Ponte Winery and Vineyard Inn Wedding
Oh, my freaking WOW! Those are the first words that punch me in the brain when thinking about Amylee and Bashar’s Temecula wedding at Ponte Inn last weekend. Let me start by saying I have photographed well over 200 weddings and this was the only time I ever got teary-eyed. Yeah, I cried like a 6’3 200 lbs man-baby. But honestly, if you were attending this wedding and did not cry you would be emotionally bankrupt and probably in need of therapy. Side note, therapy is good for everyone and I encourage everyone to improve their mental health. But let’s get back to this awesome Ponte Vineyard Inn wedding in Temecula, California!
About The Bride & Groom – Bashar & AmyLee
Bashar is a pulmonary doctor who lived in Aleppo, Syria but shifted to an ER doctor due to the war. His hospital was bombed, the country was devastated, and he fled to Lebanon to seek political asylum in the United States. As he waited for hours at the U.S. Embassy he saw hundreds of people seeking asylum only to get turned away. When his turn came to state his case for political asylum at the embassy he spoke in English instead of his native Arabic, and when he was asked about how things were in war-torn Aleppo he responded, “Things were okay”. Wow! Even while experiencing some of the most physically and mentally challenging circumstances probably anywhere on the globe, Bashar was a glass half full type of guy. That is the type of man he is.
Welcome To America!
That is what the U.S. Embassy told Bashar. I can only imagine his excitement when she slid over his passport and said, “Welcome to America”. Bashar is a man who truly has the most magnetic energy and positive outlook on life, and I can totally see why AmyLee wanted this Syrian hunk to be her bae. That is probably why a first date where the majority of AmyLee’s conversation revolved around dementia didn’t scare him away! She works in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Honestly, these two people are beautiful humans. Healers in their professions and in life. I was truly honored to capture their Temecula wedding photos and only hope the images reflect some of the emotions that poured out throughout the day.
Ponte Vineyard Inn Wedding – My Favorite Moment From The Temecula Wedding
During the Temecula wedding ceremony, Bashar’s close friend from Syria read letters (in Arabic) written by Bashar’s mother and father. The words were then translated into English by Amylee’s mother and father. Hearing the parent’s words from halfway across the globe say how they wish they could be at the wedding to hug the bride and groom so their loneliness would melt away was truly heartbreaking. Although they are still stuck in war-ravaged Syria with little ability to communicate with the outside world they still intended on having a party in Syria to celebrate the wedding. It truly was a beautiful moment, and I think I speak for everyone at the wedding when I say I hope Bashar’s parents can be reunited with their son and new daughter-in-law very soon. And I definitely want to be there to capture the party!
I really can not express how much I enjoyed photographing AmyLee and Bashar’s Temecula wedding at Ponte Inn, meeting the families +friends, and most importantly snacking on some of those ridiculous Syrian desserts! This wedding was incredible because the people were incredible, and that is what a wedding should be about. And I honestly cannot wait to see the video when that gets finished!
Those interested in checking out more Temecula weddings can roll over to my online journal to view Mark and Nicole’s Mount Palomar wedding
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Everything For My Wedding Included In The Price At Ponte Winery Inn?
Yes, Ponte provides comprehensive wedding packages for your special day. You get five hours for your event, complete with a choice of buffet or plated dinner. They serve up tasty hors d’oeuvres and provide professional staff. Your tables will look stunning with floor-length linens and napkins in your choice of color. The Chiavari chairs add elegance, and the china, flatware, and glassware are all included. They really do an awesome job and are a super professional team!
What Makes The Barrel Room At Ponte Special For Wedding Receptions?
The Barrel Room at Ponte is a gem for intimate receptions. As you step through its grand 15-foot doors, you’ll find a cozy yet elegant space. Also, it is much cooler in here so it feel fantastic if you are planning a Summer winery weddings in Temecula. Rustic beams overhead, romantic lighting, and walls adorned with wine casks set a unique scene. Plus, the floor is perfect for dancing. Keep in mind, it’s best for up to 80 guests to ensure everyone’s comfortable. Also, make sure your wedding photographer is experienced in flash photography because it can be very dark in the barrel room!
What Time Can My Wedding Reception At Ponte Vineyard Inn Last?
Your reception must wrap up by 10 pm. I know, boo! This ensures compliance with local ordinances and allows for a seamless end to your beautiful wedding. It also gives you and your wedding guests ample time to celebrate and enjoy the vineyard romance without rushing. But you can always after party it up at the downstairs bar that stays open until midnight!
Can I Have A Live Band Play At My Ponte Vineyard Inn Wedding Reception?
Absolutely! A live band or DJ can elevate your reception to a lively celebration. Just remember, they must adhere to the county noise ordinance. This keeps your party fun and respectful of the serene Temecula wine country surroundings. My personal recommendation? Flashpants!
Will I Be Able To Taste The Food Before Deciding On My Wedding Menu At Ponte?
Absolutely, you can. Your dedicated wedding planner at Ponte will set up a tasting session for you. These are available Wednesday through Friday, barring holidays. It’s a taste of what’s to come on your special day!
Is It Possible To Take My Engagement Photos At Ponte Winery?
Yes, Ponte Winery offers the perfect wine country setting for engagement photos, surrounded by the vineyards’ natural splendor. Just ensure you book a time for your shoot, particularly since they avoid scheduling during other weddings to keep your experience private and special.
Ponte Winery Vineyards Venue Details
- Wedding Venue Address: 35001 Rancho California Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pontevineyardinn/
- Ponte Winery Weddings Reviews: https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/ponte-winery-and-vineyard-inn-temecula-ca-962751
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- 1 Ponte Winery and Vineyard Inn Wedding
- 2 About The Bride & Groom – Bashar & AmyLee
- 3 Ponte Vineyard Inn Wedding – My Favorite Moment From The Temecula Wedding
- 3.1 Frequently Asked Questions
- 3.1.1 Is Everything For My Wedding Included In The Price At Ponte Winery Inn?
- 3.1.2 What Makes The Barrel Room At Ponte Special For Wedding Receptions?
- 3.1.3 What Time Can My Wedding Reception At Ponte Vineyard Inn Last?
- 3.1.4 Can I Have A Live Band Play At My Ponte Vineyard Inn Wedding Reception?
- 3.1.5 Will I Be Able To Taste The Food Before Deciding On My Wedding Menu At Ponte?
- 3.1.6 Is It Possible To Take My Engagement Photos At Ponte Winery?
- 3.1 Frequently Asked Questions