Where do I begin with this wedding? Can these photos tell you the story as I remember it? This day was incredible from start to finish, and I don’t even know if I can do it justice with my writing, but I will try. Janan and Levi held a wedding I would have loved to simply attend without my camera, but I was grateful to be there to document it all. The day started with portraits at Carlton Cellars, complete with a set of donkeys. This detail didn’t make it into the itinerary for me, so it was quite awesome to turn around and see these two ready for their photos in the middle of family photo time.
The ceremony followed up on a hillside, under a giant tree that stood alone overlooking the incredible valley below. A New Orleans style brass band marched up the hill, between the grape rows along with the wedding party and close family as they entered into the ceremony. It was bright, hearty music. Friends and family spoke during the ceremony, listened, and supported these two committing to one another. After the kiss, they led the entire wedding back down the hill into the reception site where they were greeted with wine, music, and incredible food. After the toasts, cake and orange sunset, Janan and Levi (and a couple dozen guests) broke out into a flash mob to start the dance party well into the night. Everything flew by so fast, I couldn’t believe the night was already over when the music stopped. These two kept everyone happy and engaged all day.
Levi and Janan bring a love, honesty, warmth and a playfulness I wish everyone could bring and experience in their lives. It keeps you wanting more in your life and more in those around you. It was an incredible day. I’d live it again if I could. I suppose that is what these photos are for.
I want to give a special thank you to Zach for his mad second shooting skills on this one. Thank you!
Second Photographer: Zach Krahmer
venue: Carlton Cellars
Band: The Brassroots Movement
DJ: Jesse Espinoza