Roblar Winery Wedding. Santa Ynez. Christopher and Meghan.

 

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Christopher and Meghan’s intimate and beautiful wedding was celebrated at the gorgeous Roblar Winery and Vineyards in Santa Ynez, California. It was a typical perfect sunny California day. Blue skies, fresh air and the warm love and laughter of their happy families filled the atmosphere. As a wedding photographer it’s fun to shoot big weddings. However, there is some thing very special about small intimate weddings where the group is small enough that everyone can share in almost every special moment that happens through out the wedding day.  Such was the case for Christopher and Meghan’s wedding.  Love and excitement filled the day in anticipation for this wonderful wedding at Roblar Winery and Vineyards in Santa Ynez, California.

 

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I met Meghan and some of her family at the beautiful Fess Parker Wine Country Inn and Spa in Los Olivos. where she was getting ready. While she got ready I also spent some time photographing any wedding detail shots that I could.

 

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I often joke to my clients that I am photographer, furniture mover and mirror cleaner, etc.  This is because at almost every wedding there is a great shot to be had if furniture is moved or a mirror cleaned, etc.  Those thing don’t tend to happen magically, so I end up doing them.  ”Whatever it takes to get the shot.”  My clients are worth it.  In the above wedding photograph there was a really nice table against the wall. I envisioned a photograph with the bride against the clean wall and sunny windows, with no table.  A little grunt work and less than a minute later, we had our shot!

 

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Obviously this is not where Roblar Winery holds most of their receptions. The room can only accommodate a small number of people. But for the number of people Christopher and Meghan had this space was fantastic. Natural light coming in from the roof, beautiful wood walls and ceiling beams and decor to match.  Really nice!  I must say, the staff at Roblar Winery and Vineyards was very kind and helpful to me.  The food served was absolutely delicious. It was very fancy, out of the norm and oh so tasty.  Keep in mind that I photograph 30-40 weddings a year and this was near if not at that top of the charts.

 

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Christopher and Meghan opted for a “first look”.  I scoped out a great spot, set Christopher in position and then Meghan came in to unite with Christopher for a very sweet intimate moment for the two of them.

 

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Talk about gorgeous blue skies!

 

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It’s really fun when the entirety of the wedding can also essentially be the entirety of the wedding party and all be in one shot!   Celebrate!

 

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I’m always looking for something different or interesting to take ring shots with.  I’m not sure if Christopher or Meghan like coffee or tea, but I thought it would be fun to take this shot. Earlier in the day while at Fess Parker I spotted these coffee and tea packets. Extra Bold Coffee – seemingly more masculine for his ring and Lemon Zinger Tea, with yellow label adding a feminine touch for her rings. Fun!

 

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“Coming Soon – August 2014″.  The lovely couple also had a very joyous announcement to share with their family announcing the gender of their soon to be newest family member.  It’s so touching to see how emotionally moved grand parents to be get at the unveiling of such news. I have to admit I teared up myself. There is nothing more precious than the arrival of one of God’s latest creations.  It’s enough to lift you high and carry you to new heights never imagined!   We shouldn’t have put so much helium in these balloons…we almost lost Christopher.  Good thing Meghan got ahold of him and saved him from drifting off into space!

 

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A special congratulations to Christopher and Meghan on the love you have for each other and for the love that is already uncontainable for the delight within Meghan that is on the way.  May you continue to grow in that love.  Hoping all the best for you two. Thanks for letting me photograph your day and for you great generosity.

Warmly,

Trent

 

 

Behnam and Parisa. Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.

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How wonderful it was to be invited to capture Behnam and Parisa’s most special day at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center!  Many months ago Behnam and Parisa had contacted me to photograph their engagement session in beautiful Santa Barbara. As the sun began to set and our session drew to a close I asked the lovely couple when and where their wedding was. I was wondering why they had asked me to photograph their engagement session but they had not said anything of their wedding photography.  I soon learned that the wedding would be in Denver, Colorado.  The sweet couple asked, “Trent, do you travel for weddings”?  The rest was history!   A few months later, in January, I was on a plane headed for Denver.  As the plane lifted off and soared above the clouds, I looked down on the earth and reflected how blessed I am to have been granted the opportunity and ability to get to do what I do: Traveling to many beautiful places to photograph such beautiful couples and events! Added to that I looked forward to seeing Behnam and Parisa again. They are two very gracious and kind people.

 

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The Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center is a really classy, upscale, spacious and clean wedding venue.  I was really impressed with all of it’s features.  As I scoped out the venue prior to the wedding, my mind was filled with all kinds of thoughts about all the different areas that would be great for photos and ideas of how we could utilize each to its’ fullest.  The reality of weddings is that as a wedding photographer you never get as much time as you would like to utilize all the opportunities that are available in theory.  So the key is to maximize whatever opportunities you do actually end up getting!

 

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Before we got to the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center (DTC) I started at the Parisa’s parent’s home.

 

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Behnam and Parisa walked down the aisle together to start their ceremony off.

 

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Thank goodness they had a fairly long ceremony and the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center had efficient elevators.  During one ceremony reading, I hightailed it up to the 6th floor for a birds eye view and then dashed back down for the remainder of the ceremony.

 

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Beautiful white snow lay on the ground. I asked the lovely couple if they would lay down in the snow and make “snow angels” for me, but they refused!  We had a great time laughing and enjoying the clean, crisp high altitude air of Denver as we got some couple shots at a nearby park/fountain area.

 

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The Denver Hyatt Regency Tech Center has an enormous ballroom for large receptions. It was really nice that everyone had plenty of space.

 

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I love trying to capture as many real, candid, spontaneous, fun moments as I can.  It’s really fun to capture an image where at least some of the subjects are totally un aware their expressions are being photographed!

 

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Towards the end of the evening we snuck back out of the reception for a few more photographs of the newly wed couple!

 

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Thanks so much Behnam and Parisa for inviting me along to see, experience and capture such a special and love filled day that you two experienced with your most important family and friends.  It was really an honor to be able to enjoy the day with you.  I hope and pray that your marriage will be filled with the deepest of truth and love.

Kindly,

Trent

Steve and Erica. Santa Rosa Hyatt Vineyard Creek.

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One of the wonderful aspects to being a wedding photographer is that I get to travel all over the place to photograph awesome couples, beautiful places on the most wonderful day of their lives!  The following wedding took place in Santa Rosa, California. Located in beautiful Sonoma County. I knew I was in for a treat! Added to that I was going to get to photograph the wedding of Steve and Erica. Steve was a groomsman a past wedding I photographed  (Aaron and Andrea – whose wedding I still need to blog!  Sorry Aaron and Andrea…I’ll get to it!!)  Regardless, I knew I was in for a treat because Steve and Erica are fun people!   Added to that I was really looking forward to this wedding since “word on the street” was that Steve is a real cryer when it comes to weddings.  I happen to really appreciate people who express their heartfelt emotions and so I could only imagine what was in store for Steve during his own wedding!  Needless to say, I was not disappointed!

 

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The Santa Rosa Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa is a great wedding venue. Located in beautiful Sonoma County, it’s just a wonderful area.  The Hotel is plenty large, kept up nicely and has many great wedding photography opportunities. Erica’s wedding dress was quite stunning and I looked and looked until I found the perfect place to hang it to be photographed.

 

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One of the things I enjoy about being a wedding photographer is the diversity of each wedding. On each wedding day I am on a mission to find unique spaces and appropriate light to feature all the important things that need to be photographed. Sometimes these spots are obvious. Other times I must search quite extensively.  I know each couple is counting on me to excel at what I do.  Most couples have spent the good part of a year preparing their wedding to be just the way they want it. It’s important that I capture all the details they have worked so hard on. I don’t want to let them down.  Equally though, I really enjoy the mission of exploring and working hard.  Weddings get no “do overs”, so I pride myself in really knowing what I am doing and my ability to “come through” with a great product that couples will be able to enjoy the rest of their lives.

 

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So sweet and awesome, Steve shares a moment with his handsome little ring bearer as he opens a special gift from his soon to be bride!  Her she is, Steve’s beautiful bride Erica!

 

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Kids are the most precious of God’s creations, if you ask me.  One of the reasons they are so precious is that they don’t always cooperate.  What they don’t know though, is even if they can’t see me, I can still see them : )

 

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So here we are, just moments before Steve enters the ceremony.  The moments he shares with his parents are undoubtedly some of the most emotional and heart touching moments I have ever witnessed at a wedding. Ok, I admit it, I teared up too.  What a privilege to be able to witness the love that Steve and his parents share.

 

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It had rained most of the day and by the time the ceremony was ready to take place, it was really cold and windy, so the ceremony was moved inside where everyone could be comfy and cozy.  While we were able to take a couple shots outside, a bit before the ceremony, most of the photos throughout the day were taken inside or places that had cover above from the rain.

 

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I just love the way Erica is looking at her husband!

 

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Steve’s father gives some touching words and gets emotional as well.  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  What a wonderful characteristic to have in the family.

 

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It was so nice to see Erica share from afar the wonderful emotional moment that Steve was sharing with his mother.

 

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Yep, he did it.  I tried to stop him, but as you can see….there was NO stopping him!  Don’t worry, Erica evened the score.

 

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It was a great day, one that will not be forgotten!  Thanks so much Steve and Erica for letting me share in your day and capture these memories!  Marriage is like a fire and fire needs one main ingredient to keep burning – fuel! I’ve found the best things to to fuel the fire in marriage are selflessness, patience, attentiveness, care, devotion and faith.   May the sweet care, devotion and commitment you have for each other continue to be “love on fire” for a lifetime!

Kindly,

Trent

 

Danny and Amanda. Monarch Club at Trilogy. Nipomo.

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Welcome to Danny and Amanda’s wedding at the beautiful Monarch Club at Trilogy in Nipomo.  Their wedding was one of my last weddings of the year taking place on the unforgettable 11.12.13.  The Monarch Club at Trilogy is one of the most ideal wedding venues on the Central Coast. Plenty of wide open spaces, beautiful trees, grass and facilities.  Added to that I had been looking forward to this wedding all year. Danny, Amanda and I had met a number of times to go over the timeline for the wedding day and each meeting we got to know each other a little better. We also did a great engagement shoot that I am looking forward to blogging.  What a great couple.   You may be a bit shocked to see bullets, badge and rings in the first shot. However, it’s quite fitting as Danny is a police officer. We had great fun on this wedding day at The Monarch Club! Here are some of my favorite wedding photographs of the day.

 

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The Monarch Club at Trilogy in Nipomo has a very large and classy reception area. I was impressed with not only how large it was but the quality of the facility.

 

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Houston we have lift off!

 

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Congrats to Danny and Amanda!  It’s been fun getting to know you guys, the friendship and now all the memories.  I really appreciate you guys and hope that your love and relationship will grow as the years continue. I’m sure we’ll talk soon!  Thanks!

Kindly,

Trent

  • January 7, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Jeff Wood - These are wonderful! You did a great job!!!!

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