Sonoma has a special place in our hearts as it’s where we call home. Before moving here, each time we would visit to photograph another beautiful Sonoma county wedding, we fell deeper in love, so in 2013 we finally decided to make the big move. Trying to run a business as a Sonoma county wedding photographer can be difficult; it’s hard to stay focused when you are constantly inspired by all that Sonoma county has to offer. From the wild coastline of the Sea Ranch to remote Pinot Noir vineyards nestled in the coastal mountains, to the redwood forests to the Russian River valley; natural beauty and warm locals are in abundance here. Okay, and the wine is pretty great too. With over 600 tasting rooms stretching across the county for you to explore, there are options for everyone! Many vineyards and wineries offer a great offer a great all-in-one wedding ceremony and wedding reception option, this convenience can make the day a lot less stressful.
A few (but not all) of our favorites are Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, straddling the Carneros plain which encompasses both Sonoma and Napa counties. The Robert Young Estate Winery in Alexander Valley. Arista and Copain in Russian River Valley.
For the ultimate hilltop, wine country experience, it’s hard to compete with a Kunde Family estate wedding. The first wedding we photographed at Kunde was when Seth Rogen married Lauren Miller atop Boot Hill and from that point on, Kunde Family estate has been one of our favorite sonoma wedding locations.
Napa, our neighbor just to the east, needs no introduction and began cultivating its reputation as a world class epicurean destination back in the 70’s. It is a well known luxury wedding destination and continues to refine the experience for its visitors today. Napa has a little bit of everything, from the expanding downtown waterfront alongside the Napa river with its convenient access and ample amenities to mineral baths, legendary food and wine, and the irresistible charm of Calistoga in the northern part of the county, Napa has something for everyone.
A favorite Napa wedding venue of ours is Meadowood Napa Valley, a luxurious wedding venue that offers unmatched service, world class food and wines, and beautiful grounds for gorgeous Napa wedding photography. For a classic Napa Valley wedding, the town of Yountville offers everything in one convenient town. The Vintage Inn and adjacent Villagio Inn and Spa offer wedding guest accommodation, a wedding ceremony site as well as a barrel room reception site and...you’re just a short walk from Thomas Keller’s mythical dining experience, the French Laundry.
Sonoma-Napa wine country is truly a 4-season resort area with so much more to offer than just vineyards and tasting rooms and each season offers it’s own unique charm. With endless locations to explore, wonderful service, friendly locals, and world class food and wine, it’s no surprise that we host around 4,500 weddings here annually. We feel very lucky to be Sonoma and Napa’s best photojournalistic wedding photographers.