If you follow us on Instagram, then you may have saw on our Story that we got to go on our first Temecula FAM Tour. We literally had no idea what a FAM Tour was because they are not really popular in the photography community (at least that we know of…). But come to find out, its REALLY popular in the wedding coordination community.  A FAM Tour is basically when wedding venues will invite coordinators out to tour their facility, sample their menu and share pricing details in order to educate them for their clients.  That way if a coordinator has a client that is looking to get married in Temecula wine country– then they have first-hand information that they can share with them.  Planners/Coordinators from all of LA and OC were invited to participate.

We started the day out at Temecula Creek Inn.  From there Viva Limousine took everyone over to Avensole Winery.

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Once at Avensole Winery, their venue coordinator Jessica showed us all around from the bridal suites to the tasting room.

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Then we headed over to Callaway Winery for lunch.  Its always fun to be greeted with champagne and then given the most amazing meal.  Totally didn’t know that the food at Callaway Winery is FARM TO TABLE.  They grow most of their own produce and if it is not grown at the winery then they source it from local farms with a 20 mile radius.

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Next was Fazeli Cellars, one of Temecula’s newer wineries.

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Then, Sweet Oaks Ranch…

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And finally, back to Temecula Creek Inn’s Stone House for dinner.

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Cheers, to old friends and lots of new ones!!

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As Temecula wedding photographers, there are a few career “bucket” list items that we have set out to accomplish. Getting a magazine cover was at the VERY top. So, when San Diego Style Weddings Magazine announced that they would be using THREE of our pictures for covers– we couldn’t have been happier.  These particular covers were from a styled shoot over at Renee Manor in Temecula, Ca.  This was by far the biggest shoot we have ever done to date.  There were 20 dresses, 12 bouquets, and several hair and make-up style changes for each of the 5 models.  Thank you so much for everyone who came together and made this shoot possible!!

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Venue: Renee Manor

Coordinator:  Weddings by Samantha

Hair/Make-up: Nancy Vestal Bridal Hair

Florist: Soiree, MFG Floral, Sweet Ribbons Events , Moments in Bloom, Blooms by Breesa

Bridal Gowns: The Dress Theory, Archive Bridal, Here Comes the Bride, Elyse Reuben

Accessories: Sandra Nicole Designs

Paper Details: Paper Villa

Cake: Laura Marie Cakes

Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals, Madam Palooza

Favors: SoBelle Favors

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We had the best time photographing Jesse and Cierra’s engagement session.  These two met in high school and have been dating ever sine their junior/sophomore year.  Being that they both love going on hikes and walks with their dog Maggie, we figured the best location for their engagement session would be out exploring in the middle of nowhere.

However, we had to meet somewhere- so Mt. Woodson Castle  was the perfect spot before heading into no man’s land. If you have ever been to Mt. Woodson then you know how beautiful all the architecture is and why it was a no brainer to stop by here.  If you haven’t been to Mt. Woodson then you absolutely must make the trip out to Ramona.

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After a quick change, we headed out into the Ramona Mountains where we wandered and had some fun!!

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So, funny story about these cows– we happened to run into them while they were grazing and not wanting to miss an opportunity we of course put them in the background.  Well one of them got curious and totally crossed over to check us out.  At first it was just curious but it kept getting closer and closer until it almost charged at me.  Didn’t really know how to react– but the bride’s mom was there and caught everything!!  We put it on our insta-story and will add a little behind the scenes photo at the end of this post.

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As promised, a little behind the scenes– As a wedding photographer we are often put in stressful situations where we can’t react like we normally would. Kind of like a flight attendant.   So, couldn’t freak out, run, scream or pay much attention to the fact that I almost got taken out by a cow.
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Carly and Julian’s Palm Springs wedding at Colony 29 was absolutely incredible.  Even though we are primarily Temecula Wedding Photographers, we LOVE it when we get to travel outside of our area to wedding new venues.  Now, every now and again– we shoot a wedding that leaves a lasting impact on us as artists and changes a piece of our hearts forever.  There’s something about the way everything comes together from our couple, to the venue, to the decor, to the creative team, down to the guests that align in such a way that we are never same.  For us, this was one of those weddings.  Not only are Carly and Julian just about the most genuine, fun, and loving people we have ever met– their wedding both challenged and stretched us creatively in a way that we are better for being there.

We got to shoot both the photography and videography for Carly and Julian’s wedding and since we had never shot at Colony 29 it was really important for our entire team to arrive extra early in order to locate the spots that we had researched online ahead of time in order to map out our day.  So, our entire photography and videography team carpooled over to Palm Springs bright and early (after a quick Starbucks run, of course) to see what we were in for.

Upon arrival, we were completely blown away by this 6 acre wedding venue nestled in the beautiful foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains.  Since we had seen a ton of rain– the mountain side was abnormally green with lots of wild flowers that would soon die off with the desert heat.  Originally built in the 1920’s by artist John Burham, it was supposed to replicate a village that he saw in Portugal.  The estate has 6 individual bungalows and villas that Carly and Julian’s family and friends were able to stay in for the entire weekend.

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One of the best perks of the day was being able to reconnect with our of our favorite frendors, Amy
Kuchta, with LVL Weddings and Events. We got work together once in Temecula and couldn’t wait for our paths to cross again.  She really outdid herself for Carly and Juilian’s wedding and put together an AMAZING team of vendors to bring their vision to life.

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Carly + Julian l Colony 29 Palm Springs Wedding Video from The Studio on Vimeo.

Event Planner and Coordination: Amy Kuchta with LVL Weddings and Events

Venue: Colony 29

Hair: Aqua Salon &  Hair by Carlee Ann

Make up:  Suzie Moldavon

Florals:  Legado Design
Entertainment:  Kevin Miso
Catering:  Dash and Handful
Dress:  Theia Couture
Suits: JCrew
Invitations: Minted
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Anyone who knows Janine and Jared — for any length of time– can immediately see how perfect they are for each other.  The two of them met through Jared’s older brother and have been dating since they were 17.  Our favorite part of their wedding day was getting to know the side of them that gets reserved for close friends and family.  The bride and groom that we photographed was definitely not the same couple we met last fall for an engagement session.  The couple we met at the engagement session was quiet, soft-spoken and reserved.  Although, they were still all those things on their wedding day– we also got to see them the way their friends and family do.  Funny, wild and carefree. It was like being brought into their inner circle and truly meeting them for the first time.

Janine and Jared’s boho-chic wedding was held over at Pala Mesa Resort out in Fallbrook, CA.  Every detail from their day was absolutely perfect.  From the flower crown Janine wore in her hair, to their gorgeous ceremony under the antique bell tower, to the chandeliers hanging in the reception tent.  From start to finish their wedding absolutely incredible and we were SO happy to be the ones there to capture it all.

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Venue:  Pala Mesa Resort

Event Coordinator:  Thao Arcaira Events 

Florals: Splendid Sentiments Floral Design

Officiant: San Diego Wedding Guy

Hair: Chelsea Rae Simcox

Make-up: The bride did it herself

Videography:  The Studio

DJ: Party Wit Me Entertainment

Wedding Cake: Cakes to Celebrate

Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters Wtoo

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