With five years as wedding coordinator under her belt in Ponte’s Events department, Tori was more than qualified to take over as Manager of Weddings. She has a sharp attention to detail and stellar organizational skills, but it’s Tori’s true passion for weddings that have made her a solid asset to the Ponte team. As Manager, Tori oversees Ponte’s wedding coordinators and the daily operations of the Special Events department. Events associates have incredibly busy days, so when this hardworking gal gets free time, Tori relaxes by walking or visiting the beach.
Wedding Sales Coordinator Christina Hodges says that the beauty of the property and professionalism of the staff drew her into Ponte Winery, which has made her job of showcasing the property to brides a breeze! Christina’s attention to detail and creativity play a significant role in her responsibilities of conducting ceremony rehearsals, assisting clients with their event and making sure all goes according to plan. A lover of all things adventurous, Christina enjoys paddle boarding, partaking in any water-based activities and spending time with her family.
Lindsey is an asset to Ponte’s Wedding Department with her bubbly personality, love for wine country, and ambition for ensuring a bride’s big day goes as seamlessly as possible. A Temecula native, Lindsey grew up watching Temecula Wine Country evolve to the incredible place it is today. While pursuing her education in Monterey, she felt a small sense of “home” being near Northern California’s wine country, but it wasn’t enough! Lindsey moved back after receiving her degree, and thankfully for us, felt at “home” once again at Ponte. We are lucky to have her!
Elizabeth is Ponte Winery’s Special Events Coordinator. She moved to Temecula from Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. Elizabeth is in charge of all social and corporate parties and meetings including rehearsal dinners and often helps out with weddings when needed. Her attention to detail, constant focus on excellence and kind nature make her a pleasure to work with. In fact, most of Ponte Winery’s guests who have hosted a party at Ponte Winery stay in contact with Elizabeth even after the party has passed.
Kristin is Ponte Winery’s Special Events Administrative Assistant. In this role, Kristin helps oversee the day-to-day coordination of the Special Events office, assists in financial record-keeping, and supports the Wedding and Event Coordinators with anything they need to stage memorable events for our guests. A Temecula native, Kristin is a perfect fit for Ponte. She tells us Ponte’s location in Wine Country, beautiful property and commitment to the community prompted her to apply with us… and we are so happy she did!
“My husband and I had our wedding at Ponte a little over two weeks ago, and it was the most beautiful, perfect day we could have asked for! First, the venue itself is STUNNING. Everything is so centrally located and easy to navigate, which was great because we had elderly guests who could not walk around much. The staff– we cannot speak highly enough of every single person involved in our day! Marissa was a superstar throughout the whole planning process and the day of the wedding, Nicole was so sweet and helpful as our bridal hostess, and the entire reception staff was incredibly attentive and kind during dinner and dancing! Ponte makes planning a wedding so much easier and truly fun, and you can see just how every staff member wants to make the day as enjoyable as possible. It is easily the best venue in Temecula for a wedding, and we could not have picked a better place for our big day!”
Kaitlyn Wheeler & Brian Bentley Wedding 8.9.15
“Ponte Winery is absolutely perfect and the staff is wonderful! We are from Chicago so this was a destination wedding for us. The property is so beautiful and very different than all of the other wineries in the area. Ponte made the entire process so easy and accommodating the only two times we were in California and through email. The food and wine was so delicious compared to any banquet hall or catering service, the staff really wanted to help and definitely made the day perfect, and our coordinator Marissa was truly amazing with all of her ideas, decor, and responsiveness. All of our vendors said wonderful and honest things about Ponte, and how much they love it, which just made the entire planning process super easy. Thanks to Ponte, our wedding guests really understood why we chose it over other wineries and why we chose a destination wedding. Everyone had a great time and Ponte made sure of it. I really cannot wait to go back again.”
Lauren Andrewski & Steve MacArtney Wedding 8.7.15
“My wife and I just got married here this past weekend. When we first started looking at venues in Temecula we were conflicted between Ponte and our other top venues. However, after a year of working with Ponte’s staff and after actually getting married, I can comfortably say we made the absolute best choice ever. First things first, Ponte is aesthetically breathtaking. The grounds are landscaped beautifully, the arbor is covered in shrubbery, the mountains are in the background, and the vineyards are directly behind the ceremony site. Our pictures turned out beautifully, we loved the feel of the venue, and all of our guests were blown away by how nice and beautiful our wedding was. Second, the service you receive is incredible. Ponte provides you with a wedding coordinator, which is a huge plus because a lot of venues do not. Having someone whose job is to hold weddings at Ponte makes everything so much smoother. Marissa was our wedding coordinator, and I could not imagine having anyone else. She was incredibly nice, personable, and really cared about my wife and I. She responded to all my various emails immediately, and she made sure our wedding ran smoothly.
Everything ended up perfect because of her. And while I did not personally get to experience too much of the bartenders and servers at the reception, our guests raved about the high level of service they received. They told us that all the servers were so nice and attentive. Other things: The food was delicious, Ponte’s wines are amazing, and they provided a pretty decent beer selection. The only “negatives” with this venue are that there is no liquor available and that they have a 10pm hard stop. Despite these two things, I would have never chosen a different venue if given a second chance. All the positives of Ponte outweigh the two negatives we had. One HUGE additional positive is that Ponte Vineyard Inn is less than 100 yards away. We were able to go over to the hotel bar ’til closing and then we were able to buy bottles of wine in the lobby and sit outside by the fire pits. So, even though there was a 10 pm stop at the reception venue, we definitely got to keep the party going next door for hours. Ponte Inn is one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed at, and they provide the bride and groom with a complimentary room on the night of their wedding. Such a great bonus! In the end, my wife and I had the best time of our lives. It turned out better than we could have ever expected, and I would not change a thing. Ponte is top-notch and they exceeded all of our expectations. I HIGHLY recommend this venue for any prospective couples.”
Jordan Ackerman & Taylor Hart Wedding 6.7.15
“I would like to say that the Special Events Coordinator Elizabeth and all the staff at Ponte made my wedding day AMAZING! The venue is beautiful, the food and wine are awesome and everyone makes you feel like the most important people in the world. For most people, their wedding day is full of stress and worry that things will go wrong and I must say that for my day I was without a care in the world, all I had to do was enjoy myself. I am so grateful for Elizabeth – without her I don’t know what would have came of the day. Thank you everyone at Ponte, we will definitely be back.”
Alesia White & Charles Gent Wedding 6.6.15
“My husband and I got married at Ponte on May 24, 2015. We fell in love with the venue right away. Marissa was our coordinator and she was amazing. I called her for all of my questions and concerns and she got back to me right away. She was so amazing helping with all of my details. When we went for our 90-day detail meeting, we had our food tasting and the food was amazing. We couldn’t make a choice if we wanted chicken or steak so for 4 dollars more we chose both. We have received so many compliments on the gorgeous venue and how amazing the food was! Thank you so much Marissa and the Ponte staff for helping make our wedding day amazing!”
Sarah Martinez & Cory La Bone Wedding 5.24.15
“My husband and I got married at Ponte Winery’s Vineyard Garden and Pavilion in May 2015 and it was the best choice we could have made for our wedding. The scenery, grounds and facilities were amazing but what really made our day special was Ponte’s wonderful staff. Marissa Mendoza was our venue coordinator and she couldn’t have done a better job. We planned our wedding from Texas and Marissa was always responsive, thoughtful and supportive which resulted in a pleasant planning process. Having the staff and catering in-house was a major plus as well. Ponte was very accommodating to all our needs and wants and their execution was excellent. Our guests still comment on how beautiful the winery was and how much they loved the food & wine. We cannot thank Marissa, Ponte and their team enough for their hard work and kindness.”
Kathleen Jaboneta & Andrew Aquino Wedding 5.23.15
“What an amazing venue! Our wedding day went so smoothly, all to the credit of our coordinator, Marissa Mendoza, and the Ponte staff who assisted during the wedding. They are so organized! The process leading up to the wedding was equally painless…your assigned coordinator will walk you through every step, down to your linens and wedding day timeline. We looked at other wineries in the Solvang and Temecula area and there was no question that Ponte rose above the rest. The property is gorgeous and the staff are friendly and professional. Everything you need is at the Ponte property, including the Ponte Inn where we all stayed and the Cellar Lounge, where we partied before and after the wedding. Best choice we could have made!!!”
Laurie Mendoza & Gene Morse Wedding 2.21.15
“Amazing, wonderful, perfect, beautiful are just some of the words to describe Ponte! There are not enough words to describe how pleased we are with the location and staff at Ponte. We recently got married there on Friday, February 20, 2015, the best day ever! Marissa Mendoza was our coordinator. She made our day wonderful. Always responded quickly to emails and phone calls. She went out of her way several times with requests that I had made. Plus she busted her butt the entire wedding day. Marissa is the best. Most of us stayed at the Inn the night before and night of wedding. The staff at the Inn are just as wonderful. I highly recommend Ponte, not only for the exceptionally beautiful venue and great food, but for the staff and all the extras that comes with it.”
Karen Engle & Stephen Straka Wedding 2.20.15
“We had our wedding here in January of this year. It was such a wonderful wedding, and it was a fantastic venue to get married at. I have people come up to me a lot saying how much they enjoyed the wedding and the venue and how well it turned out. I’ll start with the location. The winery is stunning and the Inn on the property is top-notch. We were able to have many family members stay at the hotel with us, and some people opted to stay at the nearby hotels. When you go to places like this, you expect top-notch service, and they definitely didn’t disappoint. We got married in the Vineyard Garden and our reception was in the Vineyard Pavilion. One of the things that I was a little concerned about was since it was January, was that it would look more barren. I like the rustic look, but I wondered what the guests would think. Turns out, Ponte is so beautifully landscaped that it was beautiful anyway. It helped that with all the recent rains (and snows!) in the desert, that the scenery was stunningly green even though the vines were not blooming.
The Vineyard Pavilion is a room with tons of windows, and a gorgeous quality. I didn’t need to do as much for the tables because I was able to draw on the beauty of the surroundings (I ended up having lanterns and votive candles surrounded by flower petals – simple but it worked!). The staff is excellent. The event staff is amazing, and our coordinator, Marissa was fantastic. She helped us at every turn, answered every email or phone call promptly and was truly a great help. We chose this venue for the price, the location, and the venue, but also because it was all-inclusive. Everything was taken care of, all we had to do was pick out colors and the food, and they took care of everything. There is plenty to do before a wedding, but I didn’t have to worry about hiring caterers, bartenders, whether there would be enough food, all that stuff. My wedding theme was “rustic elegance” and I think it worked beautifully. I couldn’t recommend Ponte any more highly.”
Sarah Cushing & Chris Britigan Wedding 1.24.15
“Ponte Winery is an elegant setting for a wedding, any time of the year. We were married on November 28 in front of the beautiful little pond (complete with ducks and a dock!) and vineyards at the Ponte Vineyard Inn and had our cozy reception of 100 in the Barrel Room. I highly recommend the Barrel Room for 100 or less people as it is cozy and when decorated with drapes and up-lighting, it makes for a dramatic setting for dinner and dancing. You will not be disappointed. The food at Ponte is pricey at $140pp (everything included) but worth every penny. We upgraded to the Taste of the Vineyards for a greater selection (roasted bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin and stuffed Portobello mushroom) but this also included the seafood appetizer-bar, which was a big hit with our guests. And they were generous with pre-ceremony champagne for the guests and for the bridal party! Our wedding coordinator, Marissa Mendoza, and her staff member Wendy were extremely professional and responsive and looked after every detail. They worked very hard to ensure everything went smoothly and get extra credit for being cat-herders at times! I highly recommend having Marissa as your coordinator if you have the opportunity to choose. Ponte provides a room at Ponte Vineyard Inn to prepare but we added an additional night the night before as 10 am was not early enough for us to begin getting ready for a 3:00 pm ceremony. We also had friends and relatives stay at the Inn and they agreed that Ponte was a 5 star experience. Finally, we joined the Ponte Wine Club so that we could taste and enjoy their wines in the months leading up to the ceremony. Our guests raved about Super T and the Moscato. We can’t say enough how elegant and perfect our special day was at Ponte Winery. And it will be special place to return to for many years to come.”
Patricia Realo & Chris Anderson Wedding 11.28.14
“Ponte was a gorgeous venue that needed hardly any additional decoration. The wedding coordinator, Christina, was excellent and can clearly run a perfect wedding in her sleep. She made sure that everyone was where they needed to be exactly on time. She also went above and beyond by getting Ponte staff to help us with floral transitions and small changes. The bridal hostess was also so kind and helpful. She was great about making sure that all of the wedding party was well cared for throughout the preparation process on the day of the wedding. Beyond the ease of the day-of experience, Ponte provided so much that it made the planning process a joy. The amount provided for the price was a wonderful surprise. I would highly recommend this venue.”
Jacquelyn Snyder & Michael Scott Wedding 10.18.14
“Our wedding was on 10/10/14 at Ponte Winery. We stayed at the Inn and had our wedding and reception at the winery and pavilion. Over the course of planning our wedding, the staff was absolutely amazing and so very responsive, organized, and friendly. Although I am very organized and a planner, they really thought of every detail and made sure everything went off without a hitch. We received so many compliments from our guests on both the venue and accommodations (for those staying at the Inn as well). We even got great reviews on the food, which is always a worry when you are feeding so many people at once. I would recommend them to anyone and will be coming back for many vacations!”
Tina Wickert-Fowler & Anthony Tripp Wedding 10.10.14
“We planned a destination wedding, so service was an important piece of our venue-choosing process. Planning my wedding from afar was a breeze thanks to the fabulous coordinators at Ponte. The grounds are meticulously maintained, and our experience was nothing but positive from start to finish. Though the price is not cheap and slightly more expensive than surrounding venues, I would say the service, venue itself, and food are definitely worth the extra money. Bride and groom receive a complimentary night stay at the Vineyard Inn and a one-year membership to the wine club. These little touches were definitely much appreciated and not offered at all other venues. I highly recommend this venue! We will be returning year after year for anniversary celebrations.”
Mallory Brown & Daniel Yee Wedding 9.27.14