Loomis Wedding High Hand Nursery, Scott and Chelsey

Featured Wedding in THE KNOT’s magazine’s Top 12 Real Weddings in northern California.
Loomis Wedding, CA.

I was moved. Scott and Chelsey asked me to capture a few moments while Chelsey visited her father’s burial site in Loomis to honor and remember him, a emotional moment, even for me. It was a sacred moment.  Part of me felt a little uneasy taking photographs, but this is what Chelsey wanted. With her father having passed almost eight years earlier, he still had a special place at the wedding with his own table of collectables, items associated with him.  There were photographs of him, an old football hat, old tools, even a boutonniere and a tie to match the wedding theme, among other items. Scott and Chelsey are very kind people, filled with love and compassion, respectable, and friendly to all. During the reception, Scott played a skillful and moving song on the piano, very peaceful and captivating.  This wedding was the first of three weddings I had to shoot that weekend for me, and it started out on a great note, inspiring. And while I don’t have time to blog every wedding, engagement session, and other sessions I photograph, weddings like this inspire.  I know it will inspire others. Congratulations to an unconditional loving couple.

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Photography by:  Charleton Churchill Photography  |  Wedding Ceremony and Reception Site:  High Hand Nursery, Loomis, California  |  Catering by:  High Hand Nursery  |  Make-up and Hair by:  Christi Reynolds, Sacramento, Ca. |  Flowers by:  Visual Impact Design, Sacramento, Ca. |  Wedding Dress purchased at:  House of Fashion, Sacramento, Ca.  |  Music by:  Mersonacta String Quartet, Sacramento, California.


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Lodi Wedding Photographer, Berghold Estate Vineyard, Brett and Julie

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.)



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