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Kathy & Grant // Contento Vineyard, Geyserville CA

September 2, 2022

It’s hard to put into a review what Gretchen’s photos mean to us! I fell in love with Gretchen’s photography style the moment I found her site (she is incredibly talented), but even more I was drawn to her story and deeper purpose behind being a photographer. We were planning our wedding and I ached for my brother who I knew would not be there after passing away a few years prior. After reading Gretchen’s bio I knew our big day would be captured with genuine love as she too understood the bigger meaning behind a moment and a memory.

And that was just the start to our amazing experience working with Gretchen and Danielle.  They were professional from start to finish, but also SO KIND! I was more of a DIY bride and she guided me through everything from our timeline and photo lists to advice for minimize photo sessions so that we could spend more time with our guests.  

What I love most about Gretchen’s vision is that she focuses on true candid moments rather than awkward posed photos that we’ve all seen a million times before. The truth is, I wish I got to talk to her more at our wedding, but it’s proof they blended in so seamlessly that at times we forgot they were even there. They made us feel so natural and at ease, which allowed us to focus on our friends and family and soak in the moments all while knowing they were being beautifully captured.

It has been 9 months since our wedding, and I’m still in awe of all the gorgeous photos! My family and I have gone through the collection many times, laughing and recapping what a spectacular day it was. We’ve already made a few photo books as gifts and they turned out beautifully. These photos will last us forever and I couldn’t imagine a better person to have been there on such a meaningful day.

Thank you Gretchen, you are one of a kind and I am deeply grateful 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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