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Here it is, Zack and Tomi’s Grand Island Mansion wedding in Walnut Grove, California.  We are blessed to return once again to this Sacramento popular venue, and this time with the honorable presence of our servicemen, the Navy and Marines.  Here is a snapshot of their wedding day celebration.  Congratulations to you both!


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Wedding Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography,  Sacramento, Ca.  |  Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Grand Island Mansion, Walnut Grove, CA.  |  Catering:  Grand Island Mansion  |  DJ:  Sound Image Entertainment, Sacramento, CA.  |  Florist:  Jackie’s Flowers, Elk Grove, Ca.  |  Cake:  Sweet Cakes by Rebecca,  Sacramento, CA.  |  Make-up:  Skintique Salon,  Jackson, CA.  |  Hair:  Corey Leonesio  |  Bridesmaids Hair:  House of Hair Razors, Jackson, CA.  |


  • Kami - This wedding was so beautiful! You captured all the beauty of it. I love all the details and candid shots.August 14, 2013 – 3:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Thanks Kami, always great working with you and Brandon!August 14, 2013 – 3:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Shelby Johnson - These photographs are amazing, as are all of your photographs. I can only dream to have you photograph my wedding someday!August 14, 2013 – 10:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Betti (Mother of the Bride) - WOW, Beautiful photographs; I cannot wait to see the entire package. Charleton, you truly are an artist.August 16, 2013 – 10:22 amReplyCancel

  • Alexandra(mother of the groom) - I LOVE all these gorgeous pics and I really need to have them all so I can put together their wedding scrapbook lol! Beautiful job Charleton, you are an amazing artist!August 16, 2013 – 5:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Thank you Shelby, I look forward to your phone call!August 16, 2013 – 10:02 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Betti and Alexandra, thank you for the compliments, looking forward to finishing the images for you all to celebrate together!August 16, 2013 – 10:04 pmReplyCancel

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.)