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  • Thanks so much for coming to our page! We hope you have a few laughs, lots of smiles, and maybe even have to do the fast blink to avoid some tears. We feel like the most blessed people on earth to get to do a job we love and work with some of the most awesome people out there. We are so lucky! We are very selective about our clients and take a limited number of events per year so that we can give them the very best service possible. It's important to us that you get the kind of personalized service you deserve. We consider it an honor that someone would choose us to capture their once in a lifetime moments!

Alexa & Dan’s Annadale Wedding Part 1 | Damion Hamilton | Napa Valley Destination Wedding Photographer

Playing host to their guests that literally came from around the globe, Alexa and Dan did a great job of carrying out their “Farm to Table Fresh” vision, even while planning the wedding all the way from Boston!  The custom letterpress invitations that they had created (see below) gave all of the guests a first glimpse of the wine country feel and set the tone for their entire experience.  Alexa & Dan strived to plan a relaxing experience for all of their traveling guests, acting first as host and hostess, and secondly as bride and groom. Alexa’s background in the wedding industry, which provided her with a strong sense of what she wanted and didn’t want, coupled with the very talented event designer Jess Flood, created a remarkable event that captured the essence of Simplistic Elegance.  From the rustic old barn at Annadale Estate Winery for the dinner and dessert, to Jess’s custom chandeliers created out of barrel stays, to the cocktail hour in the Live Oak Grove, to the dinner tables lined with rows of antique milk glasses bottles filled with loose garden flowers, every detail was thoroughly thought out and beautifully planned!

Here are just a few of the gorgeous details from Alexa & Dan’s wedding!  There are so many great images to share with you, that I had to divide the post into two parts!! Enjoy this little sneak peek, but there are more details and images to come!

Alexa and Dan, what a beautiful day, what beautiful families, and what a beautiful couple!! Thank you so much for sharing your exquisite day with us…it was an honor to be there beside you and your families!  You guys are wonderful!! Love ya bunches! xoxoxo

Keep savoring,

Julie

The beautiful bride awaiting her first look at the groom!!

I loved walking behind Alexa and her sister to the ceremony.  Taking this image made me tear up thinking about my own sisters and how special sisters are!

The Exchange.

OK! That’s all I can post of Alexa & Dan right now, but enjoy this cute little sneak peek of all the goodness that is to follow in the next couple of days, including pictures in the vineyard and sweet light, a gorgeous dinner by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, and dessert and dancing in the old barn!! Be sure to check back!

Elise & Craig’s Beverly Hills Engagement Session | Damion Hamilton | Napa Valley Destination Wedding Photographer


We knew we were in for a treat with Elise & Craig when we received a “Call Sheet” for their engagement session!  Craig’s producing skills shone through as he created a fabulous day for their engagement shoot, complete with the location of their first date, one of their fave restaurants and a few other beautiful backgrounds in Beverly Hills.   They were granted permission to use the glamorous Capital Grille while the restaurant was quiet, still prepping and getting ready for opening.  Then, they shared a sweet treat at Susina Bakery, which has some special memories for them! Elise shared about why it’s such a special place to them, “I mentioned on our first phone conversation that I love chocolate.  Craig sought out the best chocolate cake in town, which happened to be at Susina Bakery on Beverly Blvd.  We went, we had the cake, we don’t even remember anything about it, but we had our second date a few days later and the rest was history……”  I love stories like that!! They also went to a really unique site at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) featuring an ‘Urban Light” sculpture.  This fun engagement session got us all excited and ready for their destination wedding in Napa coming up later this year! Here are a few of our favorite images!

Keep celebrating old memories & making new ones,

Julie

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A little friendly (or not so friendly!) rivalry!

Hook em horns baby! (and a side of bling!)


Alexa & Dan’s Engagement Session! | Damion Hamilton | Napa Valley Wedding Photographer

Another homerun for E-Harmony! Alexa and Dan met almost 4 years ago through the online dating site, and I agree E-Harmony…they are a harmonious match made in heaven! Alexa and Dan came from the opposite side of the country for their final trip to wrap up their wedding plans with the fab Jess Flood and we had a great opportunity to share an engagement session adventure with them.  It was my first trip to Healdsburg, and what a charming town! On this particular day they were having an antique fair, which worked out great for Alexa and Dan.  As you’ll see in their images, they were able to find some beautiful glass bottles that are going to be perfect for gathering the loose garden flowers that they have in mind for their exquisitely planned wedding, and the vendor even gifted them a bottle of their choice for a special wedding present, which made me smile.  After spending some time in downtown Healdsburg and grabbing a bite to eat at the yummy Oakville Grocery, we raced (and I literally mean raced!) to Bodega Bay in a desperate attempt to catch the sun before it’s disappearance over the horizon.  Sunset was at 7:45, GPS said our arrival was at 7:42! So,  the running on the beach pictures you will see weren’t staged…we were really running on the beach trying to grab the light! We were able to get there just in time to take a few images before the fiery sun sank, but it did leave us with a beautiful clear sky sunset to take advantage of.  It was quite an adventure and Alexa and Dan were great sports, whizzing through the backroads of the coast like pros! Through it all, plus a biting, chilly wind, they were able to smile and love and be themselves, which really comes through in these images. Way to go!

Alexa and Dan, it was such a pleasure to meet you and we are so excited for your wedding coming up here very soon.  All of the details that you’ve planned are going to make it not only a beautiful day, but a very memorable day for all!! See you soon!!

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A SLIDESHOW OF SOME OF OUR FAVORITE IMAGES!!

Keep racing!,

Julie

Cornerstone Sonoma Wedding on Style Me Pretty! | Damion Hamilton | Napa Valley Detail Photographer

The feel of this Cornerstone Sonoma wedding by Custom Event Group reminds me of biting into a rich, juicy, ripe plum!  You know the kind where you sink your teeth in and the juice begins to run down the sides of your mouth and you sprint for the nearest napkin or just let the juice fall to the grass??  The flavor of the details is rich and juicy, and the taste is yummy, with a little twist of the unexpected!  Of course, Rebeeca Feeney, event designer extraordinaire, did a fantastic job of capturing and executing this bride’s vision and vibe, which you can read more about on this Style Me Pretty post.  I love hearing from Rebecca how they came up with the ideas and the vision for her events!  Thanks to a team of talented and dedicated vendors for pulling off such a fantastic event!! You will find a full listing of vendors on the SMP Post including Kathy Hoffman, Got Light, Elaine Bell Catering, and an exquisite and original cake by Cakeworks.

You will see on SMP that the talented Suzy Clement was the main photographer for this event, while Damion was commissioned specifically to capture the gorgeous details of this wedding.  Because we do believe that every artist should receive credit for their work, please note that the first few pages in the gallery that you will see are actually Damion’s images though they are tagged differently.

Without further ado, one of my favorite weddings…..ever.

Keep thinking outside the box,

Julie

Custom created chalkboards helped direct the guests around the property as well as to their seats at the table…

Refreshments for all on a hot summer day!

Kathy Hoffman’s use of unconventional and personal containers and the natural elements in the floral design was refreshing and captured beauty all on it’s own.

Because of the amazing length of this table, it was divided into sections as marked in the chalkboard signs and the guests were directed (by the cute custom chalkboards you saw earlier!) to their particular sections!

Such a beautiful and unique cake by Cakework!!

Amazing lighting set up by Got Light? warms the barn for the reception area!

Damion - September 14, 2010 - 5:15 pm

Awe…thank you!! I REALLY loved photographing this event!!

Damion - September 14, 2010 - 5:13 pm

Thank you Devyne!. I agree…one of my favs indeed!
Ron..thanks bro…your always a big encouragement!

Megan - September 10, 2010 - 4:34 pm

I am in LOVE with these! That first photo – I just can’t get enough of it! I think it’s all the textures….

Devyne - September 4, 2010 - 2:52 pm

Damion – – – what amazing pictures . . . . What a beautiful and creative way to decorate!!

ron storer - August 31, 2010 - 1:25 pm

love these detalils -super job bro!

Custom Event Group wedding at Solage Calistoga |Damion Hamilton|Napa Valley Details Photographer

A little while back, I had posted that we were excited to be featured on the Style Me Pretty Blog with a beautiful Custom Event Group Wedding.  Now, while I know you all RAN over to their blog to check out our work and thus this post is totally unnecessary;)I neglected to post pictures of the event on the blog.  This gorgeous creation was held at Solage Calistoga and was created by Rebecca Feeney of Custom Event Group, with elegant green and white floral design by none other than the amazing Kathy Hoffman.  I always look forward to seeing what Kathy will create next and with what unconventional materials! She is amazing! The lighting design put the spotlight on Got Light? OK, THAT was cheesy!

Keep noticing the details,

Julie

Rebecca excels at considering the comfort of her guests, in this case, providing parasols to keep cool on this sunny day.

The beautiful mother of the bride…one of my favorite images

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