Ashley & Dylan’s CeNita Vineyards wedding is right up there at the top of one of my all time favorite weddings. There are just some people that you meet and immediately feel at home with. That was Ashley. And her mom. And Dylan. We just loved this little family-to-be immediately. It didn’t hurt that we had too much in common to mention here, but sometimes there’s more than common ground if you know what I mean.
Let me introduce you to our new friends.Meet Ashley. She is a down home girl with a bubbly personality. She found out when she was a teen that she had Type 1 Diabetes. That means this tuff girl has been pricking herself for years. Not only that, but she is really involved at a camp just for kids with Type 1. How cool is that!? And let’s add on another layer of coolness…. She managed to drag Dylan to camp with her. I think that puts him in the CKC (cool kids club), too. And now let’s brag on him for a minute.He’s in the army. Yeah. Pretty cool. We know. Oh, and he plays video games (like us!).
See? These guys are right up our alley.
Not only that, but their CeNita Vineyards wedding is just like our dream wedding, complete with cowboy boots, casual guy’s outfits, a barn with a mountain view, vineyard in the background, gorgeous fireplace at the venue….the list goes on. And her dress!! *gasp*
When you’re at an open air barn & vineyard, you really can’t go wrong with cowboy boots and sunflowers.
And can we talk about how their wedding details look like they walked right out of Garden & Gun Magazine?
CeNita Vineyards was an amazing venue. You immediately feel at ease when you turn down the small road to the venue. And when your car hits the dirt and gravel driveway, you know it’s going to be a good day.Who doesn’t love beautiful mountain views and rows of grapevines? I mean really.
There were so many meaningful elements of Ashley and Dylan’s CeNita Vineyards wedding. I mentioned she has Type 1 Diabetes and has spent her last few summers at camp helping others. You bet her camp buddies were at her wedding, and she was totally prepared with a station just for them. They could test their levels and fix it right there on the spot without needing to worry about keeping up with their supplies all night.
Ashley’s family just went through a difficult year. She lost two grandparents within months of each other. She used her grandfather’s tie as the tie on her bouquet and had a double-sided locket where she stowed away photos of her grandparents. So sweet.
And this sweet couple has their friends and family at heart (even their wedding photographers!). All their guests were invited to sign their tree canvas. We loooved their adorable swing where they signed the canvas.
Ready for some getting ready photos?
Ashley wanted to have a first look with her dad. So, we did our best to set it up (juggling Dad in the kitchen, Dylan at the base of the stairs, and a gorgeous bride being seen by all kinds of early guests). But we finally got dad and daughter in the right position, and what unfolded was just awesome. They got to share a special moment together, and we got to freeze that moment for them so they can always go back and remember how it felt. And I cried. 😉
Okay. Deep breath. And a smile. (That cute mini-couple was practicing for the big pull-a-long down the aisle as ring bearer and flower girl!)
When the cutest ring bearer and flower girl finally made it down the aisle, it was time for the best part of the day to get going.
The mini-couple didn’t quite get the flowers out along the aisle, so Ashley’s dad gave them a grand exit with a rose petal carpeted aisle.It was one of the funniest moments in any of the wedding ceremonies we have seen to date.
We got to sneak the lovely couple away for some quiet time (Natosha’s favorite time of the wedding day). The vineyard at CeNita is amazing. It’s the perfect blend of country and sophistication.
And this is what happens when the sister-of-the-bride crashes the quiet time session. 😀
Then back to the party we went!
It was an awesome day! Thank you so much for sharing your special day with us!
Ashley and Dylan, we loved getting to be part of your special day! We hope you enjoy every moment of your first year together!
–> If you’re friends and family of Ashley and Dylan, pin one of their photos to Pinterest (easy to do with our “Pin this” tags!). If they get 25 pins by December 26th, we’ll upgrade their 16×20 canvas to a 20×30 as a gift from everyone who pinned their photo!
CeNita Vineyards Wedding Photographer: Nathan & Natosha