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Rustic Meets Romantic DIY Wedding

This wedding has it all: a seriously sweet (and totally in love) bride and groom, a breathtaking al fresco setting and a group of awesome friends and family that know a thing or two about crafting some sweet wedding details.  I’m talking everything from fab paper goods to crazy cool signage to yummy s’mores favors (yes, please).  See every perfect moment captured by We Heart Photography in the full gallery.

And an amazing film from Forrey Films… enjoy, lovelies. 

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From The Bride…When I think of our love story, the words that come to my mind are courage, joy, faith, trust, sorrow, and faithfulness. Courage defines the beginning of our relationship and the courage Daniel and I had to take a risk on one another just 15 months ago. Joy defines the entire relationship of discovering our mutual passions, interests, and love of being together. Faith and trust came on the day when Daniel told me he would be leaving for a 7 month deployment to Afghanistan just five short months after we met. Faith and trust in the Lord and each other have sustained us through trials, separation, distance, and fear. Sorrow has come with separation and longing to be together. And faithfulness, the faithfulness of God has reigned true in our love story as we look back on our lives before we met, our meeting, dating, falling in love and marrying. We have seen God’s faithfulness to prepare us for each other and make us better together.

Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to get married outside. When I dreamt about my wedding, I would picture two things- getting married under oak trees and dancing under the stars and twinkle lights. Daniel and I love the outdoors and it seemed so “us” to get married outside, with mountains, blue skies, big trees, and gorgeous greenery. The first thing I did when I got engaged was call Jacob and Christin to see when they were available! I knew that I wanted them to photograph the day. I was lucky enough to mention to Christin that I wanted to get married outside in a rustic setting with mountains and a beautiful setting. Jacob and Christin suggested the Temecula Creek Inn and the moment my parents and I drove out there and saw the stone house venue, I knew it was perfect! A ceremony under a beautiful wooden arch with oak trees above? Perfect! A beautiful old stonehouse with outdoor reception? Perfect! A dance floor with twinkle lights? Perfect! And a sweet little bridge connecting the ceremony to the reception, perfect! I got to work with my amazing sister Hayley, who loves decorating, design, and pinterest, creating what she called a “country rustic chic” look. I loved growing up in california where natural beauty is everywhere and Daniel loved growing up in the south (Georgia). We combined our love for the outdoors with our love for anything country and added beauty, sweetness, and “pretty things” like lace, doilies, and the color pink! I wanted our guests to get to know Daniel and I and to have fun at our wedding. One of the best compliments I got after the wedding was that our wedding was so “us.”  Wow, that is the best compliment ever!

One of the most important things to me was that all of the people we loved got to be involved. It was so special to me to have my aunt set up the cupcake table, one of my mom’s best friends did the flowers, my father officiated the wedding, good friends sang and played music, passed out programs, and coordinated the guest book. We hardly had any vendors at our wedding where we did not have a previous relationship with them. I loved that. The other thing I loved was how many of my friends and family were involved in our special details and DIY projects. My maid of honor Elise designed our programs and assembled them with me. Elise also hand wrote every name card. My matron of honor Lindsay created and made two burlaps banners, one that said “Just Married” and another that said ” Gifts”. My sister Hayley handwrote all of our chalkboards- the menu board, the instagram boards, the ringbearer sign, the cupcake signs, etc. Hayley also wrote every guests name on our window seating chart. Hayley was the designer of my centerpieces, as well and she came up with the polaroid guest book idea – a favorite of mine! My mom collected family wedding photos of my family and Daniel’s family and created a beautiful display inside the stone house. My mom also frayed and ironed all the burlap, made beautiful table runners, and painted the L & D signs. Daniel also got in on the action. Daniel built beautiful standing wooden signs. Daniel built them and then Elise painted them. Daniel also created a slideshow of our pictures growing up to be displayed in the stone house. My aunt Debbie set up the cupcake table and my grandmother (Mimi) and cousins (Marissa, Katie, and Amy) created and assembled my s’mores favors. My mom and I covered every mason jar with burlap and lace. Pretty much my entire wedding was DIY and I loved it that way! I had so much help to make my dreams a reality and it turned out amazing.

I had so many favorite moments. Praying with my bridesmaids before the ceremony, walking down the aisle with my dad, reading my vows to Daniel, the sword arch, my first dance with Daniel, my crazy choreographed father daughter dance with my dad, cutting our cake with a sword, and dancing the night away with people I love most were all so amazing. But I would have to say my favorite moment was when Daniel and I read our vows to one another. We wrote our own vows and neither of us are short on words! When we were reading them, I forgot an audience was there. I was simply telling my best friend, my love, the man of my dreams what he means to me, how thankful I am for him, and who I hope to be for him. I was promising my sweetheart my heart, mind, body, and soul and that was all that mattered. I loved that moment too because I felt the presence of God and experienced His love for me in a way I never had before. It felt like it was just me, Daniel and Jesus for that brief moment and it was quiet, sweet, beautiful, and holy and I loved it.

In the entire wedding planning process and the day of my advice is this: savor, choose joy, choose gratitude, take pictures, say “thank you,” have fun, laugh, say “I love you,” remember you are special, unique, enough, and worthy, and look into the eyes of the man you love and remember the best thing you are getting out of the whole process is at the end of your wedding day, you are the wife to that wonderful man standing into front of you and you get to spend forever with him.

Photography: We Heart Photography | Videography: Forrey Films | Coordinator: Dannah Christensen From Cafe I Do | Florist: All Things Beautiful | Cake: Sweet Layers Cakes | Entertainment: Special Event Entertainment | Beauty: Something Blue Stylists | Wedding Venue: Temecula Creek Inn

DIY Vineyard Wedding in Temecula

There are a million ways to inject personality into your wedding. Case and point: this bride who took pieces of her own wedding dress and fashioned a head piece for herself and accessories for her bridesmaids that are as beautiful as they are thoughtful. Feeling inspired? Keep scrolling for more stunning images from the event captured by Aga Jones Photography.


From Aga Jones PhotographyFrom moment I met Brittany & Oscar I knew their wedding day would be special & unique, just like two of them.

Brittany dress was absolutely stunning, not to mention she made lot of changes to the dress by herself to make it her own. She used extra fabric from the dress to make her head piece and special accessories for all bridesmaids.

Brittany & Oscar decided on a late evening wedding at Lake Oak Meadows. The beautiful November sunset made their wedding day truly fairy tale. I was honored to be part of it.

Photography: Aga Jones Photography | Floral Design: Bloem Hill by Nicole Moser | Wedding Dress: Here Comes the Bride | Cake: Twin Treats by Amy Pilz | Bridesmaids Dresses: Etsy | Catering: Lake Oak Meadows | Make-Up: Loli Romo | Hair: Jackie Blum | Coordination: Hayley Radford | Groomsmen Attire: H&M | Wedding Venue: Lake Oak Meadows

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Rustic + Romantic Temecula Creek Wedding

When the venue is as stunning as Temecula Creek Inn, the details that follow are just an added bonus (and insanely pretty if I might add). So is true with this charming fete from Closer To Love Photography. The beautiful bride along with the help of her family and friends, sprinkled this day with rustic touches making it nothing short of perfection. And you guessed it, there’s so much more in the gallery!


From the lovely Bride… Being Southern California natives, my now husband and I knew that we didn’t want to venture far when it came to celebrating the best day of our lives. The second we set foot on the Temecula Creek Inn property, we knew we had stumbled upon something wonderful. Touring the Stone House venue was love at first sight. It was everything we had imagined and so much more. It was rustic yet romantic all wrapped into a sweet perfect package.

We really wanted to create an event that truly represented us as a couple and would leave a lasting impression with all of our guests. We decided a heartfelt ceremony with our close friends and family, amazing food, timeless décor and a lot of dancing was the perfect combination to create this type of affair. I spent the next 12 months planning the perfect wedding. I recruited help from my family and close friends to help make my vision come to life. I knew we didn’t need much as the venue itself was remarkably gorgeous and would set the tone for our day. In the details, we tied together rustic pieces of wood and burlap paired with soft touches of romantic lace and lots of candles. The color palette consisted of a variety of pale pinks, creams and pops of deep red. So much love and care was put towards the creation of our beautiful day. It was an all-out DIY major undertaking, but the outcome was nothing short of perfection.

Our wedding day was truly a fairytale. Guests had to take a tram to get to the secluded venue site. As everyone exited the tram and began the walk down a stone pathway lined with large oak trees, a hand crafted sign read “Happily ever after starts here.” Holding true this statement, at the bottom of the path, it opened up to a sprawling and breathtaking scene. A 150-year-old Stone House along with built in fire pits, bar and dance floor were just a few pieces of already existing décor which we accented with simple yet elegant touches.

Guests crossed over a small bridge to get to the ceremony site where burlap and lace bows lined the aisle seats. A beautiful wooden ceremony arch looked like a floral masterpiece thanks to the wonderful work done by Flower Allie. The ceremony was raw and emotional and captured the hearts of all. On to the reception, it was now time to celebrate! While guests sipped on local wine and brews they ventured around the grounds, taking in all of the beautiful details that surrounded them. A 14 foot wooden table housed our guest book, wishing tree and memorial site, complete with pictures of us and our dearest who had passed. Inside the Stone House guests admired a decorated fireplace mantle and credenza where our engagement pictures were placed among flower petals and candles galore. In another corner guests could not miss the stunning homemade 5 tier wedding cake, compliments of the Groom’s sister, who happens to be a pastry genius. On the same cake table were pictures of our parents on their wedding day, an added touch that was special to us. Hanging mason jars filled with candles were dangled from the Stone House porch overhang. Handmade burlap pillows and blankets could be found near the fire pits for those who wanted to cozy up. Guests found their tables by searching the large vintage window pane seating chart. Burlap runners blanketed each table while candles, lanterns and beautifully crafted flower creations adorned the tops.

First dances, speeches and dinner went by without a hitch and the dance floor was crowded from thereafter. We all danced the night away to our very own hand-picked tunes under a sparkling chandelier. As the night came to an end, we sent our guests home with “s’more love,” delicious homemade s’more pops. Our rustic, romantic and charming wedding was truly a dream come true. As we look back we can’t help but think how incredibly blessed we are. We owe thanks to our loving families, friends and amazing vendors who all played an important role in creating the best day of our lives.

Photography: Closer To Love Photography | Videography: Melinda Gilchrist Video Production | Floral Design: Flower Allie | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Wedding Cake: Homemade By The Groom’s Sister | Bridal Shoes: Toms | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Groom’s Attire: After Six | Hair/Makeup: Friend Of The Bride | Stationery & Invitations: AMG Design Co. Via Etsy | Wedding Venue: Temecula Creek Inn

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