When you picture a UFC fighter, you probably envision a brutish fellow who is a bit stand-offish and perhaps even unfriendly. Nate, the groom, happens to be a professional fighter, but he breaks every stereotype you might have had; he’s kind, intellectual and madly in love with his new bride, Michelle. Michelle, a videographer herself, had every details of the day down to a tee, including some of the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding (food trucks!). The reggae-tinged ceremony and reception against the beautiful backdrop that Hopland provided made for a beautiful day.

Shot/Edited: Dan Bowen
2nd shooter: Travis Bell
Music (as chosen by the couple): “You and I” – JohnnySwim; “Valentine” – Kina Grannis; “No Other Love” – Common Kings

Phototographer: Taralynn Lawton taralynnlawton.com/
Venue: Contento Vineyards, Hopland, CA brutocaoschoolhouseplaza.com/contento-vineyard-site.html
Cake: Gia Snyder (friend)
Flowers: Andree Snyder (friend)
Catering: Pizza Napolitana, Fork Catering and Charlie Bruno’s Chuckwagon
Dress: Casablanca Couture
Shoes: Audrey Brooke

Camera/equipment specs: Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 7D, Canon 60D, 70-200 2.8, Sigma 30mm 1.4, 24-105 f/4, Rhino Steadycam, DJI Phantom 2, GoPro Hero Black 3+