Napa Valley Engagement Photos at Artesa Winery

Napa Valley Engagement Photos at Artesa Winery

 

These Napa Valley engagement photos at Artesa Winery were a lot of fun to shoot. Artesa sits on some really beautiful grounds and was designed by some clearly talented folks but it was my super cool couple who made it extra awesome. We started shooting near Artesa’s super unique, bunker like main building. We explored the grounds further, utilizing the different art installations and pools for some one-of-a-kind photos. After finishing up near the main wine tasting area we got permission to explore the grape vineyards up close. Fall provided us with some great colors amongst the rows of grapes. The laid-back nature and love between my couple shined even more vibrantly. We finished up our engagement session exploring deeper into Napa Valley. As a result we found winding roads, rows of olive trees, longs grasses, and rolling hills with beautiful vistas.

 

Engaged couple kissing in the long wispy grasses with a sun flare perfectly placed between their lips at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged woman kisses her fiancé on the cheek at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

An engaged couple share a moment overlooking the art installation and water feature at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Wider shot showing the Napa Valley landscape with an engaged couple sharing a moment overlooking the art installation and water feature at Artesa Winery

An engaged couple walking together near the entrance of the bunker-like building at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

An engaged couple dancing near the entrance of the bunker-like building at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

An engaged couple holding each other close with their reflection rippling over the water at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple walking up the long stairs at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple kisses at the top of the long stairs at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Silhouette of engaged couple dancing at Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple walks the backgrounds of Napa Valley amongst old fences and colorful rows of grapes

Wide shot of an engaged couple sharing a kiss on a small road running through Napa Valley

Engagement ring focus photo of an engaged couple sharing a sweet moment along a fence running through Napa Valley

Engagement ring focused photo of an engaged couple sharing a sweet moment amongst olive trees in Napa Valley

Close up of a woman's engagement ring amongst olive trees in Napa Valley near Artesa Winery

An engaged couple shares a passionate kiss in between colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

An engaged couple walking and laughing together in between colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

Wide shot of an engaged couple walking together in colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

An engaged couple embraces amongst colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

Close up of engaged couple smiling and walking amongst colorful rows of grapes at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

Engaged couple holding each other close and smiling at each other at Artesa Winery's Vineyard in Napa Valley

Engaged couple embraces on a hill with long grasses near Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple sitting close together on a hill near Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple sitting together on a hill looking out over Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

Engaged couple sitting together and kissing on a grassy hill near Artesa Winery in Napa Valley

 

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Hungry Jack Lodge Wedding Photos

Hungry Jack Lodge Wedding Photos

 

Bride and Groom driving boat on Hungry Jack Lake

 

Fall weddings in northern Minnesota are so very nice. These Hungry Jack Lodge wedding photos are full of love & laughter, and bathed in absolutely beautiful scenery. Jean & Sam are some of the coolest people I’ve had the honor to share the day with. Their love for each other, the scenery, the way they wore their hearts on their sleeves, and their awesome souls, made this a perfect Northwoods wedding day.

Sam is a true jack-of-all-trades designing and hand making some rock solid wedding decor, an awesome topographical nature & wildlife figure seating chart, hatchets, arrows, the wedding band, and even his own suit. Jean also contributed many touches and has the most awesomely genuine smile and energy. They honored their ancestors and the sacred lands with native touches and a sweet Anishinaabe marriage blessing. Along with their friends & families, Jean & Sam made the most of their Gunflint Trail wedding on HungryJack Lake, and I was truly honored to be a part of it.

The first section below showcases my personal favorite images from the day, followed by some great venue information, and then the full set of images for those who want to see more.

Highlights

 

Hungry Jack Lake landscape image

Close up of bride and grooms wedding attire

Bride and Groom hiking near Hungry Jack Lodge

Hungry Jack Lodge building and sign with antlers

Hungry Jack Lodge Lakeside Wedding Ceremony area

Wide angle view of wedding ceremony on Hungry Jack Lake

Bride and Groom dancing at their Hungry Jack Lodge wedding reception

 

Hungry Jack Lodge Information:

If you want a Northwoods wedding, Hungry Jake Lodge, 32 miles north of Grand Marais is such a perfect spot. Not only do they have epic views over Hungry Jack Lake but they have more facilities and accommodations than almost anywhere else along the Gunflint Trail. A big bonus is that the staff was super cool to my couple, and also really great to work with.

Hungry Jack Lodge Resort & Campground is found at the halfway point of the Gunflint Trail, right next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). It’s the only resort on Hungry Jack Lake and surrounded by the six million acre Superior National Forest. The resort lies just 2 miles south of the Canadian Border. It’s the perfect balance of convenience & amenities along with the peaceful calm of the Northwoods lakeside. You can actually access the BWCA right from Hungry Jack Lake. With only one small portage, it makes it a perfect place for fun day trips into the BWCA. I can’t recommend this place enough for not only your wedding but for a vacation visit as well. See below for a list of offerings and amenities.

What Hungry Jack Lodge Provides:

Large Historic Log Cabin
Lakeside Wedding Ceremonies
Lakeside Reception & Banquet Area
Indoor Banquet/Dining Area (up to 100 people)
Up-to-Date, Modern Kitchen
Full Liquor & Bar Services
Apps/Hors D’oeuvres/Deserts
Special Meals/Buffets
Optional Tent Spaces
Fireside Dining

Other Cool Amenities:

Cabins  w/ Private Docks
Cottages & Campground
RV Hook ups & Electricity (30 amp)
Excellent Hiking Trails
Scenic Airplane Rides
Snowmobile Rental
Super Fresh Air
Guide Services
Boat Launch
Boat Charters
Small Beach
Fishing Pier
Pontoons
Canoes
Sauna
Stars

Other Nearby Attractions:

Canada
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Superior National Golf Course
Downtown Grand Marais
Train Center Lodge
Lutsen Mountians

For all the finer details hop over to Hungry Jack Lodge‘s site or use the contact information below:

372 Hungry Jack Road
Grand Marais, MN 55604
www.hungryjacklodge.com

info@hungryjacklodge.com
(218) 388-2265

 

*If you’d like to learn more about my photography, or to see more wedding images, hop on over to my Weddings page.

 

Full Set of Hungry Jack Lodge Wedding Photos

 

Enjoy this full collection of touching and inspiring Hungry Jack Lodge wedding photos below.

 

                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

Elegant Black Tie Wedding in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Hotel

Elegant Black Tie Wedding in San Francisco at the Mark Hopkins Hotel

Liz and Nicco celebrated their big day in style with an elegant black tie wedding in San Francisco, at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, a historic wedding venue. The bride and groom exchanged vows in front of 150 friends and family before moving onto the wedding reception to celebrate their new marriage and dance the night away!

bride and groom after wedding in san francisco

First Date at the Rooftop Bar in the Mark Hopkins Hotel

After hitting it off at Nicco’s annual ugly Christmas sweater party, Liz and Nicco spent their first official date at a romantic rooftop bar overlooking the San Francisco skyline. That rooftop bar, the Top of the Mark, also happens to sit on the 19th floor of the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, where all this wedding goodness would take place three years later!

bride and bridesmaids getting ready

bride and bridesmaids posing

groom getting ready with dad

Getting Ready With the Fun Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

The bride and her bridesmaids spent the morning in a penthouse suite at the Mark Hopkins overlooking downtown San Francisco and the SF Bay. The hair stylists and makeup artists from Bay Area Beautiful helped the ladies prepare for the big day, styling their makeup and hair to accentuate their natural beauty. Liz and her gorgeous bridesmaids looked amazing together with their navy blue bridesmaid dresses against the stunning Maggie Sottero beaded gown. Nicco got ready with his groomsmen and family and enjoyed the excitement of the day with some celebratory drinks. He looked sharp and ready with his group of black tie groomsmen!

groom looking at bride in ceremony

bride and groom wedding ceremony

Elegant Wedding Ceremony in the Grand Mark Hotel Ballroom

A unique and artistic ceremony space, the Room of the Dons ballroom is characterized by the hotels historic architectural details in top notch chandeliers and high ceilings. The Flower House designed tall floral arrangements and lined the aisle with rose petals adding to the luxurious ceremony design. The Mersonacta String Quartet accentuated the elegant atmosphere with heavenly ceremony music.

bride and groom in front of mark hopkins hotel

bride walking down aisle with father

When Liz walked down the aisle with her father, Nicco’s face lit up. Father Charles Regal of the White Robed Monks personalized the ceremony and kept the tone lighthearted and sentimental. The wedding guests were filled with excitement as Liz and Nicco kissed as husband and wife for the first time and happily made their way back down the aisle.

bride and groom dancing san francisco street

bride and groom walking san francisco

Mark Hopkins Hotel: A Luxury Wedding Venue in San Francisco

The Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel wedding venue is known as one of the best luxury venues for a wedding in San Francisco. The hotel hosts classy wedding ceremonies and receptions in lavish ballrooms in a perfect downtown SF location. The hotels wedding coordination team did an awesome job keeping the wedding day moving along smoothly. Dakota of Thomas Hughes Films filmed the day and was a pleasure to work beside. I first fell in love with this city, years ago, when I photographed a San Francisco engagement session on Baker Beach with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the background. The more time I spent here, the deeper in love I fell. The downtown SF area near the hotel made stepping outside for portraits of the bride and groom, and their bridal party, so much fun and gave us perfect iconic San Fran backdrops in every direction.

bride and groom in downtown SF

bridal party in front of mark hopkins hotel

mark hotel wedding reception

Reception

The wonderful Jutta and her team from A Day Like No Other wedding planners worked with the wedding coordination team at the Mark Hopkins Hotel and did a fantastic job setting up the Peacock Court and Ballroom. The uplighting design by Impact Lighting set the reception’s mood with soft, golden light.

bride and groom cutting cake

After the bridal party entered the reception, Liz and Nicco shared a romantic first dance. Once the guests had enjoyed the delicious wedding meals and cut the cake, the real party started! The newly weds were finally able to celebrate fully with their family and friends as they danced the night away to the awesome upbeat music provided by Hip Service.

bride and groom dancing mark hotel reception

After the wedding, the happy couple enjoyed the beginning of their newlywed life honeymooning in Italy!

Awesome San Fran Wedding Vendors

wedding band at reception in mark hopkins hotel

mark hopkins hotel wedding reception

Emily & Matt / Turks and Caicos Wedding

Emily & Matt / Turks and Caicos Wedding

Sapodilla Bay in Turks & Caicos is such an amazing location for a wedding. Emily & Matt and I’s adventures started with an awesome summer engagement session in Minneapolis, which we both call home. The following spring we all made the trek down to the absolutely gorgeous island of Turks & Caicos for one of my favorite weddings of all time. As these wedding photos below will show, they did it right with their nearest and dearest of family and friends.

If you’re planning a Turks & Caicos destination wedding yourself, and would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me here.

If you’d like to peruse thru more wedding images hop over here, or if you’d like to learn more about my services and offering stop over here.

Land’s End / Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Land’s End / Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

If you are going to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico I recommend staying at Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort as their exclusive stretch of beach and the rock formation there is one-of-a-kind. You’re also really close to Lover’s Beach and El Arco and away from most of the hustle and bustle of the more mainstream part of town.

I caught these images while location scouting for a wedding I was in town to shoot. Such a gorgeous evening to stroll the beach and watch these waves crash right in front of you. Don’t get too close though. Shore break is fun stuff and I caught some skim boarders taking full advantage of it and catching some serious air on those big waves.

Mandi & Rudy / Oregon Destination Wedding

Mandi & Rudy / Oregon Destination Wedding

I cannot even begin to tell you how great it was working with these two and all their awesome friends and family! I love destination weddings and Mandi & Rudy’s 4th of July weekend wedding in Joseph, Oregon was one for the ages. Everything took place around the absolutely gorgeous Wallowa Lake which sits somewhat isolated from the rest of the world in northeast Oregon. From the firework show, to the beautiful log cabin resort, to the breathtaking ceremony high up on the moraine overlooking the lake, everything was just absolutely amazing. Following all that goodness there was an epic dance party that went into the wee hours until we ran around in the foothills under the starry and stunningly brilliant midnight sky. I don’t use this term lightly (or ever) but this destination wedding was truly amazeballs. 😉

Mandi found me searching the interwebs for all things ‘eco-friendly wedding’ and incorporated a lot of green into her big day which was very cool. I don’t know what can top this wedding but I’m sure looking forward to finding out!