Marta & Andrew began their celebration after their preparation at the Blue Victorian Vineyards, part of Vezér Family Vineyards specializing in Sirah wine in Suisun Valley. The welcome rain for most Californians and always a worry for brides anxious for clear wedding day cleared just in time for the outdoor portraits just a few miles away from Marta's home.
We left for the vineyards with Andrew's parents for shots in the small hamlet of Mankas Corner. We shot several portraits at the vineyard's signature barrel house as the background. Just a few miles away, we ventured off to the winery's vineyards where we contended with the rich clay-like soil with slabs of tiles and a tarp I had set up as a catwalk to avoid distressing the pristine wedding dress. We attempted to billow the veil and was finally able to simulate one with my assistant on a step ladder gently tossing it off from above. We were happy with the results and left for their church near Pittsburg Yacht Club for the ceremony and reception.
The cozy service at the Kingdom Hall was joyous and intimate. The wide and well-lit hall was a pleasure to shoot.
The wind I had wished for earlier came back with some attitude at the family formals at the Yacht Club where the gust almost took our strobes into the air with the reflector umbrella going airborne and into the water. Thankfully, the gear was recovered as it drifted into one of the slips at the harbor.
Things happen and we always make best of the situations.
Once the dancing began, the party took on a new life and marked the beginning of a celebration of new beginning.