It was such a thrill to work with Victoria and Divakar on their gorgeous vineyard wedding at the new Bella Terra Vineyard in Paso Robles wine country! The wedding took place in June and was the very first ever wedding hosted at this location!
Bella Terra Vineyard is the sister property to the award winning Terra Mia Resort and Wedding Venue and is a hidden gem! This is a must see property if you are looking for a wedding venue on the Central Coast!
This beautiful property sits on a 28 acre vineyard and is surrounded by lush gardens, lawns and trees, has both indoor and outdoor space, barn, covered patios, lighting, bridal suite, an outdoor bar, and a 5 bedroom manor house available for rent!
The sunsets are absolutely amazing! There are endless photo opportunities and a variety of ways to set-up your ceremony and reception areas. This venue is also ideally located minutes from downtown, hotels, and restaurants so you and your guests can enjoy all that Paso Robles wine country has to offer!
Victoria and Divakar chose to have an intimate wedding with a few of their close friends and family. The beautiful ceremony took place outside on a bridge that sits next to a babbling brook. The couple was flanked by wine barrels adorned with floral arrangements created by Mauna Florist.
The bride chose a classic and clean look, opting for an array of white flowers and greenery throughout the wedding which was just enough to compliment the already beautiful aesthetic and natural surroundings.
Victoria and Divakar were such a fun and lovely couple to work with! Their smiles said it all! It was an honor and a joy to be part of their story and to help oversee all the details on the wedding day!
Thank you to the amazing team who made all this possible!
Venue: Bella Terra Vineyard
Planning & Coordination: Gatherings for Good Events
Catering: Cali Coast Catering
Officiant: Sandy Wirick
Rentals: Butlerz Event Rentals
Photography: Jess Lerner Photography
Flowers: Mauna Florist
Cake: Christine's Cake Creations
DJ: Cali West DJs
Ice: Paso Ice Company
To say that this was a fun wedding to work on would be an understatement! From the moment I met Hayley and Shane I knew I was in for a treat! Not only are they one of the kindest and sweetest couples I have worked with, I could feel the love between them and the their strong connection which made working together an absolute delight!
From the very beginning it was clear these two made a great team in life and in wedding planning. They both had a clear vision of what they wanted and were able to communicate their ideas, respected each other's opinions, and worked seamlessly together towards the same goal.
The couple chose to celebrate their wedding day at a private family residence in Santa Barbara, CA. After months of renovations, hard work, and a lot of patience, everything came together beautifully and the photos show just that! From the breathtaking bride and dapper groom to the gorgeous wedding flowers and elegant décor, this wedding was a dream come true!
Thank you to this amazing group of wedding professionals who were absolutely fantastic to work with!
Venue: Private Residence, Santa Barbara, CA
Planning & Coordination: Gatherings for Good
Officiant: Father Jerry Bellamy
Catering: David Medina
Bartending: Crafted Cocktails SB
Staffing: Top Shelf SB
Flowers: Riley's Flowers
Rentals: Amigo Party Rentals
Photographer: Lerina Winter
Videographer: Brian Clevesy
DJ: Gavin Roy Presents
Hair & Makeup: Carlyle Salon
Valet & Transportation: Blue Star Parking
Shawn & Mitchell wanted an intimate affair to celebrate their wedding day. They chose twenty of their closest family and friends to join them for a fun and fabulous destination wedding weekend at the beautiful Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara, CA.
The couple chose to dine on the upper terrace overlooking the hotel grounds and breathtaking views of the Santa Barbara harbor.
Aside from the sweet, heartfelt ceremony, top tier food and service, and stunning ocean views, the highlight of the evening had to be the outstanding live band with lead vocalist, Brenna Whitaker, who put on a show-stopping performance. I felt like I had back stage passes to the best concert in town!
The happy couple are also twins! They each have a twin sibling, how cool is that? So if you think you're seeing double, you are!
This was such a fun wedding to be part of and we couldn't be happier for these two!
Hey friends! Today we have a special Q & A with the delightful and multi-talented Jessica Lerner, wedding and portrait photographer and owner of Jess Lerner Photography based in Pismo Beach, CA.
After meeting Jess at a wedding expo earlier this year I immediately knew I wanted to work with her! Not only is she super friendly and sweet, she has so much to offer her clients when it comes to photography and a unique style all her own.
I asked Jess if she would like to do a Q & A and share a few details about her background and her experience as a photographer here on the central coast and she agreed without hesitation. Here she shares some very helpful tips for future couples and some of the important questions you should be asking.
I'm so happy to be able to share this with you!
1. What is your style of photography?
I love capturing moments with true-to-life color and authentic emotion. Although many photographers describe their photography style as bright and airy or dark and moody, I would describe my style as natural, colorful, and soft.
Also, some photographers pride themselves on their posing abilities or their skill at capturing authentic emotion using prompts. I like to fall in between those two techniques as well. (I usually don't like candid shots of myself.) For that reason, I do my best to present a few prompts to bring energy and good feelings and mix that with some posing guidance, giving you the best of both worlds.
2. What do you think couples should look for in a wedding photographer?
Find a wedding photographer who genuinely cares about you, connects with your personality, and will fully commit to being present for your day. Does your potential wedding photographer ask questions about you and your partner as a couple and ask what wedding moments are most important to you? Does their style match your preferred aesthetic?
In addition, I reserve the entire day for my couples, even if you only book me for a few hours. This way no unexpected time conflicts arise and my clients have the flexibility to add hours as needed once their wedding day timeline is complete. It also ensures I will be a fresh, rested, and peaceful presence on your day.
3. When did you start your photography business?
Although my photography business technically started in 2020, I took my first photography classes in college almost 20 years ago. Since then, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed broadening my photography knowledge, taking continuing education courses, and photographing thousands of moments from sunsets to family milestones to unforgettable adventures with friends.
4. What do you enjoy most about wedding photography?
Mainly, I love being a part of such a momentous occasion. I love seeing happy tears, listening to each touching toast, and getting to know families in such an intimate way. I also enjoy challenging myself to find creative ways to photograph each incredibly moving moment. With busy lives, how often do you get to see everyone you love in one day!? It’s truly an incredible feeling for my couples and I love helping them capture these all-important memories.
5. What are your tricks/ tips for helping couples look/feel their best in their wedding photos?
I have five recommendations for feeling and looking your best in your wedding photos:
6. Where are your favorite locations to shoot?
My all-time favorite location to shoot is on the coast - any coast! I love ocean breezes, soft sand, and endless blue water. Although I will happily take photos almost anywhere, the ocean has my heart.
7. What hobbies do you enjoy outside of photography?
It sounds a tad cliché, but I LOVE to travel. I’ll happily fly around the world or drive in a car for days if it means I get to hike a new trail, try exotic foods, get to know a foreign culture, and experience something entirely new. So far, I swam with whale sharks in Mexico, hiked a volcano in Costa Rica, ice skated on the river in Ottawa, sipped chai tea in India, sampled wine in Portugal, explored the Darien Jungle in Panama, and photographed the sunset in Greece. There’s more, but that should give you an idea. Traveling is by far my all-time favorite hobby.
8. How far do you travel for weddings?
I am more than willing to go almost anywhere for a wedding. Whether you’re planning to get married locally or abroad, I would love to talk.
9. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Adventurous. Big heart. Intelligent.
10. What is your range of pricing for your photography packages/services?
Although I have been a photographer for a long time, wedding photography is newer for me. For that reason, my prices start at $1,500. However, I plan to go up considerably as my confidence and skills improve. I am also investing a lot in education in addition to gaining experience. If my photography packages are within your budget, we should talk soon. My prices will likely increase again in a few months.
11. What mistakes do you see couples make when choosing their wedding photographer?
I recommend taking your time choosing a wedding photographer. My husband and I selected our wedding photographer based on our budget and their experience. We assumed we would receive a certain level of service by hiring someone in a higher price range with a lot of experience. That wasn’t the case.
View the photographer’s portfolio before reaching out and make sure it matches your style. Hop on a phone call with them. Ask if there’s a chance they will send an associate to your wedding and not be there themselves. I recommend taking photos with your photographer before your wedding day if possible, too. Book your favorite photographer for engagement photos or do a mini session. See if their style works for you and your partner. The best way to know if you’ll love your photographer is to go ahead and schedule a session.
Jess is currently booking for the 2022-2023 wedding season. If you are interested in booking Jess for your wedding or special event, please visit her website by clicking the button below!
Email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-384-0887
Brenda Cali is a professionally trained Wedding Consultant and plans a variety of social and corporate events.