Wine Country Holiday Shoot + Mulled Wine Tutorial

I was honored to collaborate with Christine Ivey of Wiens Family Cellars on a vineyard holiday shoot. It was our hope to portray what a winter wedding in Southern California is all about. 

From Christine Ivey of Wiens Family Cellars...

Wiens Family Cellars, located in Temecula's wine country is surrounded by lush vineyards and provides the rich textures of a winery setting. With about 100 weddings a year it's tough to squeeze in styled shoots but with the cooler months approaching in Southern California we wanted to showcase what our idea of a modern, elegant winter wedding could look like. You never know how much work it really is to put together a styled shoot until you actually do one. That's where you need that amazing team of vendors to come together to be able to incorporate their talent into your vision. Of course it was 90 degrees on the day of our shooting but that didn't stop the Bride & Groom from getting cozy next to the fireplace and drinking some warm mulled wine. When Kelsey from Kelsey Rae Designs and I put our visions together we ended up with the most adorable, whimsical holiday wedding shoot. Pops of burgundy and red tied in well with the cooler tones of the gray and white marble pieces. The animal hide, plaid throw blankets and the cocktail tutorial for a holiday Gluhwein mulled red wine really made our vision of cozy come to life. Speaking of cocktails make sure to check out the cocktail tutorial from our very own winemaker Joseph Wiens for your wedding signature drink or holiday party! 

Gluhwein Mulled Red Wine Ingredients:
1 teaspoon black pepper corns
2 whole star anise
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon whole clove
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, sliced
1 orange (cut off and use only the rind)
1/2 cup agave nectar or light brown sugar
1 bottle Wiens Merrytage

Step 1: 
Put cloves, pepper corns, and zest on cheesecloth, then tie closed to form a bag. 

Step 2: Place all the ingredients in a large pot (preferably a crock pot) and heat on very low heat for at least one hour. 

Step 3: Remove the cheese cloth and strain if the flavor gets too strong. 

Step 4: 
Serve hot and enjoy!

Wedding Vendors: Photography: Jenna Joseph Photography | Event Design: Kelsey Rae Designs | Venue: Wiens Family Cellars | Calligraphy: Four Things Paper | Rentals: Sweet Salvage Vintage Rentals | Floral Design: Organic Flora | Cake: Laura Marie’s Cakes | Menswear: Friar Tux | Bridal Salon: BHLDN | Beauty: Blush by M. Marie