A Rustic, Elegant Vineyard Wedding Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, California

Tim Johnson (35 and a director of consumer lending) and Jonah Merchant (33 and a registered nurse) met through an online dating app and have their fir

Tim Johnson (35 and a director of consumer lending) and Jonah Merchant (33 and a registered nurse) met through an online dating app and have their first date at a downtown restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona, where they exchanged a kiss by the end of the night. The couple planned a trip to Paris together, where the both of them planned on surprising the other with a proposal and a Tiffany’s & Co. engagement ring (completely by coincidence!) Tim and Jonah were waiting on a bench for the Eiffel Tower to light up at night. As it did, Jonah beat Tim to the punch and got down on one knee to propose. “In his hand was a Tiffany’s box with an engagement ring. Of course I said yes,” says Tim. “Afterwards, I began laughing and Jonah asked what was so funny. That is when I pulled out the Tiffany ring I got him. We both had it planned for the same time and knew Tiffany rings was the way to go.” The couple had their wedding at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, California, an area in Southern California Wine County they had previously traveled to and fallen in love with. Both grooms wore light gray fitted suits with purple accents for their formal, elegant wedding that had subtle Paris detail. A variety of flowers were seen incorporated into the wedding attire and décor, ranging from white calla lilies to ruby orchids and button mums. Centerpieces of branches accented with flowers and large vases with orchids in water topped with kissing balls were displayed on dining tables.

Silver Wedding Rings, Colorful Flowers
Fuchsia lilies and a white calla lily accented with eucalyptus were pinned to the groom's jacket as boutonnieres.
Tim and Jonah First Look
“We had our wedding at Mount Palomar Winery in Temecula, California,” says Tim. “We had been traveling to Temecula since February 2011 and fell in love with the Southern California wine country. We both knew this would be the perfect spot for our wedding!”
Gray Suits, Purple Tie and Bow Tie
“Our ceremony location included the aisle lined with beautiful kissing balls, the altar had two trees with flowers, two large urns arrangements and many flower and moss balls,” says Tim.
Green and Purple Pomander Aisle Decoration
Ring Bearers with Pillows Under Archway
Guests were invited to sign a leaf on the tree themed guest book.
Ceremony Surrounded by Wedding Party
Tim and Jonah with Officiant
Tim and Jonah stood with their wedding party, with the groomsmen dressed in gray suits and the bridesmaids dressed in long purple dresses.
rn“Our groomsmen were in light gray slim fit suits, accented with charcoal gray skinny ties and pocket squares,” says Tim. “A fun touch included the grooms and groomsmen in argyle socks in different shades of purple and gray.”rn
The grooms held their two Chihuahuas, Dior and Sophie, who took party in the ceremony by walking down the aisle with flowers on their collars.
Intimate Shot of Married Couple
Romantic Kiss at Outdoor Cocktail Hour
Winery Reception Venue, Dining Tables
“Our reception had two different large centerpieces. One was made of branches accented with hydrangeas, orchids, and mums. The other included a large vase filled with orchids and water, then topped with the kissing balls used during the ceremony,” says Tim.
Personalized Couple Tag with Paris Detail
Tree branch centerpieces were decorated with ivory hydrangeas and lilies, red gloriosa lilies and green button mums.
“The wedding cake was an apple spice three-tier square cake, decorated with deep red cymbidium orchids and a metal monogrammed cake topper,” says Tim.
First Dance at Winery Reception Venue