Friday, November 13, 2009

Natalie and Craig, Compass Rose Gardens, Bodega Bay

(click on the image above to view the slideshow)

Natalie and Craig were married at the Compass Rose Gardens in Bodega Bay - a venue I have heard a lot about, but had never been to before. It was a lovely sunny day (which is rarely the case in that area), and there were so many cool details in the gardens:

Natalie and Craig incorporated lots of bright colors in their decorations, which complemented the gardens, and the couple's joyous personalities very well:

Natalie is my high school friend, Natasha's mom. I was very honored to be recommended by Natasha, who is a photographer as well, and happy to be a part of the sweet wedding day!

The ceremony site is really cool - there's a little creek or gully thing in between the "audience" and the couple. I had fun sneaking around behind the ceremony area for the processional to get some different points of view!

The light was gorgeous for family portraits. And there were a lot of honored female family members at this wedding, like Natalie's granddaughter, daughter, and mother:

And Craig with his mom and many stepmothers! What a great community:

Natasha and Max looking fabulous:

Next Natalie, Craig and I took a limo (drive by their neighbor) to one of their favorite cliffs overlooking the Sonoma County coast:

Back to the pretty gardens:

There was a taco bar catered by one of my favorite taquerias, lots of great toasts, and a ton of dancing and fun:

In this family of blood relatives and friends, everyone loves each other!

Thank you to Natalie and Craig, for having me along to photograph your wedding! I definitely teared up during the sweet vows, and wish you two a long happy life together.

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