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Our search for THE wedding venue!

“When, where, and who’s going to shoot your wedding” are some of the questions we got asked every day. Sometimes a few times a day :) Sooo I’ve decided to make the planning process public and update our dear blog readers with our progress. Hopefully it’ll be fun for everybody! Oh, and if you have any suggestions please feel free to comment along the way, we’ll take all the help we can get! :)

The truth is that this summer has been so crazy for us and it’s flying by so fast that we haven’t yet made much progress with our wedding plans. Well, except for the growing list of links to various wedding blogs which my friend and I send to each other about a hundred times a day, with words of “OMG this looks so awesome, we have to have it for the wedding!” :)

We’ve been searching high and low all this time for the perfect venue. You’d think this would be easy for us, being wedding photographers, considering that we see a new venue or two every weekend. The search, however, has been a challenge because I believe the location is the most important part of the wedding and sets the mood of the event. What we know is that we want to have an intimate outdoor wedding in the wine country, preferably among the vineyards.

Napa, Sonoma, and the surrounding areas have so many gorgeous venues that I was sure I’ll find something perfect right away. Well, after two months of research it turned out that it’s not that easy to find THE location. At one point I even became tired and disappointed, even thinking that maybe City Hall is an option for us. I was hopelessly scanning some online directories when I stumbled upon the Venue Scout – a service for finding wine country locations. Kristen, the lady behind Venue Scout, is awesome and was just Godsend! She wrote down our concerns and wishes (a whole lot of them!) and searched the entire region for the venue perfect for us.

Sooo, we’ll be driving North tomorrow, Kristen’s list in hand, and visiting the first 5 or 6 venues (and that’s only half of the list!). I’m soo excited I’m not sure I’ll be able to sleep tonight. Wish us luck!!!

Map if various wedding venues in wine country

We’ll keep you updated!

Natasha

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August 15, 2009 - 1:28 pm

Stef - Mendocino county – YAY :)

August 12, 2009 - 10:21 pm

Alex P - Good luck! After a few glasses of wine, most of the locations will look good ;)

August 12, 2009 - 4:41 pm

Angie - Good luck and have fun ! This is a happy and exciting part of a wedding planning so enjoy it to the fullest ! Love U both.

August 12, 2009 - 4:36 pm

Anya - best of luck to you guys! I remember how painful this process is … but also how much fun! And what a great feeling it is when you finally find THE place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t forget to enjoy every moment of it!

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