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My actual last wedding of the year was a few days before Christmas in Auburn, California, and it was cold and raining. I received a phone call in less than a month before Matthias and Jennifer’s wedding to capture their special day. I try and not book much in December to spend more time with family, but since it was a shorter wedding and they were really nice people, I jumped on the opportunity.  We spent sometime downtown Auburn at the old historic Methodist church before and during the ceremony.  After that, we photographed the bride + groom photos, and they really wanted a photo with this important airplane near the reception venue, which was the Ridge Golf Club.  We only had a few minutes for a photo because of time, and it was still cold (Jennifer was wrapped in warm blanket to keep warm).  Once we finished the photo, it started pouring rain, a sign that we were done  Then we enjoyed a lovely reception with warm hearts and most definitely a warm venue at the Ridge. Enjoy a few images from their wedding day! historic church downtown wedding auburn, ca. auburn wedding photography downtown wedding photography bride and groom auburn california grass valley wedding photographer Grass valley wedding photography pictures downtown auburn weddings venue location rustic The Ridge golf club wedding photographer airplane picture auburn wedding photographer at ridge golf club events center

 

It’s November in the foggy mountains of Yosemite.  The rain is falling everywhere, as are the leaves.  We arrive at the Tenaya Lodge after four hours of driving from the bay area, from another wedding. We are tired, but now we are happy.  Our rooms are rustic cabins, and we are welcomed to a warm and burly fireplace.  Wait a minute. I just slapped myself.  I’m love job.  If there’s any historic venue or location I would rather photograph more than any other, it’s Yosemite,…and anywhere in this National Park.

It just so happens that Nathan and Katie were planning their rustic wedding in Yosemite.  Even though they committed their vows to one another last year at the San Francisco City Hall, this was their official wedding day celebration with all their friends and family.  Nathan serves in the military, and many of us were unsure whether he would be granted permission to return home for this special day. We all prayed until a few weeks before the event.  I was also praying for snow.  I had this Narnia wedding vision in my head, but maybe some other day.  Long story short, Nathan came home and we all celebrated!

I had a super time at their wedding, and the Kevin Roche Band was electric!  Everyone sang loud and proud,…and with Kilts on!  Thank you to Katie and Nathan, and also your family for allowing me to share in your wedding day together.  Enjoy some of my favorite images from the wedding day.

 

bridal dress hanging on rocks of ahwahnee hotel

yosemite falls waterfall at national park in fall rain November wedding

groomsmen at ahwahnee lodge

groomsmen portraits at yosemite wedding ahwahnee hotel photography

groom portraits fall colors yosemite village

bride preparing at yosemite lodge before rustic scottish ceremony

bride photo with bouquet fall season wedding at ahwahnee hotel

bride with twightlight movie theme wedding in rustic woods

first look glance at the bride and groom before the ceremony

bridesmaids and bride at yosemite ahwahnee hotel

bridal party in fall colors of Yosemite November

wedding party at yosemite by national park photographer

couples pics on green lawn with a twighlight movie theme cape and woodsy look at Yosemite

bride and groom portraits under fall colored leaves red orange yellow

landscape images at Yosemite before a fall wedding

wedding at yosemite ceremony and el capitan landscape pics

yosemite ahwahnee hotel view of property during wedding

wedding ceremony at the Yosemite Ahwahnee Hotel

wedding ceremony outside of yosemite venue

evening wedding in the fall season of Yosemite hotel

wedding reception in the dark dim lights with friends and family

wedding reception scottish version in woodsy backdrop DIY

wedding reception dancing party celebration with a kilt

dancing blur action at scottish wedding

vintage groom holding bride in arms near yosemite location outside

dramatic ighting at Yoemite wedding in the valley with lanterns and fog

foggy wedding scene rustic wilderness bride groom with lighting

Wedding Coordinator: Don Alexander
Wedding Venue & Reception: Yosemite Ahwahnee Hotel
Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography
Catering: Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park
Make-up and hair: Carol Cardinale with Belissimo Bridal
Florist: Sweet Dreams
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Band: The Kevin Roche Band