Eileen Rivard is a romantic. Though her friends will tell you she is focused and determined, she is undeniably a romantic. Eileen is also practical, and has worked in corporate America for 25 years. During that time she was researching California wedding venues and finding out exactly what brides liked and didn't like about them.
Eileen had a dream, and that dream was to create a world class purpose-built Private Wedding Estate that would be called Villa de Amore. This wedding venue would not only be amazingly beautiful but would also offer All-Inclusive wedding packages which would make it easy and affordable for Southern California brides and couples to have their dream wedding come true.
As Eileen worked on making her vision a reality, she knew that the wedding estate's location was critical. Villa de Amore would need to provide privacy, be in a peaceful setting and have wonderful panoramic views. It would also need to be within easy driving distance of Southern California's major airports (Orange County, San Diego and Ontario). The Temecula Wine Country was perfect!. It was far enough away from the noise and congestion (and often overcast skies) of coastal Southern California, but still close enough (only 1 hour) for an easy drive from those communities.
"I spent two years working in the wedding industry, so when it came my time to get married I had a lot of opinions on venues, caterers, and flowers. I knew I wanted to get married at the Villa when I met Eileen. She was hands down the sweetest, most down to earth, venue managers I have ever met. The people make or break your experience, and these guys know how important that is. David (General Manager), Laura (Day-Of Coordinator), and Monique (Wedding Design Consultant) also made our experience so special..." Cristen F. Orange, CA 12/21/2015 (see full review on Yelp)
In 2002, Eileen found the perfectly situated hilltop property and began building what was to become one of the premier Southern California Wedding Venues. And Villa de Amore would not only attract brides and couples from Temecula, Orange County and San Diego, but from all over the world.
Eileen’s design and vision was based on her 20+ years of researching wedding venues of all types. She settled on the estate's Mediterranean Architecture with it archways, wrought iron, tile, fountians and white stucco details which provide the perfectly romantic backdrop for any style of wedding. The Villa's lush grounds are laid out with walking paths meandering through English gardens, manicured lawns, flowering vines and panoramic views looking out over the rolling vineyards of the Temecula Wine Country.
When you first arrive at the estate you are not only overwhelmed by its beauty, but also with the graciousness of the Owner and staff. Eileen comes from a family of 12, and her parents, who have been married for over 65 years, taught her the value of family. She opens her heart to you and welcomes you into the Villa de Amore family which includes the Villa's staff as well as the Vendors. Villa de Amore is a family run business with Eileen's oldest son, David, managing the day to day operations. Her daughter, Amy is the catering manager and Eileen's youngest son, Michael is the Villa's Executive Chef.
Eileen is personally involved with each and every wedding making sure that each and every detail is tended to, and the reviews that the Villa receives from their couples, families and friends make it plain that Eileen has accomplished what she set out to do.
"If your dream wedding is to have a gorgeous, private vineyard estate, where you feel like family and are personally taken care of, then Villa De Amore is the perfect wedding venue for you! Make your dream wedding come true and contact us today. I hope to hear from you soon!” -Eileen Rivard.
Dave Musser- Business Manager/Coordinator
"I take a very personal approach to managing each of our weddings here at Villa de Amore. I have been involved in the wedding industry for over 10 years and have seen ceremonies of all types, but have found that there is one critical part in making a wedding more than just a ceremony: Relationship."
"There are so many people who all have to produce and deliver the correct pieces at the precise time to make a wedding functionally successful, but there is more to it than just having the right kind of flowers and the cake delivered on time. Here at Villa de Amore we make not just our talents and experience available to our couples and their families, we also make ourselves available. Weddings can be stressful, this is a once in a lifetime event and we have found that if we can provide not only the most beautiful wedding venue (and professional vendors) but also caring support and a friendly face during a very emotional time. Our 'team' here at the Villa strive to be our Bride's biggest fans! And I think from all the thank you's and positive reviews we get we are doing a good job."
Villa de Amore's staff and vendors are experienced and professional and have been hand picked by Eileen. See what some of our Villa Family have to say about working with us and we are sure you will agree that Villa de Amore is a very special place! Villa de Amore Wedding Vendors
Our wedding was fantastic thanks to Villa de Amore! We loved everything and we will remember this day for the rest of our lives. Thank you Eileen and David and the rest of the staff and vendors at Villa de Amore. We had such a wonderful experience! We will definitely be recommending you to our friends!