By Meghan Kennedy | Photography by ABM Photography
Most of us aren’t as lucky on blind dates as this charming couple. Shauna and Steven met on a blind date and haven’t looked back since! The couple got married in a beautifully rustic ceremony at the Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula Valley, Calif. The rolling wine country landscape and sophisticated reception area made for a gorgeous wedding day, captured by ABM Photography. Their purple, green and black palette went beautifully with the wine grapes growing along the vines, and the touches of burlap used on the wedding cake and throughout the ceremony were perfectly rustic-chic.
The San Diego couple took a trip to Sedona, Ariz., seven hours away from their home. Upon their arrival, Shauna says, “we were exhausted, but Steve wanted to watch the sunset on the famous red rocks of Sedona.” Little did she know, a proposal was brewing. “As we watched the sunset, Steve asked a man walking by to take a picture of us,” explains Shauna. “So as I turned around to take the picture he was down on his knee. At that point I was in shock!” Their entire proposal was captured on camera to the sound of applause from tourists who had unwittingly become witnesses to Shauna and Steven’s special moment.
The sweethearts chose Wilson Creek Winery as their venue because they loved the barrel room where the reception was held — but the beautiful gardens outside didn’t hurt, either. Since the couple went for a classic, rustic wedding, the winery was a perfect location for their wedding.
Shauna wore a gorgeous Maggie Sottero sheath embellished with crystals and pearls, while Steven wore a custom-made Indochino gray suit. Shauna’s favorite part of the dress? “The plunging back!”
The couple wanted to keep everything simple, so they very appropriately used wine bottles as table numbers with tea lights dotting the room for added ambience. “The DJ provided purple uplighting that matched with the theme. It was just very cozy and intimate,” says Shauna. “We also had lavender napkins with white table cloths. At the end of the reception we did sparklers, which was a lot of fun!” Favors of See’s Candy truffles were given to guests in bags stamped with the reminder that “Love is sweet.”