California Winery Wedding | Rebecca + Nicholas

High school sweethearts, Rebecca and Nicholas knew each other long before they ever got together. And while it took a little bit of time to convince Nicholas to try dating Rebecca, it was well worth the wait. One of the deeply magical things about this wedding was the intensity at which Nicholas now loves this Bride. If it takes some time for someone to get to that love, I think we'd all be willing to wait. 

I was in LOVE with all of the details at this wedding. These are some of my favorite images to date and I had a hard time narrowing down what to show you! I hope you love seeing tons of photos, because here they come!

Wedding Prep

The gentlemen got ready at the upper house, which came complete with an adorable outhouse. I know, outhouse and "adorable" don't normally go together, but this one had an outdoor sink and mirror.

Dad helped put on the bow tie.

Dad helped put on the bow tie.

I loved the groom's family! They reminded me of my own mom and dad.

I loved the groom's family! They reminded me of my own mom and dad.

A gorgeous bohemian bouquet for the Bride.

A gorgeous bohemian bouquet for the Bride.

I mean, that flower crown is a work of art!

I mean, that flower crown is a work of art!

First Look & Couples Session

The first look took place next to this old tree overlooking the winery, valley and barn.

The first look took place next to this gorgeous old tree overlooking the winery and barn.

Wedding Party

Ceremony

Don't forget to highlight your favorite bible verse. 

Don't forget to highlight your favorite bible verse. 

There was not a dry eye in the audience when the Groom said his vows. Even I was tearing up. This is what I meant by the depth of his love for her.

Reception

How adorable are these little succulent planter favors?!

How adorable are these little succulent planter favors?!

Holy dessert bar batman! The pies looked divine. I mean just look at this strawberry one:

So this was fun. The couple played a game where they are given questions and raised a shoe to indicate who they think the statement pertains to. For example, who is most likely to flake on the laundry:

Speeches were made.

Speeches were made.

And the father daughter dance became emotional.

And the father daughter dance became emotional.

What a great candle lit evening to celebrate the union of these two amazing individuals.

Father and Daughter First Look

We all know the concept of first looks, where the bride and groom see each other before the wedding. It's usually filled with tearful exclamations and amazing emotions. It helps to air them out before the ceremony and keep everyone calm and cool during the procession. However, there's another look that can make for a wonderful emotional moment, and an excellent set of photos.

The Father of the Bride seeing his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress is such a heart felt moment. I've been known to be a daddy's girl, and I think most young women can say the same. The emotions that dads feel when they see their little girl about to be married is such an amazing thing to capture. 

Father and daughter first look
Father and bride first look
The father of the bride sees her for the first time
father and daughter on wedding day

So I say to all the prospective brides out there: surprise your dad on the wedding day. Let him see you in the dress for the first time and have that moment with him. It's something he will remember for the rest of his life as a moment he can cherish.

Temecula Winery Wedding | Lauren + Steven

A couple of weekends ago, I had the lovely opportunity to shoot a wedding with another photographer named Melissa Morelli. Her cousin Steven married his gorgeous bride Lauren at a winery in Temecula. The sun was shining, the wine was flowing, and everyone looked beautiful. 

The rings were captured on a wine barrel: I just love the rustic element showcasing the wedding bands. The wedding dress was hanging from vines at the winery. I was in love with the simplicity of the design, including the white rose boutonniere and the gold bowl holding the centerpiece bouquet.

The rings were captured on a wine barrel: I just love the rustic element showcasing the wedding bands. The wedding dress was hanging from vines at the winery. I was in love with the simplicity of the design, including the white rose boutonniere and the gold bowl holding the centerpiece bouquet.

The bridesmaid ladies were told to pick out a navy lace dress, and each of them looked absolutely gorgeous!

The bridesmaid ladies were told to pick out a navy lace dress, and each of them looked absolutely gorgeous!

How adorable are these flower girls looking like princesses under the winery vines?!

How adorable are these flower girls looking like princesses under the winery vines?!

ceremony pergola in winery
There was an amazing orange grove on the winery property that we were able to take some bride and groom portraits in.

There was an amazing orange grove on the winery property that we were able to take some bride and groom portraits in.

orange grove winery wedding portraits
I'm in love with these wedding details. The wine bottles and vases were spray painted gold and held only a few flowers. The welcome sign was a nice touch too!

I'm in love with these wedding details. The wine bottles and vases were spray painted gold and held only a few flowers. The welcome sign was a nice touch too!

bride and groom kiss at reception
How cute is this wedding cake on a wine barrel?

How cute is this wedding cake on a wine barrel?