Thursday, August 24, 2017

It's more than just a meal

Pete’s Firehouse BBQ is a family owned and operated BBQ catering company based in the Temecula Valley.  What started as a hobby and passion for owners Pete & Melissa has quickly turned into a second career.  Pete works full time for the Riverside County Fire Department, thus the name “Pete’s Firehouse BBQ!”  Pete’s Firehouse BBQ has been a full service, BBQ catering company since 2009.

Pete, our pitmaster, has been BBQ’ing since he was tall enough to reach the grill.  Many years ago we discovered what real BBQ was, cooking meat low and slow over real wood. We bought our first smoker, and the rest is history.  Melissa has been an avid designer and decorator for years, and her passion really shows through in our table decorations and set-up. Not only do we provide amazing food for your guests, we design and decorate all of our tables to match your wedding décor.  Including fresh flowers, table linens, menu signs, and decorations.

All of our food is prepared fresh in our own health department approved kitchen.  We cook everything fresh on-site on our custom built BBQ catering trailer. Your guests will be able to see and smell us preparing their meal.

We specialize in weddings, but offer our catering services for all events, including retirement parties, corporate events, school events, fundraisers, etc.  Pete’s Firehouse BBQ also believes in giving back to our community.  We support the local food pantry’s on a regular basis, and are huge supporters of our armed forces.  Several times a year, the Pete’s Firehouse BBQ team cooks for the military at several events throughout Southern California.  We are very honored to offer discounts to all military, police and fire personnel.

In addition to BBQ catering, we also participate in BBQ competitions.  We have been very successful on the competition circuit winning many awards and prizes.  Some of our notable accomplishments include Reserve Grand Champion at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Grand Champion Burger entry at the 2012 OC BBQ Festival, and First Place Ribs at the 2014 Pechanga BBQ Competition.

We have also created our own Pete’s Firehouse BBQ Sauce and Spice Rubs.  Our sauces and rubs have been used in all of our bbq competitions, and are used for every event we cater. All of our products are gluten free, all natural, and contain NO MSG or high fructose corn syrup.

We are fully licensed, fully insured, and are very proud to be the ONLY BBQ catering company in Southwest Riverside County to own and operate our own Health Department approved commercial kitchen.  We also have a dedicated tasting room as part of our facility designed just for our wedding clients.

We feel so very honored when we are selected to cater a wedding.  Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, and we are excited to be a small part of it. 
~Pete and Melissa

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Family Floral Affair

FAMILY FLORAL AFFAIR - Meet Christine Petal Planners!

This darling duo called Christine Petal Planners is owned and operated by best friends Stephanie LaFleur and Terha Newby. “What made you two join in business together?” and “Why the name Christine?” are two questions that are often asked of these ladies. Stephanie and Terha got married within six months of each other, and after months and months of planning their weddings, attending showers, bachelorette parties, and numerous DIY nights, they both missed being a part of the whole wedding planning process. With creative minds and a desire to help brides in their planning, they ventured out and began a floral business.

There is much more than just business that these girls have in common. Both love wine, mani/pedis, and country concerts, and hate spiders. Stephanie is obsessed with pineapples, plants, and the beach, while having a strong dislike towards disorganization, like grocery shopping without a list. Terha is madly in love with her baby boy, Hunter Grant Newby, anything off Etsy, and deep cleaning. She hates the sight of cotton… yes, cotton, and is one of one person that despises cheese. The similarities extend beyond this duo’s personalities as both their husbands, Rich and Chris, work for Escondido Fire Department. In fact, the only reason Stephanie and Terha met was because their husbands became friends while in paramedic school. And the most important commonality of them all… BOTH girls’ middle names are Christine, which made the business name a given.

With so many different avenues in the wedding industry, why choose floral? - ”I think floral is one of those things that brides either are obsessed about or they have zero knowledge and can only explain what they want through pictures,” said Stephanie. “Terha and I both fell into the “zero knowledge” category when planning our weddings, and relied on the expertise of our florist, and yes, for those wondering, we had the same florist. We desire to educate our brides on flowers, specific types that would be best for certain items, arranging, creative design, etc.”

The heart and soul of this business is family -- owned, operated, supported… the list could on! “We would not be where we are today without the help, creative suggestions, and sacrifice of both husbands,” said Terha. “Our men work anywhere from 24-72 hour shifts at a time with minimal to no sleep. They get off work in the morning and will not only help us load up, but also join for delivery and setup on a couple’s big day. They've been our biggest supporters since day one of sitting on my couch on a December night playing around with this idea of running a floral business.”  

More often than not, you’ll catch Rich or Chris carrying Terha’s four-month old son Hunter around in the baby carrier, making faces at him on the blanket, or just supervising his nap time.

Every once in awhile, the girls will ask the guys for help, whether it be their opinion on design, tying an altar piece stick to a tree, or securing an arch piece without the aid of a step stool (seriously though, no step stool needed with Stephanie’s 6’ 7” husband Rich around).

With the support of their husbands, Stephanie and Terha continue to dream big for their company. Family will always be number one in their lives, but when it comes to business, customer service is their highest priority. “The look on a bride’s face when she sees her bouquet for the very first time is the best satisfaction as a florist!,” exclaims Terha. “We are passionate about seeing a bride’s vision through from beginning to end.”

Christine Petal Planners meets with their clients over coffee for a free consultation to get to know both the bride and groom, their personalities, hear their love story, and talk all things floral. To read more about these ladies and their bloomin’ business head on over to their blog ( or visit their website (,  and to see their latest work, be sure to follow them on Instagram (, Facebook (, and Pinterest ( !

“We’ve had the pleasure of working with some wonderful couples in 2017 thus far, and are looking forward to the rest of this wedding season with some amazing clients! We anxiously await all that 2018 has to offer! Shoot us an email ( we’d love to hear from you! Thanks for taking the time to read about us, our friendship, families, and our business!”

-Stephanie & Terha

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Come inside and look at SetApart4Christ Photo Booths!

SetApart4Christ Photo Booths is a unique photo booth company offering styled photo booths to fit your event theme.  Run by a husband and wife team, we focus on providing outstanding service with beautiful style.  Choose between our Modern Kiosk and our Antique camera for your wedding.

We particularly recommend our Antique Camera which fits in so well with Owl Creeks style.  Our Antique Photo Booth is built from a 1908 Rotchester Optical Field Camera.  It has been modernized to use DSLR's and touch screen computers.  Albeit all the modernizations can be undone and the camera returned to original condition.

The camera sits on a hand crank wood tripod built in the 1880's.  It includes a tilting mount plate which allows us to tilt the camera.  This gives us the ability to fit guests of all heights in our both comfortably.  We include a full set of custom props styled for your event and our booth.

After the photos each guest then moves to our social station.  A custom built table that contains the printer so you never see it.  On top of the table is a 1943 Underwood Champion Typewriter that has been converted into a USB Keyboard.  This gives your guests the unique ability to type in their contact information to get digital copies of their photos.

After each event we upload all of the layouts, and individual photos to an online gallery where the event host gets to download all of the photos. These can be printed, turned into a slideshow, shared online, and more.

We love what we do, which is why we have put in the time and details to provide such beautiful photo booths and amazing experiences for each guest.  We would love to be part of your wedding providing an unforgettable memory with beautiful photos.  In addition as part of Owl Creek, we offer a special discount for all bookings with code OCW2017.

SetApart4Christ Photo Booths

Monday, July 3, 2017

Dance the night away

DJ GUY is a unique DJ service in that we are Wedding Ceremony & Reception specialists with over 20 years’ experience in creating inspiring and beautiful programs for brides and grooms to enjoy their Special Day together.  We cater to the needs of each individual couple as if it were our only wedding for the year and listen closely to their music tastes so that just the perfect atmosphere can be delivered to their family and guests.

We are also your timeline coordinator for the day, leading you through all events so that you can spend your precious time with your guests.  We have battery powered LED Uplighting to brighten and colorize the magnificent tree line around Owl Creek Farm to create a magical feel for the woodsy environment at the reception area.

If you are looking to add some fun to the evening, we have a very popular Photo Booth that can hold up to 12 guests and is only $495 with unlimited photos and Social Media...guests will love it!  Please call DJ Guy and allow us to show you how we are able to absolutely guarantee the most wonderful and fun evening for you and your guests at amazing Owl Creek Farm.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I would like to introduce Madam Palooza.

My name is Sylvia Asmussen and I am the Owner and Lead Designer at Madam Palooza. My husband, David, and I have been married for thirty years and we run our business together. We are a company that specializes in vintage wedding rentals and have the largest selection of unique, one-of-a-kind prop rentals in the Temecula Valley.

A little history about me.  I was born and raised in Texas but have lived in Southern California for over twenty-five years. I studied Interior Decorating in college, worked for a major retailer as their Visual Merchandiser and Buyer, and was a Makeup Artist with national clients including George Strait and Vidal Sassoon.  My design background also includes work on feature films as an Art Director and Set Decorator, and as a Stylist for print ads and television commercials.


I love what I do and am honored to be included in such an important time in someone’s life and am grateful to all our couples who trust me to help make their wedding as beautiful as they imagined.  My wedding design work has been featured on the most popular wedding blogs including Say Yes to the Dress, Style Me Pretty, The Knot, 100 Layer Cake, Wedding Chicks and many more.  Please visit our website at to see additional blogs.

I also enjoy creating and upcycling items for home décor and had the honor of having my creations published in several national home décor magazines including Cottages and Bungalows, Somerset Home, Romantic Country and Flea Market Décor. 

On a personal note, my faith and my family means everything to me.  My favorite getaway is Paris where I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary. I fell in love with this romantic city from stories my father told me while stationed there in the military.  So when I finally visited the same sights he mentioned----it was very emotional and I knew that this magical city had stolen my heart.

I am a music fanatic and will stop whatever I'm doing if the right song comes on---including suspending conversations mid-sentence so I can sing along---just ask my husband!  I love summer night concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. I can spend hours shopping for cool vintage wardrobe pieces. I love everything Trina Turk, Kate Spade and Coco Chanel. I love old movies----but must have popcorn, Coke and a box of Junior Mints. One of my favorite quotes is from Audrey Hepburn, "I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles."

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Long distance engagement...

 A country side engagement session for Alessandra & Joel. 

The weather was perfect here in sunny California. Joel flew all the way from England to be with his future bride. The two of them spent some time walking the property with our photographers chatting and taking these lovely photos. Can't wait to have you back in the USA for your wedding this December....

Photography: Selcouth Creative
 Rentals: Touched by Time

Friday, February 24, 2017

Let them eat cake!!!

 This dessert display was simple & sweet for this rustic shabby chic wedding. Both Tina & Jake have a love for music so what better way than a vintage record player to show off their beautiful cake.

 Time to cut the cake....


Sealed with a sweet kiss....

Photography: Selcouth Creative
Cake/Desserts: The Fix Catering
Coordinator: KoordinationsbyKelly
Hair & Makeup: Hair Commandmentz