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  • A beautiful photograph is a key that unlocks a moment.

    Lori Paladino is an award-winning wedding & portrait photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area, focused on real moments and emotionally inspired imagery. Small weddings, big weddings, proposals, elopements, classic weddings, DIY weddings, same sex weddings, vintage weddings, modern weddings... as long as the key ingredient is love, Lori would love to capture it!

    Lori is based in the gorgeous Napa Valley, and her weddings & lifestyle portrait sessions regularly take her all over Northern California and welcomes destination weddings and portrait commissions across the globe.

    Recent News: For the 2nd year running, Lori was selected for The Knot's 2013 Best of Weddings!

Thuong + Jeff | Calistoga Ranch | Calistoga Wedding Photographer

So many parts of Thuong & Jeff’s wedding day just took my breath away.  The way these two connected with one another, as well as with their friends and family.  The beauty of the setting at Calistoga Ranch, coupled with the lovely elements that Thuong & Jeff incorporated into their wedding.  The king’s table set up on the lawn in the beautiful end of day light – seriously stunning, and I love the intimacy of the entire wedding truly sharing a meal together.  Laura & Anton playing guitar & violin, with Laura’s beautiful & hauntingly nostalgic voice gently carrying through the warm summer air.  Thuong in her dress – wow!!!  I dare you not to fall in love with her gorgeous smile and that stunning gown!!  And again the way these two gazed into each other’s eyes – so inspiring and incredibly fun to capture through my lens.

These are just a few of my favorites, or for many more, view their slideshow!

PS – On a little side note, I’ve been introducing some medium format film to some of my weddings.  It’s been super fun to return to shooting film, and I’ve really been enjoying the ways that using film introduces another pace to shooting and composing images.  Working with and switching between both formats (digital & film) has been really rewarding & exciting!  I’m like a kid at Christmas waiting for my film scans to come back!  Can you tell which images below are film & which are digital?

Thuong & Jeff, thank you so much for inviting me to capture your gorgeous wedding & inspiring love!!

Special thanks to all of the wonderful and creative people whose hard work made Thuong & Jeff’s day even more beautiful!

Venue: Calistoga Ranch

Floral Design: Fleurs de Fallon

Officiant: Rose Barboza, Weddings by Rose Barboza

Musician: Laura & Anton, Boutique DJs

Hair & Make-up: Betten Chaston

Bride’s Gown: Weddings 826, design by Allure Bridals

Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss

Invitation Designer: Crane & Co. via Mi-Te Print

Transportation: Napa Valley Tours and Transportation

For more information about wedding or lifestyle portrait photography in Napa and the San Francisco Bay Area, album design or other fun photography tips, feel free to reach out by email: lori@loriphoto.com or via the contact link on my website.

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  • August 7, 2013 - 6:27 pm

    Sandra Fazzino - Absolutely stunning all the way around the cake! <3 xo

Suzi + Randall | Meritage Resort & Spa Elopement | Napa Wedding Photographer

Suzi & Randall planned the sweetest elopement with just two of their siblings at the Meritage Resort this past June!  I loved how intimate and personal their wedding day felt.   I love the way they looked at each other so full of love and connection.  Their ceremony was inspiring and their personal vows were so heartfelt, each set of vows beautifully placed in a gorgeous leather journal.  I love imagining these two revisiting their journal and pledges of love throughout their marriage.  After the ceremony, we walked through the gorgeous grounds at the Meritage, and they finished with a personal wine tasting with chocolate pairings!  It was such a lovely, lovely day – I was grateful to be a part of it!

Here are just a few favorites, or you can also peek through their slideshow here!

Suzi & Randall, thank you so much for inviting me to capture your beautiful wedding day!

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Kristal + Garrett | Napa Engagement Session | Napa Wedding Photographer

I’m such a romantic junkie – Kristal & Garrett’s story had me from minute one!!!  I got an email from Garrett that he was driving up from LA with his girlfriend to spend a wonderful weekend in Napa, and he was planning to propose!!  As part of his plans, he also wanted to capture their engagement session while they were in town, at a family friend’s beautiful Napa vineyard.  He proposed on Sunday, and I met up with them just a few hours later at this gorgeous location with incredible end of day light!  I so enjoyed capturing their sweet love!  Here are a few favorites from their session, or view more in their slideshow here!

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Nadine + Jeremy | Stanford Memorial Church & Sharon Heights Country Club Wedding | Stanford Wedding Photographer

My daughter (now almost 13!) had the most incredible kindergarten teacher.  Mrs. Duke continues to be a legend in our family, and to be honest, I have co-opted many of her tactics and sayings, because they were just that wise & awesome!  One of my very favorites, was when she used to say to the children, “Good job noticing!” whenever they pointed out important details; details in a story they were discussing during circle time, or in a math problem, or in everyday challenges.  I loved how their faces lit up when she complimented their observation skills, and I’ve often thought about how important a skill that can be to nurture.

As a wedding photographer, sometimes I think that at least half of my job is about noticing.  It’s that heightened awareness that allows me to capture a moment in 1/250th of a second.  And sometimes what I find in my careful observations, is how a couple is beautifully connected and in tune with one another.  And sometimes that connection is so strong, that it seems they almost move in concert together.  They lean in at the same time.  Their hands find one another’s without looking.  They know exactly how they fit together, and they find comfort in those spaces.  And the funny thing, is that often they are not even aware of it, because it is so natural to them.  If I’m lucky, I’m able to capture it through my lens.

Nadine & Jeremy are a couple with that kind of connection.  They’ve been together for 14 years, and I loved watching them together.  The strength of their love and support for one another was beautiful, and it made spending time with them truly wonderful and inspiring.  I hope I was able to capture it in their images.  I’m hoping Mrs. Duke would say “Good noticing!”

Here are just a few favorites from their beautiful wedding day.  Or view their slideshow for even more!

Thank you Nadine & Jeremy for inviting me to capture your beautiful wedding day!!!

And thank you to Kirsty for lending her talents as a 2nd shooter, and to all the great wedding professionals who make our job so easy!

Ceremony: Stanford Memorial Church

Reception: Sharon Heights Country Club

Floral Design: Alicia K Designs

Cake Design: Prolific Oven

Cupcakes: Sibby’s Cupcakes

Ring Designer: Mirabelle Jewelers 

Invitation Designer: Lo-Tide Press

 

For more information about wedding or lifestyle portrait photography in Napa and the San Francisco Bay Area, album design or other fun photography tips, feel free to reach out by email: lori@loriphoto.com or via the contact link on my website.

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Carly + Jason | Auberge Du Soleil | Destination Elopement | Napa Wedding Photographer

Congratulations Carly & Jason!!!  I loved their beautiful elopement at Auberge Du Soleil on a gorgeous, warm & sunny day in Napa!  Enjoy some favorites below or check out their slideshow here!

Carly & Jason, congratulations and thank you so much for inviting me to capture your beautiful wedding day!

A big thank you to all the wonderful vendors as well!

Ceremony Location: Auberge Du Soleil

Wedding Planner: JoAnn Gregoli, Elegant Occasions

Officiant: Tim Mills

Floral Design: Tesoro Florals

Transportation: Classic Convertible Wine Tours

Videographer: Justin Fone Productions

Day-of Wedding Dress Alterations and Pressing: Heidi Johnson, Wedding De-Tailor

For more information about wedding or lifestyle portrait photography in Napa and the San Francisco Bay Area, album design or other fun photography tips, feel free to reach out by email: lori@loriphoto.com or via the contact link on my website.

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  • July 8, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    Tim - beautiful images, I LOVE intimate elopements! well done