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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.