Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award 2011!

I’m thrilled to announce that Lori Makabe Photography has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for wedding photography! Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Lori Makabe Photography stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

Viaggio Wedding – Zillian!

Jillian and Zachary’s wedding at Viaggio was pretty much incredible!  The food, flowers, the band, the wine…all were just fantastic.  Jill’s mom and step-dad hired 2 stilters (8-feet tall) who came in full costume and threw flower petals as the couple exited their ceremony and climbed up the steps toward the mansion at Viaggio. They added another dimension to the day.   Here are some…

Viaggio Wedding! Lauren and David

I LOVE photographing weddings at Viaggio Winery (!  And Lauren and David’s wedding was just gorgeous! They chose to see each other before the ceremony, so we set up a nice shady place for their ‘first look’.  It was really neat to see David’s reaction to Lauren in her dress.  She was BEAUTIFUL!  Here are some of my favorite images of the day.  …

Rio Vista Studio Portraits

I LOVE working in my studio! This summer I’ve worked with people from all walks of life and I just love the diversity.  This young lady really put on a show of expressions for me and we had great time together.  She’s a little river rat…and I windsurf during the summer months with her parents.

Jarred and Lauren’s Lodi Ranch Wedding

It was such a pleasure working with Lauren and Jarred! Their mutual love and respect permeated the gathering…we ALL felt it. Here is a video of the highlights.

Viaggio Winery and Cazales Flower Shop

Last week I had the privilege taking photos of some of Dennis Cazale’s amazing floral creations at a tasting event at Viaggio Winery.  Dennis is a true artist and that becomes very obvious when you see his designs.  The winery was packed with couples and parents and the food was exquisite.   I look forward to the weddings that I have booked there this year….

Seattle Engagment Session – Lauren and David

I had the pleasure of working with Lauren and David for their engagement session in Seattle this fall.  They are getting married at Viaggio Winery in Acampo in August 2010 and we thought it would be neat to have their engagement photos taken where they currently live.  David’s mom came along and we made a day of it, visiting all the hotspots and eating…

Lodi Bride – Tuscany Wedding

I feel like I’ve been in a whirlwind lately…in a good way.  I have a passion for travel, and since July I’ve visited 5 countries (Spain, Morocco, Poland, Italy and Mexico), three of those, for weddings.  After my wedding in Zakopane, Poland, I was asked to travel with Donnie and Carla to Tuscany for their wedding in the very tiny town of Certaldo. What…

Morris Chapel Wedding and Oak Farm Vineyards Reception

It was delightful working with Meghan and Matt and their families.  The ceremony was held at Morris Chapel and it was a good day for an indoor ceremony as a cold front was moving across the region and it was windy and cool.  Their officiant was an uncle and he added a special feeling to the ceremony.  Meghan and Matt braved the elements and…

Morris Chapel Wedding – Daniela and Marcus

What a wonderful couple! I had such a great time working with Daniela and Marcus.  It was hard to take a bad photo of these two. And the wedding and reception details were just exquisite.  Both families and the wedding party were all so very easy to work with and so appreciative.  With Morris Chapel as the backdrop for the ceremony and the Stockton…