A sun-kissed vineyard wedding located at Preston Ridge Vineyard, in Preston, Connecticut.

Erin and Mike held their vineyard wedding at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston, Connecticut; one of my favorite wedding venues in Connecticut. The summer wedding was a dream… complete with a first look, an outdoor ceremony, and a beautiful tented reception. 

Every so often there are moments in life where you get the privilege to meet a couple who is so madly in love, that you just know they are the REAL DEAL!  I first met Erin and Mike at a wedding expo the year before their wedding, they had a magnetic connection and a contagious energy that I just felt instantly drawn to them! I invited them to the studio where we talked about their wedding plans, how they met and how they fell in love. Erin was so excited to share all her ideas for their vineyard wedding and Mike was beaming with happiness. I knew that their wedding day was going to be filled with such joy and happiness because these two were made for each other.

How it all began

Mike and Erin’s story begins while they were studying abroad in London through the University of Connecticut. Fast forward to one special evening at a Patriots football game. Mike and Erin spent the night cheering for the pats and enjoying each others company. Toward the end, the game Mike surprised Erin when he popped the question while posing for a picture with her. Erin spun around when she saw the ring through the camera and said yes! 

The wedding day

The wedding day arrived on a hot, midsummer day! The sun was shining and everyone was anxiously getting ready for the day to begin. The girls helped Erin into her beautiful dress. Inside the dress was a small blue heart cut out from Erin’s late mother’s shirt, it was a beautiful reminder that she was with Erin on this important day.

 Erin shared a first look with her father before leaving for the venue. The entire room light up when the Father of the Bride saw this daughter walk out in her stunning gown, they both laughed and cried as he pulled her in tight for a big hug. Her dad’s smile grew as she kissed him on the cheek. Heck… I was smiling wildly behind my camera! It’s capturing moments like these that bring me such joy. 

The first look 

There is something to be said when you can look at a picture and remember exactly how you felt at that specific moment. Erin and Mike’s first look amongst the vines was a passionate one. You could feel the happiness exuding from the couple. Amidst their quiet moment alone you could hear the birds chirping, and the cicadas in the background humming. When Mike saw Erin for the first time, for a moment time stood still. 

Vineyard ceremony
The couple exchanged their vows at the top of the hill overlooking the vineyards below. The red wine colored bridesmaids dresses and tan groomsmen suites made the perfect frame for the bride and groom.
The reception

Preston Ridge Vineyard has a sprawling property, complete with a large barn, a hilltop ceremony site overlooking the vineyards, and a beautiful oversized white tent. Inside the tent, there were accents of gold and red everywhere. The cork and wine theme was tastefully presented throughout their wedding decor. This wedding was the perfect inspiration for anyone planning a Vineyard Wedding. 

Before the party started, the DJ’s surprised the audience with a little video of the couple. Inside the tent, you could hear the excitement of the guests… just outside the tent Erin and Mike were sharing a sweet moment alone, as they listened to their own words on their video. 

Talk about celebrating until the very last moment. These guests knew how to party! Limelight kept the dance floor packed, they partied until they had to shut us down! #redwhiteandboughton

Lace Wedding Dress with embellished rhinestone shoes.
Blue Heart sewn in wedding dress is Erin’s Something blue wedding detail
Brides silk robe.
Brides getting ready for her wedding day at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut
Bridal jewelry
Bride and bridesmaids matching robes!
Brides getting ready for her wedding day at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Groom opens gift by window.
Grooms getting ready photos.
Groom waits for his bride at Preston Ridge vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bride and Groom share a First Look at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bride and Groom share a First Look at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bride and groom kissing
Bride and Groom share a First Look at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bride and groom Kissing at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Connecticut.
Bride and Groom share a First Look at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bride and Groom share a First Look at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bride hugs the ring bearer  at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Family portraits with the bride and groom at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bridal party  portraits with the bride and groom at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bride and Groom portraits at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bride and Groom portraits at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bride and Groom portraits at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bride and Groom portraits at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bride and Groom portraits at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Bride and Groom portraits at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Ceremony site at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Father of the bride walks the bride down the aisle.
Father of the bride walks the bride down the aisle.
Father of the bride walks the bride down the aisle.
Father of the bride walks the bride down the aisle.
Wedding ceremony at Preston Ridge Vineyard's  ceremony site.
Wedding ceremony at Preston Ridge Vineyard's  ceremony site.
Wedding ceremony at Preston Ridge Vineyard's  ceremony site.
Wedding ceremony at Preston Ridge Vineyard's  ceremony site.
Wedding ceremony at Preston Ridge Vineyard's  ceremony site.
Wedding ceremony at Preston Ridge Vineyard's  ceremony site.
Wedding ceremony at Preston Ridge Vineyard's  ceremony site.
Wedding ceremony at Preston Ridge Vineyard's  ceremony site.
Wedding ceremony at Preston Ridge Vineyard's  ceremony site.
Wedding ceremony at Preston Ridge Vineyard's  ceremony site.
Red and white bridal bouquet.
Bride and groom portraits at Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut.
Wedding photos at Preston Ridge Vineyard.
Tent Wedding at Preston Ridge Vineyard.
Tent Wedding at Preston Ridge Vineyard, with red and white decor.
Tent Wedding at Preston Ridge Vineyard, with red and white decor.
Cork themed decor for Vineyard wedding.
Guest signature Mat at wedding reception.
Vineyard wedding decor.
Wedding favors.
Tent wedding.
Tent wedding at Preston Ridge Vineyard.
Wedding rings.
Bride and groom share a kiss at Sunset ion the hilltop of Preston Ridge Vineyard.
Parent Dances at Preston Ridge Vineyards tent.
Night shot in the vines of Preston Ridge Vineyard.
Wedding reception at Preston Ridge Vineyard

The dream team:

Venue: Preston Ridge Vineyard

Photographer: Shannon Matos Photography

Caterer: On the Spot Catering

Florist: Phyl’s Flowers

Cake Artist: Stacy Giacchi 

DJ: Lime Lite Entertainment 

Hair: The G Spa

Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way

Wedding Dress: Manhattan Bridals Co

Mens Suites: Jos A. Bank

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Check out Alyssa and John’s Seaport Wedding in Mystic Connecticut!

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