Barn Wedding at Olympia’s Valley EstateCailtin & Mark

Barn Wedding at Olympia’s Valley Estate

Caitlin and Mark wanted a Barn Wedding at Olympia’s Valley Estate. I’d never shot at that venue before but any barn is always exciting!

Their goal was a laid-back and playful atmosphere and when they first visited venues, they loved the lush, open feel of OVE. The wedding happened on a beautiful, warm day, surrounded with the rolling Sonoma hills and dairy farms. In the evening, the Bay Area famous fog came to join us but we were already inside the barn so we didn’t care :)

I loved the natural vibe throughout the wedding and how Caitlin and Mark either laughed, cried or smiled every time I looked at them!

They had their first look under a willow tree and read each other’s letter and then, right before the ceremony, they took a moment with the bridal party to center themselves and I thought that was such a good idea – everyone should do it on their wedding day!
After the ceremony, they had a quiet moment just the two of them, and we took some time to try to go on the pond but after almost falling in, we decided to just get back to the cocktail hour :D

Oh, and also, they had a donut bar :D

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Barn Wedding at Olympia’s Valley Estate

Vendor list:

Photographer: Anne-Claire Brun
Videographer: Brian Christ Films
Wedding Planner: Kristen Miller, So Eventful
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Olympia’s Valley Estate, Petaluma, CA.
Ceremony programs: KismetPrintCo
Makeup artist & Hair Dresser: Angela Nunnink
Floral Design: Aubriana Kasper MacNiven, The Bloomery Co.
Stationary/Paper goods (menu, cocktail signs, seating chart, place cards, invitations, save the dates, table numbers, guest book flag): Bright Room Studio
Groom Designer: Black Lapel
Cake Designer: Pretty Please SF
Musicians/DJ: Gaucho Gypsy Jazz & AMS Entertainment
Accommodation: Nick’s Cove Cottages
Wedding Dress: Monique L’huillier from Bridal Galleria
Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN
Officiant: Christine Krolik (Family friend)
Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering
Oyster Bar: Hog Island Oyster Co

Mariage au Château d’AlphéranLéa & Lillian

Mariage au Château d’Alphéran

Léa and Lillian got married in a french castle, le château d’Alphéran in the South of France, near Aix en Provence. Léa wrote me two years ago and I loved how her email was filled with little details about them and things they love. I felt like I knew them already and was so excited about working with them!

Léa is the eldest of five – two sisters and two brothers. I was so amazed by the complicity between them (and a little envious, I must say :D). I love seeing families that loving and caring.

She told me about the cranes she was folding for months before the wedding. It comes from a ancient Japanese legend promising that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods. Some stories believe you are granted happiness and eternal good luck, instead of just one wish. Léa made all of hers for Lillian. One thousand little cranes for her then-fiancé. How romantic is that?

The wedding was great: We had the civil ceremony in Aix en Provence, walking streets smelling like lavender and up to a market near city hall. The second ceremony was in the Château d’Alphéran, a romantic venue that I love working at.

It was a wonderful day filled with hilarious people, family, and love and I’m thrilled I got to be part of it.

 

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Vendors:

Bride’s dress: Pronovias
Groom: Hugo Boss
Make up & Hair: Fabienne de chez «Daniel Chavey et la Conciergerie»
Caterer: Atelier traiteur
Music: DJ Charly
Venue: Château d’Alphéran
Flowers: Dans mon Jardin
Shoes: Noë
Jewelry: Bracelet
Stationery: Cloé, bride’s sister
Desserts: Les Délices de Gladys
Decoration: Vaisselle Vintage
Favor: Jam

A Taste of Costa RicaCosta Rica

Costa Rica Wedding Photographer

I don’t like losing control. It freaks the hell out of me. 

At first I thought zip lining would be fun, not scary at all. I like heights. I like standing on the edge of cliffs and feeling the wind slap me. Makes me feel free. But then from the first zip line, I couldn’t break. I would try to put my hand, panic a little and then panic some more. The two first ones were test rides. The third one I wasn’t smiling anymore. I would see the landing arriving too fast and panic once more. Especially on the big one when I started twisting. Not being in control and not being able to learn when everyone was like “oh, that’s easy!” Not to me!

I tried to reason myself, tried to breathe more. And something snapped while I was going down a tree in rappel.

“You’ll be just fine”

I don’t know what happened. I guess I remembered the time I bungee jumped. How I had no idea I would (could) just jump from a bridge of 103 meters high. 

There was a Tarzan swing. Basically, jump and swing. I didn’t look down while they were attaching me to the rope. When it was time, I asked where to put my hands and I looked straight ahead… And then I was screaming – very very loudly :D. It was faster than the free fall from the bungee jumping though… Then I was swinging from the trees, taking it all in. Feeling like I was getting over my panic. Of course I didn’t know there were more zip lines. But I did a bit better… Or at least I didn’t panic as much about the breaking. 

And finally was the best one of all.

We went on the top of the mountain, over the cloud forest. They secured my chest, waist and feet. And I was flying. They call it “superman”. You get the visual. Nothing below. 1 km long.

At first I was looking around… But then I looked down. There was an eagle hovering below me.

And at that moment, just for a few seconds, we had the same view. For a few seconds, I was flying for real.

You know that overwhelming moment when you laugh nervously but really you’re sort of crying of happiness?

That was it.

It was magic.

And after the ziplining and the cloud forrest, the hummingbirds and the suspended bridges, it was waterfall after waterfall. We stayed at an Airbnb and the owner actually built his own house. It was all open and curved, no hard edges and I loved it instantly. We drove around and hiked to more waterfalls, crossing path with gorgeous blue butterflies (Blue Morpho Butterflies) – probably the most beautiful I’ve ever seen!

Costa Rica was pretty awesome. Expensive, yes, but worth it ;)

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