“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens….” Uh, no. Definitely the wrong song. Tommy Frey & Nikole D’Adamo’s favorite things are way more exciting, like heart pumping racing action and sharing ice cold beer with friends. We try hard to incorporate the essence of each couple into their engagement session (and you know how Damion LOVES cars), so we really enjoyed this opportunity to capture Nikole and Tommy on the family property at the base of Napa’s foothills. There, we had a chance to highlight some of the favorite things that this awesome couple shares, like the love of racing. A need for unbridled speed definitely runs through their veins, instilled from the time they were both younger. Tommy’s family grew up racing boats and Nikole drag races this sweet Camaro down the quarter mile in the high 11′s with Tommy and her family from B & G Tire as her crew (ask for her dad Kevin…he’s the bestthere to support her.
The wedding promises to be an exciting time as well, and we can’t wait to see you guys again!!
Hanna Boy’s Center is a great organization dedicated to changing the lives of at-risk young men. This is our third year working with Hanna, and the more we’ve gotten to know them, the more impressed we are with their program. They are doing a great work in Sonoma, though many of the young men who apply and come to the school are from all around the country. We had the opportunity to photograph their annual fundraiser, An Evening with the All Stars, which was made even more special this year because they celebrated the opening of their brand new gym with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The funds were flying from the hands of the very generous and kind donors who bid on some nice items during the silent auction and some INCREDIBLE packages in the main auction. Without a doubt though, the most memorable and moving moments of the night, were the stories shared by the graduating seniors this year of how Hanna had impacted their lives. I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including mine. Then, we got to hear from some former graduates from Hanna and where they are in life now, in successful jobs with beautiful families and lives. It was so inspiring to hear how Hanna’s scholarship program had changed the lives of these young men and allowed them to attend college and have successful careers in a variety of fields.
At the end of the night, I found myself wishing that I was sitting the chair of the donors and had more to give to Hanna. If you are looking for a good cause to invest into where you will see people’s lives changed for the better, Hanna is your best bet. They’ve been impacting not just young men, but future generations since 1945. They are a solid program. Please consider sharing what you have to make someone’s else’s life more successful.
Great job Hanna!
Love this mosaic made up of faces who have traveled through Hanna.
“Thanks to you, I am the first person in my family to graduate from high school.–Chan”
This display tore me up. A entire room was filled with letters written by the boys from Hanna. It was sometimes hard to read the letters as the boys described situations that are so hard to imagine a child should be facing, parents who committed suicide, parents in jail, hard times, homelessness…
Some of the great young men that we’ve encountered!
The picturesque Vintage Estate in Napa Valley was the perfect backdrop for a wedding where friends and family were top priority, the good wine was flowing, and most of all, the bride and groom Amanda Fechter and Alex Kuiper were (and are still) madly in love. It was a pleasure to watch these two join their lives in marriage and to see them celebrate with all of the friends and family who have been rooting them on! The day was filled with surprises from some pretty stunning gifts for the bride and groom to an impromptu bridal toast at NapaStyle poured by none other than Chef Michael Chiarello himself.
Amanda & Alex, since the first time we met, we’ve seen your love for each other bubbling over and it is a wonderful thing. It’s so easy to see why your friends and family love and support you so much! Cheers to many, many years of a happy marriage brimming with solid love.
Many thanks to the following vendors for making this wedding a success!
Venue: Vintage Estate
Officiant: Richard Vargas
Hair/Makeup: Mia Cook of Bloom and Michelle Jordan of Sisters Boutique
Floral: Kelly Reavis Designs
DJ: DJ Dukes
Rentals: La Tavola and Hartmann Studios
VIdeographer: Thomas Hughes Films
We were blessed with the opportunity to capture the Roys family portraits this year! Scott was actually our high school classmate, but it was so lovely to meet his wife and children. It’s amazing to see how the lives of friends develop after these (cough, cough) many years! Thank you Roys family for this opportunity! It was great to connect again and see your sweet family!