A Vineyard Military Wedding at Falkner Winery in Temecula, California
Ashley Stephens (25 and a hospitality manager) and Jamison Cunningham (24 and an officer in the United States Marine Corps) met in the 6th grade, but started dating during their senior year of high school. Ashley went to study at Cal Poly Pomona while Jamison studied at George Mason University, bringing them into three years of a long distance relationship. After graduation, the couple knew when Jamison was stationed in Okinawa, Japan that long distance was not going to work. So on December 26th, 2012, Ashley and Jamison tied the knot in a courthouse Fullerton, California. After the wedding, the newlyweds began their lives together in Asia, and two years later, decided to have a 'real' wedding. With a mutual love of wine, Falkner Winery was an easy choice for their wedding venue. The couple wanted to keep the color palette clean and beautiful as they were inspired by the vineyard. They kept the colors neutral, other than the navy in the bridesmaid dresses. Their flowers were green and white, with small bits of navy in the bouquets. The ceremony was held in the barrel room, and out into a grassy landing amidst the vines. Bruschetta, meatballs in a white wine garlic sauce, and spanakopita were served as their appetizers for cocktail hour. Then they traveled to a garden connected to the tasting room for dinner that served chicken and hand carved, herb crusted beef roast with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes, veggies, and salad. The dancing portion of the reception was in the restaurant part of the venue that allowed the guests to dance well past the the allotted time for the wedding! "We as a couple love our friends, our family, good food, good drink, and great music. Our wedding was all of those things," says Ashley.