THE JOURNAL

Melissa is a wedding, elopement, and lifestyle photographer specializing in photographing candid and emotion filled moments with her clients.

 Based in Sonoma County and San Francisco Bay Area. Available for travel worldwide.

Healdsburg’s The Madrona is Back

For the past several years as a wedding photographer, I have been honored to document some truly special days at was once called Madrona Manor. After a brief hiatus, where the owners sold the property and the new owners took over, and now Healdsburg’s The Madrona is back and better than EVER before.

Recently, my husband and I were offered a chance to come out and try the restaurant before they opened the doors to the public. Executive (and Michelin starred) Chef Jesse Mallgren never disappoints and we ate like royalty. The way he pulls food and flavors and the earth together leaves me a bit speechless.

I feel honored to have been able to photograph so many gorgeous weddings on The Madrona property, as well as to have been able to taste their food and enjoy their incredible staff. To say this is a unique place would be an understatement.

The updates to the property have been expansive and yet, refined. The new owners really held onto so much of The Madrona’s history, while creating a warm, modernized space to call home for a few days (if you’re lucky enough). I hope to someday be able to stay at The Madrona. For now, I simply get to hope that some lucky couple will hire me to photograph their wedding there or that I’ll get to enjoy another tasty meal with those I love.

The food, the property, the drinks, OY! Healdsburg’s The Madrona is Back!

If you ever get the chance to visit The Madrona, I hope you love it just as much as I do! If you’ve visited The Madrona in its update glory, I would LOVE to hear what you think! Drop me a comment below 🙂

To see more of my wedding and lifestyle work, head over to my website.

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