About a year ago, my good friend, and Los Angeles-based wedding planner, Emily Petievich called me about the possibility of photographing a wedding up at a winery in Santa Ynez, California, about an hour north of Santa Barbara. Without knowing much more than that, my level of intrigue was immediately at its peak. The Santa Ynez valley is one of the most beautiful settings you will find in all of California. There is a lively historic atmosphere that is kept alive here due to its scenic landscape, abundant wineries, numerous horse ranches, quaint old towns and endless antique stores. As a photographer, having spent three years going to college in nearby Santa Barbara and very familiar with the area, no arm-twisting is needed to convince me to photograph a wedding with this breath-taking backdrop!
Well, not so fast…it’s not all about location and pretty scenery for me when agreeing to photograph a wedding. Most importantly for me is the opportunity of photographing another unique couple and the story of their wedding day. No different from any wedding I photograph, my desire is to work with clients who want a distinctive, documentary-style approach for their wedding photography. In this case, and to my good fortune, that is precisely what Jaime and Justin were looking for in a wedding photographer.
Before the big event in early July, Jaime, Justin and I had an opportunity to meet up for a last minute engagement session, galavanting around downtown Santa Monica, inventing photo opportunities as we wandered the streets. It proved to be a great photo shoot, as I got to know the couple a little bit prior to their wedding day and to see them relaxed, lively, spontaneous and fun! The shoot was all I need to get revved up for their wedding day. I knew that I was in for a unique and special day!
The weekend finally arrived, and I brought along my good friend, and long time wedding photographer, Asgeir Bollason to work as my second photographer. Asgeir has worked with me on several of my California weddings and always produces excellent and thoughtful documentary imagery. We arrived a night before the wedding day to get in a good night’s rest so that we could have optimal energy for the long day ahead. A day which began at the Corque Hotel in Solvang, a “first look” for the couple at the Old Mission Santa Ines, a trip with the whole wedding party on the long and winding Ballard Canyon Road, a stop in downtown Los Olivos for family portraits at an historic school house, and finally to Firestone Winery where both the outdoor ceremony and reception would be held. It was a beautiful day to say the least! The weather was an absolutely perfect compliment to the beautiful bride and handsome groom! To see the story of the day unfold, click on the following link to view the highlight slideshow show >>>HERE<<< as well as scroll below to see some of my favorites of the day! Enjoy!