My best mate Haley and I have been friends for over ten years now I think. We’ve never lived in the same city. If one of us suddenly gets the feeling that it’s been too long, then we make a point to meet up. We call them our “rendezvous.” In 2006 we travelled to Coachella together. Sometimes we each go half way to San Francisco; sometimes I fly to LA. When Haley and Dave became engaged, I felt honored to be asked to take their engagement portraits.
Though we’re often far apart and sometimes go months without catching up, when we’re together, we’re just the same as always. I love her to death and I’m so honored to have been able to travel to Temecula Wine Country to witness her marriage to the man she loves. It should go without saying that I also approve of him. He drinks great wine.
Haley rented a beautiful house on the top of a hill over looking the wine orchards of Temecula for her venue, which the groomsmen and bridesmaids also stayed in during the week. It was very much so a family affair – we cooked together, decorated together, puffed up puffy lanterns together, drank wine, laughed and danced and joked together. Haley’s family and friends all pitched in to arrange flowers and fill ice buckets. It was a whirlwind of activity and a truly DYI wedding, right up until the point that her amazing wedding coordinator showed up and took over for us. In the end, it all came together in the most beautiful of ways.
I was not the photographer for the wedding and I was more than happy to put away my camera and dance my butt off all. night. long. I did photograph most of our week and getting ready photos before the photographer arrived, so that’s what you’ll see here. Haley and Dave hired the uber-talented, super fun, really adorable Caroline Fontenot and eventually their photos will grace the pages of her blog. You should go check out her work, it’s fantastic: energy and fun exudes from the very page when you look at her photos.
Haley’s wedding was nothing short of a spectacularly good time: beautiful but relaxed, stylish but informal. We were paraded around by mariachis, ate street corn and tacos, drank wonderful wine and beer that went down all too easy from Stone Brewing Co, took silly photos in a photobooth, and danced long after the sun went down until we had blisters on our feet.
Temecula was such a great place to visit and if you are in the southern CA area, it would make a great weekend get-away. I wrote about our adventures wine tasting the other day. Temecula also has an adorable main street called Old Town, filled with bars and restaurants, hotels and tiny shops. I stayed in The Palomar Inn, an amazing European (read: shared baths) style hotel right on the main street of Old Town. The 10 room historic inn is family run, was built in 1927 and is supposedly haunted, though their ghost didn’t show his face to me. Right around the corner from my Inn every Saturday is an awesome farmer’s market where I sampled amazing hot sauce from Vera’s Tamales Express and then filled my belly before the wedding with a blue crab burrito from Street Foods Co. I needed it because I’d woken up at 6 AM to run 10 miles with the Temecula Running Club!
Photographer: Caroline Fontenot | Violinists: La Libradolce | Mariachis: Los Salazar | Dress: JLM Couture | Flowers: The Empy Vase | Decor: West Elm | Caterer: M&L Taco Catering | Wedding Cake: Hotcakes Bakes | Popsicles: Front Porch Pops | Bartenders: Always a Happy Hour Bartending | Rentals: Temecula Party Rentals | Wedding Coordinator: Vanessa Vargess | DJ/Lighting: Brett Elliott | Vacation Home Rental: Eva Woodsmall