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For years we kept hearing about Auberge du Soleil – a magical place to get married in the heart of Wine Country, but we’ve never had a chance to actually check it out. Well, a couple of weeks ago we were excited to have the opportunity to photograph Karen and Gemmy’s big day at Auberge! Karen and Gemmy are a sweet couple and we enjoyed getting to know them during their engagement session at UC Berkeley. We’ve been looking forward to their wedding day ever since and I have to say that Auberge probably has one of the most beautiful ceremony views I’ve ever seen – you can see almost the entire valley from the Ceremony deck!

Here are our favorites:

Auberge Du Soleil wedding photography


Karen had one of our favorite make-up artist – Penny Do – helping her to get ready for the wedding:

Auberge Du Soleil wedding preparations


Bride getting ready at Auberge Du Soleil


We love large and bright bridal rooms because there are so many possibilities when there’s light and some room to move around!

Putting on make up at Auberge Du Soleil


This one is my favorite from the preparation series – Penny and a bridesmaid helping Karen to put on and bustle her dress. I think this angle made it look slightly voyeuristic and I just love that! :)

Bridal preparations in Wine Country


Vintage sink + a pair of awesome shoes:

Wedding shoes in a sink


Karen looked absolutely breathtaking:

Auberge Du Soleil bride


Gemmy was getting ready in the next room over:

Groom getting ready in Wine Country


He also looked OK :)

Auberge Du Soleil groom


Karen and Gemmy opted to see each other before the ceremony (which we absolutely loved by the way) and here they are seeing each other for the first time:

Bride and groom first look


This was shot in Karen’s preparation room and is probably my favorite portrait of the day:

Creative portraits at Auberge Du Soleil


Well, I guess I also love this one:

Mirror reflection at Auberge Du Soleil wedding


Auberge du Soleil looked beautiful with all the Fall colors and wedding flowers around:

Auberge Du Soleil wedding wedding details


The ceremony view from the Terrace of Auberge:

Wedding ceremony at Auberge Du Soleil


Right after the ceremony we drove a golf cart down the hill into a quaint olive grove nestled on the edge of Auberge du Soleil’s property:

Bride and groom walking at Auberge Du Soleil garden


We love shooting portraits at sunset time – the light is gorgeous everywhere and the bride and groom can finally relax after a stressful morning and an emotional ceremony:

Emotional moment at Auberge


Last rays of sun on the desk of Auberge:

Bride and groom portrait with flair at Auberge



Wedding portrait in the olive grove



Bride and groom in the olive grove of Auberge


The sun already set when we came back to the Ceremony Deck and the beautiful valley looked peaceful:

View from the Ceremony deck of Auberge Du Soleil


Bride and groom reflection in water


One more photo on the deck:

Bride and groom on the terrace of Auberge Du Soleil


Lovely reception details:

Wedding reception in Auberge Du Soleil


As always, we were happy to see familiar faces among the guests – Megan and Albert had their wedding last Fall at the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus:

Wedding flowers


And of course a picture of the rings:

Wedding bands at reception


All the vendors of the day:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Auberge du Soleil
Hair & Makeup: Penney Do
DJ: Dan Doyle @ Platinum Disc Jockeys
Florals: Lavender Florals
Catering: Auberge du Soleil
Wedding Cake: Peeples Baking

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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.