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Yonah Mountain Vineyards Wedding – Maddie & Gaines


November 15, 2018


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Yonah Mountain Winery Fall Wedding

Maddie and Gaines’ beautiful fall wedding at Yonah Mountain Vineyards was one I’ve been looking forward to for months! I first met Maddie when she was a bridesmaid in Emily and Austin’s wedding last summer, and I was instantly warmed by her radiant smile and contagious laughter! So, I was beyond thrilled when she reached out to me about capturing her vineyard wedding, and I’ve loved getting to know Gaines during this season of their lives as well!

Maddie and Gaines are so much fun together! They’re silly and adventurous, passionate about the Lord and quite adorable together! The day was never short on laughs and smiles, and I adored seeing the way they love on all the special people in their lives! Maddie’s happy squeals & Gaines’ enthusiastic hugs upon being reunited with so many sweet friends during the reception summed up their love for others perfectly!

The day began with Maddie and her girls getting ready in a cabin not far from Yonah Mountain Vineyards. The lovely Erin Ryser and her team did such a fabulous job on all the girls’ hair and makeup, and everyone enjoyed mimosas and snacks together before heading over to Yonah! Once at the venue, Maddie got into her gorgeous Paloma Blanca gown with her Mom! She had successfully kept the gown a top secret for months, and once she was ready, she and the bridesmaids shared a beautiful and joyful Bridesmaids’ Reveal! I loved seeing how absolutely surprised and excited all the girls were! They are such a sweet group!

After hanging out with the guys in the morning, Gaines finished getting ready at Yonah, and then, he headed into the vineyard for the First Look with Maddie! I was so thankful that after the threat of rain both in the forecast & in the clouds that morning, we had absolutely perfect cloudy skies for the First Look and the rain held off all day! Gaines’ face upon seeing Maddie brings a huge smile to my face, and they both took time to read letters to each other and have a moment of prayer before heading into portraits together. I love how intentional they were about each moment of their wedding day!

After wedding party and family photos, it was time for the ceremony! Up on a hill on one side of the property, in the shade of Yonah Mountain, Maddie and Gaines exchanged vows and said “I Do!” Afterwards, guests mingling around the outdoor fireplace over cocktails as the sun began to set, and then, everyone headed inside for the reception! Guests were greeted with charcuterie boards full of olives and cheese (perfect with wine for a vineyard wedding) and after a lovely dinner, partied the night away with Atlanta Wedding Band before sending the couple off under a shower of dried rose petals!

Maddie and Gaines – You two are precious! I love how much fun you have together from the silly faces you’d flash the camera during dancing to the shared laughter during portraits! Maddie, your gorgeous smile and laughter really spread the love & joy to those around you. I can tell how much you genuinely care about each and everyone person in your circle, and that’s such a special gift! Gaines, you make me smile, and I love seeing how much you love and care for Maddie! I know your joy will be such a gift in your marriage! Thank you both for trusting me to capture your beautiful day! Being your photographer has been such a joy! Much love and appreciation – Carrie Joy

Fall Wedding Invitation for Winery Wedding

I loved this beautiful invitation suite and hand-lettered envelops by the very talented designer (and past CJP Bride) Emily Kathryn Designs!

Yonah Mountain VineyardsRomantic Wedding Photos in a Vineyard

A few of my favorites of the happy couple among the vines at Yonah Mountain Vineyards

Ring Shot Yonah Mountain Winery WeddingChanel Perfume at Elegant Winery WeddingYonah Mountain Vineyards romantic detailsRings with Custom InvitesKate Spade Wedding SneakersBridal Prep at Yonah Mountain VineyardsYonah Mountain Vineyards in FallBridal gown at Yonah Mountain Vineyards

The fun layers of Maddie’s Paloma Blanca gown were absolutely perfect for spinning and twirling! Just look at the fun movement!

Bride twirling in gown for Bridesmaids revealBridesmaids excited faces seeing Bride in gown

Oh y’all, this moment was one of my favorites of the entire day! Just look at how excited and surprised Maddie’s bridesmaids were during the Bridesmaids’ Reveal!

Bride twirling in gownExcited Bridesmaids at Yonah Mountain VineyardsBridal Bouquet with Maroon and RedGroom putting on tie Groom at Yonah Mountain VineyardsGroom in Jos A Bank at Vineyard WeddingGroom's Face First Look Bride's Face First Look at Yonah Mountain Vineyards First Look Yonah Mountain First Look Yonah Mountain Vineyards

How sweet is this?! I love the emotion, tenderness and intentionality in Maddie & Gaines’ First Look. Cue the happy tears…

First Look hugs First Look Bride First Look at Yonah Mountain Vineyards Emotional First Look at Yonah Mountain VineyardsPraying together after First Look

Before heading into more portraits, Maddie and Gaines took a moment to pray together, and the peace of that moment anchored the entire day.

Yonah Mountain Vineyards Bride with GroomRomantic Wedding Portraits at Yonah Mountain Vineyards Fun Bride and Groom Photos at Yonah Mountain Vineyards WeddingGroom and Groomsmen Wedding Party at Vineyard WeddingWinery Wedding Bouquet and Grapes Bride and Bridesmaids at Yonah Mountain VineyardsWedding Party walking at Yonah Mountain VineyardsOutdoor Ceremony at Yonah MountainBride walking down the aisle at Yonah Mountain Vineyards Groom during Ceremony Bridal Procession Winery Wedding Ring exchange during ceremony KissBride and Groom at Sunset with Yonah Mountain

Isn’t this beautiful?! Y’all know how much I love taking sunset portraits, and I’m so glad Maddie and Gaines were willing to pop back up to the base of Yonah Mountain just as the sun was setting!

Cocktail Hour set up at Yonah Mountain Vineyards Bride and Groom mingle at Cocktail Hour at Yonah Mountain Vineyards Stunning Mountain Sunset at Yonah MountainHead Table details at Yonah Mountain Vineyards Wedding

Greenery and candles interspersed with white pumpkins and lanterns set a cozy fall scene for guests as they entered the reception!

Elegant Cake at Vineyard WeddingEstate Table details at Yonah Mountain VineyardsYonah Mountain Vineyards fall reception decorWhite Pumpkin decor Yonah Mountain VineyardsFloral Fall Details at Yonah Mountain VineyardsGrand Entrance into Reception at Yonah Mountain Vineyards

Talk about a Grand Entrance! Maddie and Gaines glided into their reception down Yonah Mountain Vineyards’ beautiful staircase!

First Dance Yonah Mountain VineyardsParent Dances at Yonah Mountain VineyardsBride dancingAtlanta Wedding Band

The dance floor was packed all evening as guests danced to the sounds of the Atlanta Wedding Band!

Fun dancingLate Night Snacks at Wedding ReceptionFun Reception at Yonah Mountain VineyardsGrand Exit with Rose Petals at Yonah Mountain Vineyards

Maddie and Gaines left the reception under a shower of dried rose petals! How beautiful!

Grand Exit Kiss with Tossed Rose Petals

Congrats, Maddie and Gaines! I’m so happy for you guys!

A huge Thank You to the lovely Noi Tran for capturing this day with me, and to the following vendors who helped make this such a fabulous day:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Yonah Mountain Vineyards

Planning: Maddie Hald Yeilding

Coordination: Ashley Robinson, Blush Event Company

Floral Design: Chelsea Brittle with Stylish Stems

Hair & Makeup: Erin Ryser, Erin Ryser Beauty

Band: Atlanta Wedding Band

Stationery & Hand Lettering: Emily Kathryn Designs

Bride’s Gown: La Raine’s Bridal Boutique Designer: Paloma Blanca

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Weddington Way

Tuxes: Jos A Bank

Cake: Frosted Pumpkin

Catering: Epting Events

Photo Booth: Robot Booth

Officiant: Chris Musgrove

Film Developing: Richard Photo Lab


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