Two cultures merged on a beautiful Temecula evening at a very exciting Vineyard and Aviation mixed wedding venue. Briana, Eric and their translator said their vows before friends and family at Aviation Vineyards in Temecula, California. Briana Set out to Chile, not for love but to teach. However her plans quickly changed when she met a charismatic Navy man named Eric who worked up the courage to ask her out. She had her reservations as she was only going to be in Chile a few more months. Thankfully, her friends encouraged her to just go on a date and have fun before making the trip back to the states. Well the few months turned into a few years in Chile after meeting the love of her life. Being away in another country away from friends, family and familiarity is no easy task. Whatever forces put these two together were strong enough for this couple to power against all odds and share a love that crosses language barriers and borders. Everything they've experienced together brought them to this night and what a magical night it was. Despite not being able to speak with one another in the absence of a translator both Briana and Eric's family communicated with one another fully in the universal language of love, you could see the deep joy exuded when you looked at either family. Almost all of the wedding planning was done by Mitzi, Briana's mother who scouted the venue and all of the vendors before passing their information to Briana who was all the way in Chile (that is what we call trust in your mother!)
Brianna’s dress from BHLDN was a strappy A-line with a lace bodice and a tulle skirt adorned by a rhinestone belt, while Eric was looking quite sharp in his Navy Dress Uniform.
Says EMRY Photography [who really has a great eye for color!] "Brianna and Eric decided to do a “first look no look”, where they could exchange gifts they had for each other and say some last minute words to each other before it was time for I-do’s. Brianna made her way from the bridal suite to Eric waiting upstairs next to the awesome antique fighter plane located in the loft of Aviation. It was touching to see them both holding back tears standing back to back.
The time came to head across the bridge to the ceremony site, where florist Romy Abouni blew everyone away with her art. The rustic feel she brought to the arrangements tied in beautifully with the rocky mountain backdrop, featuring splashes of orange, yellow and dusty blue. Being that Eric is from Chile, many of his family and friends who made the long trek to San Diego for the wedding are Spanish speaking, so it was really cool that the ceremony was recited in both English and Spanish for all to enjoy.
After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktail hour while the couple and photographer EMRY did some off roading to catch some epic golden hour photos atop the rocks overlooking the property until it was time for the grand entrance. Entering through the antique doors into the reception site at Aviation Vineyards is like entering into a secret garden and unlike anything you will find in San Diego. The ambiance set by a overhead ceiling of market lights strung from tree to tree sets the mood for the love and laughter to come that night. Being San Diego wedding photographers people outside of San Diego always assume, Warm Warm Warm year round, well this night was a little on the colder side, but thanks to some heaters placed throughout the space, the drinks flowing, tasty warm food from the in house caterer Temecula Catering, and a dance floor that was rocking all night, everyone stayed comfortably warm. Music was provided by the talented Adam Trigg from Pacific Entertainment in Temecula, CA . And for those who aren’t the dancing type, or just needed a breather, we provided our photo booth where guests could get a keepsake print of themselves, and paste a copy of their images into a album for the couple along with a little message for the newlyweds."
The night came to an end and the couple made their way across the bridge greeted by a long tunnel of sparklers as their guests saw them off to their awaiting chariot (Mitzi’s convertible).