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This wedding post is a long time in the making because we simply couldn’t choose which images to feature. As you might have seen on our Facebook page we even had to ask our fans to help with choosing some of the photos (more about it later). This three hundred person wedding was so intimate and harmonic that we absolutely fell in love with this family and the beautiful emotional moments that happened during the day.

Without further ado (and because we’ve already made Olivia and John wait long enough) here are our favorites.

The prep room at The Fairmont had gorgeous light from the windows:

Bride getting ready at Villa Ragusa

Olivia opened her groom’s gift and the whole room got teary eyed looking at her reaction:

Emotional bridal preparation at Campbell wedding

She wore his present near her heart:

Emotional bridal preparation at Villa Ragusa Wedding

The details. The whole day was full of gorgeous, thought out details that made the large Villa Ragusa seem so intimate and personal.

Sparkly wedding details at Villa Ragusa Campbell

I don’t think I was the only one who held her breath when brave Olivia jumped up on the ledge to take down her dress:

Bride getting dressed before Villa Ragusa Campbell Wedding

We are often asked what kind of wedding dresses are our favorites. The answer is – the one that takes the longest to put on :) The ones with a million tiny little buttons on the back!

Bridal silhouette at Villa Ragusa Campbell Wedding

John looking sharp, if slightly nervous, just before seeing his wife-to-be on the wedding day:

Groom getting ready at Villa Ragusa Wedding

That hallway was looong. But she was worth waiting for – The first look:

Bride and groom first look in Campbell

I love Olivia’s eyes and the hand, holding John so so tight!

Bride seeing her groom for the first time at Villa Ragusa

And then we were off for portraits, exploring every corner of the hotel, looking for perfect light:

Intimate wedding portraits at Villa Ragusa Wedding

Olivia and John were much more relaxed and open in front of our lenses after their Engagement Session. It wasn’t difficult to catch the intimate and harmonic moments between them:

Bridal portraits at Villa Ragusa Campbell Wedding

My personal favorite portrait of the day:

Natural and harmonic bride and groom portrait

Supported by her dad, Olivia was just bursting with joy while walking down the isle:

Processional at Villa Ragusa Campbell wedding ceremony

It’s too bad we don’t do video as I’d love to show you how many times Olivia was laughing and crying during her dad’s toast:

Emotional toasts at Villa Ragusa wedding reception in Campbell

The first dance:

Bride and groom first dance at Villa Ragusa wedding reception in Campbell

We caught this candid series during Olivia and John’s first dance. LOVE the way Olivia’s parents were looking at the couple. These are the two images that we couldn’t decide on forever, so we posted them on Facebook asking for help. People had a lot of great thoughts and we are posting both of the images here:

Emotional parents watching their daughter's first dance at Campbell wedding

Candid of first dance at a wedding reception in Villa Ragusa

And I’ll finish with these reception detail photographs. Edgar’s team from Flowers by Edgar cast their magic and converted the Villa Ragusa ballroom into a gorgeous purple fantasy scene:

Lush details of a Villa Ragusa wedding reception

Purple up lights at wedding reception at Villa Ragusa in Campbell

Olivia and John – thank you for inviting us to spend the day with you, for opening up to us, and for allowing us to document all the beautiful moments that happened. We loved being there with you.

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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.