We all know about the acres and acres of lush, breathtaking vineyard views in Northern California but the wineries just outside of San Diego are little less familiar though equally as gorgeous.  I had always heard of the Temecula wineries but it wasn’t until I actually drove out there that I realized what beauty we had right in our backyard.  This wedding by Color Me Rad is hidden in one of the loveliest little gems inside Temecula and the couple put together the sweetest, personal wedding.  Plus any bride that can rock a pair of baby Toms and do the bump with her honey on her wedding day is A-OK in my book!  Click here to see even more!

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From the Bride… I had always been in love with the idea of having a winery wedding. When we got engaged, we immediately began looking at all the Temecula wineries, luckily we soon came across Keyways Winery. Keyways is truly a hidden gem in wine country. It is a small, boutique winery that we immediately fell in love with, it was so quaint and personal! The staff became like family and their event coordinator Annette Nielsen was absolutely amazing. I never had to worry about a thing the day of!

As far as the decor and flowers we didn’t want anything to take away from the original beauty of Keyways. We embraced the winery theme any way we could! For the ceremony we collected and lined the aisle with wooden wine crates and casually draped flowers over them. For the centerpieces we used candelabra covered with eucalyptus leaves and shorter rustic holders filled with an assortment of wine? (maybe plum) colored flowers. I told our florist less is more!! To further the winery theme, we used wine bottles and corks for the reception. Each guest place card was placed in a hand cut wine cork and wine bottles were used as the table numbers. We purchased blank wine labels and printed the table numbers onto them. It was quite a process, but so worth it when it all came together!

The biggest “wedding chore” was putting together our programs. Because our wedding was in June, we knew it had the potential to get hot. Since our budget didn’t allow for programs AND fans for 180 guests we decided to make our programs a little of both. We bought heavy card stock and printed the wedding party information on one side and a fun word search on the other.  We then glued it to a wooden stick and hand tied a golf pencil to each fan for the guests to use while playing the game!

The day itself was absolutely perfect!  After a full year of planning, I felt so ready for our wedding day to be here.  I spent the morning with my mother and bridesmaids getting our hair and makeup done and writing my vows to Paul.  One thing that I found to be really sweet was how traditional Paul was the day of.  He is not a fan of having a “first look” and knew that the first time he wanted to see me had to be as I walked down the aisle.  It was so worth it when I saw his eyes fill with tears as he saw me walk towards him.

One of the best pieces of advice we received was from our wonderful photographer, Colleen Sherman of Color Me Rad. Colleen said “make sure that your day is how you want it, never let a vendor or guest talk you into something that you don’t want to do.”  I held onto that during our planning process and our day turned out just how I imagined!

Wedding Photography: Color Me Rad / Wedding Cinematography: 618studios / Floral Design: Belle Fleur Co. / Event Planning: Events by Annette / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location: Keyways Winery / Catering: Vineyard Gourmet Catering / Wedding Invitations: The Bride / Wedding Dress: Demetrios / Bridesmaid Dresses: WTOO by Watters /  Shoes: TOMSDavid’s Bridal / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Friar Tux Shop