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Garden Valley Ranch Wedding Alena and Sam

A bride shines for her groom. Capturing moments with the groom and his men is part of what makes a wedding day complete. It's always a pleasure to meet so many people with different passions and ideas.

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Working with familiar faces is an added bonus. It all came together when I arrived ready to capture the men last weekend, and there was Sam the day's groom. I'd met him just a couple weeks prior as he was a groomsman at a wedding in which I had the honor of assisting Paul Miller, a great Bay Area wedding photographer.  

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Through a series of twists, there I was for Sam's day, assisting another local great, Charlie Gessel.  I spotted Sam as I came round the corridor; he looked relaxed and ready for the day. With all his practice from the weeks before, he was helping his men out with some of the last details of tying ties and looking sharp. A handmade custom six-pack filled with craft brews and an antique opener for each of the groomsman capped the thought I'd had that Sam is his own best man.

Family and friends gathered on the lawn of the Garden Valley Ranch for a  touching service, filled with laughter, tears of joy and remembrance. The happy couple sealed it  with a kiss, and it was on to the dinner celebration.

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 I was delighted to catch Alena's father looking on as he watched his daughter's first dance. She had a lovely style from her chosen dress to her centerpieces, each perfect in their way. Already married in style, the bride's choice in antique accents echoed the bottle openers for the men.

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Real weddings are a team effort to to put on, a live event with emotions, traditions, details, symbolic moments and joyous feelings, all created planned and captured with love.   

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The are so many possibilities with wine country weddings, what do you think yours will look like.