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Lauren & Shaun // Chalk Hill Winery Healdsburg

June 7, 2021

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Gretchen Gause, what can I say about this marvelous individual? I can tell you that she is someone who makes you feel incredibly comfortable and natural, even if you are awkward with photos like me. I can tell you that she truly cares about each one of her clients and puts her heart and soul into capturing the sweet moments that you will look back on and cherish forever. I can tell you that she is one of the MOST creative and artistic people I’ve ever met – who continuously produces artwork after artwork regardless of the occasion or setting. I can tell you that if you are looking for a basic photographer this really isn’t the photographer for you. If you are looking for someone who has a unique eye and great ability to capture layers of depth and beauty though the lens – you have come to the right place!

Hiring Gretchen as our engagement and wedding photographer was by far one of the best decisions we ever made. Your wedding day really does pass by, in the blink of an eye. I am so truly grateful that every time we look at our wedding photos we are able to relive the magic and beauty throughout the day. And when I say “relive” I mean it! Gretchen doesn’t just capture the moment but also the feelings, the love, the atmosphere, the complexity, and the magic.

If it was possible to leave more than 5 stars I would! 2020 was such a painful year for so many people. For us, it was the year we had to postpone our wedding and push out till 2021. Then we found out we were having a baby! Then the wedding was back on! We had to make so many adjustments around this. As if that wasn’t enough, we also moved to a different city. There were so many changes that happened over the course of the past two years. Having Gretchen through out this time has been a life saver. She has been so supportive and understanding through out the process and worked with us each step of the way, reducing our stress and keeping our spirits high. Gretchen, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!

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In my house I print everything. I have stacks of prints that have yet to make it into albums but to me, the organization isn't what's important, it's having the prints to spread out on the floor and talk about with my two children. We've been doing that since they were tiny and the stacks just grow and we share more about what they remind us of and laugh together and sometimes cry a little too.

My son Dorian is 16 and my daughter Hazel is 18 and when they were 3 & 5 their father, my husband Igor, died of suicide. I hesitate to share this with you all because it's kind of heavy but I want you to know where my value in photographs comes from. My prints, those ones that we spread out on the floor, are the stories that they have left and are what keeps my memory fresh. We get to see his happy grin, his dance folly and the hugs he gave his loved ones. There are no possessions I treasure more than those images and there is no gift greater for Hazel and Dorian.

As we print new photographs of our lives, our story unfolds before us. We can map our journey as a family now of three. We can see where the images that include him stop and where our smaller team began and we have hand held evidence of our joys and our adventures reminding us always of the meaning and humor, regardless of loss, in life. 
Wedding days are such precious crowns of tenderness and hope. They bring people together that might otherwise never see one another. They can build bridges and mend broken hearts. I want the experience for you, of spreading out your images, picking each up and being reminded of that moment's joy and the people you shared it with over and over again. 

I photograph weddings because when memories fade, as they eventually do, what you have left are the photographs; physical, celebratory and lasting evidence of what was a magnificent coming together. Wedding days are for laughter and promises and gathering and they are an example of all things good in the world. If that's not worth documenting with full heart I don't know what is.


I'm eager to learn about you, your journey here & your wedding day dreams.

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