In Sonoma, rain makes the grass grow, mustard flowers bloom, and wine grapes the opportunity to begin their development (the sun is what actually makes them sweet). It also makes my feet wet. Since Matt and Allison were dating while being stationed in Iraq together I had a pretty good idea they weren’t scared of getting wet, but even they surprised me with their willingness to tromp through the mud in their nice clothes. And though it had rained a couple days prior to our shoot we actually thought the sun would be out. Instead we received a cool overcast day where the pastel colors just popped off the scenery. Since they spend as many weekends up in wine country as their schedule allows, it made sense for us to shoot in a place that was special for their relationship. We began shooting at Gloria Ferrar and then moved over to Sebastiani, before heading back for the final shots with a sweet old truck we happened upon. I think this first image typifies the way I see Matt and Allison’s relationship in the brief time we’ve gotten to know each other. Being with Matt seems to fill Allison with laughter, and between them their is a special closeness that is a joy to see.