Laurita Winery Wedding

Sep 12

Beth & Ryan

Unique formal wedding party photo amongst the vines at Laurita Winery in Central New Jersey

I love shooting old friends and their families; there’s nothing like capturing their special moments. So when Beth and Ryan’s big day [finally] arrived, I was beyond excited to be a part of it at the Laurita Winery. You might recognize these two lovebirds from their proposal that I captured and then was featured in Contemporary Weddings Magazine or their engagement session that was also recently published. Or you might remember that I’ve actually known Ryan for many years as we grew up together, just four houses away from each other. Read on to hear all about their big day and check out their gorgeous rustic winery wedding details.

After beginning their big day in two locations, and seeing each other for the first time as Beth walked down the aisle to Ryan at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Allentown, New Jersey, we moved to Laurita Winery. Everything at the winery was perfect, and honestly, it always is. I love this venue for anything and not only do I shoot here often, but I visit for various events, as well.

Beth and Ryan chose not just an amazing place to celebrate their big day, as well as vendors to help them do so, but they put together an incredible color scheme! From the rustic romantic theme they chose, including florals in shades of burgundy and magenta, mixed with plenty of unique greens, to the DJ, this was an amazing celebration at an amazing location. One of my favorite details: their custom stemless wine glasses. Be sure to keep reading to see them!

I am so grateful to have kept in touch with one of my childhood friends and have the opportunity to document one of the most important times of his life. Capturing the many memories of Ryan and his family on this monumental occasion, along with his new wife’s family, and all of their friends was a special moment I will never forget. I can’t wait to see both Ryan and his stunning wife, Beth, grow as a couple and what amazing things are in store for them in the future.

Vendors

Venue: Laurita Winery // Catering: Conroy Catering // DJ: POSH DJs  // Cake: Conroy Catering // Floral Design: Ivy on Main // Ceremony: St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church // Wedding Gown Atelier: Bridal Suite Boutique // Wedding Gown: Mikaella // Brides Shoes: Nina // Brides Hair Accessory: Ulyana Aster // Hair: Sarah Margarita at Boho Hair Salon // Make-up: Ashley Landry // Bridesmaids Gowns: Azazie // Stationery: Tied and Two // Groom & Groomsmen: Generation Tux // Limo: EpicXperiences // Wedding Bands: Sidney Thomas Jewelers // Cinematographer: KGD Films //

wedding details: white and pink invitation suite, burgundy ring boxes with wedding rings inside and the brides shoes by Nina
the brides round diamond solitaire ring in the center of a dark pink flower from her bouquet
detail shot of the brides solitaire diamond engagement ring and diamond eternity band leaning on the grooms brushed platinum wedding band

How did you two meet and fall in love?

We met in college, on the first day of freshmen year. We had mutual friends all throughout college, but it wasn’t until  right before our senior year when we were both at a friend’s party over the summer that we really talked for the first time. After that night, we went on our first date and have been together ever since! 

Wedding details: the brides white and rhinestone heels by Nina
the bride holds her lace gown hanging on a custom wooden hanger with her new married name high above her head
Bridal gown by Mikaella hangs on a white arch outdoors amongst trees and bushes at Laurita Winery
Bridal gown by Mikaella hangs on a white arch outdoors amongst trees and bushes at Laurita Winery
Grooms details including his brown shoes, belt, socks, tie, watch, and cologne
the grooms accessories of shoes, belt, cologne, kerchief, cuff links
The grooms brown shoes
Custom suit by Generation Tux hung on display on picture frame
Inside of custom suit by Generation Tux with label sewn in specifically for it with the date
Florals in shades of dark pink, light pink, burgundy and greens in a gold urn by Ivy on Main
Bride being made up with lipstick by Ashley Landry
Bride being made up with mascara by Ashley Landry
the bride in shorts and a white tank with her bridal party in pink tanks enjoying champagne while getting ready
a black and white candid photo of the bride in shorts and a tank top with her mother admiring her gown hanging up
black and white candid of the bride, her mother and sister laughing while she is being helped into her gown
Candid photo of the bride being zipped into her Mikaella lace gown by her sister in a pink Azazie gown
bride holding her diamond necklace from Macys in the palms of her hand
black and white candid photo of the brides mother and sister helping her put on her necklace
close up of bridal gown lace on bride. Gown by Mikaella
Bride wearing shoes by Nina
Under veil bridal portrait. Brides makeup by Ashley Landry
black and white candid photo of groom putting on his tie
Close up of grooms custom shirt with embroidered cuffs and silver square cuff links
Brother of groom helps the groom into his suit jacket by Generation Tux
Portrait of groom sitting on bar stool. Groom wears a blue three piece suit by Generation Tux
Black and white candid photo of the groom and his father
The groom and groomsmen in blue suits by Generation Tux enjoying some beer while getting ready for the wedding
Outside St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
the inside of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
Close up photo of the ceremony program being held by a male family member
ceremony aisle decor of a light pink and cream rose, accented with wildflowers and greens by Ivy on Main
ceremony altar floral arrangement of roses in reds and whites, along witha . mix of greens and other wild flowers in the same shades in a silver urn by Ivy on Main
the groom awaits his bride as she walks down the aisle
the bride is walked down the aisle by one of her brothers
black and white photo of the bride and groom sitting down during the formal catholic wedding ceremony
black and white candid photo of the bride and groom during their vows
the bride and groom kiss for the first time as husband and wife on the altar of the church
the bride and groom make their way back down the aisle of the church after being announced as husband and wife
black and white photo of the bride and groom kissing down the aisle of the church
Bride holding her bridal bouquet by Ivy on Main consisting of various florals in shades of pinks, whites, and dark burgundy
Black and white candid photo of the bride walking around the vineyard at Laurita Winery
Black and white informal bridal portrait, with the brides eyes closed, her left hand brushing away her hair from her face
Bride holding her bridal bouquet by Ivy on Main consisting of various florals in shades of pinks, whites, and dark burgundy
bridal portrait of the bride outside on the vineyard property, standing at an angle away from the camera, looking back at the camera smiling to expose the back of her Mikaella gown, while holding her bridal bouquet by Ivy on Main
Formal portrait of the bride and groom outdoors, bride holding her bouquet of various florals in shades of dark pink, burgundy and cream by Ivy on Main
Bride and groom nose to nose while smiling outdoors
The bride and groom nose to nose amongst the vines at the vineyard at Laurita Winery by Jaye Kogut Photography
the bride and groom kiss on the grounds of the Laurita Winery behind the brides bouquet, which she holds, while he holds the train of her gown
Black and white photo of the bride and groom walking through the vineyards at Laurita Winery
Bride and groom standing in front of one another, the groom looking at the bride, the bride looking at the camera in the midst of vines in the vineyard at Laurita Winery
Black and white photo of the bride and groom holding hands, the groom kissing the brides cheek as she looks back at the camera
Black and white photo of the bride and groom walking around the vineyard at Laurita Winery
The bride in a gown by Mikella being lifted up in the air while kissing her groom, amongst the vines at the vineyard at Laurita Winery in New Jersey by Jaye Kogut Photography

What made you choose your specific venue for your wedding day?

We fell in love with it the first time we went there… it was rustic like we were looking for, and just felt like us. Not your typical wedding venue. We also really wanted to choose somewhere we could go back to after the wedding day. 

The bride in a gown by Mikella, groom in a tuxedo suit by Generation Tux, embrace at the waist, amongst the vines at the vineyard at Laurita Winery in New Jersey the brides veil flowing in the air behind her, by Jaye Kogut Photography
Black and white silhouette photo of the bride and groom nose to nose amongst the vines at Laurita Winery
Silhouette photo of the bride and groom kiss amongst the vines at Laurita Winery
Black and white photo of the bride and groom kissing amongst the vines at the vineyard
formal portrait of the groom looking serious in a blue suit by Generation Tux
candid of the groom and his groomsmen in their blue Generation Tux suits with pink ties laughing with one another
candid of the groom and his groomsmen in their blue Generation Tux suits with pink ties laughing with one another
formal portrait of the groom and his groomsmen
Formal photo of the bride in her gown by Mikaella with her bridal party in pink gowns by Azazie. Bouquets of various pinks, whites and greens by Ivy on Main
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informal 3/4 shot of the bride in her Mikaella gown with her bridal party in different styles of pink Azazie gowns and bouquets by Ivy on Main. Photography by Jaye Kogut Photography
informal 3/4 shot of the bride in her Mikaella gown with her bridal party in different styles of pink Azazie gowns and bouquets by Ivy on Main. Photography by Jaye Kogut Photography
Informal and fun wedding party photo amongst the trees at the Laurita Winery. Men in blue suits by Generation Tux, women in pink gowns by Azazie, florals by Ivy on Main

Was there a theme behind your wedding day? What colors did you choose? What ‘feeling’ were you going for?

Our color scheme was dusty rose and mauve… we were going for a romantic feel at the winery!

formal wedding party photo amongst the trees at the Laurita Winery. Men in blue suits by Generation Tux, women in pink gowns by Azazie, florals by Ivy on Main
Informal and fun wedding party photo amongst the trees at the Laurita Winery. Men in blue suits by Generation Tux, women in pink gowns by Azazie, florals by Ivy on Main
formal photo of the bride, groom, and mother of the bride
Black and white photo of the bride and her mother holding hands
the bride and her brothers and sister
Formal photo of the bride and groom with the mother of the bride and the parents of the groom
the bride and groom with his family
custom wooden signage welcoming guests to the wedding with a quote by C.S. Lewis
Detail photo of wooden signage for the guest book, with red, pink and white floral accents by Ivy on Main
Mirrored guest seating chart with floral accents
Display of photos of the newly married couple in front of a brick fireplace
the wooden sweetheart table with low floral arrangement by Ivy on Main consisting of greenery, burgundy florals and white candles on top of gold pillars.
Custom stemless wine glasses with the phrase "It was always you" and the bride and groom's married name and date on display
low floral and candle arrangement the length of a long wooden table consisting of white candles on top of gold pillars with greenery
low table arrangement of greenery, white, pink, cream, red and burgundy florals by Ivy on Main with a wooden table number indicating table five
wedding detail shot of a custom wine glass by Laurita Winery with a red wine in it
long wooden tables in the reception area with chivari chairs with tall arrangements the length of the table consisting of greens, accented with red, pink, white and burgundy flowers, with candles underneath by Ivy on Main
floral details on top of a wine barrely by Ivy on Main consisting of greenery with red, white and pink flowers
detail shot of the salad course at Laurita Winery, candles and greenery down the middle of the table
floral decor on the stairs at the Laurita Winery of greens with red and white florals by Ivy on Main
Wide shot of the Laurita Winery reception area, custom lighting on floor, guests waiting on either side of the room for the entrance of the bride and groom

What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

We love to throw a good party, so we wanted to make sure we got an awesome DJ to keep everyone on the dance floor… and we did!

The bride and groom make their entrance into the wedding reception with arms raised
Black and white wide shot of the bride and groom dancing their first dance as guests and wedding party look on at the Laurita Winery
Black and white wide shot of the bride and groom dancing their first dance as guests and wedding party look on at the Laurita Winery
The bride and groom share their first dance
Members of the bridal party, in pink gowns by Azazie hold their bouquets of greens with dark pink, burgundy and white florals while watching the bride and groom share a dance
The bride shares a dance with one of her brothers
The groom shares a dance with his mother at the Laurita Winery
Black and white photo of bride up on chair during the Hora
Bride and groom both up in the air during the Hora dance
The maid of honor in a pink gown from Azazie stands next to the bride and groom while giving her speech
The best man in a navy blue tux and pink tie by Generation Tux gives his speech
guests dancing during the wedding reception

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?

Seeing all of our friends and family out on the dance floor! 

The bride dancing with guests during the wedding reception
candid photo of the bride and a member of her bridal party during the wedding reception
Black and white photo of the bride with girlfriends during the wedding reception
fun photos of guests during the wedding reception
guests smile for the camera while holding beer
guests dance during the reception
Bride and groom take large group photo with classmates from college while holding signage from their college
bride surrounded by friends and members of bridal party during wedding reception for a fun girls shot
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Formal photo of the four tier semi-naked wedding cake by Conroy Catering with rose accents in shades of reds, pinks, and creams, with a custom gold cake topper with the new couples name
close up photo of the semi-naked cake from Conroy Catering with rose accents in shades of cream, white, pink and red
the bride and groom cut the four tier semi-naked cake with floral accents from Conroy Catering
bride and groom share a kiss after the cutting of the cake
Bride in gown by Mikaella, standing next to groom in a tux from Generation Tux, both looking at the camera, grooms jacket over his shoulder, in front of a lit up Laurita Winery at night

What piece of advice would you give to future couples planning their big day?

Don’t stress! Most people won’t notice the minor details that seem like such a big deal while you’re planning. Everyone is there to celebrate you! 

bride in gown by Mikaella leaning against the groom, looking off into the distance in front of a lit up Laurita Winery at night

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Laurita Winery wedding photos by New Jersey wedding photographers, Jaye Kogut Photography

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