Favorites – by Suzanne Karp
Paradise Ridge Winery is one of my all-time favorite locations in Sonoma County for photography! Whether it’s a wedding, a marriage proposal or family portraits, Paradise Ridge offers the perfect backdrop.
One of my favorite features of PRW is the indoor/outdoor option for weddings. No matter what the weather is doing, guests will always have the option of celebrating indoors, either in the large upstairs tasting room or in the cozy downstairs wine cellar. I remember one of my favorite weddings – it hadn’t rained in months, but sure enough, it started to pour on this sweet couple’s wedding day! In less than 20 minutes, the wonderful staff at Paradise Ridge managed to dry off hundreds of chairs, move them downstairs and create a warm and cozy ceremony area in front of the beautiful fireplace. They lit candles, decorated the mantle and created a cozy ambiance for the bride and groom and their guests.
Another one of my favorite features of Paradise Ridge is the spectacular view. I love when out-of-town guests walk out to the deck and see the view for the first time – especially guests who have never been to California before! The rows of vineyards and expansive views create an impressive backdrop that “wow’s” guests every time!
Ask anyone in Sonoma County about their favorite spot for a marriage proposal and they’ll tell you “The LOVE sculpture at Paradise Ridge of course!” There’s truly nothing like it. The massive steel letters that spell the word L-O-V-E offer a unique and amazing setting for a surprise marriage proposal and then beautiful portraits of the newly engaged couple. It’s also very fun to bring families there as well, especially because all of the kids love climbing and playing on the huge letters.
Whenever I get the opportunity to photograph events at Paradise Ridge, my heart skips a beat because I know it will always be a great photo shoot in “paradise!”
Suzanne Karp Photography
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