Loren and Chrishantha chose to have a V Sattui Winery engagement shoot in Saint Helena because they love their wine, but also because of its picturesque settings around the venue. V. Sattui is actually one of my favorite wineries to visit not only because it is such a beautiful venue, but also their picnic tables and delicious lunch provide the best outdoor setting to enjoy the Napa Valley weather. In addition to satisfying my stomach, it also offers many different photography settings. The terrace, cobbled stone grounds, and access to the barrel filled cellar are all nice escapes from the traditional grape and leaf expected photos at a winery. I have been lucky enough to photograph at V. Sattui Winery for other occasions but this was the first time we had the place all to ourselves, which is a rare occurrence given how popular it is. Then again, arriving in the morning definitely helps with this!
If you are going to have a V Sattui Winery engagement shoot it is best to arrive right as it opens to take full advantage of this beautiful wedding setting. Combined with the typical great Napa Valley weather, it was easy to accent the fall colors of the season with the early morning glow to help highlight the couple and their affection for each other. It was great roaming around the grounds and we took full advantage of the fact that we had the place to ourselves, shooting at most of the scenic spots of the place. They were in such high spirits despite the early morning, and you could tell that they were meant for each other and loved being together.