11Jun

Top San Diego Wineries for Your Wedding

By, June 11, 2023

At True Photography we’ve had the privilege of capturing weddings at some of the most beautiful wineries in the area. We’ve subsequently put together a list of the best wineries to have a wedding in San Diego.

1. Bernardo Winery

Located in San Diego, California Bernardo Winery, is an idyllic wedding venue with a rich history. As one of the oldest operating wineries in Southern California, it provides a charming and rustic atmosphere that is perfect for a wedding. The property boasts picturesque gardens, quaint shops, and several event spaces that can be customized to suit any wedding theme or style. Couples can exchange vows in a romantic outdoor ceremony or in the intimate barrel room. The winery’s on-site restaurant can provide catering and a customizable menu for the reception. Bernardo Winery’s unique blend of natural beauty and historic charm makes it a memorable and one-of-a-kind wedding venue. Check out our Bernardo Winery gallery for more inspiration!Top San Diego Winery Bernardo Winery photographed by True Photography

2. Orfila Vineyards & Winery

If you’re looking for a stunning wedding venue, Orfila Vineyards & Winery could be just what you need. Firstly, the venue is located in the heart of San Diego’s wine country. Additionally, the winery offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hillsides and vineyards. With a spacious and luxurious event space, the venue can accommodate up to 250 guests. The event space features rustic chandeliers, wooden beams, and a cozy fireplace, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Lastly, the winery offers a range of award-winning wines that are perfect for toasting to your new life together. Visit our Orfila Vinyards gallery for more wedding inspiration!Bride and Groom in Orfila Winery grape fields photographed by True Photography

3. Falkner Winery

Falkner Winery is a stunning venue for a wedding celebration. Firstly, the winery boasts a breathtaking view of Temecula Valley. Moreover, the venue provides a unique experience with its vineyards and award-winning wines. Couples can choose from various event spaces, including the Pinnacle Restaurant and the outdoor garden. Additionally, the winery offers packages for weddings with customizable options to fit any budget. The venue also provides wedding planning assistance and catering services to ensure a stress-free experience. Lastly, Falkner Winery’s team is dedicated to making the couple’s special day unforgettable. Overall, Falkner Winery is a remarkable option for a memorable and elegant wedding ceremony. Check out our Falkner Winery gallery for more inspiration!

4. Mount Palomar Winery

Mount Palomar Winery is an excellent wedding venue that offers beautiful views and a memorable experience for couples. The winery is located in a prime location with easy accessibility, making it perfect for hosting weddings. Additionally, the winery offers a range of packages that can be tailored to suit each couple’s preferences and budget. The venue features beautiful architecture, picturesque landscapes, and stunning views of the surrounding valley. The winery also provides excellent catering and wine options, ensuring that the guests have a great time. Overall, Mount Palomar Winery is a perfect wedding destination for couples looking for a beautiful and unforgettable experience. Visit our Mount Palomar Winery gallery for more wedding inspiration!Bride and Groom in a grape field at Mount Palomar Winery

At True Photography, we understand that choosing the right venue for your wedding is particularly essential to creating the perfect experience for you and your guests. We hope this list of the overall best wineries to have a wedding in San Diego has been helpful in your search for the perfect venue. As always, we’re here to help capture every moment of your special day, and we look forward to working with you soon.

04Apr

Through the Grapevine | Vineyard Weddings

By, April 04, 2016

Tucked away in the valleys of Temecula, Escondido, and surrounding regions are award-winning San Diego-area vineyards. These properties are not only good for day trips and tastings – they make amazing wedding locations also! With their magical rolling hills,and fields of vines, local wineries are perfect venues for those looking to escape the city.

We have selected a few of our favorite images from recent vineyard weddings. Grab a glass of your favorite red or white (or both), and enjoy the inspiration :)

Couple pose with flowers in air around them

At the wedding of Apple and Ben (above), we went to one of our favorite spots at Orfila Vineyards, overlooking the fields below. As the couple embraced, we surrounded them with flower petals, and added a backlight for contrast, drama and elegance.

Wedding Couple in Windmill at Cal-A-Vie

We love incorporating a vineyard’s unique rustic features, such as this majestic windmill at Cal-A-Vie (above). The textured stone walls and wood accents lent an old-world charm to these photos, which were captured at April and Aaron’s wedding.

Modern Couple pose in vineyard and with balloonsCouple stand in middle of vineyardGroomsmen toast with beersBride's details during vineyard wedding

At Stephanie and Sean’s Orfila Vineyards wedding, we rested our bride’s beautiful bouquet against a textured wine barrel (above). The rich red roses and hypericum berries, set against the rustic browns of the barrel, made for an ideal pairing.

Bridesmaid with parasol umbrellas in vineyardCollaged image of rustic flowers with brideCool bridal party dressed in green at winery weddingCouple holding hands and kissing with rustic background

As photographers, one of our favorite things is to scout out the best hidden locations. By arriving early, we are able to find areas with the best light of the day, as well as little “nooks and crannies” within the venue.

Couple kiss in oversized wine barrelUmbrellas and Signs for vineyard weddingGorgeous view of mountains and vineyard at Orfila WineryBride and Groom walk down aisle together at vineyard

Whenever possible, we use the natural surroundings and daylight to our advantage, such as during Katie and Patrick’s wedding at the Yates Family Vineyard in Napa. When Katie made her debut, the light illuminated the leaves and her dress, which made for a stunning grand entrance.

Bride's teary-eyed reaction to Groom during wedding ceremonyCouple's First Kiss during Vineyard WeddingBride and Groom kissing under natural archwayCouple Kissing between leaves in vineyardCouples celebrate and pose for photos after vineyard ceremonyAerial photo of stunning sunset during reception at vineyard

After the ceremony, we like to make use of the stunning sunset colors, which can be especially vivid at remote winery locations. The golden vibrance of the sun, captured at just the right moment, helped to create the dreamlike image above.

Rustic wine-related reception details during vineyard weddingProps during fun travel-themed reception

These rustic, travel-themed accents from Michelle and Richard’s wedding at Bernardo Winery (above) added a fun splash of color, while also engaging guests to interact. The couple invited attendees to write messages in a bottles, to be opened on future anniversaries, while paying tribute to those who had traveled long distances.

Rustic-themed details at vineyard wedding receptionCouple Kiss in front of wine barrelsFuscia Wedding Reception Details at VineyardRed wine-themed details during receptionCouple Cuts into Cake during Wedding Reception

You can’t have a winery wedding without grapes :) Before these were sent off to become wine, we borrowed this lush vine from Kim and Austin’s wedding for a unique ring shot. By using a simple background, and a strategically placed LED light, these rings began to sparkle!

Creative Ring Photo with GrapesGuest hula-hoops during wedding receptionNight Portrait of Couple at Vineyard

For the photo below, we snuck behind-the-scenes with Naomi and Partho during their reception at Callaway Vineyards and Winery. By shooting at a low angle and adding a backlight to create dimension, the containers added a larger-than-life feeling to this epic kiss.

Couple kiss between distillery tanks at vineyard

For additional breathtaking vineyard wedding photos, please click here. Salute!