Evan Bishop Photography

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Category Archives: Temecula

South Coast Winery & Resort wedding | Cindy + Gregg

0025 South Coast Winery & Resort wedding | Cindy + Gregg

 

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.

Friends and family members can register at Pictage to view all their images online as soon as they’re available. 

 

Location catering and linens: South Coast Winery Resort

Music: Brian Stodart and Mike Gross

 

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Melissa + Craig | Palos Verdes Engagement Session

0018 Melissa + Craig | Palos Verdes Engagement Session

Melissa and Craig are getting married in November at the Temecula Creek Inn and contacted me after seeing another wedding I had photographed at the Temecula Creek Inn on my blog.  After chatting about their wedding plans over the phone, we decided to meet up the next time they came to Temecula to visit the Temecula Creek Inn.  We met up at Leonesse Cellars, which is one of my favorite wineries in Temecula and grabbed a glass of wine, sat on the back patio over looking the beautiful vineyard, barrel room and rolling hills of the Temecula Valley.  They mentioned how they had originally planned to hold their wedding in Paso Robles, but that the Temecula Creek Inn made it so much easier for them … rather than figuring out how to bring in a tent, and chairs, and linens, and catering, Temecula Creek Inn offered all of that in their package.  As we talked more I found out that Craig and Melissa were members at Tablas Creek Vineyard … my absolute favorite winery in Paso Robles.  Which got us talking more about wine than their wedding, but eventually we made it back to wedding plans and details!

For Melissa and Craig’s engagement session I drove up from San Diego to Rancho Palos Verdes to meet up with them.  They live right outside of Palos Verdes, and wanted to incorporate some of the feel of that area, since they’re wedding will be in Temecula.  I had a great time exploring the beautiful communities around Palos Verdes before we started the shoot.  Ultimately we decided to start at the historic Malaga Cove Library and the shops nearby.

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After photographing around the library we wandered down to the shops.  I absolutely loved all the mixed design of the buildings in the Malaga Cove shops, the old fig and eucalyptus trees, and as Melissa and I would agree, there was a lot of great texture down there!

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Like any good relationship, Melissa and Craig have their rivalries … namely Arizona v. UCLA.  When we first met in Temecula, one of their musts for the engagement photos was to incorporate their favorite teams.  They even have a doormat for each team, and whichever team wins that year their doormat gets displayed out front until the following season.  I think Craig is supposed to be enjoying coming home to his team’s name on the front step at this point!

 

0018 Melissa + Craig | Palos Verdes Engagement Session

After photographing around Malaga Cove and a quick wardrobe change, we drove over to the incredible Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes.  This place is fantastic, and we had such a blast, although, I think we all felt like we were going to get kicked out at any moment.  The landscaping and buildings around Terranea as well as the views of the cliffs, and Pacific ocean are incredible.  There’s a beautiful cove below the resort, as well as a public walking path that goes around the outside.  We, however, drove right up to the front gates, parked and wandered all through the resort.

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Melissa and Craig, I had a great time hanging out with you guys in Palos Verdes, and am really looking forward to your wedding!  Thanks for making the session so fun, and for the delicious fish tacos afterwards!

Friends and Family members can register at Pictage to view the images from their engagement as well as their wedding photos as soon as they’re available by clicking here.

 

Kate + Eric | Temecula Creek Inn Wedding | Part 2

041911 0054 Kate + Eric | Temecula Creek Inn Wedding | Part 2

 

Yesterday I posted the first half of the images from Kate and Eric’s Temecula Creek Inn destination wedding which took you through the getting ready and ceremony as well as the portraits right after the ceremony.  Today, I wanted to finish their wedding images by sharing their classic and rustic designed table and details.  Kate was inspired by the huge tree which would oversee their ceremony at the Stone House, and all the details from their day seemed to spring from this old monarch.  Not only did I want to emphasize that in the ceremony, I wanted to make sure all their images reflected that feel throughout the day.  I found that the old Stone House, as well as all the details Kate selected helped greatly.

On another note, I’ve done several smaller intimate weddings and whether those weddings are for local guests or for a destination wedding, it’s rare that there’s a lot of dancing when there’s only a handful of people.  This obviously wasn’t the case for Kate and Eric’s guests.  All 28 of them made it to the dance floor at some point in the evening, and even when Eric was taking a break off to the side with his brothers, his and Kate’s dad, they sat close by and watched as Kate and the flowergirls and her sisters, and mom tore it up! This was truly a celebratory night and it was finally capped off when Brian Stodart wrapped up the night with a mashup of New York, New York and Sweet Caroline for both the New York and the Boston Fans.

Again, friends and family members, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign into Kate and Eric’s Pictage event page to be notified when all their images are posted and receive your print credit towards your first order!

 

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Kate + Eric’s Temecula Creek Inn Wedding | Part 1

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I met Kate in the barrel room at Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula valley while she was scouting locations for her destination wedding from the East Coast and I was photographing Jeff and Betsy’s ten year renewal.  Months later I received a call from Kate about photographing her wedding at the Temecula Creek Inn.  After scouting locations Kate found the Temecula Creek Inn, one of only a few locations in all of Temecula that can both host a wedding as well as the guests she was inviting.  Since she and Eric were planning their wedding as a destination for their 28 guests coming from Boston and New York they wanted to have a single location that could play host to their entire guest list for an extended weekend.  Most of their guests arrived on the previous Friday, and they held their wedding ceremony on Tuesday.

It was a beautiful day and I met Kate early in the day while she was starting to get ready.  A sense of calm filled the hotel room while her sister ironed, and her mother looked on while Kate had her hair and makeup done.  In an instant all that changed with the arrival of Kate’s eight beautiful flower girls.  While Katelyn was finishing up Kate’s makeup a flurry of white dresses, blonde and red hair furiously filled the hotel room and the outside patio where Kate was.  All of the sudden, the energy of a wedding filled the place … now there was primping to be done, makeup for the girls, and Kate’s dress to get into!!!

The Temecula Creek Inn provided me a golf cart to get from the hotel room to the ceremony site at the Stone House which was fantastic and fun! I’m not a golfer, so I don’t often have the opportunity to cruise around in golf carts, and for some reason when I do I feel like I’ve just stolen a go cart from a track.  Any way, I safely arrived at the location to find Eric and his brothers waiting for the ceremony.  The location was incredible! I’m not sharing it with you in this post, because … well … there are simply too many fantastic images for me to get all into one post, but Kate did a fantastic job designing the look of their wedding reception.

To see a few of my favorite images from the first part of Kate and Eric’s day click on the image above or any of the thumbnails below.  I’ll be posting the second half of the images tomorrow, so check back for all the details at the stone house as well as the super fun reception!

Kate and Eric, congratulations on your wedding, I couldn’t have been happier to have been a part of your day with both of your incredible families!

To Kate and Eric’s friends and family members: Have you signed into their Pictage event page yet? By registering now, you will be notified as soon as their wedding images are ready to view and you’ll receive a gift certificate towards your first print purchase by registering early!

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Vendors:

Location: Temecula Creek Inn

Makeup: Katelyn Warmuth

Band & DJ: Brian Stodart

 

Kate + Eric | Temecula Creek Inn Wedding | Sneak Peek

sneakpeak Kate + Eric | Temecula Creek Inn Wedding | Sneak Peek

 

I wanted to post a quick sneak peak from Kate and Eric’s fantastic wedding at the Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula.  They’re on their honeymoon right now, but I know they’re anxious for all their friends and family members in Boston, New York and around the country that weren’t at their wedding to be able to see at least a couple images from their incredible day.   Because they were having an intimate destination wedding in Southern California, many of their friends and family members couldn’t make the trip so hopefully this will whet the pallet for what’s to come!

I felt truly honored and welcomed by both Kate and Eric’s family and was thrilled to be a part of documenting their beautiful wedding.   Keep tuned in, more images are coming soon!