Vendor Spotlight…. Muse & Creator Photography

This week’s spotlight…. We present Geoff Rowe, of Muse & Creator Photography!  Geoff is new to our preferred vendor list this year, but we have had the pleasure of working with him on various on property events, and Geoff is always a pleasure to work with, and great behind the camera!  This week, we are happy to present… Muse & Creator!



Geoff Rowe, the man behind the camera at muse & creator, was born in London and honed his craft working in the UK and Europe before making California his home by way of Arizona where he met his lovely wife Mary Jo.   He has his own romantic story to tell after meeting Mary Jo through  It has been an adventure for the two of them incorporating his ‘quirky’ English style with her ‘energetic’ Italian family!  It’s a story of finding your soul mate and life long partner . . .

Geoff has worked in fashion and commercial photography in the US, UK and Europe, shooting runway in London, Phoenix and Scottsdale. He earned a Licentiateship at the prestigious British Institute of Professional Photographers in 2006 where his submission panel was shortlisted for the Peter Grugeon Award.  In between fashion engagements, whenever possible, he can be found at a motor racing circuit. If you really want to get his attention, offer him a chance to take pictures of Formula One race cars. In fact he has had racing images published!  As a former fashion and commercial photographer, his style and keen eye will capture memories of your day with originality and flair. He possesses and exceptional eye for the subtle interplay of light and shade, producing stunning images that will capture your special day.


Contact Muse & Creator:

Telephone: 951-234-5079


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Being an “Cognizant” Wedding Guest

Please keep in mind esteemed guest, the couple has spent time and money into their perfect event…lets honor that with good guest manner.    Invitation Respond immediately, the couple needs to know (to concur with their chosen venue).       … Continue reading

Our First Preview Event at Stone Meadows!

We held our first preview event at our newest Stone Meadows location, earlier in November. It was a great event, and we heard amazing feedback on the new venue! We just received photos back, thanks to PB Style Photography!  We’re so excited to share our first peek at Stone Meadows with you!








And a special thanks to all who made the evening amazing & beautiful… Chef Igor & the Farm House Kitchen & Temecula Creek Inn team, Designer Specialty Linens for the beautiful table linens as always, RSVP Florals for the great floral work & centerpieces, Creative Music DJ’s, and the Temecula Valley Wedding Professionals for allowing us to host!


Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. 

Unity Ceremony Ideas…

Traditional, unique, it’s all for your liking. 

13 coins

  • Each coin holds a promise that is spoken at the altar.  Acceptance of the coin, means taking trust unconditionally with dedication.
    • The symbolism is recognizing the responsibility to support and care for your partner. 

Cord of Three/Wedding Lasso

  • Three strands are used, one each for the couple, and the third symbolic to uniting families.

Wine lock box

  • The box is used to conceal love letters at the altar.  This wine box is kept in sacred for the treasured letters and wine to be enjoyed at a later date. 

Wine toast to life and future

  • The couple would pour wine/or have wine poured, to a single glass to share.

Ring warming (passed to guests, to bless or kiss)

  • The couples’ family and friends would pass the wedding rings, to be warmed with love.  The warmed rings are then placed by each, to the nearly married hand of their partner.


  • Sand is used to symbolize the uniting of two.
    • 3 glass vessels will be needed.  2 with colored sand and one empty.
    • Once poured, the intertwined pattern of the sand represents two persons uniting.


  • Water is used to symbolize the uniting of two.
    • 3 glass vessels will be needed. 
    • The mixture of the water (could be one with color) represents two persons uniting.


  • Candles are used to symbolize the uniting of two.
    • The couple will light a shared single candle, lit by their individual candle stick.

Flower Ceremony

  • The couple would exchange a flower as a symbol to their love.

Tree Potting

  • The couple would pot a tree to symbolize the start of their marriage growth

Hand fasting

  • The couple’s wrists are tied together during ceremony.  This practice is where the term “tying the knot” derives. 

Blending Families…

Family Medallion ceremony

Sand Ceremony

Water Ceremony

Candle Ceremony 


We have had the pleasure, to experience some of the listed ceremonies with our Temecula Creek Inn couples, on their happy day.

Here is one great example of a Sand Ceremony at Stone House…

Sand Ceremony

Laura Hankla

Catering Coordinator 

Temecula Creek Inn

Thursday Vendor Spotlight… Bella Photo Booth



This week’s spotlight is another new face to our preferred vendor family… And with some special deals just for our Temecula Creek Inn couples, definitely make sure to check them out!



Bella Photo Booth Events

-Vintage styled REAL Photo Booth, not PVC and curtains!

-Multiple strips to tear and share

-Custom Graphics to personalize your photo strips

-CD of images

-Onsite techincian

-Packages starting at just $600 for 5 hours of unlimited photos!

Bella Photo Booth
Pepe de Armas
(949) 973-5771

Military Wedding Packages at the Temecula Creek Inn

This week, we wanted to highlight one of Temecula Creek Inn’s best kept secrets… Our Military Wedding Packages!  If you or your special love serve in any of our armed forces, you need to check out this package, which just debuted this past Spring!  The Military Wedding Packages can be a significant savings for your special day, and is our way of saying “Thank You!” for serving our country!

Military Wedding Packages include:

Your Site Rental Fee for Ceremony & Reception
One Complimentary Changing Room
One Complimentary Guest Room for the Wedding Night
Wedding Assistant
Two Tray Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Two-Course Dinner from our Specialty Military Package Menu
House Wines Served with Dinner
House Sparkling Wines for Toasts
Complimentary Cake Cutting

All for just $60 per guest (plus tax & service charge) at Stone Meadows & Ballroom locations,
or $75 per guest (plus tax & service charge) at the Stone House venue!

And yes, you read it right – the Military Wedding Package is available at our brand new location (to open in September of 2013), Stone Meadows!

Package details… The Military Packages are not available on Saturdays, and minimums do apply & subject to available dates… But eligible Military Wedding Package Dates are available for available 2013 dates and 2014 weekdays at the Stone House; or weekdays and Friday/Sunday dates in 2013 & 2014 at the Stone Meadows or Ballroom locations!  Call our Catering Sales Office today, for more details!



Whichever you’re hosting, a low key Intimate Wedding or The Bona Fide Wedding of the Year, the following suggestive steps could lessen any unnecessary emotion or expense.

Take the time to break it down per subject BEFORE you look at wedding sites.  This will allow you to shop smart, be efficient and avoid angst.  Start with the most pricy of the items and work your way down the “wedding budget list”.  WEDDING BUDGET EXAMPLE:


50% of the Wedding Budget will go to the following:

  1. Venue
    1. What does the venue include?  This is an important saving tool – limiting rentals is a good thing, they get very pricy.
    2. Venue Food and Beverage – how much?  Regardless of per plate or a food and beverage minimum…HOW MUCH?
    3. Outside Coordinator
      1. Do you want extensive staging?  Hire a coordinator for specialty lighting and far-reaching décor.
      2. Do you want to keep things simple?  Enlist family and friends to participate in some DIY bridal party projects.

The remaining 50% of your budget, will go to the following:

  1. Overnight accommodations (hotel room/guest room block)
  2. Honeymoon
  3. Wedding rings
  4. Photographer
  5. Band
  6. D.J.
  7. Clergy/Officiate
  8. Bakery/Cakes/Cupcakes
  9. Wedding Couples Attire
  10. Hair and Make-up
  11. Stationary for save the dates, wedding invitations, place cards, programs, rehearsal dinners or farewell brunches.  Don’t forget the postage.
  12. Guest favors, gift for out of town guests and bridal party gifts.
  13. Transportation, if needed.
  14. Non-essential, but fun added vendors – cigar roller, photo booth caricature artist, performers, specialty lighting and so forth.
  15. Wedding Website
  16. Wedding License

Always ask for a costing estimate from every venue or vendor.  An estimate will show any “extra” cost.  Example of why a costing estimate is necessary: upgradable items, taxes and individual tip.

Last but not least it doesn’t hurt to ask for available discounts – just in case you missed something (such as military discount).  If you’re not opposed to a Monday through Thursday date, you’re typically looking at huge savings; lesser site rental (at times ½), food and beverage minimums, hotel rates and travel expenses.

Make your site visit appointments nearer each other… Save time-save on gas for your car too.

Now you have your wedding budget in mind – go, have fun with the planning of your big day.

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-Laura Hankla, Catering Coordinator

The Meadows Update… Construction is Underway!

Wow! To say our crew is moving fast on The Meadows, would be an understatement!  Construction has officially started on The Meadows, with the opening date set for July 1st!

Here’s a little sneek peek of amazing transformation already taking place!


Meadows Before

…And In Progress…

Meadows Construction  Meadows Construction 3

Meadows Construction 1   Meadows Construction 2

Stay Tuned, more updates to come…

Hot Off Of The Press… We Proudly Announce, Stone Meadows!

We know you have all heard buzz about our newest Wedding Venue, the Stone Meadows… Well, we our proud to share with you today, hot off of the press, the final design for the venue! The Stone Meadows will be our garden-themed venue, opening Summer 2013, and will include event lawn with rose-accented hedged, ceremony trellis, bocce ball courts, two fire pits with seating areas, bar, dance floor, seating area with overhead decorated trellis, dining terrace, vineyard grape areas & garden beds. This amazing new venue will be located just across from our Hotel Lobby, off of the Stone House Golf Course, tucked away behind the existing treeline offering both convenience, as well as privacy, for your Special Event! The Stone Meadows, as Stone House, will host up to one wedding per day; but can also be used for Rehearsal Dinners, Farewell Brunches, Bridal/Baby Showers & Garden Teas, or whatever beautiful outdoor event you can imagine! We’ll be keeping you updated on our progress and venue grand opening, so check back to the blog and our Facebook/Twitter pages, for updates and photos! And if you have any questions, or are interested in booking this venue for your event, please contact our Catering Office – bookings are starting now!

Stone Meadows: