California Wine Country Wedding Photographer: Kathryn & Jake at Cornerstone Sonoma
Kathryn and Jake are an absolutely incredible couple who pulled off the unimaginable – a completely stress free wedding. I think that that’s something that says a lot about them as a couple – they couldn’t be more fun or relaxed, and they had their priorities in all the right places. Kathryn has one of those great laughs that just lights up a room, and Jake couldn’t have been more of a gentleman. His best man’s toast was about how incredibly smart and knowledgable Jake is about literally every type of music on the planet, about what a great sense of humor he has, and about how much fun he and Kathryn are to be around – it’s easy to see why. There was no wedding party, no choreographed first dance, and no bouquet or garter tosses – instead, there were custom cocktails, a fabulous band (Franco Nero) that kept the dance floor packed all night long, different food stations ranging from California fusion, to Italian, to Asian, and a custom blended red wine – just a wonderfully laid back wedding that was all about spending time with their guests and enjoying the day. Kathryn got ready with a few of her close friends at the bridal cottage where Nicole Brandt from Salon NOVO did her simple, but totally elegant hair and makeup that was the perfect compliment to her charming, vintage-style dress. We did all of their family shots ahead of time, and from there on out, there was nothing to do but relax and enjoy the wedding.
Held at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma, it was not only a an incredibly fun wedding, but also a beautiful one. Gorgeous flowers by Lila B graced the tables along with scores of old family photos. There was a nod to Kathryn’s Hawaiian heritage with the leis they both wore for the ceremony, as well as the absolutely fabulous jungle jazz tiki band, Kitty Chow & Fisherman, who played during the ceremony and cocktail hour. And I would of course like to say a huge thank you to some of favorite planners of all time, Leslie & Erica from Dandelion Events. Every time I work with Leslie and her team, I’m blown away by how effortless and smooth the day is, and this was no exception!
All my congratulations, you two! I’m sure you’re going to have an absolutely wonderful life together!