Save a Dance for Us! A gorgeous engagement session that celebrates true love, true courage, and the wedding vendors who love our military!!

We celebrate true courage and real heroes on May 1, Silver Star Banner Day the official day to honor wounded, ill, and injured Veterans by Congressional ruling. Thanks to Leah Marie for this gorgeous engagement session and heartwarming story of true courage, true love, and dancing through life no matter what! Chris is a war veteran who served his country proudly and gave more than most will ever have to.  In an accident involving an IED, Chris lost both of his legs and was left a paraplegic. Chris was awarded to be the receipt of an all expenses paid wedding through Los Willows Wedding Estate [thank you Los Willows!!]. Photographer Leah Marie along with quite a few other vendors will be donating their services to them on their special day. See Chris' full story on Jockey: http://www.jockey.com/showem-chris

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How we met by Samantha: "I was living in Illinois and Chris was living in San Diego. He always came back to Illinois because it's where his family lives. I was working at a local gym at a personal trainer at the time and Chris came in to work out while he was visiting. I remember seeing him from across the gym doing pull-ups, I couldn't see his prosthetics, but I knew there was something different about him. I asked my friend who was working the front desk who he was and after she told me I said "that's going to be my boyfriend one day." We both saw each other the next couple days but didn't say anything to each other. We then became friends on Facebook and the rest is history!"

How Chris Proposed: "At the beginning of June we decided to go back to Illinois to visit both our families. My birthday and Chris's "alive day" (the day he got injured) is June 13th and we were going to be in Hawaii with his family. So Chris and my mom threw me a birthday party to celebrate my birthday early. With both families and close friends there I started opening presents. My sister in law got me the same gift I got her when she got engaged, she got me a wooden hanger with my future last name on it. After I opened that present, Chris looked at me and said "I guess we would need to be engaged to have that work huh?" And that's when he got down on one knee and had a whole beautiful speech planned." <3!

Other Location:Old Town Temecula//Photographer: Leah Marie Photography//

Temecula Wedding Braves the Heat and Comes Up Shining With Love

Santannah and Mitch had the most gorgeous boho wedding at Galway Downs in Temecula, CA. It was a record breaking 116 degrees that day, but these two handled the heat with such grace. Their amazing wedding location, an equestrian center surrounded by the beautiful So Cal countryside, made for a gorgeous backdrop to their special day!

Wedding Venue Spotlight: Galway Downs:

Galway Downs is a venue like no other! This equestrian center turned special event venue offers beautiful rolling hills and lots of beautiful, natural, locations for you to celebrate in!

Carriage House: With its own unique and historic character, The Carriage House at Galway Downs is the perfect venue for rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, farewell brunches and more. The romantic setting will bring a magical sense of intimacy to your ceremony or event and a timeless, charming atmosphere you’re sure to treasure.

Oak Falls: Perfectly tucked privately beneath shady trees The Oaks Falls at Galway Downs offers the perfect spot for “I do.” Surrounded by perfectly manicured grass and the sound of the tranquil waterfall this ceremony site is nothing short of luxurious. This is the outdoor ceremony people dream of.

The Meadows: Imagine your ceremony under cascading trees near a flowing stream and peaceful pond of lily pads. The Meadows at Galway Downs offers a majestic backdrop of lush greenery and a tranquil garden feel. Say ‘I do’ amidst vast horizons and majestic surroundings.

Reception Venue: Galway Downs//Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu//Dress Designer: Grace Loves Lace//Apparel: Mens Wearhouse//Makeup Artist:Salon De La Mariee//Floral Designer:Floral Sensations Riverside//DJ: Austin Murray Entertainment//Event Planner: Galway Downs//Bakery: Sugar Divaz Bake Shoppe//Photographer: Leah Marie Photography//

Wine Country Wedding and Styled Shoot Gives an All New Meaning to White Wedding!

This elegant rustic-chic themed styled shoot utilizes a neutral color palette with a bespoke dress from top So Cal bridal gown designer Madeleine Fig. The opulent villa with details like handmade furnishings, stonework, rich wood furnishings and pool, complete with private helicopter naturally, is nestled in the heart of Southern California's incredible wine country. This is sure to inspire couples planning their own intimate destination wine country wedding! 

The small-wedding / elopement trend with several unique elements served as the inspiration behind this shoot. The venue boasts amazing views of the wine country and also has a dedicated helicopter pad on site to offer guests private tours! The muted hues of bronze, gold, silver, copper, combined with plenty of greenery reflect the outdoor Southern California vibe and blend flawlessly into the rugged landscape extending into the distance. Overall, the scene conveys a simple purity that relaxes the senses. The handmade furniture such as the palette bar, the desert table with back drop, and the mismatched table settings lend a custom DIY element to the theme. The beauty of the scenes, the models, the make-up, the hair, and the dresses were expertly captured and edited by a talented photographer from Monterey. The videographer from Los Angeles worked alongside providing both drone and handheld coverage that documented the full process.

This was a truly collaborative effort that brought talented vendors from across California. It turned out to be much bigger than originally intended and consisted of a full crew included: photographer, videographer with drone, models, couture bridal designer, makeup and hair, florist, catering, calligraphy, accessories, rentals, and graphic design. Behind the scenes, the chemistry between the models and the crew added to the energetic and fun vibe on set!

Wedding Professionals LOVE:

Photographer:   paulinar.photography//Calligrapher: Miller Photography Creations//Other: Upper Limit Aviation//Caterer: Parilla 84 Mexican Grill//Floral Designer: Petals of Poetry//Model:Anthony Gonzalez//Model: Paige Spagnoletti//Equipment Rentals: AKT Party Rentals & Custom Furniture//Cinema and Video: Black Tie Media Production//Invitation Designer:Brown Fox Creative//Design and Decor: Villa Del Enzo//Event Venue: Villa Del Enzo//Hair Stylist: Blush//Dress Designer: Madeleine Fig//Beauty: Blush//

Temecula Winery Wedding is a Bright and Sunny Ode to Simple Elegance and Love

Priscilla and Daniel's winery wedding was an ode to simple touches than communicated a lot of love [and a little purple!]. They celebrated their next step surrounded by loved ones at the gorgeous Falkner Winery wedding venue in Temecula, Ca. With a lawn ceremony, showcasing the rolling hills of the vineyard as backdrop, and a super fun wedding reception to follow in the restaurant, this day shone with their bright and sunny joy and love. 

Photographer:   Michelle Peterson Photography//Groomsman Attire: Men's Wearhouse//Bridesmaid Dresses:David's Bridal//Floral Designer: Kwasney Designs//Cake Designer:Tasteful Cakes//Jewelry: Jared//Other Location: Falkner Winery//

Rich Burgundy Toned Wedding Styled Shoot Celebrates with a Hint of Medieval Magic

This Wedding Styled Shoot celebrates bold style and outdoor wedding glamour with a hint of Medieval charm and the MOST stunning florals! If this ultra rich and regal burgundy-toned Wedding Styled Shoot doesn't inspire you to add a little medieval flair to your wedding day we don't know what will! And oh my goodness that circular floral swing has us in deep crush mode! 

For gifted floral designers and stylists inspiration can come at any place and at any time and from any era! This modern take on royal medieval style for a wedding magically appeared while visiting the Milagro Winery Cave. The beautiful winery cave’s interior is covered with large stone pieces and immediately transports one to an era of iron and clay, candles, and over the top lush weddings with long and hearty celebrations.
The talented wedding photographer Sergey from Red Trolley Studio captured the imagined newlyweds as if in a time machine. The majestic tree at Milagro Winery was decorated with a romantic vintage floral swing with rich Darcey garden roses and eucalyptus, harkening a never ending love story. The Bridal bouquets [all fit for a queen!] embodied true magic with a variety of textures and color tones: burgundy garden roses, Privet and Hypericum berries with a blush of anemones and seeded eucalyptus. The florals in this shoot are fab-u-lous and we see a lot of wedding florals! These living works of art were created and styled by the floral designer artist Tatyana Mironova Jamora of Unforgettable Florals. To create a medieval royal experience, Gold and Burgundy textured linens were provided by Patricia Patty’s Linen Rentals. We loved the heavy iron key chains and candelabras, it just takes you back in time. The delicious dessert Cream Puff tower [Croquembouche anyone?] and cupcake feast were designed and provided by Joanna Page of The London Bakery. The bridal beauty makeup artist Tanya Tello and wedding hairstylist Audrey Borunda created a soft and delicate look for the beautiful bride and grooming for the dashing groom. 
This talented team was thrilled to showcase this theme inspired ceremony at Milagro Winery - the perfect romantic setting.

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Wedding Photography by Red Trolley Photography

Wedding Venue Milagro Winery

Wedding Design and Planning by Unforgettable Florals

Wedding Florals by Unforgettable Florals

Wedding Rentals by Patty's Linen

Bridal Beauty Hair by Audrey B Hair

Bridal Beauty Makeup by Tanya Tello Makeup

Wedding Cake by The London Bakery

 

All the elements come together to make an extra special rainy wedding day shine!

Sometimes it rains on your wedding day, even in San Diego, but you know what...with love, a great perspective, a wedding venue as gorgeous as the Temecula Creek Inn and all the elements coming together like this, it just doesn't matter! 

This happy bride says "Our inspiration for the wedding day was nature; and nature showed up big time with a very rare rainy stormy spring day in Temecula! Our original vision was of a sunny outdoor event surrounded by trees and greenery with bright rich spring colored flowers. We wanted a relaxed outdoor gathering that showcased our beautiful venue and our love for nature. We stuck to our nature theme with plantable seed paper invitations, sustainable menu provided by our venue, colorful flowers everywhere and lawn games and fire pits to keep people spread out enjoying the day. We incorporated both of our inspirations into the wedding décor; I wanted a boho feel with Moroccan colors and textures and my husband wanted a rustic feel with woods and natural touches. We named our style ‘eclectic rustic bohemian’. We were a little non-traditional and had no groomsmen or bridesmaids, and my sister was our ceremony officiant. We had no true color scheme, I just wanted bright vibrant spring colors richly saturating the whole wedding, the venue and flowers were really the focus."

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Venue + Catering: Temecula Creek Inn
Planning + Floral Design: Seven Stems Floral Design & Event Planning
Photography: Next to Me Studios
Menswear Style: Light Grey Slim Fit Suit 
Videography: Maio Media
Wedding Gown: Watters
Bridal Salon: Here Comes the Bride
Hair + Makeup: Wonderpin Studio
Rentals: Jake Duke Studios
Tent Rental: Allie’s Party Rental
Music + Lighting: Brian Stodart
Cake: Cakes to Celebrate
Signage: Made by Meer
Macrame: Macramama
Photo Booth: Pro Sound DJs

This happy bride continues..."Some of my favorite elements were things that reflected us; gold silverware and multicolored glassware really showed off my personal style and the wood grain cake, wooden details, and amber glass vases were some of my husbands favorites. Our coordinator/designer/florist really helped bring my vision into reality and made sure to have all the little details we wanted. Our cake was a simple white with a wood grain look draped with our colorful flowers, it was one of our all-time favorite parts of the wedding look. We also incorporated little themes into the details that were really just for my husband and I. We love the Southern California hummingbirds that represent spring and nature to us so we hid little hummingbirds in many aspects, from our invitation, to our personalized wedding favor fleece blankets, to wooden signs. We also incorporated mixed metals and golds into the décor to accent the yellow gold in our wedding rings."

A Love for All Things Fall - Halloween Wedding Celebrates Spooky in Style

Chad and Natalie's wedding was one where their guests watched the couple literally falling in love. They share a common love for the season and everything it encompasses. From the changing of colors in the trees to the creativity that comes with Halloween, their love for the season and each other was evident. Much of the decor, Natalie made by hand! This wedding was a celebration of the beauty of nature [love Temecula Creek Inn's extra special Stone House set amongst a glade of trees!] rustic, spooky, and full of surprising elements, including a Monster Mash first dance!  It's safe to say that this couple didn't miss a trick-- or treat! Happy Halloween! 

Photographer: Light of Love Photography//Event Planner: A Celebration by Diana//Lighting: Brilliant event lighting//Cake Designer: Cakes to Celebrate!//Officiant: Ceremonies by Bethel//Beauty: Cole Lasher//DJ: Good Time Entertainment//Equipment Rentals: Madam Palooza//Floral Designer: Soiree Design & Events//Cinema and Video: Stephen Alberts Wedding Films//Reception Venue: Temecula Creek Inn

San Diego Featured Wedding: Kerrie + Justin's Adventure and Travel Themed Wedding

Have you ever had been filled with the sweet ache of wanderlust? That strong desire to just get away and travel? Kerrie and Justin Schinke both share a love of traveling; so much so, that they planned their wedding theme around it.  They share a love for new places and a passion for life so a colorful "whimsical and romantic travel themed wedding" as Kerrie would call it, git the bill perfectly!  We love the special touches that these two put into sharing with everyone what they love to do as a couple. They placed pictures from their previous travels together to include a personal touch to their already intimate wedding, their wedding cake had a hand painted world map on the middle tier and their decor made their guests feel like they too were on a beautiful vacation with their favorite people. Bon voyage and congratulations Kerrie and Justin!

Photographer: Kirstin Burrows Photography//Cake Designer: Cakes to Celebrate!// Event Planner: Celebrations by Diana// DJ: Good Time Entertainment// Reception Venue: Lake Oak Meadows// Floral Designer: Sweet Flowers Weddings & Events// Invitation Designer: Zazzle

A Beautiful Winery Wedding with Military Dress is the Perfect Patriotic Way to Celebrate Flag Day!

Sarah and Clint have been friends since high school and now that they're all grown up, Clint proudly serves our country in the US Coast Guard. This lovely Wedding Crush Wednesday wedding is our way of saying Happy Flag Day everyone because we all love celebrating with a man in a uniform and his beautiful Bride!

Surrounded by family and friends, Sarah and Clint's intimate wedding day at Ponte Winery in Temecula was filled with small details and beautiful toasts, which were a testament to their love.