My photo journey with Samantha and Vu began earlier in the year with their engagement session in San Francisco. A few months had gone by and we were ready for the next step – their wedding at The Vintage Estate in Napa Valley. My team arrived safe and sound in SF and after taking care of some logistics, we were off to wine country!
On our first day in Napa, we met up with Sam and Vu to go over the final details for the big day, then we joined them on an amazing wine tour and Kenzo Estate. It was the perfect way to relax and familiarize ourselves with the area before the wedding.
Wedding day started off nice and easy as it was such a beautiful day. We began with the details in the morning making use of the architecture of the villa. Once Sam was finished getting all dolled up, I went to meet up with Vu to set him up for the first meet. We chose a quiet little courtyard in the villa so we could give them a few moments to themselves. Following that, we took a walk around the Estate for some more intimate photos with Sam and Vu before meeting up with the rest of the bridal party.
After a quick dress change (into a beautifully handmade dress by one of Sam’s friends), we met up with Sam and Vu’s family to partake in the tea ceremony followed by some formal family photos. With the arrival of the rest of their friends from all over California came the final moments before the ceremony! Sam changed back into her wedding gown and all the pieces were in place for a beautiful golden hour ceremony.
The night concluded with a chilly, but heartwarming reception full of beautiful speeches and tributes to the newly weds as well as a few impromptu group sing-a-longs to some old school 90’s R&B and pop songs. Samantha and Vu, thank you again for being such gracious hosts in your home city. It was such an honour to photograph this momentous occasion for the two of you.