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Kauai wedding photographer, Hawaii Destination Weddings

Destination Wedding Photography, Kauai, Hawaiian Islands.  What can I say? I loved this wedding. Intimate and small. They and their family were kind andView full post »

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Monte Verde Inn Wedding, Foresthill, California

Monte Verde Inn Wedding Photography Foresthill, California Andy and Ashley Wedding Photographer:  Charleton Churchill,  Sacramento, CA.  |  Venue andView full post »

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Four Seasons Resort Biltmore Santa Barbara Wedding Photography, Stefan and Noelle

Santa Barbara Wedding Photography Four Seasons Resort Biltmore, Santa Barbara, Ca. Stefan and Noelle Married. Wedding Photographer:  Charleton ChurchillView full post »

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Sacramento Grand Ballroom Wedding Photography

Downtown Sacramento Grand Ballroom, Sacramento, CA. Citizen Hotel, Sacramento, CA. Wedding with Kevin and Maggie   Photographer:  Charleton ChurchillView full post »

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Village at Squaw Valley wedding, Lake Tahoe

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Griffith Woods Wedding, Santa Rosa Wedding Photography

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Yosemite Wilderness Wedding at The Ahwahnee Hotel

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Photographer, Winter snow photos

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Alaska Adventure Wedding Photography shoot

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Destination Wedding Photographer. Charleton Churchill is an award-winning Destination and Adventure Wedding Photographer based in northern California. Recently he made the 2016 Top 100 Wedding Photographers in the US and Canada by SLR Lounge.  He was voted Best Wedding Photographer of northern California Sacramento by the KCRA A-List, has received multiple brides Choice awards from Wedding Wire and The Knot, JuneBug Wedding’s Best of the Best Destination Weddings Award, graced the pages and covers of wedding publications including the Knot, Destination Weddings magazine, Real Weddings, Sacramento Bride and Groom, to name a few. He has also written for and been featured in the top photography industry magazines. He was recently awarded the honorable 2016 Sony Impact Award for his contribution in Nepal.

While Charleton has won honorable awards, he consistently pushes himself to deliver only the best, producing fine-art masterpiece work for his couples with cleverness and technical lighting skill. Charleton’s likability has made him an easy choice among couples to work with for their special day, and it’s no wonder he continues to receive exemplary ratings and referrals from couples, vendors and venues. As a Destination Wedding Photographer, Charleton travels internationally. Charleton made his ascent towards Mt. Everest Base Camp to document a wedding last year when the Nepal earthquake struck and made headlines in the media as well as the wedding industry. While Charleton travels, he spends much of his time photographing near his home in northern California with his wife of sixteen years and three daughters. Charleton photographs up to forty weddings a year while teaching as a photographic instructor at BPSOP and speaks at photography conferences and conventions across the U.S.
For Bookings, requesting rates and availability, please contact Charleton.


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2015 Photographer Survivor of Mt. Everest Earthquake, Nepal, Wedding.  To view the images and story, select the image above.


Mt. Everest Wedding Photographer and Base Camp coverage.

Charleton Churchill is available to photograph weddings and elopements in and around Mt. Everest Base camp. This is a rare opportunity to capture your wedding vows in the beautiful himalayas by an experienced mountaineer and photographer who has been there. Trekking up from the Lukla airport into the Mt. Everest National Park, you will gain majestic views and epic wedding photographs.


Lake Tahoe, South Lake and North Shore in California and Nevada.

Charleton travels often to Lake Tahoe for weddings and Engagement sessions in the mountains and around the lake. Numerous locations provide beautiful backdrops such as north Lake, south Lake, the Ritz Carlton, the Tahoe Rim Trail, downtown, along the beaches, and other special locations where I have photographed. Whether it’s a Winter wedding, a Summer ceremony, or anything in between, you will surely be amazed.


Yosemite and National Park photography.

One of the best destinations California provides for elopements, engagement shoots, and weddings. Whether it’s hiking into the wilderness to elope at the top of Half-Dome, joining your family at the Ahwahnee Hotel for your ceremony, or planning your event at the cabins of Evergreen Lodge, you will experience the outdoor rustic photography you were seeking. Engagement sessions around Yosemite are a popular and Charleton has experience all around the park. He has climbed half dome over thirty-five times and continues to explore.


Sacramento and Engagement Photography

Since Charleton is based in northern California, many of his bookings are in and around Sacramento. Engagement shoots around the Capital and downtown are popular. For the most of the year, Charleton is photographing in locations such as Auburn, Grass Valley, Folsom, Lodi, El Dorado Hills, Granite Bay, Winters, Roseville, Lincoln, and Loomis to name a few.


Carmel, Napa, Sonoma, and San Francisco bay area Photography.

No doubt, Carmel and Napa are most popular and Charleton photographs many weddings there every year. In 2014, he photographed five Carmel weddings alone. The Carmel Hyatt Highlands is a popular wedding venue and enjoys documenting weddings there.


Destination Weddings, Hawaii, and Beyond.

Charleton enjoys traveling to unique destinations around the world with his couples. Most of his travel is within the United States and he enjoys documenting weddings in Colorado, New York, Washington, Texas, Oregon, and of course Hawaii. Last year, Charleton won an International Award for an image he photographed on Kauai at Na Aina Kai. He often travels to Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara, and Orange County.


Popular Destinations.

The top wedding destinations Charleton prefers to photograph include adventureous locations in New Zealand, Iceland, Australia, Mexico, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Africa, South America, Alaska, Antarctica, to name a few.