Frequently Asked Questions:
I have some last-minute questions. Who should I contact? Please contact Britt Thorwall-Faris or Amy Razo! Thank you!
Britt Thorwall-Faris : 323.470.3038
Amy Razo: 310.567.0442
How do I get to the venue? You can drive yourself if you choose or use a ride sharing app (Uber and Lyft). Our venue's coordinator recommends scheduling your pickup ahead of time if you are using a ride sharing app. Click here for directions to schedule an Uber. Click here for directions to schedule a Lyft. If you need directions to the venue, take a look here.
What time should I arrive? We're planning to start the ceremony promptly so that we have maximum celebration time. Please plan to get to the venue about 30 minutes before the ceremony starts so that you have time to park, mingle, and be seated.
Where should I park? Ample free parking is available at the venue. Parking is immediately to the left once you turn into the farm. There will be a golf cart shuttle running back and forth to the ceremony location, or it's a short walk.
What should I wear? Weather in Murrieta in the end of June is hot during the day and cooler at night. Wear whatever dressy/semiformal clothes you feel comfortable in, and consider bringing a warmer layer for once it gets dark. The ceremony and reception will both be outdoors. Seating for the ceremony is in chairs on grass, so choose shoes accordingly.
Are kids welcome? If your children were named on the invitation, you are welcome to bring them!
Can I bring a date? Please stick to whoever is named on the invitation. Our venue has a limited capacity. If we inadvertently left off someone who is very important in your life, please let us know.
I am coming from out of town. Where should I stay? We have reserved a block of rooms at the Residence Inn Murrieta. You can call them directly to book if you choose to stay there. The number is 951-698-6330. Saturday night stays require a two night reservation. There's also lots of information on other options in the area here.
How do I RSVP? Please complete and return the RSVP card that will be included in your invitation. The sooner, the better, but please drop them in the mail no later than May 31, 2018 so that we have time to receive the RSVP cards in the mail and finalize counts with our vendors.
What should I expect during the ceremony? The ceremony will be outdoors and will be officiated by one of Liz's closest friends from USC, Steven Philp, who serves as the Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern at Congretation Beit Simchat Torah in New York. The ceremony itself will be secular, drawing on various wedding traditions.
Are there any traditions that I should be aware of? Before the ceremony, Aaron, Liz, Steven, and two witnesses will sign the ketubah. The ketubah is a document that outlines our commitments to one another. While the ketubah comes from the Jewish tradition, ours is entirely in English and uses secular wording to reflect our backgrounds. The ketubah will be displayed, so feel free to take a look and a read.
When you enter, you'll have a couple (optional, but encouraged) stops before you're seated. Toni and Nicole will be ready with the Instax camera to take your picture for our photo guestbook. Then Daniela and Pierluigi will invite you to participate in a ring warming. During the ring warming, take a moment to hold our wedding bands in your hand and "imbue it with a wish, blessing, or prayer" for our marriage. As we put on the rings during the ceremony, we'll know they come with your love and support.
During the ceremony, we will be conducting a secular version of the traditional Jewish seven blessings, which address the qualities needed for a successful marriage. Some of our nearest and dearest will come up to say a few words on each of the seven topics.
Are the ceremony and reception locations accessible to people with mobility limitations? We picked this venue because it is one of the most accessible ones we visited. A golf cart can shuttle you from parking to the ceremony and reception area, and there are no stairs to climb unless you choose to. If you have specific mobility limitations, please let us know so we can pass the information along to the venue.
What happens between the ceremony and the reception? Liz, Aaron, the wedding party, and family members will snap some pictures while everyone else enjoys cocktail hour with appetizers on-site.
Will food be served? Definitely! We'd never let you go hungry. There will be appetizers during the cocktail hour and a full dinner during the reception. We can accommodate almost any dietary restriction; just let us know on your RSVP card. And, of course, don't forget to save room for dessert.
Will there be alcohol? Beer, wine, and a signature drink will be served. There will be plenty of tasty, non-alcoholic options as well.
Will there be dancing? At the very least, there will be attempts at dancing. You're welcome to join in, or to just stare aghast at our two left feet.
Will there be any activities happening that I need to know about? Yes. You're welcome to join us on Friday evening for a welcome dinner at Harveston Community Park in Temecula. We will also be hosting an informal coffee on Sunday morning for those who stay the night on Saturday. We will be sending out an evite for the welcome dinner to all those who RSVP that they are coming to the wedding. Please use that to let us know if you are planning to attend the dinner so we can get an approximate head count.
What time will the reception end? We've got to leave the venue by 10 PM.
Can I take pictures? We've invested in an amazing photography team who will capture the entire day. During the ceremony, we don't want our guests to worry about taking pictures. Leave the ceremony to the professionals, but feel free to snap away any time after. Don't worry, we'll share the photo gallery as soon as we get it.
What kind of farm is this venue, exactly? It's mostly a wedding venue, but there will be a variety of animals for you to visit. Alpacas, chickens, peacocks, sheep, dogs, and cats, including a very sociable little lady named Coco. Beware: she loves to photobomb guests' pictures.
Will last names be changed after the wedding? Nope.
Are you registered somewhere? Your presence is gift enough for us! We know you are traveling a long way to celebrate our special day. However, we are registered on Zola, a registry site that compiles requests from many different stores. You can see our registry here.
Who took the photos on your website? Mostly Aaron and Liz, but the professional engagement photos are from our wedding photography team, Peter and Emily Kappen.
I have a question not answered here; how do I contact you? Shoot either one of us a text or e-mail, or give us a call. We love talking to you; that's part of why you were invited!