Planning an Environmentally Friendly Wedding

Trends are constantly changing but one thing that continues to be on the forefront of most peoples’ minds, especially in recent years, is our impact on the environment. In our day-to-day lives we can participate in helping the environment by recycling, carpooling and reducing usage of electricity. For those of you concerned with the way your life affects the world we all live in, know that you can do more than what you’re already doing and integrate your efforts into special events, such as your wedding day.


Photo by Torrico Photography; Arrangement by Wholesale Flowers

Whatever part of the world your dream wedding will take place in, keep an eye out for vendors that focus on sustainability. This means that they utilize local resources in an effort to reduce their impact on the environment. In San Diego, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is a wedding location that has an extensively “green” vocabulary. Words like composting, energy control, and reclaimed water are not uncommonly heard here! We know first-hand from working with Omni La Costa that because of their dedication to local farmers and businesses, their catering menu has a distinctively fresh flavor.



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With so many paper products going into the planning of a wedding (i.e. save the date cards, invitations, programs, menus, place cards, etc.) the use of recycled paper products would be a great way to help the environment. Harken Press is a paper goods company in San Diego that we have had the pleasure of working with previously. Harken Press specializes in wedding stationery and does a fantastic job of bringing any whimsical vision to life. The vineyard-inspired save the date card featured below is digitally printed on recycled kraft paper. The postcard style card also helps to save paper because no envelope is used for shipping. Also featured below is an elegant cottage botanical-inspired design. The letterpress is printed on cotton paper, meaning no trees were used to make it. 30% of the envelope material is post consumer waste. Proof that even previously used materials can be recreated into beautiful artwork.



Photos courtesy of Harken Press

Flowers are another aspect to think about when trying to plan an environmentally friendly wedding. One simple way to make decorative floral use easier on the environment and water usage is to purchase flowers based on season. For example, Dahlias are Fall flowers, so utilizing them in a Fall wedding would not only be a sustainable effort, but a money-saving one as well! Flowers bought on off-season will always be more pricey than flowers in-season.


Photo by Hugo Benson Photography; Arrangement by Whimsey Florals

Another creative way of decorating is with paper flowers. Recycled paper can be used to create flowers that won’t die and can be recycled again later. This is a great project for a crafty bride looking for a fun DIY project.


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Photo by Ken Ellefsen Photography

To any couple looking to reduce their impact on the environment, we hope some of these tips helped to inspire the planning of your wedding day!

Picturesque San Diego Skyline Wedding

It was a picturesque day on the San Diego Bay and we were thrilled to be part of Rebecca and Jonathan’s wedding day! The two had flown in from Arkansas along with many of their closest friends and family to celebrate their union of love in America’s finest city. Rebecca looked beautiful and her personal touches (like her stunning hand made bouquets) made it a one-of-a-kind day for a one-of-a-kind couple! IMG_5974 The two exchanged vows overlooking the beautiful skyline of downtown San Diego and everything was gorgeous. It looked as though it was straight off of a postcard. The venue was Tom Hams Lighthouse which has recently undergone a beautification process. This is now even more of a perfect spot for couples to say their “I Dos”! IMG_5969 DJ Guy played the perfect music for this lovely couple’s ceremony and reception while James of Masterworks, captured each and every moment of their day. 1P6A6234 Laura of Sweet Ribbon Events, once again, did a tremendous and breathtaking job of dressing up the banquet room. The embellished the tables had royal blue linens while they dripped with ivory and a muted yellow floral combination. The family’s lanterns went perfectly with the floral and added a romantic ambiance to the evening. 1P6A6229 1P6A6237 We adored the extravagant cake created by The Grove Bakery and it was equally tasty. Jay of Photobooth Fun Box allowed the guests to have extra fun the entire night with his fun photobooth station full of props like boahs, moustaches and hats! 1P6A6217 We loved coordinating Rebecca and Jonathan’s wedding and wish them a lifetime of happiness!

Trending in 2015

Fashion, food, and decor trends change every season and every year. Weddings are a combination of these things and more! Therefore, wedding trends are constantly evolving. In 2015 so far, we have come to see originality being a top priority of the big day. Every couple wants their special day to be unique and true to themselves, and it has become more apparent that every aspect (from DIY floral arrangements to mismatched bridesmaid dresses) are chosen by couples to stand apart from others so that their wedding day is completely their own.


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Walking down the aisle: a vision seen by all brides long before their wedding day even comes. In order to make the trip down the aisle even more beautiful, brides love the idea of stunning flower petal arrangements adorning the ground. But if there are already petals down the aisle, how will a flower girl come into play? Flower girls can still be a part of the tradition! Flower crowns are extremely popular this year and having your favorite little girl wearing one will be so cute! Ring bearers can also walk down the aisle before you holding a sign that reads “Here comes the bride.” You will be sure to get all the oohs and aahs you’re hoping for!


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Color trends this year range from soft pastels to deep herbal colors and the list goes on and on for bridesmaid dress styles. So many colors and dresses to choose from can be a stressful decision. This is why it’s becoming more popular to choose a color scheme and basic style of dress for bridesmaids to choose from. This way, it keeps your wedding style original while every one of your favorite ladies gets to choose a style suitable for their body, making everyone happy!


Photographs by Anjuli

You can’t get any more original than a homemade floral arrangement. Many crafty brides find unique ideas on Pinterest or come up with ideas on their own! One of our couples had a literary themed wedding and got so creative they decided to make all of their flowers out of book pages. Inventive, and environmentally friendly!


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This season, the trends are all about YOU as a couple, and displaying your love in elements throughout your wedding that all of your guests can admire. Thank you to all of our fantastic brides and grooms and photographers for your creativity. We are so happy to have been a part of many unique wedding days.

Magical Engagement Photo Session

Balloons, glitter, flowers and the greatest photography spots in San Diego? It was inevitable that these pictures turned out fantastic! We adore the engagement shoot of one of our favorite couples of 2015 – Will and Jess! Jen of Acqua Photography worked creatively with this couple on capturing the perfect photos. We love the colorful scenes at Balboa Park’s Spanish Art Village, breathtaking shots throughout more of Balboa Park and exciting moments in Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp district. If these images don’t express the excitement and happiness of two newlyweds-to-be, we don’t know what does! We can’t wait for Will and Jess’s wedding this Fall! Thank you so much Acqua Photography for capturing one of the best engagement sessions we have seen!
















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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Sweet and beautiful wedding at Tom Hams Lighthouse!

The lovely wedding of Amanda and Tim was intimate and romantic. Amanda and her gorgeous ladies got ready at her parent’s home in the beautiful hills of Mt. Helix in La Mesa, California. This allowed the bride to spend some personal time with those closest to her before the big day.


Amanda and Tim’s first look was at their church, First United Methodist Church in San Diego.  The couple opted to see one another for a first look for some special time prior to them saying “I do”! The looks on their faces clearly show how eager and excited they were to finally become Mr. and Mrs. Continue reading

Chinese – Jewish Fusion Wedding at The Prado

There are countless ways to wish newlyweds a lifetime of good wishes and luck in their marriage. Ben and Adrianna celebrated their love on their big day with the union of two very distinct cultures. Adrianna’s side of the family may have been blessing the couple by saying “Bainian Haohe (百年好合),” which is one such way of offering congratulations in Chinese. Ben’s family may have been using the congratulatory Hebrew term “Mazel Tov ( מזל טוב) .” Both of these terms of well wishes represent two cultures joined together for this beautiful couple’s wedding day.


Ben and Adrianna, dressed in time-honored attire, took part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony prior to their wedding ceremony. The Alhambra room of The Prado was filled with gorgeous hues of vibrant reds and gold. Adrianna’s family did a fabulous job of bringing this ancient tradition to life in the heart of Balboa Park. Continue reading

USS “The Prado”

AHOY! Step aboard the love boat of Tayonie and Charles which set sail at The Prado in Balboa Park. These two United States Navy active duty sailors said their ‘I Do’s’ in The Prado’s quaint and romantic courtyard with their close friends and family. Christopher Tuttle from Vows From The Heart did a fantastic job officiating the ceremony.

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

A Picture Perfect Wedding on the Pacific

What an exquisite scene for couple Chris and Devon as they said their ‘I Do’s!  Their stunning ceremony took place at the Hotel Del Coronado on the beachfront greenery, with the waves close to touching their feet during their vows. The arch from Raphaels stood beautifully in the setting San Diego sun, adorned with stunning custom floral pieces crafted by Shelly Anders from Primal Flower.

Gialketsis-451The wedding was officiated by Joe Volz, a close family friend who did a fantastic job of creating a touching and personal exchange of vows for the bride and groom’s family and friends to witness. Continue reading