Happy August everyone! Wow, summer is almost over! Okay, maybe the summer weather isn’t over, but the calendar says we’re in the last month of summer. How’s it going?
Eight months into 2015 and I finally got the opportunity to photograph one of my wedding photography wish list items – a vineyard wedding! Sure, I’ve attended a couple before but have never been lucky enough to photograph one! Not until the amazing wedding of Kera and Danny! For this wedding, my friend Nik invited me along to be the primary photographer, while he worked his video magic throughout the day. Along with my new buddy Joe, we three amigos set out for a long, hot, but beautiful day in the vineyards of Santa Ynez, particularly, Lincourt Vineyards, near Solvang (you know, that Danish town outside of Santa Barbara? Yeah, that one!). It’s such a beautiful little vineyard, complete with everything you would imagine a vineyard to have, picturesque grape fields, a gorgeous wine tasting barn, a beautiful lawn for weddings, a well sized courtyard for events (like wedding receptions!) and most importantly, a friendly, helpful staff ready to lend a hand and a smile when needed. You don’t need to get married there (although if you do, you’re making the RIGHT decision) to visit, so if you’re ever in that area, add it to your list of wine tasting venues – you won’t regret it!
Now back to the wedding!
Sure, a nice venue for one’s nuptials makes for a memorable day, but it isn’t required when the wedding itself is filled with great moments, people and memorable anecdotes of times past. EVERY wedding I photograph is special, from the small courthouse variety to the extravagant shindigs, and this one was no exception. For me, what made this wedding so unique and heart felt was the two families that joined on this day, particularly the absence of the groom’s father who sadly passed away a few years ago. In the ceremony and speeches that followed, you could see how sorely he was missed, and by all accounts, how terrific a person he was. Even I was brought to some tears hearing the families talk about him. He sounded like a great guy, and by the looks of all the people at the wedding, I’m sure he was.
The day itself was terrific all around! From the bride’s dress, to the funny, and comedic groomsmen, to the oh-so-tasty food, this was a great day to get married. I’m just grateful to have been a part of it.
So, with a first, I’m including a link to a slideshow of my favorites from the day right HERE!
A huge thanks to Nik W. for having me along and to Joe H. for the ride up to the vineyard. Oh, and a huge thanks to the staff of Lincourt Vineyards for their great space and hospitality!
Here are a few photos from the slideshow. But do click on the slideshow to see more! Thanks!