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Ruth Ann + James | Married – Olympia’s Valley Estate, Petaluma

We recently joined Ruth Ann +  James at the Beautiful Olympia’s Valley Estate in Petaluma for their wedding.  This was absolutely our favorite kind of wedding.  They planned their day around the spectacular venue, (seriously it was like a movie set) in a way that created an ease and a relaxing environment for everyone involved, and led to a great party in the evening!  A big part of why everything felt so seamless and at ease was definitely due to their event planner, Leslie Struble of My Dandelion Events.  She has the unique ability of being both low key and ever present that is a rare find and is such a calming presence.


Thought this was too funny. Pretty sure that’s just sparkling cider though. I think!

The guys getting ready photos are always a little different than the women’s. 🙂

A couple of sweet moments from their first sight:

Love this quirky/sweet moment before the ceremony.

Ruth Ann and her Father had some really meaningful quiet moments throughout the day.

Runaway Flowergirl!

OK I said this place was like a set!  Often times we find ourselves trying to make the imperfect look perfect and have to scramble to find enough scenes to use for our style of portraits.  This was not one of those times. If anything, narrowing down the ideas into the allotted time was the challenge.  We could shoot here 20 times and not make the same shot twice.  There is so much love poured into this property, and it’s so well curated.  It’s a special place.

The awesome team that pulled everything else together are:

Sage Catering

Branching Out Cakes

Monkey Flower Group

They spent a quiet moment together (almost) alone in the guesthouse before being announced.

This one made me laugh.

I’m a sucker for a pointing finger on the dance floor.

Ruth Ann and James had a choreographed swing dance prepared and wowed their peeps.

We had a great time being a part of your day, thanks for trusting us to be there!


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