Miguel and Tera Crawford asked me to make some family portraits for their holiday greeting cards and I ended up taking some candid shots of their youngest daughter. Adorable!
This is part of a film series I'm working on for Fort Ross Vineyards and Winery, located north of Jenner, California. Combining still images with video and audio recordings, I aim to tell the story of Lester and Linda Schwartz who started this unique vineyard on the grasslands above the Pacific coast of Northern California in 1994.
On the eve of Halloween, Miles and Erin celebrated their wedding at the Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove, California. They and their guests dressed in 1920's costumes, fitting the grandiose atmosphere of this mansion built in 1917.
I shared a beautiful afternoon with the Swaney family at their Healdsburg home.
I shoot thousands of images when I cover a wedding and it can be a bit overwhelming. I like to combine a small number of images that conveys a portion of the whole story, like these four shots from Rachel and John's wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California.
This is a book design I made for Vine Hill House, a wonderful setting for weddings that I've photographed over the years since moving back to Sonoma County. The owners of this beautiful property, Dan and Jan O'Connell, are some of the coolest and kindest people I know.
Portraits of Chuck D, a banjo player and member of the local bands "Red-Eyed Rosebuds" and "The Dirty Kid Culprit Crew." Taken outside the Rio Theater in Monte Rio, California.
The high winds at Wright Beach lifted the crashing waves to create a beautiful mist. The dark, jagged rock formation provided the perfect backdrop. Shot with a Nikon D610 and 80-200mm lens.
Silvia and Aaron's elopement-style wedding happened on a Thursday this fall at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol. There was a high chance of rain on that day, but it only showered once and Silvia ran to shelter under the porch, laughing. With only a few friends and immediate family members, this was a sweet and intimate wedding.
I love this informal and very unofficial bike race near our town in Occidental, California. The event attracts some of the best professional riders in the area such as Levi Leipheimer. It's a grueling and scenic 50 miles with elevation of over 4,500 feet in West Sonoma County. It's the perfect cyclocross race combining roads and trails. Thanks to Miguel Crawford for organizing this event. More information can be found at www.grasshopperadventureseries.com
Sean and Shannon were married on May 24th, 2014 at the Brutocao "Contento Vineyard" off of Highway 175 in Hopland, California. What an amazing location! I loved the old barn and ever-changing scenery. Sean and Shannon and their guests had the place to themselves for the whole day and night, with no concern for playing loud music and no cutoff times. It was the perfect place for the wedding for a creative and fun couple.
Special thanks to Kaitlyn Finley and her team from Amy Bridges Events for working behind the scenes to make a joyous and memorable celebration.
Mike (Guido) and Laurie were married last July on what was the hottest day of the summer. They had their ceremony at the Rio Villa Beach Resort followed by a great reception at the Highland Dell Lodge.
Steve Baxman, the fire chief of the Monte Rio volunteer fire department, stopped traffic for the wedding party to cross the bridge over the Russian River.
It was great to see all these cool city folks partying in our tiny town.
All photos by Paul C. Miller:
Zach and Lucy were married at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on New Year's Eve, 2012. We were able to drive around the city for several nice portraits prior to the ceremony. My favorite location was at Crissy Field on a pier with a view of the city in the background. The light was fading fast, but we were able to get some great shots.
Louis and Jenna's wedding took place on a perfect autumn day at the Garden Pavilion in Sonoma. What an amazing place and a stunning couple. Truly, the finest hosts of a great party. They made sure everybody, including me, had a great time.
Ken and Kara's wedding took place on July 27th, 2012 at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California.
The amazing backdrop of Mt. St. Helena as well as the wine barrel and wine ritual completed the ceremony. The wedding had a local, rustic California wine country theme and much of the décor was handcrafted by the bride, her family and her bridal party. Rustic old wooden barn signs welcomed guests as they arrived on site. The wood was gathered by the bride’s engineer brother who does a lot of work on houses and the signs were beautifully painted with the help of one of the bridesmaid’s mothers.
The wedding party was stunning and was complete with a natural tux-wearing pup! The bride and her bridesmaids carried green and purple bouquets of cala lilies and orchids pieced together by the florist, Heather Hendrickson. The bride wore green and purple Kate Spade heels which added some pop to the pictures. She wore a satin and lace A-line dress to which she added fabric buttons and a jeweled belt.
Reverend Peadar Dalton, born and raised in Ireland, officiated Ken and Kara's wedding. His humor and insightful words made Ken and Kara's ceremony sacred and inspiring for everyone.
Venue: Vine Hill House
Caterer: Park Avenue
Oysters: Hog Island Oyster Company
Florist: Heather Hendrickson
Officiant: Peadar Dalton, Your Ceremony Matters