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Sacramento wedding photographer, Grand Island Mansion Wedding, Nate and Melissa

Wedding Venue: Grand Island Mansion
Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography
Catering:  Grand Island Mansion
Florist: Jackie’s Flowers
DJ:  Show Time DJ, Mitch Perez
Make-up and hair: Studio K Hair by Katrina.

It’s exciting to have finally photographed Nate and Melissa’s historical landmark mansion wedding since they booked a long while back.  Melissa was a bridesmaid in a wedding I photographed in early 2010, and then I met up with her in Colorado last year at a local Starbucks, just before shooting a wedding there in Denver.  Melissa and Nate chose the delta riverfront venue which exudes classy photographs anywhere you fire off your camera. This mansion has well-built architectural backdrops, and I could have taken a bazillion different photographs here with with all the ideas flowing in my head of what was possible. And even though backdrops are never a major issue anywhere I shoot, since you can apply several creative photographic or environmental techniques to get anything you want in your backdrop, this luxurious venue obviously adds richness to any photograph. Some couples ask me to check out their venues before their wedding day, but there’s no need. Most of the weddings I have photographed were never pre-visited. Everything changes when the day ACTUALLY happens, dependent on many other factors, which I won’t go into at this point.

Melissa and Nathan are the first of three Grand Island couples I have on books this 2012 year, and their wedding came in with a bang! We captured many of great images from their wedding, too many to post here, but this will at least give you a feel.  Congratulations to Nathan and Melissa on their new journey together!

walnut grove wedding at riverfront property off delta

bride getting ready in hotel suite with dress

photographs near rustic tent backside near garden

Grand Island Mansion wedding photograph with bride and groom out front kissing romantically, Charleton Churchill

The Grand Island mansion is Luxurious venue to plan your wedding event if you’re near the Sacramento region, which is located on the Delta River, west of Elk Grove. I’m not endorsed by their outfit, but they do have impressive features for any ceremony and reception at a reasonable cost. One of the reasons I love their riverfront property is mostly for photographic reasons. The lighting on the outside, the lighting on the inside, the Italian statues and gardens, wrought iron gazebo for family portraits, the colors all throughout venue, the theater room, the outside tent for alternative reception areas, a choice of unique rooms which have it’s own character, the bridal suite, window lighting, an elegant stairway, and more. I would say to plan your wedding in Amador County at one of the wineries, but if you’re wanting to plan your wedding in Sacramento at a reasonable price, the Grand Island Mansion is definitely something to look into for your special wedding day!

  • KATHI - Absolutely awesome pictures! I’m glad I don’t have to pick my favorite!June 1, 2012 – 1:45 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda - As the MOB (mother of the bride!) i am a little biased about how great these pictures are because I love everyone in them! We had such a wonderful day celebrating Melissa & Nathan! Charleton : you and your crew were amazing to work with – and you truly captured the spirit of the day! Thank you!June 1, 2012 – 2:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Rachelle - Simply stunning as usual! Love them all and especially the dog. 🙂 Fabulous job Charles!June 1, 2012 – 3:17 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Simply AMAZING. These pictures take my breath away… So much drama! I love how you captured personalities in so many of those images. I CANNOT wait to see the rest of them!June 1, 2012 – 5:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Anna - These are absolutely incredible. Perfect light, perfect Everything! The overall effect is breathtaking!June 1, 2012 – 6:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Charleton – Thank you so much for making me feel more beautiful than I ever have before!! You are an incredible photographer and so great to work with. I will be recommending you to anyone and everyone I know!!June 1, 2012 – 9:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristin Simms - BEAUTIFUL photos! BEAUTIFUL wedding! BEAUTIFUL couple! STUNNING bride! Really amazing photos to capture the beauty of the event. I had such a great time and I’m so happy Nathan and Melissa will have these photos forever to remember one of the best days of their lives!June 1, 2012 – 9:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Janet Hylton - Was a incredibly memorable day, and thank you so much for capturing the true love and expression of this great couple.June 1, 2012 – 9:42 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton Churchill - Thank you Melissa, you and Nathan were so much fun to work with, and I’m glad you had a great experience, and you weren’t afraid to get away for some crazy ideas I had before the night ended! Your images turned wonderful! Great job.June 1, 2012 – 9:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Cathy - What wonderful photos of a truly beautiful wedding! Best wishes for a long and happy life together. The staircase photo was breathtaking, but I LOVED the photo of Monty the Ring Bearer!June 2, 2012 – 5:54 amReplyCancel

  • Vonnie M - Such beautiful pictures to remember a beautiful day forever. These are all so amazing. The b&w with dad’s tear is perhaps the most lovely picture I have ever seen.June 2, 2012 – 6:08 amReplyCancel

  • Avery - What amazing photos! So very beautiful. Not only are the people involved lovely, but wonderful use of the venue.June 2, 2012 – 7:09 amReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - Beautiful Pics Nate and Mel, you guys look great!June 2, 2012 – 9:47 amReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Lyons - LOVED the fun photos the best. They were all nice but the fun photos really stand out. Will have a good time looking at these down the road. Put a big smile on a lot of faces, man knows his stuff, thank you for sharing. Will remember these pictures.

    Kathleen.June 2, 2012 – 10:20 amReplyCancel

  • Linda Kiker - I want to get married again! Gorgeous photography.June 2, 2012 – 12:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda S - Absolutely stunning! There is such lovely emotion in the pics.June 2, 2012 – 6:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Michele Carlisle - Congratulations! Such a beautiful wedding and wonderful photography!! May the road that lies ahead of you both be laid out in happiness and in love!!! Beautiful!!June 2, 2012 – 6:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Robin miller - These are wonderful! Congrats to you both!June 2, 2012 – 6:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Robin miller - Great pictures!!!!!! Congrats all around!!!June 2, 2012 – 6:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Spectacular photos of a fabulous couple.June 3, 2012 – 6:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Preston Collins - You look great, Mel! Congrats!June 4, 2012 – 9:29 amReplyCancel

  • Shelby - Gorgeous photos!!! Congrats you two!!June 4, 2012 – 9:33 amReplyCancel

  • Amber - Melissa, your wedding looked amazing! I love the photography. You looked so beautiful. And i love the picture of the little girl trying to “walk” Monty. Lol. Congrats to you both! 😀June 4, 2012 – 9:45 amReplyCancel

  • Camille - Wow these are absolutely beautiful! Melissa, you guys picked such an amazing venue and you look stunning! Congratulations!!June 4, 2012 – 9:46 amReplyCancel

  • Amy Roper - These pictures are beautiful!!! Xoxoxoxo! AmyJune 4, 2012 – 10:17 amReplyCancel

  • ashlee - These pictures are incredible… and Melissa you look amazingJune 4, 2012 – 10:25 amReplyCancel

  • Chrissy - Some stunning pictures here. Everyone looks absolutely beautiful and the two of you look so in love. What a wonderful scrapbook of your georgous day!June 4, 2012 – 10:37 amReplyCancel

  • Crystal - Melissa- These pictures are AMAZING!!!!! We had such a GREAT time at the wedding, everything was beautiful!!!!June 4, 2012 – 11:25 amReplyCancel

  • Scott - The pictures turned out great Melissa—Congrats!!!June 4, 2012 – 11:27 amReplyCancel

  • Lisa Quan - How B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! LisaJune 4, 2012 – 11:41 amReplyCancel

  • Jan - Melissa, these are amazing and gorgeous! Love the one of your dad getting all choked up. Priceless.June 4, 2012 – 11:45 amReplyCancel

  • Mark - Great photos! You guys look so happy together. Congrats again.June 4, 2012 – 12:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Julie - This is the second time I have had the pleasure of charelton’s amazing photography. There are pictures that take your breath away, pictures that bring tears to your eyes, and pictures that make you laugh. Weddings truly elicit that full range of emotions and to have such a gifted photographer catch them on film to relive for a lifetime is priceless.June 4, 2012 – 12:35 pmReplyCancel

  • Ashley E - Congrats Mel! So beautiful.

    -BugJune 4, 2012 – 12:51 pmReplyCancel

  • David - Wow, what a beautiful wedding and the photography is superb.June 4, 2012 – 12:51 pmReplyCancel

  • nathan - These pictures are great! I cant wait to see them all.June 4, 2012 – 2:03 pmReplyCancel

  • nathan - These pictures are great!June 4, 2012 – 2:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Darla - Melissa – You made it easy for the photographer to take such beautiful pictures being the georgeous bride are were.June 4, 2012 – 2:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Jamie - Love love love these pictures!!June 4, 2012 – 4:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Joy Elliot - The photos are amazing. They give me tears in my eyes looking at how happy the (2) of you look. Fairy Tale book with these incredible photos! Congratulations~June 4, 2012 – 4:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Tiara - These photos are absolutely GORGEOUS!! u looked beautiful mel and i love how diverse and different these photos were. sure captured every moment!!June 4, 2012 – 6:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Brad - What a great first look of wonderful photos….As FOB you captured me during a very special moment! Can’t wait for the restJune 4, 2012 – 7:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Smith - Great Pictures! Beautiful wedding at a beautiful location. Makes Grandma proud!June 4, 2012 – 8:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily - Breathtaking…the bride AND the photography!!June 4, 2012 – 10:09 pmReplyCancel

  • Ali - Great pictures!June 5, 2012 – 10:12 amReplyCancel

  • Erin - My favorite is the one on the staircase. Gorgeous! They are all beautiful though.June 6, 2012 – 8:32 pmReplyCancel

  • Chanelle Sanders - stunning photos, of a beautiful couple!June 6, 2012 – 8:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Amy - Amazing pictures!! Love love love!! 🙂June 6, 2012 – 8:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Nick - Amazing photos Melly!June 6, 2012 – 8:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Matt Wittmann - Beautiful Melski!June 6, 2012 – 9:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Cheryl K - Charleston! You never fail to awe me! You’ve photographed many of my friends weddings and you’ve always done such a fantastic job!!! Great photos of Nate & melissa!!June 6, 2012 – 9:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Erin - Stunning photos! It was so fun to see some of them during the reception too. What a fabulous evening.June 6, 2012 – 9:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Stacy - These pictures are amazing and I am sure it was helpful to have such a beautiful bride!June 6, 2012 – 9:35 pmReplyCancel

  • Lindsay S - Oh my god these pictures are absolutely amazing! The wedding was great so happy for melissa and Nathan!June 6, 2012 – 9:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Holly - Beautiful photos!!June 6, 2012 – 10:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Jeff Smith ('Uncle Jeff') - Awesome pics — captured the day (and the happy newlyweds) beautifully!June 6, 2012 – 10:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristin sellards - These photos are absolutely amazing i love them all!!June 6, 2012 – 10:35 pmReplyCancel

  • Tammy Nelson - Absolutely stunning pictures of your wedding! Fun to get a glimpse of your special day — so wish we could have been there!June 6, 2012 – 11:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Seriously beautiful photos!! Mel and Nathan look gorgeous! My favorite photo was taken of you guys right in front of the mansion! Such a fun wedding too!June 7, 2012 – 8:41 amReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - Awesome pics Mel. I love the one of your Dad and you when he is crying, so sweet. The pic in the theater looks like its something off of America’s Next Top Model.June 7, 2012 – 9:33 amReplyCancel

  • Kaila - Melissa your wedding pix are pretty!!! I love your dog!!!June 7, 2012 – 1:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Leah - Congrats Mel!! The pics are stunning! I love the theater one- what a cool ideaJune 7, 2012 – 4:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Rodolfo Paz - You look amazingly beautiful and happy. Long gone are the sweat pant taco Tuesday Scissor Sister days but the best days for you are yet to come. God bless you and your husband.June 7, 2012 – 10:40 pmReplyCancel

  • ELICA - The pictures are wonderful. I can’t wait to see the rest of them. Melissa you looked beautiful and happy. Congratulations on your wedding.June 12, 2012 – 6:33 pmReplyCancel

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