Wedding At Carmel Valley Ranch In Carmel, CA | Jeannie & Michael

Wedding At Carmel Valley Ranch

JEANNIE & MICHAEL

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Wedding photos at Carmel Valley Ranch:

I first heard from Bay Area couple, Jeannie and Michael, through an email inquiry, and after a Skype session to chat about their upcoming wedding plans, I flew up to meet them for an e-session. From the moment they picked me up at the airport we just hit it off, and over the course of the day photographing at some of their favorite local locations, we got to know each other quite well. After such an amazing experience, I was really excited to see them again for their gorgeous wedding day celebrations and capture this wedding at Carmel Valley Ranch.

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A whimsical portrait of the newly married couple during their Carmel Valley Ranch wedding photo session.

 

Getting ready photos at the Carmel Valley Ranch:

My wife Charlene and I drove up the night before from Long Beach to the Bay Area and started the day early capturing the couple as they made their final preparations. I looked for creative angles, shooting through a set of shutters as Jeannie had her makeup done, and utilized a mirror in the room for some reflective portraits. Charlene mentioned to me just how incredibly sweet Michael was with his parents throughout the morning, ensuring they were comfortable and looked after, and I love the images she took of him with his mom as they shared in this special time.

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A creative shot looking through the shutters while Jeannie had her make-up done at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

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Capturing a special moment between Michael and his mom as they were getting ready for the wedding day at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

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A candid black and white shot of Jeannie’s sister with her daugher as they were preparing for the wedding day at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

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A reflective shot of the bride as she was getting ready for her wedding day at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

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Michael opens a gift from his bride before their wedding ceremony at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

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Jeannie, surrounded by her bridesmaids and mom, as they were getting ready at the Carmel Valley Ranch in the Bay Area.

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Capturing a special moment between Jeannie and her dad as he saw his daughter for the first time on her wedding day at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the Carmel Valley Ranch:

Jeannie and Michael had decided on a first look session on a bridge in the beautiful landscaped gardens of the Carmel Valley Ranch, and after capturing their warm reactions at seeing each other, we had time for a short couple portrait session. They actually own two adorable little dogs and decided to incorporate them into these Carmel Valley Ranch wedding photos.

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Jeannie playfully covers Michael’s eyes during their first look session at the Bay Area’s Carmel Valley Ranch.

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A wide angle shot looking across Jeannie and Michael’s first look session on a bridge in the Carmel Valley Ranch gardens.

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Michael admires his future wife during their fun-filled first look session in the whimsical gardens of the Carmel Valley Ranch.

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A close-up portrait of the bride and groom during their Carmel Valley Ranch wedding photo session in the Bay Area.

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The couple with their adorable dogs at the Bay Area’s Carmel Valley Ranch.

 

Ceremony photos at the Carmel Valley Ranch:

They had decided on a traditional Western wedding ceremony on the grassy lawns of the Carmel Valley Ranch and there was plenty of raw emotion on display from both the couple and their parents. There were some scattered clouds in the sky which made for beautiful diffuse lighting, and even when the wind picked up and sent Jeannie’s veil flying, I documented this playful and unexpected moment.

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Jeannie embraces her father at the altar during her Carmel Valley Ranch garden wedding ceremony.

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Michael’s emotional reaction as he exchanged vows with Jeannie at the beautiful Carmel Valley Ranch in the Bay Area.

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Capturing the emotional reaction of Michael’s father during his son’s wedding ceremony at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

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A strong gust of wind blows Jeannie’s veil into the air during her wedding ceremony at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

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One of Jeannie’s bridesmaids fills up with emotion during the beautiful wedding ceremony at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

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Jeannie and Michael celebrate after being pronounced husband and wife at the Bay Area’s Carmel Valley Ranch.

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The newly married couple celebrate with Jeannie’s grandmother after their Carmel Valley Ranch wedding ceremony.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at the Carmel Valley Ranch:

After the ceremony, we had time for a couple portrait session around the vineyards of the Carmel Valley Ranch and took advantage of the rich late afternoon light. There are quite a few swings throughout the property, which were ideal features for whimsical shots of the couple, as well as their cute flower girl.

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A portrait of the newly married couple during their sunset wedding photo session at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

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Jeannie and Michael stroll through the rustic landscaped gardens of the Carmel Valley Ranch during their wedding photo session.

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The newly married couple embrace on one of the whimsical swings at the Carmel Valley Ranch in the Bay Area.

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Jeannie and Michael stroll through the vineyards during their Carmel Valley Ranch wedding photo session.

 

Reception photos at the Carmel Valley Ranch:

Jeannie and Michael’s wedding reception was held indoors at the Carmel Valley Ranch and was an evening filled with love, celebration, and plenty of dance floor action. I took some close-up shots of the bridal couple’s reactions as speeches and toasts were made, as well as some fun shots as the wedding guests indulged at the marshmallow s’more station!

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A candid shot of Jeannie’s flower girl on one of the Carmel Valley Ranch swings.

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A close-up shot of Jeannie and Michael during their first dance at the Carmel Valley Ranch wedding reception.

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A black and white shot of Jeannie’s emotional response during the speeches and toasts of her wedding reception.

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Jeannie and her dad enjoying the father-daughter dance at her Carmel Valley Ranch wedding reception.

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Jeannie’s flower girl enjoying the dance floor during the Carmel Valley Ranch wedding reception.

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One of Jeannie’s bridesmaids and her partner share a marshmallow s’more during the Carmel Valley Ranch wedding reception.

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Jeannie getting down on the dance floor during her fun-filled wedding reception at the Bay Area’s Carmel Valley Ranch.

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A black and white shot of the couple’s grand exit through a sparkler-lined walkway at the end of their Carmel Valley Ranch wedding reception.

 

Wedding photos at Carmel Valley Ranch:

It was such a beautiful day spent with wonderful people, and Jeannie and Michael really treated us as guests, rather than just wedding photographers. I feel both grateful and fortunate to have had the opportunity to capture these Carmel Valley Ranch wedding photos and hope that we stay in contact for many years to come.

September 22, 2014

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