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Folktale Winery Wedding | Zach & Jess

bride and groom greeting their guests

Zach and Jess hired me for their welcome dinner party the night before their Folktale Winery wedding. It’s such an honor, not to mention a SUPER fun time, getting to spend the weekend with my couples! I got to meet all their friends and family, which was such a highlight for me as a local Carmel wedding photographer. There’s nothing like a weekend wedding experience!

Zach and Jess’s welcome dinner party was in the Carmel Highlands and themed after a beer garden. SO cute and very well done! Zach and Jess are honestly two of the sweetest people I’ve ever met as a local Carmel wedding photographer, SO head-over-heels for each other!

Folktale Winery & Vineyards Wedding

We got some fog that rolled in pretty hard and thick the day of Zach and Jess’ welcome party. Which I think is really part of the experience! After all, they had a ton of family and friends who came from different parts of the country to celebrate with them. As a local Carmel wedding photographer, the fog is part of the magic, trust me!

Folktale Winery film wedding rings
Folktale Winery film wedding hanging on a bed post
bride's details: pearl heels by Something BLEU, her ring box, and her vows
black and white bridal portrait with the flower girls
outdoor film bridal portrait in the courtyard

The Folktale Winery wedding day started clear and beautiful at Bernardus Lodge & Spa where Jess, her sister, and her mom got ready in one of the suites. Jess’ dress and shoes and all the most beautiful little details were STUNNING to photograph in the morning! Then, we focused on a few bridal portraits before heading off to the main event.

bride and groom walking hand in hand away from the camera
portraits of the bride in the vineyards at her Folktale Winery film wedding; florals by Seascape Flowers
black and white portrait of the groom writing his vows

Folktale Winery First Look

portrait of the groom and one of his groomsman adjusting his tie

Zach and Jess did their first look near the barrel room at Folktale Winery. It was SUCH a gorgeous and intimate moment (pretty sure I saw a few tears from them ;)! The team at Folktale Winery & Vineyards is so awesome. They set up this beautiful ceremony right in the rose garden with mountains in the backdrop and full flowery arches.

groom portrait; the bride and groom at their Folktale Winery film wedding first look
Folktale Winery First Look
Folktale Winery film wedding first look
Folktale Winery film wedding outdoor ceremony
Folktale Winery film wedding florals by Seascape Flowers; portrait of the bride and groom smiling at the camera
Folktale Winery film wedding portraits in the vineyard during the ceremony
the bride and groom sharing a kiss with the sun shining behind them
Folktale Winery film wedding cake
view of Folktale Winery in Carmel by the Sea
rustic stringed instruments hung on the walls and a grand piano with name cards and candles
Folktale Winery & Vineyards Wedding dining set up
Folktale Winery film wedding flowers by Seascape Flowers
black and white Carmel by the Sea bridal portrait with the bride's father and maid of honor helping her down the aisle

Film Wedding Romance

The reception and cocktail hour of their Folktale Winery wedding took place in the front courtyard at the vineyard house. Zach and Jess’ friends walked down the aisle with candles, and I knew who all of them were because I’d met them the night before. It was a really fun and friendly experience as a local Carmel wedding photographer getting to know, and of course, party with them!

Carmel by the Sea Folktale Winery film wedding speeches
black and white Carmel by the Sea Folktale Winery film wedding
wooden desk of family portraits and candles; the groom kissing his bride's temple as they stand in the vineyards at their Folktale Winery film wedding
Folktale Winery film wedding ceremony and dining set up
Folktale Winery film wedding dining table set up; portrait of a group of flower girls in white dresses with flower crowns
black and white candid of guest at Folktale Winery film wedding
Folktale Winery film wedding speeches
black and white portrait from father daughter first dance

The weekend was full of this elevated and elegant charm, sweetness, and romanticism. There was this really cool, minimalistic piano and cake set up with all the most romantic candlelight! Not to mention the sunset portraits I got to take of Zach and Jess afterward. Honestly, it was the greatest weekend spent with an awesome couple, their friends and family, and an amazing team of vendors (listed below)!

Carmel by the Sea wedding party
bride and groom dancing with their guests
Folktale Winery film wedding party
black and white Folktale Winery film wedding photography
Carmel by the Sea wedding party on film

Getting Ready | Bernardus Lodge & Spa

Bridal Gown | Bridal Galleria in San Francisco

Bridal Shoes | Something Bleu

Bridal Hair | Blush Monterey

Groom’s Tux | SuitSupply

Florals | Seascape Flowers

Catering, Cake, & Venue | Folktale Winery & Vineyards

Invitations | Larach Creative Print

Rentals | Chic Event Rentals

Thinking of a Folktale Winery wedding of your own? Get a local Carmel wedding photographer on your team! I love photographing at this venue and would love to capture your special day there! Contact me here.

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