Dear Breathtaking Temecula Wedding… you are hands down one of the prettiest little gems I’ve ever laid eyes on. All it took was one brief look, one itty bitty little glance at all that pastel-infused gorgeousness and I was a total goner. The only bad thing about this wedding is trying to decide what to pin first. On my “to pin” list: the wildly romantic Monique Lhuilier dress, the row of perfectly unmatched bridesmaids, the ribbon table runners…actually EVERYTHING. And we have Erin Hearts Court to thank for supplying us with all this Friday beauty. Get your pinning fingers ready and check out the FULL wedding in the gallery.
Gorgeous, right? And it gets even better after a viewing of this lovely film by Le Reve Productions…
From the bride… Will and I decided to have an intimate Catholic ceremony for immediate family two days before our outdoor ceremony and reception. At first, I was a little anxious and overwhelmed at the idea of two weddings, but in the end the first ceremony was truly beautiful and took a lot of pressure off the big wedding day that I put so much time and energy into planning. Even though most of our guests didn’t know it, Will and I were already legally married at our big wedding, which made me feel a lot more relaxed!
As far as the planning process went, I knew I wanted our wedding to be soft, whimsical, light, and airy from the very beginning. I had the idea of a beautiful, fantastical tea party set in the middle of a forest and with the help of our amazing planner, Ryan, and our friends and family, the idea grew and changed into something more perfect than I could have ever imagined. Our ceremony location had this breathtaking view of vineyards and mountains, so we really let the backdrop do the talking and kept the space natural and fairly clean for the ceremony and vows. We were able to have a lot of fun with our reception area, however, using the bell tower for our grand entrance and creating an intimate space for dinner, cocktails, and dancing with a long grand table, vintage furniture, floating fabric lanterns, and twinkling lights.
I was really into the little touches that made our day different. My sister Gina created our beautiful ribbon table runner for our head table. We had the idea of making vintage dance cards for our escort cards and included rustic mini pencils so our guests could fill them out throughout the evening. Our amazing graphic designer worked with us to craft some fun vintage Valentine-themed cards that sat at each place setting that either had “five things his family should know about her” or vice-versa. I really enjoyed collecting the mismatched vases, teapots, cups, and containers that we used for our floral arrangements, and one of my favorite touches was the collection of vintage thimbles I acquired over the year that we let our guests take home as kisses for the day (inspired by my favorite Peter Pan quote). As we got closer and closer to the wedding, people kept reminding me that things would go wrong and I should be prepared. And I was completely prepared. But to be totally honest, I was just so thrilled the entire day and could not have been happier. I married my best friend and had the time of my life. The speeches, the dress, the weather, the man … to me, it was all perfect. Right out of a fairytale.
Wedding Photography: Erin Hearts Court / Videography: Le Reve Productions / Wedding Venue: South Coast Winery in Temecula, California / Wedding Coordination + Design: Savoir Flair Weddings / Flowers: Fiore Design / Cake + Desserts: Cakes to Celebrate / Vintage Furniture: Archive Vintage Rentals / Classic Furniture + Linen Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Ceremony Music: Jory Schulman / DJ: Red Shoe LA / Wedding Dress + Reception Sash: Monique Lhuillier / Gold Zipper Shoes: Jean-Michel Cazabat / Jeweled Two-Strap Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender “Elroy” / Hair + Makeup: The Studio Agency / Wedding Paper Products: Kristen Gara / Wedding Invitations: SmallPrinter / Cookies: Magnolia Bakery / Officiant: Rev. Bruce GreeneMonique Lhuillier is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.