What an incredible day! I had the privilege of attending Lemonade and Lenses Inspired by Amanda K event for a Modern Rustic Chic Wedding Inspiration Shoot at an amazing private vineyard in the Solvang area of California. First, if you have never been to the area, go. It’s jaw droppingly gorgeous. Just a short drive north of Santa Barbara. Solvang is a quaint little Danish town with all kinds of shops and little places to eat. So fun! Driving up to the vineyard reminded me of my hometown of Leopold, IN, in a way… Rolling hills, windy roads, homes sitting on the hillside…. Except these homes were enormous and sitting on vineyards, but still. :)
Before we got started, my new roomies and I arrived early to scope out the grounds and capture a few shots.
About 13 photographers converged at the vineyard the morning of the shoot to meet Lexi from Lemonade & Lenses, and also pick Amanda’s brain about how she approaches her business and her shoots. It was great meeting all the different photographers and learning how to improve our businesses from Amanda.
After lunch, we got to shooting, the whole point of the day! The afternoon was fabulously styled by Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings and Events, think rustic vineyard, mixed with modern chic, with couture gowns, lots of textures, architectural elements and vintage jewelry. So incredible! It was hard to take it all in! In fact, I see some of the other photographers’ photos and think, where did you take that?? There were so many places to shoot and two different couples, and so many details! It was a crazy whirlwind and so much fun!
Lazaro gowns and Prada shoes? Yes please!
Stunning florals by Renae’s Bouquet and jewelry by Coast 2 Coast Collection.
Linens by La Tavola Linen and everything styled so meticulously by Rani Hoover.Okay, I have to brag a little bit here. I’ve really been working hard on my product styling and trying to make good things look great. I’m proud to say I styled this photo all by myself! :) Stationery by East Six.
I love the simplicity of this cake by The Butter End Cakery. Unfortunately for me, it was a fake cake, so I didn’t get to eat two pieces of it like I usually do. :)
Later in the afternoon we were all able to go down for some shots of the “ceremony” portion. I could only imagine shooting a real wedding here! The views were incredible and the light was just gorgeous!
Obelisks by J Woeste.
Okay so this flower girl. It’s actually the bride’s real daughter. Her eyes. Oh my gosh.
No vineyard wedding is complete without its own wine! We were able to sample some before heading out for the ceremony shoot. It was pretty tasty and I might just be joining their wine club in the near future. :)
The next morning we had the option of signing up for a sunrise vineyard and olive grove shoot. I’m so glad I signed up because I truly captured some of my favorite images. The light was amazing and the dress was amazing and the olive grove was amazing!!!
It was an exhausting day and a half but so worth it. I am able to add some stunning images to my portfolio to show more of the style of weddings I want to shoot, and I learned so much from watching Amanda. That girl creates some speechless images and I picked up on so many things to add to my skillset! It was also a great way to spend time with detail shots! Usually on a wedding day you are so rushed that you don’t have much time for all the details. So, it was really nice to be able to have so much time to shoot everything!
Thank you to all the vendors who participated and for Rani, Lexi & Amanda for pulling off an event of such magnitude!
Lemonade & Lenses Magazine
Amanda K Photo Art
Event Design - Rani Hoover Inspired Weddings & Events
Venue – Stolpman Vineyard, Villa Angeli
Lazaro Gowns – JLM Couture
Cake – The Butter End Cakery
Hair & Makeup – Team Hair and Makeup
Rentals – Town & Country Event Rentals
Linens – La Tavola Linen
Florals – Renae’s Bouquet
Jewelry – Coast 2 Coast Collection
Obelisks – J Woeste
Stationery – East Six