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February 19th, 2010

This post is Part 3 of a 4-part series. Read Part 1Read Part 2 – Read Part 3 – Read Part 4

Pacific Oaks Vineyard Estate is an ideal location for weddings. You really have to see it to understand. You’d also have to meet Judy, the owner, who is very sweet and easy to work with. She is at least half of what makes the location so ideal. Her husband is a Southerner (like me, he is from South Carolina) and the property is a blend of California natural beauty and Southern architectural charm.

There’s a vineyard, of course, that slopes down a hill to catch the light of the setting sun in quite a romantic way. It’s a real functioning vineyard with a small winery attached to it; at our initial tour of the place, Judy gave us each a sample bottle of her wine. (I drank it with my sister Esther later that evening. It was delicious.) Behind the main house is a ceremony garden with a lush green lawn, and in front of it, huge oak trees and redwood benches. The two large decks are ideal for gathering people and staging events like cake-cutting, bouquet-tossing, and the like. A cheerfully yellow guest room is provided for brides to use in getting ready, mere steps away from the entrance to the ceremony garden. The property is immaculately kept and lovingly tended, and everything is laid out to make the logistics of a wedding day simpler and smoother.

The interior space is not available for weddings, but we got to see it when we scoped out the location. That pool house is amazing! I must say it would be pretty great to get married in that pool. I’d make all the guests take their places in rows in the shallow end, and I’d float down the aisle to the deep end on an inflatable giraffe. We’d make use of the great acoustics in that room by shouting our vows at top volume. Somebody (the aforementioned very talented musician sister Esther?) would cannonball into the pool and then play love songs on the panflute. It would be magical.

But this isn’t about me and my fictional love story, it’s about Jill and Chase and their very real one. They timed their ceremony perfectly. The golden hour was almost upon us when the ceremony ended and we started walking around taking portraits. At Pacific Oaks there are lots of intimate little nooks, great for posing and even better for kissing. We encouraged Jill and Chase to take full advantage of this.

We were pleasantly surprised to encounter some friendly young chickens in the vineyard. Chickens again! One of our favorite wedding shots of all time involves chickens; you can see it in this earlier post. These chickens must be treated well and given everything a chicken could ask for in this life. They followed us around and seemed to want us to pick them up. One of them did try to steal Jill’s ring, but who could blame the chicken? It’s a nice ring!

July 2nd, 2008

Red Bat Photography will climb ev’ry mountain to make your wedding day photos special, as you can see from this shot:

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Sara and Matt said their vows on the beach not long ago, and the Red Bat Team was there. Shooting at the beach was more fun than I expected. I got to circle around the entire group while the ceremony was happening, and Patrick was of course high up on a hill. People were having trouble hearing what was being said anyway, due to the whipping wind and crashing waves. They were not distracted by a photographer walking laps around them, nor by one posed like a sniper above them.

Up on the hill, Patrick got lovely dramatic shots. He also got some kind of allergic reaction to the flora he encountered up there. I won’t go into much detail, but wow, was he unhappy a few days later when the disgusting allergic reaction kicked in! I believe there were large blisters involved. Don’t worry, I won’t post any photos of the blisters; he wouldn’t let me see them anyway. (Not that I asked.)

Anyway, he got lovely dramatic shots like this one:

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And after the ceremony I got to run up the hill to shoot the whole group looking up:

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And here are some of our favorites (of what we’ve processed so far, anyway- we have a looong way to go before Friday, our deadline for Getting It Done.) Enjoy!

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UPDATE: chickens have appeared again at a Red Bat wedding! Click here for more.