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Looking for inspiration to style a destination wedding a little closer to home? This breathtaking shoot from Alex Gabriel takes full advantage of the French and Italian architecture details of The Marquess, a unique estate wedding venue in Temecula. The Southern California venue offered the lemon groves of Capri, the bridges of Venice, the gardens of the South of France, and the most stunning stone chapel to offer ways to celebrate with European wedding style! Pairing it with moody fine art photos and exquisite calligraphy details added the perfect amount of Old World charm to the California sunshine!

These Monet Water Lilies inspired invitations by Sea and Sun Calligraphy created a romantic French country details with Impressionist stationery accents, paired with gold wax seals and luxurious silk tassels to start off the European wedding style of this stunning Southern California shoot!


Classical French and Italian details went into the bride’s getting ready look with a lace bell sleeve robe. The beautiful moments captured by Alex Gabriel showed off her beaded headpiece and vintage glam bridal makeup before slipping into the wedding dress!

Alex Gabriel and Yellow Bow Florals chose elegant and light colors to create a beautiful palette for the European wedding style of this shoot. Gold and yellow roses paired with creamy white details were the centerpiece of the bride’s amazing lush garden bouquet, echoing the elegant beauty of the estate at The Marquess.

Ready for out of this world romance? These stunning portraits throughout the lemon grove and Rialto-inspired bridge captured the romantic European wedding style of the venue, along with the stunning bride’s look from Mon Amie Bridal. The Tulle bows on the straps and the beaded lace bodice added romantic finishing details to the flowing chiffon skirt – layering the filmy top layer over a slim lace slip added the most gorgeous flow and movement!

The ceremony was held with a romantic French stone chapel as the backdrop! The exquisite stone facade and wooden doors were brought over from France and painstakingly reconstructed to create an old world element at the Temecula wedding venue.


Yellow Bow Florals was inspired by the Corinthian columns on the facade of the stone chapel – she created deconstructed flower columns of greenery and yellow and white roses to frame the antique doors of the chapel and tie in the dark wood with greenery for a moody ceremony backdrop.

A Vintage French Cathedral at a Southern California Ceremony Venue Offers European Wedding Style

How magical is this moody light to enhance the Gothic inspiration of the French chapel!


The reception continued the Continental tour of European wedding style, taking place in the Vintage Greenhouse. The long, open space featured a vaulted ceiling that made for the perfect way to install a hanging centerpiece!

Crisp White Flower Chandelier over the Wedding Reception Table for a Hanging Centerpiece

The white and pink decor included dusty rose napkins on each place setting, along with blush silk ribbons adorning the calligraphy and watercolor menu cards. The gold wax seal added a stunning finishing details! For the flowers, long strands of white blossoms dripped over the long dining tables, adding a light counterpoint to the greenery garland that served as a runner. The airy white and pink reception flowers added to the open feeling of the reception space.

Signature pink cocktails are the best way to toast the newlyweds! The Blushing Pink beverage was garnished with a floating white flower to add an elegant touch!

Italy took its turn adding to the luxurious European wedding style, with this beautiful Venetian bridge modeled on the famous Rialto! The leaded glass windows and views of the pool offered a stunning backdrop for wedding portraits with Italian flair!

The light, color, and romance of this breathtaking shoot proves it’s possible to capture the breathtaking style of a European wedding day anywhere in the world! The stunning ideas to style a wedding with inspiration from France and Italy adds a unique and Old World touch to the stunning Temecula wedding venue!