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Deep in the Shenandoah valley of Plymouth, ca., lies the newest hidden gem of northern California, the new Napa of California.  This area has gorgeous views and beautiful properties as well as award winning wineries.  And while there are many vineyards and wineries where you may taste of delicious wines, there are also spectrum of venues to celebrate your wedding.  Bella Piazza Winery is one of those places, and it’s exactly where Dan and Kristen owned their wedding day in style.  I photographed them last year in Colorado for their engagement session, and it was great to meet up with them and their family of friends to laugh, cry, and then shake it on the dance floor.  Here is just a few images from their wedding day!

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Wedding Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography, Sacramento, Ca.  |  Wedding Ceremony:   St. Patrick’s Parish Church, Jackson, Ca.  |  Wedding Reception:   Bella Piazza Winery, Plymouth, Ca.  |  Other Wedding Venues:  Villa Toscano, Plymouth, Ca.  |  Makeup:  IL Bello by Sunshine, Sacramento, CA.  |  Hair:   Jessica Vinciguerra, Jackson, Ca.  |  DJ:  Sound Image Entertainment, Sacramento, CA.  |  Catering:  Bella Piazza, Plymouth, CA.  |  Cake/Desserts:  Ingrid Fraser, Elegant Cakes, Amador County, Ca.  |  Florist:  Hierloom Affairs, Shenandoah Valley, CA.  |  Videographer:  Carlos Ponce, Amador County, CA.


  • Melissa - Good Afternoon,
    I am looking for pricing information in regards to your venue for a wedding ceremony and reception.
    A date has not yet been chosen.
    If someone could respond so very promptly with a brochure and pricing that would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.
    Melissa MurphyOctober 17, 2017 – 12:31 pmReplyCancel

Justin and Sally married September 18, 2010 in beautiful Pine Grove, California. Justin and Sally both entered a wedding contest we held in September of 2009. Couples were to submit their romantic story of how they met and proposed, and whoever won, received free wedding photography for their wedding day. My wife Kelly and I chose four of the best romantic stories, and had everyone in whole web world, as well as Facebook, and other means of the social network cast their vote. Justin and Sally won the contest.

I started out in the morning with the boys playing golf at Mace Meadows Golf Course Resort. I felt like a photojournalist interviewing Tiger Woods because Justin was that good (almost as good as Tiger).  After that, I left down to the Skintique Day Spa to photograph the ladies with tons of smelly stuff and excellent hair and make-up artists.  It’s was pretty classy inside.  Sally enjoyed herself preparing with the other ladies, which was clearly evident in her beautiful smile and laughter.  We went up to Pine Grove, on Homestead dr., where the ceremony and reception was held.  The location was this beautiful large home with flowers and lush green grass.  Family and Friends gathered from near and far to support this wedding celebration.  I had a wedding checklist of what I wanted to shoot before I came, but it really was a casual wedding with the feeling of close family.  Both Justin and Sally love each other and it showed.  Lastly, I just think it’s awesome that the name of the DJ for the night was Willie Nelson.

There were other images I wanted to show, and I decided this time to try out a photography blog storyboard or collage blog I designed.  I have tried it before, but this time I figured out how to put together templates for future use, measured for my blog.  Enjoy this fresh new blog style. I may use it every so often!

Wedding Photographer: Charleton Churchill Photography Inc.

Wedding Venue:  Pine Grove Backyard, home of Dr. Tim and Elizabeth Durkin

Make-up and hair:  Skintique Day Spa

DJ Service: SoundFX DJ Service, Willie Nelson

Golf Course Resort: Mace Meadows Golf Course

Catering:  49er Bar and Grill, Sutter Creek, Ca.

Florist:  Family

Wedding Cake:  Ingrid Fraser of Sutter Creek

Groom Cake: Frosted Cake, of Sacramento, Ca.

Amador County Wedding photographs of bride and getting ready

Amador County groom planning his day before DIY wedding event

Bride and groom and wedding party at Amador County outdoor wedding place

Amador County photographs of wedding at DIY backyard wedding

  • Sally - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!! Charleton you are amazing!October 23, 2010 – 9:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Mindy - These are fantastic Charleton – Sally is stunning! Fun to see so many familiar faces. 🙂October 23, 2010 – 9:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Cindi - Charleton, I LOVE the golfing shot of Jus… Thank YOU!
    It had to have been hard to get a bad shot of Sal, she is always BEAUTIFUL!
    Soooooooooooooo glad to see you got the bump shot. Good one!
    These are all amazing! Thank You, Thank YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!October 23, 2010 – 9:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Theesa - What a beautiful wedding….and day. So glad we were able
    to come down from Oregon and share this special time with Sally and Justin and family.
    Gorgeous photos…for a lifetime of memories!October 24, 2010 – 3:27 pmReplyCancel

  • maria andrade - The Bride and Groom are photogenic, the shots are so beautiful. Great photographer.October 24, 2010 – 4:26 pmReplyCancel

  • Martha Perez - Charleton, Fantastic Job, Sally and Justin are so photogenic
    Thank you for sharing photos and Congratulation’s I love
    their pictures.October 24, 2010 – 6:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton - Thanks for the compliments. There were so many shots I wanted to post. Blogging is getting harder these days!October 25, 2010 – 1:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Margo Aquino - Breathtaking as always.October 25, 2010 – 10:09 pmReplyCancel