Like most people, I love a nice glass of wine, and even moreso I love a vineyard wedding in the Hamptons. Jean and Stephen’s wedding at Bedell Cellars Winery in the North Fork of Long Island, New York, is simple, yet sophisticated. I love the location complete with row upon row of grapevines and plenty of ambiance and both of Jean’s gowns. Does anyone else think she looks like Vera Wang or is it just me? The swing dance image is priceless and I am finding that photo booths are a must. I hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I did.
Jean Yang and Stephen Lesko
Married in Cutchogue, New York on July 31, 2010
Jean Yang and Stephen Lesko met one night while they were out with old college friends who happened to be dating at the time. “It wasn’t a set-up, but somehow we ended sitting next to each other and talking all night,” says Jean. “Our friends were high-fiving in the corner and patting themselves on the back. And the rest, as they say, is history!”
Steve and Jean chose to have their “first look” at the home where they got ready, before heading to Bedell Cellars Winery on the North Fork of Long Island, New York to greet their guests. Their outdoor ceremony took place under a big Oak tree, and the simplicity provided an understated elegance.
“We loved walking through the vineyards with the bridal party for some candids,” says Jean. At the same time, Anthony Jacobs from Perspective Aerials shot a video using drone aerial technology. We’re pretty sure that it’s the first aerial wedding trailer shot at 50-100 feet in the air using a drone!”
The décor incorporated flowers in red, orange, green and gold and Jean’s mom lovingly handcrafted grasshoppers hidden in the centerpieces. For the reception, Jean changed into a red party dress, pulled back her hair and put on her Jimmy Choos for her surprise swing dance with Steve.
Location: Bedell Cellars Winery, Cutchogue, NY; Cake: Peconic Baking Co., Riverhead, NY; Caterer: Catering By A Small Affair, East Quogue, NY; Florist: Karen Lenahan Designs, Sag Harbor, NY; Entertainment: Stages Band; Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting, Southampton, NY; Hair and Makeup: Pam Geiger; Shoes: Jimmy Choo; Videography: Anthony Jacobs, Perspective Aerials for Afterglow Photos; Photography: Afterglow Photos, Fairfield, CT
We wish you countless years of happiness Jean and Stephen. A special thank you to Anthony Jacobs of Perspective Aerials for letting us share this video with our viewers and Sarah Lehberger of Afterglow Photos for letting us share these images with our viewers!
Everyone always asks me why I choose weddings and my answer is always a very vague, but distinct: it has to give me a feeling; the photography has to be strong. And I think that Sarah and Stephen’s wedding in the hill country of Austin, Texas and photographed by Amelia Tarbet, does just that.
Oddly enough, I was speaking with an employee yesterday and we got to talking about a different kind of love, a special kind of love, where you can just see the way the couple looks at each other (sometimes without even knowing it). I think every woman and man wants to be loved that way. While Sarah and Stephen might win the kissing award, every look, every stolen smooch, evokes that feeling. I hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I did.
Sarah Kirchhofer and Stephen Dearnley Schoeffel
Married in Austin, Texas on July 17, 2010
Sarah Kirchhofer is from Dallas, Texas and Steve Schoeffel is from Charlottesville, Virginia. They met while attending Duke University where they both played lacrosse. “We had quite a few mutual friends,” says Sarah. “We both went to the same Christian ministry for athletes, and toward the end of college, found ourselves spending more and more time together.” But it wasn’t until Sarah’s last semester—Stephen was a year behind her—that the two started dating.
From then on, much of the relationship was spent long distance with Sarah was working in Washington, D.C., and Stephen finishing school. Weekend visits, summer weddings and family vacations were some of the only times that they were able to see each other in person. Come the fall of Stephen’s last year at Duke, he and Sarah, along with a number of their friends, were planning to be in Charlottesville for a long weekend. “It seemed the perfect time to propose,” says Stephen.
Earlier in the year, “my grandparents had given me a gorgeous engagement ring that had been in the family for multiple generations,” describes Stephen. “I had gotten it sized up and had been able to sit down with Sarah’s dad about a month before.” So, right before dusk that Friday in October, Stephen and Sarah hiked to a spot up on the Blue Ridge Mountains, close to Sarah’s parent’s home. Once at the top, “we sat enjoying some wine and food and took in the view of the entire valley. Although there wasn’t a perfect—or even visible—sunset,” smiles Stephen, “the proposal couldn’t have gone better.”
In planning the wedding, Sarah and Stephen wanted something that had elegance without being overly formal, so they decided on Austin as opposed to Dallas because “Austin seemed to offer more personality and a unique feel. Austin has such a fun atmosphere and vibe, and we were drawn to some of the hill country venues slightly outside of the city. We loved the idea of an outdoor wedding and despite the extreme summer heat, we went for it!” says Sarah. And, right on cue, it was incredibly hot, but things cooled off a bit for the reception and “we had an incredible time dancing with friends and enjoying the night,” says Sarah and Stephen. Afterwards they honeymooned in Costa Rica and also spent a week driving up the Pacific Coast Highway in California, staying in little bed and breakfasts along the way.
Location: Flat Creek Estate Winery & Vineyard, Marble Falls, TX; Event Planner: BZ Events, Austin, TX; Band: Ice House Band, Austin, TX; Bridesmaids Dresses and Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew; Wedding Gown: Elizabeth Fillmore; Photography: Amelia Tarbet Photography, Austin, TX
We wish you countless years of happiness Sarah and Stephen. A special thank you to Amelia Tarbet of Amelia Tarbet Photography for letting us share these images with our viewers!
While I love weddings at more traditional venues like hotels and resorts, I always love a great wedding at a winery. This location is stunning and I think the vineyard and oak barrels mesh perfectly with the red, glammed up decor. One of my favorite pictures is the men dancing and then the bride and her family’s priceless reaction. Enjoy!
Ashley Minkin and Roger Carroll
Married in Pleasanton, California on August 22, 2010
Five years ago Roger Carroll and Ashley Minkin were introduced through a friend of Ashley’s that she later found out was Roger’s cousin. At that time Roger was active in the Coast Guard and stationed in San Diego, California, so their relationship endured three years of long distance.
But finally, while Ashley was visiting him in La Jolla, they found themselves overlooking the ocean when Roger got down on one knee and asked if Ashley would be his forever. “I don’t think the ring was on my finger more then 24 hours before I started looking at everything wedding,” confesses Ashley, who decided on an old Hollywood glam theme. Just around a year and a half later they were married in a Jewish ceremony complete with all of the glam that Ashley desired.
Location: Palm Event Center at The Vineyard, Pleasanton, CA; Cake: Not just Cheesecakes, Campbell, CA; Caterer: Beets, Pleasanton, CA; Event Planner: Katherine Noller-Fernandez, Custom Celebrations, San Jose, CA; Florist: Nicole Ha Designs, San Jose, CA; Lighting: Enhanced Lighting and Sound, Brisbane, CA; DJ: Fantasy Sound Event Services, Livermore, CA; Videography: Dena and Dan O’Hara, O’Hara Productions, Livermore, CA; Photography: Laura Parker, Laura Parker Photography, Pasadena, CA; Assistant Photographer: Kenny Kim for Laura Parker Photography
We wish you countless years of happiness Ashley and Roger. A special thank you to Kenny Kim and Laura Parker of Laura Parker Photography for letting us share these images with our viewers!