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While I seem to post many adventure outdoor weddings these days in the snow and on mountaintops, via Instagram and Facebook, I also do photograph many other weddings all over the map, like this wonderful couple, Ryan and Kaile, who married at The Citizen Hotel Sacramento. We met last year over coffee and discussed the opportunity of shooting their downtown winter, possibly rainy wedding, and how they wanted me to document those special moments with their family.  When I arrived early on the wedding day to set-up, I ran into both fathers and we talked for a little. I told them they raised good kids. Ryan and Kaile are both wonderful family loving people.  Later that evening, Kaile’s mother showed me some old photographs of Ryan and Kaile as kids together.  That’s correct, they have been friends since childhood, went to prom together, and are now best friends in marriage. It’s such a rare and beautiful story. After spending time and watching my couple and their parents for the day, I was impressed by their connection to each other, warmth towards me and their guests, and their relationship with God.

For me and many photographers, wedding season is all year. But to kick off this 2016 year with already a few warm-hearted weddings, makes my job capturing couples and families that much greater. I’m inspired from weddings like this; it makes me want to be a better father and husband.  Congratulations and blessings to you both Ryan and Kaile and to your family.

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Wedding Photographer:  Charleton Churchill,
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Citizen Hotel
Catering: The Citizen Hotel
Florist: Beautiful by Nature Florist
Make-up and Hair: Orchid Duong Artistry

Linens: Mimi and Company
Graphic Design Artist (Menus & Welcome Sign): Jenny Kelpe

Cake: Rick’s Dessert Diner
Lighting: The Backdrop Specialists
Band: Peter Petty



This wedding at the Newberry Estate Vineyard was quite unique, not just because it’s literally the home of star 49er football player, Jeremy Newberry, but because the couple had a surprise for all the guests.  After the ceremony kiss of the bride and groom, Carlos and Jessica walked down the aisle with their dog. All of a sudden, large MIG-Styled jets, 5000 feet above, with their smoke and powerful engines roaring, flew over us and created a large heart in the sky.  After the heart, they flew back and forth a few times and gave us quite a show, almost hypnotizing everyone.  I felt like I was watching the classic Top Gun movie while hearing “Danger Zone” play over in my head.  I pulled out my widest lens, 14mm lens, and still couldn’t get the whole heart.  It was timed so well.  Besides all that excitement, everyone had a great time.  The day was filled with laughter and celebration. Carlos and Jessica were happy in love, and it was obvious on their faces throughout the day. They gave each other affection and allowed us to see how happy they were together, which always makes for dynamic photographs.  Here are some images from their wedding day!  Congratulations to the both of them!

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Wedding Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography,  Sacramento, CA.  |  Ceremony and Reception Venue:  NewBerry Estate Vineyard, Brentwood, CA  |  Wedding Coordinator: Tiffany Silva with Bella Blanca Events, Brentwood, CA. |  Catering:  Elle Dee’s Catering, Antioch, CA.  |  Cakes:  Creative Cakes by Debra, Modesto, CA.  |  Forist:  Flowers by Gerry, Brentwood, CA.  |  Make-up:   Makeup by Brittany Martin, Modesto, CA.  |  Hair:  Kasie Diego, Modesto, CA.  |  Dress:  Miosa Bridal Couture, Sacramento, CA.  |  Jet Team:  Patriots Jet Team, Discovery Bay, CA.  |  DJ:  DJ Kevin Sequeria SFbayDJ,  San Francisco Bay, CA. |




  • Jessica Hampton - Simply amazing! Unforgettable day. Congrats to my big brother and new sister!! Wish them nothing but the best <3October 17, 2013 – 7:50 amReplyCancel

  • Jonathan Hampton - A terrific embodiement of everything the Hampton-Johnson wedding was: joy, love, friendship, family, even an element of surprise! Very happy for my brother, and just as delighted he and his loving wife will have these wonderful shots to remind them of the magic that started what would be the rest of their lives together.October 17, 2013 – 8:01 amReplyCancel

  • Albert - What an amazing day! The pictures captured some of the magic that the day unfolded. What a beautiful bride and what a handsome groom! Thank you for making my son and daughter’s day a blessing for all.October 17, 2013 – 8:24 amReplyCancel

  • Terra Roane - Jess you look absolutely stunning …breathtaking sweetie! You dress is amazing and your inner beauty is beaming!! So happy for you. These pictures are spectacular. Loved the photo’s of you sitting down with the backdrop!! The one of the two of you in the bushes and of course the superhero pics!! Pretty fun!! I loved the colors and there was so much creativity in the angles! thanks for sharing!!!! Best of luck to you honey!!! xoOctober 17, 2013 – 8:38 amReplyCancel

  • Carlos H - Simply well done! These came out great!October 17, 2013 – 8:48 amReplyCancel

  • Sonja - Your wedding was simply amazing. Jess your so beautiful and that dress girl yes. Love you guys and wish you many years together. Put God first and your marriage will stay strong. Love ya.October 17, 2013 – 8:52 amReplyCancel

  • Desirae N. - You looked beautiful Jess and the pics turned out great! Hope you win your canvas 🙂October 17, 2013 – 8:58 amReplyCancel

  • Tonya - Cousin Jessica you look beautiful! Congratulations on your union with Carlos. May God bless you both with lots of years and love together <3October 17, 2013 – 9:08 amReplyCancel

  • Jason Bordona - congrats to you guys! I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it. you two look amazing together. best wishes to you both on your life journey togetherOctober 17, 2013 – 9:17 amReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Martinez - Absolutely beautiful couple, beautiful setting and beautiful moments captured. Congratulations and many blessings:)October 17, 2013 – 9:19 amReplyCancel

  • Chris Steenburgh - Awesome pictures! Congrats and best wishes!October 17, 2013 – 9:24 amReplyCancel

  • Molly pedraza - Beautiful pictures! Congratulations! So happy for you! You looked beautiful!October 17, 2013 – 9:27 amReplyCancel

  • Shaoxing - Simply beautiful! <3October 17, 2013 – 9:39 amReplyCancel

  • Erin Radler - These photos are so lovely!! What a gorgeous wedding!!!October 17, 2013 – 9:42 amReplyCancel

  • Jessica Hampton - Absolutely fantastic! Charleton you and your crew are fantastic!! Thank you for everything.October 17, 2013 – 9:51 amReplyCancel

  • Veronika - I absolutely LOVE all these pictures!! Thank you Carlos & Jessica for allowing Jason & I to be apart of this memory of your special day!! I had so much fun dancing away to night that I had blisters on both my feet from me heels!! You’re wedding was BEAUTIFUL & the surprise of the jets was AWESOME & can’t be beat!! Congrats to you both & may you have many more years of happiness & love! <3October 17, 2013 – 9:55 amReplyCancel

  • Dan foster - Beautiful photos, sorry we missed it. Very happy for you two.October 17, 2013 – 10:02 amReplyCancel

  • David - Awesome ! Congrats to the both of you!October 17, 2013 – 10:13 amReplyCancel

  • Dennis Flannery - WOW! Amazing pics on an amazing day for an amazing couple. You guys looked fantastic and these photos are beautiful!!!October 17, 2013 – 10:57 amReplyCancel

  • Martha. Cabrera - Congrats Carlos to both of you photos are beutiful wish u the bestOctober 17, 2013 – 11:35 amReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hampton - This is such a happy couple, and these pictures definitely capture that! These pictures are amazing, they take me right back to this fairytale wedding! This photography team did such a great job, they even captured those special moments between the couple. Welcome to the family Jessica Hampton 2.0!October 17, 2013 – 11:52 amReplyCancel

  • Teresa McCarn - Breath taking! Amazing job on the photos!October 17, 2013 – 12:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Mahnke - These photos are beautiful! What an amazing wedding.October 17, 2013 – 12:03 pmReplyCancel

  • JENNIFER CHAVARRIA - Jessica you look sooooo beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. Very happy for you and these pictures are amazing I love them.October 17, 2013 – 12:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Heidi Partlow - What beautiful pictures capturing “love”.October 17, 2013 – 12:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Stefanie Snyder - Absolutely amazing!!!October 17, 2013 – 12:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Darrell Burch - Beautiful pictures!!!They really did capture the moment.Congrats again Los and Jess!October 17, 2013 – 12:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Christin - These pics are stunning!!October 17, 2013 – 1:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Will Parra - Amazing story, happy couple, great photos!October 17, 2013 – 1:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Robyn - Jessica you look amazinggg!!! The wedding was so pretty ! Good luck you guys. I’m so happy for you.October 17, 2013 – 1:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Jon McManus - What an amazing wedding. The pictures came out amazing as well. Congrats to Carlos and Jessica on a wonderful event. Glad we all could be apart of it.October 17, 2013 – 1:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Preciado - Congrats!October 17, 2013 – 1:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Laurin Gallion - So happy to be a part of your beautiful day! Love you!October 17, 2013 – 2:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Kilein - WOW!!!! The photos were sooo amazing i felt like i was actually there…….WOW!!!October 17, 2013 – 2:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Rhea - Such a beautiful wedding !!!October 17, 2013 – 2:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Melissa Curiel - Stunning! Congrats to you Carlos and your new bride!October 17, 2013 – 2:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Michelle - BEAUUUUTTTIFULLL!!October 17, 2013 – 3:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Chad Dragoo - Beautiful pictures. I’m so happy for you guys. Can’t wait to get together and catch up on everything.October 17, 2013 – 3:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Stacey - Stunning! So glad I was there to share your beautiful day.October 17, 2013 – 3:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Absolutely breathtaking!!October 17, 2013 – 3:16 pmReplyCancel

  • KEYOME - Beautiful black loveOctober 17, 2013 – 4:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Daena - So happy to be a part of such a BEAUTIFUL day!! These pictures are amazing! What a stunning bride!! 🙂October 17, 2013 – 4:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Greg - May God continue to bless ur marriage forever. Congrats! 🙂October 17, 2013 – 5:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Enriqueta Castro - Gorgeous!!! It was a magical day and the pictures capture your love for your families, friends, and each other.October 17, 2013 – 5:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Eric Taylor - Carlos an Jess you both look beautiful and I was honored to be able to be in your wedding. You two are meant for each other and I’m glad that I am such good friends with both of you. I wish u both the best.October 17, 2013 – 6:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Mama Esther - I bless this wedding and wish them happiness forever and ever!October 17, 2013 – 6:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Alex - Congrats you two! Beautiful wedding, looking goodOctober 17, 2013 – 6:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Ron Richards - Beautiful pictures. Congratulations!!October 17, 2013 – 7:04 pmReplyCancel

  • luis - blessOctober 17, 2013 – 7:25 pmReplyCancel

  • jeremy - Sweet photos congrats!October 17, 2013 – 7:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Lawrence Taylor & Janice Taylor - unbelievable, first class , unforgettable day unforgettable moment it doesn’t get any better best wedding I’ve ever gone to.October 17, 2013 – 8:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Lawrence and Janice - What a beautiful day and wedding. Thank you for allowing us to celebrate with you. Had a wonderful timeOctober 17, 2013 – 8:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Becki Nicholes - Pictures are absolutely beautiful! Loved sharing your day…May God bless you both! You two are now 3 with God!October 17, 2013 – 8:17 pmReplyCancel

  • Andy H - Congrats you two!October 17, 2013 – 8:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Daniela Arellano - Awesome photos! beautiful happy couple wish you both the best!!!October 17, 2013 – 9:44 pmReplyCancel

  • Kathi foster - Absolutely stunning you two!! So sorry we missed this special day. Everything looks amazing!!!October 17, 2013 – 10:02 pmReplyCancel

  • Brandi - Beautiful wedding!October 18, 2013 – 6:28 amReplyCancel

  • GP..always watching - And the greatest of all spiritual fruit is LOVE. Continue to love one another, but understand that love changes as you grow and a deeper connection develops. Beautiful pictures and how about those Jets…the heart was to big to capture 😉October 18, 2013 – 8:16 amReplyCancel

  • Tess Thompson - Absolutely adore these photos! You two take amazing pictures together! The photography is just stunning! Congrats! 🙂October 18, 2013 – 11:30 amReplyCancel

  • Heather W.P. - What a gorgeous wedding! So many beautiful details.October 18, 2013 – 12:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Jessica Manzo - This is beautiful Jess, you look stunning as always <3 The pictures are amazing & you both look so happy 🙂 I wish you two the very best & please tell your dad I said hello – did he do his Genie in a Bottle Dance? 😉October 18, 2013 – 12:17 pmReplyCancel

  • S - Don’t know either of you, but these are gorgeous pics. Hope you win 🙂October 18, 2013 – 1:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Angie - What a gorgeous wedding! You both look fantastic. Congratulations!!October 18, 2013 – 2:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Alex Ramos - Such a beautiful wedding!October 18, 2013 – 4:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Daiska CM - Excelente la Sesión de Fotos!!! están súper lindas ,Felicidades!October 18, 2013 – 6:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Deanna Coppess - This is what a wedding should look like. This beautiful couple and the love these pictures show is one of the brightest I have seen. Congrats to the two of you and goodluck in your marriage! Thanks for sharing these!October 18, 2013 – 8:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Bill Calderon - Very nice picsOctober 19, 2013 – 8:38 amReplyCancel

  • T. Beyer - An absolutely fantastic day! Congratulations.October 19, 2013 – 10:01 amReplyCancel

  • Petra - I love the photo of Jessica on the sand with her veil flying in the wind! The lighting is awesome and she looks like a bad ass! so happy for that beautiful wedding little sister!October 21, 2013 – 7:28 amReplyCancel

  • Grandma Nancy - From an adorable baby to a beautiful bride! What a pleasure you have been. Your wedding ceremony was truly inspiring with a perfect mix of spirituality and humor. The heart was absolutely spectacular, a magnificent ending and an exquisite statement of your love. All topped off with a fantastic reception. Weddings just don’t get any better! Great photography, as he clearly captured the genuine loving spirit of the day. Wishing you Health, Wealth and Happiness. May your life together be abundantly blessed.October 22, 2013 – 11:12 amReplyCancel

  • Kenny - Amazing photos really captured the awesome vibe of the wedding and the heart in the sky was so dopeOctober 23, 2013 – 11:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Auntie Darlean - …l am so happy for you two. The photos are truly impressive, they perfectly capture the essence of your amazing wedding and celebration. Unforgetable!October 23, 2013 – 11:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Clinton Johnson - Best wishes and blessings to my sister and her husbandOctober 24, 2013 – 12:16 amReplyCancel

  • Jessica Brewer - Jessica and Carlos’ wedding was so beautiful that it was like watching a fairy tale come to life before your eyes. Every picture really captures all the love that was shared on this very special day.October 24, 2013 – 3:56 pmReplyCancel