Nestled just outside of Galt is a charming southern colonial style property called Grace Vineyards, a serene winery and wedding venue where Solomiya and Dillon exchanged their wedding vows and hosted their family and friends in this peaceful sanctuary worthy of the occasion. From the moment that we first met to go over their wedding, I had an instant connection with Solomiya & Dillon, or as my wife calls them ‘the real life Barbie and Ken’. Their genuine, sweet, kind-hearted, down to earth, and sincere love for one another and Jesus was felt throughout the whole wedding day. The way they looked at each other. The way they smiled and laughed. The way they held each other. The way they interacted with their family. I had a blast capturing all of these moments. I hope these winery wedding photos of Solomiya & Dillon make you smile just as much as I smiled while being their Grace Vineyards wedding photographer....

I have been an Indian wedding photographer since 2014 and still the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel is one of my most favorite wedding venues to photograph in. So you can imagine my excitement when an Indian bride tells me that I get to capture her wedding photos in one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the Bay Area. When Sonia and Harman contacted me, I had a great feeling about their wedding. Not only was the couple exceptionally beautiful, they also had Amrit of Anais Events on their team to plan every detail of their wedding. Well, just as I predicted, I enjoyed photographing this beautiful Indian wedding. Beginning from the moment Sonia was getting into her red lengha to their first dance in the Grand Ballroom and even up to the final dance offs at the end of the reception. The love shared between the couple and the families was very evident and it was a pleasure capturing all of the beautiful, candid moments through my lens. Enjoy over 100 wedding photos from this beautiful Sikh Indian wedding at the Fairmont San Francisco hotel. ...

Amit and Veena dated for 7 years before Amit surprised Veena with the question of “will you marry me” in Yosemite National Park. Even though both Amit and Veena were already planning their Engagement party and Wedding, Amit still did not give Veena the ring. He wanted that moment to be epic and special. So Amit started planning an engagement photoshoot in Yosemite and reached out to us for help capturing his big day. After one of our meetings, Amit directly messaged us and told us his secret. He wanted to surprise his girlfriend at the photoshoot and officially proposal to her - right in middle of the most beautiful place on earth. We loved that idea and of course agreed to be part of it. Over the weeks, we planned the photo and video shoot. We followed the weather in Yosemite and learned that only the valley will be accessible for us during April as the snow still covered the mountainous peaks. That’s ok, we still knew we’d get amazing shots for both photography and cinematography during spring. We we all (we really were) super excited to capture the scenery at Yosemite with the beautiful couple. The day we arrived in Yosemite was simply perfect. Warm, beautiful and not a lot of people. Perfect conditions to capture a Yosemite proposal. So we got to work - capturing both photography and cinematography as the day unfolded. Especially when Amit got on his knee asking Veena the burning question and was finally able to place the ring on her finger. Enjoy the MODERN Yosemite Engagement video (above) from the day and here are the photography results....

When the fruit and nut trees started blooming last spring in Yuba City, it wasn’t the only good news that the Thiara family was awaiting. One of their sons, Harmon got engaged to the beautiful Betha and they began planning their late spring Indian wedding. This gorgeous Indian couple met in high school and their love blossomed from there into an amazing relationship. Blossoms and fruit trees are very familiar to Harmon. He spends a lot of his time in the family orchards so photographing this gorgeous couple’s spring inspired engagement session in their own orchard was an awesome idea. We picked out the prime blooming period and went out to capture these amazing engagement photos. Betha couldn’t stop smiling as Harmon gave her a tour of his blossoming orchards. Their love for each other and beautiful smiles deeply enhanced the beauty of the blooming trees. The romantic scenery and gorgeous couple surely helped me produce some of my favorite engagement photos....

Every couple has a unique story of how they met and it’s so warming to see how that story has blossomed. Sahil and Natasha’s story began a few years ago, when they met in San Francisco. This city now means a lot to them so they wanted to take their wedding engagement photos along the coast in San Francisco. But because the photos turned out really cool in the end, I have a feeling that this was the first of many color smoke bomb photography sessions for me. Initially, the couple mentioned they wanted to take photos in nature and by the shoreline. When we got there, we took a few snaps but then I noticed some huge rocks in the background. In my mind, I conjured an image of how the rocks will provide the perfect contrast for the color bombs the couple brought along for some fun shots. We all went on a mini hike and once we got to the rocks, we also noticed some artistic graffiti on the rocks. Using all the props nature (and other artists) presented to us, I got right to work. This was my first shoot working with color bombs so I honestly did not know what to expect. I was worried the wind in SF wouldn’t allow us to capture much of the color bombs but coincidentally, the weather that day was very still and perfect. Also, I noticed that the color bombs created a haze in the distance and we incorporated that too into our shoot. As you can see in the final photos, the haze added a perfect touch to the romantic evening and allowed me to shoot elegant and intimate photos of these lovebirds. Enjoy this Indian Engagement Session with Color Bombs!...

All around the word, brides dream about their big day and a Destination Wedding in Napa Valley is an ultimate fairytale for many couples. They envision saying "I do" on the beautiful hilltops of the world-renown wine country. For one couple, this fairytale came to life and we were honored to capture their most tender and silly moments on their wedding day. Chris and Anna traveled from Los Angeles, California for their July wedding in the Wine Country Inn & Restaurant Madrona Manor. Their family and wedding guests flew from all over the U.S. to celebrate their wedding day in a grand estate mansion surrounded by enchanted gardens nestled into a beautiful hilltop of the Napa Valley vineyards. Though I have photographed several weddings here before, Madrona Manor is still one of my favorite wedding venues to photograph for the natural and effortless beauty it offers....

San Francisco is a city full of beautiful, exotic photography spots and every time I have an engagement session planned in this city, I get very excited. One of my favorite locations on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean is Lands End which is on the northwest part of the island by Point Lobos. The sutro baths that once stood there (destroyed by a fire in 1966) are now monumental ruins perfect for a gorgeous engagement session. Raj & Simran have never been to the Lands End area and were very excited to pose in this beautiful San Francisco photography spot. Their Lands End engagement session lasted until the sun went down and we definitely used the beautiful San Francisco sunset skies to our advantage. I took out my Canon off-camera flash and created some creative lighting portraits positioning the couple on the rocks of the beach. The sky was very moody that evening because of the Napa Valley fires that were unfortunately happening not too far away. Usually, a foggy looking sunset doesn't get photographers too excited, but I used this hazy look to my advantage to create a soft, romantic look with the flash making the couple stand out a little. Here are the beautiful results from this Lands End engagement photo session....

Every couple has a place and time in their memory of how they met and what they did together for the first time together. Sunit took Priti on their first date to Scoma’s restaurant in Sausalito for a delicious dinner and their love story started from there. I’ve photographed at Sausalito before but this time it was super special as I saw the connection of this couple to many of the places we would stop and shoot at. ...

This Indian Engagement Photography session looks like it's straight out of an Indian movie. Gorgeous colors and outfits and the perfect mix of candid, posed and even glamour photos. The couple, from the Bay Area, wanted me to capture engagement photos with an unique classic Indian look. I took on that challenge and I think we pulled it off perfectly. We chose San Francisco, California for our location as it has a few of my favorite spots and also a great variety of scenery to work with. In these photos, you will see both nature and city photos. We planned for 4 different shoot ideas: a classic Indian look, a casual look with balloons, a romantic scene with props and a glamour shoot to finish off the day. I'm sure you will enjoy this Indian Engagement Session and you'll find it as the perfect inspiration for your own engagement photos....

Most people love dog photos. How about dogs in an engagement photoshoot? That’s exactly what we did when Nishi and Sukh decided to do their engagement photos in the park. After we finished the little session with the dogs, we went to Santana Row in San Jose for some night shots of just the gorgeous couple. Check out the results....

Los Angeles is usually a vacation spot for most people in December. For us it was more than a vacation. We got to travel with our team to Huntington Beach to film and photograph a beautiful four day Pakistani wedding. Photographing such a gorgeous and fun couple definitely felt like we were on vacation rather than working. Enjoy the beautiful moments I captured....

As soon as I met Vlad & Diana, we became good friends and working with this beautiful couple became more of a pleasure rather than work. When we were deciding on an engagement shoot day and location, we didn't foresee the fact that our chosen day would be so cloudy and rainy. This did not scare any of us as the couple saw my previous work and knew that I have dealt in unforeseen situations before and have always come up with great results. During the beginning of our photo shoot we went to the Palladio in El Dorado Hills, CA and found some shelter from the rain using umbrellas and any covering we could find. Once the rain calmed down and the beautiful huge clouds became visible, we hunted for a perfect field, climbed over some barbed wire, stepped over some cow dung and finally reached the top of a beautiful hill with a perfectly placed oak tree at the top of it. Enjoy the results I got from this beautiful El Dorado Engagement Session....

San Francisco is one of the most gorgeous cities in the world and one of my favorite places to visit. When Roop and Mandeep told me that they wanted to do their engagement photos there, I could barely hold in my excitement. On the scheduled day of the photoshoot, as I was waiting in a Starbucks with my assistant for the day Olga to meet with my new friends and clients to carpool together to San Francisco, the rare California rain clouds came out of their hiding and started pouring the much needed water that Sacramento has been praying for. We couldn't reschedule the shoot because that was the only rare free weekend for me and for the couple, so we decided to still go ahead and face the unpredictable weather of San Francisco. The drive to San Francisco was a long one and a wet one. As we were driving and listening to Indian music, I honestly was brainstorming and trying to think of places with roofs where we can hide from the rain. With all the time that was put into Roop's traditional outfit, hair and makeup, we definitely couldn't just walk out and get everything wet right away. As we parked in Golden Gate Park, we took out our umbrellas and I started shooting the gorgeous couple under the roof of the Music Concourse in San Francisco's beautiful Golden Gate Park. I started shooting playful photos to loosen them up when all of a sudden the rain calmed down and we breathed a sigh of relief. That's when we put down our umbrellas, lifted our spirits and created some amazing photos with this gorgeous couple. ...

Photographing weddings of past friends is always special because you get to remember the good old days you had in the past. Faythe went to Albert Einstein Middle School and West Campus High School with my brother Vitaliy and I in the early 2000's and we were all good friends. When she called us and told us that she was getting married in Fresno, we were happy that she thought to invite us to her wedding. But that is not exactly why she called. She told us that she has been following our artistic work after high school, fell in love with our work and wanted to hire us to photograph and film her wedding. We were very excited to hear that we would not only be guests at her wedding, but would have the opportunity to tell of her wedding day through photos and a beautiful wedding film (Fresno wedding photography). Here is how her and Josh's beautiful wedding day went. Enjoy the photos!...

Capturing weddings during the middle of the week usually means the wedding is going to be small, elegant, and personal. That is exactly how Adrian & Christiana's wedding was. The handsome groom flew in from London. The gorgeous bride flew in from the Caribbean. The groomsman flew in from Sweden and the bridesmaid (with her husband) from Canada for this destination wedding. There were a total of five people present at the wedding (six with the officiant). This is exactly how the bride pictured her wedding. We at Aperina Studios came with our three crew members to bring the total number of people to 9. This was the smallest wedding I think we have ever photographed or filmed but we had such an amazing time capturing the intimate wedding elopement these five best friends were having in the beautiful Madrona Manor in Healdsburg, CA. Enjoy the Next Day Edit and expand the post the view a lot more photos! Song choice: All Fair - Lovelite (Licensed with The Music Bed) Napa Valley Wedding Elopement Video, Elopement Videography, Elopement Cinematography, Wedding Elopement in Napa...