Love story…

Jacy & I met 12 years ago at a festival called the Scottish Highland Games – I had been going to this festival since I was a kid, and he is a drum major for Scottish pipe bands. We were friends for a year until we started dating.

Our relationship was long distance for 5 years while he was in San Diego and I finished up college at Chico State and started my career. Finally, I transferred down to Temecula where we were closer to each other. We always knew we would be together, but also knew we needed to have other success in life such as graduation and jobs to build a foundation. 

After 11 years together, we started designing my engagement ring using family stones. Jacy asked me to marry him at his parents home over 4th of July weekend. He flew my mom down and we had a nice celebration with everyone saying “FINALLY!” What I love about our relationship is we truly worked on our timeline, with our terms, never letting others influence our decisions. We knew what was right for us. I’m so lucky!

After graduating from Chico State, I worked for Wedgewood Weddings for 7 years. I was a venue sales rep & coordinator, so I’ve seen a good amount of wedding dresses. I’m talking 200+ wedding dresses a year! I knew it would be difficult for me not to say “I’ve seen this before” as I had likely, in fact, seen it before. 

A lace v-neck wedding dress by Lillian West with a long train hangs in front of a curtain at Galway Downs in Temecula, CA.

With two friends and my mom by my side, we started the search. I needed a dress within 3 months, so there was a stress factor there too. I knew I wanted something with a V neck and back as I felt that was a flattering look on me. I love lace, but more unique-looking lace. I knew Jacy wouldn’t want to see me in a large gown, and that’s not my style either. I felt like everything I was trying on at other stores was just too much fabric. 

Zoë at Always Elegant Bridal helped narrow down the search. As soon as she walked over with my dress I knew it was the one before even putting it on! I didn’t want to take it off.

Jacy & I got married at Galway Downs in Temecula, CA. This is the venue I had worked at for the past 4 years, and the staff had become my family. We also wanted to get married quickly, so it just made sense to host our wedding at the place I knew like the back of my hand. 

A mother buttons a daughter's Always Elegant Bridal wedding dress in Temecula, CA.

Diana Hass holds hands with her mother near a pond at Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings.

At Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings in Temecula, CA, wooden chairs and an arbor with fall flower colors are set up under a large tree next to a pond.

A bridal party in mismatched shades of burgundy, berry, and burnt orange cheers in front of a southern california desert background.

A bride poses with her dog at a southern California wedding.

Jacy’s dad married us. Our nieces & nephews walked down the aisle before me. We didn’t have a wedding party, it was really just about us. We had wanted that moment for so long. Our family and friends wanted that moment for so long. There was no need to add anything else to it.

A young flower girl and ringbearer (he wears a sign that says "don't worry ladies, I'm still single!") walk down the aisle at Galway Downs in Temecula, CA.

Diana walks down the aisle at Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings in Temecula, CA.

Jacy Anderson smiles at his bride walking down the aisle - he wears a grey tuxedo with a blue paisley tie and a white/orange boutonniere.

Diana and Jacy exchange rings under a wooden arbor Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings in southern California.

A wedding couple holds hands by a pond during sunset at Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings in Temecula, CA.

A bride and groom kiss at a beautiful pond location (Galway Downs) in southern CA.

Galway Downs is an equestrian center with a wedding venue site right in the middle. It has a large modern barn, streams, ponds and little bridges that make for great photos. Plus, the best golden hour I’ve ever seen. 

A groom carries a bride's lace train during sunset at Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings in Temecula, CA.

A bride and groom kiss on a footbridge at Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings in Temecula, CA.

A groom spins a bride at sunset next to a pond garden at Galway Downs in southern CA.

A bride and groom kiss on a footbridge at sunset in southern California.

A bride's train adorns her lace straight dress by Southern California Temecula palms.

A bride in a lace dress poses in front of a desert background in Temecula, CA.

A bride in a lace V-neck dress wears a long veil that floats in the wind at dusk under the rising moon.

A bride smiles in a veil and lace dress under the moon at dusk in SoCal.

Bride and groom sit next to each other in Temecula's SoCal desert surrounded by cacti, wheatgrass, and palms.

A boho bride wears a western flat brim hat and a cream jacket with fringe.

A bride and groom pose with a dog in southern California.

Since I had seen a few weddings in my day, I knew what I wanted to do and didn’t want to do. I had also seen hundreds of couples stress about decor, florals and cake that really didn’t matter at the end of the day. We had fall-colored florals, colored glass vases, cross-back chairs and farm-style tables.

We put eight tables directly down the middle of the reception room with guests sitting on each side. Jacy & I sat at the head of the table so we were able to look down the entire table seeing everyone chatting, laughing and enjoying their meals. Our florist also installed three iron bridges that they hung candles & greenery from. I had the lighting as dim as possible with just candles all the way down the table. It was very romantic.

A reception seating chart on a circular mirror at Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings.

The reception hall is decorated with sheer drapery, string lights, gold dishware and fall color accents.

A wedding table is decorated with burnt orange and gold accents, cross-back chairs, plus a wooden trellis with plants.

A wedding cake is decorated with burnt orange and peach flowers and surrounded by candles.

Glam gold accented wedding decorations and a neon "cheers" sign

We had a smaller guest count of 60 immediate family & close friends. The reception space at Galway can seat 300, so I wanted to do something different with the space. Plus, I had seen it set up the same way for every wedding in the past and I wanted to do something outside the box. 

The wedding couple makes their first entrance into the reception hall.

Always Elegant bride and groom in grey share their dance together

Bride and groom dance under romantic low lighting.

Wedding reception guests sit at a long table to listen to speeches.

It’s very easy to get wrapped up in what you think you need to make your wedding day. Yes, the lounge set that costs 3k to rent is super cute but nobody is going to walk away from your wedding day saying “that was the best lounge set I’ve ever seen”. What really matters is a memorable ceremony, a good photographer, good food & drinks and music to dance to. Throw in your favorite people and that’s a party!

A bride and groom cut a white and orange cake together at Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings in Temecula, CA.

Wedding guests pose together with the bride and groom, and one family member poses on the ground in front of the group.

Photographer: Astray Photography | Wedding Dress: Always Elegant Bridal | Venue: Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings | Cake/Dessert: BoCakes Bakery | Florist: Soiree Floral Design | Planner & Caterer: Wedgewood Weddings | DJ/Music: Austin Murray Entertainment | Invitations: Minted | Hair & Makeup: Jodi Snowden & Co