Welcome to Park Winters, a boutique wedding venue in sunny Winters, California. John and Rafael are living their dream, and making this beautiful paradise of a property match their vision.
You may recognize Holly Carrington from her engagement shoot with celebrity DJ/music producer Dave Dresden (of Gabriel & Dresden). This couple represents the ultimate of creatives — her with a design and marketing background and him with a music background. Holly and Dave searched far outside of their Oakland Hills and San Francisco comfort zones in search of a site that was unique and reminiscent of the weekend-long affairs that are so common in European countries.
Park Winters is off the beaten path, lending itself to a vast expanse absent of neighbors grumbling over loud yet tasteful music. Winters is and up-and-coming getaway for many hard working San Francisco creatives. Park Winters couples — Holly and Dave included — typically select local and organic fare for their wedding delicacies. Check out just a few: Turkovich; Berryessa Gap; Terra Firma Farm; and just last weekend, the Capay Valley Almond Festival took place.
I won’t leak all of the exciting details of their September wedding. However, know that it will be special. Each and every nook of Park Winters is being touched — some with construction, others with decor. There are photographic opportunities for the classic couple, the vintage bride, the nature enthusiast alike. John and Rafael were kind enough to allow Holly and me the opportunity to preview some of these nooks and crannies last weekend. There is more — much more. I can’t wait to share some of it with you. When I say “some” of it, read this to mean that there are a few photos that only Dave and Holly will enjoy over time.
With that said, Holly and I have chosen to break her pre-wedding bridal and styled shoot up into multiple posts so that we — ahem — you, can savor them. Savor them just like the local wines, heirloom tomatoes, and truffle-infused cheeses served at Park Winters events. We used warm-toned camera settings to mirror the warm feel that Winters brings.
Oh, and for the girls who are reading this post and who are already asking about her attire and styling, please appreciate the BCBG Max Axria dress and YSL pumps!
Venue: Park Winters
Hair and Makeup Artistry: Melisa Hall, San Francisco
Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent