As I was shooting this wedding I was literally thinking how incredible it was going to be put into a blog post!  As soon as I pulled up to the Willow Heights Mansion I was blown away. This is only by 3rd season in the Bay Area and this venue was by far the most unique I’ve shot at.  You will see what I mean in the pictures :).  Bonnie chose the perfect color scheme to go along with the design of the Mansion.  This day could not have been more perfect from the sweetest first look, the gorgeous decor at the reception, the heart felt toasts, or the incredible bride & groom portraits at sunset.  Could not have been more thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this wedding.   Here is a little vendor love who made this day happen.

Venue: Willow Heights Mansion by Leal Vineyards

Floral: Giselle Ribeiro at Deluxe + Designs + Decor

Cake: Sweet Tooth Confections

Caterer: Chef Mark Johnson at the Willow Heights Mansion

Make Up: Becky Lau at A Beautiful One Make Up

Hair: Kelsey Moore at Take it From the Top

DJ: DJ Rich from Spotlight Entertainment

Photographer: Rachel Blackwell Photography


Alright… get ready for the MOST pictures this blog has ever seen in one post.

 The flowers were SO gorgeous.

 Isn’t Bonnie’s Bouquet stunning?

Gorgeous Gorgeous Venue!

Eeekkk!! Time to get in her dress!

 Such a handsome groom!

 While I was off snapping some pics of the groom… the bride & one of her bridesmaids was doing a little pre game workout, ha!  Love this shot by my second shooter Megan.

All dressed and ready to see her groom. 

Sweetest reaction to seeing his bride ever!

The road leading up to the mansion twists and turns and made the most perfect spot for pictures.

Love these two!

Candid moment here.  But I really love this shot.

 These are bocce ball courts on the property!

 Headed back to the mansion for some bridal party portraits!

 Starting with the gorgeous girls.

How sweet is this flower girl dress?

 Ceremony time!

 Looking at his sweet bride :).

 I love these next few photos.  All looks ok right now.

But her veil had a whole plan of it’s own.

OK, back on track.

What a gorgeous view for a ceremony. 

 The bridesmaids had a full time job keeping that veil under control.

I have never seen this happen… but Darren actually dropped the wedding rings!  It was pretty funny.

 Love the this shot on the right… everyone wanting to capture that first kiss!

Yay!  First kiss as husband and wife. 

 How off to shoot in some absolutely breathtaking light.

Love love love!

 Really love!!

 Headed back to the mansion for their gorgeous reception!

 This cake is amazing!

 First Dance!

The sweet flower girl wanted in on the first dance too!

 The toasts were so sweet and full of lots of laughter.

 But after dinner the party started!

Glow sticks!

 I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone so excited to catch the bouquet!  Fan fact about here… she is from my hometown in Arkansas!!

 Thanks for such a fun day Bonnie and Darren!  I loved being part of every minute of it!

  1. Bonnie

    Rachel, these are PERFECT!!!! Thank you so much for taking such beautiful pictures that truly captured the essence of our day. Darren and I were laughing and smiling through the whole blog post… We laughed at the “Dropping of the Rings” picture for a good few minutes. Thank you so much for sharing your talent on our favorite day of our lives… we’re truly thankful you were there!!! :)

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