Thursday, July 24, 2008

Winery Wedding in Temecula

Just a quick note here about another Temecula Valley winery venue for a wedding.

Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyard
35960 Rancho California Road
Temecula, CA

Temecula, which is easily accessible to both San Diego and Los Angeles, is a fabulous choice for those of you seeking a California winery wedding experience. For one, it's close for those of you who have guests from Southern California. And, it's just a real beautiful, romantic location, with numerous wineries available for weddings.

Here's a Google Map, for those of you unfamiliar with where Temecula is located:

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Anyway, Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyard is perfect for any size ceremony, boasting two outdoor wedding gazebos (perfect for more intimate ceremonies), an indoor barrel room for up to 75 guests, a wine cask room for up to 40 guests, an outdoor garden for up to 500 guests, and, my favorite, "Merlot Mesa," which is located among their 70 acres of vines, and can accommodate up to 75 guests. In addition, they have a 4,000 sq. ft. ballroom.

You can check out their pricing at, or contact them by email at

Friday, July 11, 2008

Garden Wedding Location in Long Beach

Hey, do you see yourself getting married in a beautiful garden, with a pond, and maybe a footbridge to make your grand entrance? Then here's a quick note about a garden venue you might consider if looking to get married in Southern California:

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
California State University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard,
Long Beach, CA

The Japanese Garden at Cal State Long Beach has hosted many an event, including weddings. There are several wedding packages to choose from, including:

Winter Garden Wedding & Commitment Ceremonies

This package is available February, March, October, November & First three weeks in December for a site-rental fee of $1895.00 ($1995 for 2009).

This includes a 2-year garden membership, a 2-hour timeslot, 1-hour consultation, 1-hour rehearsal, chairs and umbrellas and a sound system.

Saturday Morning Wedding & Light Reception Package

If you're willing to have a morning ceremony and reception from 9AM to 12PM the rental fee is $2800 ($3000 in 2009).

For all other dates and times, the rental fee for a ceremony only is $2300 ($2400 in 2009).

You can email them for more info at:

Gay Wedding Packages in Lake Tahoe

Thanks to one of our readers, Larry, who made a comment in my post on Fabulous Gay Wedding Venues in California, with a recommendation for a couple ministers in Lake Tahoe who welcome gay and lesbian couples (as well as straight couples). They are:

Tahoe Mountain Unions
Day & Evenings (866) 944-5444 · Local (530) 577-6030
Rev. Joshua Denniston

The Oneness of Love - Lake Tahoe

(800) 544-6193
P.O. Box 550591
Tahoe Paradise, CA 96155

Both of these companies have wedding packages you might be interested in (and yes, the packages are for both same-sex and heterosexual weddings):

Tahoe Mountain Unions

Tahoe Mountain Unions has a wedding package for $800 on Monday through Thursdays and $900 on weekends and holidays which include:

>> Photography including 80 digital images
>> 2-hour limousine ride in a Lincoln Town Car
>> Ordained wedding officiant
>> Hand-tied flowers or boutonnières
>> Music on CD
>> Champagne

You have your choice of many wonderful outdoor locations, including Emerald Bay, ski resorts or along the shoreline of Lake Tahoe. For more info you can go to

The Oneness of Love - Lake Tahoe

The Oneness of Love provides weddings packages in all the wonderful outdoor locations in and around Lake Tahoe, including some you may not have thought of, such as weddings on skis, in hot air balloons, snowmobiles, and sleigh rides. Their packages include an elopement package for $275 which includes a wedding license, minister, wedding certificate and roll of 24 35 mm exposures (cd of your photos for $25 extra). They also offer a "Gold Wedding Package" for $450 and a "Diamond Wedding Package" for $800 on Monday through Thursday and $900 on weekends.

The Diamond Wedding Package includes the following:

>> Ordained wedding officiant
>> 2-hour limousine ride in a Lincoln Town Car
>> Hand-tied flowers or boutonnières
>> Music on CD
>> Champagne
>> Photography including 80 digital images

For more info you can go to