Jessica + Eliott’s Real Wedding Featured!

We have been featured in San Diego Style Weddings Magazine! Jessica + Eliott’s October 2014 wedding had beautiful detailing that we love and hope you do too! From the abundance of signage to the cake and the color scheme, this wedding was absolutely stunning! Pick up your copy of San Diego Style Weddings Magazine to see this beautiful wedding in print.

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Southern Chic Style Wedding at The Prado

When I first spoke with Sarah last winter, I was so excited to connect with such a wonderful bride. Sarah’s then fiancé – now husband, Scott is in the service and she works full time, so I understood the importance of being by her side through the entire process. I immediately got started on the planning! Besides her great taste, Sarah was fun! Our meetings were always a joy to go to. We started by creating a pinterest board that represented her and Scott. I am not going to lie – it was exactly what I would have designed for mysef! Her color palette included blush, ivory and greens. We then booked the absolute best vendors and created an original and fun styled day.


Sarah arrived at The Prado on the big day looking flawless thanks to Brides Amore who provided beauty services. A very special moment set the stage for the day; the first look Sarah shared with her father. This was very important to her because her father raised her on his own and she has a very close bond with him and her brother. This moment had everyone teary eyed and we loved the sweetness of this!

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Southern Love Styled Shoot

We were honored when San Diego Style Weddings asked us to style a fabulous, out of the box and jaw dropping photo shoot at the secluded and one of a kind venue – Willow Creek Ranch in Valley Center. We chose the theme – Southern Wedding! This venue added a sense of romance and light to this styled shoot. The design of this shoot incorporated many vintage items from the décor to the table scape. The bistro chairs and cake table were provided by Raphaels Party Rentals, but Willow Creek Events was gracious enough to lend us some of their gorgeous vintage-inspired items, as well. These beautiful photos are abundant with tasteful pastel colors such as teals, light pinks, and greens that enhance the feel of Southern Love.

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So what makes a southern wedding? A traditional southern wedding might include detailed table settings and vintage touches throughout, all to preserve a classic elegance. We decided to stick to the classic theme by incorporating rustic chargers (Pier One), atop beautiful floral print china with gold silverware accents, provided by Not My Dish. These settings were topped with simple and sweet menus by Love Notes Stationery who designed all the southern wedding styled print. The table was draped perfectly with lace linens from Sweet Ribbons Events to add a touch of romance.

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Sweet Touches at a Loews Coronado Resort Wedding

A breathtaking view of the coronado bridge and downtown San Diego is what some travel the world to see. This is exactly what Katie and Jacob’s guests were able to enjoy during their wedding ceremony and reception! The happy couple traveled all the way from sunny Arizona with their closest family and friends to their destination wedding on the bay at Loews Coronado Resort.



Amy Millard captured every special moment of the day, starting at the very beginning, and was a joy to work alongside with. The ladies started their day getting ready with hair and makeup by Noelani’s Makeup Artistry. Katie had a small but very meaningful entourage of one – her sister Lauren that today, doubled as her maid of honor! Jacob also had a very important best man – his brother, Josh. Continue reading

Glamorous Coronado Wedding

Coronado, California – a breathtaking island just minutes from San Diego with world famous beaches and the iconic Hotel Del. This is the city that Rosella and Michael chose to say their “I dos”! And what a perfect Southern California day it was. The couple, along with their bridal party, chose the breathtaking Loews Coronado as the location to get ready for their big day. Holly Ireland Photography started capturing the moments from the beginning along with Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Photo + Video._DSC8832

Their ceremony was officiated in both English and Spanish by the talented Rev Ron at the lovely Coronado Community Center on the Silver Strand. The couple had a love letter box at their ceremony, along with a bottle of wine. The love letters were written by the couple to one another which expressed all the reasons they were marrying one another. They promised to read these letters to each other during challenging times in their marriage and share the bottle of wine. It was such a sweet gesture… we loved this! The bride and groom then presented each of their mothers with a red rose which signified their love and appreciation for them.

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Chic Romance at Vintana

The gorgeous wedding celebration of Robin and Ericson was held at the luxurious venue, Vintana atop the Lexus dealership in Escondido, California. Robin and Ericson met through mutual friends years earlier, then reacquainted at Robin’s 30th birthday celebration in the gaslamp district of downtown San Diego. These two discovered a budding attraction for one another that night and the rest is history! unnamed-2

Their chic celebration was intimate and fun. The couple was surrounded by their closest family and friends who enjoyed the creatively styled reception. Their unique color palette of grays and bright yellows adorned the room. The couple loves San Diego breweries so their reception represented just that in their table names and decor of brewery bottles. Continue reading

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.  Continue reading

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”! Continue reading

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!  Continue reading

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!


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