Darlington House wedding is pastel perfect celebration of love, family and multi cultural wedding style in San Diego!

From Jenna and Kaj's proposal in Spain at the Parque del Retiro in Madrid to the beautiful European like village of La Jolla, California, this couple celebrated their love and family with a lovely, and love-filled, wedding. The historical Darlington House with its beautiful and rich, multi cultural decor [Andalusian Patio modeled after the style of Southern Spain with Roman arches, and benches and flooring made with Azulejo tile, Egyptian Patio with a fountain and colorful classic Egyptian tile lining the pool, classical English style Rose Garden and our favorite the Library with its dark wooden bookcases, Moroccan fireplace and a gorgeous staircase that invokes Moorish architecture] was the perfect wedding venue to represent these two and their adventurous spirits, with the inspiration for their weddings' theme coming from their travels in Spain. And to top it off, Jenna and Kai's accent of pastel colors of Pinks, Corals, Sage Green and Gold perfectly reflected the colors of the Venue.

Of course we all love how weddings bring families and friends together and collectively we all are there to witness and help create a new family. From sweet loving speeches, to tender moments with parents, and dancing and celebrating with friends, it's all a whirlwind of over-whelming and happy memories. And with extra special touches like the beautiful DIY items like hand made pottery, made by the groom's mom planted with succulents for guests gifts, and heirloom items like Jenna wearing her grandmother's bracelet, this wedding was one of kind and chock full of moments to last a life time! Enjoy and congrats to Jenna and Kai!! 

Photographer:  Great Woodland Photography//Reception Venue: Darlington House//Caterer: 24 Carrots Catering//Event Planner: Blue Stocking Events//Makeup Artist: Bridalbyhaydee//Lighting: Brilliant event lighting//Second Shooter: Brittanee Taylor Photography//Cake Designer: Cakes to Celebrate!//Reception Venue: Darlington House//Shoes:INC International Concepts//Bridesmaid Dresses:J. Crew//Floral Designer: Lois Mathews Design//Equipment Rentals: Raphael's Party Rentals//Dress Designer:Stella York//Dress Store: Tour of Elegance//

Temecula Winery wedding styled shoot brings sweet blush and red together for a big MUAH! of wedding style!

The red rose, as your probably know, is a symbol of passion and true love. And this styled wedding shoot, by the new wedding and events team at Bella Vista Winery in Temecula's wine country, is a classic portrayal of love and romance! The inspiration for this 'in house' styled shoot was color and texture: with the super popular palette of blush, with pops of burgundy, and the drama of some and navy mixed textures from shiny metals to soft sheer fabrics, this styled shoot created a tableau both elegant and rustic. With sheer fabric, embossed fabric, shiny metals, crystals; these beautiful arrangements offered a variety of textures and colors as well as enhancing the delicate china. And the flowers! 

Editor's note: usually a 'Styled Shoot' means a planned shoot using models but here the shoot was personalized by having a real couple (David and Carly) with Carly in a custom designed gown - a lovely silk mermaid silhouette with french lace adorned with scallop trim - made by local designer Jaime Elyse, and the groom in a classic, slim fit, navy peak lapel tuxedo with navy accessories from Class-Act Tuxedo. We think this take on classic romantic, pink and blue is a beautiful expression of true love!  

Photographer:  Matty Fran Photography//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: A Class Act Tuxedo//Event Venue: Bella Vista Winery//Floral Designer: Heather Christan Designs LLC//Dress Designer:Jaime Elyse Official//Makeup Artist:Tamara O'Shell//Hair Stylist:Tamara O'Shell//Design and Decor: Temecula Valley Party and Event Rentals //

Orange is the new White with this fun, festive and fabulous San Diego wedding!

Orange is the new white for this fun loving couple. Bright colors featuring shades of corral, orange and shades of blue, highlight the radiant love this couple has for each other. The very popular [a Japanese garden themed private wedding venue in the heart of San Diego] Karl Strauss Brewery was the perfect back drop for this lively group. The bridal party was nonstop smiling and goofing around, the groomsmen played a game of corn-hole while getting ready, the bride pulling a smart trick of balancing her bouquet on her hand just before the ceremony? Now that's a calm, cool bride! It was a carefree fun filled day, as it should be when you are marrying your soulmate! Enjoy!

Photographer:  Bob Hoffman Photography & Video//Cake Designer:French Gourmet Bakery//Floral Designer:I DO Flowers//Location:Karl Strauss//Reception Venue: Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens//Dress Store:Panache Bridal//DJ:Sunset Mobile Music//

Quiet yet powerful home wedding in Encinitas brings gorgeous So Cal style to a day that celebrates love and family

We are suckers for home weddings! And this quietly powerful home wedding in Encinitas brings gorgeous style to a day that celebrates love and family overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We hope you enjoy this bright, sunshine and love-celebration on a perfect Southern California day.  And remember one of the most important decisions you make with any wedding (but with a home wedding  in particular) is hiring a professional wedding and event planner like Julie from The Best Wedding for You who pulled this beauty together, allowing the couple and their families to truly enjoy their special day.

 Says Danielle of SidebySide Cinema “Brittany and Dave chose Encinitas for their seaside elopement this past summer. They rented a beautiful house (and we learned that it was actually Shawn White's house that he was selling!) and spent a few days just relaxing with their little family. Dave got the boys and himself ready while Brittany finished her last touches of details. I loved all the dainty sparkly things and her "shoes" were adorable. The boys with their hats were to die for!

Their ceremony was on a landing on the cliff overlooking the ocean. It was the smallest ceremony we've ever filmed. Just the two of them and their two boys! They had amazing personal vows and I just loved that you could hear their kids in the background and they even had to hold the baby during the rings. It just was perfect because the kids were so much a part of the day and sometimes life is just messy and your kids need a snack during the ceremony!

After the ceremony, they had an awesome sunset for photo time. The baby was thrilled with the sand and their other son just wanted to play in the waves. They are such an adorable family. While they were taking photos, the chef was making their meal. They had an intimate dinner that looked absolutely delicious.

Because this was an elopement, there was only a ceremony, no reception events. But once the sun went down, we did some fun night shots with them with sparklers and lanterns. It was a beautiful night and a romantic event. We hope they had an amazing time here in California, congratulations you two!” 

Check out the amazing video by SidebySide Cinema and enjoy this beautiful celebration as if you were there!

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Event planning: The Best Wedding for You

Ceremony and Reception: Private Residence in Encinitas

Photographer: Tim Otto Photography

Videographer: SidebySide Cinema

Florist: Organic Elements

Hair and Make up: Eye Do's Make-Up & Hair

Officiant: Sandiegoweddingguy.com

Personal Chef:  Meals on Heels

China patterns personality quiz: what your choice of dishware says about you!

One of the most fun pre wedding activities is... you guessed it, picking out registry items! There gazillions of choices in China patterns to boggle the mind and drive you to register for them all. So we created a fun personality quiz: what your choice of dishware says about you! Enjoy these dazzling designs available at your favorite wedding gift registry near you! 

Are you the creative and exotic type?  You want your home to look like a cross between an Anthropologie catalog and Architectural Digest? If you can pull of wearing a kimono with jeans, than you have met your china pattern! This pattern by Mottahedeh [an incredible house that creates authentic fine china reproductions from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Historic Charleston Foundation, Mount Vernon, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Monticello and many State Department functions] is called 'Tobacco Leaf" and is available at Williams Sonoma wedding registry.  Love!!

If you secretly feel you're a long lost member of an old European Royal Family, this gorgeous traditional classic pattern is for you! With beautiful gold embellishments this pattern is fit for a king and queen! Available at Bloomingdales' Wedding Registry, this pattern by Royal Crown Derby is called "Gold Aves" and features Birds of Paradise and Peacocks with long trailing feathers. The original design was taken from an embroidered cushion fashioned by a member of the Royal Academy of Needlework. Oh Jeeves! Bring the carriage around please!! 

If you envision yourself in a big southern barn converted into a dream home, with a huge front porch for sweet tea with your neighbors, shiplap on the walls (a la Joanna Gaines!), a giant farm table in the kitchen and huge garden out back, then be sure to add Spode's Blue Italia pattern to your dream registry list!! You can find this classic [the traditional blue color goes back centuries and a pastoral scene [meaning farmland or pasture] will be in style for centuries more! Find this design at Macy's Wedding Registry department.

Penthouse apartment overlooking the city? Check! Small dog that fits in a large purse? Check! Subscription to Vogue? Check! Here you go girl, Bernardaud ‘Constance’ is the china pattern for you! Bernerdaud is known for their fine porcelain dinner services made from Limonges porcelain. Inspired by Napoleon's Empire style, “Constance” is encircled by laurel wreaths and branches of acorns and oak leaves, all classic symbols of strength, longevity and peace. The motifs are applied in watercolor shades of green and gold, and each piece is finished with multiple fillets of 24k gold. Artisans handcraft and decorate the translucent porcelain at the workshops of Bernardaud, a family-owned company since the mid 19th century, and their products have graced the tables of families around the world for generations. Find this chic china pattern at Williams Sonoma Wedding Registry department. 

Are you the well mannered lady who loves to serve tea and keep your please and thank you's old school? Romantic, classic and perfectly proper for a dressy meal or high tea this pattern evokes nature and classic English garden style! This lovely collection called Rothschild "Bird" is available at Neiman Marcus wedding registry.  This sweet and lovely pattern is by Herend, an almost 200 year old Hungarian china manufacturer who was the was purveyor to the Habsburg Dynasty and aristocratic customers throughout Europe. Would you be so kind as to pass the scones my dear? 

You’re young, happy and in love with life! Like a breath of fresh, warm, beach air every time you dine, the “Cristobal” pattern by Reynaud at Williams Sonoma will have you celebrating each meal with a smile. This modern pattern evokes happy Summer days at the beach no matter the weather outside! Stylized branches of sea coral in vibrant turquoise, matching solid-color rims and platinum edging make Raynaud's Cristobal dinnerware works of art for the table. Crafted in France of fine Limoges porcelain, each meticulously hand-finished piece requires the work of 30 artisans to complete from start to finish. We foresee 2 snuggling newlyweds in a breakfast nook, soft white curtains blowing in the breeze that gently wafts through the open window, and a long and happy life ahead! 

If you are a romantic dreamer and a girly girl who cannot pass up thanking each a butterfly you see for sending you good luck and joy then this pattern is for you!  Anna Weatherly, known for her fresh and nature infused designs, brings the beauty of nature to life with delicately hand-painted flowers, leaves and insects called "Spring in Budapest" which you can find at Neiman Marcus' Wedding Registry.  As an international designer, Anna Weatherley’s career has included designing and manufacturing couture fashion, jewelry, home furnishings, and printed textiles. In the early 1990’s she established a studio in Budapest, Hungary where she trained a group of highly talented painters to create her collection of hand-painted porcelain. Hand-painted porcelain has a long tradition in Hungary going back almost two centuries. Her designs are inspired by the early botanical illustrators and flower painters of the 18th Century Europe such as Redoute, Hooker, and Ehret.

If your artistic soul can only be truly happy living in a 4th floor 18th century apartment in Paris then Acanthus 'Whitewash" is the china pattern for you! Available at Juliska, this pattern is the perfect fit for your Bohemian soul mate to dine on truffles, croissants and fromage avec pain wile listening the the bells toll from Notre Dame!  Although made in Portugal, we think the iconic scroll of the Acanthus leaf adorning the simplicity of a whitewash dinner plate brings Parisian-like architectural elegance to your everyday dining and layers beautifully with almost any other collection to add layers and depth to any meal. A votre sante! 

If you know you have what it takes to bring bold, artistic drama to every day life you have met your match in table-setting style! We see a dining room with original modern art paintings, a strong wall color, and a few key, eclectic elements assembled all to show off this pattern on the table! With modern flair and bohemian drama this pattern is a must for the bold creator and designer in you! The Royal Crown Derby "Bristol Crown Orange" pattern brings strong color and design to your table making every event a memorable one! Available at Neiman Marcus's Wedding Registry department. 

It seems no matter who you are or how you choose to express your style, one china pattern is never enough for all the ways you celebrate life!  There are so many gorgeous and exciting patterns to tickle your fancy for every day or extra special romantic or special event dinners, but don't forget the seasonal patterns available at Williams Sonoma!  Although not porcelain or fine China like the options above, they’re still the cutest ways to set a Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hannukah holiday table.

The Tartan pattern by Williams Sonoma special occasion dishware collection. 

We hope you enjoyed our little china pattern romp through all these beautiful styles.  Most importantly remember to always be you, as that’s the most beautiful pattern of all, and we hope you enjoy many years of shared meals with those you love!

Save the date for the December 8 Justine M Couture Bridal accessories San Diego trunk show at The White Flower

Bridal accessory and veil designer Justine M Couture is having one of her fabulous trunk shows at SanDiego’s The White Flower bridal salon December 8. Be sure to get your spot reserved and don’t miss  getting up close and personal with the fantastic collection by this very popular accoutrements designer. 


Bridesmaids who match the Photobus; an adorable combo at any wedding!

So we know you know that the Volkswagon photobus photobooth is the most adorable trend at Weddings and is only getting stronger!  So  what could be better than having this crowd pleaser of a photo booth by So Cal Photobus at your wedding? Why, having your choice of colors of course!  We love this photo of a San Diego area mountaintop wedding by Brett Charles Rose photography of bridesmaids in sweet pastels perfectly matching this vintage VW bus.


When Nature Calls Your Grandmother Should be able to go in Style and Comfort!

Ahh the joys of the fun and freeing outdoor wedding! Beach weddings, vineyard weddings, big back yard events, we love em! But there is one very important thing to remember about celebrating a big wedding at a non conventional, spot....and remember you’re in your best outfit, with hair and make up perfectly done, plus you’re probably in heels  ....  when you gotta go you gotta go!


Our friends at Diamond Provides specialty rentals have exactly the set up you need to make sure everyone, including Grandma, can do her business safely and securely. With private stalls, hot and cold running water and the kind of privacy that any movie star on set would love, these luxury restroom trailer suites come right to you! They have super deluxe, big and small restroom suites, and even solar powered restrooms to fit any size event.  What's the big deal about these over those horrid blue festival style porta-potty's? These are spotlessly clean ... and they flush darling, they flush. 

Mark your calendar’s for the Sareh Nouri trunk show this weekend at M Bride salon

Mark your calendars for the @sarehnouri trunk show November 3rd-5th. M Bride Salon invites you to preview the Fall 2018 collection by designer Sareh Nouri this weekend. Please call 858-551-1718 for your appointment. Space is limited. #sarehnouri #sarehnouribride #mbride #sandiegobride #orangecountybride #losangelesbride #californiabride #socalbride #sobeautiful #lajollabride #elegantbride #timelessbride #sayyestothedress #weddinggownshopping #weddingdress #bridalfashion #bridetobe #justengaged #bridalgownshopping #bridalgown


Intimate Lake House wedding brings a West Coast couple home to love

Stephanie and Paul met the way many young people do in Los Angeles, at a whiskey bar! It took a while for Paul to get Stephanie’s attention, but once they started dating, the adventures began. A true West Coast couple, they’d lived together in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, but wanted an intimate wedding with all of their loved ones close to their home. So they decided to throw a small wedding in North County San Diego. It was a beautiful and sunny spring day when they got married at one of our favorite venues and San Diego's best kept secrets in wedding locations! The wedding took place right on the edge of Lake San Marcos at the charming Lake House wedding venue. The furnishings by Archive Rentals and the altar design and florals by Bella Florina Event & Design were so beautiful, and as a fun fact, Stephanie actually made her own adorable wedding cake topper. Congrats! 

Photographer:  Danielle Kamens Photography// Decor: Archive Rentals ////Florals and Event Design and Decor: Bella Florina Event & Design //Shoes: Badgley Mischka//DJ: Dancing DJ Productions//Event Venue: Lakehouse Hotel and Resort//Dress Store:Love and Lace Bridal Salon//Bakery:Nothing Bundt Cakes//

Magic ensues with this Unicorn Wedding Cake by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Oh the magic of unicorns, rainbows, sugar and spice and everything blissful and everything, well.... cake!! We love this sweetly stylized unicorn wedding cake by local bake master Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. and think you will too! Wishing all our engaged couples a fairy tale happy ending in life and in love! 


A Love for All Things Fall - Halloween Wedding Celebrates Spooky in Style

Chad and Natalie's wedding was one where their guests watched the couple literally falling in love. They share a common love for the season and everything it encompasses. From the changing of colors in the trees to the creativity that comes with Halloween, their love for the season and each other was evident. Much of the decor, Natalie made by hand! This wedding was a celebration of the beauty of nature [love Temecula Creek Inn's extra special Stone House set amongst a glade of trees!] rustic, spooky, and full of surprising elements, including a Monster Mash first dance!  It's safe to say that this couple didn't miss a trick-- or treat! Happy Halloween! 

Photographer: Light of Love Photography//Event Planner: A Celebration by Diana//Lighting: Brilliant event lighting//Cake Designer: Cakes to Celebrate!//Officiant: Ceremonies by Bethel//Beauty: Cole Lasher//DJ: Good Time Entertainment//Equipment Rentals: Madam Palooza//Floral Designer: Soiree Design & Events//Cinema and Video: Stephen Alberts Wedding Films//Reception Venue: Temecula Creek Inn

Tim Otto Photography brings Beauty and Drama to your Engagement Photos

We caught up with local wedding photographer Tim Otto to get a little insight into this talented artists' aesthetic and why so many couples rave about working with him for their engagement and wedding photography! 

Q: So Tim how would you define your style?
T: I like to blend a variety of styles when I photograph weddings: everything from a photojournalistic editorial approach to a contemporary fashion edge to classic romantic style.  I am comfortable photographing grand elegant celebrations at large venues and small intimate weddings on the beach. I can give direction to make sure everyone looks great and is in the best light but also can observe and make sure I'm in the right place to capture the spontaneous moments.

Q: Tim tell us a little about you.
T: I have been photographing for over 20 years but the last 15 have been devoted to weddings, engagement sessions and family portraits. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I truly love what I do and I aspire to produce the finest photography I am capable of without compromise. Creating photographs that you love is priceless. I was drawn to wedding photography and telling the story of the day by capturing the personalities, emotions and the desire to create amazing photographs!

Q: You are clearly a creative art photographer, why weddings?
T: I always enjoyed photographing people and capturing their individual spirits; I think this is what drew me to weddings. I love weddings! I love telling the story of the entire day by capturing the many personalities and emotions on display as the events unfold.  I want to capture not only what people look like, but show what they feel like.  I want to give my clients, dynamic and beautiful photographs that they will treasure for a lifetime! I want to create an amazing and fun experience by making my couples feel comfortable in front of the camera without interfering with the flow of the day. A wedding is a celebration of love with family and friends; truly an amazing event.  I am honored and privileged be part of your day.

Q: We know you love to travel, where have you shot? 
T: I have photographed weddings through out the United States and countries around the world including Dominican Republic, Italy and Mexico. 

Q: Anything special you like to do on days off?
T: I love deep sea fishing, camping in the High Sierras, watching the Chargers and Padres, cooking, music, wine, sushi, landscape photography, road trips and traveling to exotic locations... of course with my camera. 

Thanks Tim for these lovely engagement photos! See more of Tim's photographic talent on his website and galleries

Don't miss this Sunday's Wedding Party EXPO the chicest Wedding Planning Fair in town!

Save on advance tickets to San Diego's hottest wedding planning event, The Wedding Party EXPO, as they celebrates their 44th gorgeous, stylish, exciting, & on trend show in style at the coolest event venue in town right near downtown! It's like your Instagram feed come to life! Don't miss this afternoon of 75 of the most sought-after wedding vendors, reception venues, bridal and groom fashion, beauty ideas, food, cocktails, photographers, decor experts, bakers and dessertiers, honeymoon experts and ideas to have you planning in style! See you at the show!

Experience wedding style and planning at its finest, The Wedding Party EXPO brings 75 of the best in wedding venues, services, ideas and products to you! This stylish and exciting full size bridal fair has it all, with many special attractions like incredible couture fashion shows on the red carpet, top designer showcases and a fabulous selection of the finest local wedding services.  

Fashion Shows: 3:00 PM Fashion Show on the red carpet with designer gowns by Demetrios and Men's fashions by Friar Tux. Enjoy a meet and greet with Designer Jana Ann of Jana Ann Couture in the ballroom!

General Admission and VIP ticket options available. 

San Diego Featured Wedding: Nate + Natalie's All American Beachside Wedding Day

Men in Uniform. American flags, adorable pups, and..... donuts! It can't get much better than that combination! We love our Marines, (and all servicemen and women, of course) so when we saw Nate and Natalie's wedding, with its traditional crossed saber arch recessional, we jumped on sharing it with you. This north county beachside wedding was truly something red, white and blue, however, it wasn't just the uniforms, or decor and or beachside backdrop that we loved; the patriotic flair throughout was truly inspiring. So enjoy this sweet wedding with gratitude for our armed forces stationed around the world and in here in sunny San Diego.