Leoness Winery Wedding
I always love weird stories so let me begin with the first time I met Sarah and Ryan at a local brewery to chat with them about Temecula wedding photography. So Sarah was this kinda quiet woman who stated multiple times during our conversation that she didn’t like to dance. Totally fine. Sometimes I don’t like to bust a move either, and less dancing means more relaxing near the dance floor and enjoying fresh cocktails. Also, you are far less likely to sprain an ankle watching people dance. Both solid plans that I can get down with either way. With Ryan, on the other hand, things were a little different. Our conversations revolved around drug use, gangs, gun violence, and all that fun stuff. Probably not the best opening topic of conversation but quite fascinating. Oh, and if you are wondering why Ryan and I spoke in such depth about crime it’s because he is a law enforcement officer….and he also doesn’t care much for dancing so there was no need to beat a dead horse. But let me quickly shift back to the point of this blog post which is Sarah and Ryan’s wedding at Leoness Winery in Temecula, California.
When it came to the wedding stuff Ryan and Sarah wanted to keep things simple. That meant no first dance, no bouquet toss, no father/mother dances, and no releasing of butterflies, doves, or any other animal of flight. They wanted a simple day that featured nothing more than people having a good time over good and drinks. And honestly, as a person who has photographed over 100 weddings over the past few years, all I can say is simplicity is something I have really learned to appreciate. What I mean is that it often feels like a wedding day is so stacked with events that it not only makes the day less fun and authentic, but it also can create unnecessary stress for a bride and groom. Think about all the stuff that can go on right after a wedding ceremony: family photos, wedding party portraits, bride and groom portraits, grand entrance, father/daughter dances, mother/son dances, anniversary dances, welcome toasts, speeches from parents, maids of honor, best men and other family members, bouquet tosses, garter tosses, shoe games, money dances, cake cutting and a ton of other events that can literally suck all of the genuine moments out of a wedding day. I am totally not saying a bride and groom shouldn’t have post-wedding ceremony events, but rather that they should be mindful of how they impact the natural flow of the wedding day so some of these events should be kept to a minimum. However, you most likely did not come here to get my advice on wedding day timelines so I would rather end by saying THANK YOU to Sarah and Ryan for keeping things simple and fun! You guys rock and I had an awesome time at your Temecula wedding! Below are some of the photos from that day. Cheers!
Temecula Weddings At Leoness Cellars
Featuring a French countryside style view and some of the best wine tasting in Temecula Valley wine country, Leoness Cellars is the perfect setting for any bride or groom seeking an elegant, outdoor vineyard wedding. The vineyard estate offers a stunning ceremony site overlooking the majestic vines, allowing any wedding photographer to capture stunning photos in golden hour light. Couples planning their special day at Leoness Cellars Winery should definitely make time for golden hour photos in the vineyard, but also the ivy wall that none of the other popular venues in Temecula offer
If you are planning a vineyard wedding in wine country also consider taking a tour of these romantic venues:
- Gershon Bachus Vintners
- Oak Mountain Winery
- Fazeli Cellars Winery
- Danza Del Sol Winery
- Ponte Winery
Leoness Winery Wedding Photos In Temecula, California
Thank you again to Sarah and Ryan for allowing me to document your wedding day! You guys were seriously awesome! And for those who want to see a recent Temecula wedding with full-day coverage (This Leoness Winery Wedding was only 5 hours) please check out these wedding photos at Wien’s Winery or these wedding photos at Mount Palomar winery!