Jessica and Lou are this great couple who have such magnetizing personalities that their friends follow them wherever they move. Seriously, they do. After high school everyone headed to San Luis Obispo to attend college, then from there Lou decided to move to Arizona (I don’t remember why but it was for some good reason) and of course everyone followed. Now a large portion of the wedding party live out in Arizona and just love life and love being together. All of that to say, we had a fabulous time shooting their wedding! Jessica did an amazing job planning from afar. It all came together perfectly and was just so beautiful!
I loved the sweet invitations, the venue, the dresses, the suits, the style of the reception, the giant oak that they were married under, and so much more! I highlighted some of my favorite things in between some pics so I don’t want to repeat myself a lot. But check out what cool things can be done when you’re planning a wedding in one state and getting married in another. Jessica should be an inspiration for many of you ladies planning your wedding! Enjoy!
The ladies carried bouquets of hydrangeas. They were beautiful and delicate. So soft and perfect.
The bridesmaids dressed in mismatched navy blue dresses while the groomsmen wore sleek gray pants, white button down shirt, with a thin black tie… they looked so classy. But the two that stole the show, well, it should be obvious, were the bride and groom. Jessica’s dress was gorgeous and fit her perfectly while Lou look stellar in his gray suit.
Lou and Jess married under a large oak tree in Lodi, CA on a beautiful fall day in October. Their initials were engraved inside a heart hanging on the tree with strands of bling hanging down from the giant limbs.
During the cocktail hour the guests enjoyed a signature drink of sweet tea which was served in the mason jars and there were paper straws available to sip ‘em down with while they played lawn games like bocci ball and bean bag toss.
This group of people were a lot of fun to work with. I love when people know each other and they are able to laugh and have a good time. It makes the portrait part of a wedding day that much better! Everyone was seriously so great.
Oak Farm Vineyard is nestled in the countryside of Lodi, CA. It’s stunning. From the lawn where the l&j got married to the white barn out in front where we took some of the pictures, it was all well manicured and absolutely lovely. I can’t wait to go back and shoot more weddings here!
Jessica has great style… I saw this right when I arrived at the venue and saw the tables being set. I loved, loved, loved the lace details, the gray, yellow, and navy blue decor, and the paper lanterns hanging above the sweetheart table. It was classy, modern, sophisticated and chic. Plus they had fun elements like the crossword puzzle about the bride and groom and on each table were mustaches, lips, glasses, and bow ties on sticks. So great.
Jessica & Lou’s family and friends all brought desserts to fill this super long table. Every little morsel that I was able to sample was delicious and I was bummed to not be able to taste everything! It was amazing and their table banner is so true… Love IS sweet!
Doily popcorn cups!?! Darling! Well done Jess, well done.
The whole day was a ton of fun and as you can see it was absolutely beautiful. Congratulations l&j! May you continue to grow more in love day in and day out.
If you would like to order pictures from Lou & Jessica’s wedding or even see all of the wonderful pictures from it then browse their online gallery!
Photographer | Jennifer Eileen
Venue | Oak Farms Vineyard
Dress | Mon Amie Bridal Salon
Bridemaid Dresses | Thread, JCrew, Ann Taylor, Bari Jay, and Light In The Box
Lou’s Suit and Grooms Men Attire | Express
Caterer | Copper Spur BBQ
DJ |Full Throttle Music
Flowers & Decor | Bride and Bride’s Cousin
Dessert Bar | Created by Bride and Grooms family friends