Mt. Palomar Winery | Destination Temecula Wedding

Jun 15, 2017

Vanessa and David have the sweetest love story… they were neighbors growing up! Since they met so close to their home in Milwaukee, they decided to plan their wedding in a place a little further away.  After looking for beautiful sunny places that didn’t require international travel, they decided on a Temecula Wedding at  Mt. Palomar Winery, where they could be married outside on a vineyard in the sun. A winery wedding is always beautiful, and as you can see below, Temecula did not disappoint. Their ceremony was held outside on La Bella Vista lawn under expansive blue skies with a 360 degree view of the valley.  The guests enjoyed the view paired with wine (all aged and bottled at Mount Palomar Winery) during the cocktail hour and spent the rest of the evening outside on the Piatza di Arbole for the reception.

Vanessa and David wanted to optimize their time for portraits on this beautiful day, so we spent the early afternoon exploring Old Town Temecula with their wedding party and utilizing the texture on the historic sun kissed buildings for couple portraits and wedding party shots.  We even found a wedding sign at an antique shop that we incorporated into a photo. These guys were ready to have fun, so our time with them felt more like play than work.  The white shades they handed out to their wedding party and guests were a nice touch and made the portraits even more fun. And the wood flowers were so unique and such a great eco-friendly idea for bridal bouquets that will last forever. Checkout their unique recycled bridal bouquets!

lace wedding shoes in window with clouds in background at Temecula winery wedding

Lace shoes and blue skiespink eco flower bridal bouquet at Temecula winery wedding

Bouquets made of wood by Ecoflower
Bride in window with wedding dress and bright light Temecula winery wedding

I just had to stop Vanessa at this window to capture her silhouette before she stepped into the elevator.  I just love the light, the lines on the ground, her hands, and the light fixtures that seem to point to Vanessa.
Classic Groomsmen gift a box of cuban cigars at Pala Resort and Casino

These Cuban cigars were great gifts that the groomsmen were able to enjoy, fireside, at the end of the night with David.

David and the groomsmen really getting into being ‘Out West’ in Old Town Temecula.

Bride laughing with Groom in background standing against brick wall in downtown temecula

Vanessa and David shortly after their first look in Old Town Temecula.Bride and Groom kissing standing against brick wall in downtown temecula

The bride and groom kiss in the alleyway, framed by the treesWedding couple with sunglasses on against rustic wall for creative wedding photos in temecula ca

The shades definitely came in handy for the bride and groom on this sunny day.
the feet of the bride and groom sitting on street for downtown Temecula wedding

His and hers purple wedding shoesReception setup at Palomar Winery wedding venue in TemeculaTablescape on the Piatza di Arbole at Mt. Palomar Winery

The father of the bride sees his daughter in her wedding dress on their wedding day

Vanessa’s father, clearly stunned, sees her in her beautiful lace dress for the first time. As parents, we can imagine how emotional and meaningful a moment like this must be.documentary wedding photo of wedding couples hands in front of antique wedding sign

We had to take a photo with this ‘Our wedding’ sign that just happened to be leaning outside of an antique shop in Old Town Temecula.Outdoor Wedding ceremony at Palomar Winery in Temecula

The wedding ceremony on La Bella Vista lawn at Mt. Palomar Winery. Vanessa and David’s good friend officiated, which made the ceremony especially heartfelt.Candid Photojournalistic portrait of bride with bridesmaids in vineyard at mt. palomar winery

Vanessa and the bridesmaids enjoy the wind out in the vineyard at Mt. Palomar WineryWedding couple embrace in bright sunlight with halter lace bridal gown that has sheer back with beading

The sheer back of Vanessa’s halter dress was just so beautiful!unique green eco flower brides bouquet in dry vineyard field with dried flowers

The bridal  bouquet, made from wood and pages of old library books.Bride glances back at camera holding grooms hand with vineyard in background as wind blows veil Mt. Palomar winery wedding

Vanessa and David in the vineyard. photojournalistic wedding photo of Groom dipping bride at end of first dance at mount Palomar winery wedding reception

David dips his bride during their first dance, surrounded by candlelight, market lights and their closest friends and family.Grand exit of bride and groom after wedding reception at mt palomar winery while guests cheer on married couple

Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this winery wedding a success!

Venue  |  Mount Palomar Winery, Temecula Winery and Vineyard

Flowers  |  EcoFlower Wood Flowers

DJ  |  Sure Shot Mobile DJ

Desserts  |  Truly Madly Sweetly Bake Shop



  1. Kim Ruditys says:

    All of the photos are beautiful. I think my favorite is when her Dad see’s her for the first time. The look on his face is priceless, and Vanessa’s smile is endless.

  2. Wendy Koser says:

    All of the photographs are stunning. But, the one that touches my heart so sweetly is the simplest photo of David and Vanessa holding hands with the old wooden wedding sign.

  3. Jessica Ruditys says:

    My favorite picture of Vanessa and David would have to be the one of both of them laughing after their first look. This picture truly shows the love and happiness they have for each other.

  4. Vanessa says:

    I love the picture of my dad seeing me for the first time. You can see the pure astonishment and love in his face! You can also see both mine and my mom’s reactions to his. It truly capture the moment.

  5. David Brody says:

    Love the picture with Vanessa and the back of the dress. The dress was stunning and truley captures how we feel for one another. Loved them all and had a blast! Hope you had fun too!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    It was such a beautiful wedding! I love the picture where David is leaning against the brick wall and Vanessa is laughing because they’re always laughing together. I also love the one of them walking through the winery. The photos really capture how beautiful the day was.

  7. Steve Brody says:

    The one picture that touches my heart is the first dance. Not just from the happiness shown in David’s smile but knowing that my son took the time to show Vanessa the love he has for her by giving her a special first dance.

  8. Susan Oxborough says:

    All of the photos are great, hard to pick favorites. I like where you captured the wind in the picture of Vanessa and her bridesmaids. Another favorite is Vanessa and David in the vineyard, captures her pure joy and the back of that stunning dress.

  9. Lisa Brody says:

    All of the photos are stunning. I love them all. I especially like the one of the bride & groom walking through the vineyard. It captures the essence of their style and interests.


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