Temecula Wedding Location: Pechanga Resort & Casino


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.


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.


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.

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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!


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}


Best Place to Bachelor/Bachelorette in Los Angeles

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Summer is right around the corner, which means here in Southern California, it’s bachelor and bachelorette party time!  If you’re planning your bachelorette weekend or getaway bachelor party, then look no further than sunny So Cal and the bright lights of Los Angeles!  The trend to getaway for a bachelorette party is taking the country by storm – no longer do guys and gal pals go out for just one night, they get in the car or hop on a plane for a quick ride to somewhere special for a few fabulous days with friends.  And Hollywood is one happening place to do just that!  If you want a spot that marries (pun intended) hip nightlife with sun tanning and spa, then check out the newly redone W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills.

This posh property has everything a weekend away with friends could need – a popular pool and poolside restaurant for cabana living and dare we say, a little day drinking; live local music certain times of the month in the swanky lobby lounge known as the Living Room Bar, a celeb-favorite steakhouse, STK (complete with it’s own DJ and entertainment), and even a Bliss Spa on property to help you recover from all the fun you had the night before!

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Located within perfect proximity to Hollywood nightclubs if you want to go out, but complete with all the social scene you could need within the walls of the hotel, the W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills is the ideal home to dance all night, lounge all day, and celebrate those last few days of single life with those you love most.

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If you’re organizing a little soiree during the weekend or you’ve got a good size group, consider staying in the E Wow Suite, a lavish party palace complete with a tufted wall-clad screening room, floating bed, and bar in the living room.   It’s got good times written all over it!

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With a recent renovation, all the rooms are inviting, modern, and made for fun, regardless of the suite or size room you select.

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But even with a room as wow as the E Wow Suite, you won’t want to spend too much time tucked away with a happening lobby and lounge scene like this.  Head downstairs to celebrate in style and don’t forget to dine and indulge at STK when you do!  Just ask the W Insider for help, they’re goal is to provide you Whatever / Whenever you want it and make your bachelorette weekend a breeze to plan!

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If you want to get some sun before the big day, see the City of Angels by night, and experience some of the best food and drink in LA on your bachelor or bachelorette weekend, then W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills is the place to be.  You might even spot a celeb or two during your stay!

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For more information on parties, dinning, spa, and getaway weekends in Los Angeles, check out the W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills for more ideas and great rates.


Palm Springs Wedding Location: The Parker Palm Springs


If you want a swanky place to wed in the desert of California, then your search may have just ended here.  One of our favorite places for a destination wedding in Southern California is sunny Palm Springs, and one of the best hotels in the region?  The Parker Palm Springs.  Beautifully manicured grounds, delicious cuisine, fire pits and places at every turn, a spa worth writing home about, and a retro chic style unique only to The Parker is what ultimately sets this special spot apart from the rest.

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Even the front drive is memorable – a giant decorative wall that you almost tuck into to get inside and check in for a relaxing, old world experience.  Once you get past all the eye candy in the lobby (where I highly suggest you return later to enjoy a drink by the fire), your room will be nestled away in one of several buildings that you’ll get to via a secret-like winding path.  What I love about this property is that it’s not small, 144 rooms, big enough for a large wedding party, but it feels incredibly boutique, without the hustle and bustle of a large resort.  But if you want big, they’ve got that too – with reception lawns large enough to fill a small county fair (they’ve built one for a private party before, complete with rides and all!).


Weddings at The Parker have several options – outdoors under the stars of course (if it’s not too hot in the summer months), and two beautifully appointed ballroom spaces that need little else to dress them up other than the elegant decor already inside.  The Mafiya Suite, which is perfect for parties of 100 or less, has beautiful high ceilings, grand windows and drapes, and even makes for an intimate indoor ceremony site when need be.  For larger weddings, the Grand Ballroom can hold up to 200 for dinner and dancing and has a private indoor / outdoor space for when curfew calls.

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The Parker has charm, sophistication, and playfulness – including a spiked lemonade stand on property with a bike and cart for poolside delivery – all that you’d want in a Palm Springs wedding.  And with so many party places on property, you’ll never have to leave when celebrating your destination wedding weekend.  Shhh…that includes the spa too!  One thing not to miss is a day at their stunning spa, which, for just the right occasion, has been known to host a party or two.

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For more information on getting married at The Parker Palm Springs, check out their dedicated weddings site here!


All Photos Courtesy of The Parker Palm Springs.


National Park Wedding in Utah


Lauren and Brian had a beautiful intimate destination wedding among the vast rock formations of Utah in Arches National Park, where a select group of friends and family gathered to witness their nuptials before celebrating beneath the stars, and later, heading to Denver for a reception. The couple’s wedding planner, Meredith Commender of Significant Events of Texas, shared with us the story of this oh-so unique destination wedding.

Years ago when our bride Lauren finished veterinarian school, she headed West for some much needed decompression time and landed in Moab, UT. An outdoors adventurer by nature, Lauren fell in love with the beautiful rock formations in Arches National Park and decided that when it came time for her to get married, this would be the place. And indeed it was, as Brian and Lauren chose this very location for the site of their incredible destination wedding.

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A small group of family and closest friends traveled to our ceremony location in Moab, UT for the multi-day celebration. They were welcomed at their hotel with a branded Welcome Box full of treats and outdoor adventure essentials.

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On the day of the wedding, guests were picked up by bus and taken around Arches National Park on a guided tour of the lovely landscape before their final stop at Double Arch, the majestic site of Brian and Lauren’s unforgettable wedding ceremony.

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Following the ceremony, the guests were transported to the Colorado River where they enjoyed a guided sunset boat cruise, complete with drinks and hors d’oeurves. The next stop was dinner atop a cliff with the best views in all of Moab. Guests sat at a long table with beautiful succulent centerpieces, copper chargers, and our custom designed menus.

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After dinner, we took the guests to their hotel for the night: an incredible “glamping” experience under the Utah sky with luxury tent accommodations. But, before bed, it was time for our campfire which included S’mores, mini pies, and mini Pop Tarts which could all be roasted over the fire accompanied by cold and hot beverages. Guests had the best time celebrating the newlyweds in this truly once-in-a-lifetime fashion.

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After giving guests a few days to explore the area, we held our reception for a larger group of family and friends at a beautiful downtown Denver hotel.

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The ballroom reflected our Moab sunset design with mountain lighting designs on the wall, amber uplighting, Southwestern style furniture, and more of our mountain and desert inspired floral.

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Our dinner stations each reflected a location where Brian and Lauren have lived – Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Colorado – and featured food particular to each region. We even had a Utah dessert station as a nod to their recent nuptials.

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Guests were treated to a slideshow of the stunning photos from their Moab ceremony. Their wedding cake was designed to reflect the outdoors setting we had created for the entire week as well. Guests enjoyed connecting with old friends, toasting the couple, and dancing before ending the night with Texas Pecans as their parting gift. It was truly a wedding we will never forget!


Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: The Willinghams

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Site: Arches National Park (Moab, UT), Post-Ceremony Dinner: Sunset Grill, Reception Site, Catering + Cake: The Four Seasons Hotel (Denver, CO), Wedding Planner + Designer: Significant Events of Texas | Meredith Commender, Hair + Makeup: Atomic Salon | Rebecca Wanless, Invitations: Significantly Said: Invitations by Significant Events, Transportation: Canyonlands by Night, Accommodations: Moab Under Canvas, Campfire Desserts: Pistachio Pastries, Floral: Plum Sage Flowers, Rentals: Butler Rents, DJ + Lighting: Skyline Productions, Lounge Furniture: Eclectic Hive, Favors: Alamo Pecans, Gown: Anna B, Suit: Q Clothier










Oregon Wedding Inspiration

Avoid the rain while you can in the jaw-dropping locations of Oregon for your destination wedding. There are spectacular views for your ceremony, consider having your ceremony in the woodland areas that have a gorgeous background of Mt. Hood or any other beautiful terrain in the sunshine. Walk down the aisle with flowers that pop in color and stand out among all of the greenery. Consider some creative ways to incorporate logs such as your  bridesmaid’s flower holders or inserting candles into the logs to decorate your reception tables. Have your guest get cozy on some couches for your ceremony, cocktail hour or reception! Dress up your bridal party in soft tones while the groomsman rock the brown leather shoes with some trendy socks. Add one-of-a-kind touches to your wedding day by having your guests write to you on postcards instead of the traditional guest book. The pacific northwest is a top-notch destination for a summer wedding in the sun.

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{Photos: Ceremony: Michael Radford via SMP, Plant Stand: Aaron Courter via June Bug Weddings, Bridesmaids: Erich McVey via Wedding Chicks, Pink Bouquet: Brittany Lauren via SMP, Groomsman Shoes: Erich McVey via Wedding Chicks, Blue Bouquet: Aaron Courter via June Bug Weddings, Post Card Guest Book: Erich McVey via Wedding Chicks, Log Candle: Erich McVey via Mod Wedding, Couches: Tony Poitevint via Mod Wedding}