Category Archives: Real Weddings

A Year in Review // 2017

2017 was a pretty crazy year. For us, it was the busiest year since Viera Photographics began 12 years ago but it didn’t come easy. The year in Sonoma county began with enough rain to break historical records in April, record breaking heat in September, then in October – the month we most look forward to up here – the most devastating wildfire in California’s history. Mother Nature really tested our nation’s resolve last year but we made it through and are so grateful to have worked with the incredible list of clients we have and to be able to continue doing the work we love.

Last year was also special for us in that we had the chance to revisit all of the important places that have helped shape what Viera Photographics is today.

A New Year’s Day wedding brought us back to San Diego, where Jaime and I met back before cell phones were smart. In April, we headed back to New Zealand for a wedding in lovely Marlborough. We had a chance to re-tour the South Island and re-tell Alex stories of all the adventures he went on with us before he could remember and we showed him all the special places like the hospital he was born in, the house he grew up in, and Otago University, where his mom earned her degree. Upon our return to the states, things got much more busy and we were soon headed back to the east coast for a wedding in my hometown of Newport, Rhode Island at the supremely romantic Chanler Hotel. The fall had us working close to our new home of Sonoma county and the season finally came to a close in November but not before our first bowling alley wedding which…is also quite relevant as that’s where I first met my Jaime. Ok, all sappy reminiscing aside, it was an unforgettable year which is why we felt compelled to do our first year-in-review in 12 years. To all our clients out there, we are ineffably grateful to you for letting us into the most intimate corner of your world for a day and we wish you the happiest 2018.

A Montauk Wedding at Swallow’s East // Michelle and Eric

Michelle and Eric’s intimate, bluff-top Montauk New York wedding ceremony and subsequent reception at the Swallow’s East restaurant would pair perfectly with a glass of Veuve Cliquot and a Lobster Roll. Now put on “At The River” by Groove Armada and atmosphere is perfectly set for their summer Long Island wedding. The ceremony was held at… Continue Reading

A Cline Cellars Wedding // Rebecca and Oren

Becca and Oren’s Sonoma Wine Country wedding took place at one of our favorite venues, Cline Cellars. Situated in the bucolic Carneros region of southern Sonoma Valley, Cline is a short 1 hour drive north from the couple’s San Francisco home. Oren and Becca personalized every aspect of their fall Sonoma wedding, from the wedding invites, to… Continue Reading

A Newport Wedding at the Chanler // Jessica and Anthony

Jessica and Anthony’s wedding day celebration at the Chanler hotel was a gorgeous Newport wedding with seamlessly woven elements of casual elegance, color, and high fashion. The Chanler’s meticulously appointed and spacious rooms provided the perfect atmosphere for the girls to get ready, sip champagne and reminisce over old times. After their emotional first look… Continue Reading


 PHOTOGRAPHY: Viera Photographics   |   EVENT DESIGN: Exquisite Events // Tent Décor and Lighting Design   |   EVENT COORDINATOR: Jaime Nelson at Eventfully Planned   |   FLORIST: Sayles Livingston   |   CATERER: The Chanler   |   CAKE: Isis Brighton    |   MAKEUP: Spectrum Makeup - Jenn Hodge   |   HAIR: Jennifer Clark Gonzales   |   CEREMONY: The Chanler   |   RECEPTION: The Chanler   |   VIDEO: Mike Cyr // Buzz Media Company   |   DRESS DESIGNER: Mira Zwillinger   |   GROOM'S WEAR: Martin Greenfield   |   OTHER: Music Performance Service 

A Downtown Sonoma Wedding // Jenn and Julian

About the wedding Jenn and Julian’s downtown Sonoma wedding was a uniquely low-key affair. The intimate ceremony took place on the back patio of the Depot Hotel and the summer BBQ in the park style reception was held across the street at the Depot Park. Co-officiated by close friends, the ceremony began with Jenn’s mother giving a heartfelt tribute to her… Continue Reading

A Domaine Chandon Wedding // Liz and Ryan

Liz and Ryan’s Domaine Chandon wedding began on a perfectly calm, spring day in the town of Napa. The girls were sipping mini bottles of Chandon and listening to music in a cute little vacation rental as they prepped for the day and awaited the arrival of the boys. Liz and Ryan are great people with two highly contagious smiles and… Continue Reading

A Smog Shoppe Wedding // Jessie and Ken

Jessie and Ken’s intimate Smog Shoppe wedding was a quintessential laid-back Southern California celebration…all about fun, friends, and family. A peaceful oasis amidst the city sounds just outside its walls, The Smog Shoppe was the perfect wedding venue for the occasion.  Growing ever more lush over the years, the Smog Shoppe’s living succulent walls provided a tranquil garden… Continue Reading


 PHOTOGRAPHY: Viera Photographics   |   EVENT DESIGN: Bride!   |   FLORIST: Jamie Marion   |   CATERER: Huntington Catering    |   MAKEUP: Gabrielle Kessler   |   HAIR: Gabrielle Kessler   |   

A Silicon Valley Wedding // Lindsay and Quyen

Lindsay and Quyen’s Silicon Valley wedding took place in the hills between the Pacific Ocean and the valley itself and their timing couldn’t have been any more fortuitous. In the midst of a very stormy California winter, skies parted seemingly just long enough for their day before reverting back to heavy rains and mountain snow the following day. Their wedding ceremony was held… Continue Reading