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Bayfront tropical garden wedding

bride and groom walkingKelli and Clay wanted to celebrate along the San Diego bay where they could marry the open-air feel of nature with a chic and clean wedding vibe. Their enclosed garden ceremony was filled with the most joyful and personalized ceremony from Clay’s grandfather that had everyone overflowing with smiles and laughter. The couple incorporated their personalities through sweet treats like custom labeled Hershey’s Kisses, a sweet painting of their beloved furry family member Frankie, and powerful song choices like “All For You” by OAR and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder.

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Bride and groom with wedding party

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These two were in sync every step of the day. From their vows where they each mentioned Kelli’s very okay obsession with Taco Bell to how they got the epic reception dance party started with glow batons! You never saw them sitting down for too long, instead they spent time truly being present with their guests making joyous memories all night long.

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Venue:  The Dana on Mission Bay

Photographer: Muse Moments Photography

Coordinator: Kindred Weddings and Events

Florist: Ruby Bloom Floral Designs 

Rentals:  Cedar + Pine Rentals

Bridal Gown:  Robert Bullock Bride from Blush Bridal Couture

Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Shoes

Menswear:  Mens Warehouse

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Lulus

Matching Robes: Lamariee New York

Bridal Beauty: Taylor Haupt Makeup

Cake/ Dessert:  Baby Cakes San Diego

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment & Photobooth:  Diamond DJs Entertainment

Etched Flasks: Tooned Up Gifts

Wedding Submission Service: Published + Pretty

 

Fall is in the Air

Vanessa and Johnny’s wedding was romantic and fall inspired in the garden at Twin Oaks. With the tall trees and twinkle lights, they were able to really feel all the fall vibes. They even had a pumpkin patch for guests to pick out one and take home! Surrounded by multiple generations of love, they felt the romance in the air as they celebrated at their reception as husband and wife.

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Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate

Photographer: Honey Photographs

Bridal Gown: Here Comes the Bride 

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop 

Florist: Ruby Bloom Floral Design  

Jewelry: Jared; Kay Jewelers  

Bridal Beauty: ChinneyAmour

Cake/ Dessert: Jenny Wenny Cakes 

Invitations: Beautiful Wedding Announcements

Entertainment: Sage Productions  

 

Boho Chic

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Camille didn’t want what was popular or traditional for their wedding, she envisioned a beautiful blend of Bohemian chic with Moroccan touches. The ceremony under a canopy of deep orange, brown and copper vines gave a sepia effect for the unique arch with hanging lanterns providing an ideal backdrop. The bridesmaids were dressed in a deep rust gowns and their bouquets in dark, rich fall colors added to the ambience.

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Venue: Ethereal Gardens

Photographer: Laurie Ashley Photography 

Florist: A Flower Chick 

Bridal Gown: Bridal & Tuxedo Galleria  

Menswear: Bridal & Tuxedo Galleria  

Jewelry: Heidi Gibson 

Bridal Beauty: Hair by Kayti; Alexis Nicholas Makeup Artist;  @slaybyvalerie 

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment: Pacific Entertainment; Mariachi Serenata 

Videography: Praise Media

First Wedding in San Diego –

Next One in India!

Since Shawna is from San Diego and Jaideep is from India, this is the first wedding they had here. Later they were able to celebrate with a second wedding in India. They embraced all the traditional American wedding traditions and incorporated a travel theme since they have traveled to 25 countries together. Even their cake topper was a mini Shawna and Jaideep sitting on a globe.

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Venue: St. Michael’s Catholic Church; Green Gables  

Photographer, Video & Photo Booth: Bob Hoffman Photography & Video

Florist: A Wedding & Event Flower Company 

Bridal Gown: Bridal Elegance 

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse  

Jewelry: Blue Nile; Jared

Bridal Beauty: Joelle’s Salon & Day Spa; Lipstick & Luster

Cake/ Dessert: VG Donut & Bakery 

Entertainment: San Diego Partytime DJs 

Alexandra and David’s wedding was inspired by 1920’s glamour with a black, white, champagne, and blush color palette.

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Starting with a traditional and romantic church wedding at the bride’s alma mater, then the bride and groom were transported to the reception in a vintage Rolls Royce. Their guests were treated a special wedding favor of organic apple brandy from the groom’s family’s Alpine farm.

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party favors, apple brandy

Venue: Founders Chapel; La Valencia Hotel

Photographer: ABM Photography

Coordinator: SD Weddings by Gina

Florist: Flora Glamor Floral Studio

Linens & Rentals: Concepts Event Design 

Bridal Gown: The Bridal Salon NYC

Menswear: The Black Tux 

Jewelry: Lauren B Jewelry 

Bridal Beauty: Wedding Hair by Jillian Rae; Makeup by Kandice

Cake/ Dessert: Twigs Bakery  

Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations

Entertainment: Kicks Band 

Videography: Blue Tiger Films

Transportation:  Rolls Livery

International Destination Wedding in SoCal

Anna & Jimmy live in Germany and chose Dragon Point Villa for their modern romantic destination wedding. Not only was it the perfect wedding venue with it’s incredible hilltop views, it also provided a luxurious lodging location that allowed them to spend more quality time with their family and friends.

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Venue: Dragon Point Villa

Photographer: Allie Lindsey Photography 

Coordinator: Sublime Weddings & Events

Florist: Lovely Peonies Floral Design

Rentals: Big AZ Letters 

Bridal Gown: Hochzeitsrausch Brautmoden 

Menswear: XUITS

Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.; Revolution Jewelry Design 

Bridal Beauty: Thomas Edward Salon

Catering: Temecula Catering; Hops & Grains Mobile Bartending

Cake/ Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes  

Invitations: die kartenmacherei

Entertainment: Tang Instrumentals; Thomas Giglio Events 

Photo Booth: Wall of Fame Photo Booth

Other: Temecula Valley Valet; Prestige Golf Cars

Romantic French Inspired

Kristine’s love for Paris inspired their romantic, French theme for the wedding. They thought the Versailles ballroom would be the perfect place for their reception. Elegant floral arrangements and bouquets of white anemone and pretty pink roses help to achieve the look.

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Photographer: True Photography

Venue: The Immaculata; The Westgate Hotel

Coordinator: Lavish Weddings

Florist: Flora Glamor Floral Studio  

Rentals: Bright Event Rentals 

Bridal Gown: Janene’s Bridal Boutique

Menswear: The Groomsman Suit  

Jewelry: James Allen, Clean Casting Jewelry

Bridal Beauty: Hair by Jenna Mitman; Makeup & Hair By Chrissy

Cake/ Dessert: MMC Bakes 

Invitations: Printsonalities 

Entertainment: DJ Dre Motion 

Videography: Ryan Films San Diego

Perfectly Planned in Only Three Months!

Christina and Andy booked Bali Hai thinking it was the ideal place to get married, since that was where they had met. Unfortunately, they were going to have to wait longer than they wanted for an available date. Fortunately, they got a call a few days later to let them know there was a cancellation date, but only three months away. After a lot of scrambling and hard work, they were able to pull together a wedding that was everything they had dreamed of.

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Venue: Sacred Heart Church of Ocean Beach; Bali Hai Restaurant

Photographer: BE Studios

Florist: Tessfresh Flowers

Bridal Gown: Bridal & Veil

Menswear:  JoS. A. Bank; Brackish Bowties

Jewelry:  Blue Nile

Bridal Beauty: Model Call Salon; Priv

Cake/ Dessert: Shirley the Cake Lady; Churros El Tigre  

Entertainment: Left Coast Quintet; Music by Desi; Sleeping Giant Music

Photo Booth: Wilbur Studios

Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting 

Wedding Inspiration from a Classic Movie

The look and feel of this wedding was actually inspired by the 1954 version of ‘Sabrina’ – with the backdrop of a beautiful San Diego sunset! The ceremony was held in the Garden and was very personal, a close friend of the family was their officiant, and their female friends and family members shared in the Persian sofreh part of the evening as well. Everyone enjoyed cocktail hour with beautiful flamenco guitar music and firelight before heading to the ballroom reception. There they enjoyed great food, prayers and toasts from their family, and lots and lots of dancing.

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Venue: San Diego Mission Bay Resort

Photographer: True Photography

Bridal Beauty: Peretti Hill Glam Squad 

Coordinator: Café au Love 

Florist: Leaf it to Lexi 

Bridal Gown: Bridal & Veil

Menswear: Black Tux

Cake/ Dessert: Babycakes 

Invitations: Paper Source

Entertainment: Caprice Strings; DJ Dre Motion

Destination Wedding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park was an adventurous location for Karan and Trenton’s destination wedding.  They exchanged their vows with exotic birds in the background, took pictures with a slew of animals and enjoyed a “party animal” themed reception. Afterwards, their guests were treated to a safari ride through the park.

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Photographer: Blessed Wedding, Inc

Cake/ Dessert: Cute Cakes 

Florist: Allen’s Flowers 

Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal 

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse 

Jewelry: Kay Jewelers; Happy Laulea 

Bridal Beauty: Knight & Veil; Elwynn + Cass

Entertainment: Bay Area DJ & Karaoke Event Services

Transportation: Luxx Limos

A beautiful blend of flowers make a stunning statement.

floral centerpiece

A variety of flowers including hydrangea, pin cushion, ranunculus, peony, dahlia, roses and greenery blend together effortlessly.  In fabulous shades of peach, pinks, taupes and whites are ideal for this smaller more intimate wedding.  Smaller centerpieces were used for most of the table with the exception of one focal point that appears the centerpiece is growing out of a tree trunk.

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Bridal bouquet, flowers

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About the Venue:
Located in the House of Hospitality at Balboa Park, The Prado blends the grace and splendor of yesterday with the traditions of today to create the wedding of your dreams. The Casa Del Rey Moro Gardens are picturesque terraces for a wedding ceremony. There are multi-level terraces which feature historic fountains, reflecting pool, wishing well, and beautiful gardens have made this a premier wedding site for generations of San Diegans.

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floral centerpiece

Venue: The Prado in Balboa Park

Photographer: BE Studios

Florist & Coordinator: Artistic Florals

Stylist: Kelly Dalisa

Linens: Napa Valley Linens

Rentals: TBD San Diego

Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co

Stationery: Paper Scissors Print

Patriotic Country Chic Wedding

With a Fourth of July wedding, it seemed only natural to have a patriotic theme to their country chic backyard wedding. Complete with taking time to honor those who serve, singing the national anthem and fireworks! Kelly & Clinton’s reception was very personal and incorporated family, friends, fun and one-of-a-kind touches.

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Venue: Private Residence

Photographer: Spark the Heart Photography

Florist: Mayesh;  Matteson’s Florist 

Rentals & Linens: SD Party Rentals 

Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal 

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse 

Bridal Beauty: Arezzo Salon & Spa

Catering: Hodad’s 

Cake/ Dessert: Yummy Cupcakes 

Entertainment: DJ Casper; On Point Promotions

Magical Industrial Wedding

Courtney & Kelsey’s wedding was the perfect blend of simplicity and natural beauty. Their main focus was creating an atmosphere where all felt welcomed and comfortable while still honoring the seriousness and momentousness of the occasion. Working with Luce Loft’s intrinsically intimate setting and adding the magic of greenery and lights was the ideal spot. Using live plants and lighting juxtaposed against an industrial setting really brought together the essence of their relationship.

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Venue: Luce Loft

Cake/ Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. 

Photographer: Carmen Lopez Photography

Coordinator: Pebble Red Events

Florist: Flowers Annette Gomez 

Rentals & Linens: Rustic Events 

Bridal Gown: Almond Tree Wedding Boutique 

Jewelry: Charles Koll Jewellers 

Bridal Beauty: Bijou Beautiful; Meleah Makeup, Hair & Dance

Catering: Curiocity Catering 

Entertainment: DJ Hersch  

Officiant: Just Imagine

More of a party than your typical wedding.

What made Lisa & Ami’s wedding unique was venturing away from some of the “forced” elements that happens during typical weddings. They wanted to have a wedding that allowed people to move around and be free to enjoy themselves. They had a bar opened as guests entered and instead of a sit down dinner they had three food stations focusing on their cultural backgrounds, Italian and Indian, and tacos – their favorite food! And rather than a wedding cake, they chose to have a lavish dessert table and cheese station.

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Photographer & Video: BE Studios

Cake/ Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. 

Venue: Skybox at Diamondview

Coordinator: Creative Affairs, Inc.

Florist: Organic Elements 

Rentals & Linens: Event Party Rentals 

Bridal Gown: The Wedding Party  

Menswear: The Black Tux 

Jewelry: Seelenbacher Jewelers 

Bridal Beauty: Rare Bird Brides 

Catering: Root Cellar Catering Co.  

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment: Justin Ward Music; DJ Rooster 

Signage: Lavish Weddings

Classic and Romantic with Modern Touches

The wedding was classic and romantic, but had elements that made it modern day like the white washed chiavari chairs to the luxurious floral boxes and gold tapered candles. From the white, crisp, delicate blooms, blush pink bridesmaid dresses and the classic tux this sophisticated wedding style was timeless. The bride loved these geode bookends so much that she went to multiple stores to find enough to turn them into her table numbers.

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Venue: Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate

Photographer: Devon Donnahoo Photography

Coordinator: Nicole Manalo Events

Florist: Moments in Bloom

Rentals: The Chiavari Guys 

Linens: Raphael’s Party Rentals  

Bridal Gown: Boca Raton Bridal  

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse  

Jewelry: Costco   

Bridal Beauty: HD Beauty; Taylor Haupt Makeup

Cake/ Dessert: Jenny Wenny Cakes 

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment: Battleson Entertainment  

Love in the desert

Jennifer and Cameron picked their wedding location because it was right down the street from where they met and where they love to vacation. They are both a little non-traditional and love the desert, so their ceremony venue was the perfect place for them. The reception was fun and funky, from the unique, bohemian florals to the bold vibes of the venue it was the ideal wedding scene for them.

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Coordinator: Peachy Keen Wedding & Event Design

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop 

Venue: Moorten Botanical Garden; The Saguaro Palm Springs

Photographer: Aimlee Photography

Florist: My Little Flower Shop 

Rentals: Signature Party Rentals 

Bridal Gown: The Dresser Bridal Couture 

Jewelry: Rustic and Main 

Bridal Beauty: Tanya Hair & Makeup

Invitations: Boelter Design Co.

Entertainment: DJ Guy Worden  

Wedding on the Water that Will

Take Your Breath Away!

Danielle and Matthew chose Coasterra since it is on the water, has the most breathtaking view of downtown San Diego, and was most unique venue they saw in San Diego. It was the perfect setting for the sleek and modern wedding they had envisioned. The color palette for the wedding was a mix of shades of blues to go with the overall look of the venue and incorporate a romantic and soft look for a coastal wedding.

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Venue: Coasterra

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop 

Cake/ Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. 

Photographer: Aga Jones Photography

Coordinator: Très Chic Affairs

Florist: Modern Bouquet 

Rentals: Crown Rentals 

Linens: APR Boutique Event Rentals

Bridal Gown: The Bustle Bridal Boutique 

Jewelry: Bridal Rings Company 

Bridal Beauty: Blush & Adore

Invitations: Minted  

Entertainment: Choice Entertainment  

Videography: Amari Productions 

A Nautical Way to Tie the Knot!

Janelle and Shaver had a nautical wedding at a beautiful yacht club complete with their guests arriving onboard a yacht. It was a gorgeous San Diego day for their ceremony on the lawn where their Golden Retriever was the flower girl and the Maid of Honor’s Lab was the ring bearer.  Then they had cocktail hour on the outdoor patio before moving inside for dinner and dancing. 

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Photographer: Allison Davis Photography 

Venue: Southwestern Yacht Club

Florist: Simply Adina Floral Design 

Linens: San Diego Linens 

Bridal Gown: Brides of San Diego 

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse 

Jewelry: David & Sons Fine Jewelers 

Bridal Beauty: Juan Juan Salon; Lindsay M Gans Make-Up Artistry; Indigo Salon & Spa

Cake/ Dessert: Edelweiss Bakery    

Invitations: KnotJustStationery  

Entertainment: Elite British DJ  

Transportation: Rolls Livery 

Rustic and Romantic

with an Urban Vibe

From the start, Lydia and Gene knew they wanted their wedding to be intimate and true to themselves. They also wanted to host the wedding as a way to celebrate with their loved ones and thank them for the role they’ve played in their lives.  Their wedding was rustic and romantic in decor, but located downtown, so it still had an urban vibe that fit them well as a couple.

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Venue: Luce Loft 

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop 

Photographer: Justin Critz Photography

Coordinator: Pebble Red Events

Linens & Rentals: Simply Heavenly  

Bridal Gown: Royal Accessories       

Jewelry: Princess Bride Diamonds; Kim Long Jewelry 

Bridal Beauty: Mobile Beauty Team

Catering: Del Sur Mexican Cantina 

Cake/ Dessert: Home Bakeshop 

Videography: One Creative 

Dream Winery Wedding

Devon and Josh wanted a wedding that was unique to them and Devon researched every detail. She believes in this world of social media and comparisons “you can create your wedding of your dreams on your own terms and be 100% satisfied”. She loves that she had to get creative and enjoyed designing the details of their wedding.

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Wedding cake

Venue: Mount Palomar Winery

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Photographer: Heather Anderson Photography

Florist: Joy of Bloom Florals  

Bridal Gown: Mia Bella Couture  

Jewelry: Simone & Son; WedgeWood Rings 

Bridal Beauty: Andrea Villa Hair; 805 Makeup

Catering: Temecula Catering  

Cake/ Dessert: The Sweet Apron  

Invitations: Shutterfly

Entertainment: Elevated Pulse Productions  

Videography: Ashley Bee Photography

April and Nicole’s vision for their day was elegant, but simple, lots of colors and lots of love.

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Nicole’s favorite colors are purple and orange and her favorite flower is the calla lily, so they were used throughout their wedding day. The vibe for their day was coastal classic with palm leaves and orchids down the aisle. They wanted their guests to relax with toes in the sand and a drink in their hand. As a symbol of their love, they took pictures on the beach with a rainbow smoke bomb. Love is love!

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Coordinator: Bliss Events– Korie

Venue: La Jolla Shores Hotel

Photographer: Wilmar Flores Photography

Rentals: To Be Designed; Arc de Belle 

Bridal Gown: Rime Arodaky, Paris; Magnolia Bridal Boutique 

Jewelry: Robbins Brothers; Blumenthal & Co; Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers 

Cake/ Dessert: Uncle Biff’s California Killer Cookies 

Invitations: Mint 

Entertainment: Sleeping Giant Music  

Videography: Fate Studios

Eye-Catching Gatsby Wedding

A “Gatsby” theme with tropical floral influence was used to create different experiences in the ceremony site, cocktail hour, and reception. Paying particular attention to the lighting, they focused on creating as many separate, eye catching details as possible so that when guests entered into the grand ballroom it was so stunning it took your breath away!

Venue: The Prado at Balboa Park

Cake/ Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.  

Rentals: Enticing Tables; Hire Elegance; Chiavari Chairs Rental of San Diego; Hostess Haven

Photographer: Di-Lanatta’s Photography

Coordinator: Stylish Weddings & Events

Florist: Rae Florae  

Linens & Rentals: Concepts Event Design  

Bridal Gown: Archive Bridal; Rose DeSimone 

Menswear: Hugo Boss; The Black Tux  

Jewelry: Vanessa Nicole Jewels  

Bridal Beauty: Jason Hair Studio; Makeup by Christina

Invitations: RSVP by Cirque Social

Entertainment: Republic of Music 

Photo Booth: SoCal Green Screen

Transportation: Royalty Limousine

Videography: Focused Bliss Productions  

Other: World Audio Services; Full Spectrum Events

The Polynesian-themed wedding featured elements to honor the couple’s Chinese, Jewish, and Hawaiian heritages.

Including a ceremony that concluded with a traditional breaking of the glass, and a reception with Asian/Hawaiian-inspired cuisine. The overall theme of the event was “Team Juslie’s Marathon for Life” to celebrate their love for running and endurance athletics; the table placards were designed to look like running bibs. After all, marriage is indeed a marathon, not a sprint!

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Venue: Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Photographer: True Photography

Coordinator: SD Weddings by Gina

Florist: Studio Fleurish  

Bridal Gown: Flares Bridal 

Menswear: Armani 

Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.; Blue Nile

Bridal Beauty: Beauty by Stacey

Cake/ Dessert: Jenny Wenny Cakes 

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment: Pop Vinyl  

Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booths

Videography: Side by Side Cinema 

Smaller and more intimate reception,

yet still extremely elegant.

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About the Venue:
Located in the House of Hospitality at Balboa Park, The Prado blends the grace and splendor of yesterday with the traditions of today to create the wedding of your dreams. The Casa Del Rey Moro Gardens are picturesque terraces for a wedding ceremony. There are multi-level terraces which feature historic fountains, reflecting pool, wishing well, and beautiful gardens have made this a premier wedding site for generations of San Diegans.

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table setting

sweetheart table

Venue: The Prado in Balboa Park

Photographer: BE Studios

Florist & Coordinator: Artistic Florals

Stylist: Kelly Dalisa

Linens: Napa Valley Linens

Rentals: TBD San Diego

Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co

Stationery: Paper Scissors Print

 

Perfectly paired pastel florals for a winery wedding

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About the Venue:
For an elegant European wedding without the 12 hour flight, look no further than The Inn at Churon Winery in Temecula. Sitting on an 11 acre estate, the beautiful chateau has 24 guest rooms, all facing the vineyards featuring private balconies. The large grounds feature a long driveway, tiered lawns, and an elevated gazebo that has waterfalls and a moat surrounding it. Mid-April or September and October provide dates with the most colorful grapevines for your wine country wedding.

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Design & Coordination: Peachy Keen Weddings & Event Design

Venue: Inn at Churon Winery

Floral Design: Lovely Peonies Floral Design

Photography: Blessed Wedding Photography

Cake : 1914 Bakery

Backdrop/ Dessert Cart & Flatware: Something Special Backdrops

Goblets: Rickety Swank Vintage Rentals

Farm House Table: Rustic Events

Décor: All Propt Up

Invitation Suite & Calligraphy: Shelby Creative Design

Hair & Makeup: Bre Payton Designs

Gown: Embrace Bridal Boutique

Menswear: Friar Tux

Models: Hope and Tyler

High School Sweethearts Finally Tie the Knot!

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The day Kimberly & Kristoffer finally tied the knot was not only a dream come true, but a culmination of their lives together thus far. Starting off as high school sweethearts, going to college together, getting their first apartment and dog, moving back to San Diego, and getting their first professional jobs. This wedding was a symbol of their growth through over a decade and a celebration of what is yet to come.

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WEdding cake with flowers

Venue: The Immaculata; The Dana on Mission Bay

Bridal Gown: Luv Bridal 

Cake/ Dessert: Cute Cakes  

Photographer: Natalie Bray Photography

Coordinator: Lavish Weddings

Florist: MR floral&events 

Linens: APR Boutique Event Rentals 

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse 

Jewelry: Royal Maui Jewelers 

Bridal Beauty: Angela Danielle Artistry

Invitations: lo + co

Entertainment: Sleeping Giant Music  

Videography: RUFFMEDIA 

Romantic Garden Wedding

Rachel and Robbie envisioned a romantic, relaxed, stunning and most importantly fun wedding.  Lots of white and green fragrant flowers were a focal point and helped set the garden like setting for the ceremony. The outdoor reception was dazzling under a twinkling white tent as a continuation of the garden vibe.

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Event Design & Coordinator: Paige at Bliss Events

Cookie Favors: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Venue: The Inn At Rancho Santa Fe

Photographer: Half Full Photography

Florist: Flowers Annette Gomez 

Rentals: To Be Designed; Bright Event Rentals; Archive Rentals 

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental 

Bridal Gown: The White Dress 

Menswear: Barneys New York  

Bridal Beauty: The Hair & Makeup Box 

Cake/ Dessert:  VG Donut & Bakery

Invitations: Whimsique

Entertainment: Serrano Musica, Encore Event Entertainment, JD Musik

Videography: Anthology Films 

Transportation: San Diego Van Service

A Clean and Classic Wedding

for High School Sweethearts

Olivia and Drew are high school sweethearts that had been together for years and their love truly radiated on their wedding day. The kept the decor simple, clean and classic. After a short ceremony, they celebrated with family and friends and managed to keep an intimate feeling reception, even with a larger guest list.

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Bridal Gown: Luv Bridal  

Venue: Bernardo Winery

Photographer: ColemanShots

Florist: Rosemary – Duff Florist 

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse 

Jewelry: Shane Co. 

Bridal Beauty:  Poppy Salon 

Catering: Encore Catering & Events 

Cake/ Dessert: SusieCakes; Nothing Bundt Cakes 

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment:  Party People

A California vibe mixed with an elegant garden ambience and the results are stunning.

bride and groom

Beginning with a traditional Jewish ceremony outside. Then a special touch of a Klesmer musician playing music to lead guests to cocktail hour inside. The ballroom was transformed into a lush green outdoor feel, with trees lit with twinkle lights lining the entryway, and greenery sprinkled throughout the room. 

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wedding cake

bride and groom, Hora

Venue: Park Hyatt Aviara

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography 

Coordinator: Victoria Weddings & Events

Florist: Organic Elements

Bridal Gown: M Bride 

Menswear: The Gentlemen’s Tux Club 

Jewelry: Unicorn Jewelry 

Bridal Beauty: KC Witkamp Makeup & Hair

Invitations: Sweet Paper

Entertainment: Still Listening Productions; The Mighty Untouchables  

Videography: Amari Productions

 

A Whimsical Tribute to the San Diego 1916 World’s Fair.

The grooms wore period appropriate tuxedos with coattails, top hat & cane. They were married by the Prado Wishing Well by their very dear best friend who had introduced them. They used an old Gaelic tradition of ‘tying the knot,’ using a rainbow cord with charms on each end.

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Venue: The Prado at Balboa Park

Rehearsal Dinner, Guest Accommodations: The Lafayette Hotel

Jewelry: Robbins Brothers 

Cake/ Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. 

Photographer: Brant Bender Photography

Coordinator: Breezy Day Weddings

Florist: J Design Floral Design 

Menswear: The Gentlemen’s Tux Club 

Men’s Grooming: Mobile Beauty Team

Invitations: Take Note! Creations 

Entertainment: The Groove

This magical wedding was truly a princess’s dream way to start their happily ever after.

bride and groom, sweetheart table, kiss, flowersOn a perfect Southern California day, Ashley and Alan were joined by their friends and family to celebrate their marriage with a picturesque outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception under the stars.

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bride, bridesmaids, flower girls, bouquets

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outdoor wedding reception

Wedding cake, Geode cake

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Venue: Park Hyatt Aviara

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

Coordinator: Victoria Weddings & Events

Florist: Organic Elements 

Bridal Gown: The White Flower Bridal Boutique  

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse  

Jewelry: Bhindi 

Bridal Beauty: KC Witkamp Makeup & Hair

Cake/ Dessert: Cake  

Invitations: Sweet Paper 

Entertainment: Crown Town Music; The Mighty Untouchables 

Videography: Amari Productions

Magical Persian American Wedding

Saloomeh and Jarrod’s Persian-American wedding was timeless and elegant in a beautiful soft blush palette. The ceremony showcased an exquisite Sofreh spread, that contained items each symbolizing beautiful meanings. The reception was transformed into a magical evening with incredible floral arrangements and soft candle light. Then the live band kept hips moving on the dance floor the rest of the night.

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Venue: The US Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel 

Linens: BBJ Linen Rental 

Photographer: Armen Asadorian Photography 

Coordinator: First Comes Love Weddings & Events

Sofreh: Elegant Sofreh Design 

Florist: Blush Botanicals  

Bridal Gown: The White Flower Bridal Boutique  

Menswear: A Better Deal Tuxedo 

Jewelry: Diamond Exchange Dallas  

Bridal Beauty: Victoria G Hair Design

Cake/ Dessert: Jenny Wenny Cakes 

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment: Yara Bahonar Violin; Soul Station 

Videography: byDesign Films

 

 

Elegant Affair in the Desert

Disa and Amit had a traditional ceremony outside using the hotel’s landscape as a beautiful backdrop for a colorful celebration with amazing details including elephants for good luck. The elegant and breathtaking reception had stunning raised red and white floral centerpieces that were the focal point of the stylish tables. The evening was filled with amazing food, excellent music and lots of dancing.

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Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Golf Resort Palm Springs

Rentals: Enticing Tables

Photographer: Gary Coelho Photography

Coordinator: Lavish Weddings

Florist: 2 Lips Flowers 

Rentals: Kumba Entertainment & Events 

Linens: APR Boutique Event Rentals

Bridal Gown: Aishwarya

Menswear: Dreams Collections 

Jewelry: J & J Diamond Jewelry

Bridal Beauty: Dolled Up by Lulu

Catering: Jay Bharat; Dilliwala Indian Kitchen

Cake/ Dessert: Pastry Swan Bakery; Nini Pop  

Invitations: Take Note! Creations 

Entertainment: 3D Sounds

Photo Booth: Halo Photo Booth

Videography: Avec Lumière Productions 

 

Romantic Vineyard Sunset

Maureen and Jeffrey celebrated their wedding at Falkner Winery. It was the perfect location to celebrate with family and friends with beautiful scenery and incredible sunset views. They enjoyed some private time after the ceremony for sunset photos in the vineyard. The reception was full of love, dancing, wine, and ice cream sandwiches. 

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Venue: Falkner Winery 

Photographer: Hulse Photo

Florist: Brandi Nicole Floral Designer 

Bridal Gown: La Soie Bridal  

Menswear: Indochino 

Jewelry: M Kantor & Associates 

Bridal Beauty: Belle Beauty and Bridal; Nicoletta Gauci – Hairstylist

Cake/ Dessert: Chunk-N-Chip  

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment: Timmy d. Productions 

Videography: The Emotion Picture Studio 

Photo Booth: Trailer Gypsies

Love and Llamas

Michelle and Mike had an outdoor ceremony and reception under a tented pavilion filled with twinkling lights. Ethereal Gardens had the ideal laid back vibe they were going for. Michelle describes their wedding as the perfect day and “an effortlessly beautiful celebration of love and llamas”!

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Venue: Ethereal Gardens

Jewelry: Robbins Brothers; Kasia Jewelry 

Menswear: Zeglio Custom Clothiers; Men’s Wearhouse

Photographer: Brad Hart Co.

Florist: CraftBlooms 

Bridal Gown: The Dress Theory 

Bridal Beauty: Alexis Nicholas Makeup Artist; Svglamour

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment: Pacific Entertainment  

Llamas: Sugar Sweet Farm

Classic, timeless and elegant white florals for a fresh start

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Luxurious blooms styled in pure graceful bouquets and floral centerpieces are the center of attention in this glamorous shoot.

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About the Venue:
The US Grant A Luxury Collection Hotel offers twenty-one different event venues for weddings of every size and style, The US Grant Hotel has hosted some of San Diego’s finest events since 1910. Each of the four distinctive ballrooms boast their own unique decor and sophisticated setting, rivaling Hollywood’s grandest sets while capturing the essence of romance in unique architectural details and crystal chandeliers sparkling from above. Let your wedding day become a chapter in the landmark hotel’s storied legacy.

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Coordinator: The White Planning Company

Venue: The US Grant- A Luxury Collection Hotel

Photographer: BE Studios

Floral: Flowers Forever

Rentals: APR Rentals and BBJ Linens

Stationery: Dolldine Designs

Cake/ Desserts: Elegance on Display

Signage: Janet Morrin Designs

Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: Zeglio Custom Clothiers

Rings: Marrow Designs

Hair and MakeUp: Bre Payton Designs

Models: Karenn and Garrett

Persian Jewish Blend

This wedding was a blend of Sarah’s Persian culture and Benjamin’s Jewish background. They were able to find a great rabbi, who not only performed the Jewish ceremony, but incorporated aspects of the Persian wedding ceremony. It’s a true testament to the diversity of Southern California and the fact that two cultures can coexist and complement one another. The blending continued at the reception where they danced until the early hours to American hits, Persian pop, in addition to Jewish music such as the hora.

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Coordinator: Bliss Events– Ashley

Venue: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa  

Photographer: Lauren Scotti

Florist: Layered Vintage 

Rentals: Folklore

Persian Accents: Samira Weddings and Events                

Bridal Gown: The Dress Theory 

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse 

Jewelry: 33 Jewels at El Paseo 

Bridal Beauty: Genevieve Garner

Cake/ Dessert: Kuba Kreations Bakery  

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment: Dashing Events 

Videography: Taylor Films 

 

Jessica and Rafael’s fairy tale wedding was tailored perfectly to their classic style and Mexican heritage starting with a traditional Catholic ceremony.

The glamorous, upscale reception was filled with lush florals, great food and lots of Latin entertainment in order to achieve their goal of making a lasting impression on their guests, both visually stunning and entertaining.

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Venue: The Immaculata; THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Photographer: True Photography

Coordinator: I Do… Weddings & Events 

Florist: White Lilac Inc.  

Linens: Concepts Event Design  

Bridal Gown: Kinsley James Couture Bridal 

Menswear: Chookhare & Sons; The Black Tux 

Jewelry: Coady • Culha  

Bridal Beauty: Valente Hair & Co; Lindsay Ann Makeup

Cake/ Dessert: Churros El Tigre  

Invitations: Paper Source

Entertainment: Natalie Moran Clegg; DJ Retep; Mariachi Angeles de Pepe Martinez Jr. 

Videography: Fusion Estudio 

 

Remembering Family at

A Fairytale Wedding

Emma and Matthew envisioned an intimate, yet fun fairy tale wedding and the outcome was above and beyond what they had hoped for. Family is very important and they really wanted to honor Matthew’s father and Emma’s grandmother who had recently passed away. They change their flowers to roses In order to honor her Grandmother Rose. Emma had Matt’s father’s name embroidered on her veil as a remembrance.

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Photographer: Bob Hoffman Photography & Video 

Cake/ Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. 

Venue: The Westgate Hotel 

Coordinator: Confetti Skies

Florist: Petals & Lace Floral & Event Design 

Bridal Gown: Mon Amie Bridal Salon 

Menswear: The Gentlemen’s Tux Club 

Jewelry: Diamond Daughters

Bridal Beauty: Makeup by Shelby; Beach’n Hair 

Men’s Hair: Black Market Barbershop

Invitations: Paper Source

Entertainment: Elite British DJ 

Officiant: Rabbi Ian

 

Wedding in a San Diego Style Castle

Guests were greeted with a cold apple cider sparkler before the ceremony that was set under giant oak trees. Afterwards, they enjoyed cocktail hour on the upper lawn and a magical dinner outside with Mt. Woodson Castle as an enchanting backdrop. With champagne in hand, everyone moved inside to the Great Hall for toasts, dancing and cake cutting to finish off their dream-like wedding.

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Venue: Mt. Woodson Castle

Catering:  Personal Touch Dining

Photographer: Fleeting Fox Photography

Florist:  Nancy Stevens Wedding Flowers

Rentals:  Abbey Party Rentals; To Be Designed; Platinum Pro, Inc.; Event Party Rentals

Linens:  GBS Linens

Bridal Gown:  BHLDN

Menswear:  Men’s Wearhouse

Jewelry:  Del Rancho Jewelers

Bridal Beauty: Patricia Norvell Makeup Artistry and Hair

Cake/ Dessert:  Flour Power

Invitations: LetterBoxInk on Etsy

Entertainment & Photo Booth:  Sound Prodigy

Videography:  The Emotion Picture Studio

Real Wedding Floral Inspiration

bridal bouquet

Anh and Dustin wanted an intimate, relaxed wedding at their home. Fresh white and green floral designs, candles, and black and gold accents were used to enhance the elegance of the home and give the reception the feel they were looking for.

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tablescape, table design, gold charger plates, black napkins

Florist:  Artistic Florals

Coordinator:  Bliss Events

Photographer:  Bailey Allison Photography

Linens:  Bright Event Rentals

 

Fun & Fabulous Flowers for a Bridesmaids’ Tea Party

Mad Hatter Tea Party, tablescape, table setting

What could be more fun than a garden/tea party styled bridal shower?  You don’t always have to have traditional floral arrangements in proper vases.  Sometimes you need to think outside the box and have a talented and creative florist to bring that vision to life. Whimsical décor accents the table alongside magnificent huge paper flowers will give you the feeling you have joined the magical tea party just like Alice did.

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flowers, centerpiece

mad hatter tea party, tea pot with flowers

tea cup with flowers

large paper flowers

Florist: Taylor Grace Custom Floral Design

Paper Flowers: Esmeralda Luxury Paper Flowers

Coordinator: Annemarie Donaker Weddings and Events

Venue: Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate

Photographer: Jamielyn Craft Photography

Rentals: Folklore Event Rentals, BBJ LinensEnticing Tables

bridal bouquet, flowers, florals, pampas grass

The outdoors and the African savannah was the inspiration for this styled shoot.  The greens and tan you see in the trees and dried grass. The orange, yellow and rust of the sunset. The focal point was the gorgeous arch that had the tans in the pampas grass with the sunset colors in the flowers. All of the flowers, including the bouquet, had pampas grass to tie it all together.

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Florist: Studio Fleurish

Venue: Bernardo Winery

Photographer: WASIO Photography

Coordinator: Annemarie Donaker Weddings and Events

Décor: Enticing TablesLetters2Lights

Rentals: Folklore Event RentalsBBJ Linens

Cake: Flour Power Cakery

Favors: Sweet Petite Confections

Invitations: Take Note! Creations and Cades and Birch

Bridal Gown & Accessories: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Hair and Make Up: Bridal by Haydee

Models:  Nikki and Austin

bridal bouquet, flowers

Music was the inspriation for this styled shoot.  Lot of black and white were used and to offset that with a soft pretty  pink. Keeping it more upscale than rock and roll by using brass ornaments and a lot of candles. Many aspects of music such as vinyl records, sheet music, concert tickets, etc. were incorporated. It is fun and whimsical, while still being elegant and classic.

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tablescape, table design, centerpiece, flowers, candles

bride, wedding dress, bouquetgroom, tux, boutonniere

wedding arch, alter, flowers

Photographer: Eisenhower Photography

Coordinator: Annemarie Donaker Weddings & Events

Venue: The Pannikin Building

Florist: Kendra’s Floral Design

Rentals: APR Boutique Event Rentals

Decor Rentals: Enticing Tables

Dessert/Cake: Elegance on Display

Favors: Stamped at the Sea

Hair & Make Up: Peretti Hill Glam Squad

Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Models: Sarah & Matt

 

tablescape, table design, table setting, winery wedding, vineyard, floral centerpiece

The beautiful winey setting provided the inspiration for these florals and this tablescape. Burgundy and deep dark red florals were used to represent the color of red wine and then accented with gold to provide the rich winery vibe in this simple yet elegant table.

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tablescape, table design, table setting, winery wedding, vineyard

ABOUT THE VENUE: Nestled in the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country, Wiens Family Cellars is a family owned winery oriented round a relaxed, friendly, and rural lifestyle. Enjoy your ceremony surrounded by lush vineyards and citrus groves with stunning views of the mountains. Celebrate your reception outdoors under the market lights or indoors in the open and inviting Event Pavilion which boasts a neutral palate and handcrafted details.

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tablescape, table design, table setting, winery wedding, vineyard

Venue: Wiens Family Cellars
Photographer: Jamielyn Craft Photography
Coordinator: Annemarie Donaker Weddings and Events
Florist: Jolie Fleur Del Mar
Cake: The French Gourmet
Invitations: Paper Scissors Print
Linens: Anar Party Rentals
Rentals: Temecula Farm Tables

record, albulm, guest book, flowers

Music was the inspriation for this styled shoot.  Lot of black and white were used and to offset that with a soft pretty  pink. Keeping it more upscale than rock and roll by using brass ornaments and a lot of candles. Many aspects of music such as vinyl records, sheet music, concert tickets, etc. were incorporated. It is fun and whimsical, while still being elegant and classic.

wedding arch, alter, flowers

tablescape, table design, centerpiece, flowers, candles

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tablescape, table design, centerpiece, flowers, candles

wedding cake, cake table

Photographer: Eisenhower Photography

Coordinator: Annemarie Donaker Weddings & Events

Venue: The Pannikin Building

Florist: Kendra’s Floral Design

Rentals: APR Boutique Event Rentals

Decor Rentals: Enticing Tables

Dessert/Cake: Elegance on Display

Favors: Stamped at the Sea

Hair & Make Up: Peretti Hill Glam Squad

Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Models: Sarah & Matt

 

 

 

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Tablescape, table design, tall centerpieces

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Venue, Catering & Signature Cocktails: Coasterra

Photographer: Honey Photographs

Coordinator: Winner Circle Events

Florist: Pep Creative

Décor: TBD San Diego

Linens: Nuage Designs

Rentals: Enticing TablesAPR Boutique Event Rentals; Rustic Events; Pier One Imports

Cake/Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Wine & Chocolate Station: Sweet Petite Confections

Invitations: Take Note! Creations

Bridal Gowns: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: A Better Deal Tuxedo & Suits

Bridal Beauty: Bre Payton Designs

Jewelry/ Accessories:A Bit of Splendor/Chloe & Isabel by Stephanie Holmes

Ring Box: Esselle

Models: Drew and Olivia

bride, wedding dress, wedding ring

ABOUT THE VENUE: One of downtowns most charming venues since 1887, The Horton Grand Hotel has an enchanting New Orleans Style courtyard for receptions or large outdoor patio area both with plenty of brick and historical romance.  After recently completing some room updates and we encourage you to take the time to go check out this gem of a hotel, conveniently located in the historical Gaslamp Quarters of downtown San Diego.

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tablescape, centerpiece, flowers

bar, booze, cocktails, liquor

wedding cake, desserts, cookies, peaches

bride and groom at bar

Venue: Horton Grand Hotel

Photographer: Blessed Wedding Photography

Coordinator: Blush Events

Florist: Artistic Florals, Inc.

Rentals: To Be Designed Specialty Rentals & Event Design

Cocktails: Snake Oil Cocktail Co.

Cake/dessert: Sugar and Scribe Bakery

Invitations: Love Notes Stationery

Bridal gown: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: A Better Deal Tuxedo & Suits

Hair and makeup: Peretti Hill Glam Squad

Models: Emily and Alvaro

proposal, engagement, marry me

The outdoors and the African savannah was the inspiration for this styled shoot.  Starting with a romantic proposal. The greens and tan you see in the trees and dried grass. The orange, yellow and rust of the sunset. The focal point was the gorgeous arch that had the tans in the pampas grass with the sunset colors in the flowers. All of the flowers, including the bouquet, had pampas grass to tie it all together. The decor included touches like luggage and globes to really emphasis the travel aspect. 

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wedding invitation, stationery

bride, groom, bouquet, wedding arch, pampas grass, wedding dress

ABOUT THE VENUE: At Bernardo Winery guests are surrounded by beautiful landscape, a vintage pavilion and gazebo and all shaded by decades-old olive trees. With three different venue options, couples have several charming backdrops to chose from. Rosario’s Pavilion for the larger up to 240 guests with a nicely state of the art turfed grass makes for a lush backdrop for your photos. The Barrel Room perfect for smaller intimate gatherings up to 50 guests. Finally, Vito’s Park a large open grass area with a shaded patio and graceful gazebo

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Venue: Bernardo Winery

Photographer: WASIO Photography

Coordinator: Annemarie Donaker Weddings and Events

Florist: Studio Fleurish

Décor: Enticing Tables, Letters2Lights

Rentals: Folklore Event Rentals, BBJ Linens

Cake: Flour Power Cakery

Favors: Sweet Petite Confections

Invitations: Take Note! Creations and Cades and Birch

Bridal Gown & Accessories: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Hair and Make Up: Bridal by Haydee

Models:  Nikki and Austin

orchids, centerpiece

Orchids are one of our favorites.  They can add so much color and class to your flower arrangements.

orchids, centerpiece

orchids, centerpiece

orchids, centerpiece

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

Florist: Cherry Blossom Floral Designs

Coordinator: Annemarie Donaker Weddings & Events

Venue: Fairmont Grand Del Mar

tablescape, table setting, table design

The beautiful blue Pacific Ocean in the distance provided the color inspiration for this classic table design. The soft blue linens provide the perfect backdrop for the white dishes and the silver and the greens and periwinkle in the opulent centerpieces pulls the look together.

tablescape, table design, champagne glasses

Venue: Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa

Photography: Memories & Promises Photography

Flowers: Kendra’s Floral Design

Paper Goods: Paper Scissors Print

Cake: Elegance on Display

Rentals: Anar Party Rentals

 

What’s Hot in Weddings
By: Kristen Castillo

Your wedding may be a classic affair, but incorporating a few trends will keep the party timely and fun. Pick a few trends or embrace them all – this is your special day to call the shots.
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Host An Intimate Affair
Many couples are choosing to create smaller guest lists. According to The Wedding Report, “The average number of guests in 2009 was 128, a decline of 11.7% from 145 in 2008.” A smaller event means you can focus your budget and your energy on what really matters to you like music or catering. Plus you’ll be able to spend lots of time with your guests on your wedding day.

Go Dark
It may seem anti-wedding, but dark accent colors like black and blue are all the rage. Use the dark hues in moderation for a look that’s striking when paired with stunning white or romantic ivory.

Create A Wedding Website
Creating your own wedding website is lots of fun for you and very helpful to your guests. You can use your website to track your guest list, add links to your wedding registries and also offer up information about accommodations and things to do.
It’s also a terrific opportunity to display lots of sentimental photos of you and your groom. You can even use the site to blog about your planning process – you never know, maybe your soon-to-be sister-in-law will have advice for you on choosing an invitation font! Build the site early and update it often.

Print Menu Cards
Keep guests informed about what’s for dinner. Get the precise menu listing from your caterer and then print out the particulars on menu cards. You don’t need a card for each guest. Simply print out a card or two for each table. Your guests will appreciate knowing the menu, especially if they have allergies or certain food preferences.
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Choreograph Your First Dance
You’ve seen them on YouTube and on lots of commercials and TV shows – those amazing wedding dances choreographed to perfection. They look great and now’s your chance to get footloose.
Give yourselves lots of time to master a routine. If you need the professional guidance, sign up for lessons at a local dance school. Then practice, practice, practice and live it up on the dance floor like you’re a couple on an episode of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Enjoy A Couple’s Shower
Who says you have to have a bridal shower that’s girls only? A couple’s shower is co-ed and can be less-fussy and very cool. It is also a perfect time for your friends to get to know his friends a little better.

Get Racy!
A boudoir photo shoot allows you to take personal photos for your groom. The sexy, sultry images are for your eyes and his eyes only. While male and female photographers offer the boudoir sessions for brides – many brides say they’re more comfortable modeling for females. Unleash your worries and strike a pose!

Be Dramatic With Lighting
Help your wedding shine with superior lighting. Candles, mood lighting and strategic spotlights can help you add drama and intrigue to your wedding. Many times your florist, videographer or photographer can help coordinate the glow you’re after.

Do A Good Deed
Make a charitable donation to a worthy cause instead of giving guests wedding favors. Spread the good will by asking guests to donate to the organization as a wedding gift.

Go Bold!
Use your wedding jewelry to make a statement. Many brides are showing off bright colored jewels, big earrings and chunky necklaces and bracelets. Follow your personal style, but don’t be afraid to go big and bold on your big day.

Embrace Natural Centerpieces
Your reception floral style can take inspiration from Mother Nature. Go for a look that showcases branches, berries and succulents.

Serve A Signature Drink
Pick a specialty cocktail to serve at your reception and then give it a great name – marvelous margaritas, romantic rum & colas or summertime sangrias. Garnish the drinks with fruit, sugar and one of those cute drink umbrellas.

Snap Engagement Photos
Sure you’re busy prepping for the big day, but be sure to take time for an engagement photo session. The photos can be used for a scrapbook, invitations and your wedding website or as gifts for family.
Plus the pics give you a chance to spend time with your wedding photographer before the big day. You’ll be glad you took these photos for the memories and for the photography trial session.

Dish Small Bites
Wedding guests don’t always want a full course meal. Instead, serve yummy dishes in appetizer portions. Mashed potato bars are super trendy. The classic comfort food is being reinvented as a reception hit, complete with fix-ins like cheese, bacon bits and chives. Delish!

Hang Out In Lounge Seating
It’s your wedding day and you want to be comfortable. Enjoy your surroundings and your company in a lounge setting. Think cool couches, hip lighting and lots of style. You’ll relish the chance to kick back and savor a few moments of rest and satisfaction.

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
Plan a dessert bar featuring candy, cookies and pastries. Guests will love the yummy nibbles and you’ll really please them by offering takeout bags and boxes. They’ll take a treat home and smile, reminiscing about the good time they had at your event.

Save The Planet
Eco-friendly weddings are very popular these days and for good reason. They’re a way to reduce waste on your big day and call attention to important environmental issues. Some ideas – throw eco-confetti, serve organic juices and garnish tables with reusable centerpieces like potted plants. Do your part for the earth and share a worthwhile message with your guests.

Give Your Bridesmaids Fashion Freedom
Not every bridesmaid gown needs to match the style, color and fabric of the other bridesmaids. Feel free to mix things up by allowing your bridesmaids the freedom to choose their own gown. The one caveat? You get to pick the color. Give your bridesmaid a bit of direction, such as “pick a pale yellow dress,” and then trust your wedding party to make good style choices.

Say Cheese!
Photo booths are very in vogue at wedding receptions. The strips of photos, which are available in color or black & white, are incredibly silly and sassy at the same time. What’s not to love?

Don’t Forget Cocktail Hour Entertainment
Everyone expects a band or a DJ during the reception, but often the cocktail hour is noticeably quiet. Boost the party with the sounds of a good time! Hire a musician or a DJ to entertain the crowd while they sip drinks and settle into the event.
Plan An After Party. The ceremony and the reception are the expected parts of the wedding day. Go one step further by planning an after party for you and your guests to cut loose. Serve up sliders and tasty drinks. Then crank up the tunes and rock out for the rest of the night.

Send A Message
Your wedding shoes may look sweet or sexy, but they’ll really turn heads if you write a message on the bottom of your heels. Use paint, nail polish, permanent markers or fun adhesive jewels to send everyone a bridal message. How about, “I Do” or “Kiss Me.” The message can be split between the two shoes or you can spell out the message on one shoe and use the other for a cute embellishment like a heart or your initials.

Pack Swag Bags
Thank out-of-town guests by giving them swag bags when they get into town. Don’t forget to include maps, necessary wedding info, transportation information and anything else you’d like to share with your family and friends. A few snacks and some sunscreen are practical ideas that work for all guests.
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Include Fido
Your wedding celebration wouldn’t be complete without man’s best friend or your doting cat. There’s no need to shy away from inviting your family pets to your big day. In fact, some couples incorporate the pets into the main event. Your groom’s pooch can be his best man or your birds can be the “love birds” at your wedding.

Switch Up Your Centerpieces
Tradition says all your centerpieces have to be the same, but modern approaches call for a unified look that’s not necessarily matchy-matchy. Choose similar flowers, colors and textures – then grant your florist the freedom to be creative.

Order A Groom’s Cake
Groom’s cakes are back and they’re full of pizzazz. A groom’s cake can be anything your groom wants it to be, from a sports themed masterpiece (soccer anyone?) to a music themed dessert for your guy’s Guitar Hero aspirations.

Save-the-Dates
Wedding stationery is a must for brides and grooms and it’s never been more important to have save-the-date cards. As soon as you set a wedding date, send all the people on your probable guestlist a save-the-date card so they know to keep the date open on their calendars. After all, people are busy these days. If they know about your celebration ahead of time, they’re more likely not to plan any other activities for that date.

Host a Day-After Brunch
This post-wedding event can be a good time for you, your family and your out-of-town guests to catch up after the main event. The menu can be simple – pancakes, eggs, fruits, coffee and mimosas – but the real focus is on showing your appreciation and love to all the people who made your wedding a success.

Entertain the Kids
Sure your wedding is an adult function, but you don’t have to have a meltdown if your guests want their kids to attend the party. Hire a babysitter, prepare kid friendly activities like drawing and watching movies. Serve foods kids love such as pizza, burgers and mac & cheese. Give each little guest a gift bag with stickers, candy or any other items you think a child would like to receive.

Cap the Party with Snacks
End the late night fun with treats such as cupcakes, cookies and milk. You and your guests will like the sweet snack, even if they end up packing the nibbles for the road.

Get Personal
Write out your thank you notes by hand and include a personal message. Maybe you’ll mention how much you enjoyed seeing them at the wedding, how much you laughed at their jokes or how useful their gift is. Top off the note by including an image of you and your guy on the big day. Your guests will appreciate your gesture of gratitude and you know they’ll keep the photo for a long time.

Embellish It!
One of the trendiest floral styles is all about adding bling to your bouquet. Crystals in centerpieces and bouquets will add sparkle to your flowers and to your event. Go for the shine!

Get Sophisticated
Wedding colors can be whatever you love, but keep in mind many brides are choosing soft and sophisticated hues like ivory and champagne.

Be Girly!
Your wedding is a fantasy moment so capitalize on the dream by wearing ruffles and frills on your bridal gown. The look creates a romantic feel that’s sure to resonate with your guests.

Design Creative Wedding Programs
Wedding programs tell guests what to expect on the big day, but that doesn’t mean the programs have to be boring or predictable. Have a good time creating something to inform guests and be memorable at the same time.
Some ideas? A program modeled after a social networking site like Facebook or Twitter or a program inspired by your favorite comic strip – use comic panels to tell guests what will happen throughout the event.

Keep the Party Entertained
Who says you have to choose between a band and a DJ? Why not have both at your reception? A band could play the cocktail hour and a DJ could play breaks throughout the night. The current trend is about expanding your options, not limiting them.

Go Retro!
Who says your party needs to be traditional? Branch out on your big day with a themed party like a retro-inspired wedding. Host a throwback party with oldies for music and classic foods from your childhood.

Color Your World
Your gown may be white, but your shoes and accessories can have punches of color. Be your own guide on what color works for your party. Some brides add a metallic style with gold or silver accents; while others go for blues, greens or purple splashes of color. Choose a color and own the look. You’ll be sure to wow yourself and your wedding guests.

Change Things Up!
Many trendy brides wear one gown for the ceremony and another for the reception. This is a great option if you can’t decide between two gowns. It also works for brides who want two completely different looks – sweet at the ceremony and sexy at the reception. Make sure your hair, makeup and accessories match each look. Then enjoy your multiple wedding looks.
Another option is to go for a two-in-one dress that converts from one look for the ceremony into a different look for the reception.

Capture the Moments
You won’t regret hiring a videographer. Your event on video will be a valuable memento. Sharpen your investment with a high def video which will have high quality picture and superior sound.

Book ‘Em!
The hot album these days is the coffee table style wedding album, which looks like a professionally bound book. The album showcases your best photos and often has captions and special day notes. This is one book you’ll read again and again.

Create Striking Invitations
Go for letterpress personalized wedding invitations when looking for wedding stationery. The letters are arranged, inked and then printed onto the paper of your choice. The old-school approach to printing is timeless and sophisticated.

Spice Up Your Guestbook.
Guests will always sign in at your wedding and they may even share a message with you. But follow the trends and keep things interesting with new guestbook options. Consider using Polaroid cameras for instant pics; post it notes of well-wishes, personalized videos of your guests’ thoughts and even a scrapbook of photos, wedding advice and messages of love and support.

Weddings are enjoyable to plan, even if they are exhausting. Grab a hold of a few trends and use them to make the most of your celebration. Whatever you choose, remember, trendy brides make their own style. You may end up setting style trends at your own wedding – trends that other brides will try to emulate next year and beyond.