Before I share Anna Marie & Lee’s wedding at The Firestone Vineyard in Los Olivos, California (that’s up by Solvang, California – beautiful wine country I must say!) and you’re thinking to yourself… Hey – I’d really like to get to know this Orange County Wedding Photographer in Huntington Beach, California that burns the midnight oil. Feel free to Contact Me on the Website or send me an email direct at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also stay in touch with me in “real time” on Twitter, Facebook and my Facebook Fan Page too. If you’re reading this tonight, you’ll probably catch me online right now.
So as I just mentioned about burning the midnight oil – I’m charging through today getting caught up on my blog after being sick for the past couple weeks. So as I’m typing away at Esquire Photography HQ in Huntington Beach, I really wanted to share Anna Marie & Lee’s wedding before I wrap up the day.
You might remember Anna Marie & Lee from their Engagement Shoot that I recently photographed with them at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, the Pasadena City Hall & downtown Pasadena as well. Or even the Location Scouting I did with them back in August on my trip up to Solvang with them.
Fast forward to last weekend & whoa – what an incredible 2 day weekend making new friends friends and creating awesome memories with Anna Marie, Lee and their amazing friends and family. On Saturday, October 24th – Anna Marie & Lee rented a party bus so a small group of us could do a wine tasting tour. We stopped at Firestone, Roblar, Fess Parker and Curtis Winery. There was a ton of laughs (BCBC!) to be had with a tasty pot luck dinner at the end of the night.
Jump forward one day & it’s Sunday, October 25th. There’s a bit of low-lying fog in the valleys of Solvang & Los Olivos – but we all knew that it would burn off. Which was great, because I actually did a Sexy Sunrise Portrait Photo Shoot with Lee’s brother; Jim and his wife; Shannon up by Firestone Vineyard before the day really got “started.”
When Katherine & I came back from Shannon & Jim’s portrait shoot, we met up with Anna Marie and her ladies as they were getting ready. The entire room smelled of fresh lavender & lilies of the valley as they were putting together the boutineers for the guys and some of the floral arrangements. I was able to capture some terrific candids while the ladies were getting ready and Lee & a couple of the guys dropped by to pick up a few things and Anna Marie gave Lee an amazing Giorgio Armani watch. But not to worry – because Lee wasn’t allowed any closer than a foot to the front door of their room.
Anna Marie looked like royalty in her Carolina Herrera wedding dress, and seemed to float when she would walk in her Nina NYC Shoes. Her and Lee had their wedding rings done by Modern Design, Inc. – while Tony from Beverly Hills created a custom setting for Anna Marie’s Engagement Ring. Which I totally couldn’t wait to do a close up of on the brooch on Anna Marie’s bouquet.
Anna Marie & Lee decided to do a 1st look and a personal/private ceremony to share with their family & a couple of close friends overlooking the rolling hills of the valley. We even scheduled a generous amount of time for us to do some traditional and fun portraits so after the 2nd ceremony we had pleanty of time for me to capture some of my Signature Romantic, Artistic and Sexy portraits with the sun setting. I even had the honour of shooting next to my good friend & videographer; Michael from Wedding Video Pro.
When we completed the portraits outside, we headed into the barrel room for more Romantic and Artistic portraits. But not too many as there were pleanty of guests waiting for their grand entrance to the reception so the party could really get started. Emmanuella from Petros in Los Olivos oversaw the cocktail hour and dinner to perfection and Petros himself even stopped by to say hi and wish Anna Marie & Lee his best to them. Awesome!
Eric The DeeJay rocked the reception and kept everything moving with a symbiotic marriage of energy and taste that everyone who attended could enjoy. He even had the single men serenade Anna Marie for the garter toss – which I haven’t seen a very long time, but is so much fun!
And, Petros Restaurant of Los Olivos provided the exquisite dinner & delightful cake. Since I am a “foodie” – I’m comfortable going on record & saying; “Yummy!”
I could literally keep going on about their wedding day, but I just noticed that this has got to be one of my more long-winded posts, so I’ll wrap it up here. But before I sign off, and you’re considering having your wedding at the Firestone Vineyard in Los Olivos – be sure to ask for Ms. Rachel Korrey (805.688.3940) and Ms. Joy de Vivre (805.637.5253). From start to finish and with the help of all the top shelf vendors, Rachel and Joy masterfully oversaw and coordinated a wedding day that in my opinion was more like a symphony of elegance accompanied with flawless detail.
So without further ado, here is a slide show that put together of Anna Marie & Lee’s wedding and is also available on Pictage. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did capturing it & have a super weekend – cheers!