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Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding

So, here’s the deal with this couple: Lee won American Idol in 2010 and Jonna is an actress and model, but Lee and Jonna are so, so, SO very much more than those labels and we feel so blessed to have been a part of their wedding day.

Lee and Jonna are seriously such genuine, sweet, creative and ridiculously in love people! As you will see below, they had an amazing wedding filled with absolutely gorgeous details. More importantly, we can say with 100% honesty that there were several times during their wedding day when we (both Marianne and Joe) were getting totally misty because the emotion was just so genuine, spontaneous, and unexpectedly raw.

Watching Jonna dance with her Grandma (who was in a wheelchair for almost all of the rest of the day) to “My Girl” while her Grandma happily and softly sang to Jonna as they gently swayed was so ridiculously cute! Then the song asked “who can make me feel this way?” and Jonna’s Grandma looked Jonna right in the eye, pointed directly at her, and answered with conviction: “My girl!” Wow! What a moment! THEN Lee started dancing with them and Jonna stepped aside and it was just Lee and Grandma dancing as the next chorus asked “who can make me feel this way?” Again, Grandma pointed right at Lee and proudly sang out “My boy.” My goodness! I’m getting all teary-eyed just writing about it!!!

As part of his toast, Jonna’s Dad struggled to keep it together as he sang a song that he sang to her as a little girl: “The Pickers are Comin’.'” Go check out the lyrics to that song and imagine your Dad singing it to you at your wedding. Waterworks were flowing like nobody’s business!

Later in the evening Lee (a person who has performed in front of MILLIONS of people LIVE) played his guitar and sang the song that he wrote for his bride. It was a beautiful song and a beautiful moment by itself. But when he had to stop a couple of times to take a breath and laugh off the fact that he was getting a little choked up, it was just… yeah. You get it.

The day was absolutely filled with these moments and it was so amazing to be there to experience it.

Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding

Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding

Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding

Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding

Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding

Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding
Maravilla Gardens Wedding Photography: Jonna + Lee Wedding

If you would like to see some more of Jonna and Lee’s gorgeous wedding details check out their featured post on Style Me Pretty!

More awesome Maravilla Gardens weddings can be seen here

  • July 24, 2012 - 6:18 am

    Kat Forsyth - Epic! I’ve always loved Lee. They look so beautiful and happy. Go you for being so awesome that they chose you to shoot their wedding day!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 12:37 pm

    Jenny Tenney - GORGEOUS!!! Oh my goodness! What a lovely couple. You guys rocked it. Can’t wait to meet you guys and have you at our wedding!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    Cheryl Exner - Thank you for sharing these breathe taking pictures that tell the story of Lee and Jonnas special day! Such a beautiful, down to earth couple that are obviously head over heels in love and your refreshingly playful, pictures give life to that fact!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    Tracey Kryak - Amazing, breathtaking photos! I feel like I got to attend the wedding of my favorite American Idol! He's a doll and so is she, I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    Cyndi Petti Cammalleri - These are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing and congrats to my fav idol Lee and his bride!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    Heather - Unbelievably beautiful and unique photography! Loved your engagement pics of them and now these….got me teary-eyed as well. Thank you so much for sharing these….love this couple!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    Cindy5028 - These are some of the most beautiful wedding pictures I’ve ever seen! I guess it doesn’t hurt that the bride & groom are pretty good looking :) Thanks so much for posting your thoughts and your wonderful photography. Best wishes to Lee & Jonna for a life full of health, happiness, love & laughter.ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    Sarah - These pictures are absolutely beautiful. I’ve had the pleasure to meet Lee and Jonna. Anyone who is around them can tell they are so in love. Congrats Lee and Jonna!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 7:54 pm

    Amy Jordan - You two are good!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 8:02 pm

    Justin Ingram - Great photos! Congrats to you both!ReplyCancel

    • July 24, 2012 - 8:18 pm

      Lauren Collier - So perfect! You were beautiful and your day looked like a fairytale. Congrats to you both! ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Hannah Mia - Oh my gosh – these are stunning and Disney shoes!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 9:30 pm

    Tiffany Moore Horn - Amazing! I cried sitting here looking at this love story and I don't even know these 2 lovely people! HA! My hubby and I are big Disney World fans so her shoes w/ hidden Mickey's and the "he saw her, he asked her, he married her" plaque made me smile!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 9:31 pm

    Sarah Kendall - Spectacular pictures of the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen. Lee and Jonna are the sweetest couple you'd ever meet..they are beautiful inside and out.. I am moved to tears of joy as I read about their special day and the pictures, well, the pictures show their love for each other. Their love story is like no other I've ever known. I wish for them life's richest of blessings, love, happiness, and many wonderfulf memories.ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 4:32 pm

    Cindy5028 - These are some of the most beautiful wedding pictures I’ve ever seen! You really get a feel for the personalities of the bride & groom. Thank you for sharing your pictures and your thoughts. Best wishes to Lee & Jonna for a life filled with health, happiness, love & laughter!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 10:35 pm

    Yolanda Serra Houghton - I am in tears! These pictures are breathtaking! I am so happy for Lee & Jonna. I feel so honored to be able to see these precious moments!ReplyCancel

    • July 24, 2012 - 10:52 pm

      Shelby Parker - Wow!! Their pictures are gorgeous! :)ReplyCancel

    • July 24, 2012 - 11:01 pm

      Cherie Hall - I had tears running down my face! I felt like I did when my own daughter got married! The pictures are just breathtaking! What a magical wedding day journey thise pictures take us on!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 4:56 pm

    Cherie Hall - What a beautiful journey on Lee and Jonna’s wedding day! These pictures are exquisite! They bring out the love these two have for each other and their down to earth and beautiful personalities! THANK YOU so much for sharing with us! I wish you were here in Wisconsin. I have wedding, maternity and new baby pics I need done!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 11:35 pm

    Diana Ede - Brought tears to my eyes like I was there – felt the love – you two make a stunning couple xx.ReplyCancel

  • July 25, 2012 - 11:56 am

    audra - holy freakin smokes…ahhhhhmazing! what a gorgeous couple they make..she is so stunning. Gorgeous photographs…so well done. Congrats.ReplyCancel

  • July 25, 2012 - 12:16 pm

    Mercedes - I love this wedding! You guys knocked it out of the park. So, so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • July 25, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    Johanna - You killed this wedding. So, so GORGEOUS <3ReplyCancel

  • July 25, 2012 - 2:49 pm

    Alyssa Schroeder - Oh my goodness! These are amazing. I love everything about this wedding. Such beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • July 26, 2012 - 4:44 am

    JoAnne Arnold - The wedding pictures of Lee and Jonna are truly beautiful!(I felt like I was right there.)
    The wedding place of Maravilla Gardens , so scenic and serene,
    The details are very cleaver!
    I LOVE, LOVE, the vintage theme.
    Plus a Big Hug to Marianne, for letting us fans to view.
    this wonderful couple wedding album. A truly blessings to YOU,
    Thank You, May God Bless!
    JoAnneReplyCancel

  • July 26, 2012 - 9:41 am

    Holly Steen - Gorgeous. So gorgeous… I love all the hints of Disney. Such a beautiful day! I hope they have love that lasts a lifetime.ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    Kat Braman - This is everything a wedding story should be. The photos with the bride’s grandmother are so very special.ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2012 - 8:06 pm

    Lisa C - Marianne & Joe – you guys did such an AMAZING job at capturing the love this couple has for each other. We are SOOO excited that you guys are going to be our photographers next year come June <3ReplyCancel

  • July 28, 2012 - 5:21 pm

    Sandy Amoline - Words cannot describe how beautiful and breath taking these pictures are. Through your camera lens you brought Lee & Jonna's wedding to us. Thank you for sharing with their fans. Your photography is an art and I wish you much success :)ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 8:27 am

    Jai Catalano - Wow these are sweet. I love the ones of her in the field. I would have loved to hear her first reaction when you said let’s go over to the dirt section of the field to get some amazing shots. :)ReplyCancel

  • April 27, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    Kaley - Absolutely beautiful. I just saw him perform on one of this year’s idol shows and just had to look up this wedding. She is one of the most gorgeous brides I’ve ever seen! What a gorgeous wedding. You captured it beautifully. I am a wedding photographer as well, thanks for this inspiring post.ReplyCancel

  • October 5, 2013 - 8:12 am

    Ann Bahnsen - We love to hear you sing. May you be blessed the rest of your life!ReplyCancel

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