Jeff & Meryl’s Jonathan Edwards Winery Wedding

July 28, 2009

Meryl & Jeff – July 18, 2009
Venue: Jonathan Edwards Winery
Caterer: Gourmet Galley
Florist: Anderson’s Garden
DJ: Power Posse
Meryl’s Dress: Romona Keveza via Kleinfeld’s
Jeff’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Chocolates: Divine Treasures

Jeff and Meryl are simply wonderful – I just need to start with that! They are two of the kindest, most giving, sweetest people I’ve met thus far and it was a blast and an honor to be with them as they joined together formally in marriage. Meryl & Jeff are both accomplished yogis as you may remember from their engagement shoot so they just had a presence about them throughout the day that really shined outwards and put everyone else at ease.

During the whole night they both kept checking in with me and Julia asking if we needed anything, were doing ok, were having a good time, etc. etc. – just so thoughtful.

I could go on and on but I have a feeling the pictures will show better than I could put into words what I mean.

We started the day at the Mystic Hilton by photographing Meryl’s amazing gown

Like many of the brides I work with Meryl is NOT a makeup person and wore very little the day of. It’s funny that many of my brides are like me – they bought and learned about makeup in order to wear it for their wedding πŸ™‚ Meryl’s sister did most of her makeup but Meryl put the finishing touches on her eyebrows

We headed over to Jonathan Edwards so Meryl could get dressed and ready for her first look with Jeff

This is one of those spontaneous moments that when I pushed the shutter button I had my fingers and toes crossed that it would be in focus. My camera was around my neck and I saw Meryl spinning and brought it up and just clicked.

This shot is so Meryl – radiating and just glowing with happiness!

We met up with Jeff for some portraits in the vineyard. I love the way Meryl’s dress is caught by the wind here.

Again this is so Meryl & Jeff – Meryl laughing out loud and Jeff quietly taking everything in and loving his soon to be wife!

Anderson’s garden did SUCH a great job with the flowers – beautiful colors that just popped!

I loved the design of this card that set off the plates under the tent

Done with all the photos and ready to get married – Meryl heads upstairs to wait for the ceremony to begin

One last dab of lipstick before she heads down the aisle!

Meryl’s parents escort her down the aisle

All the parents were seated next to each other which provided great photographic opportunities

The chuppah was beautiful – Jeff built it and they decorated it with prayer flags and peace cranes.

Love this one of Jeff

The day was PERFECT

Another great Meryl expression

The ring exchange beautifully framed by flowers

Married with a bit of flare!

Their kitty Toshi couldn’t join the fun but was there in spirit….and a picture from the engagement shoot!

The inside of the tent was so vibrant with purple linens, lanterns, and again those beautiful flowers

They had a wishing tree for people to tie notes to

Right before being announced into the reception tent we snuck away for a few more portraits

The light in the vineyard was so pretty

So happy together

One of my favorite first dance shots – I love the visual interest the lanterns provide

A dual parent dance….becoming more popular!

Jonathan Edwards all lit up!

Having some fun out on the dance floor πŸ™‚

A kiss to end the night!

Meryl & Jeff – big hugs and love to you as you continue your life and journey together!


Robin Dini Photography

LOVE the details shots of the dress. So beautiful…the light is amazing! The chuppah is stunning and I love how you captured the ceremony. High Fives all 'round kitten πŸ˜‰

love this!!!

Robert J. Trenske

Such a nice dress and I love the ceremony and receptions details. There is something about a tent wedding that is so nice! Great work Amanda.

Oh, I just love her gown! I especially love the shot of it blowing in the wind. Sweet shots Amanda! xo

Orchard Cove Photography

You are too cute Krystal πŸ™‚ I DEFINITELY wouldn't put it past Paul to love a gown….you guys are the best. Fun to hang out and organize today! xoxo

Oh, and that dress is stunning!!!! I hope I can find one equally as lovely!! (this is Krystal BTW, though I wouldn't put it past my Paulie to love and comment on a gown!! : )

Hey Amanda it was great to see you today!!! This wedding is gorgeous…….I love the shot of the "dress caught in the wind" in the vineyard. Simply beautiful!!!

gorgeous. love the shot of Meryl heading up the stairs – such a classic feel. beautiful location and beautiful shots!

Beautiful wedding, beautiful photos, beautiful location! Beautiful dress too!!!!


I am a serious stalker of your blog, but the picture of the dress on the shower curtain was so fabulous that I couldn't resist saying WAHOO! πŸ™‚

Grazier Photography

beautiful pictures, and LOVE her dress!

Love the 6th shot of them walking into the vineyard, with her dress fluttering in the breeze… awesome job!

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