Twenty-five years ago, Shannon and I were married at St. Theresa of Avila Church in Bodega.
The white, wooden church with a steeple sits on a hilltop above the small, rural coastal town. The church was built by shipbuilders in 1859 and is the oldest church in continuous use in Sonoma County.
Ansel Adams made the church the subject of a black and white photograph in 1953, and we have hung a copy on the wall in the living room wherever we’ve lived over the years — San Francisco’s North Beach, San Anselmo and Nevada City. The church is located next to the Bodega schoolhouse, which was the setting for the schoolhouse scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s film, The Birds.