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I’m not going to lie, it’s been great photographing local weddings the last three weeks, not having to drive too far.  This last weekend I photographed Jason and Kelly’s wedding in Murphys California at Laraine Winery.  It was a unique wedding even though I had photographed another wedding there a few years ago.  If lightening and thunderous skies weren’t cool enough for an outside wedding, it was the dust in the wind that blew us away, both literally and metaphorically.  With all the Jason-Kelly Love and the atmospheric conditions , we were able to capture some beautiful light photographs as well as the dramatic magazine photographs.  Here are some images from this weekend. (I’m just including the first part of the day here in this blog, and not the reception event). Enjoy!

Wedding Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography.

Wedding Venue Ceremony and Reception: Laraine Winery.

Make-up and Hair: Amy Avila from Panache Salon and Filomena Nault from Mena & Co. Salon.

Florists: Kathy from Country Flower Hutch.

Wedding Coordinator: Erin Smith.

Preparation Location: Victoria Inn, Mimi’s Place.

DJ: Joe with Elite Entertainment.

Catering: Wren Creative Food.


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Wow, I had an eventful weekend at the Laraine Winery, in Vallecito, California as well as Calistoga.  Gorgeous locations for weddings for both venues! After I photographed a wedding at the Hans Fahden Wineries on Friday, near Napa, I came home, charged my batteries, and fell asleep on my computer desk uploading memory cards to my computer.  I awoke and prepared for the Saturday elegant wedding planned in the Murphy’s wine country! I’m telling you, after I awoke, hugged my wife and kids, then had a Starbucks Frap with them, I was charged and ready for another amazingly planned wedding with a wonderful Bride and Groom.  I picked up my second photographer, and we drove to Murphy’s, California to the Laraine Winery.  Dana and Zui are a classy romantic couple from the Bay Area, whom I’ve gotten to know, and I enjoy being around. The wedding ceremony took place up on the hill of the Oak Knoll, rolled out with a green top, and vineyards everywhere.   There was celebration by everyone, tears rolling down cheeks, love in the air, and touching toasts with laughter and applause.  They both truly love each other and it showed. The weather was just perfect! I couldn’t have asked for a better day.  Here are some of the teaser images I took that day…

PHOTOGRAPHER: Charleton Churchill Photography

MAKE-UP & HAIR:  Jillian Day Spa & Boutique

LOCATION / VENUE: Laraine Winery

Wedding couple in Murphy

romantic dancing couple at the Larraine winery in Vallecito for a wedding event

bride laughing on a purple couch in the lodging home for some bridal poses and portraits

bride preparing and make-up on with Jillian

Bride posing as a fashion queen at a door overlooking a beautiful blue lake for before her wedding

classy bride pose for her wedding in murphy

wedding event at the vineyard of Larraine Winery up on the Oak Knoll holding hands for a bride and groom pose

emotional moment with bride and groom before the wedding ceremony at Larraine Winery in Vallecito


groomsmen posing in front of wine barrels at the Larraine Winery with yellow ties

Groom with lace in the mouth after pulling it off the bride

Wedding party near the pool for a group portrait with bride and groom, yellow tone

Wedding party with popping colors after the wedding ceremony up on the Oak Knoll of Larraine Winery laughing and celebrating

sunset shot with bride and groom celebrating together near a white picked fence and purple sky

Bride and groom driving in a blue jeep as they make their entrance to the wedding ceremony before family and friends

A view of the wedding venue location with a red carpet and lovely vineyard landscape

bride happy and joyful with a tear rolling down her cheek holding the groom saying their vows

bride and groom smiling after wedding ceremony with oak leaves and green trees at the Larraine winery

Bridal photograph with back turned against the camera for a pose

Bride looking back just before the first look of an intimate revealing to see her groom for the first time

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  • Jennifer Arterbury - awesome shots! love your angles, and editing…October 21, 2009 – 3:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton - Well, hey, you were there!! Haha !October 21, 2009 – 3:43 pmReplyCancel

  • Zui - Gorgeous shots!! Dance shots make us look like we actually knew what we were doing. I am SO sending a dress shot to Maggie Sottero to show them their gorgeous gown. Thank you!! You guys rock!!October 21, 2009 – 5:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Julia Burns - All your photos are beautiful but this series brought tears to my eyes. I’m such a sap. I don’t even know these people and I just cried at their wedding.October 30, 2009 – 9:40 amReplyCancel