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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.

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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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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

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

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By: Greg Shibley, G Sharp Entertainment

Do a little Googling and you’ll find a lot of bizarre historical reasons for the wedding party, like stories about warding off evil spirits, midnight kidnappings, and, my personal favorite, people throwing shoes at each other (no joke).

Nowadays, your bridesmaids and groomsmen fill certain roles that all of us are pretty familiar with. Of course, there are the bachelor and bachelorette parties. Then the best man and maid of honor often give the first toasts at the reception; groomsmen might serve as ushers for the ceremony; bridesmaids spend a load of money on matching sea foam green dresses they’ll never wear again. You know, the usual stuff. But as important as these things are, your wedding party could be so much more, and if used right, they can really make a difference to the success of your wedding day.

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Liaison to the coordinator

In many ways your coordinator is already your liaison to everyone else. When everyone who needs to talk to you has to go through the coordinator, you can enjoy yourself without being bombarded all evening with questions from the caterer, the DJ, and everyone else. And that’s a great thing. But aren’t there bound to be some conversations that even you don’t need to be a part of? Imagine if your coordinator is looking around for your bouquet ten minutes before the bouquet toss and instead of bothering you, she asks your maid of honor to help her hunt it down. A lot of coordinators might go that route anyway, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to get them both on board with the idea ahead of time. And it’s especially true if you don’t even have a coordinator! In that case, let your wedding party run the first line of defense between you and the DJ, the caterer, the photographer, and everyone else.


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Ambassadors to the party

Maybe your cousin is flying in from out of town, or maybe some friends of your parents will be there, and they don’t really know anyone else. Of course, they came to see you, but you probably won’t be able to spend more than a few minutes with them the whole day. Now, imagine you’ve already asked your bridesmaids and groomsmen ahead of time to keep an eye for those people and check in with them now and then. Just a quick chat during cocktail hour or having a coffee together when cake is being served will make a big difference in how much they enjoy themselves. After all, you may be the host, but on a day like this, you can’t be everywhere at once making sure everyone is comfortable and having a good time. But you also don’t want people sitting in the back of the room wondering why they bothered putting on uncomfortable shoes just so they could watch a bunch of strangers do the Cupid Shuffle, right?

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Get the party started (and keep it going!)

This is the big one. As a DJ, I see the value of this one first-hand. Once open dancing starts, the lights come down and I throw on that first song, one of two things happens. Either (1) a handful of people rush out on the dancefloor and establish the party atmosphere right away, or (2) everyone wanders over to the bar for twenty minutes or so before trickling back. Either way, the party gets going, but wouldn’t you rather it happens right out of the gate? So here’s what you do.

Give everyone in your wedding party a heads up that, once open dancing starts, you and they should be the first ones out there, and maybe they even grab one or two people on the way.

They can always head to the bar after a couple songs if they want– by that time the energy is up and the party is already well on its way.In fact, they might even keep that in mind for the whole evening. Remember that whole ambassadors to the party thing? I’m sure your sweet old nana would love it if one of the groomsmen asks her to dance when that inevitable Frank Sinatra comes on!

Bob Hoffman Photography & Video

And if it’s easier, just casually show them this article. I’ll ask them for you.

Is all this too much to ask? I don’t think so. After all, you’ve asked them to be in your wedding party because you trust them and because they have already supported you over the years in so many situations. And now, on this most important day, you are empowering them with just a little bit of responsibility for the success of your wedding day. Who would say no to that?

Bob Hoffman Photography & Video