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Kelley + Thomas | Married! – Villa Montalvo Wedding

We recently spent the day at the spectacular Villa Montalvo in Saratoga to document Kelley and Thomas’ wedding.  I really adored their taste and sense of style, and they put on a beautiful affair.  The feel was decidedly East Coast, which makes sense as they came in from NYC.  I couldn’t decide if it felt more Hamptons or Southern, but there was a classic, yet fresh aesthetic that is easy to appreciate, yet tricky to pull off with the ease displayed on this day.  It was a bit out of the ordinary for me as well due to the fact that they didn’t wish to do any couple portraits or many detail images, so truly an all documentary day!

When I arrived Kelley was doing a bit of work to help her dress recover from the flight over.  She has a fashion background, and her dress was custom made.  I have to say I think it’s my single favorite wedding dress that I’ve seen thus far!  Kelley was absolutely stunning.

Thomas’ sisters were doing a final practice run for their toast in a secluded area of the Villa out of earshot of everyone else.  I was their first audience. 🙂

Kelley waving to Thomas as they arrived.

I think this is Kelley’s favorite feature of the dress. I think I remember her saying it made her feel like a superhero.

Once she was in the dress they didn’t wish to see each other until the ceremony, so she was hiding out while Thomas passed by.

This was his first reaction to seeing her walk up in the distance.  I’d say the dress had it’s desired effect! Nice shot Malarie!

The Love Temple at Villa Montalvo.  I believe they said it was the first time they’d had a ceremony take place here, which was surprising as it seems it was made for it.

The details of the day.  They had an outstanding coordinator, Kristina Taheri. She was I believe the most professional that we’ve had the pleasure of working with.  She assured everything ran like clockwork all day long.  Florals were by Ingela Floral design, we loved the variety of designs they put together, and were the perfect compliment.  I don’t often mention the caterer, but Le Papillion was amazing.  It was the best I’ve ever eaten at a wedding.  We had venison and quail and it was delicious!

Many great expressions during the toasts, but this was my favorite.

Kelley and her Mom on the ‘floor

Thomas and his Mom.

Thanks for having us along to document your day, we enjoyed being a part of it all!


  • Brandi - Her dress is incredible! It reminds me, in all the GOOD ways, of a beautiful 70’s maxi dress.. Great shots!

  • Erica Blumenthal - THESE ARE STUNNING!

  • Kelley Ireland-Kelly - Clifford these are fantastic! You totally captured the day, sorry I couldn’t give you any couple portraits!

    Thanks again, you guys were so great to work with!

    Kelley and Thomas

  • Kathleen Kirkpatrick - Clifford, these images are breathtaking! I agree, Kelly & Thomas’ wedding had a chic sophisticated East Coast sensibility – I LOVED all the black and white.Kelly is one of my favorite all time brides, she is so gracious and easy to work with. It was a pleasure working with you and hope to do so again. Thank you for mentioning some of the key vendors, we had the “A team” – all were chosen from our Preferred list.

    Best regards,

    Kathleen Kirkpatrick
    Manager Corporate & Private Events
    Villa Montalvo
    at Montalvo Arts Center
    408 961 5856

  • Cliff - Thank you so much for the comments everyone!

  • Billy Kim - am taking a break and found your blog. a great find i’d like to add. great images and work.

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