Wednesday, August 18, 2021

San Fran Through New Eyes

 So now we are on to the very last batch of the "wedding weekend" photos.  After we were done wine tasting in the previous post, we headed south into San Francisco, and stopped for some breathtaking views along the way to San Bruno where we stayed the night, before heading into San Francisco the next day.  This was my brother and sister-in-law's first trip into the city.  Let's go ahead and get started:

A wide view of the overlook viewing the Golden Gate Bridge, with San Fran in the background

Closer view of the Bridge, with Alcatraz in the distance.

A different focus, this time with San Francisco in the distance.

The view from behind us, I liked how the people are silhouetted here.

Dad pointing out the Bridge while Aidan gives him a funny look.  I always seem to capture moments like these between them. 😍

...and also these moments as well!  There is no shortage of laughter in my family.

Capturing a near-silhouette of everyone walking through the tunnel.

Catching the setting sun & creating some nice contrasts!

Just a closeup of a bench near the area.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Wine-Tasting Our Way South(west)

This batch of photos, still from March 2017, is from the day after the wedding.  The plan was to do some wine tasting on our way down to San Francisco from 'wine country.'  My dad loves wine, so this part of the trip was pretty much for him. 😊  But that's okay because I was perfectly happy taking pictures of the scenery outside!  The area is beautiful, so there was no shortage of opportunities.  My mom and I hung out with Aidan while everyone else had fun tasting the wines available from the places we visited.  Later that year, in October, this same area was ravaged by wildfires, so looking back at these photos is a little bittersweet.  We haven't been back there since these photos were taken.

The first stop we made was at this beautiful winery, Domaine Carneros, off of Hwy 12 in Napa. 

A cute moment between my dad and Aidan.

He's such a happy kid!

I love love love weeping willows! 💖

I call this one, "photographer Aidan."  This was taken while we stopped for lunch in Yountville. 

Another stop on our wine tasting adventure, this one called Menage A Trois.  It is now permanently closed.

Part of the grounds surrounding Menage A Trois.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Revisiting Churchill Manor

 I'm finally getting around to the pictures that I took of our wedding venue, Churchill Manor, (built in 1889) in beautiful wine country, or more specifically -- Napa, California.  And yes, I realize that I got married a little over 4 years ago... that just shows how utterly behind I am in getting my photos posted!  I really don't mean to be such a procrastinator.  Honestly, this past year has just been so incredibly crappy and I kind of lost my motivation for creativity.  However, I don't have an 'excuse' for the previous three years before that. 😬

Anyway... I really enjoyed being able to relive the memories that Churchill Manor brings to mind, even from just looking at photos.  It was one of the best few days of my life and this place will always be near and dear to my heart. 💕 So please join me in a tour of sorts!

Outside view of the front of the house.

The simple, but elegant front lawn.  This is where the wedding took place!

One of the sides of the extensive wraparound porch.  This was a great place to enjoy breakfast.  There are also some tables set up around the corner, if a larger eating area was needed.

 I absolutely loved the front doors! 💖

What greeted you when entering the main foyer.

This area was used for the daily early evening cheese and wine (and other snacks) provided by the B&B.  They would be found on the table in the center of the room.

Turn to the right from the previous photo and you found yourself in the entrance to the formal dining room.  It was exquisite!

If you look at the previous photo to that little cabinet at the back of the room, this is what you will see, upon closer view.  I just thought this was a pretty angle with the flowers and the sconces.

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