Brittany and Juan wanted to leave their home in Miami and have a destination wedding in California. They had selected the date for a beautiful Ponte winery wedding on a bank holiday Monday in October, but had yet to select their Temecula wedding officiant when Brittany found me on Yelp. She scheduled a phone consultation and we clicked right away. They were so cool that I opened up that Monday (normally my day off) just because I was so excited to celebrate their love and life together.
When we had our ceremony planning session, I asked them why they chose to have a destination wedding. They expressed to me they wanted something classy and elegant, which is why they picked a Ponte Winery wedding. But most importantly they wanted to be utterly removed from all things familiar so they could fully enjoy this sacred experience. Since everyone was coming from Miami, they wanted the entire experience to feel like a vacation. How could I say no to that?
As I got to know their story, it was clear they had strong chemistry from the start. Their lives have very naturally bonded together and everyone was excited for this day to happen. Well, maybe their ringbearer was over it!
But from the moment Juan saw Brittany walk down that aisle, you could feel the connection between them and what this moment meant.
I started the ceremony by sharing their love story and all the sweet things they told me about each other.
From their ceremony: “Over the past six years, you have gone through so much together. Brittany shared with me how one of her favorite memories was when they bought their home together. She said that all those runs to Home Depot and remodeling the place have been some of the best highlights of their relationship. And both of them told me about their engagement, with Juan popping the question in Bimini after dragging a sleepy Brittany on a plane.”
Because they chose a Temecula wedding officiant who knows the local traditions, I had offered a wine sharing ceremony for them called “the common cup”. They loved it and when we got to that portion of the ceremony in which the newlyweds seal their vows by sharing a cup of wine, we got some good-natured heckling from their friends:”How come you get to drink? Where’s our wine?!”
They sealed their love with wine and a kiss. Husband and wife for life!
And you could feel the love and happiness they felt in those moments with their nearest and dearest for their dream Ponte winery wedding.
The Arboleda destination wedding dream…
Venue and coordination: Ponte Winery Weddings
Photography and videography (including all these GORGEOUS photos!): Simply Captivating
Temecula wedding officiant: Let’s Get Married by Marie
Hedge wall: Oak Tree Wedding Rentals and Letters to You
Florals: Florals by Jenny
Makeup: Makeup by Shelby
Hair: Hair and Makeup Girl
Cake: The Love Cakes
DJ: Station Identification
Dress by Eddy K by Coral Gable Bridals
Suits from My Grooms Room and Sartori Amici
And finally, here’s what Brittany said about her experience with this Temecula wedding officiant…
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