Janelle & Christiaan’s Wedding at Viaggio Estate and Winery

Here is a photographer curated collection of photos from Janelle and Christiaan’s Wedding at Viaggio Estate and Winery. It was such a gorgeous day! Take a look.


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 Photography: Apollo Fotografie
Venue: Viaggio Estate & Winery
Hair & Make up: Be Beautiful by Bobbi
Officiant: Albert Venzon
Event Rentals & Decor:  Viaggio Estate & Winery
Stationary: Created by Bride
Florals: Bride’s family
Dress: Eric James Originals
Tux: Tuxedos of Lodi
Videography: Apollo Fotografie
DJ: Marquis Entertainment
Dessert: Something Sweet Bakery
Catering: Viaggio Estate & Winery
Other: Mersonacta Quartet


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From the couple:

Met through family & became best friends through our multiple common interests such as music, youth group, & video games. We started dating 14 years before our wedding anniversary on 05/05/04.
We got engaged on 03.19.17, the day before Janelle’s 29th birthday. Christiaan proposed after a hike to the summit of Fremont Peak.


For the engagement ring, Christiaan chose a unique white gold & rhodium plated infinity band that features 3 diamonds representing the past, present, and future. Janelle’s wedding band came in a set with the engagement ring and features little diamonds. Christiaan’s wedding band is made of titanium and has added texture in the center. Our main themes were music, vintage/modern/classical, and the Disney movie, Tangled.


I incorporated music throughout the wedding – this can be seen in our logo and decorations (there are music note hints everywhere frames, escort cards, centerpieces, place cards, etc), and stationary (ribbons on some of the stationary feature music notes). We first bonded through music (we were both in band) and although we don’t actively play instruments anymore, we both still appreciate the arts (like going to orchestra concerts, etc).

Our appreciation of multiple forms of music could be seen in how we selected music throughout the day: string quartet for ceremony, our cocktail hour featured the string quartet basically playing all our favorite songs (whether it was anime music, disney music, or classic hits), our dinner music was jazz/Frank Sinatra types of music, and our money dance featured 90s slow jams (the genre we grew up with).


Our aesthetic was a mixture of vintage/modern/classical. We have old souls and appreciate the symbolism many traditions hold. Also, we tried to utilize vintage prints (such as the swirl motive that can be seen on the ceremony fans & invitations). We also tried to incorporate a lot of lace & pearls to give it the vintage/rustic feel. I think we made the most of our décor with silver elements & designs that were not too “busy” to give it a classy/clean type of feel.

We also added some modern twists like a piñata or our unique bar menu to have little sparks of our personality interwoven in the theme. These type of themes can also be seen through our attire (our dress & suit were timeless, but still had elements that were a little more modern). We like to think these themes represents us – although we can be old souls who love classical things, we are also modern & like to have fun.


Finally, our last theme was from the movie Tangled. For whatever reason, we both really like this Disney movie (Rapunzel is Janelle’s favorite Disney Princess). However, we didn’t want our wedding to scream Disney, so we incorporated Tangled through a light motive (i.e., lanterns everywhere & why our favors were candles). We also use the main song at our recessional & the last song of the night. Additionally, purple & green are also the main colors from the two protagonists in Tangled. As I mentioned before, we were going for looks that blended vintage/classy/modern.


My dress was made and designed by one of my childhood friends, Eric James Domingo. The white dress features a sweetheart top that he hand stitched lace on with a cross-stitch design that makes it look like a corset in the back. Although it’s hidden, my something old was my cross, a present Christaan gave to me during our early years of dating, that is stitched behind the cross-stitch ribbons on the back of the dress by my mother in law). The dress flows from my waist in an A-line fashion with tiered cascading layers made of chiffon and horse hair fabric.

My veil was borrowed from my cousin/matron of honor – it’s a gorgeous very long veil that has a lot of embroidery. I borrowed pearl jewelry from my mother-in-law, earrings, necklace, bracelet. My headpiece is made of pearls, diamonds and silver – it’s actually two separate hairpieces: one hair band & a hair vine. Finally my shoes are silver flats from Tieks – the bottom of the shoe was lined with Tiek’s signature blue.

Men’s Style:

Christiaan’s suit was light charcoal colored with a plaid design to give it a more vintage look. He wore brown dress shoes, a charcoal vest, a white dress shirt, and ivory tie/napkin.
The bridesmaids wore a simple dark ivory (beige, I’m not sure what color that was), knee length dresses that incorporated lace. Bridesmaids had a v-neck design while the Matron of Honor had an off-the-shoulder design. A white sash was wrapped around their waists, silver olive branch pins were in their hair, and they wore olive green pearl jewelry to indicate being on the bride’s side.

The groomsmen wore brown shoes with a charcoal suit, charcoal vests, brown shoes, white dress shirt, and a dark charcoal tie/napkin. They also sported black sunglasses.


The flowers were a mixture of vintage and modern. They were all faux flowers because faux flowers last longer and could be re-purposed. The bouquet blended all the wedding motives: pearls, purple colors, green leaves, lace, silver brooches, white flowers.

Christiaan’s boutonniere’s main feature was a purple peony to match the bride’s bouquet. We chose to feature peonies for Janelle and Christiaan’s flowers because they represent “Happy Marriage” in flower language.

The Best Man’s boutonniere matched Christiaan’s to differentiate the him from the other groomsmen.
The Groomsmen boutonnieres & Bridesmaids (+Matron of Honor) corsages had similar flowers. The main feature was an ivory rose surrounded with small purple flowers. The Bridesmaid’s corsages also incorporated white pearl ribbon. We chose corsages so they’d look nice while the girls held their parasols.

All of these were made by one of our bridesmaids, Victoria David.
The sponsor bouquets and corsages (these designs all featured purple flowers) were made by my cousin, Lovely Mariano. Ceremony was on a large lawn that was accessed by a grand staircase and featured a river in the background.


Aisle featured purple flowers and white pearls hanging from lanterns on shepherd’s hooks. The aisle edges were also scattered with purple and white petals.
We also had a silver arch (decorated with a white flower/green leaf garland) and some wine barrels to hold our ceremony items.


Sand Ceremony (featuring ourselves, God & our mothers), Coin Ceremony, Veil Ceremony, Cord Ceremony, Personal Vows & Rings.
Chairs had ceremony programs that also doubled as fans (we chose this because of the anticipated hot weather). There were also “happy tears” tissue boxes and bubbles for the recessional.


PROCESSIONAL: (seating of sponsors, family: Your Guardian Angel – Red Jump Suit Apparatus), (wedding party: A Thousand Years – Christina Perri), (bride: At the Beginning – Anastasia Soundtrack).

RECESSIONAL: I See The Light – Tangled Soundtrack
Music was played by Mersonacta String Quartet (bridal processional featured vocalist, Loreann Talbo – Christiaan’s sister).

FIRST DANCE: I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz (choreographed by DioAmore Dance & Fitness)
There was also a Couple Dance, Money Dance & Centerpiece Giveaway Game.


Reception was located in the venue as well. It is a 3-tiered barn house that featured a market light and white fabric laced ceiling. We chose the venue because it had the feeling of being grand, yet cozy. The top tier where we were seated featured our family, second tier seated our cousins and Christiaan’s video game friends, and the third tier seated all of our friends.

Table Décor:

There were three centerpiece designs varying in height(made by my Defiesta cousins) that all featured purple florals, pearls, music notes and lanterns. Design one featured a lantern on top of an inverted wine glass to imitate a tower feel (like in Tangled) with pearls & music notes hanging down. Next, design two featured the lantern on top of music note and pearl covered books. Design three featured a floral wreath with a music note lantern in the middle and pearls on top of the lantern.

Tables also had music note decorated votives that doubled as place cards. Names were foiled in different colors that represented the guest’s food choice. Additionally, tiered programs were on the table as well as mints and advice cards.

Table numbers were a shadowbox frame with sheet music from Tangled in the inside & the table number displayed in the front of the frame (giving a 3D look).

Drinks, Etc:

We had signature cocktails: Something Old (Old Fashioned), Something New (Passion Fruit French 75), Something Borrowed (Pimm’s Cup), Something Blue (True Blue). As well as HIS (Blackberry Basil Lemonade) and HERS (Shirley Temple) cocktails.

We also had a power bar to charge electronic devices, a Photo Booth, Dessert Bar, and His/Her hospitality baskets in the bathroom.


A Love Poem For The Happy Couple:

“I love you for what you are, but I love you yet more for what you are going to be.
I love you not so much for your realities as for your ideals, I pray for your desires that they may be great, rather than for your satisfactions, which may be so hazardously little.
A satisfied flower is one whose petals are about to fall. The most beautiful rose is one hardly more than a bud wherein the pangs and ecstasies of desire are working for a larger and finer growth. Not always shall you be what you are now. You are going forward toward something great. I am on the way with you and therefore I love you.”


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Apollo Fotografie’s Photo Blog Journal

The Chapel SF Wedding Photos – Wallis & David

Gina & Joseph’s San Ramon Marriot Wedding Photos

From the photographer:

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