Pam and Dustin got married at the Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula, California. This is Southern California, so it was supposed to be sunny…but instead we were handed a massive rainstorm! My assistant Desirée and I braved a three and a half hour drive from Ventura, and we passed the time by counting the number of car accidents along the freeways as we drove. We lost count after about fifteen, as it was such a bad storm. By the time we made it to the winery, the rain had stopped. Or rather, we’d beaten the southward-heading storm by about an hour or two! The ceremony was moved indoors to the winery’s Barrel Room, where the winery stores their wine. We were fortunate to get a number of candids and group shots outside, along with just a few bride-and-groom portraits before the rain started up.
Pam and Dustin weren’t about to let a little rain (or a lot) get in the way of a beautiful day though! The barrel room is dark and romantic, and intimate so that you feel like you’re among friends. That room and the tasting room made a great combination for a wonderfully warm wedding, complete with fireplace to ward off the storm outside.
I love to see the tide of relief and joy that sweeps over the bride and groom once they realize that they’ve made it. Through all the preparations, struggles, decisions, and they’re now newlyweds and it’s time to let go. Pam and Dustin just looked so happy and beautiful on the dance floor…that’s the sort of teary-eyed emotion that makes this so satisfying. Thanks you two, for letting us be part of your day!
Me: Mamiya 645AF with 80mm f/2.8 lens, Nikon F5 35mm SLR, Nikon N90s 35mm SLR, Holga 120N, Voigtlander Bessa-R with 21mm lens, Nikon SB28 (x3) and SB20 strobes, CyberSync triggers.
Desirée: Canon EOS 620 35mm SLR, and Canon 5D Mk II dSLR.
Film: primarily New Kodak Portra 400, rated anywhere from 400 to 1600 depending on conditions, also some black and white Ilford Delta 3200 (exposed at ISO 1000).
Processed and scanned at Richard Photo Lab, Los Angeles, California.