October 15, 2016

Andrea+John | Meritage Wedding Ceremony

Andrea & John’s wedding at Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa is here! I’m so excited because as the images come together I’m realizing that the colors, the lighting, the textures, the florals – everything – are truly making for a stunning wedding gallery. But more importantly, as I look through these images, I’m seeing the natural smiles and happiness that this day was filled with. Plus I’m seeing so much of one more thing that Andrea & John’s personalities brought to their wedding unlike any other: humor. These are two vibrant, bright, hilarious, and fun, and so are their friends. So there was a whole lot of joking happening, in all the right ways. I loved every minute of photographing this day.

Today I’m bringing you part 1 of 2: from getting ready to ceremony and kisses. Tomorrow, we enter Meritage’s gorgeous Estate Wine Cave and see how that party went. Stay tuned for that post, with a little chit chat about achieving the photography you can be proud of even in a dark reception space (for my fellow photographers!).

Meritage Resort Napa | La Grande Fete – Jennifer Stone | Final Touches Hair | Melissa Oliviera Artistry |  Miss D Designs | No1Betta Entertainment | Olive & Tree Wedding Films | FotoBike
My 2nd photographer was Jenna Coughlan, and my assistant was Alicia Heimer (beautiful work, ladies!)

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To be continued! Come back for Part 2 – The Reception, including tips for photographers on achieving great photos in dark reception spaces.

  1. Andrea+John | Meritage Wedding | Reception » Jen Philips . Lifestyle Wedding Photography Napa Valley

    October 16th, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    […] Yesterday’s post was dedicated to the lovely and dreamy daytime portion of Andrea & John’s Meritage Resort wedding, from getting ready to just after they finished their romantic post-ceremony portrait session in the vineyards. I decided to stop there, right before their wedding entered the dramatic Estate Wine Cave for dinner and dancing, and create a second post dedicated to Part 2. Everything designed by Napa wedding planner Jennifer Stone (La Grande Fete) was just so beautiful, and I wanted to show lots of photos of it. But I also thought this would be a perfect set of images to use as a backdrop for a basic discussion for other wedding photographers on how I handle the often-struggled-with portion of a wedding day – the dark portions, that is! So, here we go… […]

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