The Birchard Wedding Photography studio is located near Mendocino on the Northern California Coast. We have been in business for over 20 years, serving Mendocino, Northern California Wine Country, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma.

Your wedding day is a beautiful celebration of your love, and the beginning of a new life for both of you. Our mission is to reliably and unobtrusively capture in photographs all the spontaneous joy, beauty, and emotion that you, your families, and your friends will share on this day. To do this we use the latest digital technology, and guarantee personal service to fulfill all your needs.  We think of ourselves as “journalistic” wedding photographers, meaning that we try to be ready at all times to capture the moment without unnecessarily interrupting the flow of your event.

Birchard Wedding Photography is one of the oldest and most highly respected wedding photography providers on the Mendocino Coast and throughout Northern California. You can hire us together or separately, and if one of us is booked, the other is usually available. Having two photographers at your wedding insures a wider variety of angles and interesting shots, and only ads a fraction to the cost.

John Birchard-I have been a full time professional wedding photographer for over 20 years, and estimate that I have photographed over 600 wedding, mostly on the Mendocino Coast.  I have lived on the Mendocino Coast for over 30 years now.

Ryan Birchard grew up on the Mendocino Coast and studied photography at Cabrillo College before moving to Maui, Hawaii and shooting second camera with award winning wedding photographer John Pierre for two years. Since leaving Maui, Ryan has been living and photographing in Mendocino for over 6 years.

Comments and Highlights

2014 was another great year of photographing weddings on the beautiful Mendocino Coast. We documented about 32 weddings in all. Here’s a gallery of my favorite photos from 2014. The weddings were at various great venues on the Mendocino and Sonoma Coast, including Sea Ranch Lodge, Annapolis Winery, Elk Cove Inn, Little River Inn, The Mendocino Headlands, The Caspar Community Center, Pacific Star Winery, and more.

We post all our wedding galleries on our client access page where you can view your wedding photos online. Most weddings are available for viewing online within three days. You can also order prints by shopping cart directly from your web gallery. Be sure to let family and friends know about your online gallery, so they can order their own prints.

Here’s what a few of our clients had to say about our work:

John was comfortable and nice to work with. He promptly delivered our photographs 2 weeks following our wedding, as promised. The photos truly captured our magical day.

— Deborah and John

John’s photos captured the joy of our wedding. We had a very intimate ceremony and he was able to document it beautifully without causing us any distraction. I would confidently and sincerely recommend John for any type of photography assignment. We treasure our photos!
— Laura and John


We highly recommend Birchard Wedding Photography! They did an amazing job with our wedding pictures and Ryan was the photographer 3 weeks later for my sister’s wedding and her pictures are wonderful too! They are extremely professional and most of the time you don’t even realize they are right there taking pictures the entire time. Joghn has had a quick response to every question or concern I have had. Thank you John and Ryan for making our wedding day even more wonderful!
— Nicole & Darren Lenac


“We wanted to let you know how incredibly happy we are with the pictures you took on our wedding day! They are absolutely gorgeous, we are going to have a difficult time deciding which to put in our album! My Mom dropped off the proof books, thanks for putting those together. We really loved the way the pictures captured the feeling, and emotion of the day. Thank you so very much for everything. Our day couldn’t have been any better, and we really appreciate all your time and effort!
Thanks again.”
—Anne & Brian “The Linde’s”     

“My new husband and I were very happy with John Birchard’s photography services. He was able to capture intimate photos of each part of our ceremony with being at all invasive. He was very patient as we coordinated with a large family to get the family shots that we wanted. He grasped onto our excitement when a loose pony galloped into the area were we were taking the post ceremony photos (a real country wedding!) and got shots of the pony and a wedding guest with a rope getting ready to catch the pony. He came up with ideas for romantic shots of the two of us — some on a rustic wooden bench in a garden and others on the top of a tree stump with dramatic sunset lit clouds in the background. He was also a very comfortable presence as the bride and her attendants were getting ready and spending some intimate time in a water tower right before the ceremony.
Best wishes, John.”
—Rebecca and Jeremiah Kagin

“John Birchard is the only photographer we look to when we are planning weddings for our guests here at the MacCallum House. We also use John to do all of the photography for our two businesses. John is a consummate professional with the ability to vividly capture your most important memories. Without any reservation, I would recommend his services.”
—Jed Ayres — Owner, MacCallum House Inn and Restaurant and Mendo Wine Tours

“Hi John, I just want you to know what a pleasure it is to work with you. I have found you to be an exceptional photographer at the weddings we have done together. The clients are always pleased with the way you work during their event. You have a delightfully non-invasive approach and the pictures you produce are a real compliment to the wedding business. Thank you for the photos you have given me to use on my web site, they are terrific! I always look forward to working with you.”
—Deborah Kanani, Mendocino Weddings

“Wow, John, we LOVE your work!!”
—Mark and Lisa Bruce

“John has a great eye. His relaxed and very like-able attitude suited our needs. We would recommend him to anyone.”
—Arne and Jennifer