Wedding At Hans Fahden Vineyards In Calistoga, CA | Tammy & Tim

Wedding At Hans Fahden Vineyards

TAMMY & TIM

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Wedding photos at Hans Fahden Vineyards:

Photographing Tammy and Tim’s wedding at Hans Fahden Vineyards was a particularly special shoot for me as this couple is close friends of mine. Actually, Tammy was my wife’s maid of honor at our wedding! So I was pretty thrilled that they asked me to be their wedding photographer and had the opportunity to capture their special day.

The winery venue they selected was also a particularly elegant location, with stunning landscaped gardens and beautiful spaces, and I feel like these Hans Fahden Vineyards wedding photos captured its essence. We made the 7-hour drive north to Calistoga, CA where the Hans Fahden Vineyards is located for Tammy and Tim’s special day. Although I often have an assistant photographer at weddings, on this occasion I would be shooting alone as my wife, Charlene, was busy being a bridesmaid! 

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An intimate portrait of the bride and groom in the late afternoon sun, just moments after becoming newlyweds at the Hans Fahden Vineyards.

 

Getting ready photos at Hans Fahden Vineyards:

I started the shoot around 10AM, first capturing candid portraits of Tammy getting ready with her bridesmaids in one of the rooms at Hans Fahden Vineyards, before heading over to photograph Tim and his groomsmen.

From Tammy’s mom and maid of honor adding the final touches to her bridal gown, to Tim caught in rapturous laughter with his dad, this pre-ceremony selection of Hans Fahden Vineyards wedding photos were a joy to shoot. When you know the couple so well, there are no barriers to overcome as a photographer, and both Tim and Tammy were naturals in front of the camera.

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Tammy with her bridesmaids getting ready before the wedding at Calistoga’s Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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The bride getting ready before the ceremony starts at the Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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Tammy enjoying a joke with her bridesmaids as they prepared for the wedding ceremony at the Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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The groom shares a laugh with his dad as they prepared for his wedding ceremony at the Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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A black and white portrait of Tim with his groomsmen as they prepared for the wedding ceremony at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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Tammy’s dad swapping his regular socks for wedding ones in preparation for the Hans Fahden Vineyards’ marriage ceremony.

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There were plenty of smiles and jokes all-round as Tim and his groomsmen were getting ready for the wedding ceremony.

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A tender moment between Tammy and her mom before the wedding ceremony began at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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Tammy’s bridesmaids helping her add the final touches to her bridal attire before the start of the wedding ceremony.

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A black and white portrait of the bride with her maid of honour, Katie, as they were getting ready for the wedding ceremony.

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The groom unwraps a present from his bride before the start of their wedding ceremony at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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The bride’s response to a jewelry gift offered by her groom at the start of their wedding day in Calistoga, California.

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Tammy’s maid of honor and mom help to fix her veil before the start of the wedding ceremony.

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The bride, reflected in the dimly-lit dressing room at Hans Fahden Vineyards, before the start of her wedding ceremony.

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The first look between the bride and her father before the start of the Hans Fahden wedding ceremony.

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Tammy’s dad responds to seeing his daughter for the first time on her wedding day.

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Tammy’s mom tears up as the bride shares a quiet moment with her parents before her wedding ceremony at Hans Fahden.

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A stunning portrait of the bride Tammy, just moments before her wedding ceremony.

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A warm, softly focused image of the bride before she walked down the aisle at Hans Fahden.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Hans Fahden Vineyards:

Before the wedding started, Tim and Tammy unwrapped presents that they had given each other, and it was a fun moment photographing their reactions. I was also on standby as Tammy’s father took his first look at his daughter, and again as the bride and groom captured their first glimpses of each other for the day.

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The bride walks towards her groom for the “first look” on their wedding day at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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Tammy and Tim share a special moment together during the “first look” on their wedding day.

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Looking across a lilypad pond at the Hans Fahden Vineyards towards the bride and groom.

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The bride and groom share a tender kiss before the start of their wedding ceremony at Hans Fahden.

 

Ceremony photos at Hans Fahden Vineyards:

It was then time for the ceremony itself, and as Tammy is of Jewish religion, there were a lot of traditional Jewish rites included throughout the afternoon. These included the ketubah signing at the start of the ceremony and a “breaking of the glass” tradition part way through. As a wedding photographer, I am constantly discovering new cultural wedding traditions through my work, and it’s quite fascinating to capture these through the lens in new and creative ways.

The ceremony itself was a warm and intimate occasion, with the late afternoon sun adding a special glow to the images. Not only did I photograph the bride and groom as they exchanged their vows, but also candid shots of family and friends as they responded to this special occasion.

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The bride and groom walk beneath a chuppah at the start of their Jewish wedding ceremony at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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A black and white shot of the bride and priest during the ketubah signing at the commencement of the Jewish wedding ceremony.

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The family and bridal party share a special moment at the start of Tammy and Tim’s wedding ceremony.

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The wedding ceremony of Tammy and Tim included a few traditional Jewish elements.

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The groom waits for his bride to arrive at the start of their Hans Fahden Vineyards wedding ceremony.

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A portrait of the bride’s mother, tearing up as her daughter walks down the aisle.

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A portrait of the groom as his bride walks towards him down the aisle.

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The bridesmaids lined up in their turquoise dresses during the Hans Fahden Vineyards wedding ceremony.

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The bride and groom share a joyful smile as they prepare to become husband and wife.

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Looking across at the wedding ceremony within the leafy gardens of Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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The bride and groom being blessed during their Jewish wedding ceremony at Hans Fahden.

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Family and friends watch on as Tammy and Tim wed, with the ladies holding a yellow rose in their hand.

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Tim steps on a glass as part of a traditional Jewish “breaking of the glass” wedding rite.

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The newly wed couple at the end of their Hans Fahden Vineyards wedding ceremony.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Hans Fahden Vineyards:

Because the light was so rich at the end of the ceremony, I used the opportunity to capture some portraits of the couple in the beautiful landscaped gardens of Hans Fahden Vineyards. I felt that there was a really whimsical ambiance about some of these portraits as the late afternoon light streamed through the surrounding trees.

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Making use of the late afternoon golden light to capture this portrait of the newly married couple.

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An intimate moment between the bride and groom at the end of their Jewish wedding ceremony.

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The bride and groom share a kiss in the beautifully landscaped gardens of the Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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The rich, late afternoon light gave an ethereal quality to this portrait of the bride and groom.

 

Reception photos at Hans Fahden Vineyards:

The wedding reception then kicked into full swing in the lavishly decorated wine cellar of Hans Fahden Vineyards. From the heartfelt speeches to the wild antics of the dance floor, this was definitely a wedding reception to remember! Towards the end of the evening, I snuck away with the couple into the gardens of Hans Fahden to shoot some final nighttime portraits, taking advantage of the dramatic lighting available.

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The bride and groom arriving at their wedding reception at the Hans Fahden Vineyards in Calistoga.

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The bride and groom open the doors to their lavish wedding reception room at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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The bride’s father makes a speech during the wedding reception at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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A special moment between the bride and her maid of honor during the wedding reception speeches.

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Charlene presenting her wedding reception speech to the newly married couple at Hans Fahden.

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The cutting of the cake at Hans Fahden Vineyards, with the bride and groom beautifully reflected in a wall mirror.

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The bride and groom share a laugh during their first dance at the Hans Fahden wedding reception.

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A warm embrace between the newly married couple during their wedding reception first dance.

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A black and white portrait of the father-daughter dance during Tammy and Tim’s wedding reception.

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A special moment for Tim and his mom during the mother-son dance at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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The bride leads a “conga line” through the reception room at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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The groom’s father getting down with the bridesmaids during Tammy and Tim’s wedding reception at Hans Fahden.

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The bride and groom on the dance floor at Hans Fahden, accompanied by family and friends.

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The bride and groom in the center of the dance floor during their wedding reception at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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The groom getting lost during the garter removal at Tammy and Tim’s wedding reception.

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One of the bridesmaids getting down on the dance floor with Tim during the Hans Fahden wedding reception.

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The fathers of the bride and groom on the dance floor at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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Tammy and Tim being carried on chairs by the bridal party during their Jewish wedding reception at Hans Fahden.

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The groom in hysterical laughter as he is carried into the night on a chair during his wedding reception.

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Tammy being consoled by her bridesmaids during a funny wedding reception moment at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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There was lots of fun and antics on the dance floor during Tammy and Tim’s wedding reception.

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The bride dancing with her girlfriends during the Hans Fahden Vineyards wedding reception.

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The bride and groom letting loose on the dance floor at Hans Fahden Vineyards.

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A quiet moment between the bride and groom during a nighttime portrait session.

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Capturing an intimate kiss between the newlyweds in this nighttime wedding reception portrait.

 

Wedding photos at Hans Fahden Vineyards:

It was such a privilege to be part of this special day for Tammy and Tim, and I hope that these Hans Fahden Vineyards wedding photos bring them warm memories long into their married life together.

October 13, 2015

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