Sonoma County in 40 Kisses

Tired and need some cheering up? We’ve put together a feel-good photo gallery, full of local love! 

Want to share your first (or best) Sonoma County kiss? Feel free to kiss and tell in the comments… Your answers will appear on a hand-drawn map in our January/February 2017 issue, in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Sonoma County in 40 Kisses: 
Britney Wehrfritz, left and Steve Nemecek of Sebastopol share a kiss as a friend takes their engagement photo at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, early Friday morning Jan. 10, 2013. (Photo by Kent Porter)
Britney Wehrfritz, left and Steve Nemecek of Sebastopol share a kiss as a friend takes their engagement photo at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, early Friday morning Jan. 10, 2013. (Photo by Kent Porter)

 

Before carving, Jason Todd drew a humorous design of a kissing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton onto a pumpkin at Muelrath Ranches pumpkin patch on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Santa Rosa, California . (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)
Before carving, Jason Todd drew a humorous design of a kissing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton onto a pumpkin at Muelrath Ranches pumpkin patch on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Santa Rosa, California. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)

 

Giraffe Fun Facts: Giraffes live 20-30 years. Safari West welcomed the latest baby giraffe to the largest private herd in the country. John Burgess
Safari West giraffe love. (Photo by John Burgess)

 

Newlyweds Jade and Michael Solis kiss after getting married at the Rivertown Revival in Petaluma, California, on July 19, 2014. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)
Newlyweds Jade and Michael Solis kiss after getting married at the Rivertown Revival in Petaluma, California.  (Photo by Alvin Jornada)

 

Classmates and romantic partners Erica Purcell, left, and Nick Sullivan share a kiss during graduation ceremonies at Sonoma State University, Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Rohnert Park, Calif. (Photo by D. Ross Cameron)
Classmates and romantic partners Erica Purcell, left, and Nick Sullivan share a kiss during graduation ceremonies at Sonoma State University. (Photo by D. Ross Cameron)

 

Calvin, 96, and Gladys Purvis, 93 smooch, Monday July 27, 2015 in Santa Rosa. The two will be celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary this week. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)
Calvin, 96, and Gladys Purvis, 93 smooch, Monday July 27, 2015 in Santa Rosa for their 75th wedding anniversary this week. (Photo by Kent Porter)

 

Vineman triathlon Dan Bergstrom stops to kiss his wife, Kelly half way through the marathon Chris Hardy
Vineman triathlon Dan Bergstrom stops to kiss his wife, Kelly half way through the marathon. (Photo by Chris Hardy)

 

Jim "Sparky" Sparks, owner of 3H Club Goat Farm in Sonoma, gets a kiss from "Hatty," Thursday, July 10, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)
Jim “Sparky” Sparks, owner of 3H Club Goat Farm in Sonoma, gets a kiss from “Hatty.”  (Photo by Crista Jeremiason)

 

 Clinton Tjensvold and Christie Pitts kiss while Karen Zachary smiles during Sunset Magazine's Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone near Sonoma, Calif. Saturday, May 14, 2016. Guests were invited to join editors, celebrity chefs, vintners, craft beer brewers and lifestyle experts for a two-day series of culinary, wine, garden and lifestyle events. (Jeremy Portje / For The Press Democrat) Jeremy Portje
Clinton Tjensvold and Christie Pitts kiss while Karen Zachary smiles during Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone near Sonoma. (Photo by Jeremy Portje)

 

Sister Sara Femme, left, greets Sister Nova Nilla with a kiss during the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Quinceanera at the Rio Theater in Monte Rio, California on Friday, March 25, 2016. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat) Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 15th Anniversary
Sister Sara Femme, left, greets Sister Nova Nilla with a kiss during the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Quinceanera at the Rio Theater in Monte Rio. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)

 

A Sacramento couple smooch during the Stevie Wonder set during the first day of BottleRock Napa, Friday May 27, 2016. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)
A Sacramento couple smooch during the Stevie Wonder set during the first day of BottleRock Napa, Friday May 27, 2016. (Photo by Kent Porter)

 

Ellie Provost, 13, receives a kiss from Cali at Sea Lion Encounters at opening day at the Sonoma County Fair, Thursday, July 24, 2014. "It was wet," Provost said of the kiss. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat) Sonoma County Fair Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat
Ellie Provost, 13, receives a kiss from Cali at Sea Lion Encounters at opening day at the Sonoma County Fair, Thursday, July 24, 2014. “It was wet,” Provost said of the kiss. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason)

 

Samantha Busch greets her husband Kyle Busch in the melee after his victory during NASCAR Toyota/Savemart 350, Sunday June 28, 2015 at Sonoma Raceway. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2015
Samantha Busch greets her husband Kyle Busch in the melee after his victory during NASCAR Toyota/Savemart 350, Sunday June 28, 2015 at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by Kent Porter)

 

Brad Schmidt of Windsor celebrates an NCS Championship victory against Concord with girlfriend Samantha Levesque, Friday Dec. 9, 2011 at Santa Rosa High School. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011
Brad Schmidt of Windsor celebrates an NCS Championship victory against Concord with girlfriend Samantha Levesque, Friday Dec. 9, 2011 at Santa Rosa High School. (Photo by Kent Porter)

 

Samantha Carisch and Taylor Sinclair kiss as country music singer Canaan Smith sings their first song during The Knot's Dream Wedding at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood, on Thursday, June 4, 2015. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat) The Knot Dream Wedding Beth Schlanker
Samantha Carisch and Taylor Sinclair kiss as country music singer Canaan Smith sings their first song during The Knot’s Dream Wedding at Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood, on Thursday, June 4, 2015. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)

 

PC: Joan Longfeld, left, and Susie Jungfaru kiss while while celebrating the Supreme Court rulings restoring same-sex marriage to Californians during a celebration in Healdsburg on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Longfeld and Jungfaru have been tried to get married in 2004 and then again in 2008, and have been together for the past 35 years. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)
Joan Longfeld, left, and Susie Jungfaru kiss while while celebrating the Supreme Court rulings restoring same-sex marriage to Californians during a celebration in Healdsburg on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Longfeld and Jungfaru have been together for the past 35 years. (Photo by Conner Jay)

 

Lia Gaertner gives her boyfriend Sunjya Schweg a smooch on his 40th birthday at BottleRock in Napa, Thursday May 9, 2013. They are both from Sebastopol. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013
Lia Gaertner gives her boyfriend Sunjya Schweg a smooch on his 40th birthday at BottleRock in Napa, Thursday May 9, 2013. They are both from Sebastopol. (Photo by Kent Porter)

 

Caleb Wirts, 3, gets a kiss from his mother Erin while he eats his popcorn ball during the Lighting of the Snowmen Festival at Cornerstone Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif., on December 8, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat) Lighting of the Snowmen
Caleb Wirts, 3, gets a kiss from his mother Erin while he eats his popcorn ball during the Lighting of the Snowmen Festival at Cornerstone Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif., on December 8, 2013. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)

 

Kindergartener Diana Perez, 5, right, gets a kiss goodbye from her little sister Michelle, 3, before the first day of classes at Geyserville Elementary School in Geyserville, California on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat) Geyserville Unified School District
Kindergartener Diana Perez, 5, right, gets a kiss goodbye from her little sister Michelle, 3, before the first day of classes at Geyserville Elementary School in Geyserville, California on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)

 

Odessa Gunn gets a kiss from her husband Levi Leipheimer during Levi Leipheimers King Ridge Gran Fondo, Saturday Oct. 1, 2011 at Finley Park in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011
Odessa Gunn gets a kiss from her husband Levi Leipheimer during Levi Leipheimers King Ridge Gran Fondo, Saturday Oct. 1, 2011 at Finley Park in Santa Rosa. (Photo by Kent Porter)

 

Sydney Davis, 3, gets a kiss from her family dog Wrigley during Canine Companions' DogFest Walk 'n Roll at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California on Saturday, October 24, 2015. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)
Sydney Davis, 3, gets a kiss from her family dog Wrigley during Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California on Saturday, October 24, 2015. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)

 

Christopher Cooney of Cotati gives daughter Jossilyn, 3, a kiss on the cheek during the Cotati Jazz Festival on Sunday.
Christopher Cooney of Cotati gives daughter Jossilyn, 3, a kiss on the cheek during the Cotati Jazz Festival on Sunday.

 

Graduating senior Skyler Hauprich receives a kiss from his mother before walking through El Molino High School's commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat) El Molino High School graduation
Graduating senior Skyler Hauprich receives a kiss from his mother before walking through El Molino High School’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 30, 2013. (Photo by Conner Jay)

 

Nicole Molina, 17, kisses her boyfriend Kyle King, 17, before heading off to classes after their morning break at Cardinal Newman High School. John Burgess
Nicole Molina, 17, kisses her boyfriend Kyle King, 17, before heading off to classes after their morning break at Cardinal Newman High School. (Photo by John Burgess)

 

Bride-to-be Katie Excell kisses her daughter and flower girl Caitlynn Cluse, 5, before Excell gets married at Levi's GranFondo, in Santa Rosa, California on Saturday, October 1, 2016. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)
Bride-to-be Katie Excell kisses her daughter and flower girl Caitlynn Cluse, 5, before Excell gets married at Levi’s GranFondo, in Santa Rosa, California on Saturday, October 1, 2016. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)

 

Hunter Wilkinson kisses his wife, SAY chief operating officer Katrina Thurman, in costume as Super-Grandma, during the Here We Come to SAY the Day fundraiser for Social Advocates for Youth, at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa, California on Saturday, May 14, 2016. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)
Hunter Wilkinson kisses his wife, SAY chief operating officer Katrina Thurman, in costume as Super-Grandma, during the Here We Come to SAY the Day fundraiser for Social Advocates for Youth, at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa, California on Saturday, May 14, 2016. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)

 

Cardinal NewmanÕs Hailey Vice-Neat, center, kisses the CIF championship trophy as the Cardinals gather in a hallway after defeating Antelope Valley with a score of 39-37 during the CIF Division IV girls basketball championship game between Cardinal Newman and Antelope Valley high schools at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, on Saturday, March 26, 2016. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat) Cardinal Newman vs. Antelope Valley Girls Basketball, CIF Division IV Championship
Cardinal Newman’s Hailey Vice-Neat, center, kisses the CIF championship trophy as the Cardinals gather in a hallway after defeating Antelope Valley with a score of 39-37 during the CIF Division IV girls basketball championship game between Cardinal Newman and Antelope Valley high schools at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California, on Saturday, March 26, 2016. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)

 

 Ed Mason, left, of Larkfield, kisses his partner of 46 years, Barry Hong, after Sonoma County Clerk Bill Rousseau completed their marriage ceremony in Santa Rosa on July 1, 2013. (photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)
Ed Mason, left, of Larkfield, kisses his partner of 46 years, Barry Hong, after Sonoma County Clerk Bill Rousseau completed their marriage ceremony in Santa Rosa on July 1, 2013. (Photo by John Burgess)

 

A couple kisses in the window of LoCoco's Cucina Rustica, which was voted 2013 Best Italian Restaurant for the Best of Sonoma County, in Santa Rosa, Calif., on July 10, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat) LoCoco's Cucina Rustica, 2013 Best Italian Restaurant, Best of Sonoma County
A couple kisses in the window of LoCoco’s Cucina Rustica, which was voted 2013 Best Italian Restaurant for the Best of Sonoma County, in Santa Rosa, Calif., on July 10, 2013. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)

 

Scarlett Lemieux, 6, of Petaluma, California blowing kisses to Snoopy during the Snoopy ice show and holiday tree-lighting event held Friday evening at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa. December 2, 2011 (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)
Scarlett Lemieux, 6, of Petaluma, California blowing kisses to Snoopy during the Snoopy ice show and holiday tree-lighting event held Friday evening at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa. December 2, 2011 (Photo by Erik Castro)

 

Susan Rudy, Fort Ross Conservancy adviser and lead orchard volunteer, kisses her husband Scott Foster after he donated a bench in her honor at the historic Ft. Ross orchard north of Jenner, on Thursday, March 24, 2016. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat) Ft. Ross Orchard Beth Schlanker
Susan Rudy, Fort Ross Conservancy adviser and lead orchard volunteer, kisses her husband Scott Foster after he donated a bench in her honor at the historic Ft. Ross orchard north of Jenner, on Thursday, March 24, 2016. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)

 

New father Miguel Soria, left, kisses his day-old daughter Raquel. John Burgess/The Press Democrat
New father Miguel Soria, left, kisses his day-old daughter Raquel. (Photo by John Burgess)

 

Sarah Bussell kisses Maddox Liam Bussell "MLB" who was born on the fifth game of the World Series. Bussell went to see the San Francisco Giants' World Series trophy at Santa Rosa City Hall, Jan. 28, 2011. Christopher Chung
Sarah Bussell kisses Maddox Liam Bussell “MLB” who was born on the fifth game of the World Series. Bussell went to see the San Francisco Giants’ World Series trophy at Santa Rosa City Hall, Jan. 28, 2011. (Photo by Christopher Chung)

 

pecialist Carlos Martinez kisses his girlfriend Melanie Chhy in front of the Petaluma Armory after spending a year in Afghanistan with the California National Guard's 235th Engineer Company. John Burgess
Specialist Carlos Martinez kisses his girlfriend Melanie Chhy in front of the Petaluma Armory after spending a year in Afghanistan with the California National Guard’s 235th Engineer Company. (Photo by John Burgess)

 

Chris Bradford kisses his wife "Rowdy Bout It" of the Wine Country Homewreckers before her roller derby match against the Faultline Derby Devilz at Grace Pavillion in Santa Rosa, California, on August 22, 2015.
Chris Bradford kisses his wife “Rowdy Bout It” of the Wine Country Homewreckers before her roller derby match against the Faultline Derby Devilz at Grace Pavillion in Santa Rosa, California, on August 22, 2015.

 

Michael kisses Melissa's hand after placing the ring on her finger. Melissa and Michael were married in a traditional Cambodian wedding ceremony at Martin Ray Vineyard in Santa Rosa, Calif., on July 20, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat) Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Alvin Jornada
Michael kisses Melissa’s hand after placing the ring on her finger. Melissa and Michael were married in a traditional Cambodian wedding ceremony at Martin Ray Vineyard in Santa Rosa, Calif., on July 20, 2013. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)

 

Angel Hellgren (far left) and Heather Lore (far right) watch nine-month-olds Lily Hurley and Addison Lore kiss during the Snoopy ice show and holiday tree-lighting event held Friday evening at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa. December 2, 2011 (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)
Angel Hellgren (far left) and Heather Lore (far right) watch nine-month-olds Lily Hurley and Addison Lore kiss during the Snoopy ice show and holiday tree-lighting event held Friday evening at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa. December 2, 2011 (Photo by Erik Castro)

 

Odessa Gunn, left, kisses Alvin the Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix dog at the puppy kissing booth attended by Yvonne Swanger during the Sonoma Humane Society's Wags, Whiskers and Wine fundraiser at Trentadue Winery in Geyserville, California, on August 14, 2015.
Odessa Gunn, left, kisses Alvin the Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix dog at the puppy kissing booth attended by Yvonne Swanger during the Sonoma Humane Society’s Wags, Whiskers and Wine fundraiser at Trentadue Winery in Geyserville, California, on August 14, 2015.

 

 

"I know how hard she has worked for this," said Nicolas Carjuza, right, after kissing his girlfriend Michelle Welling, left, during the Sonoma State University commencement ceremony for the class of 2015 held Saturday morning at Rhonert Park. May 16, 2015. (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)
“I know how hard she has worked for this,” said Nicolas Carjuza, right, after kissing his girlfriend Michelle Welling, left, during the Sonoma State University commencement ceremony for the class of 2015 held Saturday morning at Rhonert Park. May 16, 2015. (Photo by Erik Castro)

 

Sixteen-month-old Brittany Morales kissing her aunt Zenaida Morales during the Cloverdale High School 2010 graduation ceremony Friday evening. May 28, 2010. (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)
Sixteen-month-old Brittany Morales kissing her aunt Zenaida Morales during the Cloverdale High School 2010 graduation ceremony Friday evening. May 28, 2010. (Photo by Erik Castro)
PC: Cold kissing. Scott Cooper of Windsor keeps warm after class with girlfriend Bonnie Jean who was on her way to class at SRJC while Cooper was finished for the day. Low temperatures reached 22 degrees on Tuesday morning.
Scott Cooper of Windsor keeps warm after class with girlfriend Bonnie Jean who was on her way to class at SRJC while Cooper was finished for the day. Low temperatures reached 22 degrees.

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