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Not what they had originally planned,

but still an intimate & romantic wedding

bride and groom walking hand in hand

Originally, Karla & Christian had planned to have their wedding in France, June 2021, but thanks to COVID, they had to postpone it.  Obviously Karla was devastated since she was like most women who have dreamed of their weddings since they were little girls.  Eventually she faced the reality that it was out of her control. So instead of just dwelling on all the things that went wrong, they decided to focus on their love and have a small civil ceremony with the people closest to their hearts and to keep their excitement alive for a church service/reception in France next summer (2022).

Christian’s sister  is a survivor from the 2016 Brussels airport terrorist attack. From that accident, she lost both her legs below the knee at the young age of 17 and has not been able to stand up since then.

It was an incredible moment they experienced at their ceremony. She had worked so, so hard to wear an exoskeleton which allowed her to stand at their wedding and walk towards Karla with it while she got ready for the wedding as well as standing along side the family in most of the pictures. Karla thinks that made her cry more than the actual wedding!

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Venue:  La Valencia Hotel

Photographer: Lisa Riley Photography

Coordinator/ Florist: Elements of Style

Bridal Gown: Jana Ann Couture 

Jewelry:  Robbins Brothers;  Tiffany & Co.

Bridal Beauty:  HMH Beauty

Cake/ Dessert:  Dulcet 

Dog Wedding Cake:  House of Fur Baby

Best Dogs:  Penny & Simba

Penny’s Floral Wreath: Florencia Florals

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


Third time was charming for this micro-wedding at an intimate Spanish style casita.

bride and groom with wedding party

Allison & Aaron found their venue when COVID caused them to go a different direction. Like many couples over the past year they rolled with it and came up with a plan B. But then again they had last minute cancellations due to COVID in February and had to try again. With a wedding date of April 10th they needed to find another venue and FAST. Allison searched airbnb and found a very cute Spanish casita named Villa Francesca. She reached out to see if the owner would allow a wedding. Luck would have it that they were just starting out trying to market the home as a wedding venue, but due to COVID had to pumped the breaks on promoting the space.

wedding invitation, wedding ringsThey got back to her so fast and said, “it was funny she had asked and yes, yes she could get married there!” She was so enthusiastic when they spoke, it gave them hope that they would still have the wedding of their dreams. Having downsized from 100 people Allison wanted to make their now 26 person wedding feel extra special, so they decided to splurge on the details and believes it was so worth it. With the help of her incredible wedding planner they were able to get married and created the most beautiful space. People are still telling them how beautiful their wedding was and how much fun they had.

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wedding cake

bride and groom on the beach

bride and groom kissing


Venue: Villa Francesca

Photographer: Laurie Ashley Photography

Coordinator: Always Flawless Productions

Florist:  Moonlight Floral

Rentals:  Folklore

Linens:  La Tavola

Bridal Gown:  Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory

Menswear:  Friar Tux

Jewelry:  The Diamond Daughters

Bridal Beauty: KC Witkamp

Catering:  Coast Catering

Cake/ Dessert:  Heritage Desserts

Invitations: Lonely Bones Paperie

Entertainment:  Moses Lin

Videography:  Leave of Timbre

Officiant: SoCal Wedding Officiant

Cozy Winter Wonderland Microwedding

bride and groom in the snow

Lindsey and Christian were set to be married March 21, 2020 after 2 years of planning their dream wedding. The flowers were ordered, the food count was in, and family & friends were getting ready to get on flights to come celebrate as they were to say “I do”. Then the whole world stopped. COVID put a sudden halt to the day we had been imagining for so long.

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bride and groom in the snow

After two venue changes, and with the unknown of when large gatherings would be allowed again, they decided to proceed with a micro wedding in Lake Tahoe. They had 25 of their closest family members there as they exchanged their vows. It was an intimate, cozy winter wonderland, and although not what they had originally pictured for themselves, it ended up being more than they could have ever imagined.

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bride and groom in the snow

COVID has been exceptionally difficult for California wedding vendors, but we have so many incredible vendors in San Diego that have been there for their couples trying to have a wedding during these difficult times.  A perfect example is Savanna the make-up and hairstylist, Joe Cardillo and Iron & Fern all stuck with the bride throughout her 2 prior venue cancellations due to COVID restrictions that happened in the beginning. These vendors also decided to travel to the third venue for a micro wedding.  The bride is also the niece of Prema from pbStyle Photography who was there for the couple and found it to be one of the most emotional weddings to edit in her career.

Wedding Cake

bride and groom playing slot machine

Venue & catering: The Chateau at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, NV

Photographer: pbSTYLE Photography

Florist: Wilderland Studio 

Bridal Gown:  Martina Liana Bridal Designs from The White Flower  

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse 

Jewelry: Honey Jewelry 

Bridal Beauty: A Toast to Beauty

Cake:  Happy Tiers

Entertainment:  Joe Cardillo

Videography:  Iron & Fern Film CO

Officiant: Justin Pena 

Calligrapher / water color artist: Lavender and Sea

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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wedding reception site

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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bride and groom, rolls royce

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tablescape, table design, reception site

wedding cake

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

Even during Covid

Love Never Fails

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The months before Ciera & Bruce’s wedding were some of the most overwhelming and stressful in most of her life. She felt like she didn’t even recognize her own wedding plans and was grieving the wedding the wedding that she had dreamed of.  Ironically, the wedding ended up exactly what they would have wanted.

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They loved their more intimate setting and that they could be fully present in the day. During their little dinner reception, nearly everyone in their families did a speech or toast, sharing funny inside jokes and teary gratitude that they had found each other. These beautiful moments, of which were Ciera’s favorite from the day, wouldn’t have happened in their original big reception. It really ended up being a perfect day for them.

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In Ciera’s brother’s speech, he added a quote from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that just really summed it up.

Ginny – “Seems silly, doesn’t it? A wedding. Given everything that’s going on.”
Harry – “Maybe that’s the best reason to have it. Because of everything that’s going on.”

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What made you decide to not postpone your original wedding plans, but keep your wedding date & make it smaller?
“We felt from very early on that we wanted to get married on our intended day no matter what. The important part of the event was marrying each other and that was what we kept as our compass. Early on in April, before we even knew the pandemic would affect our wedding, Bruce’s Dad (who was unable to travel to our wedding) had encouraged us to still proceed with the ceremony as best we could. He said that terrible things have happened in history and people still got married. His blessing meant so much to us and helped us proceed with our date. While we considered postponing our full wedding plan, we felt that we didn’t know when life would be “normal” and that felt uneasy to us. Of course, everyone’s opinion is different but this was how we coped and adjusted our plans.:

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Are you happy with that decision?
“1000%! It was the perfect, intimate wedding we didn’t know we needed/wanted. Our wedding, to us, will forever be the light in a dark time. The skills and strength we used as a team to get thru wedding planning in a pandemic are resources we can tap into later in our relationship when we come across challenging times. There were many of times I cried about the “dream wedding” that felt stolen from us and all the planning and replanning that was required. Bruce was so supportive. On our wedding day, we felt such JOY that we had each other and were getting married…it was the best decision for us that we got married when we did.
I also would like to say we had wonderful vendors that did what they could to make the process easier on us.”

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What advice would you give to other couples that are trying to figure out what to do about their upcoming wedding?

“I’d say for you and your future husband to make the decision. Everyone is going to have thoughts and opinions, which you can absolutely put into consideration, but Ultimately, it is your day! Wedding etiquette and traditions are out the window, so you can make the best decision for YOU. Whether that means waiting to have your large gathering, eloping in the desert, or a backyard wedding, there isn’t a right way or one way to do it. I’d also recommend making a decision and sticking with it. By making the decision to proceed with our July intimate wedding in early May, we had time to find a livestream vendor and send our guests Wedding Care Packages. Having time to replan was a huge benefit to us.

When our plans changed, I tried to add some sugar to our lemonade. I had wanted to do carved name tags originally, but for a 200 person wedding it wasn’t a cost I could justify. For 16 person wedding in a pandemic – I think I can give myself that joy of costly name tags! I also bought our guest book puzzle prior to our new wedding plan. I wanted to still incorporate it and feel like our original guests were ‘there’. It’s okay to have some fun with the new plans. It might not be the wedding you envisioned, but you can add elements to your new wedding that you couldn’t have before.”

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Photographer: Lisette OC Photography

Venue: Private Residence

Florist: Kevin Reeder Wedding Flowers

Linens: Create A Party Rentals

Bridal Gown: WToo from Love and Lace Bridal Salon

Bridal Beauty: Divine Bridal Beauty;

Menswear: Friar Tux

Catering:  Craftsman Catering

Wedding Cake: Pacific Patisserie

Invitations: Pop Fizzle Gifts

Jewelry: Costco; Manly Bands

Videography: Storytime Motions




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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Wedding Cake

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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

Coronavirus can’t stop love!

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Crystal and Joey’s original plan was to have their wedding at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego July 4, 2020.  They had already postponed it once before and were determined to make it happen this time. With so many of their guests being from out of town, they decided instead to host their wedding virtually from their home to keep everyone safe. They had most of the traditional elements of any wedding, a short, but sweet ceremony exchanging vows, first dance and cake cutting. However, they had to make a few adjustments to make things work. Their wedding arch was made out of a squat rack decorated by the bride with flowers. Crystal had a dress reveal with her bridesmaids, her mother and the mother of the groom by zoom. Speeches from the bride’s family, the grooms family, Matron of Honor and the two co- Best Men had to be pre-recorded. 

After the live event concluded, they took pictures on their property outside and with their handsome dog, Kudo. Having Kudo running around was one of their favorite parts during their virtual wedding. He dressed in his best fur, and totally stole the show! They had a really fun time and were truly able to capture and share their love with their families and friends.

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We asked Crystal and Joey if they were happy with their decision to have a virtual wedding.

“Yes, we are very happy with our decision! Most of our guests were traveling internationally, as well as from the east coast, and with border closures, this way we could include everyone from a safe distance, ensuring zero health risks for all. At the end of the day, we considered that the main point of getting married is to celebrate our love for one another, regardless of life’s obstacles or challenges.”

Here’s their advice for any couples out their considering switching to a virtual wedding:

“The advice that we would give a couple who is considering a virtual wedding, is to remember that the day is about you two and your love. Nothing will be perfect, apart from the moment you celebrate your love for each other, wherever that may be. We felt as though we would feel lonely having a virtual wedding, but we learned that it turned out to be quite the opposite. We got to invite 5 times the amount of guests that our original venue could occupy. We also felt that the virtual wedding allowed the camera crew to get different angles and close ups to make it feel much more intimate, and give every guest a front row seat – kind of like a basketball, sometimes sitting at home on your couch watching the big screen is much better than being stuck in the nosebleeds, not knowing what the score is.” 


Venue: Private Residence

Photographer & Videographer: Stockham Media

Bridal Gown: Enzoani from The Bustle

Menswear: Men’s Warehouse

Wedding Cake: Jessie’s Bake Shop

Jewelry: CMR Jewelers

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

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

The secret ingredient is always love!

Today’s couples are about personalization and experiences. Crystal and Joey love cooking, so we created the kitchen herb garden being a sense of storytelling to this styled shoot. With various shades of green to reflect the colors found in home garden herbs, a pop of femininity with blush, mauves and a statement blue (which happens to be the Pantone of 2020) which balances it with a masculine tone. A modern, delicate and romantic aesthetic featuring multiple varieties of herbs and plant life with a soft balance of color and tactile textures help provide a feeling of life and love.

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Mr. & Mrs. Cookies

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bride and groom cooking

About the Venue: Located in the heart of La Jolla Village, just one block from the ocean, La Jolla Woman’s Club provides a serene and luxurious setting for weddings. The exquisite private grounds, historic Irving Gill building, two ceremony gardens, and ocean views are just a few of the magical features of the club. Couples frequently wander to the ocean for photos while guests are enjoying their cocktail hour. Enjoy the exclusive use of the entire clubhouse and grounds for your event.

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Dream Team of Designers:

Photographer: Allison Davis Photography 

Florist: Heather Palenscar Designs

Coordinator: Southern House Events + Weddings  

Venue: La Jolla Woman’s Club 

Rentals:  More Rentals 

Favors:  Perfectly Salty 

Bakery/Cake:  Sugar and Scribe

Gown:  Here Comes the Brides  

Menswear:  Friar Tux 

Stationery: Love Notes Stationery 

Signage: Janet Morrin Designs   

Calligraphy:   The Lettered J 

Hair & Makeup:  Beauty by Tara Lynn    

 Sana Sayed Makeup   

Elwynn and Cass Concierge   

Models: Crystal and Joey

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

two brides, same sex wedding, sweetheart table

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 

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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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 

A beautiful blend of the groom’s Jewish traditions and the bride’s Mexican and Catholic traditions beginning with the outdoor ceremony set under a gorgeous chuppah.

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The fun got started at cocktail hour under bistro lights on the patio. Afterwards, guests were amazed by the beauty and ambience of The Prado Grand Ballroom. Later the entire room joined in on dancing the Hora. The evening ended with a surprise late night snack of churros and a Mexican coffee station.

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Venue: The Prado at Balboa Park

Photographer: Amy Millard Creative Studio

Coordinator: Monarch Weddings

Florist: Splendid Sentiments 

Rentals: APR Boutique Event Rentals; Cheri’s Vintage Table 

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental; Luxe Linens

Bridal Gown: Lovely Bride 

Menswear: The Black Tux 

Jewelry: Brent L. Miller Jewelers & Goldsmiths 

Bridal Beauty: So. Cal Hair & Makeup

Cake/ Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.; Churros El Tigre 

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment: Republic of Music  

Photo Booth: A Little Scene

Officiant: Rabbi Ian

Transportation: Old Town Trolley Tours; Highline Charter

Other: Brilliant Event and Wedding Lighting

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

Brooke and Chris wanted their guests to feel like they were being taken to a secret garden hideaway on their wedding day.

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Golf carts picked up the guests and transported them through the trees and pathways as it opened up to their dream wedding backdrop featuring a draped arch with a chandelier under centuries old oak trees.

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Coordinator: Bliss Events– Korie

Menswear: Friar Tux  

Rentals: More Rentals; Arc de Belle 

Venue: Temecula Creek Inn

Photographer: Corrina Ryan Photography

Florist: Sweet Petals Florist 

Bridal Gown:   Premier Bride’s Perfect Dress

Jewelry: The Vault Fine Jewelers  

Bridal Beauty: Design Visage Bridal Hair & Makeup

Cake/ Dessert: Cakes to Celebrate! 

Entertainment: Pro City DJ  

Donut Favors: Donut Bar

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.

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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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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

Incredibly Colorful Indian Wedding

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About the venue:
Featuring award-winning gardens and hacienda-style architecture, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is celebrated for its personalized service and exceptional splendor. Recognized as one of San Diego’s best outdoor and indoor wedding venues nestled in the heart of Torrey Pines, the brilliant bougainvillea and olive trees, winding pathways, and water fountains set an enchanting stage for romantic outdoor wedding ceremonies.

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Indian Wedding

Venue: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Photo: Braja Mandala

Coordinator: Nahid Global Events

Flowers & Centerpiece Stand Rentals: Jennifer Cole Florals

Cake: Sugar and Scribe

Invitation & Paper Goods: Dolldine Designs

Rentals: APR Rentals

Mandap: Folklore

Hair and Makeup: Salon 1220; Shear Artistry Salon

Clothing: Gopi Skirts by Radhika

Jewelry: Jas and Pal

Models: Priya and Anuj

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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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



The Epitome of Elegance

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This shoot just oozes so much inspiration for a classic, luxurious, elegant affair.  White can be a simple choice for a wedding, but here we turn it into an opulent and glamorous gala.

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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

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

Breathtaking Views from Coasterra

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Most of Nicole and Alex’s guests were from out of town and enjoyed the incredible scenic views from Coasterra. So much that they had a hard time getting people to move from the outdoor cocktail hour to inside for dinner. Everyone loved that they could float in and out of the ballroom to take a break from dancing and enjoy the romantic views outside.

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Venue: Coasterra

Cake/ Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. 

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

Florist: Parker & Posies Design House 

Bridal Gown:  I Do I Do Wedding Gowns

Menswear: Hugo Boss; The Black Tux 

Jewelry: Shah & Shah Distinctive Jewelers 

Bridal Beauty: Nikki Caswell – Makeup Artist; Rosanna Nykanen Makeup. Hair. Art.

 Entertainment: Sleeping Giant Music  

Transportation: Old Town Trolley Tours

Videography: Rolling Shutter Imagery

Officiant: SoCal Christian Weddings

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

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 


An Iconic San Diego Wedding Venue

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About the Venue:

In the heart of Downtown San Diego, The Guild Hotel is a re-imagination of the iconic historic Armed Services YMCA building. Undeniably unique in design, the luxurious ballrooms are transformed from the original 1924 basketball court and pool. Whether it’s the classic character of the Grace Ballroom, the elegance of the Society Ballroom, or the urban oasis of the garden, your ideal venue awaits. For the modern couple with a taste for the traditional, you’ll make history in this historic locale.

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Venue: The Guild Hotel

Photographer: BE Studios

Coordinator, Planning & Design: Winner Circle Events

Florals & Rentals: Pacific Event Productions

Rentals: Enticing Tables; APR Boutique Rentals

Bridal Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Bridesmaids Dresses: The Dressing Room San Diego

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Hair & Makeup: Bridal by Haydee

Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Prosecco Cart: Get Cozy – Vintage Mobile Bars

Stationery & Calligraphy: Dulce Muse Designs

Linens & Chargers: Nuage Designs

Rings: MarrowFine by Jillian Sassone

Ring Box: Esselle

Models: Bride and Groom: Nani & Dan

Wedding Party: Camryn, Lauren, Joseph, Derek


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

Bobbi & Jeremy’s wedding is one of those that people are still talking about!

bride and groom, barrel room

To start things off, one of the groomsmen dressed up in a wedding gown to surprise the groom for the first look! Then at the reception the maid of honor rapped her speech. All night there were lots of good laughs and they wish they could go back and relive it.

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Venue: Wiens Family Cellars

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Photographer: Staci Stack Photography

Catering: Vineyard Gourmet Catering

Florist: Love Sparrows

Wedding Gown: Bellasposa

Bridal Beauty: Privé Beauty Group

Entertainment: Dave Mancini MC/ DJ

Invitations: Zazzle


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Straight from the pages of a rustic, woodland, fairytale wedding. Filled with beautiful, one of a kind custom pieces, created a mystical ambiance that enchanted all. The decor included vintage books touching hearts of guests, tasteful moss spread across table tops, floral bouquets laced to a vintage ladder with rustic antler sheds hung from above. Special messages from guests covered a globe hand painted by the bride herself. The night was magical filled with lots of dancing under a full moon & string lights sharing laughs & memories with the ones we love most.

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Coordinator: Bliss Events

Venue: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Photographer: Darren Wellhoefer Photography

Florist: Jerri Disney Florals 

Bridal Gown: Archive Bridal 

Menswear: Boudi Dib 

 Jewelry: David Levi & Sons Jewelers

 Bridal Beauty: Audra Rene Studio; Amber Silva Makeup Artist

Cake/ Dessert: Yummy Cupcakes 

Invitations: Minted 

Entertainment: Choice Entertainment 

Videography: Creative Capture Video 


Classic Coastal Elegance

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Naomi & Brandon’s wedding was very soft and beachy – the feel brought the Carlsbad coast into their wedding. It was important to the bride and groom to embrace the surroundings and bring the vibe into the wedding. Coastal elegance was the perfect theme because the bride and groom love the beach! The soft hues of purple (the bride’s favorite color) provided the elegant feel. 

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Coordinator: Bliss Events

Venue:  Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort & Spa

Photographer:  Petula Pea Photography

Florist: Moments In Bloom

Cake/ Dessert:  Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort & Spa

Bridal Gown:  BHLDN

Menswear:  Ralph Lauren; Black Tux

Bridal Beauty: Unique & Flawless

Jewelry: Harold Stevens; David & Sons

Entertainment:  Encore Event Entertainment

Photobooth: Movin’ Tunes

Fit for a Princess, this off the shoulder gown has a lace sweetheart neckline that flows into a full tulle skirt. Picture perfect for your enchanting fairy tale wedding.

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Coordinator & Florist: RSVP Weddings & Events
Rentals: BBJ Linen, Chiavari Chairs of San Diego
Menswear: Friar Tux Shop 
Hair and makeup: Peretti Hill Glam Squad 
Venue: Enchanted Forest Weddings
Chess set: Party Pals


This classic and elegant gown with a strapless top and fitted waist is absolutely irresistible and you’ll be swept off of your feet.

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Venue: El Cortez
Photographer: Spotlight Studios
Coordinator: JG Eventi
Florist: Taylor Grace Floral Design
Décor & Rentals: BBJ Linen Rental, Anar Party Rentals, Tavolo Chaise LLC
Cake/Dessert: Flour Power Cakery
Invitations: Paper Scissors Print
Bridal Gown & Accessories: Here Comes the Bride
Menswear: Friar Tux Shop
Bridal Beauty: Bre Peyton Designs
Models: Alyssa and Mike

Anh and Dustin wanted an intimate, relaxed wedding at their home, surrounded by their families and friends. The open layout of the home was used to enhance the relaxed familial atmosphere the couple so desired. 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 dress hanging on doorbride walking down the aisle, bridal bouquet groom in tuxwedding invitationtablescape, table design, flowers, candles table seating charttablescape, table design, gold charger plates, black napkinswedding caketablescape, table design, flowers, candleswedding party

Coordinator:  Bliss Events

Florist:  Artistic Florals

Bridal Gown:  The Bustle Bridal Boutique

Rentals:  To Be Designed

Venue:  Private Residence

Photographer:  Bailey Allison Photography

Linens:  Bright Event Rentals

Catering:  The Wild Thyme Company

Cake/ Dessert:  Extraordinary Desserts

Menswear:  Tom Ford

Jewelry:  Roxbury Jewelry

Bridal Beauty:  Elena T Beauty

Invitations:  Whimsique

Entertainment:  JD Musik


These gorgeous gowns are from our You Can Bet on Love styled shoot.

The venue itself, The Del Mar Race Track, provided the inspiration for a horse racing theme styled shoot. The color inspiration came from the 2017 Breeder’s Cup Logo at Del Mar, who hosted the prestigious race in 2017. The colors worked perfectly since it matched the colors of Del Mar and were ideal for a wedding shoot. Del Mar is known for “where the turf meets the surf” and the colors were a quintessential match for the surf and sun as well.

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Bridal Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Hat: Carol Bader Designs

Menswear:  Friar Tux Shop

Bridal Beauty: Bre Payton Designs

Photographer: WASIO Photography

Coordinator: Winner Circle Events

Florist: Kendra’s Floral Design

Venue: Del Mar Race Track

Models: Lauren and Ty

Jockey: Ruben Fuentes

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Venue:  The Cellar & Loft by Mission Brewery

Photographer:  Valerie Denise Photo

Coordinator:  The Best Wedding for You

Florist:  SWD Floral

Catering & Rentals:  Kitchens For Good

Cake/ Dessert:  SusieCakes

Bridal Gown:  Mariposa Bridal Boutique

Menswear:  Christian Roche Bespoke

Entertainment:  Visions Entertainment

This elegant, classic and timeless bouquet is so vibrant and cheerful with the vibrant yellow, white and green combination. Perfect for a spring or summer wedding.

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Venue: El Cortez
Photographer: Spotlight Studios
Coordinator: JG Eventi
Florist: Taylor Grace Floral Design
Décor & Rentals: BBJ Linen Rental, Anar Party Rentals, Tavolo Chaise LLC
Cake/Dessert: Flour Power Cakery
Invitations: Paper Scissors Print
Bridal Gown & Accessories: Here Comes the Bride
Menswear: Friar Tux Shop
Bridal Beauty: Bre Peyton Designs
Models: Alyssa and Mike

bride, groom, horse, bouquet, fascinatorThe venue itself, The Del Mar Race Track, provided the inspiration for a horse racing theme styled shoot. The color inspiration came from the 2017 Breeder’s Cup Logo at Del Mar, who hosted the prestigious race in 2017. The colors worked perfectly since it matched the colors of Del Mar and were ideal for a wedding shoot. Del Mar is known for “where the turf meets the surf” and the colors were a quintessential match for the surf and sun as well.

Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

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Venue: Del Mar Race Track

Photographer: WASIO Photography

Coordinator: Winner Circle Events

Florist: Kendra’s Floral Design

Décor & Rentals: BBJ Linens, Archive Rentals

Cake: Elegance on Display

Favors: Cousin Cookies

Invitations:  Take Note! Creations

Seating Chart: Delong Unlimited

Bridal Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Hat: Carol Bader Designs

Menswear:  Friar Tux Shop

Bridal Beauty: Bre Payton Designs

Models: Lauren and Ty

Jockey: Ruben Fuentes

Racing Skills for Jockey-Abraham & Melody Ponce

From our Best Seat in the House styled shoot.

Where this classic coastal San Diego wedding setting is highlighted by this incredible gown perfect for any SoCal wedding.

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Bridal Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Photographer: Honey Photographs

Venue: Coasterra

Bridal Beauty: Bre Payton Designs

Coordinator: Winner Circle Events

Menswear: A Better Deal Tuxedo & Suits

Florist: Pep Creative

Arch: Florist: Pep Creative

Models: Drew & Olivia


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Beneath the 110 year old fig tree in their family’s backyard is where Jennifer & Michael chose to have their ceremony because it holds a special place in their hearts and provided a beautiful backdrop. They incorporated their love of travel with the use of world maps, the places they’ve traveled together for table names and old suitcases for cards.  They had to create a seating chart with the help of their wedding party the night before the wedding using a world map after the one they ordered never arrived. The chart turned out even better than planned and they had a great time together creating it.

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Coordinator:  Bliss Events

Rentals:  Concepts Event Design; To Be Designed; Farm Tables & More

Cake/ Dessert:  Michele Coulon Dessertier: Gelato Paradiso

Venue:  Private Residence

Photographer:  Brian Leahy Photography

Florist:  Thistle Dew Floral & Event Design

Linens & Rentals:  Bright Event Rentals

Catering:  The Wild Thyme Company

Bridal Gown:  Lovella Bridal

Menswear:  Burdi (Chicago)

Jewelry:  Harry Winston, Hearts on Fire, David Yurman

Bridal Beauty: Vow Studio 101; Twisted Scissors

Invitations:  Whimsique

Entertainment:  Eliana Strings; RedShoe

Videography:  Modern 8 Films

Other: Lighting: SociaLights; Restrooms: Diamond Environmental Services; Child Care: Sitterwise


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The bride and groom exchanged vows surrounded by close family and friends. Guests then attended a sunset cocktail hour held on the patio at the Kona Kai Resort overlooking the marina. The evening was filled with love and laughter. The evening then took a exciting turn as the live 80’s cover band entered the room and really got the party started. Guests had so much fun as they sang and danced the night away.

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Coordinator:  RSVP Events

Bridal Gown:  Here Comes the Bride

Cake/ Dessert:  Flour Power Cakery

Venue:  University of San Diego, Founders Chapel; Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Photographer:  Frances Cecilia Photography

Florist:  Green Fresh Florals

Menswear:  Men’s Wearhouse

Jewelry:  Jared

Bridal Beauty:  beGlammed

Invitations:  Basic Invite

Entertainment:  Joseph Advento; FlashPants

Photo Booth: Magical Mirror Photo Booth

Videography:  Bosch Films

The bride has trial hair and make up sessions and books her and her bridesmaids’ beauty appointments for the big day well in advanced, but what about the groom and groomsmen??? We’ve got the perfect solution –

1904 Men’s Refinery!

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1904 Men’s Refinery is a mobile barber based in Oceanside, California, that serves the surrounding San Diego and southern California regions. This two-chair mobile barbershop inside of a 25-feet trailer would be delighted to serve couples all over southern California. 1904 Men’s Refinery allows couples to get ready for their event in a fun, interesting way. They offer a comfortable, light-hearted environment where you’ll get cleaned up and look sharp in no time.

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From our Best Seat in the House styled shoot.

This classic coastal San Diego wedding setting is the ideal backdrop for this beautiful bouquet in blush, pink and a touch of coral.

Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

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Don’t forget about your groom and coordinating his boutonnière to your bouquet.

Bridal Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Photographer: Honey Photographs

Venue: Coasterra

Bridal Beauty: Bre Payton Designs

Coordinator: Winner Circle Events

Menswear: A Better Deal Tuxedo & Suits

Florist: Pep Creative

Arch: Florist: Pep Creative

Models: Drew & Olivia

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Julie and Rob had always dreamed of having the cliff-side experience for their wedding, so they chose Sunset Cliffs for their ceremony location. Fortunately, despite threats of inclimate weather, they were overjoyed that it was mid 70s with a slight ocean breeze the day of the wedding. They even had a flock of pelicans fly over just as the ceremony music began! After a fun and memorable reception at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, they topped off the evening by treating their guests to a late night taco truck that was a huge hit.

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Venue:  Sunset Cliffs; Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Linens & Rentals:  Concepts Event Design

Menswear:  A Better Deal Tuxedo

Photographer:  Walter Wilson Studios

Coordinator:  First Comes Love Weddings & Events

Florist & Rentals:  Organic Elements

Cake/ Dessert:  Cake

Bridal Gown:  Calla Bridal 

Jewelry:  Braunschweiger Jewelers (new jersey)

Bridal Beauty:  Beauty Everafter; A Toast to Beauty

Invitations:  Minted

Entertainment:  Lucky Devils Band

Other: Late Night Snacks: Tacos El Gabachos

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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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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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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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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


By Minerva Padilla, Avant-Garde Travel

Your wedding day is one of the most significant days of your life… why not make your special day extra memorable … by GETTING MARRIED ON A CRUISE SHIP!

Many cruise lines offer services to help you plan a shipboard or shoreside ceremony, offering a private reception for your guests at a great value and most importantly it is followed by your romantic in location honeymoon

Here are a few of Minerva Padilla at Avant-Garde Travel’s favorite cruise line wedding packages:


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Princess “Tie the Knot” packages are available on all ships and most have dedicated wedding chapels. They offer 3 different wedding packages starting at +$2,500.00 that can include from the ceremony to be officiated by the captain, to a wedding offshore at a glacier in Alaska. Pretty Romantic… This line also features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to broadcast the ceremony live, via webcam, to friends and family on land, in case they need an extra reminder to check your honeymoon gift registry online! Talk about bragging rights!


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“Royal Ceremony at Sea”

Couples that enjoy British influence, like historic charm and formality (which is what the cruise line in known for) are drawn to this cruise line for their wedding. Cunard’s wedding package starts at $2,800 and includes many perks like; flower arrangements, invitations, a White Star Bellman to escort the bride to the ceremonial room and many more above and beyond extras. Reception packages for lunch (from $20 per person) or dinner (from $35 per person).  


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Disney Cruise Line’s “Fairy Tale Weddings” packages start at $3,000. The ceremony can be onboard or on Castaway Cay, Disney’s private Bahamian island. With this cruise line there are many little details that must be looked over, like the wedding license and number of guests that can attend the ceremony, but it its perfect for a small wedding, a Disney aficionado couple, or second marriages that involve young kids.

And they both lived happily ever after…

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The octagon shaped Don Room with 24-karat gold carved ceiling makes a grand setting for an elegant wedding and the 10,000 square foot “urban” Terrace is a generous location for a pre-reception cocktail party or ceremony. The unexpected Terrace fireplace creates a special glow your guests will certainly take pleasure from. This iconic San Diego landmark is worth a visit when looking for your wedding venue of choice.

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Venue: El Cortez
Photographer: Spotlight Studios
Coordinator: JG Eventi
Décor & Rentals: BBJ Linen Rental, Anar Party Rentals, Tavolo Chaise LLC
Cake/Dessert: Flour Power Cakery
Bridal Gown & Accessories: Here Comes the Bride
Menswear: Friar Tux Shop
Bridal Beauty: Bre Peyton Designs
Models: Alyssa and Mike

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A wedding cake and desserts fit for a prince and princess and their fairy tale wedding.

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wedding cake, dessert tableABOUT THE VENUE: The Enchanted Forest is known in the wedding industry is a private residence built for his princess many years ago, with a man-made pond, beautiful white swans and lush grounds this truly is a castle available for only a limited number of private events annually.  Many elements seem to be taken right out of your favorite childhood fairytales.  A bit of a drive on a country rode between Temecula and Fallbrook but magical once you arrive.

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Coordinator & Florist: RSVP Weddings & Events
Rentals: BBJ Linen, Chiavari Chairs of San Diego
Hair and makeup: Peretti Hill Glam Squad 
Venue: Enchanted Forest Weddings
Cupcakes/dragon eggs: Allison’s Custom Confections
Horse & carriage: Cindy Cinderella Carriages
Sparklers: Benjamin Asher Productions
Chess set: Party Pals
Models: Lindsey & Matt

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Lorimar Vineyards was the perfect setting for the romantic venue with lots of greenery for Lindsey and Pete. Their ceremony overlooked the stunning vineyards with picturesque mountains in the background. They loved the cool vibe of the reception on the barrel room lawn complete with market lights, fire pits and lots of room to dance.  They treasure the one on one, quiet time they got while taking photos in the orange groves next to the winery in an otherwise whirlwind of a day.

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Venue:  Lorimar Vineyards & Winery

Photographer:  Spotlight Studios

Florist:  I Do… Flowers for You

Catering:  Temecula Catering

Cake/ Dessert:  Sugar Divaz Dessert Boutique

Bridal Gown:  The White Flower Bridal Boutique

Menswear:  JoS. A. Bank

Jewelry:  David & Sons Fine Jewelers

Bridal Beauty:  Knight & Veil

Invitations:  Wedding Paper Divas

Entertainment:  Diamond Entertainment


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From the beginning, Liv and Nik knew they wanted an outdoor wedding in SoCal and picked the date to be the day after Liv’s parents’ wedding anniversary for good luck. The magical reception took place under the stars and twinkling market lights. There was even a harvest moon that night to help light up the dance floor. To close things out, they had a s’mores bar as part of the dessert menu.

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Venue:  The Crossings at Carlsbad

Jewelry:  Robbins Brothers

Rentals:  Concepts Event Design; Stecklair Event Co.

Photographer:  Aubree Lynn Photography

Florist:  Wholesale Flowers & Supplies

Cake/ Dessert:  VG Donut & Bakery

Bridal Gown:  L’Fay Bridal 

Menswear:  Peter Millar

Bridal Beauty: Claire Alyse Makeup

Entertainment:  Dancing DJ Productions

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With the most iconic San Diego views, from the bayside to the San Diego skyline, there is never a bad seat at Coasterra which gave the inspiration for this styled shoot.  The most impressive florals, food and attention to details only add to the eye candy. Truly something for you to aspire to.

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ABOUT THE VENUE: Coasterra is San Diego’s Premier Coastal Entertainment Center.  Located on the San Diego Bay directly across from downtown San Diego, this one-of-a-kind venue can accommodate anything from engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or elaborate receptions up to 1,400 Guests. With truly a breathtaking view of San Diego unique skyline this is a perfect venue to host your next celebration.

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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 Tables; APR 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

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Shanna and Gregory’s guests were invited into a glamorous garden setting with chandeliers and an elegantly draped entrance to bring the outside into an inviting luxurious setting. Then they were treated to a gourmet eight course meal under the light of the summer moon. It was a truly a glamorous fairytale garden wedding fit for a queen!

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Coordinator: Bliss Events

Venue:  Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Photographer: SeaNicStudios

Florist: Blush Botanicals

Rentals: Platinum Pros, Inc.

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

Cake/ Dessert: Cake

Bridal Gown: Vera Wang Beverly Hills

Menswear: Hugo Boss

Jewelry: Beverly Hills Jewelers

Bridal Beauty: Mayer Studios; Claire Alyse Makeup

Invitations: Be In Love Designs 

Entertainment: Still Listening Productions

Videography: Seven Pines Productions


By: Bob Brichmann

Everyone knows it’s her day. Mom and dad may be paying for it, but it’s her day. You and your groom may be the perfect pair, soul mates and such…but is it really only her day?
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I say, “Men, it’s your day, too!” Getting the groom involved in different aspects of the wedding in the beginning planning stages helps create entitlement, responsibility and a sense of pride in making good decisions that ultimately will help create a smooth running, successful event. “I enjoy getting the groom into the wedding process through music. Once he realizes his tastes are important and can be included, he gets more relaxed, begins to smile more and he really starts to take more of an interest in the reception,” states Merrylin Brichmann, Disc Jockey and Emcee from Artistic Productions.

Many men are just not going to get involved with décor decisions including linen options, floral concepts and chair choices. They will, however, want to please that special lady they are marrying, by assuming a fair share of the workload.

Many will offer to help with some aspects they personally find more interesting or that might appeal to their immediate family or friends. Music definitely fits this bill as they’ll really want to see their parents or college buddies have a good time and dance. “This is one area he can contribute to and know that it will have a positive effect on his day! People always remember the party and especially seeing the groom on the dance floor,” advises Brichmann.
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The food choices and the quality might be a little more important to some guys. What guy doesn’t like good food? The availability of certain liquors or beers is probably going to keep him relaxed on several levels, but especially if he knows his friends’ tastes are being satisfied.

The West Coast has an inherent casualness about it when it comes to guys dressing up. Some of that has to do with the climate, but much of it is because men are traditionally not into fashion.

“Many grooms want to start the wedding relationship off on the right foot. They want to make her happy and set the right mark of understanding early on. Many are getting more involved in choosing their wedding day wardrobe,” explains Jerry Klein, owner of A Better Deal Designer Tuxedos and Men’s Suits.

Klein’s operation offers a warehouse, showroom and tailor on site. Grooms can enter and see, feel, touch and try on any and everything.
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“Once he sees in the mirror how good he looks, then we have a different type of groom on our hands. It’s a really positive experience. He’s hooked. He’s drawn in,” adds Klein.

As the march toward the big wedding day continues, the photographer can really impact how the groom’s demeanor and excitement level can change. Arguably, as many photographers will attest to, one of the biggest icebreakers for not only getting to know the couple but in getting the groom both relaxed and into the wedding is the engagement shoot.

It’s a nice piece of art for the reception and the future home. It’s also a tool for both the couple to get to know the photographer and vice versa.

“If the bride is the leading lady, then the groom is the leading man. It’s my job to help him create a sense of esteem in front of the camera. Once he sees how cool he looks from the shots I took, then we’re pals. On the wedding day, he enjoys himself more,” shares Adrian Gaynor from Affordable Photography and Video Services. In other words, when the groom gets enthusiastic about things, the results are going to be better. This applies to pictures and everything else surrounding the wedding day.

“The initial consult and the engagement session are a definite opportunity to connect with the couple and especially the groom. If I can get him to let his guard down, then it’s real. If they truly love each other, it shows in the photos,” offers Garrett Delph from Garrett Photography.

Let your husband-to-be keep his wedding aloofness to a certain degree, but suggest to him that these photos will capture his day too. They’ll capture the memories for both of you, both sets of parents, your children and grandchildren. Give him some room, but give him the chance to recognize what this is all about.
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Not all grooms are “just along for her day.” In this day and age, given the economy and the number of couples paying for portions (if not all) of the wedding expense, many brides and grooms are taking the overall planning very seriously, especially when it comes to the budget.

Many grooms are very much in the mix of the decision making process financially. Perhaps the groom is the voice of reason when the bride would love to go to Tahiti, but the finances suggest Tahoe. Remember, you can always save for Tahiti for that five-year anniversary.

All men have a sweet tooth. Use it to your advantage when cake shopping. Taste testing cakes and desserts can seriously get the groom involved. Along with giving him a sugar high, he’ll actually have fun with it. After all, it’s his cake to enjoy too.

The groom may be very nervous about the first dance. 150 sets of eyes are dialed in on him and he’s not Fred Astaire. That’s what choreographing the first dance is all about. It puts the couple at ease. It gets the groom looking forward to the first dance and party without stressing a singular three to four minute tradition. He wants to sparkle on the dance floor as well.
You might even try practicing one of those “You Tube” dance routines. Customize a special dance whereby you start slow and kick into an upbeat song (or several mixed together) to offer up a show for your guests and video. Watch your new husband get into it when the crowd is hooting and hollering. When all is said and done, yes, it’s the bride’s day. Realistically, though, and to be fair, it belongs to other family members, too. The groom deserves a fair share of attention on the big stage for the day.

“From a married guy’s perspective, it’s a privilege and responsibility as a man and a husband to love your wife. At the end of the day, no amount of money, time or energy can substitute for your love and commitment. Love your wife,” says Delph. It takes two to tango in a wedding. In order for the bride to shine, the groom has to participate. That’s also why…gentlemen, it’s your day too!