Real Weddings

Rachel & Matt at Renault Winery

Posted on May 11, 2023 by New Jersey Bride

For their Renault Winery wedding, Rachel and Matt leaned into the venue’s classic charm by adding pops of green and gold. Other special moments included all guests singing along to Louis Prima’s “Che La Luna,” the “Prenup Cup” golf tournament before their nuptials and Rachel’s outfit change.

By Denise K. Potter

At their Renault Wintery wedding, the groom and bride smile as they link arms and walk on the grounds of the property.
Photo by Asher Gardner Photography

Their Story

Rachel Butts, 30, of Virginia Beach, and Matt Borriello, 29, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, met when they were undergrads at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Both were eager to make friends at school and, fortunately, their social circles overlapped. “Matt claims it was love at first sight and I just had to catch up,” says Rachel. They dated about six months, then made it official. Rachel was taken completely by surprise when Matt popped the question during a vacation in Perdido Key, Florida. “It was the easiest yes of my life,” she says. 

The bride and groom exit their outdoor ceremony at Renault Winery with a large wooden archway behind them.
Photo by Asher Gardner Photography

The Wedding

The road to the altar tested the couple’s patience. Due to the pandemic, Rachel and Matt set a total of four wedding dates over the course of New Jersey’s shutdown and phased reopening. After the first two dates were set and subsequently cancelled, the couple decided to hold a private ceremony in NYC’s Central Park; it was there, in December 2020, that they first recited their own vows. Nearly two years later, on their “forever wedding date” of July 31, 2022, they reread those same words before friends and family. “There was something so deeply moving about waking up that morning, re-reading my vows and knowing, without a doubt, yes,” Rachel says. “I would do this again in a heartbeat. A thousand times over.”  

Left, a closeup of the couple's invites and rings, right, a closeup of champagne glasses held in wooden stands on a greenery wall.
Photo by Asher Gardner Photography

Why Renault Winery?

The couple wanted a venue with an on-site hotel and golf course for their out-of-town guests to enjoy during the wedding weekend. Renault Winery—with its 100-year-old vineyards, artisanal cuisine, boutique hotel and inviting greens—stood out among the rest. They even hosted a “Prenup Cup” golf tournament before their nuptials—an event guests still rave about.

Left, the couple poses for a portrait on the grounds of the property, right, a close up of the back of the brides' shoes featuring thin heels and ribbon bows.
Photo by Asher Gardner Photography

Decor & Details

“Matt and I are not big color people,” says Rachel, who opted for a classic palette of black and white, with pops of gold and green. They kept personalized touches small, to complement the venue’s classic charm—and the stunning, greenery-adorned chandelier in the Champagne Ballroom. A mixture of all-white garden roses, hydrangea, stock, spray roses, and ranunculus adorned the space, framed by low, garland-style arrangements of baby’s breath and taper candles. An expanded black-and-white dance floor encouraged everyone to keep the party going.The couple’s first dance song was “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton.  Rachel paired her Theia gown with a floor-length veil by Alexandra Grecco. After the ceremony, she changed into a comfortable, yet stylish, satin jumpsuit.

Left, the sweetheart table decorated with white roses and greenery. Right, a closeup of floating candle centerpieces.
Photo by Asher Gardner Photography

The Menu

Artisanal selections at Renault Wintery included lamb chops, smoked salmon on cucumber rounds, goat-cheese-stuffed watermelon cubes, short ribs, sea bass and asparagus-and-mushroom polenta.

The neutral colored ballroom features a large chandelier surrounded by greenery and large draping clothes cascading out from the chandelier.
Photo by Asher Gardner Photography

Favorite Moment

Nearly all 200 guests erupted in song and dance when the DJ played “Che La Luna” by Louis Prima during dinner hour.

Left, an all-white wedding cake with a topper that read "The Borriellos." Right, the neutral colored ballroom with green and white floral centerpieces and candles.
Photo by Asher Gardner Photography


Extend your hair and makeup team for touch ups. “My bridal party was so happy and I felt perfect before each big moment,” Rachel says. 

Outside at night the couple kiss and embrace. The bride pops her foot.
Photo by Asher Gardner Photography


After a week in Maine, eating copious lobster and luxuriating at Cape Neddick’s Cliff House Resort, the couple is home in Murray Hill, Manhattan.

the details

Reception Location

Renault Winery


Asher Gardner Photography

Bride’s Gown

Theia via Lovely Bride

Bride’s Shoes

Nine West

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