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Griffith Woods, Santa Rosa, Ca.
Chris and Rachel’s Redwood Wedding

I live for 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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 Wedding Photography:  Charleton Churchill |  Ceremony + 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  |  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

    • Dixie Cameron - I got that too Jamie.October 4, 2014 – 1:27 pm

  • Charleton Churchill - Thank you for great compliments and love!April 1, 2015 – 11:56 amReplyCancel

  • Angus Matheson - Truly fascinating. Thanks!March 23, 2017 – 2:46 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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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.  |