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WEDDING DATE:

May 28, 2012

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My fiancé (now husband:) and I came across Villa de Amore by pure accident, and what a lovely accident it was! While we were in Temecula viewing other wedding venues, someone mentioned Villa de Amore to us and we hadn't heard about it before that, but after looking at their web site we thought it looked beautiful and loved the concept of an all-inclusive wedding package. We called and spoke with Eileen directly and she told us to stop by that day. So we did and we were blown away at how GORGEOUS the location was. And how convenient the all-inclusive package deal would be. Unfortunately they didn't have the date we wanted available, so we ended up leaving a little disappointed, but then after a couple of weeks of talking, we decided we really loved that place and that we'd move our date to make it work. We went back the next month and booked it. It was the best decision we ever made!

David and Eileen were our main contacts throughout the wedding planning process. They were prompt to get back to us regarding any questions we called or emailed them about. The all-inclusive package was so wonderful because even though the main vendors are selected for you (caterer and DJ) you still get your choice of photographer, florist and cake vendor. All the vendors were wonderful, we used Sheila from Soiree Design & Events and she was fantastic, she really listened to my requests and completely understood the look I was going for. She was quick to respond to my emails and phone calls. We also used Leah Faddis as our photographer and Jennifer Duarte (Elegance on Display) for the cake. Both of them did a wonderful job, but I'd have to say they weren't as quick to respond to emails as the other vendors. I think they are both just extremely busy and maybe during wedding season take on too much. But the cake and our photos turned out beautifully.

The day before the wedding we had our rehearsal with Lauren and she was FABULOUS! She took her time to walk through every moment with us and really made us feel comfortable. They had a wedding that afternoon, but she never rushed us or talked over us, which was a very calming feeling. The Villa handles all of the setting up for you, so you don't have to ask anyone to go to the site that morning to set up, which we didn't know about and LOVED! Lauren even took notes when I went over where everything had to go on the day of and how it needed to be set up, I left the villa feeling confident that she would make sure everything was perfect... and it was!

The day of the wedding we got there a little later than we wanted to (note to brides, plan EXTRA time for your hair and make-up, especially if you have a large bridal party), but everything went smoothly and I think we started almost exactly on time. And from that moment on, everything went off without a hitch! I had mentally prepared myself for something to go wrong (because everyone told me it would) but NOTHING did! It was amazing! The ceremony was great, except a neighbor kid was playing basketball and I swear he did it on purpose because for the first part of the ceremony all you heard was that stupid ball! But regardless, the music was all timed out correctly (thank you DJ John!) and the flowers looked gorgeous. We even had flower cups on the outside chairs and they were filled and set out, ready to be thrown!

The cocktail hour was great (so I heard:), the food was delicious, the cake cutting, first dance and other dances all went perfectly and DJ John played EVERY song we specifically requested. It was so much fun! We also had a photo booth (DJ John's wife, Kim, was the one who I worked with on that and she was wonderful and quick to respond to emails, too) and everyone who wanted to go in the booth got to go in there. And then the night was over before we knew it! But it all went perfectly!

My only small complaint would be that I so very wish the venue could be open for dancing until 11pm (it ends at 10pm), but Eileen said that was against Temecula's laws, so there wasn't much we could do about that. Regardless, it was a wonderful day that we will NEVER forget!

And I have to say, every single person I talked to said it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to and I know a large part of that was because of the beautiful location. We got married at the end of May, so the vineyards were green and beautiful and a perfect picture opportunity, especially for our out of town guests who don't get to see the beautiful landscape of California very often.

Sorry for the long review, if you're still reading, go check out Villa de Amore ASAP and book it. You won't regret it!
Services used: Wedding Venue