Italian Style Wedding At The Sunstone Villa

May 28, 2024

Tucked away in the Santa Ynez Mountains, Maya and Sam made their Italian style wedding come true at The Sunstone Villa. This stunning couple celebrated their Jewish Hertiage so beautifully at this Tuscany style wedding location. This majestic destination styled venue wraps the warm sun around you and offers breathtaking vineyards as a beautiful backdrop for wedding.

The Sunstone Villa, A Italian Style Wedding Venue

The Sunstone Villa is a stunning Italian inspired wedding venue. This beautiful property has structures built from limestones salvaged from European chateaus, and structural elements dating back from the 19th century. It is also surrounded by picturesque mountains, vineyards, and natural elements. It’s no wonder why this location is perfect for a Tuscany vineyard wedding.

Bride Getting Ready Session

One of my favorite things about the Sunstone Villa is that they have a getting ready suite for the wedding parties. Maya’s bridal suite looked over the vineyard and it had these stunning wood frame doors that gave the most beautiful sunlight. Therefore we had to capture some indoor bridal portraits in her silk dress and robe, and her gorgeous bridal gown. She had the ultimate Italian style wedding dress. These portraits definitely gave editorial wedding photos vibes and I was here for it!

First Look Photos

The inside of the villa was romantic and you definitely felt like you were transported to another world. Maya and Sam knew they wanted their first look to be at the end of the spiral staircase. When Maya reached the last step, she tapped Sam’s shoulder and he turned and was in awe of how stunning his wife-to-be was. Sam had the biggest grin and they shared such a tender moment before their ceremony. The groom’s mother was able to see the moment and it was beautiful! 

Italian Style Wedding Decor

When you think about Tuscany, you think about three things: green landscape, food and wine. Maya and Sam wanted to emphasize those elements for their Tuscany inspired wedding. Their details incorporated fresh lemons, limes, and rosemary sticks, and white roses, baby breaths, and flowers. These decorations were present throughout their traditional ceremony and reception. The ambience was intimate, romantic, and it was pure Italian Tuscany vibes.

Italian Documentary Wedding Portraits

We wanted to take advantage of the grounds at The Sunstone Villa. We took high-end wedding couple editorial photos in the courtyard, the vineyard, and quite frankly all around the property. This location had endless amounts of greenery, organic structure and backdrops. When you see these photos, you think these were shot in Italy! It was pure magic!

After the portraits, we were able to get back to their family and friends and they ate and danced the night away under the California stars in the dreamiest Tuscan villa wedding location. Maya and Sam, thank you for letting me capture your stunning Italian inspired wedding day!

Kind words from couple 

“Lety Altam is the BEST OF THE BEST!!!  She made us feel super comfortable in front of the camera, and helped us look and feel incredible on our wedding day.  Her style and creative vision not only aligned with what we wanted, but exceeded our expectations. She was truly a pleasure to work with, and we are so grateful that she was there to capture our special day!”

Vendors to helped to make this day special
Photographer- @letyaltamphotography
Planner- @the_love_riot
Venues- @sunstonevilla
Floral- @thetwistedtwig
Makeup& hair- @janet__villa
Catering- @cotturala
Candles- @viedeluxecandleco
Rentals/tent- @brighteventrentals
Security- @dadsecuritysvcs
Dj- @spaceproductionsla
Dress- @katherinetash

Do you want to get married at The Sunstone Villa? Are you looking for a California Wedding Photographer? Then let’s chat!


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