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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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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.

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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

Modern, Stylish, Boho

Micro Wedding

bride and groom, just married

Mariah and Reggie’s wedding was a mix of modern boho and fun. Mariah loves pampas grass and knew she wanted that as the focal point. They had a huge pampas arrangements at the alter and as a hanging arrangement and it sure was a wow! They didn’t want to go too over board, so they kept the bridesmaid and groomsmen attire modern and clean. 

Their reception had some corky boho decor which highlighted her personality. Their cake was such a fun twist. Very corky and bright colors! Mariah swears it tasted amazing!!!

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bride with bridesmaids and bouquets

Although Mariah & Reggie were able to keep their original wedding date, COVID did affect their wedding planning.  Coasterra was outdoors and accommodating while at the same time, being really careful with making sure there was a set seating chart so households that were not living together were 6 feet apart.  Their original reception site closed so they found an alternative, but had to cut their guest list in half.  As with all catering these days, buffets with people serving themselves are no longer an option. And of course there was plenty of hand sanitizer everywhere and mask wearing guidelines.

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Mariah’s advice for planning a wedding during a pandemic, “Do what is best for you and your family! If you have family that you really really want/need to be there, but are high risk for COVID then Yes postpone. Most of my family agreed to the date and some did not because of COVID because they were unsure. However, those people did not stop me. Not saying I did’t care about them. I just knew that I wanted to get it done. I didn’t care if it was a small wedding or big. If you are fine with some people not coming and want to keep the wedding this year, then do it! That’s what I did. I knew lots of people would not want to come. I still had so many people there. I invited 65 people and 57 people showed up.”

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Ceremony Venue: Coasterra

Reception Venue: SpaceCase Studios

Photographer: Genesis Imagery Photography

Coordinator: Events By B+D

Florist:  Green Fresh Florals

Rentals:  Cedar & Pine Events 

Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero from Prevue Formal and Bridal

Menswear: Black Tux  

Bridal Beauty: Timas Beauty Bar 

Catering: Pyramid Bistro 

Invitations: Folk Street Co. 

Entertainment:  MY DJs

Officiant: 2 Wed 4 Life

Videography: Tony J Productions

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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dessert table with wedding cakepumpkin patch

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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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party favors, apple brandy

Venue: Founders Chapel; La Valencia Hotel

Photographer: ABM Photography

Coordinator: SD Weddings by Gina

Florist: Flora Glamor Floral Studio

Linens & Rentals: Concepts Event Design 

Bridal Gown: The Bridal Salon NYC

Menswear: The Black Tux 

Jewelry: Lauren B Jewelry 

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

Cake/ Dessert: Twigs Bakery  

Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations

Entertainment: Kicks Band 

Videography: Blue Tiger Films

Transportation:  Rolls Livery

International Destination Wedding in SoCal

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

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Venue: Dragon Point Villa

Photographer: Allie Lindsey Photography 

Coordinator: Sublime Weddings & Events

Florist: Lovely Peonies Floral Design

Rentals: Big AZ Letters 

Bridal Gown: Hochzeitsrausch Brautmoden 

Menswear: XUITS

Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.; Revolution Jewelry Design 

Bridal Beauty: Thomas Edward Salon

Catering: Temecula Catering; Hops & Grains Mobile Bartending

Cake/ Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes  

Invitations: die kartenmacherei

Entertainment: Tang Instrumentals; Thomas Giglio Events 

Photo Booth: Wall of Fame Photo Booth

Other: Temecula Valley Valet; Prestige Golf Cars

Romantic French Inspired

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

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Photographer: True Photography

Venue: The Immaculata; The Westgate Hotel

Coordinator: Lavish Weddings

Florist: Flora Glamor Floral Studio  

Rentals: Bright Event Rentals 

Bridal Gown: Janene’s Bridal Boutique

Menswear: The Groomsman Suit  

Jewelry: James Allen, Clean Casting Jewelry

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

Cake/ Dessert: MMC Bakes 

Invitations: Printsonalities 

Entertainment: DJ Dre Motion 

Videography: Ryan Films San Diego

Perfectly Planned in Only Three Months!

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

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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

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

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

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Coordinator: Bliss Events– Korie

Venue: La Jolla Shores Hotel

Photographer: Wilmar Flores Photography

Rentals: To Be Designed; Arc de Belle 

Bridal Gown: Rime Arodaky, Paris; Magnolia Bridal Boutique 

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

Cake/ Dessert: Uncle Biff’s California Killer Cookies 

Invitations: Mint 

Entertainment: Sleeping Giant Music  

Videography: Fate Studios

Eye-Catching Gatsby Wedding

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

Venue: The Prado at Balboa Park

Cake/ Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.  

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

Photographer: Di-Lanatta’s Photography

Coordinator: Stylish Weddings & Events

Florist: Rae Florae  

Linens & Rentals: Concepts Event Design  

Bridal Gown: Archive Bridal; Rose DeSimone 

Menswear: Hugo Boss; The Black Tux  

Jewelry: Vanessa Nicole Jewels  

Bridal Beauty: Jason Hair Studio; Makeup by Christina

Invitations: RSVP by Cirque Social

Entertainment: Republic of Music 

Photo Booth: SoCal Green Screen

Transportation: Royalty Limousine

Videography: Focused Bliss Productions  

Other: World Audio Services; Full Spectrum Events

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

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

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Venue: Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Photographer: True Photography

Coordinator: SD Weddings by Gina

Florist: Studio Fleurish  

Bridal Gown: Flares Bridal 

Menswear: Armani 

Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.; Blue Nile

Bridal Beauty: Beauty by Stacey

Cake/ Dessert: Jenny Wenny Cakes 

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment: Pop Vinyl  

Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booths

Videography: Side by Side Cinema 

High School Sweethearts Finally Tie the Knot!

bride holding bouquet with groom

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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bride opening champagne with bridesmaids

WEdding cake with flowers

Venue: The Immaculata; The Dana on Mission Bay

Bridal Gown: Luv Bridal 

Cake/ Dessert: Cute Cakes  

Photographer: Natalie Bray Photography

Coordinator: Lavish Weddings

Florist: MR floral&events 

Linens: APR Boutique Event Rentals 

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse 

Jewelry: Royal Maui Jewelers 

Bridal Beauty: Angela Danielle Artistry

Invitations: lo + co

Entertainment: Sleeping Giant Music  

Videography: RUFFMEDIA 

Romantic Garden Wedding

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

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Event Design & Coordinator: Paige at Bliss Events

Cookie Favors: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Venue: The Inn At Rancho Santa Fe

Photographer: Half Full Photography

Florist: Flowers Annette Gomez 

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

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental 

Bridal Gown: The White Dress 

Menswear: Barneys New York  

Bridal Beauty: The Hair & Makeup Box 

Cake/ Dessert:  VG Donut & Bakery

Invitations: Whimsique

Entertainment: Serrano Musica, Encore Event Entertainment, JD Musik

Videography: Anthology Films 

Transportation: San Diego Van Service

A Clean and Classic Wedding

for High School Sweethearts

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

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Bridal Gown: Luv Bridal  

Venue: Bernardo Winery

Photographer: ColemanShots

Florist: Rosemary – Duff Florist 

Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse 

Jewelry: Shane Co. 

Bridal Beauty:  Poppy Salon 

Catering: Encore Catering & Events 

Cake/ Dessert: SusieCakes; Nothing Bundt Cakes 

Invitations: Minted

Entertainment:  Party People

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

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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

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



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 


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

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

Spring Wedding Specials are now available for 2020

Are you planning a spring wedding? You don’t want to miss out on this special!

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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…

3/18/2016 | Moniker Warehouse

Steph and Scott had a wedding that was so perfectly them. Scott designed the invitations, Steph did the flowers and succulents and the event design. The finished event was intimate, fun, stylish, and rock and roll, just like them!

Location: Moniker Warehouse
Photography: Chris Wojdak Photography
Videography: Aqua Vivus Productions
Rentals: CC Vintage Rentals / K&J Rentals
Entertainment: Dancing DJ Productions
Coordinator: Events by KK
Makeup: Salon Bordeaux
Cake: Twin Treats

8/18/2016 | Wilson Creek Winery

Jamie and Anthony met in high school and after many years they finally had their dream wedding at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, CA. Their wedding was small, intimate and memorable which was captured in their beautiful rustic theme.

Location: Wilson Creek Winery
Photography: Jennifer Demo Photography
Officiant: Your Perfect Ceremony
Gown: Alfred Angelo
Cake: Cute Cakes
Favors: Fancy Pop
Makeup: I DO Makeovers
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Entertainment: Pro Sound DJs
Rentals: Rickety Swank

Sexy, Sassy, Tasteful Ways to Excite Your Man

What should I get my man for my wedding present or our anniversary?

I’m thinking something for his eyes only. How about something that breathes seduction, entices his desire for me and empowers me to be a sassy supermodel for a day?

It’s a gift. It’s an empowerment for women. It’s a venture into a realm of which many women have not gone – one of daring, throwing caution to the wind and, well…I want to surprise MY MAN!

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“We like this to involve all of the senses. Light candles, start with calm jazz music and build toward some sexy, clubby feel, perhaps add a little champagne…sexy lingerie they bring from home…most girls have never done anything like this,” explains Heather Middleton, owner and photographer from Shadow Boudoir.

You’re creating a pre-wedding gift for him…something of a teaser for the Big Day. It’s a pre-wedding present he finds on his pillow the night before the wedding.

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It’s a fun present to remind him of what a good choice he’s made and what’s to come. It’s a chance to show off how sassy or sexy you are…just for him.

It’s not at all sleazy and it’s not really a new concept, either. It’s an evolution from the glamour shots of 20 years ago. It’s natural, classy, yet somewhat sassy, depending on the nature of the bride. It’s not necessarily nude, either. Much of this can be considered art.

“Why not kick off the marriage with a sexy piece of art that is only shared in the privacy of your own bedroom,” offers Marissa Boucher from The Boudoir Divas.

Sometimes a theme is incorporated into the shoot. Perhaps he’s a firefighter and the bride borrows a firefighter’s helmet or his boots for the shoot. Maybe he’s a graduate of Purdue and she wears a Purdue scarf. Several different outfits can be worn during the shoots.

Boudoir studios offer different sets they can create for your particular tastes. The average shoot is 2 hours in length, is completely private and usually involves about four different outfit changes. This, of course, varies based on your package. Packages range from $275 on up, depending on the end product (album, framed pictures, calendars, etc.).

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Traditionally, the final product is an album for his eyes only. Some albums are 5×7’s and about 10 images. Some albums are larger and can be coffee table in size. They can even create calendars for his private desktop office eyes only.

Diane Erth, a recent bride, decided on a special three year anniversary present for her beloved husband. Diane wanted a fun idea he would never expect. She had 2 8×10’s and 1 5×7 made by Shadow Boudoir and the rest put on a disc so she could make her own album at a reduced cost.

“You’re only young once, so why not go for it! It’s a once in a lifetime thing and you’ll have fun doing it. I was even able to make a toned down picture of myself and our precious cat that he can display safely on his desk at work,” shares Erth.

There is much to be said for the comfort factor in attempting this type of shoot. How do you strip for a stranger or pose sexily in lingerie in front of a camera for the first time? It’s not as easy as a shoot in the park.

“I’d already worked well with Heather at Shadow Boudoir. I loved her. She already shot my wedding. Our personalities fit. Being comfortable with someone shows in your pictures,” says Erth.

Many times the comfort factor is built after an engagement session. This allows for a lot of bonding time between the photographer and couple. The photographer can get to know the couple personally – where they went to school, how they met, where their parents live, what they do for a living and so on. This builds a friendship and, ultimately, a comfort between the couple and the photographer.

The bride, ultimately, feels more of a closeness to the photographer and an ease in front of the lens. Of course, when it comes time for the boudoir shoot, things are easier.

“We discuss ahead of time what they are and are not comfortable doing. Some want cute, coy, frilly and suggestive and others venture to darker colors and semi-naughty. Sometimes…what you can’t see, is more fun.

Lighting, shading, props and such all come in to play to help the bride reach the ultimate objective: a comfortable shoot and quality pictures that flatter. While some boudoir studios offer props, and all provide the technical lighting, it’s usually up to the bride to bring their wardrobe.

Face it, not every one is a model. Boudoir photographers can make you feel like one, though. You can enter their dream studio. You can also shoot from the comfort of your own home. Natural light is great. Photographers love shooting from an environment you are most comfortable in. This is where you will be most relaxed.

“I got a day of pampering and a supermodel experience during my shoot and now we both have these beautiful pictures to enjoy! Thank you for making the experience so comfortable…what a great studio…what a fun day for me,” exclaims recent bride Liz S about her experience with Boucher.

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Here’s a novel idea – bachelorette parties. Boucher has been successfully promoting these at their studio. They take four or more girls and give them each a boudoir shoot (one at a time, of course) during a four or five hour session. It becomes more of a party, too, with high energy music, music videos, beverages and snacks. Even a professional make-up and hair person can be brought in so each girl gets the supermodel treatment.

Valentine’s Day is also a huge time for this type of gift. Ladies can also register for a gift certificate for the bride’s shower. Now that would be a surprise gift!

“When all is said and done, the pictures are just the icing on the cake. A week later, you are still on a boudoir high. You feel very good about yourself,” coaches Middleton.

Empower yourself ladies. You can have a supermodel experience like the models in Maxim magazine. You can give him his very own Vegas pin-up of yourself. Drift away for a few hours and imagine yourself in a famous Hurrell pose. 

It’s not just a gift for him…it’s really for you.