An engagement session at an extraordinary garden venue.

        It has been a summer of adventure and work related travel for me! Last week I was in Mendocino for an amazing backyard wedding on a cliff with a view of the Pacific ocean that I will never forget. A couple of days later I was in Big Sur for another spectacular cliff side wedding. Over the weekend I was in the Yosemite area for an engagement session for 2 lovebirds who have been waiting for over 30 years to be legally married! I’m a little behind on my posting so visit again soon for new images. Check out this gorgeous couple I recently photographed at Cornerstone Sonoma.

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        Ruby & Ivan travelled all the way from Texas to the Napa Valley for their engagement session at Cornerstone. We had a blast discovering the different gardens! Each garden is completely different than the next. Above and below is the garden Rise designed by Roger Raiche and David McCrory. I love the balance of organic and man-made textures.

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        Above, the Garden of Contrast by James Van Sweden and Sheila Brady was lovely with wispy grasses and sharp agave plants.

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        Red Lantern Garden above by Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot was a cool mixture of reflective elements and industrial charm. Check out the link for more information on this installation’s historical references. 

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        fun couple photoshoot

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        Congratulations on your engagement, Ivan & Ruby!

        If you are planning a wedding or engagement session and need a photographer, give me a call! 831-325-4183

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        Kevin & Kathleen’s Elliston Vineyards wedding.

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        I’ve been having an amazing summer! I’ve been photographing weddings every week at some of the most lovely venues in Northern California. Last month I photographed a wedding in Sunol, CA at Elliston Vineyards.

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        The tasting room is a stately old home filled with antiques. A picture perfect place to get ready.

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        wedding officiant Donna Rose Gardner

        I was so happy to be working with Donna from Honey in the Heart Ceremonies. Her ceremonies are always so touching.

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        at Elliston Vineyards

        Click here to view more images from this wedding on my Facebook Business Page.

        If you are planning a wedding and need a photographer, give me a call 831-325-4183 or email me at rebstark@me.com

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        From now on, every time I think of our nation’s birthday, I’ll remember Allyson & Tyler’s anniversary! Check out their fabulous 4th of July, red, white & blue, Americana inspired wedding that I photographed last year. It was truly a DIY family affair. Everyone pitched in to make their wedding day special.

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        Red dahlias everywhere! Allyson’s aunt is the amazing florist Lezlie Johnson with Grand Design, www.montereyeventflowers.com Lezlie is one of the most creative florists in the Monterey Bay area.

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        Fabric covered hay bales, borrowed chairs and benches made great seating. Allyson’s mom Wendy is an amazing seamstress and made all of the quilts, tablecloths and banners. She also made the groomsmen’s personalized vests.

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        The stable at Red Tail Ranch made for a perfect altar at this ranch wedding.

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        Aptos 4th of July wedding

        We ended their wedding day at this awesome vista near the cement ship in Aptos. One of their favorite places to watch the sunset. Click here to see more images from this wedding. If you are planning a wedding in the Monterey Bay area and need a photographer, give me a call! Rebecca 831-325-4183

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        Earlier this month I photographed this lovely, nontraditional wedding at Clos LaChance winery! The landscape and gardens were in full bloom and it was a perfect spring day.

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        I love working with florist Lezlie Johnson! She is always so creative with her designs. She once told me that the bouquet should always compliment the bride’s dress. I love how she complimented this red bridal gown! This might be the largest peony I’ve ever seen!

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        Reverend Donna with Honey in the Heart Ceremonies made the vow exchange so special. The couple had a crystal ceremony. So cool!

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        I think I’m going to be comparing every salad I have in the future to Cafe Primavera‘s berry and spinach creation below.

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        Once the dancing started, the dance floor was packed all night long. That’s usually the case when the DJ is Jon from Belmont Entertainment!

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        Congratulations Liz & Chris!!

        If you are planning a wedding and you need a photographer, call me  831-325-4183 or email me rebstark@me.com

         

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