I had never shot a wedding at Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg, California before and I was so excited because it looked absolutely beautiful based on the photos I saw online and it definitely did not disappoint! If you missed out on seeing Sam and Justin’s beautiful engagement session at Del Valle Regional Park then you definitely need to go check that out here – it was a gorgeous evening!
Justin and the boys got ready at a nearby hotel and Sam and the girls got ready at an airbnb down the street. I always recommend looking into both hotel and airbnb options (pro tip: look for spaces with lots of windows and natural light)! Everything about their wedding day was so well timed. I highly recommend giving yourself plenty of time throughout your wedding day in case anything runs late and so you don’t feel rushed. Sam and Justin’s timeline was absolutely perfect – nothing felt rushed and everything ran so smoothly.
Sam did a first look with her dad and I just absolutely love first looks with dads – it gets me every time. It was such an emotional and sweet moment and his reaction was the best. After that, we all headed to the venue where Sam and Justin did their first look under the trees and it was such a fun start to the day. They spun each other around and checked out how dang beautiful they looked before taking some fun photos with their wedding party.
The ceremony under the trees was absolutely beautiful. We love a nice short and sweet, light and fun ceremony. I had so much fun with them afterwards with them during their portraits. HUGE shoutout to Sunshine Shannon for second shooting with me that day and for kicking up dirt and dust to create a beautiful hazy background in the sunlight for some of their photos.
Sam and Justin’s friends and family were so much fun and everyone just danced the night away – it was SUCH a blast. More weddings like this, please!!
Shoutout to all of the amazing vendors who helped make their day so amazing!