Jen and Matt were married on April 29th with their ceremony and reception at the Trione Vineyards and Winery. This Trione Winery Wedding was a super stylish event, but more importantly, it was for the best couple ever!
Matt, the groom, is a pilot for Jetblue airlines, so these two jet-set across the country on a regular basis. Matt is based out of Washington, Jen found her gown in New York and they found their venue while wine tasting in Sonoma! As a Bay Area wedding photographer, I love when I have the opportunity to come up here to Sonoma.
For Jen and Matt’s wedding, the day began in a rented home near the vineyard itself. My second shooter and I shot together while the ladies were getting ready. This home was a wonderful place to get ready. Huge windows let the morning light stream in, creating the perfect backdrop for portraits. There were these really cool pieces of art hanging in the house and really nice furnishings. It was such a great way to start off the day before heading to the vineyard.
When we arrived at Trione Winery, we staged a first look for Matt and Jen in the vines. It was such a touching moment when he turned to see his bride. No matter how many first looks I see, it’s still such a special moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time.
After the first look we took some pictures with the whole bridal party. So… funny story about these pictures. There was this beautiful, weathered bridge that was the epitome of rustic elegance. So, we lined everyone up on the bridge for portraits. As it turns out, half of the shots have the whole group looking down at the river below. This dog, who belonged to one of the winery employees, was down there in the river. He was frolicking, romping, splashing and making a total mess of himself. It was hilarious, but it also created some of the best, most genuine smiles from the whole group. It was awesome.
Jen had worked closely with her amazing coordinators from Emelina Co to produce some of the most stylish floral arrangements and details. These two coordinators are literally my favorite people to work with in the industry. Not only are they are so much fun, but they do it ALL. The seating arrangement display, the metal card holder, the ring box, the decor, they are seriously super heroes. Not only are they a blast to work with, but they really did an amazing job with Jen and Matt’s wedding.
The couple said their vows in the old brick cellar room, which was transformed with gorgeous floral decorations. Lush greenery hung gracefully from the ceiling, suspended overhead. They were stunning!! The ceremony was the perfect juxtaposition of old and new. Jen and Matt even had a new bottle of wine sealed so it could age and be ready for them to share on their ten year anniversary!
After they said their “I do”s, I stole Matt and Jen away for some portraits. It was easy to capture their love, and the light that filtered through the windows was magical. I loved being able to document their love story. And really, when two people are as happy as this bride and groom, it makes my job easy.
During the reception, the coffee came out with a Miracle Fish for each guest. A Miracle Fish is a trinket that curls in the palm of your hand if you are warm. Depending on the way it curls, it can tell your fortune! This detail was really important to Matt and Jen because the fish were from their favorite restaurant in New York. The bride and groom had them shipped in from NY just to share it with their guests on their wedding day! I love when couples add personal details to their weddings.
The party got started and everyone was out on the dancefloor as the sun went down. Matt has a huge thing for cigars, so despite the chilly temperatures, Matt, Jen and their friends took some time to sneak out in the dark to enjoy cigars together. The way the smoke entwined its way around Matt and Jen was a really cool moment, almost like the smoke was embracing them!
Matt and Jen, thank you so much for asking me to be your wedding photographer. Thank you as well to the amazing team that went into this wedding, especially the coordinators of Trione and Emelina Co. It’s such a joy to be a part of an amazing wedding team, and this wedding was a blast.
Ceremony Venue: Trione Vineyards & Winery
Reception Venue: Trione Vineyards & Winery
Coordinator: Emelina Co
Hair: Wash & Brushup
Makeup: Wash & Brushup
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN
Groom's Attire: Alton Lane
Invite Design: Minted
Florals & Decor: Mack Floral
Music/DJ: Norcal Pro Sound
Event Rentals: Encore
Transportation: Executive Charter
Live Music: Bobby Jo Valentine (guitar)