ON LOCATION: Bel Vino Winery in Temecula, CA  //  PHOTO CREDIT: Janita Mestre Photography

What defines a winery wedding?

Who doesn’t love the idea of a warm, blush wedding with a little wine? Today’s Snappening Lovin’ Local feature comes to us from sunny California with a hint of romance, a whole lotta love and a stroll through a garden-like setting that’s hard to beat. This winery wedding styled shoot is just the right amount of elegance, fun and visual inspiration to help any blushing would-be bride.

When we spoke with shoot planner and photographer Janita Mestre of Janita Mestre Photography, we learned a lot about what makes a winery wedding special and how much she enjoyed seeing her vision come to life with the help of so many incredible vendors, including the team at Bel Vino Winery in Temecula, CAabout an hour north of San Diego.

We’ll walk you through some of the most captivating features from the shoot so you can plan your own winery wedding. (You can see a complete list of vendors and a full photo gallery at the bottom of this post.)

Create a beautiful, themed tablescape for your winery wedding.  //  PHOTO CREDIT: Janita Mestre Photography

Touching Table Settings

Janita described her vision for the table as “creating a soft, elegant, garden-like theme in a quaint winery wedding venue.”

Square plates (large and small) were used to bring the focus on clean cut elegance for this winery wedding shoot. Small vases with blush roses on place settings added a soft, yet noticeable detail to the table, as well as the wine glasses which matched the winery’s theme and tone. Gold-brushed silverware completed the vintage feel of the shoot by creating a pop of color for the overall tablescape.

The centerpieces included handmade candles by winery wedding shoot designer, Tilly Mestre. Their wooden bases were refurbished from vintage table legs which were painted and sanded to create a more “worn” look. The candles heightened both the table’s design, and the romantic, garden feel of the shoot itself.

Family heirlooms can have new life at a vintage-inspired wedding.  //  PHOTO CREDIT: Janita Mestre Photography

Bring in a Beautiful Bench for Family Photos

Sweet, sentimental pieces from the family add a special touch to any occasion and at nearly any event venue. Take this handmade bench, for example, designed by Tilly Mestre’s husband Inacio.

Crafted by Antiqueology’s owner, Inacio Mestre, the bench was constructed from an old bed retrofitted with other wooden bench parts. The piece was then hand-painted and varnished by the couple to complete the look. The vintage suitcases, picture frame and silver lanterns were also provided by Antiqueology.

The small, blush vases were provided by Sacred Romance Floral + Event Planning. Additionally, a pair of vintage green “his and her” chairs added a touch of historic elegance to the winery wedding setting and served as a natural complement to the winery’s vineyards.

Models Angel and Todd hint at how beautiful a winery wedding can be.  //  PHOTO CREDIT: Janita Mestre Photography

Select Simple Formal Wear & Dresses

It’s important to have a dress and formal wear plan that matches your setting. Since your winery wedding will likely outdoors, simple, flowing pieces make solid choices for the couple and their wedding party. Dresses for this shoot were provided by Luv Bridal San Diego and Bella Bridesmaids. Men’s formal wear was provided by Friar Tux Shop.

Two sets of models participated in the Bel Vino Winery wedding shoot—including military couple Ana and Jeremiah—featured at the top of today’s post holding hands on the road. Ana can also be seen here with a floral crown.

Prior to the styled shoot, Jeremiah and Ana never had a chance to get professional photos for their wedding because Jeremiah was deployed shortly after the event. for Ana and Jeremiah, the styled shoot was more than just an event, it was an opportunity to make dreams come true.

Eucalyptus, dahlias and a variety of roses make romantic bouquets.  //  PHOTO CREDIT: Janita Mestre Photography

Romantic roses and a classic cake pair with wine just fine.

When you’re hosting a winery wedding, you want to think about the type of cake and florals that fit your unique style and theme. The bridal bouquets contain the same florals as the bridesmaids’ bouquets, with the addition of cotton candy-like Peonieswhich smell as great as they sound. The cake featured in this shoot includes shades of blush and ivory roses and spray roses along with eucalyptus, white Astilbe and scabiosa.

Florist Jennifer Driscoll-Frerichs of Sacred Romance Floral says that the Astilbe featured on the cake is “a wedding must-have,” in her opinion. In addition to live florals, a floral wall photo backdrop was created by Wonder Wall by Nicole Abrahamson and featured white silk peonies and blush and white silk roses.

Not sure about the best wines and cakes to pair for your own winery wedding? Here are seven ideas that won’t limit your taste buds or budgetary requirements. If you’re still at a loss for ideas, don’t forget to ask the wine maker and the winery’s event team who may have already figured out a number of great pairings for their specific varietals too.

Invitations and custom wedding favor tins complete the look.  //  PHOTO CREDIT: Janita Mestre Photography

Invitations and Gifts Galore

Part of completing your winery wedding look involves setting the right tone with the right invitation and paperie. For this styled shoot, Blush and Blue Designs created special stationary and calligraphy.

Invitation designer and calligrapher, Maria, wanted an elegant and feminine style for the invitation suite. The elegant font and soft colors provided the perfect backdrop to accomplish the goal. Vintage-inspired props, like the watch and jewelry, were added at shoot time to create a timeless feel. While the look isn’t completely vintage, there’s a touch of history throughout the shoot.

In addition to the paper, ring boxes were provided by The Mrs. Box and custom-made candles in personalized tins made by Sweet Parker Candles. For this shoot, the vendor team focused on soft greens, blush pinks and whites. The white fabric underneath the scene is a rose-textured fabric.

Time to plan your own winery wedding…

Now that you’re full of fun ideas about your own winery wedding, it’s time to consider finding the right winery venue. But where do you begin your search? Take a look at a long list of breweries and wineries on Snappening, and consider hiring a professional wedding planner to help you with your planning process.


Snappening Lovin Local Blog Series These talented vendors made this vision possible: EVENT VENUE: Bel Vino Winery  //  EVENT PLANNER: Janita Mestre  //  EVENT DESIGNER: Tilly Mestre  //  BRIDAL STUDIO & FORMAL WEAR: Luv Bridal San Diego and Friar  Tux Shop and Bella Bridesmaids //  CAKE: Autumn Deanda of Sweet Maple Creations  //  DECOR: Antiqueology  //  FAVORS & GIFTS: Custom Bridal Tin and Candles by Sweet Parker Candles  //  FLORIST: Sacred Romance Floral and Flower Wall by Nicole Abrahamson //  HAIR & MAKEUP: Thomas Edward Salon and Nancy Lares (MUA)  //  INVITATION & PAPERIE: Blush and Blue Calligraphy  //  RING BOXES: The Mrs. Box  //  PHOTOGRAPHER: Janita Mestre Photography  //   EVENT RENTALS: Abbey Party Rentals  //  MODELS: Ana and Jeremiah (Couple 1) and Angel and Todd  (Couple 2) and Sidney and Brittany (Bridesmaids) This post is part of our Snappening Lovin’ Local blog series, featuring remarkable professional event industry talent from across the globe. Contact us to share your story if you’d like to be considered for a future feature.



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