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We met Samantha and Mike sometime ago and the more we heard about their elegant and easy going outdoor wedding the more exited we got to photograph it. They were describing their venue – Clos La Chance Winery – as a unique site, elegant but informal, with white stucco walls, a red-tile roof and immaculate landscaping. It sounded like something belonging in France and it was hard to believe it’s just twenty miles from Silicon Valley. We could hardly wait to finally see it!

Well, I can tell you that you won’t believe you’re in California anymore when you see the Clos La Chance Winery. It surrounds you with beauty and elegance the minute you enter the grounds and it’s a true winery experience.

We have a million favorites from this beautiful day and here are just a few:

Clos La Chance wedding portrait

 

We absolutely fell in love with all the details of this majestic venue and the wedding itself, so I’ll be sharing quite a few of the detail photos here :)

Landscaping details of Clos La Chance Winery

 

Samantha was getting ready in the Clos La Chance Bridal Suite – a big and bright suite full of charm and character. I thought that this vintage weathered dresser perfectly off-set Sam’s brand new sparkly heels!

Bride getting readu in Bridal Suite of Clos LaChance

 

Ceremony details and wedding bouquet at Clos La Chance winery wedding

 

We were happy to have a lot of time for Samantha and Mike’s portraits and right after their First Look we went all around Clos La Chance, taking full advantage of the winery’s nooks and crannies:

Courtyard wedding portrait at Clos LaChance Winery

 

Mike and I absolutely loved this beautiful, flower-studded petite courtyard right at the entrance to the winery, complete with a bubbling fountain and ivy-covered entrance. Sam – you looked gorgeous!

Posing bride at Clos La Chance wedding

 

The ceremony was held on the Grand Lawn overlooking acres after acres of green vineyards and golden oak-studded hills of the Hayes Valley:

Clos La Chance wedding ceremony on Grand Lawn

 

I couldn’t get over the spectacular views; the wooden arbor, laced with climbing roses, framed the golden hillsides so well!

Spectacular views wedding ceremony at Clos La Chance

 

Bride and groom emotional portrait in vineyard

 

With some time left for portraits after the ceremony, Samantha and Mike were ready to go along with anything and climb a hill or two for photographs. For this one Mike was shooting from the next hill over and I was coordinating the movements over the phone :)

Clos La Chance wedding portrait in the hills

 

Bride and groom kissing in the vines of Hayes Valley

 

Mulberry Grove wedding portrait

 

Clos La Chance wedding details

 

Every part of a wedding day has its place at Clos La Chance and every scene seemed prettier than the last. The Grand Terrace, paved with flagstones and surrounded by rose bushes, was the perfect setting for an evening dinner. Loved every detail of it:

Clos La Chance wedding reception details

 

Fun – and funny – toasts:

Toasts during wedding dinner at Clos LaChance

 

And here’s the wide view of the Terrace. Told you it looked amazing!

Sunset at wedding dinner on Grand Terrace of Clos La Chance

 

Just a few more details of this elegant ivy-covered winery:

Grand Terrace of Clos La Chance wedding details

 

Twilight wedding dinner on Grand Terrace of Clos La Chance

 

And a few more, complete with the Cake Room!

Cake Room at Clos La Chance winery

 

Love this first dance photo with a gilded mirror reflecting the light of the wrought-iron chandelier. So pretty!

First Dance in the Grand Salon of Clos La Chance

 

Guests moved into the Grand Salon for the dancing and this room included French Doors, a large stone fireplace, and dark wood ceiling – do I have to say more? It was the perfect place for the end to this evening. The father-daughter dance:

Father daughter dance in the Grand Salon of Clos La Chance winery

 

This is my favorite cake-cutting photograph ever! Love all of the guests’ reactions :)

Cake cutting with guests watching at Clos La Chance wedding

 

Sunset at Clos La Chance wedding

 

And a few more evening portraits in the Cellar Room:

Clos La Chance wedding Cellar Room portrait

 

 

Bride and groom in the Cellar Room

 

 

Portrait of a bride at Clos La Chance wedding

 

 

Our fellow professionals of the day:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Clos LaChance Winery
Hair & Makeup: Tracy Shelor
Florals: Bloomster’s
Catering: Cafe Primavera
Wedding Cake: Jen’s Cakes

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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.