It all started with a simple email message which lead to a Skype meeting in which Aaron told us about his vision of boxing his future wife at their wedding. We were pretty much sold on their wedding right there! As it turned out we never even made it to the old boxing ring – their winery wedding at Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma had so much to choose from in photo locations that was a spot we just didn’t have time to visit. Between their gorgeous hilltop wedding ceremony overlooking hills and hills of vineyard, the old ruins on property and the amazing sunset Mother Nature delivered, they certainly weren’t hurting for photos!
I started out with Kim and her girls at a house just down the way from Boot Hill, a very large space that gave everyone room to spread out a little and enjoy the afternoon leading up to the ceremony. A champagne afternoon is the perfect way to relax, enjoy a little pampering, and enjoy the day ahead.
Aimee Lomeli Designs delivered the flowers while we were getting ready – uh, gorgeous! The bouquets popped against each bridesmaid’s different gown color and style and we love the how the peony texture is set against the ruffled ribbon of Kim’s own bouquet!
One of the big benefits of a winery wedding over a wedding with vineyards only is wine barrels, caves, and that rich aroma you only get from the aging process. The guys had a field day in the caves before the ceremony and Joe reveled in it with them!
Aaron and Kim chose to forego a first look since it was very important to them that he see her coming down the aisle. But they did something instead that held all the emotion of a first look and was so lovely to see – a first touch. Aaron stopped by Hill House on the way to their ceremony site on Boot Hill to hold Kim’s hand.
They infused personal touches throughout the entire day. One of the more notable? Kim’s father drove her up the hill in his own truck!
And Aaron’s expression at seeing Kim for the first time? Definitely worth the wait!
Maureen, a mentor of Kim’s, officiated their ceremony for another very personal touch. She injected parts of the ceremony with humor and others with advice for a perfect mix. Shaded by a beautiful statement of a tree, the ceremony was a looker!
After the announcement of marriage we immediately left for portraits of Kim and Aaron on the other side of the Kunde Winery property. There are old ruins over that way where couples can choose to wed. Since the Dunfillian Ruins were empty on this day we were able to traipse around for bridal portraits before hitting the vineyards!
We love the mix of close, intimate arrangements and other funky decor they included in the reception setup. Each table also included a brown tub of butter from the dairy where Aaron proposed. Little touches make all the difference in a meaningful wedding day and it was fun listening to guests commenting on the diary photo.
Quite a few of their friends have children so Aaron and Kim set up some lawn games for all ages. I might need to acquire an oversized Jenga game soon for our own little explorer…
It’s not a winery wedding until you make use of every flowing hill around you! The golden hour photographers dream about hit us in full force in Sonoma for their Kunde Family Estate wedding day.
The post-dinner portion of their reception started just after sunset – perfect for twilight dancing under the chandelier.
We had quite a bit of difficulty narrowing down our images for their winery wedding slideshow at Kunde. Every wedding produces a beautiful collection of images. Kim and Aaron’s had so much variety from different parts of the day! If you’d like to see more of their wedding just ask and we’d be happy to share their slideshow!