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Sabrina and Geoff got married on the beautiful grounds of an historic retreat on Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley. We’ve photographed at this venue before and were definitely excited to come back there because Ralston White Retreat’s beautiful grounds and a huge rustic mansion make wedding photography there a real treat.

Sabrina and Geoff live in Boston, although Sabrina is originally from California, and they chose to have a destination wedding in the North Bay. Having recently planned my own wedding, I honestly can’t imagine how Sabrina was able to plan her wedding so beautifully and with so many personal details all the way from Boston! The wedding was so THEM – relaxed, fun, and whimsical.

Here are our favorites:

Love the mood of these two photographs taken by an overgrown pool! Sabrina made all her wedding jewelry herself and I think it looked absolutely incredible with her dress:

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Wedding details at Ralston White Retreat


Ralston White Retreat is a large property covered in old redwoods which is just perfect for wedding portraits. We spent some time walking through the woods and taking pictures by an old quaint pond on the bottom of the hill:

Ralston White Retreat Wedding Photographer


These two make each other laugh out loud! Constantly. We loved being able to capture some of these moments:

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait at Ralston White Retreat


Photographing at Ralston White Retreat


Bride and Groom in the forest of Ralston White Retreat


Wedding traditions are important, but we love it when we see people tweak them and make a wedding their own. Sabrina and Geoff walked down the aisle together hand-in-hand for the processional:

Wedding ceremony on lawn of Ralston White Retreat


This one is my favorite image from the day – Geoff and Sabrina hugging their parents at the beginning of their wedding ceremony. Love the light on their faces and the amount of happiness and love in the air!

Wedding ceremony at Ralston White Retreat


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Reception details at Ralston White Retreat


Bridal photography at Ralston White Retreat


Bridal portrait at Ralston White Retreat


Toasts at Ralston White Retreat


One of Sabrina’s personal wedding touches was having an olive oil tasting during cocktail hour and a chocolate tasting during the reception. Everyone seemed to love this idea and enjoyed all the different flavors:

Ralston White Retreat cocktail hour


Drinks on the lawn of Ralston White Retreat


Words CRAZY and FUN pretty much summarize the dancing at this reception. Guests made great use of all the fun props and were dancing non-stop:

Dancing at wedding reception at Ralston White Retreat


More wedding decor:
Vintage wedding details at Ralston White Retreat


This tasting made me personally very happy – six huge jars of chocolate out in the open! :) I think all the guests enjoyed this additional treat and were tasting and discussing their preferences throughout the evening:

Chocolate tasting at Ralston White Retreat


More dancing – love the lights and all the crazy props!
Wedding reception at Ralston White Retreat


Wedding dancing with fun props at Ralston White Retreat


Ralston White Retreat at the end of the wedding night:
Ralston White Retreat in twilight


Sabrina and Geoff – you guys are the best! Your wedding was intimate, beautiful, and perfectly personalized to be truly yours. Thank you for trusting us and for being so kind. We wish you the best as you grow older together and create a life full of happiness!


And the vendors who made this beautiful day possible:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ralston White Retreat
Wedding Coordinator: Janice Kim
Hair & Makeup: Thy Dinh Makeup Artist
DJ/Band: Tony Chu & Jonathan Mondar of Spintronix
Catering: Wine Valley Catering


To view another gorgeous Ralston White Retreat wedding photographed by Choco Studio visit Ralston White Retreat Wedding Photos

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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.