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My wedding season has officially begun.  Watch out, I’m on the move.  Jon and Sarah’s hot wedding (both the couple and the temperature) was one of the early weddings for this 2013 year. They both are easy going, and they enjoyed their wedding celebration without much fret.  The day started at Wine and Roses in Lodi and ended up at the classy Berghold Estate Winery for the ceremony and reception.  I had photographed a wedding here last year and love the venue, just off hwy 12.  Jon and Sarah wanted photos, so they gave me more time to entertain them.  I have to say, it’s a bonus for couples when they budget more time for bride and groom images.  It allows for more creative ninja camera skills. So, here you have it, a few images from their wedding day!


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Wedding Venue: Berghold Estate Winery  |  Ceremony and Reception at Bergold Vineyards  |  Wedding Preparation: Wine and Roses   |  Wedding Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography  | Make-up Artist: The Traveling Stylist, Amy Perdigone  |  Hair: Emily Carson  |  Catering: Hannibals  |  Florist: Julia Berghold  |  Cupcakes: Icing on the Cupcake  |  Cake:  The Bride  |  DJ: Elite Entertainment



Berghold Estate Vineyard Wedding
Photography: Charleton Churchill Photography
Wedding Venue: Berghold Estate Vineyard
Hotel Preparation: Wine and Roses Hotel
Makeup: Christi Reynolds Makeup Artistry Sacramento
Hair: Neill SooHoo
DJ: Joe Pitman from Extreme Productions
Catering: II Fornaio
Photobooth: Hotshots Photo Lounge
Cake: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca
Floral: Blooms by Martha Andrews

I met with Brett and Julie downtown Sacramento at a local Starbucks, and instantly knew I would like this couple.  They were so kind and enthusiastic about my photography work and style (which is a plus for a photographer).   I remember Brett and Julie asked quite a few questions, and were both concerned how I would get them to look like the photographs on my website.  They expressed they were not good in front of the camera, didn’t know what to do, and said they would probably need assistance (which is actually something I hear often from couples).  I told them what I tell others with the same concerns: Don’t worry about that part, just be yourself, leave that to me.  (They did an amazing job).

I remember after our engagement session, they received their images.  I remember getting a warm text from Julie before Christmas that read, “WOW!!! That’s all I can say about the pictures ;~)))”

And then later, another text, “I cannot wait to show those pictures to everyone at Christmas, I am so excited!!! Merry Christmas!!!”

And another text, “I’m glad I went with my gut ;~)”

It makes a photographer’s day when a couple expresses palpable happiness over their photographs!

When we arrived to photograph Brett and Julie’s wedding last month, I was thrilled to be working with top of the line vendors, some I have worked with before, and others the first time, AND at the elegant Berghold Estate Vineyard.  Both Brett and Julie exchanged gifts before the wedding, showing no resistance to emotion, love, or kind words for each other.  We stayed until everyone waved their magic wands (sparklers) as Brett and Julie walked through the tunnel of light holding hands and smiles!


(By the way, I’m excited to share with you all, the first image you see here won the “Best of Show” award at the Amador County Fairground Professional Print Competition this week.  I was happy with a good first place, but then to see it move to best of division and then Best of show, I have to say I was beside myself. You can see it this weekend on display when the fair opens to the public.)