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Bernardus Lodge Wedding | Matt & Meli

Bernardus Lodge wedding photography in the vineyards

Matt and Meli’s Bernardus Lodge wedding here in Carmel Valley is one I’ve been SO excited for ever since I photographed their Big Sur engagement session earlier this year! I love getting to witness the individual chapters of my couples’ love story. The proposal, the engagement, the wedding, maternity sessions. I’m here for all of it!

Bernardus Lodge wedding portrait of the bride and groom in the rose garden
Bernardus Lodge & Spa wedding portrait of the bride and groom in the rose garden with the bride's white rose Gavita Flora bouquet
Bernardus Lodge wedding details of the groom
portrait of the groom at his Bernardus Lodge wedding
Bernardus Lodge wedding gown by Temperley Bridal and Wild Bride
portrait of the blushing bride at her Bernardus Lodge wedding
Bernardus Lodge wedding invitation suite
bride's details from her Bernardus Lodge wedding

Matt and Meli had SUCH a cheerful and bubbly dynamic during their engagement session. The vibe at their Bernardus Lodge wedding was no different! Meli is the happiest, smiliest, and sweetest bride, and Matt is head over heels in love with her.

mother daughter portrait in the getting ready room
Bernardus Lodge wedding portrait of the bride from the shoulders down with a focus on her ring by Langs Antiques
glasses with his and hers specialty drinks
photo of the groom and his groomsmen toasting his signature drink

It was a dream come true being their local Carmel Valley wedding photographer and getting to capture all their lovely moments at one of my favorite venues of all time: Bernardus Lodge & Spa! I was so honored that they trusted my judgement and style for the overall feel of their photos. It really means the world to me! Read on for the romantic vibes at this Bernardus Lodge wedding!

bride and groom's Carmel Valley wedding portrait at Bernardus Lodge & Spa with the bride's Gavita Flora bouquet
Carmel Valley wedding photography in the rose garden at Bernardus
bride and groom portrait

Carmel Valley Wedding Photography

Matt was born in New Kensington near Pittsburgh and grew up in the nearby town of Lower Burrell. Melissa was born in Cartagena, Colombia and grew up in Orange County. She has long worked in public service, public information, and community outreach for San Mateo County. Matt is a lawyer with a background in music/entertainment law. They moved to the Bay Area together not long ago. Meli is also an avid baker and loves pastries, and homemade chocolate chip walnut cookies. You already KNOW I love chocolate chip cookies! And Matt loves all sweet things. Then, one thing led to another and I got to photograph their Bernardus Lodge Wedding!

"welcome" sign leading to the wedding with guests coming in
outdoor rose garden wedding ceremony lined with Gavita Flora flowers and ribbons
the bride and groom sharing a kiss at their wedding ceremony
ceremony archway made of white roses with white petals scattered on the grass leading up to that

It’s always a great idea to have your wedding all in one place and Bernardus Lodge & Spa is the PERFECT venue! Matt and Meli’s ceremony was in the beautiful Rose Garden and even her bouquet by Gavita Flora was this classic arrangement of all white roses that gave her such an airy, classic bridal look. Not to mention her super gorgeous Langs Antiques 1920’s art deco ring with an old European cut diamond! Clearly Matt and Meli were bringing all the most immaculate details and pretty things to their Bernardus Lodge Wedding.

bride and groom walking down the aisle with their guests cheering
Bernardus Lodge & Spa dining table set up with Gavita Flora bouquets as the centerpiece

Cocktail Hour & Churros

Matt & Meli’s cocktail hour on Croquet Lawn featured His & Hers specialty drinks! Matt’s “New Kensington” was rye, Cal’s Honey, and cardamom. Meli’s “La Costeña” (The Coast) was tequila, lime, elderflower liquor, Prosecco, and agave nectar. Yum! Oh, and they had CHURROS as a special dessert! I promise I’m not only here to gush over their drink and dessert choices but these were definitely such a treat! It’s something I thought was really unique to Matt and Meli’s Bernardus Lodge Wedding!

Gavita Flora bouquet overflowing out of a small pot
bride and groom's specialty drinks in tall glasses with black paper straws
bride and groom's family table with portraits of each person's family members
Bernardus Lodge & Spa dining table set up with Gavita Flora bouquets as the centerpiece
bride and groom walking hand in hand through the vineyard at Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Bernardus Wedding Photographer

First, their reception was in the ballroom where everything was so beautifully set up, there were stunning chandeliers, tall candles, and rose centerpieces everywhere! After dinner and seven toasts, Matt and Meli had their First Dance. Then, they had the father-daughter dance AND the mother-son dances! Dances are definitely my favorite part of any wedding. If the bride and groom and or their parents aren’t shedding tears, you can bet I’ll be shedding my own!

Dad walking his daughter down the aisle

Finally, after dancing was cake cutting. This was also part of a surprise birthday announcement for the flower girl! This was the sweetest thing ever. Ultimately, it was awesome getting to work with their wedding planner, Mandi Nack of A Sparkling Event, and seeing how everything came together so wonderfully! After their special day, Matt and Meli honeymooned in Tahiti/Bora Bora- what could be better than that?

Bernardus Lodge & Spa dining table set up with Gavita Flora bouquets as the centerpiece
Bernardus Lodge & Spa dining table set up with Gavita Flora bouquets as the centerpiece
the bride and groom embracing in the middle of the vineyard

I just LOVE photographing at Bernardus! If you’re looking for a local Carmel Valley wedding photographer for your wedding, you’ve found her! Contact me here.

Vendor Dream Team

Wedding Planner | Mandi Nack of A Sparkling Event @asparklingevent

Flowers | Gavita Flora @gavitaflora

Catering, Cake | Megan Whetton – Catering Sales Manager of Bernardus Lodge & Spa @bernarduslodge

Invitations | Union Street Papery @unionstreetpapery

Rentals | Chic Event Rentals @chiceventrentals

Meli’s Wedding Dress | Temperley Bridal @temperelybridal & Wild Bride @wild_bride

Hair & Makeup | Blush @blushmonterey

Bridal Shoes | Sarah Flint @sarahflint_nyc

Bridesmaids’ Party Attire | Jenny Yoo @jennyyoonyc

Matt’s Suit | Tailors’ Keep @tailorskeep

Groom’s Shoes | Alden @aldenmadison

Couple’s Rings & Jewelry | Langs Antiques @langantiques Tiffany & Co. @tiffanyandco

Ceremony Music | Jazz Mafia @jazzmafiamusic

Reception Music | Joy Bonner DJ

black and white Bernardus Lodge wedding ceremony with the bride and groom walking towards and smiling at their guests

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