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    MY NAME IS GINA PETERSEN…
    I grew up and presently live in Northern California. It's a pretty incredible place to live, considering I'm a wedding photographer and Napa Valley is a prime destination wedding location. I'm surrounded by dream-like wedding venues of vineyard-covered hills and the rocky, sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast.

    I appreciate the raw moments of every day life, and I value each day that I'm alive. The fleeting moments that we have with our loved ones are the moments to be treasured. Those are the moments that I want to catch through my lens ~

    I'm a lover of running, dark chocolate, red wine, integrity, sunsets, my girlfriends, reading, traveling and music. Caffeine is my drug of choice. My playlists are random from Taylor Swift to the Beatles.

    AND PHOTOGRAPHY…Well, it's my passion, and I am well aware of how lucky I am that I get to wake up every morning doing what I love - taking pictures and creating imagery that will be valued for many generations.

    If you'd like to contact me, please feel free to email me at 71,105,110,97,64,71,105,110,97,80,101,116,101,114,115,101,110,80,104,111,116,111,103,114,97,112,104,121,46,99,111,109moc.yhpargotohPnesretePaniG@aniG.

    LA VIE EST BELLA

Soda Rock Winery // Amy & Ian // Sonoma County Wedding Photographer

SIMPLE BUT ELEGANT  is how I would describe Amy’s taste ~  Amy probably wins the award for my most-relaxed bride of 2013.  I spent an afternoon with Ian and Amy in the Dutcher Creek area last spring shooting their engagement photos, and I looked forward to their wedding ever since.  If you

Sonoma County Wedding \\ Melissa + Derrick = Mr. & Mrs. Shaw

It was raining when I woke up on September 21st, 2013.  The evening before all I could do was continually refresh the weather updates on my iPhone.  I was so hoping that it wouldn’t be raining on Melissa and Derrick’s wedding day.  I had seen the details, knew the vision, and I was very

Sonoma County Wedding Photographer // Melissa + Derrick = Married

Just a lil’ sneak peek to give you a sampling of what’s coming your way from Melissa and Derrick’s GORGEOUS backyard wedding.

Soda Springs Winery Wedding// Amy and Ian

Loved this adorable couple…don’t forget to come back for the full blog posting:)

San Jose Wedding Photographer // Rocio + Robert = Married // Sneak Peek

…just a little peek into Rocio and Robert’s San Jose wedding.  Be sure to check out the entire posting of this wedding in a few weeks.

Beltane Ranch // Elisa + Brandon // Sneak Peek

I swear I fall in love all my couples, and this couple is no different.  Brandon & Elisa, I love the two of you, and I am so grateful that I got to be there for your wedding day.  There are some uh-mazing images coming your way, and if you missed B&E’s engagement shoot post, you can

Tim + Angelina = Married // St. Vincent’s Dream Wedding

I sat down for a consultation with Tim and Angelina at a little coffee shop in Petaluma.  They were so cute and sooooo excited.  It was fun to watch the two of them as they brainstormed ideas back and forth about all the possibilities and options that are available in the wedding industry today.  I

Jesse + Talli = Married

I met Talli and Jesse over a year ago at another wedding that I was covering…I connected with them right away.  The two are city folks with a definite love for Sonoma County.  After getting to know these two over the last year, I can tell you that I’m pretty confident that they were

Sonoma Wedding Photographer // Melissa + Derrick, Engagement Shoot

Enjoy Melissa and Derrick’s engagement shoot, and be on the look-out for some great images from their wedding in September ~ I can’t wait.

Napa Valley Styled Engagement Shoot // Brandon + Elisa, Engaged

Brandon & Elisa’s styled engagement shoot left me wanting to shoot until beyond sunset.  From their stylish casual attire, to the ethereal feeling of a head wreath in lavender fields, to traditional Korean dress, Brandon and Elisa were more than prepared for their styled engagement shoot

St. Vincent’s Wedding Photographer // Angelina + Tim // Sneak Peek

Angelina and Tim are MARRIED!  When I first met Angelina and Tim, I knew that I’d love working with them.  They are both high energy and super creative ~ and madly in love.  When you mix all of that with a fabulous wedding venue like St. Vincent’s School for Boys, the end results are

Ocean Song Farm // Occidental Wedding // Jen + Dave = Married

Congrats to Jen and Dave!  I loved this rustic/garden wedding and all its details.  Jen and Dave, with the help of family and friends, successfully coordinated a heart-warming afternoon full of love, fun and family.  All the DIY details were special and had meaning ~ The bouquet (made by the mother

Mr. & Mrs. Manton // Sonoma County Rustic Wedding

SNEAK PEEK. I loved the day that I spent w/Talli and Jesse at their wedding.  These two were hands-on coordinators with every detail of their wedding…and it showed.  I was able to capture some serious Pinterest moments at their wedding, but above all of the beautiful photos, the love in the

Steve & Devi’s Poolside Wedding // Sneak Peek

Enjoy this sneak peek into Steve and Devi’s Sebastopol wedding.  There will be more beautiful images to come ~ a lot of chandeliers, candles and sparkle on their way.

Life’s Lil Luxuries // Sonoma County Wedding Photographer

After a few derailments on getting a “My Favorite Things” segment of my blog going, I am ready to publish my first one.  My hope is that I can showcase some of my favorite things (or things that my brides would appreciate) on my blog.  I am going to try to keep the products

Sonoma County Wedding Photographer // Hearts in San Francisco // Jesse & Talli

I met Talli and Jesse  when Jesse was the bestman at a wedding I shot last season in Sonoma County.  They had recently gotten engaged, and I was more than thrilled when they contacted me about covering their wedding this summer. Talli & Jesse both live in San Francisco, so it was the obvious

Sneak Peek, Nick & Hannah // Sonoma County Wedding Photographer

I hope you enjoy my sneak peek of Nick & Hannah’s wedding from last weekend.  Woodbridge Farm was the perfect place for Nick & Hannah’s wedding.  As you can see, Hannah is a definite horse lover.  This beautiful equestrian center was transformed into a wedding venue for a

Rustic Wedding // Cow Track Ranch // Marin Wedding Photographer

When you collaborate with an incredible stylist, gorgeous venue, fabulous cake designer, fun models &  talented floral designer, nothing short of awesomeness can happen!  I was the lucky tog that was able to capture the styled shoot that was planned to showcase the styling talents of

Oceansong // Jen & Dave’s Sneak Peek

Little peek into a very special wedding at Oceansong in Occidental this weekend.  There were so many beautiful details and special touches that went into their wedding that I couldn’t wait to share a few images…enough to increase your anticipation for the full blog posting:)  One of my

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Sonoma County Wedding Photographer // How to Choose a Wedding Cake Designer

Your Sweet Expectations   It’s time to attack that not-so-little detail…the cake!  You could just pop into the bakery down the street and ask for one like the sample in the window.  But why do that when you can get something that suits your individuality as well as your taste buds!  Taking the

Sonoma County Wedding Photographer // Unique Wedding Traditions

Interested in reviving an old tradition and adding something different to your wedding experience?  Perhaps you or your family are deeply connected to your culture or maybe you’d like to reconnect with your family’s heritage.  Incorporating a small but rich cultural wedding tradition into your

Sonoma County Wedding Photographer • Styled Shoot • Part II

As I edit the last of my Vegas styled shoot, I’m hearing “pings” from my email that, of course, drive me to be inefficient as I stop to check what’s waiting for me in my inbox that has 10,056 unread msgs (mostly things that should be in junk, but I’m afraid to mass

Wine Country Wedding Photographer • Being Mentored by the Best • Styled Shoot

As I spend the next few days reeling from the overload of information from my time at the WPPI convention in Vegas, I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to have attended.  It’s something I attend every year, and I always come back feeling so inspired and ready to push myself to new

Napa Valley Wedding Photographer • Red Rock Styled Shoot

Definite gorgeousness from today’s shoot ~ My last shoot in Vegas, and  it was incredible.  Seriously sweet images coming your way…for now, another sneak peek:)  This beautiful apricot sash completed this earth-toned styled shoot…details are everything!

Styled Shoot Sneak Peek • Wine Country Wedding Photographer

Just a little sneak peek for you this Monday morning!  I’m loving (just loving) my time here in Vegas ~ As many of you know, this year I dedicated myself to learning as much as I can from the best in the industry.  Mediocrity isn’t what I’m aiming for with my work ~ I want to

Color Me Pretty

With so many color-palette choices these days, it’s hard to decide which one to choose.  Gone are the days of choosing one color and using a different shade of the same color as an accent (dark purple and lavender, for instance).  In the past few years, the wedding industry has become

Gifts Worth Giving

If it’s a gift, make it a count! It’s never too early to start thinking about attendants’ gifts or even buying them for that matter.  In fact, one of the trends in bridesmaids’ gifts this year is that there is no right time to give your girls their gifts.  Brides are beginning to tailor

Flying Cloud • Sonoma County Wedding Photographer • Nick + Sara = Love

I feel like I walk away from every wedding I shoot thinking how fortunate I am to have a job that I love.  Getting to be a part of such an intimate time in a couple’s life is something I don’t think I’ll ever take for granted.  Being able to photograph Nick & Sara’s

Napa Valley Wedding Photographer • Styled Shoot • Pretty in Pink

What’s love got to do with it?  Everything!  When you think of Valentine’s Day, what do you think of?  Cupid’s arrow?  Chocolates?  Roses?  I will say all of the above!  I remember one Valentine’s Day (many, many moons ago) when I awoke to red streamer-paper that my husband

First Look • Sonoma County Wedding Photographer

“The first look with Shane was the best decision we made as a couple.  We were both unsure of seeing each other before the wedding and breaking tradition.  However, the moment I touched his shoulder to turn around and see me the for the first time as his bride was truly magical. The moment

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