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I like forest weddings.  It’s nice to plan your wedding in a remote location free from distractions and the fast-paced life which most of us often experience daily.  This woodsy intimate wedding felt like the middle of nowhere, but it was just outside of Santa Rosa.  Chris and Rachel married in the presence of close friends and family, surrounded by old ginormous trees.  I almost felt we were going to bust out the tents and go camping, and with style.  Rachel’s wedding dress made her look like a kingdom princess in some once upon a time fairy-tale story, and Chris the knight and shining armor or whatever they were called back then.  Rachel and Chris put much thought into the details, delicious desserts and design.  They kept their wedding simple, yet they were creative with their DIY projects and props. I’m not only glad to have photographed their wedding, but also to have made some new friends.  They were kind and friendly, and it was obvious that God and Family were central to their wedding. I left inspired and encouraged.  Here are just a few images from their wedding day! Congratulations to Chris and Rachel once again.

wedding dress in sonoma wine country
veil of bride
artistic bridal creative fashion photos
Case Ranch inn wedding photos
groom photos
wedding ceremony venue santa rosa
wedding ceremony couple
griffith woods ceremony
cute couple pictures in sonoma
once upon a time wedding photos
romantic couple in griffith redwood forest
ceremony starting at griffith woods
official wedding ceremony
guests with bride and groom ceremony
after the first kiss
old wooden barn sonoma
creative reception DIY ideas
delicious desserts for wedding reception
DIY decorations woodsy reception
reception desserts
lanterns, pies, cakes, and delicious food
forest dancing reception
father crying with girl
santa rosa wedding photos
redwood forest

 Wedding Photography:  Charleton Churchill, Sacramento, CA.  |  Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Griffith Woods, Santa Rosa, CA.  |
Lodging:  Case Ranch Inn,  Santa Rosa, CA.  |  Caterers:  Smokehouse BBQ, Santa Rosa, CA.  |  Cake:  Billy Hinds  |  Florist:  Maria Philbin  |
Pies:  Mom’s Apple Pies,  Santa Rosa, CA.  |  Wedding Gown:  Enchanted Bridal Shop, Maggie Sottero  |  Suit:  Jos A Banks  |
Chalkboard Artist:  Meghan Stone, Sacramento, CA.  |  Hair and Makkeup:  Theresa Rousset, Special Effects for hair Salon, Santa Rosa, CA.  |
Rentals:  Santa Rosa Party Rentals,  Santa, Rosa, CA.  |

  • Matthias - Love this wedding, great job as always Charleton.September 16, 2014 – 1:50 pmReplyCancel

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged because I’ve been trying to keep up with weddings almost every weekend among other exciting responsibilities.  I decided a few days ago I need to at least showcase one or two recent weddings during this month.  Typically, I try and post an image on Facebook after each wedding since it’s much easier than blogging it.  Here’s wedding from last month I’m just now finishing up.

Not only did we have the privilege of photographing Russel and Maureen’s special wedding day event on the west shore’s Sugar Pine Point State Park, but we had the utmost treat of cruising to their reception in a classy Tahoe Yacht.  Getting ready photos were taken at the quaint Cottage Inn where Maureen stayed, which had knotty-pine walls and pine furniture matching their rustic lake theme. Both the west shore and north shore have a certain cool vibe about them and it was a perfect place for their personalities.  The wedding was held at the famous Hellman-Ehrman mansion which sits on the beach.  As usual, we photographed this wedding the anticipation and creativity.  Russell and Maureen were so gracious to be around, relaxed, and very friendly.  We are grateful to have spent time with them on their special day to capture their story.  Congratulations to you both.

wedding at lake tahoe
groom preps for day
groom at Cottage Inn Resort
wedding gown hanging from rustic cabin
birds nest key at Cottage Inn
bridal shoes
makeup on bride at the cottage west shore
walking down birds nest stairs at Cottage Inn
cottage inn tahoe
creative bridal pic at Cottage Inn cabins
bridal dress in cabin
2012 Platinum List Wedding Photographer Grace Ormonde
couple kissing in forest of trees
pretty bride at hellman ehrman mansion
groom at hellman ehrman
father walking bride
ceremony on lake of sugar pine point of hellman ehrman
photo of Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
silhouette of married couple on tahoe lake
gorgeous lake tahoe wedding couple over dock
bride groom on dock of west shore
bride getting on yacht
beautiful bride peeking in yacht
pretty romantic lake tahoe couple photos
bride and groom sharing drink on boat
lake tahoe wedding photos
wedding yacht tour tahoe
wedding photos on lake tahoe
lake tahoe wedding photography on yacht
wedding portrait on yacht
lake tahoe yacht with couple
sunset photos in tahoe on lake
father giving toast
cheerful applause in
toasts at city of tahoe west shore
coordinated dance at tahoe city restaurant
first dance at river grill tahoe city
river grill wedding event
photo booth at reception
lake tahoe emerald bay night photo

Wedding Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography  |  Venue:  Sugar Pine Point State Park, Hellman Ehrman Mansion,  Lake Tahoe, CA.  |
Reception Venue:  River Grill,  Tahoe City, NV.  |  Lodging:  Cottage Inn Resort, Tahoe City, CA.  |  Hair:  RAH Hair Studio, South Lake Tahoe, CA.  |
Makeup:  Sublime Beauty, Lake Tahoe, CA.  |  Catering:  River Grill  |  Videography:  Video Quest Productions, Jason Chesebrough, Lake Tahoe, CA.  |

Tim and Jenna had their destination engagement session at Yosemite National Park. I never get bored in Yosemite, and actually it’s my playground both for photography and for hiking.  I’ve hiked half-dome at least forty times now and it never gets less beautiful. I had to leave around 4a.m. in order to meet them for a quick breakfast at the cafe. We hit it off quick and then left for some engagement photos. They were really cute together and it was obvious they adored each other. They just wanted me to do my thing and trusted me. Tim and Jenna will be having their wedding at the Evergreen lodge this year, which will be my pleasure.

half dome hug

engaged couple photograph at el capitan field
couple holding hands el capitan

hwy41 the tunnel with kissing couple
cute yosemite couples photos

yosemite engagement photos
Evergreen Lodge Couple engagement photos in Yosmite
yosemite pictures for wedding couple
engagement sess in Yosemite park
creative bride and groom with plaid in national park
fun in the valley laughing
bridge in Yosemite engagement photogaraphy
engagement pictures in Yosemite
rustic woodsy yosemite engagement pictures with plaid

fun laughing couple at yosemite

laying in the woods