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The venue, the photographer, and the date!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two months since our last wedding planning related blog post! But we did not forget about it, on the contrary, we spent all this time still searching for both the photographer and for the right venue. We could have never imagined that the planning would be so difficult from the beginning! We wanted to book the venue and photographer at the same time so that we wouldn’t limit our choice of photographer by the date we set. Sounds like it should be pretty easy, but it sure wasn’t! And so this last week was a big one for us and we finally have a date, a venue, and even the photographer of our dreams.

I’ll start with the most important part… drum roll please… the date of the wedding is….. 9/10/10! We are inviting just 30 people to the wedding and our hopes are that these people won’t mind taking the Friday off as it will allow all of us to spend the rest of the weekend relaxing.

The venue update is next: we absolutely fell in love with both the Ranch from our last blog post and also with the cute villa. It was a tough choice and we had to make a long list of pluses and minuses of both places. At the end we decided to go with the villa! Although both places are absolutely gorgeous, we felt that this venue would be a better match for our tiny wedding.

Private Villa in Napa

And lastly, the part everyone has been asking about ever since we got engaged… the photographer! This was honestly the toughest choice we’ve had to make. The challenge was that we both knew what style and type of photographer we wanted and we were absolutely not willing to compromise on it. Fortunately, we wanted more or less the same thing, otherwise we’d have to hire one photographer for the bride and one for the groom :)

We started our search by looking at Bay Area photographers, then at ones in Southern California. What we found is that although there are a ton of absolutely amazing artists in this state whom we adore and even sometimes idolize, their styles were a little different than what we had in mind. So our search circle got bigger and bigger, and we started looking at East Coast and even some Canadian photographers, until we finally found someone whose work we both absolutely admire:

Click to view Greg Gibson Photography

We first learned of Greg Gibson a few years back at one of the photography conventions we attended. I remember that even then we were amazed at his strong photojournalistic approach and constant search for ways to tell the story. We were both beyond happy when he agreed to come out to Napa for our wedding!

Next on the list is the dress shopping and I’ll let you all know how that will go. Until then, have a great week everybody and stay dry in these upcoming storms!


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December 12, 2009 - 3:19 pm

Noah - Congratulations! Greg’s work looks fantastic…a great choice.

December 10, 2009 - 1:26 pm

Sasha - Congratulations M&N!!! I know how tough these decisions have been for you guys, so I’m glad it’s behind you. The photographer looks awesome!!

December 8, 2009 - 7:19 pm

Nadia D Dziskavets - He is a fantastic photographer! can’t wait to see you photos

December 8, 2009 - 10:53 am

Stephanie Joukoff - Congratulations Natasha and Mike! The venue and the photographer look wonderful! Jamie and I are so excited for you guys. Please keep blogging about your own BIG DAY!

December 8, 2009 - 1:03 am

Tanya Fishkina - Congrats! You are well on your way :)

December 7, 2009 - 9:44 pm

Megan Nguyen - Congratulations you guys! I can’t wait to see your wedding photos!

December 7, 2009 - 6:40 pm

Roger Pai - Congrats! Sounds like a wonderful location.

December 7, 2009 - 6:25 pm

Greg Gibson - Natalia and Mike – I’m very excited to be a part of your big day. I can’t wait to get back to Napa for another wedding. After seeing you two together I just know there will be a ton of intimate and touching moments. Thanks for your confidence in choosing me! It’s always so flattering when a colleague asks you to be their photographer.


December 7, 2009 - 6:07 pm

Choco Studio Photography - Thank you guys! It’s certainly different being on this side of the fence :)

December 7, 2009 - 4:44 pm

Deepa Gosal - Congratulations!

December 7, 2009 - 3:25 pm

Nina - Super!!!! Awesome choice for the venue and photographer!
So happy for you both :)

December 7, 2009 - 3:16 pm

Gina Aveni Kasznar - Congrats you two! This is such and exciting time and you will have so much fun with your dress and rest of the planning! I love these updates too! Happy planning!

December 7, 2009 - 3:03 pm

Angie Colantuono Soysa - Congratulations again Mike & Nat ! It’s refreshing to know other friends who believe in the Quality VS. Quantity theory :)))))

December 7, 2009 - 2:45 pm

Stefan Nesterov - Grrrreat!

December 7, 2009 - 1:12 pm

Jordan Dertinger - I see he likes HDR!

December 7, 2009 - 12:59 pm

Lilia Ahner - Congrats on finding the venue, date, and photographer! Greg Gibson’s work is incredible and amazing! I saw his photos from Justine Ungaro’s wedding and their breathtaking.

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