Wedding At Villagio Inn And Spa In Yountville, CA | Elizabeth & Justin

Wedding At Villagio Inn And Spa

ELIZABETH & JUSTIN

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Wedding photos at Villagio Inn And Spa:

Elizabeth and Justin found me online, and I was truly honored that they asked me to be their wedding photographer, even though we had never met in person. They both live and work in San Francisco as attorneys. After a few Skype sessions to make the final plans for their Villagio Inn And Spa wedding, I drove up to Yountville in Napa Valley with my wife Charlene, for their special day.

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The newly married couple kiss within the colonnade at the Napa Valley’s Villagio Inn And Spa.

 

Getting ready photos at the Villagio Inn And Spa and Andaz Napal Hotel:

It was a beautiful, cool Fall morning when we arrived at the Villagio Inn And Spa to photograph Elizabeth and her bridesmaids getting ready. From intimate candid moments shared between the group to elegant bridal portraits, I felt like these images captured the elegance and classic style of Elizabeth and Justin’s Napa Valley wedding. Justin was actually at the nearby Andaz Napa Hotel getting ready with his groomsmen, and after an hour or so helping me out, Charlene drove over there to capture the boys as they prepared for the ceremony.

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The bride getting ready before her wedding ceremony in Yountville at the Villagio Inn And Spa.

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Elizabeth admiring her bridal gown with one of her bridesmaids at the Villagio Inn And Spa.

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Justin getting ready at the Andaz Napa Hotel before his wedding ceremony in Yountville.

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Elizabeth and her bridesmaids getting ready at the Villagio Inn And Spa before her Yountville wedding ceremony in Napa Valley.

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The bride helps her sister get ready at the Villagio Inn And Spa before her Napa Valley wedding.

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Applying the final touches of makeup at the Villagio Inn And Spa before Elizabeth’s wedding in Napa Valley.

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A silhouette shot of the groom as he waits for the start of his wedding ceremony at the Andaz Napa Hotel.

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Elizabeth’s bridesmaids help to add the final touches to her bridal gown at the Villagio Inn And Spa.

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Elizabeth’s bridesmaids securing her bridal shoes before the start of her Napa Valley wedding ceremony.

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A portrait of Elizabeth in her bridal gown in one of the elegant rooms at Napa Valley’s Villagio Inn And Spa.

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Portrait of the bride with her mother and sister at the Villagio Inn And Spa.

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A creative portrait of the bride getting ready at the Villagio Inn And Spa in Napa Valley.

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Elizabeth’s mother helps to secure her veil as they prepared for the Napa Valley wedding ceremony.

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A portrait of the bride in one of the elegant rooms of the Villagio Inn And Spa in Napa Valley.

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The bride offers gifts and cards to her bridesmaids before the start of her Napa Valley wedding ceremony.

 

Ceremony photos at Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church:

I then jumped in the shuttle bus with Elizabeth and the girls and we drove over to Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church (also in Yountville), where Justin was waiting for the wedding ceremony to take place and his beautiful bride to arrive. This Catholic church has more of an intimate chapel atmosphere, with beautiful light-colored walls and stained glass windows, all keeping with the classic style of the wedding.

They had opted for a traditional Catholic ceremony, with communion being taken as family and friends watched on and afterwards participated. Charlene and I captured both close-up, wide angle, and elevated shots of the proceedings, with a few cute candid moments with the smaller, younger members of the congregation.

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The bride and her bridesmaids riding the shuttle bus to Yountville’s Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church.

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A portrait of Elizabeth on her way to the wedding ceremony at Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church in Napa Valley.

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A tiny ring bearer picking his nose in the aisle of the Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church in Yountville.

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The groom’s reaction as he sees his bride for the first time at Yountville’s Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church.

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A black and white portrait of Elizabeth walking down the aisle of Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church with her mom.

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Elizabeth’s mom giving her away at the altar of Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church in Yountville.

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Elizabeth’s mom giving her daughter away to Justin during their wedding ceremony at Yountville’s Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church.

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A portrait of the bride and groom during their wedding ceremony at Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church in Napa Valley.

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A tiny member of the congregation playing hide-and-seek during Elizabeth and Justin’s wedding ceremony at Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church in Yountville.

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The bride and groom were all smiles during their Napa Valley wedding ceremony at Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church.

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Looking down onto the wedding ceremony from one of the chapel balconies at Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church.

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A black and white portrait of Elizabeth’s mom hugging her now son-in-law during Napa Valley wedding ceremony.

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Portrait of the bride and groom during their Catholic ceremony at Yountville’s Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church.

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Elizabeth’s sister taking communion during the Catholic wedding ceremony in Napa Valley.

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The newly married bride and groom walking back down the aisle at Saint Joan Of Arc Catholic Church.

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Elizabeth and Justin admiring their wedding rings after their Napa Valley Catholic ceremony.

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The bridal party making a toast during their wine tasting tour of Napa Valley.

 

Portraits at the Villagio Inn And Spa:

At the end of the wedding ceremony, the bridal party actually did a mini wine tasting tour through the spectacular Napa Valley wine country, before heading back to the Villagio Inn And Spa where the reception took place. It was then that I had time to grab the newlyweds for some portraits of just them two, with the beautiful surroundings of this private estate as the backdrop.

With vine-draped walkways and rustic colonnades to work with, I thought that these Villagio Inn And Spa wedding photos again had a really classic look. Although it was a little cloudy overhead, this worked in our favor, with beautiful diffused lighting to complement the shoot.

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An intimate embrace between the newly married couple at Napa Valley’s Villagio Inn And Spa.

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Portrait of Elizabeth and Justin during their Villagio Inn And Spa wedding photoshoot.

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The bride and groom stand together on one of the elevated boardwalks of the Villagio Inn And Spa.

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A warm embrace between the newly married bride and groom during their Villagio Inn And Spa wedding photoshoot.

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Elizabeth and Justin looking into each other’s eyes beneath the colonnades of the Villagio Inn And Spa.

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The bride and groom kiss beneath a vineyard-covered walkway at Napa Valley’s Villagio Inn And Spa.

 

Reception photos at the Villagio Inn And Spa:

The reception then kicked into full swing, starting in the elegant garden courtyard of the Villagio Inn And Spa for a sit-down meal, speeches and cake cutting ceremony, before heading indoors to the dance floor of the rustic barrel room. This low-lit venue exudes romance, perfect for capturing Elizabeth and Justin’s first dance. I then had a lot of fun photographing the wedding reception as everyone really let loose!

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A small member of the wedding congregation comes to congratulate the bride following her Napa Valley marriage.

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The bride and groom making their official entrance at the Villagio Inn And Spa wedding reception.

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Elizabeth and Justin watch on during the reception speeches at the Villagio Inn And Spa.

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The cake cutting ceremony during Elizabeth and Justin’s Villagio Inn And Spa wedding reception.

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The bride and groom’s first dance in the Villagio Inn And Spa’s barrel room.

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The newly married couple share a laugh during their first dance inside the Villagio Inn And Spa’s barrel room.

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The groomsmen getting down on the dance floor during Elizabeth and Justin’s Villagio Inn And Spa wedding reception.

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Friends of the bride and groom singing along on the Villagio Inn And Spa’s dance floor.

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Justin’s brother and a bridesmaid on the dance floor at Napa Valley’s Villagio Inn And Spa.

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The beautifully lit dance floor of the Villagio Inn And Spa’s barrel room.

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The groom on the dance floor during his Villagio Inn And Spa wedding reception.

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The bride surrounded by friends on the dance floor during her Villagio Inn And Spa wedding reception.

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Some “air guitar” and karaoke on the dance floor during Elizabeth and Justin’s Napa Valley wedding reception.

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The dance floor getting crazy during Elizabeth and Justin’s Villagio Inn And Spa wedding reception.

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The bride and groom on the dance floor during their Villagio Inn And Spa wedding reception.

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A nighttime silhouette of the couple against one of the rustic brick walls of the Villagio Inn And Spa’s barrel room.

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An intimate embrace between the newly married couple during their Villagio Inn And Spa nighttime wedding portrait session.

 

Wedding photos at Villagio Inn And Spa:

Needless to say, I had an absolute blast photographing Elizabeth and Justin’s Villagio Inn And Spa wedding. It’s always a pleasure to go to the beautiful Napa Valley wine country, but when it is to work with such easy-going, fun loving people, it makes it even more enjoyable!

September 16, 2015

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