Wedding Venue – Not the “Blue” you want

When planning your special day, be cautious and do research on your venue.  Fortunately, this wedding was put back together and the couple got married on April 16th!


“Jason and Jasmane Luna were married April 16 at Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano. Their original wedding date was Feb. 11, but their plans were thrown into disarray by the shutdown of Forster Mansion, the original venue.”

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Place of Honor

Place of Honor

The Brides parents were married on April 24th and to honor them, the couple chose the same day to get married.

There are some weddings where everyone just has a lot of fun.  MaryAnn and Gary’s wedding was just one of those we enjoyed a lot!  Take a look at the videos and it will make you smile too!

Family guest have a lot of fun too

Here is a cute video:

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Famous Weddings – date line April 21, 2012

As posted on Twitter, the new age “Announcements” section of the newspaper:

Neil Diamond@NeilDiamond

Katie and I got married last night, we wish you all could’ve been there. It was magical! Love, Neil

We have an electronic photo frame in our chapel that scrolls pictures of famous couples on wedding day. We can even add yours!

Neil Diamond Weds Manager Katie McNeil

In Beverly Hills

04/23/2012 07:01 AM ET

 Neil Diamond married his manager Katie McNeil Saturday night in Beverly Hills after announcing his engagement last September. Diamond, 71, hosted a “quiet and intimate” setting for his wedding by inviting family and friends. This is the third marriage for the singer.

Neil Diamond And Katie McNeil

It is the first marriage for McNeil.

The amazing part about the couple is how they met. She was the executive producer for the documentary “Neil Diamond: Hot August Night NYC” in 2009. The two met during the filming and have been in love ever since.

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Wedding Showers

The living room at the Wedding Chapel was enjoyed by the Temecula “Circle of Friends” Book Club today. Everyone had a good time and decided we need to have wedding showers and parties here more often!!!!!

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Spring Fever

It’s Spring and time to elope or thinking about a unique small wedding? think: Temecula Wine Country Wedding Chapel!  See the review from a newly wed couple:

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April 15, 1912

My birthday is April 15th and the more I study history, the more I find interesting facts for this day.

April 15, 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, so I thought a little history around wedding attire would be appropriate, as many weddings are performed aboard cruise ships. It has been reported there were 20 newly wed or honeymooners on the Titanic that maiden voyage.  [Interesting facts at the bottom of this post.]   For the fashionista’s  read on…..

Bridal Wedding Veils of the Titanic Era 1912Bridesmaid 1912

Bride with veil 1913Whilst the yoked dress of the bride may seem to belong to a date nearer 1900-1905, her veil shown on the right is in fashion in 1912/13.   In fact this mob cap style of bridal head dress stayed popular for some 20 years. Dress 1910

The dresses of the bridesmaids are empire in line and the skirts have some width, but much less flow or trailing fabric of earlier Edwardian hemlines.

The tiered effect and the layered sleeve styles also pay homage to dresses at the beginning of the Titanic fashion era. The pink dress, on the left, of 1910 has a very similar pinafore bodice layered neckline to the bodice the bridesmaids wear.   Hat 1910

The other most important significant factor is the style of hats. The hats in this photo are on the wider side and quite firmly late Edwardian hat styles, like this hat on McCall’s magazine cover of 1910.

Here are some Titanic facts that may be of interest:

  • The Titanic was never christened.
  • Ethel and Edward Bean were the only “newly wed couple” who survived. The Beanes did not leave the Titanic together.  Some accounts say that neither knew the other had survived until they re-united on a lifeboat.
  • Although most passengers had to share bathrooms (only the two promenade suites in first class had private bathrooms), third class had it rough with only two bathtubs for more than 700 passengers.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Laroche were the only Black Family aboard the Titanic, and they were in Second Class. Joseph did not survive the sinking, however his wife and two daughters were saved in lifeboat #10.
  • 12 dogs were on board and only 3 survived, two being Pomeranians.
  • Robert W. Daniel, a Banker, and fellow survivor Mrs. Lucien P. Smith, met in a rescue lifeboat.  Mrs. Smith’s husband perished during the disaster. The two were married in 1914 in New York City.
  • The Titanic ship had 20 life boats. There were to be 32 lifeboats, but the owners cut 12 to improve the aesthetic appearance before leaving port.
  • One week before the tragic voyage, George W. Vanderbilt III canceled plans for his family to sail on the passenger liner.
  • Honeymooners, Daniel and Mary Marvin were returning to New York City. Mrs Marvin was rescued in lifeboat #10 but Daniel Marvin died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. 6 months later, on October 21, 1912, Mary gave birth to a baby girl, the posthumous daughter of Daniel Warner Marvin. Daniel was a motorcycle rider with a touring group.
  • 705 passengers (a few more or less according to different sources) survived the sinking of the Titanic.
  • At 11.40. p.m., on Sunday 14 April 1912 Titanic struck an iceberg and sank at 2.40. a.m. 1912 on Monday April 15 1912.
  • The Titanic wreck was found 73 years later in 1985 south-east of Newfoundland, Canada.  It was 12,000 feet down on the seabed.
  • Last Survivor Of Titanic, Millvina Dean, died 31 May 2009.  She was only 2 months old on that fateful day. Her brother, Bertram, died, aged 81, on 14 April 1992, 80 years to the day after the Titanic struck the iceberg.
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“I Do” the Wild West way

Long before the internet, gossip magazines and TV, the newspapers would announce famous weddings, while ordinary people like those spread across the nation didn’t have much said about the happy event.


Author and historian Martha Kohl wrote a very interesting book and states why she wrote “I Do” “… primarily because they provide an excellent vehicle for looking at the lives of ordinary people. Weddings are generally well documented; they stand out in people’s memories; and they are one of the few rituals widely celebrated in America.”

Kohl begins her work with a chronological survey of the marriage ritual, from Montana’s territorial days through World War I, the Depression, World War II, and into the hip and casual ceremonies of the 1970s.

She explains how the character of the marriage ceremony was directly influenced by economic times, the coming of the railroads, immigration laws, access to judges and clergymen, and even the marriage of England’s Queen Victoria, who popularized the elegant white wedding costume. She discusses some of the laws affecting matrimony, such as the “gin marriage law,” which prohibited county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to intoxicated persons, and a 1909 law Montana that forbade a Chinese, Japanese or African-American to marry a white person. That law was not abolished until 1953!

Get  your own copy of the book:

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Apr 5, 1614: Pocahontas marries John Rolfe.


Their marriage brought a peace between the English colonists and the Powhatans, and in 1615 Pocahontas gave birth to their first child, Thomas. In 1616, the couple sailed to England. The so-called Indian Princess proved popular with the English gentry, and she was presented at the court of King James I. She was renamed Rebecca. Some think she married John Smith,but that is not the case.

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Marry Me

This video was taken April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas. A live wedding being performed while Martina McBride sings.. “Marry Me”. The Officiant and the ceremony is just stunning.

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2012 “Starry Night Bridal Soiree” at Wiens winery in Temecula, CA

“Starry Night Bridal Soiree” at Wiens Family Cellars is a wedding show like you have never seen before! Not your typical booths and overwhelming information you may never remember.

As a proud member of the Temecula Valley Wedding Professionals, I invite you to the show on April 7, 2012. Enjoy the fun and party atmosphere. See the flyer for more information and register online.

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