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Castello di Amorosa Engagement Photography
Photographer:  Charleton Churchill

I drove to Calistoga to photograph one of my gracious engaged couples with probably one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen in the Napa Valley. Jennifer and Jason are a New York couple who flew out to the Castello di Amorosa for some engagement photos. They called me early on to capture their pre-wedding photos, creatively. I did my research before arriving, but when I showed up, the Castle was more complex than I imagined, with more tunnels, chambers, hallways, courtyards, lakes, and rivers throughout the property. In fact, nearly all the images you see below were envisioned while walking through the tour; we had to think fast and we were on a time schedule with a very kind tour guide. I had my trusty Profoto B1 light with me the whole time and I’m so glad I did because much of the medieval castle areas were dark.  While I had not even met Jason and Jennifer before arriving, and they had some ideas of what they wanted, they were the sweetest couple and just told me to do my thing with the camera.  I love my job and working with couples who want me to create magic for them. Here are some of the images below of what was created together. Congratulations to Jason and Jennifer who are planning their wedding next year in New York.

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Congratulations to Danielle and Nick who married last month at the Helwig Winery in Plymouth, California. It was an extremely windy day, but we had beautiful blue skies.  Throughout the day, everyone was relaxed and enjoying the day at pace.  Also, I have to say I do enjoy speeches that are not only well prepared, but full of creativity, sincerity, and humor.  Danielle’s Father prepared one of those speeches and gave a heart-warming speech that had almost everyone laughing and crying.  I have an exciting job of not only documenting the day, but watching people, how they respond and react, and even more so the bride and groom’s reactions, the mothers and father’s as well.  As toasts were shared, I watched Nick and Danielle as they received encouragement and support from friends and family.  I’m thankful to have been able to work with such a great couple as well as awesome vendors!

 

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Makeup and Hair:  Jenifer Haupt, Sacramento, CA.  |  Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography,  Sacramento, CA.  |
DJ:  Kene Wilson, Citrus Heights, CA.  |  Florist:  Debbie Hillel,  Sacramento, CA.  |  Cake:  Jan Hanker, Sweet Treasures   |
Wedding Coordinators:  Kathleen Ahlers & Alissa Hartwig  |  Wedding Announcements/Invitations:  Gina Thielke  |