First comes love, then comes the wedding planning! It takes time, but when the Big DayTM finally arrives, it’s amazing to see everything come to life. At Brideside, listening to wedding stories is one of our favorite activities, so we started asking brides about their special days. If you’ve got a #BridesideRealWedding story to share, let us know! We’d love to hear from you — and ugly-cry at your gorgeous wedding photos.

Brideside Bride Donna Ties the Knot at a California Winery

Looking for breathtaking views at your spring wedding? Take a few notes from Brideside bride, Donna. Her outdoor wedding offered 360 degrees of pure west coast beauty, with the pictures to prove it. Planned with rustic details to match the natural elegance of the great outdoors, Donna’s spring wedding at the scenic Mount Palomar Winery was nothing short of striking. Get some major California wedding inspiration from the gorgeous vineyard wedding below! (Read best with a full-bodied California red wine, of course). 

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Wedding photos at sunset: an utterly romantic end to the day!

What was the best thing about your wedding day? 

I loved having all of my family and friends in one place.

Your favorite part about working with Brideside? 

They were very helpful in helping me find the perfect combination of colors!

Brideside real wedding photo with blush bridesmaid dresses
Donna and her bridesmaids looking sweet as roses in blush bridesmaid dresses from After Six and Social Bridesmaids! Shop the look here.

Where did you have your ceremony and reception? 

Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, California

saying vows at a beautiful vineyard wedding in Temecula, california
Donna and her husband said ‘I do’ with a view!

Give us your best advice for future brides. 

It’s true what everyone says. It goes so fast! Soak up every moment and don’t stress about the little things. You’ll forget them down the road anyway.

Which vendors did you use? 

marquee lighted letters for brideside real wedding
Add a fun photo element (and some extra lighting) with marquee lighted letters!

How did you meet your partner?

On a scavenger hunt for a work team-building event

Describe your wedding style in 3 words.

Romantic, elegant and classic

Invitations and decorations for a romantic vineyard wedding in California
Getting married at a vineyard? Take note of these romantic details.

How did you ask your bridesmaids to be part of the bridal party?

With a phone call explaining why they are so special and important to me

Blush bridesmaid dresses from Brideside for a California winery wedding
White and red bouquets are a cool mix with these blush bridesmaid dresses from Brideside!

What did you do for your bachelorette party?

We went to Austin, Texas!

What was your first dance song? First song that got everyone on the dance floor?

“Butterflies” by Kacey Musgraves

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 Donna twirls like a pro at her gorgeous outdoor wedding!

Anything fun or a great story you want to add in? (We’re wedding obsessed.)

The night I met my husband, I twisted my ankle and he was the one who got me ice. Two days before the wedding, I twisted my ankle again and had to wear a brace under my dress. It was awful at first  — I was scared I wouldn’t be able to walk in my heels — but looking back, our story came full circle! Something that seemed like a big hiccup on my wedding day really turned out to not be that bad.

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