Category: Weddings

Top 20 Sweetest Songs For Your Tasty Tradition

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Weddings

Wedding cakes are the traditional dessert at most weddings, but nowadays, brides and grooms are getting more creative with their tasty sweets they offer their guests. If you are serving an alternative to wedding cake, but want to carry on the sweet tradition of formally cutting the cake – and of course smashing each other with it for that perfect picture, the solution: A Cutting Cake!

What is a “cutting cake?” It’s a very small cake created for the bride and groom to participate in a tradition without spending hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on something they don’t actually want to serve for dessert. The cake is then whisked away to the kitchen to be wrapped up and put away in the fridge for the Bride and Groom to enjoy later that night or even the next day.

Then your guests can enjoy the tasty treat display you’ve always wanted!

Now we have another treat for you! We have put together our Top 20 favorite songs during the cake cutting to really sweeten up the moment!

1. Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé – Perfect Duet

2. Maroon 5 – Sugar

3. Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This

4. Kane Brown – Heaven

5. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

6. Taylor Swift – Lover

7. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This

8. OneRepublic – Good Life

9. DNCE – Cake by the ocean

10. Bruno Mars – Marry You

11. Old Dominion – Make It Sweet

12. Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me

13. Jack Johnson – Better Together

14. Sugarland – Stuck like Glue

15. Sara Bareilles – I Choose You

16. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B

17. Beyoncé – Love On Top

18. Flo Rida – Sugar

19. Beyoncé – XO

20. Dan + Shay – Speechless

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The Most Memorable Wedding

Posted on November 13, 2018 in Weddings, Wine Musings

They say a wedding coordinator is one of the most stressful jobs out there, but it could also be the most rewarding.

On Friday afternoon, I received a phone call from a desperate bride who just lost her wedding venue in Malibu from the Woolsey Fire. She was scheduled to get married the very next day when she found out it had been cancelled. Her and her fiancé had 235 guests that all made the trip out to celebrate their wedding weekend, and several of them flew in from Portugal.

Unfortunately, our venue was fully committed on Saturday, but they were able to inform all of their vendors and guests that the wedding will be held at Wilson Creek Winery on Sunday instead. Our amazing chef was able to put together a menu and get a rush order of food for 235 people in the matter of minutes while our event captain secured enough staff on a holiday weekend to make this whole day happen. The bride and groom were beyond grateful for our Wilson Creek Family who made a wedding of this caliber happen on one day’s notice.

I couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out, and I owe it all to our amazing team at Wilson Creek Winery. Thank you everyone who played a part in today. It was definitely the most memorable wedding I have ever been a part of, and it’s days like these that make me realize just how special my job really is. ♥️ 

This story was shared from Jenae Keys, one of our amazing Events Sales Managers!

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Are you a “Bridezilla” or “Groomonster”??

Posted on March 27, 2017 in Weddings, Wine Musings

Bridezilla/Groomonster (noun) a bride or groom-to-be who focuses so much on the event that she/he becomes difficult and obnoxious

Word Origin 1995; Blend of bride + Godzilla  

 Dictionary.com’s 21st Century Lexicon
Copyright © 2003-2014 Dictionary.com, LLC

Okay… So Your big day is coming up and it seems like no one else understands how very important your wedding is to you. After all, you’ve been planning for this since you could remember and this is supposed to be “YOUR DAY.” Obviously, you’ve got to take matters into your own hands, since no one else will, so why not crack the whip and show everyone who’s boss, Right?!

You are no longer the happy, relaxed, and enthusiastic bride or groom-to-be, you have now turned into a raving, crazy, all you can think about is your wedding “Bridezilla/Groomonster!” AHHH!

Now we know there’s a lot of pressure getting married because you want a flawless affair, from the fairytale engagement to the Instagram-worthy reception.

Some people can handle the highest of expectations, while other brides and grooms get buried in tulle-covered fury that their loved ones never thought possible! So Brides and Grooms, here is some Wilson Creek Bride/Groom Guide advice from one of our amazing Events Coordinator Sean Faustina…

“Remember: There is only one thing in this universe that you have absolute and total control over, and that is yourself. You will then be able to breathe easier, relax and trust the professionals who are handling your wedding. By all means, let your family and friends help you so they too can feel involved and valued. Then, let your wedding day happen, and be present in the moment. Your happiness will show in the pictures that you will look at in the years to come and you will always remember your magical, amazing special day!”

Sean Monique Faustina-Smolak

Sale & Event Coordinator

Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards

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The Proposal after “The Proposal”

Posted on October 12, 2016 in Weddings, Wine Musings

Happy #WeddingWednesday!

My name is Jenae, and I am a wedding coordinator here at Wilson Creek Winery. While planning several brides’ and grooms’ weddings, I was in the midst of planning my own! My then fiancé and I were going to take our time with the engagement, but being a wedding planner… I just couldn’t help myself! So, here is my Wedding Proposal to you, to make the planning process that much easier!

 Photo Creds to Leah Marie Photography! www.leahmariephotography.com (PS the whole wedding party got ready at the Wilson Creek Manor first… Gorgeous Pictures!)

We started out by setting a budget and ended up looking at venues within a couple weeks of getting engaged. Not only did we immediately fall in love with our venue, but we fell in love with the venue’s coordinator as well! In my opinion, that is EXTREMELY important when booking your venue. Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the best and most important days of your life! You want a coordinator that enjoys what he/she does and who you would want to work with throughout your entire planning process!

Once you book your venue, everything sort of just falls into place on its own. Your venue will recommend certain vendors for a reason. They are great at what they do, and they are very familiar with the venue. Although you do not always have to go with preferred vendors, it will almost always be in your best interest because they have the tendency to make your planning process even easier!

If I could give any piece of advice, it would be to get a wedding planning timeline from your venue (or online) and stick to it. Whatever you do, do not wait until the last minute to do everything at once, because you do not want to stress yourself out. Several people asked me what my secret was for staying so calm throughout the entire planning process, and my answer was just that. Stick to the timeline, do not procrastinate, and have fun! No weddings are perfect, so if you go into the process knowing that, you will be so blown away at the end result! If something goes wrong, try your best to laugh it off. Chances are, nobody will notice but you. Your guests do not pay attention to the small details. They are focused on how beautiful/handsome and happy you both look…. and in the end, you two love birds getting married is all that matters!

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Wilson Creek Winery to Host Formal Wedding for Triple Amputee Couple

Posted on April 19, 2013 in Weddings, Wine Musings

Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez and Wife Alexis Will Celebrate Wedding Vows April 27

Temecula Wine Country—Wilson Creek Winery is pleased to become the latest in the group of organizations and people who have helped make the life of Marine Corporal Juan Dominguez a little bit better.

On Saturday, April 27, Wilson Creek Winery will host the “formal” wedding of Juan and Alexis Dominguez. The wedding will be held in the Tuscan-inspired gardens at the winery followed by a reception for about 150 guests, all as a part of Wilson Creek’s Giving Back to the Community Program.

“Our family has always been strong supporters of our troops,” says Bill Wilson, President and CEO at Wilson Creek Winery. “And those who have been wounded are very special to us. We do anything we can to thank them for their service.”

Cpl. Dominguez lost an arm and both of his legs when he came upon an Improvised Explosive Device while on patrol in Afghanistan in mid-October, 2010. He returned home a triple-amputee whose life would be forever changed. But not all of that change was bad. He met his wife, Alexis, at a home coming event for his Battalion the following April. A year later they were married in a civil ceremony in San Diego and that same year he became a candidate to be a recipient of a new home by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation.

“When the foundation approached me about building a house, I had to choose a location,” says Juan. “Temecula looked like a great place to live and it was close to where I go for therapy in San Diego and I have some roots in L.A. so it was perfect.”

In January of 2012, actor and musician Gary Sinise asked the Temecula City Council if he and his Lt. Dan Band could play a benefit concert at City Hall to help his foundation (Gary Sinise Foundation) contribute to building a house for a wounded veteran who wanted to move to Temecula. The concert was held in March and along with other donations raised enough money to build Cpl. Dominguez and his wife Alexis a “smart home,” in Temecula.

“During the concert one of the people from the foundation approached us and said that Bill Wilson would like to donate their Wilson Creek Winery venue for our wedding,” recalls Alexis. “It was very kind and we are excited about having our wedding there. We can’t thank them enough.”

Wilson Creek Winery offers regular specials for military personnel including a standard military discount for wines and wine tasting. The winery is proud to be “the unofficial /official winery of the US Navy “filling special orders of custom labeled wine for many of the Navy ships visiting San Diego. In addition, each year Wilson Creek honors the Navy’s “Sailor of the Year” Awards Program at the Winery.

“Honoring the military is a tradition at Wilson Creek,” says Wilson. “When I heard this very special couple wanted to someday have a formal wedding, I didn’t have to think about it. We are all looking forward to the wedding, and I promise that it will be an event to remember.”

Wilson Creek Winery offers a full-service wedding facility featuring delicious wine-country cuisine, fine wines, and breathtaking views of the vineyards, mountains, and gardens. There is a dramatic open-air gazebo for ceremonies and an expert staff of wedding professionals is available to coordinate every aspect of the special event.  The facility welcomes up to 400 guests per event.

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