creek, California. Throughout the dinner, I watched many of the guests steal a quiet minute or two at the edge of the patio. The sky was softening over the horses in the field as a most delightful dinner was served… wine glasses tinkling in the late light. This is the way to live your life!

Choose a special place and hire the best… you won’t regret it!