Classic Napa Vineyard Wedding

A gorgeous journalistic style photo story at Brasswood Estate

Christine & Ryan's Wedding Story

This incredible Napa vineyard wedding has all the makings of a delicious photo story: a gorgeous winery setting, rustic barns, the rolling hills of northern California, sumptuous wine, games, music, a lovely couple, tears and laughter, and a live band and dance party to remember.

Christine and Ryan were living in New York City when they first emailed me. Christine’s family lived in the SF Bay Area and they were planning a wedding in Napa wine country at venues that had special meaning in her family history. “It’s a destination wedding for us, but not for you,” Christine joked.

During one of our first conversations Christine and Ryan explained that they were “looking for a wedding photographer to capture the day in as natural and genuine a way as possible.” They wanted some creative portraits and family photos, too, but it was most important that they have a “collection of artistic photos that capture us with our family and friends so we can remember exactly what our wedding day felt like.” At hearing this, I smiled. This was music to my ears and I knew Christine and Ryan’s wedding story was in perfect alignment with my journalistic and storytelling style of photography.

My team and I photographed with Christine and Ryan over an entire weekend in the heart of California wine country in and around St. Helena. The welcome party dinner was at the iconic Goose & Gander (photos above). The following day’s wedding ceremony and celebration was at the fabulous Brasswood Estate + Vineyard (photos below). Here are a collection of images from their story:

“ Hi Drew - We are just so thrilled with how these pictures turned out. You captured so many amazing and genuine moments. Ryan and I have had the most amazing time looking through the photo story. We keep going through the photos over and over and every time we find more favorites. We are so happy we were able to have you photograph our wedding. Thank you!! ”

“We want a wedding photographer to capture our day in as natural and genuine a way as possible. We would love to have artistic photos that capture us with our family and friends so that years later we can remember exactly what our wedding day felt like.”

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Goose and Gander. St. Helena, CA
Wedding Venue: Brasswood Estate Vineyard. Napa, CA
Wedding Planner: Lisa at Boutique Events. Napa, CA
Catering: Tre Posti. St. Helena, CA
Stylist: Carrie Aldous. Napa Valley, CA
Floral: Petals. Flowers by Katie
Band: The Mixx. Novato, CA

Drew Bird is recognized as one of the top 100 International Wedding Photographers in the world by the Wedding Photojournalist Association. He is currently based in San Francisco and creates photo stories for clients world-wide. View our non-wedding work here. Also, get in touch with Drew.

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Beautiful Images, love your style