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On a warm August morning we recently had the pleasure of photographing Jennifer and Darwin’s wedding at the Mountain Winery in the foothills of Saratoga. We loved meeting these guys when we first learned about their wedding plans and we knew it was to be a wonderful celebration. Here are a few of our favorites:

Jennifer finished her preparations in the airy Barrel Room of Mountain Winery. It’s not often you have friends dressing you up and I just love Jennifer’s reaction to her friends putting the garter on her :)

Mountain Winery Barrel Room wedding bride getting ready

 

Some of the cute details:

Mountain Winery wedding preparations

 

We couldn’t go far for Jennifer’s portraits prior to the ceremony and we wanted to make sure her groom doesn’t see her before time. Jennifer looked so radiant, however, that all I needed for a great portrait was to find a few feet of nice background and to just ask her to relax:

Mountain Winery bride wedding portrait

 

We’ve always loved coming to the Mountain Winery for concerts, in fact I felt in love with it the very first time I came there – set high on the very top of one of Saratoga’s hills, the winery has spectacular views of the entire Silicon Valley. Here is a view from the Vista Point – a tranquil patio where the wedding ceremony took place:

Mountain Winery cityscape view from the Vista Point area

 

Walking down the aisle with her dad:

Mountain Winery bride walking down the aisle

 

The Vista Point is bordered by trees and lush landscaping which provided well needed shade during the ceremony. It felt like it was 110 degrees in Saratoga on this day!

Mountain Winery Vista Point wedding ceremony

 

And they are finally married!

Mountain Winery Vista Point wedding kiss

 

Cherries Flowers created this cute Old Market display by the seating cards arrangement:

Mountain Winery wedding details

 

Loved shooting these two – so cute and expressive! :)

Mountain Winery wedding bride and groom portrait

 

Mountain Winery wedding couple portrait

 

The reception was held on the gorgeous Chateau Deck – an expansive terrace right on the edge of the crest. Surrounded by gardens and oak trees, it provides a view of the valley that absolutely took our breath away:

Mountain Winery Chateau Deck reception

 

The wedding was “Berry” themed and blackberries were just everywhere – from ceremony chair decorations and reception table arrangements to the cake decor. Jennifer and Darwin even handpicked some blackberries a day before to put on the desert table for the guests to enjoy!

Chateau Deck wedding reception details

 

Sleeping beauty:

Chateau Deck sleeping flower girl

 

Chateau Deck day time reception dinner in Mountain Winery

 

The first dance on the Chateau Deck of the Mountain Winery:

Mountain Winery Chateau Deck first dance

 

Bride and groom on the Chateau Deck

 

Emotional first dance on the Chateau Deck

 

Mountain Winery wedding romantic portrait

 

Have you ever seen a cooler getaway car? Jennifer and Darwin drove away in their red Jeep, complete with ribbons and empty cans :)

Mountain Winery wedding get away car

 

 

All the wonderful vendors that helped make this wedding possible:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Mountain Winery
Wedding Planning & Design: Crystal Lequang @ Amazae Special Events
Hair & Makeup: Monina Wright @ Modern Beauty
Photography: Choco Studio
Band: Q Marrow
Florals: Cherries Flowers
Catering: The Mountain Winery
Wedding Cake: Jen’s Cakes
Gown:: Down the Aisle Inc
Shoes: Down the Aisle Inc
Rings: Shane Co

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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.