13Jun

Orfila Vineyard Wedding | Brittany and Matt

By, June 13, 2017

Sitting on a picturesque hillside in the San Pasqual Valley lies Orfila Vineyard where Brittany and Matt held their classic outdoor vineyard wedding. Located on 70 acres of property, the vineyard offers timeless rustic features in addition to the boundless fields of trellised grapes.  We had fun using the vintage cellar rooms in contrast to the natural foliage outside to create a diversity of looks with a minimal amount of space.

The photos below capture the elegant, romantic spirit of Brittany and Matt’s special day. Here is a selection of our favorites!

Groom holds Brides hand at vineyard
Bride wedding dress and shoes
Brittany wore this elegant cream-colored wedding dressed by Elle Bridal. The dress was pairedwith flats by Betsey Johnson, which added in a hint of glitter.
Bride looking in mirror and getting ready before ceremony
Bride's vow book and jewelry
Bride and Groom before wedding ceremony
Groom suit jacket on wine barrels
As Matt finished getting ready, we had fun using the room's cellar backdrop for photos.
Groomsmen helping Groom get ready
Custom signage at wedding ceremony
Father gives away bride during wedding ceremony
Wedding Couple at Vineyard wedding ceremony
Bride crying while groom reads vows
In addition to stylized portraits, we love capturing candids throughout the day. For example, as Matt recited his vows during the ceremony (above), Brittany pulled out a tissue to dry her tears. It's small moments like these that can hold big emotion!
Bride reads vows during wedding ceremony
Laughing groom during wedding ceremony
Bride and Groom share First Kiss
Bride and Groom smile during bubble exit
Funny wedding bridal party at vineyard
Bride and Groom smiling in vineyard
Funny Bridesmaids hold up bouquets
Groomsmen scattered in cellar room at vineyard
Bride and Groom at vineyard on wedding day
While the venue's exterior offered a classic vineyard look, with lots of natural foliage, the metal tanks in the cellar provided a clean, modern aesthetic. Playing with the two opposing styles created a fun juxtaposition!
wedding couple with bridal party in cellar room at vineyard
Smiling bridesmaids wearing seafoam green dresses
Stylish groomsmen wearing glasses
Sweetheart table and cake at wedding reception
Tented rustic wedding reception at vineyard
Bride and Groom share first dance during wedding reception
Bride and groom listen to toasts during wedding reception
Bride and Groom dance with parents during parent dance at reception
Bride and Groom cut rustic wedding cake during reception
Night photo of bride and groom during sunset
Bride and Groom kissing in cellar room at vineyard
Funny night photo of bride and groom during wedding reception

Congratulations to this happy couple! For more, check out our gallery of Brittany and Matt’s classic outdoor wedding at Orfila Vineyard.

Venue: Orfila Vineyards
Officiant: Rev Don Toshach
Wedding Dress: Elle Bridal
Musician: Coriander
Bakery: VG Donut & Bakery
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04Apr

Through the Grapevine | Vineyard Weddings

By, April 04, 2016

Tucked away in the valleys of Temecula, Escondido, and surrounding regions are award-winning San Diego-area vineyards. These properties are not only good for day trips and tastings – they make amazing wedding locations also! With their magical rolling hills,and fields of vines, local wineries are perfect venues for those looking to escape the city.

We have selected a few of our favorite images from recent vineyard weddings. Grab a glass of your favorite red or white (or both), and enjoy the inspiration :)

Couple pose with flowers in air around them

At the wedding of Apple and Ben (above), we went to one of our favorite spots at Orfila Vineyards, overlooking the fields below. As the couple embraced, we surrounded them with flower petals, and added a backlight for contrast, drama and elegance.

Wedding Couple in Windmill at Cal-A-Vie

We love incorporating a vineyard’s unique rustic features, such as this majestic windmill at Cal-A-Vie (above). The textured stone walls and wood accents lent an old-world charm to these photos, which were captured at April and Aaron’s wedding.

Modern Couple pose in vineyard and with balloonsCouple stand in middle of vineyardGroomsmen toast with beersBride's details during vineyard wedding

At Stephanie and Sean’s Orfila Vineyards wedding, we rested our bride’s beautiful bouquet against a textured wine barrel (above). The rich red roses and hypericum berries, set against the rustic browns of the barrel, made for an ideal pairing.

Bridesmaid with parasol umbrellas in vineyardCollaged image of rustic flowers with brideCool bridal party dressed in green at winery weddingCouple holding hands and kissing with rustic background

As photographers, one of our favorite things is to scout out the best hidden locations. By arriving early, we are able to find areas with the best light of the day, as well as little “nooks and crannies” within the venue.

Couple kiss in oversized wine barrelUmbrellas and Signs for vineyard weddingGorgeous view of mountains and vineyard at Orfila WineryBride and Groom walk down aisle together at vineyard

Whenever possible, we use the natural surroundings and daylight to our advantage, such as during Katie and Patrick’s wedding at the Yates Family Vineyard in Napa. When Katie made her debut, the light illuminated the leaves and her dress, which made for a stunning grand entrance.

Bride's teary-eyed reaction to Groom during wedding ceremonyCouple's First Kiss during Vineyard WeddingBride and Groom kissing under natural archwayCouple Kissing between leaves in vineyardCouples celebrate and pose for photos after vineyard ceremonyAerial photo of stunning sunset during reception at vineyard

After the ceremony, we like to make use of the stunning sunset colors, which can be especially vivid at remote winery locations. The golden vibrance of the sun, captured at just the right moment, helped to create the dreamlike image above.

Rustic wine-related reception details during vineyard weddingProps during fun travel-themed reception

These rustic, travel-themed accents from Michelle and Richard’s wedding at Bernardo Winery (above) added a fun splash of color, while also engaging guests to interact. The couple invited attendees to write messages in a bottles, to be opened on future anniversaries, while paying tribute to those who had traveled long distances.

Rustic-themed details at vineyard wedding receptionCouple Kiss in front of wine barrelsFuscia Wedding Reception Details at VineyardRed wine-themed details during receptionCouple Cuts into Cake during Wedding Reception

You can’t have a winery wedding without grapes :) Before these were sent off to become wine, we borrowed this lush vine from Kim and Austin’s wedding for a unique ring shot. By using a simple background, and a strategically placed LED light, these rings began to sparkle!

Creative Ring Photo with GrapesGuest hula-hoops during wedding receptionNight Portrait of Couple at Vineyard

For the photo below, we snuck behind-the-scenes with Naomi and Partho during their reception at Callaway Vineyards and Winery. By shooting at a low angle and adding a backlight to create dimension, the containers added a larger-than-life feeling to this epic kiss.

Couple kiss between distillery tanks at vineyard

For additional breathtaking vineyard wedding photos, please click here. Salute!

06Mar

Love in Unexpected Places

By, March 06, 2015

As photographers, we love venues that feature a variety of different backgrounds and textures. In our mind, Callaway Vineyard & Winery deserves an A+ for this!

While many wineries tend to boast a rustic or European-inspired façade, a little exploring behind the scenes can lead to unexpected visual delights. For example, in our Photo of the Week, we brought our couple to an unconventional location for bridal portraits – the winery’s fermentation room. Lining each wall was a series of super tall wine tanks, each with a silvery metallic sheen. This industrial backdrop created an ultra-sleek setting for Naomi & Partho’s post-ceremony kiss, and brought a completely different vibe to the image. Cheers to the happy couple!

Callaway

See more of Naomi & Partho’s Wedding!