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Venticello Wedding, Murphys California.

In the heart of the California Gold Country, Brian and Meredith shared vows overlooking the foothills of the Sierra Nevada from the top of a hill.  They were so fun and relaxed and easy to photograph.  I had photographed this charming wedding last year, and wanted to promote this venue as a beautiful location, something like a Tuscany Villa with picturesque landscapes, not to mention the romantic La Villetta room.  This was the first time I had photographed here, but with the amazing property, and a perfect couple, I wanted to post some images from their wedding. ( By the way, I received an email from them sharing they just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl).  Congratulations to Brian and Meredith.


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Wedding Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography  |  Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Venticello, Murphys, California  |  Catering:  Karen from Lila and Sage, Murphys, CA.  |  Makeup:  Heidi Young from La Dolce Vita Salon, Murphys, Ca.  |  Hair:  Lisa Van Horn from La Dolce Vita Salon, Murphys, Ca.  |  DJ:  Austin from Sound Extreme, Modesto, Ca.  |   Florist:  Kathy at Country Flower Hutch, Murphys, Ca.  |  Cupcakes:  Lila and Sage, Murphys, Ca.  |  Dress, Bridesmaids dresses, and Tuxes:  Bride N Formal by the Bay, Monterey, Ca.  |


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