El Cortez Winter Wedding

Set the scene: The historical and breathtaking El Cortez Don Room in gorgeous downtown San Diego on a lovely wintery evening. Modern and luxurious elegance is the motif. The night begins as Melissa walks down the rose petal embellished aisle to her elated groom, Prem.

Button_0403The couple traveled all the way from New York City to say their I Dos alongside family and friends from across the globe. The ceremony was held on the terrace with the bright lights of the El Cortez twinkling above. Adorning the chairs and arch were immaculate flowers in romantic hues to enhance the magic of the evening. The joy was overwhelming as this beautiful couple sealed their vows with a kiss.

Button_0626Post ceremony, the cocktail hour warmed up the party mood. Live music by Mariachi Diamante helped to set the tone!

Button_0310Delicious hors d’oeuvres were served by Guiseppe Catering. While family and friends mingled the couple and bridal party snuck away to downtown San Diego and ABM Photography captured even more stunning moments!


Once inside the party really began with upbeat music by the talented Daniel Peterson! The Don Room inside the El Cortez was decorated beautifully. Each detail was set in place to enhance the grandeur of the ambience. With a theme of travel, guests grabbed their luggage tags (table assignments) and took a trip around the world (to their tables).

Button_0551The floral arrangements stood beautifully atop each table, and brought the romantic feel of the ceremony to the reception.

Button_0518The cake was a chic design created by The Cake Lady, Shirley Resnick and was adorned with a simple floral arrangement by Flora Glamor.

Button_0520The guests all agreed that dinner was delicious. The excitement of the night went on for hours. No one was afraid to put on their dancing shoes and step out onto the floor!

Button_0844We wish endless happiness to Melissa and Prem, for they are such a special couple and their wedding was just as magical as they are! Congrats to the beautiful newlyweds.


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tay5The nautical theme of the ceremony and reception was very fitting for these love birds. Subtle navy blues and other tasteful touches of the motif appeared all throughout the venue. Continue reading

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Bride (5)As guests arrived to the ceremony on the wedding day, they were taken aback by the astounding view.Jessica and Eliott selected a private estate in Santa Luz overlooking Carmel Valley to say their ‘I Dos’. Prior to the ceremony Jessica and Eliott had a few moments for a first touch. A first touch is a first look without seeing one another… only touching hands and exchanging words. It was a beautiful and intimate moment. Continue reading