Fort Ross Vineyard and Winery

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.

Miles and Erin's Gatsby-style wedding

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.

Portraits of Chuck D

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.

Vine Hill House Wedding

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.

Grasshopper Bike Race, Occidental, California

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

Sean and Shannon's wedding at Contento Vineyard

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.

Music by Dgiin and DJ Phil

Catering by Nick Heidemann

Flowers by Vanda Floral

A sweltering and cool wedding in Monte Rio, California

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's New Year's Eve Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco

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.

Ken and Kara Wedding at Vine Hill House

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

DJ: AMS Entertainment

Officiant: Peadar Dalton, Your Ceremony Matters