Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography | Melissa + BJ

Melissa and BJ’s lovely Fall wedding at Temecula Under the Oaks was such a pleasure to witness. I was lucky enough to get another invite to shoot alongside the wonderful Heather Kincaid, who happened to go to college with the lovely bride. Neither of us had ever been to this venue, but we were pleasantly surprised at its beauty – the grounds are literally surrounded by massive oak trees so we felt like we were in the middle of a forest. It was amazing and so great for photos! Thanks so much, Heather for bringing me along!

Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

After they were dressed, the ladies toasted to Melissa with some sparkling cider. The flower girl threw a few back to loosen up. ;)

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

I love the sunshine that’s raining on the girls in this one.

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

On the grounds there was this one tree that stood out. It was different than the rest – maybe Maple? All of the leaves had turned so it looked like it was on fire with reds, oranges and yellows emanating from its leaves. Loved it so much.

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

Melissa looked so gorgeous and she was so fun to photograph!

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

And BJ wasn’t looking so bad himself!

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

I loved all of the Fall elements of this wedding. Melissa, BJ and their families had been collecting these leaves for months leading up to the wedding. I thought that was such a cool touch!

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

I honestly will never get over the way a bride and groom look at each other during their ceremony. There is something so special about it. Gets me every time.

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

Melissa had this idea of their bridal party throwing leaves on them while they shared a kiss. Who doesn’t love playing in leaves!?

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

Heather and I got to spend tons of time with Melissa and BJ for portraits. We got to take full advantage of the beautiful grounds the venue provided.

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

Heather and I were shocked when the owner of the venue walked over while we were shooting and said that no other photographer had ever utilized the forest area for portraits. It was a MUST for us, we couldn’t believe we were the first!

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

There was an awesome tree swing (of course – with that many trees, how could there not be a tree swing!) and Melissa and BJ were totally down for some tree swinging action. It. Was. Awesome.

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

Temecula Under the Oaks Wedding Photography

Congratulations to Melissa and BJ and a big thank you again to Heather for having me along!

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  • Lara - you take wonderful pics, darlin! Hope the biz is flourishing!

  • Heidi - aw, thanks, lara! The business is indeed flourishing!

  • Luana - wow great pictures Heidi, look like they are from a magazine spread…picture perfect

  • Heidi - thanks, mama!

  • Jessica - SO great Heidi!!

  • Dorie - so pretty!

  • Kim - These are fantastic lady!!!

  • JB - I love the leaves, and I love those shots in the forest. Whole thing looks great. Of course it does as seen through your lens, babe.

  • Shawn Kloster - Heidi!! The shot with the falling leaves and the forested photos really raised the bar for you… kick @#$ job!

  • Heather Kincaid - You rock!! Sooo glad you could shoot this with me! I love seeing your perspective on everything! :) Love!

  • Araxi - Heidi these are gorgeous! :) I love the foresty images! Well done!

  • Jenny - I love that you incorporate the fall leaves into their wedding photos ! So fun and creative ! Love the one where they throw the leaves at the couple, so fun !

  • Amber Snow - These are great! The leaves-in-the-air shot is super fun.

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