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California Winery Wedding: Tim & Jonah

Derek Chad Photography

November 15, 2014

The story of Tim and Jonah began on an online dating app during the summer of 2010.  They exchanged messages and emails, and a few weeks later phone numbers so they could text. Jonah asked Tim to meet one evening, but he was swamped with work.

November 15, 2014

Luckily, Jonah tried again a few days later and Tim, having decided he wasn’t going to meet a great guy always spending his time at work, accepted.

Jonah and Tim met at Fez, a restaurant in downtown Phoenix. They hit it off immediately and before they knew it, the restaurant was closing and they were the only ones left. They decided to call it a night and exchanged a good night kids in the parking lot. When Tim got home, Jonah sent a text and asked if he had plans for the following evening – and Tim replied “no”. Jonah responded “you do now!” The two have been inseparable since.
Derek Chad Photography

The Engagement

Engaged on January 22, 2012, Tim purchased a ring from Tiffany’s before the couple’s trip to Europe and kept it hidden in his carry-on bag. One evening, over a bottle of wine at the Eiffel Tower, Jonah dropped to one knee and proposed to Tim! Jonah initially didn’t understand why Tim began laughing (after accepting, of course!) – it was clear that the engagement was meant to be.

A Temecula Winery Wedding

Temecula was a natural venue choice. Tim and Jonah regularly visited friends in the area and traveled there at least four times each year. They chose Mount Palomar for the amazing views, excellent service, and overall options. They had a great experience at the winery and pledge to remain lifelong wine club members.

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Both grooms contributed different ideas to the wedding planning process and incorporated them into the overall event. Tim kept a detailed journal for each vendor and part of the wedding day. This helped keep all of his notes and questions in one spot. They relied heavily on their vendors to bring up items they hadn’t yet thought of, and were grateful for timely responses when they had questions. In the end, everything came together wonderfully.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Tim does consider himself a “mama’s boy”, stating “I couldn’t have done it without her help.  She talked some sense into me when I would have my “freak out” moments and also helped me organize details I didn’t even have on my radar!”
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

A Little Touch of Paris

Little touches of Paris were included throughout the wedding details, including the couple’s Save the Dates, invitations, guest seating cards, and décor. Tim’s favorite detail was the response card included with the invitation. It was made to look like an old Parisian postcard. Patrick Caraos of Trick Grafix developed the concept and designed the paper goods.

Tim and Jonah were also glad that they opted to include a photo booth. They have some of the most crazy, funny, special photos of their guests in an album that they absolutely love.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Jonah’s favorite memory of the wedding was waiting for Tim’s parents to walk him halfway down the aisle where he waited. “When he turned the corner to come up the beautiful walkway lined with ivy and the string quartet playing, I knew this was the man I was spending my life with” shared Jonah.
“I was so nervous because we had written our own vows and I wasn’t sure if I could put into words how much love I have for this man walking towards me.” Perhaps not surprisingly, the same walk was Tim’s favorite memory too.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Asked for advice for other couples, Tim recommends remembering that it is your day. Take time alone together during the planning, and enjoy every moment as it all goes by so quickly!

Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors

Photographer:  Derek Chad Photography // Floral Designer: Michael’s Flower Girl // Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom // Ring Designer:  Tiffany & Co. // Event Venue: Mount Palomar Winery // Photo Booth Equipment: Pixster Photo Booth // Musicians:  The Innocenti Strings //

 Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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