Coronado Beach & Boathouse Romance

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The Glorietta Bay Inn located in Coronado, California was the setting of lovely bride Grace’s wedding preparations. Built in 1908, the Inn was designed with the simple, classic lines of an Italian Renaissance style. A mansion with six bedrooms, three baths, a parlor, dining room and library that was charming to Grace’s bridal party and family. The team from Make Me Blush provided makeup and hair services for all the ladies.

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Saint Marys Church & Coronado Wedding

Ray & Rea

Ray and Rea’s wedding was a special day which included so much of their Filipino culture. The Ninang, female sponsors wore beautiful maroon dresses and the all the Ninong, male sponsors wore traditional Filipino embroidered shirts, including the groom and his groomsmen.

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I Dos on Coronado Island!

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The intimate wedding of Eunice and Allan was celebrated in one of the prettiest areas of California – Coronado Island! These military love birds started their day with exchanging their vows at the NASNI Main Chapel on the North Island military base with their bridal party which included two adorable flower girls and ring bearers .

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The chapel was charming and made the wedding ceremony so beautiful. Music for the ceremony was provided by the couple’s close friend Tom Reich and was officiated by Will Christians. After sealing their vows with a kiss the couple exited the chapel in style by walking under a sword arch created y groomsmen in uniform; a military tradition that looked fabulous!

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Katie + Jacob’s Real Wedding Featured!

Katie + Jacob’s gorgeous wedding on the bay embodies what most people envision as a dream San Diego Wedding. And San Diego Style Weddings Magazine agrees! This bride and groom’s wedding was featured in the magazine as a Designer Inspiration Board for future brides and grooms to view and draw inspiration from for their upcoming wedding. One of Jacob + Katie’s great ideas was to have their first look, and continue it on a private gondola ride for just the two of them before they said their I Do’s. Take a look at this Designer Inspiration board in print and see for yourself the beauty of a wedding on the San Diego Bay.

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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.

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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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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

Hotel Del Coronado ~ Coastal Wedding Romance

Carla called me three weeks before her wedding and she was just then starting to plan! I met Carla through a summer bride, Leslie. Carla was her maid of honor and it was a treat getting to know her! Carla was sweet, fun, and caring. Carla and Mark had been together for years and were inspired after Leslie’s wedding to plan their own. They had been engaged earlier in the year however never set the date. This wedding was going to be planned at high speed and I enjoyed every minute of it.  I would meet Carla and Mark for lunch and we would brainstorm and create what would turn out to be the perfect wedding for them! The wedding was held at the spectacular and famous Hotel Del Coronado.

Three Ways Beautiful made the ladies even more gorgeous with their talented hair and makeup stylists. They were creative and one of the bridesmaids rocked the trendy “sock” updo made famous by Kim Kardashian. AS Photography captured the moments beautifully and were truly a pleasure to work with. Aaron with AS Photography had a calm, relaxing personality while capturing each moment with his own creativity flowing through!  He had all the bridesmaids laughing in their pre-ceremony photos and provided all these amazing photos.

I worked with Maddy and her team at the Hotel Del and it was truly a pleasure the entire day. The service is fabulous and Maddy ensured the staff knew what to do to make this wedding extraordinary. What stood out the most were the moments approaching the ceremony when the Hotel Del staff ensured the walkway was clear and that tourists were not part of the wedding… and that the bride was truly in the moment and the center of everyone’s attention.

A good friend of the couple, Chaplain Feagle officiated. Chaplain Feagle made the ceremony fun, personal and lively. The couple lovingly created a wooden arch and it looked perfectly amazing against the bright blue and lively Pacific Ocean. The day was sunny and flawless for this wedding. Cocktail hour was also held on the lawn and the day was simply gorgeous. In keeping with the coastal theme, the couple set out a large surfboard and everyone had a blast signing it!

The guests entered the ballroom for dinner as the energetic mix of music spun by DJ Bryan Leon Guererro entertained from the start.  Bryan was also Leslie’s DJ and a really great friend of many guests. Bryan knew exactly what to play for the crowd and had them dancing the night away.

A beautifully adorned shell and pearl cake was created by Amanda Owen, a friend of the groom’s family who had just moved to San Diego. The three tiered cake was colorful, delicately detailed with seashells, and went perfectly with their coastal wedding style. The first piece of cake was sliced with a sword Carla had specially made for Mark.

Carla, Mark, and their guests were surprised during the reception with some lively entertainment by their good friend’s son who wanted to give the gift of talent to the couple.  He sang and danced to Michael Jackson, decked out with shades, a glove and a hat to match! The guests loved it and the bride and groom were all smiles watching his routine.

We got creative with the wedding favors and set up a photo corner that acted as the guestbook and favor area.  When we talked about the favors, I recommend Polaroid cameras. Having guests take photos of each other then write a wish for the couple on the photo was a fun way to interact the guests, stay on theme, and create a unique guestbook for the couple to keep for years to come.  Carla and Mark loved the idea and added to it by having a Hawaiian cut out board created as the prop! Two photos were taken and the guests got to take one home as their favor.

This lovely wedding was intimate and personal. Thank you to Carla and Mark for letting us share your beautiful day, we wish you all the happiness in the world!

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