True Love Prevails - a 10 Year Anniversary Photo Shoot Proves Love Just Keeps Getting Better!

Ah. Marriage bliss. Don't you just love love? Janelle and Jimmie McGuire are first-hand examples of what true love in a marriage looks like. This duo has been married for 10 years now, and they decided they wanted to do a photo session in lovely Temecula to celebrate it. However, that's not all this adorable couple is celebrating. Through these pictures, they also announced that they are expecting their first child in March! We know one thing is for sure. True love does exist, and the proof is in the pictures!  

Spend a few minutes in Tahiti thanks to Avant Garde Travel!

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Avant Garde Travel designs unique, outside the box travel and honeymoon experiences.

Avant-Garde Travel is a boutique travel company located in San Diego, Ca that specializes in group travel, custom vacation planning, escorted tours, river and ocean cruising and luxury hotels. Avant-Garde Travel designs once in a lifetime experiences for our clients based on their individual needs and interests. We look forward to planning your next adventure!

San Diego Featured Wedding: Kirstin + Colin's Country Girl Flair Wedding Inspires

Kirstin and Colin Hodges just had the wedding of Kirstin's dreams. We are sort of making a funny joke, but as Kirstin said, "to sum it up it was a little bit of country, a little bit of country club, but with a whole lot of a princess’ dream." And that's exactly what she wanted. Ever since she was a little girl, Kirstin says that she has always dreamed of a princess-style wedding with some "country girl flair." From pink, sparkly wedding pumps to cowgirl boots for the reception, it sounds like Kirstin got everything she's been dreaming about. 

Photographer: We Heart Photography// Cake Designer: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.// Tuxedo and Mens Attire: A Better Deal Tuxedos & Mens Suit// Cinema and Video: Amari Productions// Event Designer: To La Lune Events// Reception Venue: Vista Valley Country Club// Caterer: Vista Valley Country Club// Dress Designer: Watters

Our Age of Discovery themed Wedding Styled Shoot would make Charles Darwin swoon!

We love to play with wedding fashion and styling and look for things that, perhaps, others may not see.  We started with an ethereal muse of a beautiful, feminine spirit still happily living in, what we call, the "Age of Discovery"; that wonderful era of passionate Victorian riches and scientific discovery, with Charles Darwin at the helm of a ship finding wondrous new lands, new species and new ideas.  A time full of Victorian romance, explorations, the vast beautiful and phantasmagorical wonders of the earth and of new peoples, places and things, maybe a shipwreck or pirate or two, and the gorgeous and dramatic architecture of the time, like that reflected in the US GRANT HOTEL, the absolutely perfect home for this dramatic shoot.  Please see full credits at bottom and be sure to click on images to open to their full glory...enjoy!

With Designer Michelle Hebert's ethereal bridal gowns that harken back to an era of romance and adventure, Adrianne Smith's gorgeous and abundant florals and decor, our 'apothecarian' staging and props [hello terrariums!], Jessika Davis' breathtaking geodes and crystals that brought so much positive earth energy to the day, and Oiseau the Parrot, who was the clear star [love this green diva!] of the shoot and, yes, has his own Facebook page for his fans.   

We especially love that when approached about a "somewhat ghostly, Darwin-era, age of Science and discovery, romantic, ethereal, bridal fashion styled photo shoot", all of these artists couldn't say yes fast enough! With Alta DeKoven's truly artful makeup [which you may note changes throughout the long multi-locale shoot to reflect the setting and the light!], Lia of Kut Haus Glendora's romantic, period-perfect hair styling and Vintage Jewelry Lounge's authentic accessories brought the finishing touches to the alchemy of this shoot's style!

And, of course,  the man, the artist, our incredible creative photographer Paul Douda capturing the light, the mood and the style of this special era, in fact bringing the entire soul of the shoot to life.  Honestly we couldn't be more proud to work with this amazing talented team of artists. 

Special thank you to the US GRANT HOTEL for allowing us to roam your halls like happy, Darwin-era ghosts, capturing with love, the rich and historic beauty of your palatial venue!  And to our model Mather, the perfect muse for our day! When we get to work with people as awesome as this to create something so unique for the bridal fashion world we are over the moon!

Location Venue: US GRANT HOTEL

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography

Florals and Decor: Adrianne Smith Florals

Hair Styling: Lia of Kut Haus

Makeup and Styling: Alta De Koven

Guest Star: Oiseau the Parrot

Vintage and Antique Jewelry: Vintage Jewelry Lounge 

Crystals and Geodes:  Jessika Davis

Bridal Gown Designer:  Michelle Hebert

Organza Princess Jacket and Add On Organza Skirt: Private Collection / Mather Louth

Art Direction and Concept: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

Library Style Table:  Classic Party Rentals 

Art Direction, Concept and Styling: Love Your Show, Inc. for SanDiegoWedding.com

Assistant Stylist: Savannah Gentry

When your best friend is a planner you get a fabulous, modern tea bridal shower!

When your best friend is a sought after wedding planner you know you are in for a killer bridal shower like this modern tea shower! Krystel Tien, owner of Couture Events and Elle Bridal Boutique, loves her bestie so much! Through thick & thin, Krystel and Nicole have supported and celebrated each other's joys and life moments.  So naturally when Nicole said yes to her beau, Krystel threw Nic an adorable modern tea at Hatched Collective [a totally cool small event space in San Diego that you're going oooh and ahhh over!] check it out! 

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What is the one thing you simply must have a tea party [beside tea]? The right hats of course!! Congratulations Nicole!! 

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Hatched Collective is a fresh, exciting space available for parties, showers, and any time you want to celebrate something special! 

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Couture Events is a boutique event styling & coordination studio. Similar to a couture gown, each of their Couture Weddings & Events are designed to custom fit each bride's unique style and personality. Says Krystel, "We will take your vision and make it a reality with our expertise and creativity,  leaving you with a one-of-kind, exquisite, and stress-free day. Based in San Diego, Couture Weddings & Events serves San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs! 

Krystel is a visionary, inspired by texture, soft light, and high fashion. Drawing from her experience in the world of fashion where Couture is EVERYTHING, Krystel combines all of the elements of Couture into her events: gorgeous, quality, hand-sewn, glamorous, and one-of-a-kind.

San Diego Featured Wedding: Melissa + Adam's Laid Back Mission Bay Soiree

All Melissa and Adam wanted for their wedding day was a relaxed, fun, and carefree time. Judging by their photos below, we think they had just that! This couple's carefree attitudes definitely carried over into their Hawaiian themed wedding. Their magical day took place at The Dana on Mission Bay underneath the palm trees which was the perfect setting for their tropical soiree. From the bubbles to the games to the exciting entrance as a married couple, these two sure know how to throw an exciting party!

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography// Floral Designer: Artistic Florals, Inc.// Dress Store: Bridal Showcase// Bridesmaid Dresses: Francesca's Dresses// Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men's Wearhouse//DJ: Music Phreek DJ Services//Cake Designer: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.// Hair Stylist: The Face Of Beauty//Event Planner: weddings by sheila foster

Greenery bouquets create a perfect swag of fresh style by Camellia Wedding Flowers

We love the recent trend of tons of greenery added to wedding florals, bouquets and decor! Just see how natural and clean these greenery infused bouquets look, especially when paired with white flowers and these pale, white and soft blue-grey (traditionally known as Winter white) maid's dresses. We really love this photo that brought together these lovely maids with their bouquets to create a perfect long swag of fresh style by Camellia Wedding Flowers

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This La Jolla wedding video has us crying happy tears!

From drone footage of the La Jolla coastline to charming details, and perfectly timed editing with all the right moments, this La Jolla wedding highlight video definitely has as crying happy tears (and wishing we had crashed this one)!! Well done Stockham Media!!  

The couple shares their story: "We met at Joey’s house, the surf house in North PB, at the very end of college. We both went to UCSD, though he did a 5th year. We had hung out another time or 2, but always with a large group of people. Then a year later we ran into each other at Outside Lands in San Francisco. We hung out a lot that day, and I was the one that asked him for his number. He was the first one to wish me happy birthday at midnight that night (besides my sister and friend I was with).  Joey then had an “extra ticket” to a show in San Diego a couple weeks later, and I happened to be down there that same weekend. So our first “date” was the Handsome Furs at the Casbah. Then he had another ticket to another show, and by the third, he finally kissed me, and we’ve been together ever since, even when I moved to Hawaii for almost a year right as we started dating."

Kelly and Joseph were married at the Martin Johnson House in La Jolla, where the two attended college together.

Wedding Vendors:
Coordinator – Hailey Brew
Dress- Fleurish
Makeup Artist- Beauty by Elizabeth Root
Venue – Martin Johnson House
Hair Artist – The Hair & Makeup Box
Floral Design – Lora Allison
Photographer – Amy Bjornson
DJ – VOX DJs
Cake – Twiggs Bakery
Catering – Culinary Concepts

Local Event Designer Celebrates Her Own Beautiful Wedding Day with Style and Heart

Local Event Designer Christine Ong of Lavish Wed knows weddings! This sweet and savvy girl celebrated her own wedding day with beauty, style, heart and a happily ever after! To celebrate her 1 year anniversary [already!!?] we showcase her swoon-worthy, dreamy white wedding. <3!

Wedding Vendor Credits:

Cinematography | ENCOR STUDIO

Photography | Arina B Photograph

Wedding Planner | Lavish Wedding

Bridal Prep Venue | The Westgate Hote

Ceremony Venue | USD Immaculata Catholic Church

Reception Venue | Harbor Island Drive Park

Bridal Makeup | Love P Beaut

Bridal Hair |  SoCal Hair & Makeu

Priest | Father Gary Sanders

Organ | Leslie K. Gereghty

Harpist | Mary Shurtleff

Violinist | Spags Jennifer Spingol

Caterer | HS Catering & Event

Appetizer Bar Display| Mimi Totah

Sushi Bar | Sushi Affair

Rentals | Chiavari Chairs of San Diego, Platinum Event Rentals, Rustic Events, Concepts Event Design

Bar Service | The Traveling Tavern

Coffee Bar | Euro Bar

Floral Decor | ArtQuest Flower

Cake | Cute Cakes 

Band | Republic of Music

Uplighting | Party People SD

Videographer | Encor Studio

Transportation | Rolls Livery Featuring Rolls-Royce Wedding Car, Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego

Painter | Miles Pelk/ Tom H Faga

Photobooth | Nine10 Photobooth Image

Champagne Popper | Premiere Sabrage Champagne

Stationery | Take Note! Creation

Back Bridal Jewelry | De La Luna

Bridal Dress | Michael Costello

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Friar Tux Sho

Bridesmaids Dresses | Lulus

 

BANG!!! WHAM! You'll love this Superhero Styled Wedding Shoot!

Calling all DC Comic fans! Do we have your attention? Good. You won't want to miss this super cool styled shoot.

Wonder Woman and Super Man tie the knot? Oh, you didn't know that's how the comic ended? Well, Hermosa Wedding and Events and Raelyn Elizabeth Photography teamed up to create this original work of art. Numerous superhero Southern California vendors came together to help put together an amazing styled shoot. From stunning linens by Patty's Linen Rentals to a magnificently, original cake by Bake Me a Cake, this shoot went all out. We think this feature has all the whiz bang ideas to show some inner comic fandom and really wow us with super style we won't soon forget!

Equipment Rentals: A Better Party// Invitation Designer: Boxed Wedding Invitations//Floral Designer: Bridezilla Events //Dress Designer: Deborah Lindquist Eco Couture//Event Venue: Fazeli Cellers// Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Friar Tux// Photo Booth Equipment: Gonzalez Productions and Rentals// Cinema and Video: Nicholas G Photography// Hair Stylist: Salon Ambre

San Diego Featured Wedding: Courtney and Christian's Disneyland Dream Came True

Don't try and tell us you don't love the idea of a Disneyland proposal. Really, it's been everyone's dream since the age of five. Well, Courtney and Christian Sierra had their dreams come true in the place where dreams do just that.

Blame it on the Mouse! Christian proposed to Courtney while on their trip to Disneyland after dating for not quote two years. They met while working together at the Ponte Winery in Temecula, and Courtney says, "it didn't take long," for the two to fall in love. Andy Farra of Astray Photography beautifully captured that love. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into their happily ever after wedding day at So Cal's fairytale wedding ceremony and reception venue Grand Traditions. Happy Wedding Crush Wednesday! ! 

Venue | Grand Tradition Estate and Garden

Hair Stylist | Britt Carattini

Make Up Stylist | Purdie Gals 

Cake Designer | Heaven Sent Cakes

DJ | Pro City DJ

Videographer | Diamond Image Films

Officiant | Rancho.tv

 

San Diego Featured Wedding: Kevin + Marissa's Lifelong Friendship

Kevin and Marissa Corbett are the ultimate example of being able to move past the "friend zone." These two have actually been lifelong friend through their mothers. They grew up together. It wasn't until high school that the two started to see more potential between the two of them; and after they graduated, they attempted their first date. Obviously, it was a success. Kevin decided he wanted to join the military, and Marissa wasn't going to wait to get married until he got back from boot camp. So, a courthouse marriage [with Kevin in our personal favorite the gorgeous blue groom's suit a la Friar Tux!] performed by their best friend was arranged, and the rest is in the photos.  

Photographer: Paul Douda Photography// Ring Designer: Diamonds Forever San Diego// Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Friar Tux Shop// Dress Designer: Lulu's// Makeup Artist: Make-Up by Hien// DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Marissa Maraan (Bride) - Paper Flowers// Ring Designer: MARS Fine Jewelry// Event Venue: San Diego Courthouse

Boho, Rustic Wedding Styled Shoot lights up the Temecula Night Sky with Style

Our favorite styled wedding shoot of the week has arrived! This tableau was designed and planned by Mallory of MHM Weddings and captured through the lenses of Jamielyn Craft Photography. This all-star duo created a wonderfully, planned wedding ensemble. From the cake to the hair and make up to the invitation suite; their creation was nothing short of boho-tastic! We are in love with the rustic and vintage feel of the backdrop at Tres Lagos that set the tone for this awe-inspiring shoot. 

Calligrapher: All Things Yoom// Equipment Rentals: Anar Party Rentals//Linens and Coverings: BBJ Linen Rental//Floral Designer: Bridezilla Events //Dress Designer: elyseREUBEN Custom Couture//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Friar Tux Shop //Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Friars Tux// Bakery: Frost Me Gourmet Cupcakes// Equipment Rentals: rustic events//Lighting: SociaLights//Beauty: The Bridal Beauty Pros//Design and Decor: To Be Designed

Entertaining in style with Williams Sonoma fabulous table settings, glassware, dishes and more!

Uber stylist Abby Larson, the visionary behind Style Me Pretty, plays house with lovely table ware from Williams Sonoma. "There are no rules when it comes to using china, Abby insists. “It really comes down to styling,” she explains. “Most of the tables that I create in my own home use fine china, then I add details to support the spirit of the event. If we’re doing family-style pasta and salad, I might lay the flatware directly on the plate and tie a grosgrain ribbon around it. Instead of a grand centerpiece, I’ll do bud vases filled with a single stem in each. There really are no rules!”

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“There are so many elements that play into the decision for a formal or casual place setting,” Abby says. “First: What is the overall vibe of your event? This is determined by the details that you’ve woven in, from the menu to the centerpieces, from the napkins you choose to the music that you play.”

Still can’t decide between formal and casual? Consider the way the meal is being served.

“Generally speaking, if I plan to serve more than two courses, I set the table using a formal place setting,” Abby tells us. “If our meal will be served family style or as a buffet, I set a slightly more casual table.” Read the complete article on table settings here. 

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We look the look of mixing these plates and greenery with lots of clear glass!

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5 of the prettiest event tents you ever did see by tent experts Classic Party Rentals!

Having an outdoor wedding in San Diego?

The amazing people at Classic Party Rentals are the specialty tent rental experts you want and need if you're considering any overhead shade or shelter at your wedding. Another one of the fabulous things about the people at Classic (shout out to megastars Kelly Hoffman and Cris Joseph in San Diego!) is that they work and play well with everyone in the industry; designers, venues, event planners, coordinators, even other rental companies, or directly with their engaged couples, Classic knows how to make the incredible a possibility and over deliver to please their clients! Check out a few of the beautiful ways this team creates heavenly tenting. 

1. White always wows at a wedding! Clean and fresh white panels with chandeliers make for an elegant outdoor wedding day, styled by the super talented Couture Events, photographed by Bryan N. Miller Photography at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.

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2. Elegant drama gives a regal richness! Creamy drape panels add interest to a clear tent accented with swagged ivory drapes with pink uplights and blush lace lInens, all of which make for a feminine, romantic wedding reception styled by Crown Weddings and Events. 

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3. Thinking of pink? Check out this gorgeous peekaboo pink tent with the view of the Pacific Ocean by Classic Party Rentals, Alice Eddy and the talented Trina Schmidt Weddings (photo by Lin & Jirsa Photography)

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4. Sheer bliss makes for a dreamy design! Sheer white panels add a diaphanous and dreamy effect as they surround a chuppah style tent of white drape.  

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5. Tying the knot never looked so good! Look close and you'll see the subtle twist at the apex of the tent frame in this cream paneled tenting that adds height to an abundant and gorgeous wedding reception. Sometimes the little details make all the difference.

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Editors note: we have personally worked with San Diego's incredible and generous Classic Party Rentals team for numerous events, both large and small, for a decade and a half.They  even came to our rescue at the last minute a few years back when we (disastrously) hired another rental company who no showed (oh yes!) so we know how bad things can go and how important a rental provider is to every event and we are proud and honored to highly recommend them for, well....everything!! 

San Diego Featured Wedding Goes Cross Country: The Barn Wedding you've been waiting for!

We've found them. We've found the king and queen of the wedding style that took this year by storm; "rustic elegance." This has definitely been a major trend lately, and Chip and Hollie Williams have mastered the look. We found this couple across the country in West Virginia, where they were married with over 300 guests in attendance! The ceremony was actually delayed due to rain, but with a venue like Virginia's Confluence Resort, we can understand why everyone stuck around! Of course the bride and groom were the stars of the show, however, the barn backdrop certainly is hard to take your eye of off! All of the little rustic details, such as the lace detailing, gorgeous florals and vintage couch, made for stunning pictures. 

Photographer: Kelli Carrico Photography // Floral Designer: Bessie's Floral Designs, Inc // DJ: Cucumber and Company // Cinema and Video: EJF Video // Dress Designer: Enzoani // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Jean Ann's Bridal & Prom Fashions //Event Venue: The Confluence Resort

Fun comes to your wedding; check out the coolest trailer turned photo booth by Fab Trailers!

Check out this cool retro trailer photo booth by Fab Trailers and add some Fab to your wedding day!

Perfect for your wedding Fab Trailers photo booths personalizes each event. Says owner Lauren "We built our one-of-a-kind trailers with an exciting vision in mind: to create awesome experiences and to capture and preserve great memories. Thousands of photos and a few beers later, we’re proud to say we’ve succeeded. We love bringing something unique to events, hearing our guests erupt with laughter, and watching them create lasting memories.  As the owner and operator of Fab Trailers, I take great pride in our trailers and our service. Our goal is to ensure that each event is special for our guests and above all, fun!  From the initial inquiry, to discovering more about your event and vision, to the event itself, we strive to provide a seamless experience so you can enjoy the party and leave the rest up to us.   

When I'm not "fabbing it up" I can be found at the ceramics wheel, exploring San Diego, and playing in waves and mountains with my boyfriend, Kyle and our Baja rescue pup, Bandit. I can't wait to chat with you about your next event. Let’s make it fabulous!!

Fabulously Yours, Lauren"

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You can't miss this opportunity for fun photos! 

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Get this handsome, retro-trailer, photo booth fun rolled right up to your guests! 

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Everybody wants in!! 

Oh and did we mention they also have a BEER TRAILER!!? Check out Lauren creating the retro sign lettering for the trailers in this video...

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The friendly people at Fab Trailers add so much more than photos to your day! 

3 Awesome Wedding Dessert Bar Must-Haves That Your Guests will Love!

Dessert bars! You and your guests love em and they are a great feature at any wedding reception allowing guests [who may not know each other] to mix and mingle as they taste decadent and beautiful desserts! Check out these dessert bar ideas by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. San Diego dessert experts! 

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1. Wedding Cake on the Dessert Bar

naturally the well appointed dessert bar has at its center a beautiful wedding cake to honor the age old tradition of two families breaking bread to become one!

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2. Cookies on the wedding reception dessert bar bring all ages together

Whether they are classic chocolate chip,  French macarons, or sparkly sugar topped beauties like these, cookies bring all ages together! These perfect, square shortbread cookies with white crystal sugar, so delicious and simple, add glitter and sparkle in a natural way for the taste buds. 

3. The dessert trend of the decade: cupcakes add decadent deliciousness to your dessert bar!

Frosting and cake in a myriad of exciting flavor combos that can fit in your hand....is there a more perfect dessert? These rose petal butter cream cupcakes taste as good as they look and will definitely and keep guests coming back for more! ! 

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With a beautiful backdrop by Pow Wow Vintage Rentals and arrangement by Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events, the Luce Lofts of downtown San Diego suddenly acted as the perfect setting for a dessert station by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co. Thanks to Paula Luna of Luna Photography for such stunning photos in this urban setting!!! 

San Diego Featured Wedding: Daniel + Chad's University Celebration

"Love at first sight," can sound like quite the cliche. However, for these two, it was truly just that. How do we know? The final wedding gift.

Daniel and Chad have been dating for over 11 years and engaged for 6 of those. Throughout this time, the two travelled and went out and grew together as one. So, on the day of their wedding, Daniel found it only fitting that he showers Chad with gifts. The final gift from Daniel was given during his vows. What was it you ask?

A cake topper. 

Not just any cake topper. But a cake topper that he had bought without Chad even know on their first date in Pacific Beach. He had held onto it for all those years because he knew he had found the one.

The saying must be true. When you know, you know!