Kristine + Joseph | Elegant Napa Kuleto winery engagement

January 6, 2019
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Kristine and Joseph opted for the stunning winery Kuleto Estate as the setting for their engagement photoshoot. The stunning property is located on the eastern edge of the Napa Valley overlooking Lake Hennessey and the town of Rutherford, and holds a dear place in the couple’s hearts.

Private estates are a smart idea for couples that value privacy during their shoot (no random passers-by!). It’s also a way of incorporating a place with special meaning or significance.

It was because of their connection to the Kuleto Estate as valued patrons that they were able to secure this gorgeous private estate as the venue for their engagement photography. Kristine also happens to be from the Napa / Sonoma area, and they’re planning to tie the knot at a winery in the same area after moving back to the Bay Area from Los Angeles three years ago.

The couple first met because they happened to live down the hall from each other during their first year at UCLA. 2 weeks into the school year, Kristine’s outgoing roommate, Tawny, went from door to door asking if anyone had a basketball to play with. She knocked at Joseph roommate Wes’ room.

From then on, Wes and Tawny became friends. Kristine knew Wes casually through Tawny, and then another week later was introduced to Wes’ roommate, Joseph. The rest is history.

Over the course of the next two and a half years, Kristine and Joseph’s friendship evolved into something more. After dating and living together for eight and a half years, Joseph finally went down on one knee and popped the question.

But it didn’t matter how long it took. Sometimes you just know – and Kristine and Joseph have known for many years they love each other immensely.

They’ve traveled the world, have developed deep bonds with one another’s families – and drank a ton of wine. Yes, wine is one of their main shared loves so it makes sense that their engagement shoot and wedding both take place in beautiful Northern California wineries!

Congrats on your engagement, Kristine and Joseph and all the very best for your upcoming wedding!

Venue Kuleto Estate / @kuletoestate

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The couple commented in their review:

I couldn’t be happier to write this review for Zoe Larkin. We found Zoe and chose her to be our engagement photoshoot photographer. We had only had brief phone conversations and a few exchanged texts, but even with those brief communications, it was more than obvious that she was the right choice.  She is so friendly, funny, and really genuinely cares to know her clients and their needs. She was also ahead of the game by asking us out front what we didn’t like, and what we should try to avoid (in terms of poses, cheesy stuff, etc.). We finally met in person on a beautiful Sunday morning, and she came to us.  She even agreed to do our photoshoot at Kuleto Estate in Napa, which is (I believe) more than 25 miles outside of her preferred shooting range. That was extremely nice and accommodating of her, and not many folks would do that for their clients (in my opinion). She met us at our apartment that morning and then we made the drive up.  She is extremely kind, passionate about her work, and just so easygoing. She asked us questions about our proposal, our lives, our work, everything – she genuinely cared about us and what we were into. We knew immediately that she would make us feel comfortable and get right into the photoshoot.

When we started, we had nerves.  I really wasn’t feeling it because I don’t like taking pics, generally.  However, after about 5 minutes that all changed. Partly because we adjusted to the situation, but also because Zoe just has a real gift – making people feel more comfortable in typically awkward situations.  The rest of the photoshoot was awesome, and we got to do a ton of different poses in different scenery. In terms of the photos, she had a natural talent for finding not only the right backdrops and scenery, but also the perfect lighting for excellent photos.  You have to have a real eye for that sort of thing, and she truly does. Our photos came out excellent, and we could not be happier. Truly, select Zoe for any of your photography needs. She is an amazing person, and we couldn’t be happier to have gotten the chance to know her.