Ashley and Ryan’s beautiful summer wedding in Pala, California, was inspired by family, love, simplicity and the natural beauty of the area. Their celebration was replete with handmade and thoughtful details, and Faithfully Focused Photography captured every special moment!
Ryan and I met when we were both studying at the University of California, Irvine. Both of us found a passion in Nursing and completed our degrees in the University’s Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Program. Our friendship and foundation as soon-to-be nurses developed into an unforgettable love story and passion that no words can describe. Soon after graduating and landing positions at UCI’s Medical Center, Ryan whisked me away to San Francisco for a surprise weekend getaway. Little did I know he had been planning this trip for months. With the most beautiful engagement ring in his pocket, Ryan got down on one knee in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Little did we know, a complete stranger had captured the moment on camera, giving us ever lasting pictures and memories of this day. We immediately began planning what became the most remarkable and cherished day of our lives.
Whispering Oaks Terrace is located on property that was originally the Escallier stage coach stop, a family winery, vineyard and olive grove. The simplicity of this venue and its natural beauty can only be described as the perfect location for our life to begin. Our wedding day was not only more stunning than either of us could have anticipated, it was filled with love that was visible to all of our guests and family alike. The weather was perfect and our surroundings were serene. The Ceremony was complete with handmade paper bag programs filled with fresh baked cookies for each guest, a memorable dedication to the Mothers of the Bride and Groom, a rose planting ceremony for the bride and groom, and a one-of-a-kind ceremony that focused on our individuality and blending of lives. Every detail and decoration throughout the wedding was handmade by the bride and her sister. Because the venue was located amongst olive trees and vineyards the Temecula Olive Oil Company came and created a memorable olive oil tasting for all of our guests. The flowers used throughout the wedding were hand-grown and arranged by a local Temecula Farmer’s Market Vendor. Nestled within the giant oak trees was a private bar and swinging benches for our guests to enjoy. The cake was a gift from our grandmother, and the delicious food was made on-site. With thousands of twinkling lights around us and nothing but a starry clear sky above, our first day as husband and wife was absolutely flawless. - Ashley