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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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bride and groom kissing

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

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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bridal bouquet

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.

wedding invitation, ring box

bride admiring wedding gownwedding ring box, wedding vows books

bridal bouquet boutonnière

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.

groom bride with bouquet

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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

Fourth Time is a Charm!Stacy & Melissa Grant staying with a friend 2 bride, groom, boat, sunset

Hannah and Nick had to reschedule their wedding 3 different times at 3 different venues, before finally being able to have their wedding. It was an emotional rollercoaster to say the least.  Canceling their original plan for May 9th was definitely the hardest part since they had been planning their ‘perfect’ wedding for over a year and a half.  Their original venue, didn’t supply anything but the room, so they had to personally hire all vendors and thought they had pulled together the perfect team for their wedding.

wedding rings

Planning a wedding under the best of circumstances can be stressful, then add in COVID and it definitely makes everything more stressful. Since there was no end to the shelter-in-place in the foreseeable future and it was completely out of their control, Hannah and Nick made the decision to cancel their original wedding date four weeks before the wedding. There were so many mixed emotions, they were thankful their family & and friends were healthy, but also so sad and disappointed after planning every detail for two years.


bride and bridesmaids in robesThen they moved their date to December 6, 2020 at the same venue reasoning that in seven months things should be getting back to normal. In August the venue informed them that they were not allowing any receptions due to COVID restrictions.  So, they were forced to start the venue search all over again! They found an alternate venue, but had to settle on December 4th.  Three weeks prior to their third wedding date the new venue cancelled the event due to additional restrictions being put on their business. Hannah and Nick were devastated once again.

bridal shoes and bouquet

They did not to give up and started yet another venue search! Their closest friends and family had already made accommodations for December 4th so they were determined to make it happen then. They were fortunate to find the San Diego Mission Bay Resort.  They were available on December 4th and helped them plan their dream wedding in just three weeks!  They feel eternally grateful to the San Diego Mission Bay Resort and everyone who made their wedding better than their original plans!

groomsmen on jetskis

Their original guest count was 180 and they had to narrow it down to 60, with 55 guests actually at their wedding.  Besides a much smaller guest list, due to the pandemic their were other things that they had to adjust for.

bride and groom's first kiss

At the venue, everything had to be fully outdoors due to COVID restrictions.  Guests had to wear masks during the ceremony and any time they were out of their seat at both ceremony and reception.  There was no dancing or mingling allowed.  All ceremony seats were spaced 6 feet apart.  They had to group tables by family/household for the reception, ceremony, and rehearsal dinner. They had to create three different seating charts for all of those events.  And of course, they had individual hand sanitizers at each seat as well.

bride and groom in beach buggy

bride and groom cutting wedding cake

Hannah’s advice for any brides planning or rescheduling their wedding during this time is to be patient, flexible, and grateful for the little things.  It’s so easy to focus on things that may go wrong or may not go as planned, but a wedding is all about your love and commitment to each other–that’s all that ultimately matters.  Be patient with venues, vendors, and guests since everyone’s situation is different.  Be willing to make changes and adapt away from your ideal plans.  Enjoy your time being engaged because that only happens once in your life and it’s a very special time!  Even if hiccups or disasters happen along your wedding planning journey, you and your spouse will become stronger by getting through those tough times.     

back of bride in wedding dress

Venue: San Diego Mission Bay Resort

Photographer & Videographer: BE Studios

Coordinator: Holly Kalkin Weddings

Florist: Camellia Wedding Flowers 

Bridal Gown: Stella York from The Bustle 

Menswear:  Ralph Lauren from Neiman Marcus

Jewelry:  David & Sons Fine Jewelers

Bridal Beauty: Hair Art by Lily

Cake/ Dessert: Babycakes 

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment:  Party People San Diego