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I met Zak and Raney last year when they drove a zip car (brilliant idea by the way) to meet me at a local coffee shop to talk about their wedding. I can tell they were both in love and no doubt on their wedding day this is what was displayed.  They married at the Trentadue Winery in Geyserville, California with friends and family warmly gathered together for this special occasion.  Zak and Raney are classy and were very kind to us photographers, allowing us time to photograph their day creatively. The toasts were touching, the ceremony was sweet, and the reception was lively with Zak showing off his dancing skills to Michael Jackson.  Their dog was a little cute too. Thank you for allowing us to document your wedding day.  Congratulations to you both Zak and Raney.

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Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography
Wedding Venue:  Trentadue Winery, Geyserville, Ca.
Dress: Mira Zwillinger
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Tux: Hugo Boss
Makeup: Brittney Lee
Hair: Tatianna Bourget
Florist: Megan Haney Designs
Cupcakes: Susie Cakes
Catering: Park Avenue Catering
DJ: California Mobile DJ


Stanford University / Palo Alto Wedding Photographer
Four Season Hotel Wedding Photography

Another gorgeous wedding in the Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, California.  Marcus and Helen planned their elegant and classy wedding well!  I enjoyed traveling from the Four Seasons Hotel where they were getting ready, then to the prestigious Stanford University, then to the beautiful vintage church downtown for the ceremony, and then back to the Hotel for their wedding reception.  When we arrived at Stanford University, I felt smarter just pulling into the driveway entrance alone.  Marcus and Helen allowed us freedom and time to photograph them together before the ceremony (they did the first look), along with the wedding party.  Typically I post images on my blog that were directed in some fashion and don’t show off more the photo-journalistic images.  Here I have posted some near the bottom to let others see the off moments as well.  What a pleasant time, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to join them on their wedding day celebration.  Cheers to the both of them!


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Wedding Ceremony: First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto, Ca.
Wedding Reception: Four Seasons Hotel, Palo Alto, Ca.
Bridal Party Photos: Standford University
Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography
Catering: Four Seasons hotel, Silicon Valley, CA.
Cake: Four Season Palo Alto
DJ: Spintronix
Videographer: Blue Moon Productions, Andy Hirsch
Florist: Mother of Bride
Make-up: Emily Nguyen
Photobooth: NorCal Photo Booths


  • emily ko - beautiful! really wonderful. want to see more. tks.December 1, 2012 – 9:04 pmReplyCancel

  • mahnia - beautiful pictures! Helen you look gorgeous!December 1, 2012 – 9:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Esther - Wow!December 1, 2012 – 9:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Stephen - Fabulous!!!!December 1, 2012 – 9:26 pmReplyCancel

  • Christa - Great pics!! Beautiful wedding party!December 1, 2012 – 11:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Lina Yoo - Great photos to remember such a beautiful bride and fabulous bridal party for such a fun wedding!December 2, 2012 – 12:35 amReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Hong - These photos are a great reminder of what a spectacular wedding it was…. Beautiful!December 2, 2012 – 12:59 amReplyCancel

  • Michelle Louie - Such handsome and cool poses, Marcus, wow!
    The aerial ones of the church are awesome too, spectacular wedding!!December 2, 2012 – 2:32 amReplyCancel

  • Yang-Heui - Congratulations Helen!! so happy for you..December 2, 2012 – 3:34 amReplyCancel

  • Patti - looks like it was a very magical day 🙂 congrats!December 2, 2012 – 8:37 amReplyCancel

  • Tina - The pictures are gorgeous. It was such a fun and beautiful wedding and a big thanks to all who participated. Yeah!!!!
    Helen and Marcus!!!!!December 2, 2012 – 9:54 amReplyCancel

  • Jon - Awesome pics!!!December 2, 2012 – 3:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Madison - Very natural artistic pics..good eye….he made u look fab!December 2, 2012 – 7:09 pmReplyCancel

  • Corey - You and Marcus look like a beautiful couple! He captures some beautiful moments.December 2, 2012 – 7:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda L - Congratulations! Looks like a beautiful wedding. I look good too!December 2, 2012 – 7:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Bren - You look real pretty eemoDecember 2, 2012 – 7:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Maya - Everyone turned out gorgeous! Fun fun wedding!!!!December 2, 2012 – 7:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Ellen - fantastic eye for pics…some real gems.December 2, 2012 – 7:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Edward Ko - Great pictures! Fantastic wedding! Gorgeous new couple!
    Helen was right: I almost took my son for the next 007 hopeful!
    Helen, you are simply photogenic.December 2, 2012 – 10:58 pmReplyCancel

  • ranee - sweet couple, nice pics!December 3, 2012 – 12:26 amReplyCancel

  • Stephanie and Nelson - Congratulations! Nice couple with nice pictures. All the best. Cheers, Stephanie and NelsonDecember 3, 2012 – 1:06 amReplyCancel

  • Integ - Some of the best wedding pictures I’ve ever seen.December 3, 2012 – 1:24 amReplyCancel

  • Bessie - Congratulations!Great pics!! Beautiful wedding party!December 3, 2012 – 1:25 amReplyCancel

  • Fong - Congratulations!December 3, 2012 – 1:27 amReplyCancel

  • Woon - Congratulations!December 3, 2012 – 1:27 amReplyCancel

  • Eastern - Great pictures!December 3, 2012 – 1:30 amReplyCancel

  • Harvest - Fantastie wedding!December 3, 2012 – 1:32 amReplyCancel

  • Turbo - Congratulations Helen & Marcus!December 3, 2012 – 1:34 amReplyCancel

  • Lorraine Yau - what a wonderful & charming bride!December 3, 2012 – 2:33 amReplyCancel

  • Paul - Superb skill & professionalism of the photographer have done full justice to the pair of charming couple at their beautiful wedding. The angle of the shots and the choice and control of lighting have been executed at the highest standard. Wonderful photos to view and treasure. Great work!!!December 3, 2012 – 5:24 amReplyCancel

  • Bassanio Tam - Congratulations!!

    Helen + Marcus => Happy Family x 3

    Enjoy your journey!!December 3, 2012 – 6:24 amReplyCancel

  • Kam Cheung - We like the black and white picture that shows the lovely couple cutting the wedding cake.December 3, 2012 – 7:16 amReplyCancel

  • Andrew Fan - Wow! Is that really that little Marcus I used to know? Congratulations! The pics are all so nice. Ths photographer definitely has an easy job … when the bridge and groom would look naturally enjoying their happiness!December 3, 2012 – 9:24 amReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Thank you for the wonderful comments!December 3, 2012 – 11:30 amReplyCancel

  • Rosanna Sun - That’s why we have professional photographers – they capture moments and images in ways that we mere mortals can’t! 🙂

    Wonderful wedding and reception! Glad you got such awesome photos to keep these memories forever.December 3, 2012 – 1:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Awtar Madan - Nice couple & Gr8 picturesDecember 3, 2012 – 2:02 pmReplyCancel

  • Dan - Beautiful, Marcus, you got the Daniel Craig look in some pics.December 3, 2012 – 7:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Wickle Yung - What a wonderful wedding party with such a beautiful couple, I admired.December 3, 2012 – 7:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Brad Lee - Well done, Marcus and Helen! Wish I could have been there to celebrate with you guys–congrats!December 3, 2012 – 8:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Dan Teng - shoosh! No gangnam style dance??
    Great photos, really nice compilation.December 3, 2012 – 9:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Simon & Anisa - The photographer captured a lot of timeless and priceless moments. We wish we were there to witness these precious moment.
    Congratulations! Marcus and HelenDecember 4, 2012 – 3:11 amReplyCancel

  • Christina Moon - So happy for you both! Congrats again and glad you have such beautiful photos to remember your day. 🙂December 4, 2012 – 3:23 amReplyCancel

  • Sanny Yeung - Beautiful couple. Awesome wedding and reception. The photographer did a wonderful job.December 4, 2012 – 4:08 pmReplyCancel

  • songhee - Beautiful photos!December 4, 2012 – 5:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Mo - Great wedding cuz! Beautiful bride and groom happy to be a part of your special day!!! Splendid photography!December 4, 2012 – 5:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Betty - Wish my wedding was anything close… Awesome!December 4, 2012 – 6:41 pmReplyCancel

  • roland Wong - Beautiful couple.December 4, 2012 – 10:44 pmReplyCancel

  • Yummy - so sweet and great pictures !December 5, 2012 – 3:33 amReplyCancel

  • Bill Chun - Helen and Marcus, These pics are wonderful. I really liked the church pics. Congrats on your marriage!December 5, 2012 – 3:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily Ahn - I love how they tell a story… and I adore the black and white prints!
    Wish I could have been there for the wedding~ 🙂December 5, 2012 – 5:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Wesley Tin - Unique and different, it’s just great!December 6, 2012 – 12:26 amReplyCancel

  • Lisa - You both look so beautiful and happy! Glad to be able to share in your special day.December 7, 2012 – 11:25 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Ho - This is the best wedding pictures I see ever!December 21, 2012 – 5:24 amReplyCancel

  • Alannah Ong - Gorgeous pictures! A beautiful couple, a fabulous wedding! They’re so much in love!Helen is lovely & Marcus is handsome!Emily looks elegant & beautiful beside her handsome hubby!December 21, 2012 – 8:22 amReplyCancel

  • Paul Louie - Very creative photo angles, capture the essence of the beautiful day!December 21, 2012 – 10:27 amReplyCancel

  • Kelly - What a splendid couple! Wonderful photos!December 21, 2012 – 2:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Isabel Chan - Really great pictures! More please!December 21, 2012 – 7:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Audphylia Kamakawiwo'ole - Great pictures. I haven’t see any of these wedding pictures in my life. I have to email my step- daughter about this pictures. Becaure she shoot the wedding photoes to her friends too.December 26, 2012 – 11:48 pmReplyCancel