Amanda & Michael
Natalie is my wonderful and goofy bride from last summer. She recently referred her friend Amanda to me for her ‘May the fourth be with you’ wedding to Michael at a Temecula winery. I am so happy she did!
In a rather genius move, they rented out a gorgeous estate in Temecula via AirBnB. This took care of the venue and hotel in one. Accessed by a long tunnel of trees, it majestically looked out over vineyards and wineries. This location was perfect for a wedding.
They had a beautiful and simple ceremony out in the garden as the sun was starting to dip. Amanda involved Michael’s children in her vows and we all cried. She also said ‘I do’ with a really good British accent, a side effect of spending most of her day with me. I struggled to keep my camera still from laughing as it was a complete surprise!
The grounds in this Temecula winery were really beautiful in the spring sun, so the wedding party wandered down the road for some photos. Afterwards, I took Amanda and Michael off for a few portraits around the vineyards, catching a wee bit of golden hour at the end as well. Little Star Wars touches popped up throughout the day, from Michael’s cufflinks to the lego figures on the bouquets and boutonnieres. Super cute and above all, very them.
Before dinner and speeches Amanda and Michael kicked off the evening not just with a first dance but by dancing with their parents as well. There was an incredibly touching moment between Amanda, her father and her step-father as they hugged between dances.
Picture taking aside, one of my favourite things about being a wedding photographer is meeting new people. I’m really happy to have met and spent time with Amanda and Michael, also Natalie and Bertrand who introduced us and were lighting up that dance floor! So thank you to Amanda and Michael, not just for having me at their wedding, but also for inviting so many great people!
Special thanks to some of the wedding vendors that helped make this day possible:
Flowers: Oak and Amble
Officiant: A Moment to Cherish
Cake: More Sweets
DJ: DJ Carlos
Caterer: California Cookout
Bride’s dress: Essense of Australia
Band: Rafa and Porque Si