“I Do” the Wild West way

Long before the internet, gossip magazines and TV, the newspapers would announce famous weddings, while ordinary people like those spread across the nation didn’t have much said about the happy event.


Author and historian Martha Kohl wrote a very interesting book and states why she wrote “I Do” “… primarily because they provide an excellent vehicle for looking at the lives of ordinary people. Weddings are generally well documented; they stand out in people’s memories; and they are one of the few rituals widely celebrated in America.”

Kohl begins her work with a chronological survey of the marriage ritual, from Montana’s territorial days through World War I, the Depression, World War II, and into the hip and casual ceremonies of the 1970s.

She explains how the character of the marriage ceremony was directly influenced by economic times, the coming of the railroads, immigration laws, access to judges and clergymen, and even the marriage of England’s Queen Victoria, who popularized the elegant white wedding costume. She discusses some of the laws affecting matrimony, such as the “gin marriage law,” which prohibited county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to intoxicated persons, and a 1909 law Montana that forbade a Chinese, Japanese or African-American to marry a white person. That law was not abolished until 1953!

Get  your own copy of the book:  http://www.amazon.com/Do-Cultural-History-Montana-Weddings/dp/0980129214

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Apr 5, 1614: Pocahontas marries John Rolfe.


Their marriage brought a peace between the English colonists and the Powhatans, and in 1615 Pocahontas gave birth to their first child, Thomas. In 1616, the couple sailed to England. The so-called Indian Princess proved popular with the English gentry, and she was presented at the court of King James I. She was renamed Rebecca. Some think she married John Smith,but that is not the case.

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Marry Me

This video was taken April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas. A live wedding being performed while Martina McBride sings.. “Marry Me”. The Officiant and the ceremony is just stunning.

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2012 “Starry Night Bridal Soiree” at Wiens winery in Temecula, CA

“Starry Night Bridal Soiree” at Wiens Family Cellars is a wedding show like you have never seen before! Not your typical booths and overwhelming information you may never remember.

As a proud member of the Temecula Valley Wedding Professionals, I invite you to the show on April 7, 2012. Enjoy the fun and party atmosphere. See the flyer for more information and register online.

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March 24, 2012..a wedding today!

Introducing for the first time.. Mr. and Mrs. Ray (Kim) Finney.  A beautiful couple from Covina, CA drove out to Temecula to get married in the Wine Country Wedding Chapel in historic Old Town Temecula.



Four years ago, Kim went into a spa repair store to see about buying a new spa to replace a broken one. (so she thought). Ray was the customer service guy who said... "if I can fix your spa, and you don't need to buy a new one, you owe me dinner". The rest is history. You guessed it, he fixed her spa.

Hear what Kim and Ray say about the Wine Country Wedding Chapel

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The KISS Ceremony

KISS – Keeping It Simple Sweethearts
~when you just want to get married without all the whoops. We have added a new altar in front of the barn door in the Rose Room. Come by to see us sometime!

Or, have your ceremony in front of the fireplace in the Mercedes Room.

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Our first bride, Mercedes Pujol


Following is a story of our bride, Mercedes Pujol, our very own Wine Country Wedding Chapel bride!

Long before gold was discovered in California, most of the land ownerships were held in large tracts of land, called Ranchos. Originally granted by Spain to prominent persons, the Ranchos traded hands for various reasons.

Domingo Pujol was a San Francisco lawyer, born in Spain, acquired a large section of a Rancho, currently where Old Town Temecula is now.  He subdivided the lots and sold them.

Mercedes, his bride, came to Temecula in 1884 to settle her husband’s estate and donated parcels to the now “city”.  Several streets are named in honor of her and her dearly departed.

Wine Country Wedding Chapel is located on 6th Street, between Old Town Front St and Mercedes Street (named for her). Pujol Street is on the west side of town.

To honor her, as the wife of Domingo Pujol and the donations she made to the City, we have her picture in the chapel and she has the look of a beautiful bride, as she surely was.

In the Chapel, the main living room is called the Mercedes Room. Marriage ceremonies are conducted in front of the fireplace.  Prior to 1917, before there was a church in Temecula, couples had choices of going to Los Angeles or San Diego to marry in a church.  It was custom in the “old west” throughout the western part of the U.S., to marry in the home of family or friends.

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The Little Yellow House in the Middle of the Block

Located at 41973 6th St. in Old Town Temecula
We’d love to hear from you…
call us at 951-760-3399

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Trang & Nam Flash Mob


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It’s been a labor of love…

Putting our wedding chapel together has taken more than we thought but now we are close to opening. Stay tuned and join us on opening day.

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