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Nestled between rolling hills and peaceful vineyards, Callaway Vineyard & Winery is one of the most picturesque places to have a wedding in Southern California’s Wine Country.

To put it simply, Callaway Vineyard & Winery is one of our favorite places to capture a wedding. Callaway provides an amazing contrast of modern architecture and breathtaking views of the their own and neighboring vineyards.

Adorned in a classically elegant wedding gown, as well as a custom tailored black tuxedo, Alie and Brian elected to have their ceremony outdoors on the West Lawn. Overlooking Callaway’s own rolling vineyards, this ceremony site boasts an unbeatable view of the gorgeous Temecula Valley sunset, which we just had to take advantage of for their portraits!

Alie and Brian’s reception was held in the absolutely incomparable Barrel Room. With all of the perimeter walls being blanketed with actual wine barrels, this reception space is the perfect backdrop for an authentic wine country wedding. And though Alie and Brian had a large wedding of well over 200 guests, the Barrel Room provided plenty of room to accommodate all of the guests and still had a dance floor space big enough for this delightfully raucous party.

With family, friends and with their dog Chloe, Alie and Brian had their dream wedding. Complete with a Metallica song playing during their ceremony and an Alice in Chain’s ballad during their first dance, Alie and Brian did their wedding – their way – it was truly amazing to be a part of their special day.

Wedding Photography Coverage: HOLDING & CO. PHOTOGRAPHY  |  Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue: CALLAWAY VINEYARD & WINERY, Temecula, CA  |   Hair Stylist & Make-Up Artist: Jennifer Rissman, Orange, CA  |  Cake Artist: CAKES TO CELEBRATE, Temecula, CA  |  Florist: RSVP FLORAL, Temecula, CA  |  DJ: RUSS MESSICK, Irvine, CA | Day of Coordinator:  ANDREA DUSIL & DENISE SUTTERFIELD, Temecula, CA  |    Wedding Dress Designer: SOTTERO & MIDGELY, Sydney, Australia

  • January 24, 2015 - 9:43 am

    Nicolette Moku - Wow, gorgeous work! I love your timeless style & the feel of the entire day! It feels like I was there. ReplyCancel

  • January 24, 2015 - 10:37 am

    Hannah - These are so beautiful and so fun! I love the guy pouring the beer down his shirt… What was the story with that?!?!ReplyCancel

    • January 24, 2015 - 10:43 am

      Holding & Co. Photography - Hannah, that was Tim – Tim is awesome! He pulled one of us to the side towards the end of the night and asked if we wanted a picture of something cool. He then proceeded to grab his friend’s beer and started chugging it, it was so amazing!ReplyCancel

  • January 24, 2015 - 11:21 am

    Manya Keseloff - Beautiful photos! I love the portraits and the dance photos with that motion blur of the lights, so cool! The ring shot is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • January 24, 2015 - 11:36 am

    Jay Williams - This is such an excellently captured wedding! Love how vibrant your work is!ReplyCancel

  • January 25, 2015 - 6:51 am

    Brittney Hannon - These are awesome guys! I absolutely LOVE that dress shot and the one of the guy chugging beer is epic! Beautiful work as always =)ReplyCancel

  • January 25, 2015 - 11:09 am

    Liesl Diesel - beautiful use of light, available and added. just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • January 26, 2015 - 6:07 pm

    Victoria - Man, you guys are killing it. Love love love this set of images!! =)ReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2015 - 1:13 pm

    Sadi Lane - I seriously want to give you guys and award for the photographer that is most epic and blows me away every time you post! Its gorgeous! What a stunning wedding, love the grand entrance photo and the CAKE! Love!ReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2015 - 10:59 pm

    Melanie - What a gorgeous wedding and couple. You guys did an amazing job capturing it all. I really love the one of them in the vineyard. That one needs to be a canvas!ReplyCancel

  • January 30, 2015 - 12:50 pm

    Kristen Burtch - I love every single image. These are perfect. Every single one has a really neat perspective and you can feel the talent pouring into each one.ReplyCancel


Beautiful First Look Portrait, First Look Photo Ideas, Creative PortraitsJust north of Temecula is a city called Murrieta, which is where Chaunti and Garrett were wed at an exclusive private estate appropriately named “Wedding Under the Oaks” in Murrieta. Chaunti and Garrett were so gracious and great to work with, we started by showing up well before the ceremony to take photos of the two of them getting ready surrounded their closest friends and family. Being at this massive private estate gave us a real opportunity to get creative and to really to utilize the amazing light coming from all of the large windows throughout the house. Chaunti and Garrett opted for a “first look”, which provides the bride and groom see each other before their ceremony. It creates a great, intimate and very emotional moment that they are able to share together all by themselves (and our cameras of course). The ceremony took place under a grove of oak trees that was breathtaking beautiful and just like their first look, the ceremony was full of amazing moments and a great display of emotion. You’ll notice very quickly scrolling through the photos, a lack of dancing photos from this wedding. What would be viewed by many as a complete nightmare became one of the most intimate and memorable receptions we’ve had the pleasure to photograph. Moments after dinner being served to the guests out on the side lawn, we notice the lights inside the house began to flicker severely, we also noticed the dinner music was fluttering in and out from the DJ’s speakers. Moments later, as dusk had already crept upon us, the lights went dark and the music went silent for the rest of the evening.

It was told to us later that a car hit a transformer around the corner and the entire neighborhood lost power.

The party keep on rolling however. Guests collected a couple lanterns that were strewn around the property, decorative votives and small tea lights were repurposed to create the main source of light for the entire, now scarcely candlelit reception. Chaunti and Garrett’s first dance took place on the dance floor with their first song being played from the inside of a pick-up truck that had all of it’s windows rolled down. They cut their cake, threw their bouquet and garter in near pitch black conditions with the most infectious smiles on their faces the entire time. By far the highlight of the evening was the string of toasts given by each set of parents, siblings, wedding party, great friends and whomever else wanted to say a few words and best wishes. There were several laughs, a few tears (including our own) and many touching messages that truly made this wedding unique and above all memorable. Not memorable because of the darkness or because there was no loud music or dancing. It was memorable because of the words given to Chaunti and Garrett by their loved ones. Words that otherwise may never have been spoken by those who unexpectedly had the opportunity to do so. It truly provided for a special evening for us, thank you Chaunti and Garret for allowing us to capture your wedding day. Please enjoy the photos. Creative Wedding Silhouette Shot, Creative Wedding Photography Double Exposure Wedding Portrait, Creative Wedding Photography | Holding & Co. Photography The photo below was entered and won 3rd Place in a Worldwide Photography Contest recently! Click here to see more details! 

Best Sparkler Exit PhotoChaunti and Garrett just wrote a review of our service and their experiences with us on Wedding Wire. Click Here to see their 5+ Star Review! 

Wedding Photography Coverage: HOLDING & CO. PHOTOGRAPHY, Riverside, CA  |  Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue: Wedding Under the Oaks (Private Estate), Murrieta, CA  |   Make-Up Artist: ROCK ME UP MAKEUP, Covina, CA   |   Hair Stylist: Desiree Dueling-Toth, Murrieta, CA   |  Cake Artist: LIL MISS SHORTCAKES, Temecula, CA  |  Florist: POSIES & PETALS, Temecula, CA  |  DJ: LIBERTY EVENTS UNLIMITED, Temecula, CA | Coordinator:  D’RENAE EVENTS, Murrieta, CA  |    Wedding Dress Designer: KITTY CHEN, Los Angeles, CA


  • July 26, 2014 - 11:39 am

    Victoria - Absolutely amazing work, as always. That sparkler exit is just fantastic!!ReplyCancel

  • July 26, 2014 - 11:38 pm

    Karen D - Lovely, dramatic images! The first image of the two of them and the last image are my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Theresa - Absolutely amazing work. Love the dramatic images, that last image is absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

  • July 27, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Brittney Hannon - These images are stunning! I love the ones of her getting ready, such a gorgeous bride and just as gorgeous images to match.ReplyCancel

  • July 28, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    Sadi Lane - Ohhh Kevin and Julia evertime I look through your blog I get more and more inspired, you guys have such an awesome creative and unique style! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2014 - 7:31 am

    Danielle Bacon - Simply marvelous! These are more like stills from a blockbuster movie! I love them all. So inspired and totally digging the silhouette, double exposure, and that sparkler exit. You nailed it!ReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    Hannah Sons - These are gorgeous!!!Love all the emotion you capturedReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    Annie - such awesome imagery!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2014 - 2:45 am

    Kate Breuer - Love love love the sparkler exit – especially the last photo! But the rest is great, too. Gorgeous work!! IReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    Nicole Chow - Oh my gosh, the picture of her ring…so good. Gorgeous wedding!ReplyCancel

  • July 31, 2014 - 12:14 am

    Nicolette Moku - Your work is inspiring! Beautiful & timeless!ReplyCancel

  • August 1, 2014 - 9:55 pm

    Kristen Burtch - Your work is absolutely stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    Abbey - you guys are amazing! great job! love!ReplyCancel