Congratulations again to the newlyweds, Matthew & Stephanie! We have been so excited for them as they begin a new journey in life together as husband and wife. Listen and we’ll tell you the true story of Matthew & Stephanie…
Matthew & Stephanie were married on August 8th, 2015 at South Coast Winery in Temecula, CA. They started their day with Hair and Make-up by Erica and Fairy Godmother Planners Colleen and Denise flying about taking care of the many details that come up at a destination wedding. Behind the scenes, Fairy Godmother Designer Cassandra was setting up magical decor and a candy table for the reception. Jennifer from Soiree Design & Events brought in beautiful bouquets of flowers that showered the outdoor ceremony and indoor reception, and we all marveled at her flower display for the gorgeous cake provided by Sweet Layers (not to mention the customized groom’s cake!). Back at the on-site villa in the middle of the grapevines, Jessica and James whipped out their cameras to snap away photos for the day while our Evermoore Films team of Joshua, Emily, and Kim jumped in with joy to capture the day on video.
Something sweet we noticed about Matthew & Stephanie was their genuine love for others and their generous hearts in giving thoughtful gifts to their family, friends, and each other. They were a great example of how to put others more important than yourself, of all days…on their wedding day. Stephanie was excited to deliver special gifts to each of her maids among which was jewelry to wear. They matched in their monogramed button-up shirts – which, by the way, worked perfect for getting their hair and make-up done – and if you look closely, you can see Stephanie’s sleeves have “8-8-15” and “I Do” embroidered on them as well! She presented handkerchiefs to both mothers with a sweet note stitched in its seams and another handkerchief besides cufflinks to her father. Everyone was teary-eyed by the end! At a separate location close-by, Matthew and his mighty men were looking sharp in their suits from Mr. Tuxedo, and Matthew handed out groomsmen gifts of customized super-hero cuff-links specially selected for each of his body-guards. Even at their first look before the ceremony, Matthew & Stephanie exchanged gifts that were perfect for each other.
Despite the rehearsal, hearts were pounding as each member of the bridal party entered the ceremony site. The groom gazed on his beautiful bride walked down the aisle by her proud papa. Pastor Paul conducted their ceremony and the couple mixed colored crystals in a symbol of unity that would be later transformed into a piece of blown glass art. No detail was left out of the day as the handsome ring bearer delivered the precious rings in a box made of mirrors. With witnesses made up of mostly family and a few close friends that had flown in from all around the country, Matthew & Stephanie kissed and were pronounced husband and wife! After a few family photos they were whisked for a little time alone on a walk in the vineyards…but there may have been a few cameras hiding in the bushes…
The rest of the night flew by even faster with father-and-son team JC and Anthony from AllSound Music taking the stage as DJ and MC for the evening. The newlyweds danced into their reception for their grand entrance and enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by South Coast Winery. Family and friends shared fun memories, wishing happiness as they toasted to the couple’s future. After precious dances, silly wedding traditions, and more dancing, the newest Mr. and Mrs. Riley bid farewell, running through a tunnel of pink and purple glow-sticks and hopping on a golf cart that disappeared into the night. The bride and groom were gone and the guests turned in for the night. Another successful wedding day for the vendors and a new life begun for the newlyweds. And so it happened: August 8th, 2015.
Groom: Matthew Riley
Bride: Stephanie Riley
Photography: Jessica Fairchild Photography
DJ: AllSound Music
Coordinator: Fairy Godmother
Designer: Fairy Godmother
Florist: Soiree Design & Events
Preparations Venue: South Coast Winery
Ceremony Venue: South Coast Winery
Reception Venue: South Coast Winery
Cake: Sweet Layers
Catering: South Coast Winery
Cinema: Evermoore Films
Cinema Crew: Joshua & Emily Moore, Kim Freels
Music Licensed By:
The Musicbed – Stardust (Lights & Motion)
The Musicbed – We Are Ghosts (Lights & Motion)
Location: Temecula, California