Under the bright Southern California sun, Cindy and Gregg were wed before an intimate gathering of their closest friends and family members with the picturesque Temecula valley serving as the backdrop. I traveled an hour north from San Diego to Temecula for their wedding at South Coast Winery and Resort, while Cindy, Gregg and all their guests traveled much farther. Cindy & Gregg decided to have destination wedding in Temecula far from their home on the East Coast. They were looking for a destination on the west coast that would be convenient both to Los Angeles for their guests as well as for their honeymoon plans which would be taking them to the South Pacific.
When I arrived at Cindy’s room it was abuzz with activity. Between hair and makeup, her dress being steamed, her friend and officiant coming to ask last minute details about the ceremony, and other family members popping in and out there was a constant flurry of activity. After Cindy’s dress was on, I asked everyone to leave the room, ostensibly to take a few portraits of Cindy by herself, but also to give her what I could tell was some much needed quiet time.
Their ceremony was held just steps from the villa where Cindy got ready. After their guests had gathered at the rose arbor at South Coast, Cindy was escorted down the aisle by her father while Gregg waited anxiously at the end of the aisle. After the ceremony while their guests went back to the main building at South Coast, Cindy, Gregg and I stayed behind to take advantage of the beautiful scenery of the winery and vineyards surrounding South Coast. Even though it was February and the vines were bare, the landscape of the Temecula Valley is always beautiful.
After portraits Cindy and Gregg joined the cocktail hour before being announced into their first dance. Cindy’s sister made an emotional toast as well as the very emotional dance that Cindy shared with her father. At some point in the evening the wedding wash crashed by a handful of Bavarians in Lederhosen. Uh huh! You read that right! Then it was on to dancing and cake cutting before the fading light begged me to drag Cindy and Gregg away for a few minutes and some beautiful dusk portraits.
To see a handful of my favorite images from Cindy and Gregg’s south coast resort wedding, click on the large image above or any of the thumbnails below.
Location catering and linens: South Coast Winery Resort
Music: Brian Stodart and Mike Gross