What do you get when you mix a fun loving South African groom and a naturally stunning California raised beauty? You get the perfect Carmel Valley winery wedding between Shayla and Emile!
This bride was the physical personification of Katie Perry’s “California Girl". Her gorgeously tanned skin and blonde highlights gave her a warm summer glow that paired perfectly with her wedding day shine. Shayla and her group of beautiful sisters got ready at a fun and funky Airbnb just a few miles down the road of their venue. Everybody was giggling and laughing with anticipation for Shayla‘s big day. After doing her nieces hair and popping a bottle of champagne with her girls, she slid it into her delicately laced wedding gown. It fit like a glove! It definitely looked like it was made just for her.
We then headed to Galante Vineyards together and, instead of doing a first look, this sweet couple did a first touch around the vineyard doors. You could tell that they both couldn’t wait to walk down the aisle and say their "I Do’s”. Shayla looked like a dream gliding down the aisle in her traditional cathedral veil. Emile was not shy about shedding a few tears as she moved towards him. During the ceremony Emile, an accomplished singer, took the opportunity to serenade his wife to be. It was a stunning rendition of a Sinatra classic that left everybody dabbing their eyes. After a passionate kiss the couple bounded back down the aisle through a flurry of bubbles. They immediately picked up their sweet puppy Aston and had some snuggly family time as their guests moved towards the reception.
On top of the hill in front of the winery, their simple and elegant white table set up with eucalyptus leaves matched perfectly with the winery vines below. Their reception was full of surprise musical performances, emotional toasts, and even a few South African inspired games. They put a twist on the traditional money dance by having the Emile stand on a chair and allowing people attach money to his suit for one full song. They then brought out Shayla, blindfolded, to remove all the money as quickly as she could before the next song ended. Everyone was laughing and directing as Shayla rushed to gather up the cash! After that it was nothing but drinking, dancing, photo booth, and a fabulous sparkler photo op. These two exuded nothing but joy all day and we are thrilled we were able to photograph them.