Temecula Wedding Location: Pechanga Resort & Casino

pechanga-weddings

Did you know that Southern California has a wine country?  And a beautiful one too!  Temecula is home to rolling hills, boutique wineries, and even a fabulous resort to call home for your destination wedding!  Set just outside of the wineries, a few minutes from the vines is Pechanga Resort & Casino, the perfect place to wed when heading south for an outdoors wedding in wine country.  I recently got to test drive what a wedding would be like here…and let’s just say, I’ll be back!

You may think you want to say “I do” among the grapes, but once you set foot on Pechanga’s private garden ceremony site, you may think again.  A beautifully manicured lawn and garden with a raised platform just for you, your ceremony point will be protected by trees yet overlook the beautiful golf course and valley beyond.

wine-country-wedding-location

Then head to the patio nearby for a fire pit-clad cocktail hour (perfect for s’mores) and enjoy a jaw-dropping setting complete with old-fashioned bridge just beyond, where most brides and grooms can be found taking portraits in a place unlike any other.

For dinner, dine under the stars or indoors at Journey, a swanky restaurant the property shuts down just for you and 180 of your closest friends and family.  You’ll enter by a large, two-story stone fireplace and head into a space that’s already dressed up so you need not do much to make it picture-perfect.

pechanga-resort-wedding

Then it’s time to eat.  And eat you will!  The food at Pechanga Resort & Casino is something to write home about.  Wow, it’s better than good.  Your first meal as newlyweds will be one you remember.

View More: http://jennaphoto.pass.us/cinnamon-and-earthView More: http://jennaphoto.pass.us/cinnamon-and-earth

But a destination wedding to Southern California’s wine country isn’t all about the wedding day.  What I love about Pechanga is all there is do on property AND nearby.  You can take your guests to a comedy show in their comedy club instead of hosting a stuffy rehearsal dinner.  If there’s a concert in town, you can catch that too in their theater.  If you like to gamble, there’s a major casino on property.  And if you don’t, it’s housed a shuttle ride away from the wedding space so you’ll never even know it’s there.  But if you do like to play a little, might we suggest a family round of bingo or a poker tournament for your group?  Pechanga can set up gaming activities for your group too – even lessons for those needing a little help!

Then don’t forget to arrange a shuttle to the wineries for some tastings along the way and perhaps even a day after trash the dress session!

 temecula-wedding-venues

The rooms at Pechanga Resort & Casino are lovely, the staff knows their stuff, the activities are endless, and the wedding spaces and menus are surprisingly unique and delightful.  Home run if you’re looking for a domestic destination I do and a wine country that’s a little more relaxed with a lot more to do.  Oh, and did we mention Pechanga is undergoing a 285 million dollar expansion and renovation?  That means this time next year, you’ll find even more to do on property with even more luxury at your fingertips.  Booking now means getting in before it’s booked later.

{Photos: Image 1: Pechanga, Image 2, 3, 6: Hulse Photo, Image 4, 5: Jenna Joseph Photography}

Share

Destination Wedding at Sunset Da Mona Lisa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

0007_alec-and-t-photography

Taryn and Jeffrey tied the knot at their Cabo San Lucas, Mexico destination wedding at the popular Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, overlooking El Arco and the beautiful ocean. The big day came together with lots of personal touches that Taryn shared with us here.

We selected the location by pictures online through Alec & T website and saw the breathtaking venue Sunset Mona Lisa. We decided to have dinner there, when we did a venue visit 6 months prior. We couldn’t have been more sure, it was definitely the place we wanted to get married. The views, the food, the staff. It was literally like we were on top of the world.

0011_alec-and-t-photography 0012_alec-and-t-photography 0013_alec-and-t-photography

My favorite moment of the day was walking down the aisle with my brother to greet my husband. I couldn’t wait to see him. It was overwhelming how beautiful day was. It was a sense of relief knowing that everything we had planned for had come down to that moment. The party was amazing. I loved seeing my friends and family so happy.

0015_alec-and-t-photography 0021_alec-and-t-photography 0019_alec-and-t-photography 0020_alec-and-t-photography 0022_alec-and-t-photography 0025_alec-and-t-photography 0026_alec-and-t-photography 0030_alec-and-t-photography 0031_alec-and-t-photography 0034_alec-and-t-photography 0037_alec-and-t-photography 0040_alec-and-t-photography 0054_alec-and-t-photography 0047_alec-and-t-photography 0073_alec-and-t-photography 0059_alec-and-t-photography 0056_alec-and-t-photography

My husband is allergic to flowers so I wanted something that wasn’t going to set him off during the reception. I had asked T what we could do that didn’t involve flowers, she said succulents are always a beautiful option and go well with the Mexico vibe. I then started looking at Pinterest and showed Be That Bride Events my vision and it was done exactly how I had pictured it.

0069_alec-and-t-photography 0072_alec-and-t-photography 0058_alec-and-t-photography 0046_alec-and-t-photography 0065_alec-and-t-photography 0048_alec-and-t-photography 0049_alec-and-t-photography

The couple’s advice for other destination wedding brides and grooms?  Pick your vendors in this order, photographer, venue, entertainment, flowers. Definitely get a wedding coordinator, it will make a world of difference. Also, I would suggest having a travel agent that all of your guests go through to book hotel reservations. I ended up having to do a lot of the legwork in making sure there wasn’t any issues.

0041_alec-and-t-photography 0001_alec-and-t-photography

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Alec & T Photography & Video

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner: Be That Bride Events, Venue: Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant, Flowers & Décor: Baja Flowers, Hair & Makeup: Neysa Quintana, DJ: Roberto Contreras, Live Music: Kilometro Band, Rentals: Prestige Events, Favors: Maracas Mexico, Transportation: El Arco Omar Pintos

Share

Colorful + Festive Destination Wedding in Bucerias, Mexico

beach-wedding-location-mexico

Erin and Jeremy tied the knot at their destination wedding in Bucerias, Mexico (near Nuevo Vallarta), at a beautiful beach garden called Martoca. The couple’s wedding planner, The Dazzling Details, dished with us about this colorful, fiesta-inspired big day.

Erin and Jeremy weren’t able to make a pre-wedding trip down to Vallarta, so all communication was done via email and phone calls.  We began with a list of nine venues that were appropriate in terms of group size and narrowed down from there!

Priorities in their venue selection were price, finding a venue with a significant degree of privacy (no hotel guests wandering nearby), a location that offered opportunities for movement and flow of the group throughout the evening and a space with some natural charm!  In the end, Martoca beachfront garden ended up being the perfect balance of those priorities!

mexico-wedding-hotelscolorful-bridal-bouquetdestination-wedding-dressdestination-wedding-bridesmaidscoral-bridesmaid-dressesdestination-wedding-attire

Erin and Jeremy had a clear vision of their wedding celebration from day one – they wanted a bright celebration of their love, and they wanted the event to pay homage to the locale incorporating the natural beauty and vibrancy of Mexico into the day.  Both the bride and groom are so easy-going yet uber-organized, so the process was perfectly simple – they kept on task with the planning, sharing their creative ideas along the way and then allowed The Dazzling Details to really bring together all the pieces – keeping everything local and really playing off the venue’s natural beauty and simply highlighting it with pieces that brought beautiful accents to the Mexican-styled celebration!

destination-wedding-dresses destination-wedding-photographer mexico-beach-weddings destination-weddingsbest-mexico-wedding-floristswedding-blog-mexico-weddingmexico-wedding-favorsbest-mexico-wedding-favorsmexico-destination-wedding-plannerbeach-weddingwedding-locations-mexicobeach-weddingsbeach-wedding-mexicobeach-weddings-mexicodestination-wedding-mexico

A hand-painted chalkboard sign shouted, “Ay Chihuahua!  Erin and Jeremy tie the knot!” as guests entered the venue for the celebration and set the tone for the event!  These couple details really took the event a step further by reflecting the playful personalities of the bride and groom. 

mexico-destination-wedding-signmexico-destination-wedding-signsmexico-destination-wedding-venuemexico-destination-weddingsBucieras-wedding-location tropical-wedding mexico-wedding-locationsbest-mexico-weddings Bucieras-mexico-weddingsmexico-destination-wedding mexico-weddingBucieras-mexico-wedding Bucieras-wedding-locationsbest-mexico-wedding

Mexico as a destination is so rich in history, culture and natural beauty that infusing elements of the locale into the celebration was simple!  Erin and Jeremy really did a great job of giving guests an opportunity to experience those elements in both their catering and entertainment choices.  Guests were greeted with fresh hot churros and traditional Horchata water set beneath a gazebo adorned with bougainvillea and papel picado paper garlands.  Erin and Jeremy opted for a cocktail-style reception in lieu of a formal seated dinner to promote a laid-back party vibe.  A Latin-trio played lively classic tunes while appetizers were passed for the first two hours of the reception allowing guests to mingle and try authentic Mexican cuisine including Mahi Mahi ceviche, ropa vieja and panela cheese in epazote pesto as just a few of the items in the cocktail menu lineup.  As the dancing began, a taco station opened with hand-made tortillas and a salsa bar, and a nearby tequila station offered an insight into the history of tequila with the opportunity to taste the differences between blanco, reposado, anejo andmezcal.  A photo station with a serape backdrop and Mexican-style props was set nearby for those who needed a rest from the dance floor, and to end the night, an elaborate dessert bar was set as a tribute to traditional Mexican sweets and featured over fifteen different desserts including amaranth popsicles and chocolate cinnamon cake with chile powder.  

destination-wedding-ideasmexico-destination-wedding-venueswedding-cocktailsbright-colorful-wedding-flowerstropical-destination-weddingdestination-wedding-signsmexico-destination-wedding-ideasBucieras-wedding

Smaller tables were intermingled with cozy lounging areas to provide guests with ample opportunity to relax and relocate throughout the night and to encourage an atmosphere of mingling and socializing.  Vibrant blooms with touches of bougainvillea were set in terracotta vessels on the tabletops alongside local cactus plants, and the lounge pillows created from embroidered and otomi textiles added to the authenticity of the event.  Customized adobe standing fireplaces were filled with cascading florals in each lounge area. 

colorful-weddings mexico-wedding-locationtropical-weddingswedding-chandaliersfirst-dance-songswedding-blog-destination-weddingfiesta-mexico-wedding-cakemexico-pattern-wedding-cakefiesta-wedding-cakewedding-dessertsmexico-wedding-dessert-bar

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Elizabeth Lloyd

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue: Martoca, Event Planning + Design: The Dazzling Details, Boutique Rental Items + Lighting: Unique Rentals, Florals: Maythe Romero, Dinner Chair Rental: Eventos Elegantes, Ceremony Chair Rental: Mac Events, DJ: Sonido Extassis, Catering: Plush Catering, Latin Trio: Lenin Beymar Lopez, Hot Churro Stand: Julio Churros, Wedding Day Transportation: Tau + TTUR + VIP, Wedding Cake: Charme Reposteria, Mini Desserts: Timbal de Azucar, Other: Vallarta Tequila Tastings, Bridesmaids Beach Sarongs: Swim ‘n Sport Happy Long Sarong, Hot Pink Bridesmaid Dress: T-Bags Los Angeles, Fuschia Bridesmaid Dress: Nicole Miller, Bright Orange Bridesmaid Dress: Rachel Zoe, Groom’s Custom Suit: Oliver Wicks, Groom Shoes: Cole Haan, Bridal Gown: Nicole Miller, Georgina Dress, 2015, Bridal Headpiece: Haute Bride, Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Share

Beach Wedding at Cabo Surf Hotel

Cabo San Lucas Wedding

Curt and Tara tied the knot in a beautiful beach destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at the Cabo Surf Hotel. We asked the couple to dish about their big day and here’s what they had to say.

 Curt and I both have been traveling down to Cabo since 1989, having purchased a home in San Jose we wanted this location so we could share it with our friends and family.  The Cabo Surf hotel is a 5 min walk from our home, the location of the hotel is absolutely stunning. No where in the Cabo area can you find a hotel that caters to everyone, has a casual atmosphere, amazing views and reasonable priced rooms.

Fiesta wedding theme wedding welcome bag wedding paper goods

white bridal bouquetcoral bridesmaid dress

I had an amazing team the event coordinators got to know me, my personality, likes/dislikes, how I wanted the night to feel, how I wanted my guests to feel and it just all came together.  I might have been a little more difficult as I didn’t have a set color or design but I knew how I wanted the night to play out and they all made it happen.

beach weddingbeach weddings  cabo wedding cabo weddings confetti wedding

wedding vowsbeach wedding location

cabo wedding venuescabo wedding locations

mexico weddingscabo wedding hotels

I have a few favourite moments and this isn’t my first time at the BBQ this is Curt and I’s second and last marriage and we knew we wanted everyone to have a great time.  My first favourite is both Curt and I coming down kicking our sandals off and joining our guests down on the beach having cocktails under the canopy around casual loungers and Curt and I looking at each other and saying okay lets get this party started….my second would be our first two dances we couldn’t decide so our first one was Loving you Easy going right into Chicken Fried both by Zac Brown Band and just as Chicken Fried was ending our fire works went off it was an amazing night.

mariachi wedding beachfront wedding location rustic mexico wedding

rustic weddingrustic weddings

purple weddingplum weddings

head table ideaspurple wedding flowers purple wedding ideas

purple wedding rustic wedding tables

Amy was able to get some great shots I did not want posing shots, I wanted fun shots of everyone having a great time and she got so many of them.  

wedding toasts coral bridesmaid dresses custom wedding wine

sombrero weddingwedding mariachi wedding confetti wedding churros wedding lightingwedding band cabo

We have had so many of our guests say we have ruined any other weddings for them, not only was the Welcome Dinner fun, the wedding was a blast but the whole week was simply amazing.  I remember my first wedding at 21 years of age everything was to make each others families happy, well second time around it was all about us having fun, sharing a week with our friends and family, and truly feeling grateful and blessed to have them all in our lives.

wedding fireworkswedding fireworks cabo

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Amy Bennett Photography

Wedding Vendors: Event Planner: Amy Abbott Events, Hair Stylist: Blanc On-Location Salon, Reception Venue, Food + Beverage: Cabo Surf Hotel, Musicians: Kilometro Band, Floral Designer + Decor: Pina Hernandez, Decor: Del Cabo Event Design, Cocktail Music: Mariachi Nuevo Jalisciense, Printed Items: Pilar Arrieta

Share

Romantic Blush Pink Beach Wedding in Riviera Maya

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY0039_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY0072_low

Pilly and Mat said “I do” to a destination wedding in Riviera Maya at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort. The couple opted for a beautiful blush pink and gold palette to reflect perfectly against the white sands and blue waters on the coast of Mexico. Pilly gave us a peek into their big day and the plans that led up to all of these magical moments.

Since we live in Florida, we decided to choose Mexico because it’s close, but far enough away. We researched some resorts we liked in Mexico & narrowed it down to two resorts that we liked. One of them being located in Playa del Carmen Mexico, which was Grand Velas Riviera Maya.  We actually decided to vacation at Grand Velas Riviera Maya a year before our wedding & then went to scout another resort in the area. We loved Grand Velas Riviera Maya so much while vacationing there, we knew it would be the perfect place for our wedding.  Grand Velas Riviera Maya is a foodie resort & we’re both foodies so great food & drinks are very important to us. 

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY0736_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY0567_low Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY0651_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY0839_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2346_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2338_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2352_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY0687_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1119_low Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1144_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY0908_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY0940_low Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1054_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1331_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1361_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1502_low Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1610_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1589_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1809_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1801_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1599_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1851_low Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1753_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1911_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1759_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY1987_low

Favorite moments from the day? There are too many to choose!  Reading each other’s letters, the first look, the ceremony, the first dance or just the whole day actually.  We can honestly say the day was perfect & felt so magical.  Honestly, we were both able to relax & enjoy the entire day as a whole pretty much stress free.  It has been the best day of our lives thus far & we were lucky enough to share it with our closest friends & family.  

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2001_low Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2075_low Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2313_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2467_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2386_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2554_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2551_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2574_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2534_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2547_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2581_low

For our wedding favors, we decided to go with maracas to tie in with Mexico & we thought they would be really fun & useful for guests during the reception.  We wanted to personalize the maracas so they were all hand painted by some of the girls in our wedding colors & traveled with us all the way from Florida to Mexico as guest favors.

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2561_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2570_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2573_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2604_low

Advice for other destination wedding couples? Once we arrived to the resort, we enjoyed every single moment & was completely stress free for the wedding. Make sure to be very organized & plan things way in advance.  We sent lots emails with pictures of what we wanted & how we envisioned everything to look.  We were very specific about what we wanted. Keep track of all emails & communication with the resort, wedding planner & vendors.  Mail save the dates & invitations out early since it’s a destination wedding, you need to give people enough time to plan. Be on top of everything & don’t wait last minute for final details. Do all the hard work & planning back home through email that way you only have to show up.  Most importantly, enjoy your day stress free. :) 

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2611_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2904_low

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2668_lowVonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2697_low

We stayed at the resort for a few days after our wedding, but we have yet to go on a “real” honeymoon.  We are planning to honeymoon in Paris eventually.

Vonchanh_Miller_Kristen_Weaver_Photography_KWPMLLY2910_low

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Kristen Weaver Photography

Wedding Vendors: Makeup Artist: Backstage Hair & Makeup Professionals, DJ: Cel Trev, Veil: Erin Cole Couture Bridal, Location: Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort, Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier, Dress Store: Solutions Bridal Designer House, Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas, Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Bridesmaid Gowns:  Adrianna Pappell & Wtoo, Hairstylists:  Nicole Beth, Studio 108 Jacksonville, Makeup Artist:  Alejandra Gracia, Backstage H&M, Menswear:  J.Crew & Express

 

Share