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This proposal at Cline Cellars was a little out of the norm for several reasons-

1- While Michael was the one planning the proposal, his girlfriend was the one planning the weekend’s itinerary! Let’s just say plans changed several times, even up to the moment I arrived lol Its ok, I know how to think on my feet!

2- About an hour before I was to be there, our town of Healdsburg (along with neighboring areas) got word that we were under mandatory evacuation due to the fast growing #kincadefire nearby. We had until 4pm to be out of town! Thankfully, I was able to run to Napa, shoot this proposal, and then head home with an hour to spare to pack and head out with my family!

I had been to Cline before several years ago to help a friend shoot a wedding, but had never seen the front side of the property– its so beautiful! They have incredible lawns and water fountains…and it was such a beautiful day!

Like I said above, Michael’s girlfriend had made the itinerary- a whole big group of friends was wine tasting for the weekend.

So thankfully, I had help from several friends who were “in the know” on scouting a spot. BUT! In the end, I kind of just chased after the couple ( I was hiding behind a small building while I waited for them to arrive, and a Mom and her daughter saw me and gave me a weird look…I’m sure I looked so silly!).

So proud of Michael for pulling this off! That ring is INCREDIBLE! Definitely one of the most unique I have ever photographed 🙂 And how fun to have all your best friends right there to immediately celebrate with!

Congrat’s, you two!

Want to see more of my Napa Valley work? Check out THIS elopement!

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