A destination wedding in beautiful southern California, and the reception at my favorite brewery?! I do love what I do.
One of the many things I love about southern California is the weather, and on this early September day that Travis and Linda were married, it did not disappoint. It was sunny with mild to warm temperatures and a nice breeze - pretty close to perfect. The ceremony took place right off the shore of Harveston Lake in Temecula, CA. The groom and groomsmen (sporting TMNT socks :-) mingled with the guests, while the bride and her bridesmaids waited in the limousine - all anticipating the 4 PM start time.
The ceremony began with the precessional, which included Linda and Travis' 3 month old son as the ring bearer, and the brides brother walking her down the isle and giving her away. That occasional breeze harmonized perfectly with the relaxed flow of this beautiful exchange of vows. At one point, the bride and groom held their infant son between them as the officiant spoke about family. I love that they included their son the way they did. In talking to Travis later in the evening, I commented on liking that part of the ceremony. He said it just seemed right to do to that way, as their son is as much a part of their commitment to each other as they are.
Following the ceremony, we walked around to the other side of the lake where the light was more favorable for shots of the bride and groom. This is always one of the more enjoyable and fun times of the night for me - a gateway between the ceremony and the celebration. It is the first chance for the just married to take a deep breath and enjoy each others company for the first time as husband and wife. The structured and stressful part is over, and ahead is the carefree celebration, and in this case some delicious beer.
The reception took place at 8 Bit Brewery in Murrieta. This new craft brew pub easily accommodated the 75 plus guests and catered some delicious food, and poured some very amazing beers. The center pieces at each table were growlers from the brewery used as vases for the flower arrangements, each one etched with the the bride and groom (as pac-man ghost pints) and their wedding date. The celebration began with the introduction of the wedding party and the first dance, and continued well into the night and included many beautiful toasts, some crazy dancing, silly photo booth pictures, a video tribute to the couple, amazing food, great beer, laughter, tears, applause, cake...In short it was an evening of friends and family who know how to celebrate, and had a very good reason to do so.
Best wishes Travis and Linda!!
For more information on 8 Bit Brewery, please visit their website at www.8bitbrewingcompany.com