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Wedding – Kat and David – Paradise Ridge Wedding Photographer

Monday, November 21st, 2011
 (Morgan Bellinger)

Kat and David were married at Paradise Ridge Winery, my new favourite Santa Rosa wedding venue. Paradise Ridge sits on a hill at the northeast end of town; the only thing that competes with the unbelievable views of the valley is the scintillating way in which the wedding venue captures the setting sun. Kat and David are good friends of ours (there’s always an open bottle of wine and a newly cleaned glass at their Oakland home) and their hospitality extended into a wedding space that they truly made their own. Marlo and Scott were there (and shy!) and we enjoyed an entire weekend of wedding festivities, including a rehearsal dinner at the Green Music Center, on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park, and a wedding brunch at the Fountaingrove Inn.

The photograph above was taken at around 1 AM – the bride and groom were en route to an after-party, so I set up some studio lights and softboxes by one of the Paradise Ridge Winery’s many artistic sculptures and borrowed them for one minute of shooting (and a couple of minutes’ moonlit walk through a picturesque meadow). Kat had mentioned that she wanted photos with the sculptures, but since they were a little distance away from the ceremony and reception, I thought it might be prudent to take those photos after the festivities, so as not to take time with the beautiful couple away from family and friends. Thanks for looking!