Napa Engagement Party/Surprise Wedding

Read about a beautiful engagement party turned wedding. Photos were taken in 35mm film and digital format.

In the heart of Napa Valley, amidst the lush vineyards and rolling hills, I had the privilege of capturing a truly unique celebration – an engagement party that seamlessly transformed into an intimate wedding. The picturesque private residence provided a stunning backdrop for this love-filled day, where close friends and family gathered to witness and commemorate the union of two souls.

The vibe was palpable from the moment I arrived – a perfect blend of chill, fun, and breathtaking beauty. The couple’s decision to keep the guest list limited to their nearest and dearest created an atmosphere of warmth and intimacy that permeated every aspect of the day.

The ceremony took place beneath a beautiful canopy of of flowers. The natural surroundings made the event feel serene and timeless. It truly felt like a fairy tale unfolding in real time.

What truly set this wedding apart, however, was the culinary selection. Eschewing traditional fare, the couple opted for a menu that spoke to their personalities and preferences. The guests were treated to a delightful spread of pizza, tacos, and delectable doughnuts. This unexpected twist added an element of playful sophistication to the affair, proving that a wedding menu can be as unique and personal as the couple themselves.

Photographing this enchanting day was a dream come true. I chose to use both 35mm film and digital to capture the essence of the event. Film brought a timeless quality to the images, rendering them with a soft, nostalgic charm, while digital allowed for the immediacy and versatility required to document every candid moment and spontaneous burst of joy.

Bride and groom taken on wedding day on 35mm film
Bride and groom on 35mm film
Bride getting ready at wedding in Napa.
bride on 35mm film

As the day waned and the stars emerged, I looked around at the radiant faces of the couple and their guests, all aglow with the magic of the moment. This was a celebration that defied convention, a testament to the power of love and the beauty that emerges when a couple dares to forge their own path.

bride and groom on 35mm film

In the heart of Napa, under the open sky, amidst laughter and tears of joy, a love story was told – one that will echo through the ages as a testament to the power of authenticity, intimacy, and the simple, breathtaking beauty that can be found in the most unexpected places.

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