A Romantic Vineyard Wedding at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, Connecticut

The wedding of Emily Sanchez (27 and a teacher and opera singer) and Charles Ogalin (27 and a medical-device representative) created the atmosphere of a romantic walk through a winery on a sweet summer day. “We both love being by the water and visiting vineyards, so it was important to me to ‘marry’ the two places for our wedding day,” says Emily. This influenced the couple’s choice to host their ceremony in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mystic, Connecticut, followed by a reception in a nearby vineyard, Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, Connecticut. Emily’s light and airy Stephan Jolie wedding dress allowed her to be comfortable walking by the water or between the vines, and she wore a lace-lined mantilla veil to pay tribute to her Cuban roots. “It was very important to me that I looked like myself at the altar, which is why I wore my hair down and kept my makeup natural, with more concentration on the eyes,” says the bride. She and her mother planned the perfect party under a tent in the vineyard, which included soft decor in blush, ivory and gold. The five-tier wedding cake, created by Ana Parzych Custom Cakes, stood out as a focal point: A grand cascade of detailed blush sugar flowers with stunning gold leaves and a single gold tier, which represented a wedding band, captured the romantic essence of the day. The couple’s favorite part? “Our first dance song,” says the bride. Emily’s father and brothers performed the song that Charlie proposed with: Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way.” “It was surreal to hear all of our guests singing along while we danced and took in the moment,” says Emily. See the sweet details of the day captured by Melani Lust Photography, below.