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Destination Wedding Photography, Kauai, Hawaiian Islands.  What can I say? I loved this wedding. Intimate and small. They and their family were kind and gracious.  When I arrived to the Lihue airport later in the evening, I saw the milky way and the stars prominently displayed in the sky.  Wow. During the day, the Island was magical and tropical. I was waiting for a unicorn to pop out and photo bomb my couple.  The Botanical garden for which they were married is probably the best venue on Kauai to get married, with lush gardens, Kauai’s beach, ponds, acres and acres of rich trees. I almost felt like I was in the jungle at Disneyland with all the sounds, only it was real.  I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to photograph Cori and Michael’s wedding and spend a little time with their gracious family. Congratulations to Michael and Cori and to their families.


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milky way galaxy stars on island
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sharp detailed ring photos
preparing for special day with makeup artist
groom hawaii outfit
the groom
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hawaii flower garland for wedding bride
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proud father and daughter down step
first look of groom kauai ceremony
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family gathering for celebration of union
after the kiss
excitement after ceremony with lei on groom
first dance around tropical garden
dancing around family on wedding event
father and daughter dancing
family portraits on Kauai Island
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cute romantic couple for destination wedding
bride and groom photos in lush kauai garden
creative groom photo at kauai botantical garden
beach wedding photography at na aina kai botanical garden
na aina ka beach wedding photos
beautiful romantic lush wedding photos of Kauai

Below are some extra images we photographed the previous day for an early bride and groom session.

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Wedding Photography:  Charleton Churchill Photography,  CA  |  Ceremony Venue:  Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, Kilauea, HI  |
Reception Venue:  Hukilau Lanai Restaurant, Kauai  |  Wedding Coordinator:  Kauai Aloha Weddings, Haunani and Mark Rossi, Kauai  |

  • Chelsea Hills - I love these Charleton!! Cori and michael you guys make a perfect couple you guys look beautiful! What a perfect day ?September 26, 2014 – 5:40 amReplyCancel

  • Jessica Stout - I love this wedding Charleton! It’s unique, yet very Hawaiian. Great stuff.September 26, 2014 – 6:34 amReplyCancel

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.

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once upon a time wedding photos
romantic couple in griffith redwood forest
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guests with bride and groom ceremony
after the first kiss
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creative reception DIY ideas
delicious desserts for wedding reception
DIY decorations woodsy reception
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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

  • Jamie Lubenko - Wow this is such a beautiful wedding. The photo of the bride and the dad made me cry and I don’t even know them. Just beautiful.September 23, 2014 – 11:13 amReplyCancel

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.

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groom at Cottage Inn Resort
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makeup on bride at the cottage west shore
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creative bridal pic at Cottage Inn cabins
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father walking bride
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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
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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.  |