Southern Elegance Wedding at Temecula Creek Inn

"My husband and I have lived parallel lives since pre-school. I, a perpetual morning person, went to the AM pre-school class, and Bryan, the night owl, went to the PM class. Over the next 22 years, our lives intertwined without us knowing just how much, as our parents lived less than one mile from each other. Bryan went to my high school for one semester Freshman year, just enough time to develop a crush on me, a cheerleader for his football team. After high school we both went to school in LA then ventured home to San Diego, but it wasn't until a mutual friend set us up for a Taco Tuesday, did we actually talk. We dated for seven months until he proposed, then were married just eight months later. 

Our wedding day was so full of various love stories. Aside from the obvious story of bride and groom, my grandfather, also one of my closest friends, was fighting for his life. He was diagnosed with cancer just one month before the Big Day, and he was determined to make it to his little girl's wedding. The day before the wedding his doctor instructed him not to go to the wedding, but he was determined to make it work. His health was fading rapidly, but he mustered up the strength to put on his best suit and sit to watch me say "I do" to the love of my life. He passed away just 36 hours later. 

Wedding days are filled with beautiful flowers, lively music, gorgeous dresses and ambiance... but for me, my wedding day was about two love stories: that of me and my new husband as we venture off into the ultimate adventure of life together as husband and wife, and of a grandfather who loved his granddaughter so much, that he fought with all his might to make it to her wedding day before he passed up to Heaven. His last day was his best day. He got to dress up, surrounded by all of his family, to celebrate love and happiness of his granddaughter and her new husband. It truly was the best day." -bride & groom

Wedding Planning Advice: My little sister is actually planning her wedding right now, and my biggest piece of advice to her and other brides is to make sure the wedding is THEIRS. It's so easy to get caught up in trends or opinions of friends, family or vendors, but at the end of the day, your wedding should be uniquely yours and reflect the bride and groom's personalities and styles. I am also big on adding various personal touches throughout the event.

Vendors: Photographer: Megan Ann Photography // Event Planner: Before I Do Events // Bridal Boutique: Here Comes The Bride // Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff // Cinema and Video: Dthree // Cake Designer: It's All About The Cake // Floral Designer: Paula Mac Florals // Reception Venue: Temecula Creek Inn // DJ: Still Listening Productions // Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals // Submitted via Two Bright Lights