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Intimate Summer Vineyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 12, 2013

Doreen & Chad 

June 6

Paso Robles, California 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

When we first started dating, my first birthday present to Chad was a trip to Paso Robles to go wine tasting. We’ve been coming back to visit a few times each year ever since, so it felt just right to pick a venue in this beautiful area. We searched for dog-friendly venues online, and Hammersky was the first one we saw. It was love at first sight. We couldn’t have found a more magical place.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The Irish wedding bell bracelets that everyone wore to ring in our marriage and reflect Chad’s Irish heritage.

2. Since I’m German, we did a traditional cutting of the heart. My best friend handmade the heart, and it was so fun to cut it as the first task we had to complete as a married couple and have our family and friends there cheering us on

3. Having every one of our guests be a part of our day. Some created the bouquet and boutonnieres, some helped decorate, Chad’s best friend was our officiant. It just brought it all full circle.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

We are so happy we did the first look. The moment of first seeing each other away from everyone was just so special, and it gave us time to calm down and connect before the ceremony and really remember it. Going down the aisle, I was a crying fool and barely remember it, but the first look moment is unforgettable.

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Nat & Mike

September 10

Napa, California 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We wanted to have a very intimate wedding from the beginning (we had 40 guests). We wanted to find a small and cozy venue where our guests are not going to get lost. In addition, we got inspired by our friend’s wedding the previous year – they rented a villa in Mexico for a whole week. Being wedding photographers, we knew that the wedding day is going to fly by and loved the idea of prolong celebration and being together with our friends and family. And so we were looking for a place that could accommodate at least some of our friends and family. We looked around for a while and when we finally saw the villa in Napa it was love from the first sight.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. We both knew we wanted to see each other before the wedding for the first look, and it ended up being one of our favorite parts of the day – just being able to hug and hold my husband to be took all the tension and stress out.

2. I loved having one long dinner table – it brought everyone together and dinner was so much fun!

3. My wedding dress – it took me a while to find it, but I still cannot get over how perfect it was! I wanted a light dress in which I’d be able to breath (it was an outdoor wedding in a 90 degree heat, and I didn’t want to have a corset ). Also, I really wanted to have a dress that I haven’t seen before on any of my brides (being a wedding photographer makes you so much pickier for your own wedding!).  I went dress shopping with a friend and decided to try on that dress mostly for fun but when I put it on we both saw that that was the one!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Both of us cannot stop thinking about the overall feel of the day. We wanted a wine country wedding at that’s exactly what we had. It was warm, the air smelled of dry earth, ripening grapes, and wine; all of our dearest people were there, and we felt being absolutely surrounded by their love for us.

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Purple Fall Winery Wedding in California

Posted by Kim on Jun 10, 2013

Jeniece & Jeffry

October 29

Sonoma, California

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

I fell in love with the winery when I was in California with my Mom for a girls trip.  When Jeff  and I started to plan our wedding and we went out to California to get ideas and I never thought I would stumble across the same winery considering there are so many out there to visit.  So I knew that when we drove up how much I loved the scenery, the rolling hills in the background, and of course the beautiful vineyard. It was just so peaceful and relaxing when we were there wine tasting and that’s when we just knew this is what we wanted for our special day.  

Which three details from your wedding were your favorite?

  1. The table setting that our event designer Jolene Sullivan helped create was absolutely stunning with the long wooden table set for 18 (just family). It was just so intimate with the candles and flowers and the perfect settings
  2. The vineyard, I enjoyed just having fun taking pictures with Jeff and I and being creative with our photographer
  3. When Jeff and I chose our colors and he picked out his tie, I went and purchased ties for all the men (Father and Brothers) that went along the same color scheme as Jeff’s tie.  They were all different but matched when we took photos. I also chose to wear the same color shoes and then men’s ties – eggplant.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

I loved loved loved that Jeff and I chose to do a “First Look.” Instead of walking down the aisle we chose to see each other before the wedding.  We chose a location at the vineyard that had these wooden doors and I was behind the doors and he opened them and I will never forget that moment.  It was just the two of us, for us to have that special moment that I will never forget.  It was just perfect and we have some of the best photos taken during that time and right after.  

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Joyful, Sunny Wine Country Wedding in California

Posted by Alexandra on Jun 04, 2013

Marcia & Avram

February 27

Kenwood, California

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The romantic rolling vineyards, and the light in wine country. It always looks like you’re in a movie.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I really loved my flowers. Jamie did an incredible job with the colors and textures. We also loved the car. It was a really fun ride and we felt so regal. Finally, the fact that our wedding was an entire weekend to spend with friends. We could relax, drink wine, eat great food, lie around in our robes by the pool — like having our own private resort.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that patience pays off.  Sometimes you need to trust in the universe that everything will turn out fine, and it always does. 

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Seeing Avi’s eyes when he first saw me on our wedding day.

 

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Classic and Lush Washington Vineyard Wedding

Posted by Kim on Mar 11, 2013

Melissa & Chad

September 7

Redmond, Washington

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Q & A with the Bride

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We had a clear vision for our day – romantic elegance, and I knew that I wanted very soft neutral colors.  DeLille Cellars in Redmond, Washington was perfect for our vision and it was just the right size for our small guest count of 58. 

Which details from your wedding were your favorites?

Driftwood Arbor – In March, Chad and I drove out to Oak Harbor, WA and we spent the day collecting driftwood on the beach.  We constructed our wedding arbor out of the driftwood that we collected and we had our florist decorate it with flowers on our wedding day.  As an added personal touch, we carved our initials and our wedding date in a heart onto our arbor.

Moss Letters – I love the look of Moss Letters and so I created my own for our wedding day and we hung them on the barn on our wedding day.

Bride and groom signs – I created signs for the back of our chairs that said Bride and Groom.

Welcome boxes for our out of town guests – We have quite a few guests coming in from out of town.  I wanted to do something for them to welcome them when they arrived so I created welcome boxes and arranged to have them placed in each guests hotel room before they arrived.  In each welcome box there was a map and some information of the city, along with some goodies and a mini first aid kit just in case.

Chalkboard Sign – I bought a frame from the craft store and spray painted it ivory and then glued in a chalkboard I found at the hardware store.  I then created a sign outlining the day’s events for our guests.  It also acted as a directional sign, so that our guests could find their way around.

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